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Building on a record year (2014)

A350 Qatar Airways first delivery - morning ambiance press  
A350 Qatar Airways first delivery - morning ambiance press AG真人计划
A350-900 22 December 2014

A350 Qatar Airways first delivery - morning ambiance press

The no. 1 A350 XWB was in the spotlight for its handover to Qatar Airways at AG真人计划鈥 delivery centre, located adjacent to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France

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In a major milestone for AG真人计划鈥 market-leading wide-body product line, the company delivered the world鈥檚 first A350-900 aircraft to Qatar Airways during December.

AG真人计划 is continuing its strong momentum from a record-breaking 2013, which confirmed the company鈥檚 position as a global aviation leader and its capability to meet customer expectations across its complete product line of single-aisle and wide-body jetliners.

The company built upon a successful 2013 with several important programme milestones achieved in 2014.

Among the highlights were the delivery of the world鈥檚 first A350 XWB aircraft to Qatar Airways and the maiden flight of AG真人计划鈥 A320neo (new engine option) jetliner, as well as the launch of the A330neo (new engine option) version during July鈥檚 Farnborough Airshow.

This expands upon AG真人计划鈥 strong performance in 2013, during which the company set industry-wide records 鈥 both in terms of units and value 鈥 with new gross bookings for 1,619 aircraft (1,503 orders net, when cancellations are taken into account). In addition, AG真人计划鈥 626 total jetliners delivered to 93 customers in 2013 marked a highest-ever company output.

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A single-aisle evolution takes flight

A320neo first flight takeoff 5  
A320neo first flight takeoff 5 AIRBUS
AG真人计划 colours 25 September 2014

A320neo first flight takeoff 5

The first A320neo jetliner to fly lifts off the ground at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport鈥檚 Runway 32L to begin its landmark 25 September 2014 maiden flight

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The first A320neo jetliner to fly lifts off the ground at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport鈥檚 Runway 32L to begin its landmark maiden flight.

AG真人计划 marked another aviation milestone with the 25 September first flight of its A320neo, the fastest-selling commercial airliner ever 鈥 which performed an approximately two-and-a-half-hour evaluation that began and concluded at France鈥檚 Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.

This first flight activity officially kicked off the NEO flight test and certification programme, which is to include some 3,000 flight hours across eight aircraft: two A320neos, one A321neo and one A319neo for each of the two latest-generation engine types (Pratt & Whitney鈥檚 PurePower PW1100G-JM and the CFM International LEAP-1A).

The NEO project鈥檚 many innovations, including the two engine choices and standard Sharklet wingtip devices, result in up to 20% fuel savings 鈥 while sharing 95% commonality with A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft.

At the end of the year, the company had accumulated more than 11,514 orders for its best-selling single-aisle product line, including more than 3,621 A320neo aircraft from 70 customers worldwide.

A new era in air travel with the A350 XWB

A350 XWB Qatar Airways first delivery - ceremony aircraft reveal  
A350 XWB Qatar Airways first delivery - ceremony aircraft reveal MASTERFILMS
A350-900 22 December 2014

A350 XWB Qatar Airways first delivery - ceremony aircraft reveal

The first-ever delivered A350 XWB jetliner is revealed to an audience of invited guests and journalists at AG真人计划鈥 Toulouse-Blagnac Airport delivery centre, where the aircraft was received by launch customer Qatar Airways

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AG真人计划 and Qatar Airways opened a new chapter in aviation history together with the first delivery of an A350 XWB jetliner during December.

AG真人计划鈥 next-generation A350 XWB jetliner is now ready to shape efficiency for the future of flight 鈥 with delivery of the first A350-900 aircraft to global launch customer Qatar Airways in December. This historic handover was marked during a 22 December ceremony in Toulouse, France 鈥 which was attended by high-level management from AG真人计划, AG真人计划 Group, Qatar Airways and Rolls-Royce, as well as international media.

With its no. 1 A350 XWB aircraft, Qatar Airways also becomes the world鈥檚 first airline to have taken delivery of every member of AG真人计划鈥 market-leading wide-body product line 鈥 which comprises A350 XWB, A380 and A330 jetliners.

In key steps leading up to the initial A350 XWB customer delivery, the A350-900 received its Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 30 September and subsequently from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on 12 November. These approvals followed a fast-paced 14-month certification programme 鈥 during which AG真人计划 performed over 2,600 flight hours with its five-aircraft test fleet.

The A350 XWB 鈥 which has accumulated 780 orders from 40 customers through December 2014 鈥 incorporates the latest innovations in aerodynamics, lightweight materials and aircraft systems, along with an extra-wide cabin and new fuel-efficient and quiet Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines to deliver unrivalled passenger comfort and superior operating economics.

