Welcome to the family, A330: Airbus most successful wide-body

AeroTime Daily News | January 17, 2020
Aviation History
With the introduction of the A300 in the early 1970s, Airbus had one goal in mind – to create a family of aircraft. The family that would serve various markets and needs of customers: from the smallest narrow-body jets to the big boys that are able to carry more than 350 passengers, the European manufacturer’s goal was to conquer the world with its wide array of products. The family’s first addition was the A310, a derivative of the A300, the A310 could seat 220 people in a typical two-class configuration, flying as far as 5,150 nm (9,540 km) with the -300 variant.
The Canadian aerospace and transportation manufacturer, Bombardier, announced its preliminary financial results for Q4 2019 and the full year. With the results being below guidance, as the company indicates, it is “actively pursuing strategic options to accelerate deleveraging.”
By Gediminas Ziemelis
2019 brought a challenging period for aviation industry. Boeing MAX grounding, “flight shame” movement, airline bankruptcies and other important events made a huge impact on the annual results. However, positive news like the fact that 2019 was the safest in the last five years brightened up the day.
Airbus performed the first fully automatic vision-based take-off using an Airbus Family test aircraft on January 16, 2020. The automatic take-off was enabled by image recognition technology installed directly on the aircraft, instead of relying on an Instrument Landing System (ILS). A crew of five people, composed of two pilots, two flight test engineers and a test flight engineer, performed a total of 8 take-offs within four and a half hours at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS) in France.

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