On 29th May 1969, ministers from Germany and France agreed a new approach: a partnership between European nations, later joined by Spain and the UK, to develop the first Airbus aircraft, the twin-aisle A300.
Airbus will be celebrating its 50th birthday next week., it has been a triumph of European integration for over five decades.
Since the launch of world’s first twin engine wide body aircraft, Airbus A300 five decades ago, the company lived up to its official motto, “We Make It Fly,”
The “Airbus Family” began with the shorter-fuselage A310 and longer-range A300.
In February, 1987, Airbus rolled out the A320 with the groundbreaking fly-by-wire technology.
With the A320 unveiled to the world, Airbus launched medium to long-range A330 twin and longer-range A340 four-engine aircraft in June, 1987, just four months after the A320’s first flight.
Then in 1994, Airbus rolled out the A300-600ST Beluga.
“a new way of flying”, said the airbus when it revealed A380 on 18 January, 2005. The first flight of A380 powered by four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines took place in Toulouse on 27 April, 2005, in front of the world’s media.
The A350 is the first Airbus aircraft with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon fibre reinforced polymer. Airbus A350XWB entered service with Qatar Airways on 15 January 2015.
2016, A year of key milestones, including service introductions of the A320neo (new engine option) jetliner; first deliveries of the latest A330 Family member tailored for regional routes; expansion of the A350 XWB operator base; start of final assembly for the A330neo; and its 10,000th overall delivery.
2019 – Airbus delivered 12,000th Aircraft to Delta Airlines.
Today, Airbus is a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to a customer base that spans the globe – with operations for commercial aircraft, helicopters, defence and space.
Next week, on 29th May, Airbus is celebrating its 50th birthday with a formation flyover featuring all of its aircraft types.