Chronicle EADS Chronicle 04 March 2011: EADS North America will not protest U.S. Air Force’s aerial refueling tanker selection EADS North America has announced that it will not protest the U.S. Air Force’s selection of the Boeing offering in the competition to replace the service's aging fleet of KC-135 aerial refueling tankers. The company expressed appreciation to the Air Force for running a competition consistent with the rules set out in its Request for Proposal. 16 February 2011: Astrium sends the ATV Johannes Kepler on its way to the International Space Station Ariane 5 has launched the ATV Johannes Kepler into orbit. Weighing in at 20.1 tonnes, this second ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) is the heaviest object to be launched into space by an Ariane 5. Accomplishing such a feat required a special version of the Ariane 5, which was developed and manufactured by Astrium. ATV’s mission is to bring more than 7.1 metric tons of freight to the ISS including fuel, gases, food and clothing. 14 February 2011: Japan’s newest airline A&F Aviation to launch services with A320s A&F Aviation, the new Japanese airline recently established by All Nippon Airways (ANA) and First Eastern Investment Group (First Eastern), has selected Airbus A320 aircraft to start low cost services from Kansai International Airport, Osaka, in the second half of FY2011. A fleet of ten A320 aircraft, leased from GECAS, will seat 180 passengers each in a single-class layout. The jets will be powered by CFM International engines. 10 February 2011: Eurofighter consortium seeks India as a new industrial partner for production and further developments The Eurofighter Partner Companies are keen to win India as a new industrial partner for the production and further development of the world’s most advanced swing-role combat aircraft In order to phase India into the global Eurofighter Typhoon programme as a significant manufacturing and engineering partner, the Eurofighter partners pursue an ambitious industrialization strategy. The objective is to win India as a key partner co-developing and co-producing future upgrades and enhancements, new sub-systems, software, etc. 10 February 2011: EADS North America responds to Air Force request for final proposal revisions in tanker competition EADS North America submit its response to the U.S. Air Force’s request for final proposal revisions in the KC-X aerial refueling tanker competition. EADS North America is offering the KC-45, the only tanker in the competition that is flying now and certified. The KC-45 will be built in the United States by 48,000 American workers. 10 February 2011: Larsen & Toubro and CASSIDIAN join forces in India to forge a long term partnership Cassidian and Indian engineering giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Mumbai, join forces in the field of defence electronics. The Indian authorities have now approved the formation of a joint venture company between L&T and Cassidian. The joint venture will be active in the defence electronics market. It aims to cover manufacturing, design, engineering, distribution and marketing in the fields of electronic warfare, radars, avionics and mobile systems (such as bridges) for military applications. 09 February 2011: EADS North America’s UH-72A Lakota helicopter program continues on-time and on-budget deliveries The U.S. Army has ordered a total of 32 UH-72A Lakotas from EADS North America in Fiscal Year 2011, which will sustain production for this highly successful program. EADS North America, and its American Eurocopter business unit, has delivered 148 Lakotas to the Army and five for the Navy, with all aircraft provided on time and within budget. The 150th LUH is scheduled for delivery to the Army in early February. 03 February 2011: Airbus to increase A330 production rate to ten a month Airbus has decided to raise the production rate for its A330 Family to ten aircraft a month from the second quarter of 2013. Currently Airbus turns out eight A330 Family aircraft each month. This monthly rate will increase to nine in early 2012, before reaching rate ten in the second quarter of 2013 due to the strong market demand for the aircraft. 01 February 2011: EADS North America’s TRS-3D Radar selected again for U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship EADS North America has received a contract from Lockheed Martin to supply its TRS-3D radar for the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship. As part of a recent Department of Defense award, Lockheed Martin will construct up to 10 Littoral Combat Ships through 2015. Under the terms of the contract, EADS North America will deliver the first radar unit to Lockheed Martin for installation in 2012. 01 February 2011: Eurocopter inaugurates its new North Sea Service Centre with an EC225 helicopter simulator at Aberdeen in Scotland, and signs a key training contract Eurocopter has officially inaugurated its new North Sea Service Centre in Aberdeen, Scotland, providing a highly capable training, technical support and logistics facility in close proximity to helicopter operators who support the region’s vital oil and gas industry – as well as the emerging wind farm sector. Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft constitute the largest helicopter fleet in the UK. 27 January 2011: Airbus delivers record number of corporate jets Airbus delivered 15 corporate jets in 2010, worth more than US$ 1.5 billion at list prices, setting a new record for this facet of its business. 