Airbus Celebrates 50 Years; Eyes Fastest Growing Airplane Market In India

“We have entered an era of mass manufacturing. This year we are ready to deliver 880 to 890 aircrafts,” said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury, adding, “Airbus’ story is one of ambition and progress, and has been a showcase of European integration.Over five decades, we have brought together civil and defence aviation businesses from throughout the continent.” Airbus celebrates its 50th anniversary today.

India is the world’s fastest-growing market for air travel and budget airlines. Airbus dominates the single-aisle aircraft in the country with IndiGo, GoAir, Air India, Vistara and AirAsia India operating its aircraft and the airplane manufacturer is trying to make its mark in the long-haul airplane market, which is dominated by Boeing, sources said.

Said Faury, while interacting with media persons in Toulouse recently: "We are always looking for opportunities and always see a market for our aircraft. We are trying to be long-term oriented for India, which is the fastest growing market and there is a lot of demand."

On Wednesday, Airbus launched a global campaign to celebrate the company’s 50 year anniversary, showcasing key moments of pioneering progress throughout the past five decades. A formation of Airbus family aircraft, including the A220, A320 Family, A330neo, A350 XWB, A380 and BelugaXL, along with Dassault Alpha Jets of the Patrouille de France, flew over Toulouse and completed a flypast over Blagnac airport.

"For 50 years, we have pioneered many firsts through our passion and innovation, transforming the industry and helping to move society forward. Airbus is a story of incredible men and women, a story of great achievements in the past and, above all, in the future,” Faury said.

Grazia Vittadini, Chief Technology Officer at Airbus said: “Aircraft are roughly 80% more fuel efficient per passenger kilometer than they were 50 years ago. However, with air traffic growth estimated to more than double over the next 20 years, reducing aviation’s impact on the environment remains the aim of the industry.”

"Electric and hybrid-electric propulsion is the most promising technology to develop means of transportation with improved environmental performance that are less reliant on fossil fuels and use energy more efficiently. That’s why Airbus is investing heavily in research dedicated to developing all necessary technologies, and partnering with the best to make it a reality,” said another senior official.

The 50th anniversary campaign also looks to the future, exploring how Airbus continues to shape the industry with pioneering innovations that address some of society’s most critical issues, whether that be pioneering electric flight to reduce emissions, digitizing aerospace design, or developing new urban air mobility options.

The campaign today also marks 50 years since the French Minister of Transport, Jean Chamant and the German Minister of Economic Affairs, Karl Schiller, signed an agreement at the 1969 Paris Air Show for the joint-development of the A300 aircraft, a first European twin-aisle twin-engine jet for medium-haul air travel.

Running from May 29 to July 17, the campaign will bring stories to life through new, engaging content published across Airbus channels. With a new story released each day, for 50 consecutive days, the campaign will highlight the people and ground-breaking innovations that have driven the company. The campaign shines a light on many different aspects of the Airbus business, including commercial aircraft, helicopters, space and defence, in addition to programmes and initiatives.

Source : The Times Of India

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