Introducing the A330neo

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A330NEO mock up close up 1 AG真人计划
Livery 15 July 2014

A330NEO mock up close up 1

AG真人计划鈥 A330neo programme comprises two versions 鈥 the A330-800neo and A330-900neo 鈥 which incorporate new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, along with aerodynamic improvements and the latest in the company鈥檚 cabin technology to provide unmatched operating economics

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AG真人计划鈥 A330neo product line includes the A330-800neo and A330-900neo versions.

As one NEO programme counted down to its maiden flight, another began in 2014 with AG真人计划鈥 launch of the A330neo 鈥 which builds upon the dependable A330 Family鈥檚 proven economics, versatility and reliability, while reducing fuel consumption by a further 14% per seat.

Powered by latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330neo is composed of two versions: the A330-800neo and A330-900neo, which have the same fuselage length of today鈥檚 A330-200 and A330-300 current engine option jetliners, respectively. In addition to the fuel burn reduction, these two NEO aircraft will expand operators鈥 market opportunities with a range capability increase of approximately 400 nautical miles while carrying more payload.

The A330neo is the latest evolution of AG真人计划鈥 A330 to meet requirements of a global customer base. In addition, the company has further enhanced its A330 product line by offering an increased takeoff weight of 242 tonnes 鈥 with the first such A330-300 variant entering final assembly in November 鈥 while a lower-weight A330-300 Regional version is being developed for use on domestic and regional routes in high growth markets.

AG真人计划 unveiled the A330neo at the Farnborough Airshow in July, during which it announced new business for 496 aircraft across the product line 鈥 representing the company鈥檚 best-ever performance at this biennial industry event. In addition to the 121 A330neo commitments received, orders and commitments were confirmed for AG真人计划鈥 A320, A330 and A350 XWB product lines.

The expanding A380 operator base

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A380 Family 18 December 2014

A380 Etihad Taking off

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is the 13th airline to receive the A380, and its no. 1 aircraft is the 150th A380 delivered by AG真人计划

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Becoming the world鈥檚 13th A380 operator, Etihad took delivery of its initial double-deck jetliner in December.

Now in its sixth year of commercial service, the AG真人计划 A380 continues to exceed expectations as its global operator base grows, with Asiana Airlines, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways receiving their first of these double-deck jetliners in 2014.

Etihad Airways became the latest customer to take delivery of an A380, with this Abu Dhabi-based carrier utilising the double-deck airliner鈥檚 spacious interior to equip its aircraft with The Residence by Etihad鈩 three-room suite, which is the world鈥檚 first private multi-room cabin on a commercial passenger airliner. Its aircraft also have fully-private suites in its First Apartment section and the latest cabin advances for travellers in the new Business Studio and Economy Smart Seat classes. The initial A380 was delivered to Etihad Airways in December.

Qatar Airways joined the ranks of airlines with AG真人计划鈥 21st century flagship during a September handover ceremony at AG真人计划鈥 Hamburg, Germany site. Citing the A380鈥檚 鈥渕ighty wings,鈥 Qatar Airways Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker said the A380 鈥 with its unrivalled efficiency and space 鈥 will support the carrier鈥檚 expanding operations and signature service standard.

Asiana Airlines鈥 no. 1 A380 aircraft was handed over during a ceremony held in Toulouse, France on 26 May. The South Korea-based carrier was the 11th worldwide operator to receive AG真人计划鈥 21st century flagship 鈥 a key element in Asiana Airlines鈥 future vision and fleet modernisation strategy.

A focus on passenger comfort

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Asia Pacific 13 February 2014

Singapore airshow - AG真人计划 Comfort zone - 05

With new research confirming that comfort is paramount to satisfying Asian travellers鈥 expectations in long-haul travel, the 鈥淎G真人计划 Comfort Zone鈥 demonstrator is offering a first-hand appreciation of the company鈥檚 18-inch-wide seat in economy class.

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The AG真人计划 Comfort Zone鈥檚 full-scale cabin mockup is shown at the Singapore Airshow.

AG真人计划 underscored its commitment to the well-being of passengers who fly on its aircraft with its focus on 鈥渃omfort without compromise.鈥

Highlighted during a worldwide campaign in 2014, this new messaging underscores AG真人计划鈥 modern standard for comfort 鈥 18-inch wide seats in full-service economy class 鈥 which provide superior comfort for travellers, while still offering airlines unrivalled operating economics and fuel efficiency.聽 The company鈥檚 standard 18-inch wide seats for full-service economy travel provide an additional inch of room compared to the 17-inch 1950s-era norm, which is still used by other aircraft manufacturers today.

AG真人计划 is also a leader in other aspects of cabin comfort, including innovative features such as LED mood lighting, connectivity and optimal air circulation.