25 January 2011: 100,000 flying hours for Eurofighter Typhoon. The operational fleet of Eurofighter Typhoons in service since the second half of 2003 achieved the impressive milestone of 100,000 flying hours in January 2011. 19 January 2011: Astrium to provide welfare communications services to deployed German troops The German Bundeswehr has awarded a contract to Astrium for the delivery of “Welfare Communication Services” to deployed German troops. The multi-million euro contract covers current and future Bundeswehr operations. The “Welfare Communication Services” is the provision of a full range of telecommunication infrastructure and related services for deployed troops, enabling them to call their families and friends back home, to access the Internet and GSM networks, send and receive emails and video telephony. 17 January 2011: Airbus celebrates its 10,000th order with Virgin America’s 60 A320 deal Airbus has announced 10,000th order with a firm contract from Virgin America for 60 A320s, including 30 A320neo aircraft. This is the first firm order for the A320 new engine option. This formalizes and expands an initial commitment given at the Farnborough International Airshow in July 2010 with the inclusion of the A320neo as a new development in that deal. 17 January 2011: CASSIDIAN and Ericsson complete extension of TETRA network to secure Bulgarian borders A consortium of Cassidian and Ericsson successfully completed the Schengen project for development of the TETRA radio network in Bulgaria. Following this latest extension, the secure radio communication network now includes a further 50 fixed and three mobile TETRA base stations. 11 January 2011: IndiGo commits to 180 A320s, largest jet order in aviation history India's largest low-cost carrier IndiGo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 180 eco-efficient Airbus A320 aircraft of which 150 will be A320neo’s and 30 will be A320s. It is the largest single firm order number for large jets in commercial aviation history. 11 January 2011: Cassidian and Atlas Elektronik announce the foundation of SIGNALIS Cassidian and Atlas Elektronik announce the completion of the merger of their subsidiaries Sofrelog and Atlas Maritime Security. SIGNALIS, the world leading provider of maritime safety and security solutions will take the form of a strong and flexible Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) tailored to meet specific customer needs in this market. It will be co-owned by Cassidian (60%) and Atlas Elektronik (40%). 21 December 2010: LAN firms up commitment to order 50 A320 Family aircraft LAN Airlines, one of Latin America's leading passenger and cargo airlines, signed a firm order for 50 new eco-efficient Airbus A320 Family aircraft, making it the largest single airline order for Airbus in Latin America. The order follows a Memorandum of Understanding announced at Farnborough Airshow in July 2010. 20 December 2010: Helibras delivers the first three Eurocopter EC725 helicopters for the Brazilian Armed Forces Eurocopter’s Helicópteros do Brasil (Helibras) subsidiary has delivered the initial three EC725s for Brazil’s armed forces, marking a key milestone in the program to supply 50 of these medium-sized, multi-role helicopters – which will lead to in- country production of the rotary-wing aircraft. 20 December 2010: Fourth Airbus Military A400M makes first flight The fourth Airbus Military A400M military airlifter has made its first flight – the culmination of a highly successful year 2010 which also saw the fleet of Grizzly development aircraft complete just over 1,000 hours flight-time and 300 flights. “Grizzly 4” is the fourth of an eventual five aircraft which will conduct the 3,700 hour flight-test programme leading to first delivery in around two years time. 17 December 2010: Eurocopter’s first NH90 TTH tactical transport helicopter for Spain and France perform their maiden flights Eurocopter has conducted the first flights of the NH90 tactical transport helicopters for France and Spain, sustaining the development pace for this multinational rotary-wing program. The one-hour missions were performed at Eurocopter’s Marignane facility in France. The 11-metric ton NH90 TTH is tailored for tactical missions that include search and rescue, personnel recovery and casualty evacuation, with the capability to operate day and night in all environments. Flight testing will continue at test facilities in Spain and France. 08 December 2010: EADS North America conducts first flight of its Armed Aerial Scout 72X Technical Demonstration Aircraft EADS North America has announced that it has flown the second of three company-funded Armed Aerial Scout 72X Technical Demonstration Aircraft. The flight took place on Dec 7 at the company’s American Eurocopter facility in Grand Prairie, Texas and lasted 40 minutes. The objective of this flight was to demonstrate integrated targeting sensor, manned/unmanned teaming (MUM-T) and communications and navigation capabilities. 08 December 2010: EADS North America prepares to build KC-45 tanker production facility in Mobile, Alabama EADS North America today announced that it is soliciting bids through its recently selected program management firm for design and construction of the Mobile Conversion Center where KC-45 aerial refueling tanker aircraft will be militarized for the United States Air Force. Preparation for construction of the facility began in November with the selection of Hoar Program Management to oversee the project. 