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Sat, 14 July 2018

Airbus to Showcase Wide Range of Products and Services at FIA18

Airbus will showcase a broad portfolio of products and services at Farnborough International Airshow 2018 in England (16-22 July).

The static display will feature two A220-300s (a test aircraft and an airBaltic aircraft), which, along with the smaller A220-100, represent the newest members of the Airbus single-aisle Family following the recent agreement to take a majority stake in the 100-150 seat aircraft programme. An A321neo will also be on display on Wednesday.

Airbus latest wide-body models, the A330-900neo and A350-1000, will each participate in the Farnborough flying display for the first time. The A330neo, which features new wings and new generation engines, is due to go into service in 2018.

An A330-900neo of launch customer TAP Air Portugal and an A350-1000 of launch operator Qatar Airways will also be on the static display.

AirBaltic Airbus A220-300 (CS300). Click to enlarge.

At the larger end of the Airbus portfolio, a Hi Fly A380 will be on static display during the latter part of the week showing the flexibility of the double-decker aircraft.

Airbus Helicopters will present key products and capabilities as well as highlight research and development in unmanned solutions. On the static display will be a single-engine H125 helicopter equipped with special sensors and a telemetry kit that allow pilot and aircraft performance to be streamed in real-time to the ground for training applications. The aircraft is due to be handed over during the show to QinetiQ for use with the UK-based Empire Test Pilots School.

Visitors to Farnborough will also see a full scale mock-up of the VSR700 rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which can bring beyond the horizon surveillance capability to naval ships.

Meanwhile, Airbus Defence and Space will demonstrate military aircraft, space systems, secure communications and UAVs. An A400M military transporter (pictured) in special Royal Air Force colours will take part in both the flying and static displays. Equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, the A400M can perform strategic and tactical transport missions and also undertake air-to-air refuelling. Also featured will be the world record holding Zephyr, Airbus solar-electric stratospheric unmanned aircraft that combines the advantage of a satellite with the flexibility and persistence of a UAV.

Airbus A400M Grizzly 4. Click to enlarge.

Airbus will also showcase its secure communications networking and cyber security capability at one of the interactive bubble displays at the Airbus Pavilion. Space expertise will feature strongly, including the environmental monitoring programme Copernicus where Airbus designs and manufactures Sentinel satellites. In the shows Space Zone, Airbus will exhibit the ExoMars rover prototype that will drive on a simulated Martian surface. The Network for the Sky airborne communications solution will also be presented for the first time.

The interactive bubble displays in the Pavilion will present four broad key themes for Airbus by illustrating certain related activities.

The Future of Flight display will show how Airbus is further improving its portfolio and changing the future of mobility with aircraft such as the single-aisle A321LR that can serve new long-haul markets, the H160 helicopter and Urban Air Mobility initiatives such as  Vahana and CityAirbus.

The Secure World display will showcase Airbus vision for defence and security including the Future Air Power family of connected systems to respond to the threats of tomorrow.

The From Data to Insight display will demonstrate how Airbus is harnessing the power of data through digitalisation initiatives such as the Skywise data platform.

Another display area will demonstrate how Airbus is committed to developing a sustainable future together with its key partners and stakeholders. Featured projects include the Blade wing laminar flow demonstrator programme conducted under the European Clean Sky research programme. As the second largest supplier to the Royal Air Force and biggest supplier of large aircraft, Airbus will also show its strong support for the RAFs centenary celebrations.

The Farnborough International Airshow runs from 16-22 July.

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 Interview with Martin Gauss, CEO



Airbus A400M Grizzly 4

HD video tour of the interior and exterior of Grizzly 4, an Airbus A400M which was in Bangkok, Thailand, on 19 April 2012. It was the first time that an Airbus Military A400M flew over Thailand as it was taking part in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Thai Air Force -- "The Centennial of the RTAF Founding Fathers' Aviation". The visit was the final leg of the first Asia Pacific Tour the A400M made. The imposing aircraft also visited Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Chiang Mai, before returning to Europe.

See also: Pictures of the Airbus A400M Grizzly Bear.

See also: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 HD Video and Podcast Interview with Martin Gauss, CEO.

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