Airbus

  • Airbus has kicked off a new drone delivery trial in which its Skyways drone will deposit packages onto ships anchored offshore. It's hoped the technology now being tested in Singapore will speed up delivery times, and offer a greener and safer way of doing business in busy ports.
  • After making its first flight in 2005, the Airbus A380 double-decker jumbo jet proceeded to become the flagship aircraft of the Emirates airline. This Thursday, however, it was announced that Emirates has reduced its latest order. As a result, Airbus will cease deliveries of the A380 in 2021.
  • The final component of a"chameleon" satellite is shipping out for final assembly as the Eutelsat Quantum communication satellite is moved from the Surrey Satellite Technology facility for final assembly in France. It's the first satellite that can be completely reprogrammed in orbit.
  • Part-drone, part-self-driving electric car, ​​Audi’s Pop.Up Next is an ambitious concept dreamt up in collaboration with subsidiary Italdesign and Airbus. The automaker is this week carrying out the first public demonstrations, albeit at just a quarter of the size the finished product. ​
  • With a livery that reflects its namesake, the first of Airbus' five BelugaXL heavy transport aircraft completed its maiden flight today at Toulouse-Blagnac, France. At 2:21 pm CEST, the three-story tall airplane touched down after finishing its first four hours and eleven minutes in the air.
  • Automated in-flight refueling​ has come to large aircraft after Airbus Defence and Space and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) conducted the first Automatic Air-to-Air (A3R) refueling between an Airbus 310 development tanker and a RAAF KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport​ off the coast of Spain.
  • The Airbus Group's stable got a bit larger on July 11 as an A220 made its first appearance in Airbus livery. Coming fresh from the paint shop, the A220-300 landed at the company's Henri-Ziegler Delivery Centre near Toulouse at 12:25 pm CEST as an audience of media and Airbus employees looked on.
  • The latest version of the Airbus Ultra Long Range A350 XWB airliner has taken to the skies for its maiden flight. The twin-engined aircraft took off from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France as part of a short test program to certify a number of modifications to increase its range and efficiency.
  • In partnership with Zodiac Aerospace, Airbus is developing a modular system that will allow airlines to change their cargo bays into sleeper compartments for long-haul flights complete with spacious bunks and other amenities.
  • ​​Airbus has combined its aerial prowess with the ground-vehicle know-how of Italdesign and Audi to produce an audacious mobility concept called Pop.Up Next, a two-seat travel solution can both drive itself on the road and lift into the air vertically.
  • The International Space Station (ISS) is about to get a strange new crew member. The Crew Interactive Mobile Companion – or CIMON for short – is described by Airbus as a kind of flying brain, and will assist with experiments during the upcoming Horizons mission.
  • Flying taxis still seem very much like something pulled right out of science fiction, but when transport heavyweights like Boeing, Airbus and Uber start pumping millions of dollars into their development, it might be time to take all of this a bit more seriously.