02 December 2010: Astrium to build the future optical reconnaissance satellites for the French Armed Forces The DGA, the French arms procurement agency, has awarded Astrium a € 795 million contract for two satellites for the optical space component (CSO) that will replace the current HELIOS 2 military observation satellites. As prime contractor for the CSO satellites programme, Astrium will provide the agile platform and avionics, and will also be responsible for the integration work, testing and delivery of the satellites to CNES, the French space agency, 01 December 2010: Airbus offers new fuel saving engine options for A320 Family Airbus has decided to offer for its best-selling A320 Family new fuel saving engines as an option. Known as the A320neo, this new engine option also incorporates fuel-saving large wing tip devices called Sharklets. he A320neo will not only deliver significant fuel savings of up to 15 percent, which represents up to 3,600 tonnes of CO2 savings annually per A320neo. In addition, A320neo customers will benefit from a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions, reduced engine noise, lower operating costs and up to 500nm 950 km) more range or two tonnes more payload. Airbus will start deliveries of the A320neo Family in spring 2016. 29 November 2010: Lufthansa, TAM Airline and Airbus launch world’s first passenger bio-fuel flights Lufthansa is launching the world’s first ever scheduled commercial passenger flights using bio-fuel in the first half of 2011, with an IAE (International Aero Engines) powered Airbus A321 aircraft. The daily flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt, will be the first in the world to use a bio-fuel blend made from 50 per cent Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO). Earlier in November, TAM Airlines has conducted the first Jatropha-based biofuel flight in Latin America, using an Airbus A320. 29 November 2010: CASSIDIAN and EADS Innovation Works promote security research Cassidian and EADS Innovation Works, the corporation’s central research establishment, are together funding an endowed chair of detection technology at Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. The two units will provide a sum of one million euros for this purpose over the next five years. The objective is to research into technologies for the detection of hazardous substances by chemical and physical means. 26 November 2010: Astrium reports 40th consecutive success for Ariane 5 The Ariane 5 launch vehicle developed and manufactured by Astrium has been successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana. Astrium CEO François Auque conveyed his warmest wishes to all of Astrium’s teams and industrial partners, congratulating them for “this 40th consecutive success for Astrium since 2003, confirming yet again the excellence and quality of Ariane 5.” The launcher placed two telecommunications satellites in orbit, including HYLAS 1, which was developed by Astrium for the satellite operator Avanti Communications. HYLAS 1 will provide all of Europe with high-speed rural broadband services that cover even the remotest areas. 22 November 2010: CASSIDIAN protects German Navy ships with the latest identification systems Cassidian is equipping the German Navy’s new F125 stabilisation frigates with their newly developed TRS-4D/NR radar, which detects movements on the sea and in the air with previously unattainable precision. Cassidian has received an order for four naval radars and one land-based system from Blohm & Voss Naval GmbH, in Hamburg, Germany. In October Cassidian already reported that it completed the modernisation of twelve frigates of the German Navy as well as the five K130 corvettes of the “Braunschweig” class and the ten fast patrol boats of the type S143 with the latest IFF (identification friend-or-foe) technology. 19 November 2010: EADS North America and Airbus Americas seek stronger ties with U.S. Aerospace Suppliers To further enhance the group’s procurement activities in the U.S. and strengthen their relationships with U.S. suppliers, EADS North America and Airbus Americas are setting up a joint U.S. Sourcing Office, based at Airbus Americas’ headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. The new procurement office will facilitate closer contact with the group‘s existing supplier base as well as increasing their presence and facilitating new opportunities for additional procurement in the U.S. 08 November 2010: Cassidian provides interoperable TETRA network to Border Police in all Romanian Border counties The Romanian Ministry of Administration and Interior and Cassidian have completed successfully the rigorous testing programme of the Inter-System Interface, in accordance with the TETRA interoperability standards, between Cassidian and PHARE TETRA networks.Thus, the Cassidian Border Security project, SISF (Integrated System for Border Security) will provide the Romanian Border Police with a coherent TETRA network in all the border counties. Furthermore, SISF will constitute the TETRA national platform for all governmental security forces in these counties. 