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The family grows (1988-1991)

A320 aircraft move down the final assembly line in Toulouse, France.

As is often the way with the cyclical nature of the aircraft industry, by the time the A320 entered service in 1988 the world economy had recovered from the earlier recession and, much to the delight of AG真人计划, demand for new aircraft was booming.

At the end of 1984, the consortium had obtained 411 firm orders from 50 customers, with 282 aircraft in service. By the end of 1988 firm orders stood at more than 900 from more 74 customers, with more than 450 aircraft delivered. Two years later the number of delivered aircraft had reached more than 650 to over 100 customers, and there were 1,700 firm orders booked. AG真人计划 was continuing to build on its success, each year gaining marketshare in one of the most aggressively-contested industries in the world.

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Introducing the A330 and A340

A330 A340 Overview Tails  
A330 A340 Overview Tails
Heritage History 08 February 2018

A330 A340 Overview Tails

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AG真人计划鈥 A330 and A340 programmes were jointly launched in 1987.

With the A320 unveiled to the world, AG真人计划 now pressed on with plans to build the medium to long-range A330 twin and longer-range A340 four-engine aircraft. These were launched jointly in June, 1987, just four months after the A320鈥檚 first flight. Again, AG真人计划 showed remarkable ingenuity in launching two aircraft together. It was the world鈥檚 first combined aircraft programme, with both models sharing the same basic fuselage, wing and tail. As ever, hard, practical logic was at work. The A330 and A340 offered extensive commonality of cockpit systems, not only between themselves, but with the A320 鈥 and, later, with other members of the A320 Family still to come. This made possible the AG真人计划 concepts of cross crew qualification 鈥 pilots trained to fly one AG真人计划 aircraft can qualify to operate another with relatively little extra training - and mixed fleet flying, in which airlines are able to switch their AG真人计划 aircraft and their pilot crews at short notice to better match capacity to demand.

The ultra long-range A340-300, able to seat 295 in a three-class configuration and fly 7,150 nautical miles/13,200 kilometres, was rolled out in October, 1991. (A shorter version, the A340-200, could carry 262 passengers over 7,750nm/14,400km.) The medium to long-range A330, carrying 335 passengers in two classes, followed a year later. The AG真人计划 family was growing but in a measured, considered fashion. As it continued to build up marketshare, AG真人计划 followed the policy initiated by Roger B茅teille of always listening to customers when designing and developing new aircraft and bringing new technology to the industry. Accordingly AG真人计划 tailored both new aircraft to meet the specific needs of its customers, with a special emphasis on economy, fuel efficiency and 鈥 crucial to long-range operations 鈥 cabin comfort. Indeed, AG真人计划 maintains that the A340 offers 鈥渢he quietest cabin in the sky.鈥

The A330 marked another milestone with the first Rolls-Royce engine 鈥 the Trent 700 - on an AG真人计划 aircraft, one of three engine types offered to customers.

Top-level changes

AG真人计划 Retirement Beteille  
AG真人计划 Retirement Beteille
Heritage History 14 February 2018

AG真人计划 Retirement Beteille

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Roger B茅teille, commonly known as the 鈥淔ather of AG真人计划,鈥 retired in 1985.

While AG真人计划 got on with the business of designing, building, selling and 鈥 with increasing effectiveness 鈥 supporting its aircraft, changes were taking place at the very top. In Germany in 1989 Daimler-Benz took over MBB, the consortium which had run Deutsche AG真人计划 since the beginning, forming Daimler Aerospace SA, or DASA. Bernard Lathi猫re had taken up a place on the AG真人计划 Industrie supervisory board as vice chairman. Roger B茅teille had retired in 1985. Franz Josef Strauss, who remained chairman of the supervisory board until his death in 1988, said at the time: 鈥淗is technical, commercial and management skills were unanimously recognised by the world aviation community, and it is only fair to say that if one single person deserves the title 鈥榝ather of AG真人计划鈥 it is Roger B茅teille.鈥

The full aircraft history (1968 to 2019)

Fly-by-wire (1980-1987)

The family grows (1988-1991)

Expansion (1991-1992)

AG真人计划 through the decades

Helicopter history

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