EADS becomes Airbus Group

By Victoria Moores,

EADS has formally rebranded as Airbus Group, retaining its Airbus commercial aircraft identity and renaming its other two divisions as Airbus Defense and Space, and Airbus Helicopters.

This means the group’s Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military defense and space activities have now been united under the Airbus Defense and Space division.

Airbus Group is also planning to change its legal status, subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals, although its organizational structure and operations will remain the same.

After the transition, it will be converted from a Naamloze vennootschap (NV) public company to a European company, or Societas Europaea (SE); however, Airbus Group will continue to be legally registered in the Netherlands.

“We are a pioneer for European industrial integration. It is a logical step and high time that our multinational culture is also mirrored in our legal structure,” Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders said.

The legal name change is expected to be approved by Airbus Group’s shareholders during the company’s annual general meeting in May, but the change to SE status is not due to be approved until May 2015.

“These steps complement the transformation process of the group. In less than two years, the company has not only modernized its governance, broadened the shareholding structure and united the headquarters, but also thoroughly overhauled its company strategy and launched the integration of the defense and space businesses,” Airbus Group said in a statement.

In 2012, the group generated €56.5 billion ($77.9 million) in revenues, employing over 140,000 staff.

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EADS confirms 5,800 job cuts across Europe

An Airbus A380 EADS is changing its name to Airbus, the civil planemaking division

Aerospace and defence giant EADS says it will cut 5,800 jobs as a fall in governments’ military spending begins to bite.

The company, which owns Airbus, plans to reorganise its European defence and space businesses.

It says there will be a “substantial consolidation” of sites in Germany, France, Spain and the UK.

In the UK operations will be focused on three sites – Stevenage, Portsmouth and Newport at the cost of around 450 jobs.

It is understood that the programme will be put in place over three years and that the company aims to make most of the cuts through voluntary measures.

Tom Enders, chief executive of EADS, said in a statement: “We need to improve our competitiveness in defence and space – and we need to do it now.

“With our traditional markets down, we urgently need to improve access to international customers, to growth markets.”

EADS is the biggest shareholder in the Eurofighter


Last year, EADS tried to negotiate a tie-up with UK defence company BAE Systems, but the deal stumbled amid strong political opposition.

EADS warned then that it would have to restructure in the face of defence budget cuts in its main markets.

It is understood that the UK operations, which employ more than 17,000 people, will be affected as part of the consolidation of the Astrium, Cassidian and Airbus Military divisions in a new unit, to be called Airbus Defence and Space.

Cassidian is the biggest shareholder in the Eurofighter and builds the fuselage and important parts of the combat jet’s electronics.

EADS’ Paris headquarters will also be closed. The company had already announced that it is changing its name to Airbus, the Toulouse-based commercial aircraft arm that contributes the bulk of group revenues.

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First Airbus Military A400M for Turkish Air Force makes maiden flight

First Airbus Military A400M for Turkish Air Force makes maiden flight  (c) Airbus Military
First Airbus Military A400M for Turkish Air Force makes maiden flight (c) Airbus Military

The first production Airbus Military A400M new generation airlifter for the Turkish Air Force (TAF) has made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery. The aircraft, known as MSN9, took off from Seville, Spain, at 13:56 local time (GMT+2) on 9 August and landed back in Seville 5 hours and 30 minutes later. The A400M programme for the TAF is also making good progress at the Airbus Military International Training Centre at Seville, where TAF pilots, loadmasters, and maintenance technicians have already begun their training. Turkey has ordered 10 A400Ms.

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Airbus Military awards A400M tailplane work package to South Africa´s Denel Aerostructures

South African Deputy Director-General Department of Public Enterprises, Kgathatso Tlhakudi, celebrates after the signing ceremony.

Airbus Military has placed a third work package with South Africa’s Denel Aerostructures (DAe) for the manufacture of structural components for the A400M military transport programme.

This multi-million Rand contract was received at the Paris Airshow today on behalf of South Africa’s Minister for Public Enterprises, Mr Malusi Gigaba and Denel’s Group CEO, Mr Riaz Saloojee.  It will see DAe producing the ribs, spars and swords (ie. the skeletal support structure) for the A400M’s vertical tail plane.

Airbus Military CEO, Mr Domingo Urena, said: “Denel, with its diverse set of expertise, capabilities and capacities, is central to Airbus Military’s ambition to develop an expanded and multi-faceted partnership with South Africa’s high-tech aerospace and defence industry, tied to South Africa’s military aircraft requirements and acquisitions”.

South Africa’s Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr Malusi Gigaba, said: “The approximately ZAR200-million (€15.1m) work package is contracted to run over the entire life of the A400M programme and demonstrates Airbus Military’s confidence in Denel and South Africa’s design and manufacturing capabilities, coupled with our ability to deliver on time and within budgets.”

DAe has already begun preparing to launch production of the components at its plant near Johannesburg and will deliver the first finished shipset to Airbus’s specialised vertical tail plane factory at Stade, Germany in March 2014.

“Our success in establishing and maintaining partnerships like the one with Airbus Military is one of the pillars of our growth strategy, and it will make Denel profitable on a sustainable basis, improve our financial performance while also contributing to our national socio-economic imperatives. The contract strengthens Denel’s position in South Africa’s aerospace industry and reconfirms the company as a strategic national asset, its contribution to skills development and advanced manufacturing, as well as its potential to generate export revenue for the country,” Mr Saloojee said.