05 November 2010: EADS and Airbus welcome A400M agreement with customer nations EADS and Airbus welcome the conclusion of negotiations with OCCAR and the seven A400M launch customer nations. The agreement is the long awaited further detailing of the principle agreement reached in March 2010. While the overall economics of the March agreement remain unchanged the government payments are now more back-loaded than previously expected. 04 November 2010: China signs for 102 Airbus aircraft China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) has signed with Airbus for a total of 102 aircraft of which 66 are new orders. The new orders comprise 50 A320 Family aircraft, six A330s and ten A350 XWBs. 03 November 2010: 20th anniversary for Astrium’s Eurostar series Astrium is celebrating 20 years of its highly successful series of Eurostar telecommunications satellites. Since the launch of the first ever Eurostar, Inmarsat-2 F1, in 1990, 45 Eurostar satellites have been successful delivered into geostationary orbit. The Eurostar was the first commercial satellite to have a fully digital electronics system and was designed to be highly modular so that it could be easily customised to meet specific customer requirements. Through the years, Astrium has implemented an impressive number of innovations that have enabled the Eurostar satellites to become more efficient. 28 October 2010: Second Airbus Military tanker for RAF makes maiden flight EADS North America has marked another step forward for its KC-45 aerial refueling tanker program with the maiden flight of the second Airbus Military A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force (RAF). The KC-45 is the U.S. Air Force configuration of the A330 MRTT, and is the only tanker offered in the Air Force’s tanker competition that is in production and flying today. 27 October 2010: Astrium and Eurocopter sign agreements with Kazakhstan Eurocopter has signed two strategic agreements for the creation of a 50/50 joint venture in Kazakhstan to assemble EC145 helicopters, along with the sale of 45 of these locally-assembled aircraft for government missions in the country. Astrium and JSC NC Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary (KGS), the national company charged with the development of Kazakhstan’s space programmes, signed a contract for a Satellite Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) Centre in Astana. Under the contract Astrium will provide and install the various test equipment at the new AIT Centre. 26 October 2010: The U.S. Army’s fleet of UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters reaches its 40,000 flight hour milestone in operational service The UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter, which is supplied by EADS North America, has surpassed the 40,000-flight hour milestone in operational service with the U.S. Army and Army National Guard. The rotary-wing aircraft is operated by active duty Army and Army National Guard units in missions that include medical evacuation, search and rescue, drug interdiction, VIP transport and general aviation support. 07 October 2010: EADS North America KC-45 tanker program moves forward with completion of A330 MRTT military certification In preparation for delivery to the Royal Australian Air Force, the Airbus Military A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) – which is being offered to the U.S. Air Force as the EADS North America KC-45 – has obtained government certification to operate as a military aerial refueling tanker. 22 September 2010: Lufthansa Group to order 40 Airbus aircraft worth $4.3 billion Lufthansa’s Supervisory Board has approved the acquisition of 40 Airbus aircraft worth approximately US$4.3 billion. These aircraft are destined for Lufthansa, and the Group’s subsidiary airlines SWISS and Germanwings. With this order, the Lufthansa Group, Airbus’s biggest airline customer, will have acquired a combined total of 410 Airbus aircraft. 20 September 2010: CASSIDIAN reinforces its Cyber Security expertise through the acquisition of UK Cyber Consultancy CASSIDIAN successfully acquired Regency IT Consulting thus strengthening the company’s cyber capabilities in the UK. The acquisition will ensure that CASSIDIAN stays at the forefront of cyber security expertise and insights into emerging threats. 19 September 2010: Airbus employees celebrate 40 Years of Innovation with their families In a tremendous event encompassing five sites in Toulouse, Airbus celebrates ‘40 Years of Innovation’ in Toulouse together with some 145,000 employees, families and friends. Airbus top management and Airbus pioneers have delivered moving testimonies that marked some of the major steps through the manufacturer’s 40 year history. 17 September 2010: EADS gets a stronger and consistent brand identity To celebrate ten years of success since its creation, EADS is strengthening its branding; the Group logo has been modernised, and the new branding scheme better integrates and enhances the individual Division brands. EADS Defence & Security changes its name to CASSIDIAN. The new name comes from the Latin terms "cassida" (helmet) and "meridian" (imaginary line running north and south). It symbolises worldwide protection and security, thus reflecting the CASSIDIAN claim – Defending World Security. 