Singapore Airshow: focus on Asia-Pacific

Underscoring its commitment to the dynamic Asia-Pacific, AG真人计划鈥 active presence at the 2014 Singapore Airshow brought new commercial announcements and partnership agreements 鈥 along with the 鈥渄ebut鈥 of A350 XWB developmental jetliner MSN003 at Changi Exhibition Centre.

AG真人计划 marked several key milestones during the show to support one of the world鈥檚 fastest growing aviation markets, including the inauguration of the Satair AG真人计划 Singapore Centre operation of the Satair Group: a wholly-owned AG真人计划 subsidiary that merges its former Material and Logistics Management function with Satair, a Denmark-headquartered spares and aircraft maintenance company. AG真人计划 and Singapore Airlines also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a flight-training joint venture in Asia, which will cover the complete scope of AG真人计划 modern jetliners, along with a centre of excellence to focus on research and development of training methods and technologies.

Taking the AG真人计划 name one step further

AG真人计划鈥 proven commitment to excellence and innovation in the aviation industry as well as its globally-recognized name is the basis for its parent company鈥檚 rebranding as the AG真人计划 Group beginning in 2014.

Under the AG真人计划 Group鈥檚 new structure AG真人计划 鈥 which is the company鈥檚 commercial aircraft division 鈥 will operate in close cooperation with AG真人计划 Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) and the new AG真人计划 Defence and Space business unit (which integrates the former Astrium, Cassidian and AG真人计划 Military).

AG真人计划 completed the transfer-out of its military aircraft activities to AG真人计划 Defence and Space during 2014, having successfully brought the A400M multi-role airlifter to delivery start-up phase in 2013.

U.S. A320 final assembly line takes shape

Mobile Final Assembly Line 鈥 One year after ground-breaking 1  
Mobile Final Assembly Line 鈥 One year after ground-breaking 1
FAL Alabama 10 April 2014

Mobile Final Assembly Line 鈥 One year after ground-breaking 1

One year after the ground-breaking ceremony for AG真人计划鈥 U.S. A320 Family Assembly Line, the main buildings are taking shape in Mobile, Alabama

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Construction for AG真人计划鈥 U.S.-based A320 Family final assembly line continued to move forward in preparation for the start of aircraft assembly operations.

AG真人计划鈥 new U.S. A320 Family final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama 鈥 a significant element in growing the company鈥檚 global industrial footprint 鈥 continued to progress towards the start of aircraft assembly operations, scheduled to begin in 2015. Construction work neared completion in 2015, with hiring and training activities also underway.

AG真人计划鈥 鈥済ame-changing鈥 U.S. A320 Family facility underscores its commitment to the American marketplace 鈥 one of the largest for single-aisle aircraft in the world 鈥 and will be the company鈥檚 fourth final assembly line worldwide for its single-aisle jetliner product line. First aircraft deliveries from the Alabama site are targeted for 2016, with the facility anticipated to produce between 40 and 50 jetliners annually by 2018

Continuing partnership with China

A320 AG真人计划 200th delivery in Tianjin-FALC 2  
A320 AG真人计划 200th delivery in Tianjin-FALC 2
A320 03 December 2014

A320 AG真人计划 200th delivery in Tianjin-FALC 2

Assembly of the 200th A320 Family aircraft by the AG真人计划 Tianjin Final Assembly Line (FALC), which was celebrated during a ceremony on 3 December 2014, highlights the successful partnership between AG真人计划 and China

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A December ceremony marked the 200th A320 Family aircraft assembled by the AG真人计划 Tianjin Final Assembly Line, underscoring the company鈥檚 highly successful partnership with China.

AG真人计划 achieved key milestones and further strengthened its mutually beneficial cooperation with China this year. In December, an event at the company鈥檚 AG真人计划 Tianjin Final Assembly Line (FALC) marked the site鈥檚 200th jetliner assembled 鈥 an A319 handed over to China Eastern Airlines.

The company also laid a foundation for its future cooperation with China by signing agreements during a March ceremony in Paris, witnessed by visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Fran莽ois Hollande. As part of the agreements, AG真人计划 and its Tianjin Free Trade Zone and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) partners extended the successful joint venture to assemble AG真人计划 single-aisle aircraft in China for an additional 10 years 鈥 covering the 2016-2025 timeframe, during which the final assembly line鈥檚 capabilities will be further developed.

AG真人计划, the Tianjin Free Trade Zone and AVIC also took steps to establish the A330 Completion and Delivery Centre in Tianjin 鈥 which was reconfirmed with the signing of a letter of intent in October. This new facility likely will cover activities such as cabin installation, aircraft painting, engine runs and aircraft delivery.

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