Under a renegotiated contract announced last September, the South African manufacturer is also responsible for two other A400M work packages involving the design, engineering and fabrication of the Wing-to-Fuselage Fairing and the fuselage Top Shells.

The wing-to-fuselage fairing is the largest single aerostructure component ever produced in South Africa and provides an aerodynamic shroud over sensitive equipment located in the centre wing part of the A400M.  The fairing protects the equipment from lightning, hail damage and bird strikes.

The fuselage Top Shells are made up of more than 1 100 individual parts and a large machined skin, engineered out of an aluminium alloy.  Each A400M is fitted with two Top Shells, positioned in front and behind the wings where they join the fuselage.  They are also fitted with approximately 1 000 brackets which support electrical and electronic wiring, hot air and heat exchange pipes and the aircraft’s emergency life rafts.

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Algerian Air Force Performs Trials With A330 MRTT

By Anthony Osborne

The Algerian air force (AAF) has been conducting trials with the Airbus Military A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft.

Demonstrations of the aircraft, using an airframe that is destined for the U.K. Royal Air Force, are understood to have taken place earlier this month at Boufarik airbase, the AAF’s main transport airfield near Algiers.

Airbus Military referred queries about the aircraft to the Algerian defense ministry. However, images published on Algerian websites have confirmed the aircraft’s presence at the base as part of a demonstration.

The display at Boufarik comes just weeks after Boeing demonstrated its C-17 Globemaster to the air force as a possible replacement for Algeria’s aging Russian-built Ilyushin Il-76. It is likely that should any sale of the A330 MRTT come to fruition, the aircraft will replace the tanker version of the Il-76, the Il-78 Midas, which Algeria also has in its inventory.

Algeria’s secretive military is in the throes of a major modernization and is understood to be looking toward more Western equipment as it replaces fleets of Russian-built types.

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Airbus Military A400M receivs full civil type certificate from EASA. Military certification and first delivery to follow soon

Airbus Military has today received full Type Certification for the A400M new generation airlifter, marking a critical step towards delivery of the first aircraft to the French Air Force.

Award of the Type Certificate makes the A400M the world’s first large military transport to be designed and certified to civil standards from its inception. Military Initial Operating Clearance is ongoing, paving the way towards first delivery.

The Type Certificate, was presented to Airbus Military by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Certification Director Dr. Norbert Lohl.

Airbus Military CEO Domingo Ureña Raso said: “I would like to thank everyone in Airbus, Airbus Military and at EASA who has worked so hard to achieve this certification. It is an enormously gratifying moment to have confirmation that the A400M has fully demonstrated its compliance with the most stringent airworthiness standards. This is an aircraft that is going to transform the military airlift world in the years ahead and we look forward with great excitement to the first delivery.”

Cedric Gautier, Airbus Military Head of A400M programme, said: “Certifying the A400M to civil as well as military standards has been a huge challenge for us, our suppliers and EASA itself. But by providing a firm framework for certification from day one, to globally accepted standards, both we and the operators will see important benefits as the aircraft matures in service and new customers join the programme.”

During the certification programme the A400M has undergone exhaustive testing of its handling qualities throughout the flight envelope in normal and failure conditions; demonstrated outstanding performance in the heat of the Gulf, cold of Sweden and Canada, and at the high altitude of La Paz, Bolivia; and satisfactorily completed more than 300 hours of function and reliability testing to demonstrate the robustness of its TP400 engines and systems.

Additionally it has begun tests of more advanced military functions such as air-to-air refuelling, air-dropping of supplies and paratroopers, and low-level flight – all with highly encouraging results. The five-strong fleet of “Grizzly” development aircraft has now completed some 4,800 hours in the air during more than 1,600 flights and will continue intensively to expand the A400M’s military capabilities.

About A400M

The A400M is an all-new military airlifter designed to meet the needs of the world’s armed forces in the 21st Century. Thanks to its most advanced technologies, it is able to fly higher, faster and further, while retaining high manoeuvrability, low speed, and short, soft and rough airfield capabilities. It combines both tactical and strategic/logistic missions. With its cargo hold specifically designed to carry the outsize equipment needed today for both military and humanitarian disaster relief missions, it can bring this material quickly and directly to where it is most needed. Conceived to be highly reliable, dependable, and with great survivability, the multipurpose A400M can do more with less, implying smaller fleets and less investment from the operator. The A400M is the most cost efficient and versatile airlifter ever conceived and absolutely unique in its capabilities.

PICTURE: First production A400M makes maiden flight

By Dominic Perry

Airbus Military’s first production A400M has performed its maiden sortie as the airframer targets delivery of the airlifter to the French air force later this year.

Aircraft MSN7 took off from Airbus’s San Pablo facility near Seville at 11:48 local on 6 March and returned to the site after a flight lasting 5h 42min.

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 Airbus Military

Experimental test pilot Hugues Van Der Stichel, who captained the flight, says: “The performance of the aircraft was as expected and we had a very smooth flight, confirming the great handling capabilities of the aircraft.

“The result of this first flight gives us full confidence for the on-time delivery to the French air force.”

Delivery is scheduled for late May or early June.

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