16 September 2010: Flight tests begin for Eurocopter’s Tiger HAD support and attack helicopter in Spain The first HAD support and attack version of Eurocopter’s Tiger helicopter has initiated its flight test program at the company’s Albacete facility in Spain. During the next 15 months, a full program of tests and development flights will be carried out to obtain the first qualification step, which is scheduled for December 2011. 09 September 2010: Brazilian Airline TRIP takes delivery of the 900th ATR aircraft ATR has delivered today its 900th aircraft, an ATR 72-500, to Brazilian airline TRIP Linhas Aéreas. This 68-seat aircraft brings to 30 the total fleet of ATRs of the airline. TRIP is the second-largest ATR operator in the world and the largest regional operator in Latin America, with flights over more than 70 destinations in Brazil. 02 September 2010: Cri-Cri, the all-electric aircraft, is airborne The all electric Cri-Cri aircraft, jointly developed by EADS Innovation Works, Aero Composites Saintonge and the Green Cri-Cri Association has made its official maiden flight at Le Bourget airport near Paris. This Cri-Cri is the first-ever four- engined all-electric aerobatic plane. 23 August 2010: EADS North America awarded U.S. Coast Guard contract for HC-144A Maritime Patrol Aircraft The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded EADS North America a $117 million contract for three HC-144A Ocean Sentry Maritime Patrol Aircraft, with options for up to six more aircraft over the next four years. The HC-144A is based on the highly successful Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter, more than 250 of which are in operation by 26 countries. The Ocean Sentry plays a crucial role in Coast Guard aviation missions. 29 July 2010: Tiger Helicopter has logged more than 1,000 Flight Hours in Operations in Afghanistan The fleet of three EC665 Tiger HAPs, operated by the French Army's 5th Combat Helicopter Regiment, has now logged more than 1,000 flight hours in Afghanistan in less than a year. The EC665 Tiger HAP (combat support) helicopter received its operational certification from NATO for the Afghan theater of operations in August 2009, just seven months after the final operational standard qualification was issued by government agencies in December 2008. 22 July 2010: Airbus ends Farnborough 2010 with commitments worth US$28 billion At the 2010 Farnborough Air Show Airbus has announced commitments for 255 aircraft, valued at around US$28 billion. The commitments include firm orders for 133 aircraft worth more than $13 billion, plus memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreements for a further 122 aircraft totaling around $15 billion. The highlights of the show are two large orders from GECAS for 60 A320s worth around $4.9 billion and from Air Lease Corporation for 51 A320 Family aircraft worth $4.4 billion. 30 June 2010: Northrop Grumman and EADS Defence & Security´s Euro Hawk® Unmanned Aircraft Completes Successful First Flight The Euro Hawk® unmanned aircraft system (UAS), built by Northrop Grumman Corporation and EADS Defence & Security (DS), successfully completes its first flight on the evening of June 29. The German Ministry of Defence awarded a contract in January 2007 to EuroHawk GmbH for the development, test and support of the Euro Hawk® SIGINT surveillance and reconnaissance system. Under this contract, EuroHawk GmbH will also provide aircraft modifications, mission control and launch and recovery ground segments, flight test and logistics support. 22 June 2010: EADS Defence & Security and Atlas Elektronik join forces to create Sofrelog Atlas Maritime Security, a leading global provider of maritime safety and security solutions EADS Defence & Security (DS) and Atlas Elektronik (AE) decide to consolidate their position in the maritime safety and security market by merging their subsidiaries Sofrelog, acquired by DS in 2006, and Atlas Maritime Security, a spin-off of AE. This joint venture will take the form of a strong and flexible SME tailored to meet specific customer needs in this market. Named Sofrelog Atlas Maritime Security (SA Maritime Security), the new company will be co-owned by EADS Defence & Security (60%) and Atlas Elektronik (40%). 22 June 2010: A320 Family tops 50 million flights The world’s most popular single-aisle aircraft, the A320 Family, achieves over 50 million take offs and landings since the first model, the A320, entered commercial service in 1988. Over this period, A320 Family aircraft have carried in excess of fivem billion people. With ten take-offs every minute, they have become a familiar sight at airports and in our skies. 18 June 2010: Cri-Cri, the all-electric aircraft Innovation and eco-efficiency are the buzzwords at EADS. Following the flight of an aircraft powered by algae-based fuel, EADS is now tackling the new challenge of a zero-emission propellant. Partnered by Aero Composites Saintonge and the Greencri-cri Association, EADS Innovation Works presents Cri-Cri, the first-ever 2 four-engined all-electric aerobatic plane, at the Green Aviation Show in Le Bourget from 18 to 22 June. 10 June 2010: Airbus wins commitments worth US$15.3 billion at ILA Berlin AirShow During the 2010 ILA Berlin Air Show, Airbus announced commitments across its broad product range covering a total of 67 aircraft, valued at over US$15.3 billion. The highlight of the show was the firm order from Emirates Airline for 32 A380s. Inaddition to this firm order, commitments reached at the show included MoUs for 35aircraft worth approximately $3.8 billion: from TAM Airlines for five A350-900s worthalmost $1.3 billion, plus 20 A320 Family aircraft worth around $1.7 billion, from Finnair for five A321s worth $485 million and from Germania for five A319s worth $372 million. 8 June 2010: EADS flies world’s first plane powered with biofuel based on algae at ILA At the ILA 2010 in Berlin, EADS showcases the world’s first flights of an aircraft powered by pure biofuel made from algae. A Diamond Aircraft DA42 New Generation powered by two Austro Engine AE300 engines takes part in the daily flight demonstrations. Due to the higher energy content of the algae biofuel, the fuel consumption of the Diamond DA42 New Generation is 1.5 litres per hour lower when compared to conventional JET-A1 fuel – while maintaining equal performance. 8 June 2010: EADS to showcase Innovative Hybrid Helicopter Concept at ILA 2010 EADS presents an innovative hybrid helicopter concept at ILA Berlin Airshow 2010. Innovation Works, the corporate research and technology network of EADS,develops diesel-electric hybrid concepts as part of the Group’s research to make helicopters more environmentally friendly. Highly efficient electrical motors driving the rotors, combined with diesel engines, reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 50 percent. 1 June 2010: EADS celebrates its 10th anniversary In June 2010 EADS celebrates its 10th anniversary. Since 2000, EADS has enjoyed spectacular growth: in 10 years, revenues have risen by 75% and, in 2009, stood at 42.8 billion euros. Total R&D investments have exceeded 22 billion euros and EADS has created more than 15,000 high-tech jobs in Europe. To celebrate its 10th anniversary starting in the month of June, EADS invites 10,000 school students to its various sites across Europe: Astrium at Les Mureaux, Eurocopter at Marignane, not forgetting Airbus Military in Seville, Airbus in Toulouse and Hamburg, EADS Defence & Security at Newport, and further sites. 27 May 2010: EADS Defence & Security to enable world's first operational cross-border communication between two nationwide TETRA networks The world’s first TETRA operational ISI standard-based cross-border communication between two national authority networks will be trialled during 2010. The network operators, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) and the German Federal Agency for Digital Radio of Security Authorities and Organisations (BDBOS) have signed an agreement to launch a cooperative project with EADS Defence & Security to implement and trial cross-border communications. The trial will involve frontline authorities from Sweden and Germany, and is planned to take place during November and December 2010. 22 May 2010: 50th Ariane 5 launch is a success Ariane 5, developed and built by Astrium, enjoyes its 50th launch from Kourou in French Guyana at 00h35 (Paris time). François Auque, CEO of Astrium, congratulated and thanked all concerned “for this 36th successful launch in a row, which once again demonstrates the reliability of this Astrium-built launcher.” 19 May 2010: Airbus delivers the first A380 to Lufthansa Lufthansa takes delivery of the first of 15 Airbus A380s ordered, with three more to join the fleet in 2010. Lufthansa will deploy its new flagship aircraft on routes to Tokyo, Beijing and Johannesburg. 19 May 2010: EADS North America's KC-45 again demonstrates readiness for U.S. Air Force operations In the latest demonstration of the readiness and capability of the EADS North America KC-45 aerial refueling tanker, two A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft have completed successful tanker-to-tanker refueling missions. The KC-45 is the configuration of the Airbus Military A330 MRTT being offered to the U.S. Air Force, and is the only tanker in the Air Force competition that is flying and refueling today. 18 May 2010: SES WORLD SKIES orders new satellite from Astrium SES WORLD SKIES, a division of SES S.A. announces that it has signed an agreement with Astrium for the procurement of a new satellite to be named SES- 6. 17 May 2010: Airbus Military A330 MRTT refuels second A330 MRTT Airbus Military has for the first time demonstrated in flight “buddy” refuelling between two A330 MRTT aircraft. The two aircraft used for these flight trials were the first two A330 MRTTs built for the Royal Australian Air Force. 27 April 2010: New EADS website goes online Ten years after the company’s debut on the stock exchanges in France, Germany and Spain, the EADS Internet platform www.eads.com has been given a new layout, 4 new functions and a new navigation. The redesign has made possible three important improvements. The connection among the various websites in the Group has been strengthened, the navigation is easier to use and the website takes advantage of more interactive content. 20 April 2010: Airbus Military completes certification flight tests for A330 MRTT hose-and-drogue system Airbus Military has completed all the flight tests required for the daylight certification of the new generation hose-and drogue refuelling system on the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT). This paves the way towards the formal military certification of the system from Spain's INTA certification authority this summer. 9 April 2010: Second Airbus Military A400M completes maiden flight The second Airbus Military A400M military airlifter has made its maiden flight on 8th April. Known as MSN2, the aircraft took off from Seville, Spain with a take-off weight off 128t at 15.15 local time (GMT +2) and landed back at Seville four hours and 50 minutes later. 8 April 2010: CryoSat-2 begins its icy mission Europe´s Ice research satellite CryoSat-2 is now in orbit. Astrium has been the prime contractor for CryoSat-2 with responsibility for an industrial consortium consisting of approximately 31 companies from 17 countries including Thales Alenia Space for the SIRAL instrument. Astrium in Friedrichshafen built the satellite platform and integrated all the instruments. Astrium is also responsible to ESA for the satellite’s performance. The industrial contract is valued at approximately €75 million. Astrium was also responsible for the satellite’s launch 7 April 2010: Hong Kong Airlines confirms order for six A330-200s Hong Kong Airlines has finalised a firm order with Airbus for six A330-200s. The contract firms up a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announced during the Singapore Airshow earlier this year. The new aircraft will be powered by PW 4000 engines. 1 April 2010: First HC-144A Ocean Sentry in service at Coast Guard Air Station Miami Deployment of the U.S. Coast Guard's HC-144A Ocean Sentry has expanded to the world's busiest air/sea rescue unit - Air Station Miami, Florida - as the EADS- built multi-mission aircraft continues to demonstrate its capabilities in operational service. Air Station Miami received its first Ocean Sentry in March, and ultimately will operate five of the twin-engine HC-144As. 31 March 2010: Sentinel-2B: Astrium wins new contract worth €105 million European space leader Astrium has notched up another success in the field of Earth observation satellite construction. The company has been commissioned by the European Space Agency (ESA) to build the Sentinel-2B optical satellite, the next 5 flight unit in the Sentinel series. The two parties signed the industrial contract, worth €105 million. 31 March 2010: Malaysia Airlines orders 17 A330s Malaysia Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus for 17 A330 widebody aircraft. The contract firms up a previously announced Memorandum of Understanding for 15 A330-300 passenger aircraft, plus an additional order for two A330-200F Freighters for operation by the carrier's subsidiary MASkargo. Deliveries of the passenger aircraft will begin in the first half of 2011, with the first freighter joining the MASkargo fleet later the same year. 29 March 2010: Eurocopter signs contracts for seven helicopters at FIDAE Air and Space Show 2010 and receives certification for its regional training centre Eurocopter Chile and Cono Sur, subsidiary of the Eurocopter Group, announced contract signatures for the sale of 7 helicopters to several parapublic and private operators from Argentina and Chile during FIDAE Air and Space Show 2010. In addition, Eurocopter’s training centre for Southern Cone pilots and technical representatives was officially certified by the Aviation Authority of Chile (DGAC). This entity is the only Eurocopter-approved training centre in the Southern Cone of Latin America. 19 March 2010: Bulgarian Border Police opt for TETRA radios from EADS Defence & Security The Bulgarian Ministry of Finance has awarded EADS Defence & Security a second contract to supply TETRA radios for the Bulgarian Border Police. The previous contract in 2008 was for more than 2500 TETRA radios. This order covers the delivery of more than 3100 robust and easy-to-use THR880i handheld TETRA radios and 950 TMR880i mobile radios, including accessories, documentation and training. The radios will be delivered and taken into service in the course of 2010. 19 March 2010: Eurocopter and Helibras celebrate the groundbreaking for the new EC 725 helicopter assembly line in Brazil Eurocopter and its Brazilian subsidiary Helibras affiliate company marked the construction start-up for a new rotary-wing center of excellence in Itajuba, Brazil, where Helibras will produce, assemble and maintain EC725 helicopters being acquired by the Brazilian armed forces. 10 March 2010: United Signs Firm Order for 25 A350 XWB aircraft United has formalized a commitment originally announced in December 2009, signing a firm order for 25 A350-900 XWB aircraft, the newest twin-engine widebody from Airbus. The aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Deliveries of the aircraft will begin in 2016 and run through 2019. 9 March 2010: Airbus to increase A320 Family production rate Airbus will increase the monthly production rate for its single-aisle A320 Family from the current rate of 34 to 36, starting December 2010. The production rate for the long-range A330/A340 Family will be maintained at the current level of eight per month. Airbus’ decision to raise its single-aisle production rate is driven by the continuing demand for its eco-efficient aircraft and a record backlog in excess ofsome 2,300 A320 Family aircraft. 4 March 2010: EADS North America delivers 100th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter to the U.S. Army EADS North America delivered its 100th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter to the U.S. Army, marking another on-time and on-budget achievement for a highly successful program that supports America’s warfighters and contributes to the nation’s homeland security. 3 March 2010: Eurocopter sells seven new ‘AS 365 N3’ Helicopters to Pawan Hans EUROCOPTER, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer and Pawan Hans Helicopters, the largest civil helicopter operator in India, sign a contract for seven new Dauphin AS 365 N3 helicopters. With this new purchase, Pawan Hans expands its fleet to 33 Dauphins, thereby, confirming its position as biggest fleet operator of Eurocopter helicopters in India and largest Dauphin offshore operator in the world. 22 February 2010: Air Methods Expands Fleet with Twelve Helicopters from American Eurocopter American Eurocopter announced that Air Methods Corporation, the world’s largest air medical transportation provider, has ordered eight EC130 and four AS350B3 helicopters. The order is part of an ongoing Air Method’s initiative to maintain the upgrade of its fleet despite the economic challenges throughout the country. All 12 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered this year and they will join Air Methods’ considerable fleet of 330 helicopters providing emergency medical services throughout the United States. 22 February 2010: U.S Customs and Border Protection Adds Six Helicopters to Light Enforcement Helicopter Contract From the Eurocopter booth at Heli-Expo, American Eurocopter announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has entered into the first option year on the Light Enforcement Helicopter (LEH) contract and placed an order for six AS350B3s. This is the second order on the LEH contract that was awarded to American Eurocopter by the Department of Homeland Security in July 2008. The LEH contract with the Department of Homeland Security is a multi-year contract and may result in orders for a total of 50 AS350B3s and could be worth over US$150 million. 16 February 2010: Eurocopter’s Super Puma/Cougar/EC225 Family marks 4 Million Flight Hours Eurocopter’s heavy-duty family of helicopters, the AS332 Super Puma/AS532 Cougar and their latest-generation derivatives, the EC225/EC725, have accumulated a total of four million flight hours in service. To date, 740 civil and military variants of this product family are in operation in more than 20 countries from extremely low temperatures in Norway to extremely high temperatures in North Africa and in the toughest maritime environments. In 2009 alone, a total of 81 helicopters from this product family were sold. 15 February 2010: EADS Defence & Security wins contract to extend Bulgarian security forces’ TETRA network EADS Defence & Security (DS) has been awarded a contract by the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance to extend the TETRA network for the security forces. This complementary contract will achieve almost full TETRA network coverage of Bulgarian territory. Under the contract, EADS DS will deliver 50 TB3 base stations, an Automatic Vehicle Location system and a WAP server for mobile applications. 4 February 2010: Into a Greener Future of Aviation Industry: EADS and A*STAR’s ICES to Collaborate on Biofuels EADS enters into a collaborative with A*STAR’s Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES). The objective of this 12 month collaboration is to assess the potential for microalgae to be a renewable source of fuel for aircraft and to investigate the conversion of algae oil to kerosene for use as jet fuel. 4 February 2010: Eurocopter and Spanish Ministry of the Interior Sign Contract for 12 EC135s to Be Assembled in Albacete Eurocopter and the Spanish Ministry of the Interior sign a contract for the purchase of twelve EC135 P2i helicopters. Spain's National Police Force will operate six of the new aircraft for law enforcement missions, while the remaining six will join the current fleet of the Spanish Guardia Civil. 20 January 2010: Eurocopter meets 2009 Turnover and Delivery Objectives - Civil Orders decrease while military Orders increase Eurocopter meets its business and delivery objectives for 2009. Deliveries remained stable with 558 new civil and military helicopters delivered in 2009 and almost matching the peak level of 2008. This figure reinforces Eurocopter’s position as a major branded business division within EADS, accounting for a consolidated turnover of € 4.6 billion. The world economic crisis caused a sharp order decline in the civil market for light helicopters. However, governmental orders have overcompensated in value the drop in commercial unit sales, leading to the second-best result of order intakes in Eurocopter’s history. 19 January 2010: 2009, a great year for Astrium Astrium CEO François Auque presents the company’s results for 2009 and its prospects for the coming year at the Astrium New Year’s press conference in Paris.In 2009 Astrium successfully delivered seven Ariane 5 launchers, which placed a total of 14 satellites in orbit and signed a contract worth more than €4 billion for a further 35 Ariane 5 launch vehicles. Launch highlights included the Herschel Space Observatory, the largest ever space telescope, the Hot Bird 10 broadcast satellite and the Amazonas 2 telecommunications satellite. 18 January 2010: Emirates Airline takes delivery of Airbus’ 6,000th aircraft Emirates Airline and Airbus mark a major achievement, by celebrating the hand- over of the 6,000th aircraft in the aircraft manufacturer’s 40 year history. The A380 was handed over to Emirates Airline in a ceremony in Hamburg. The aircraft is Emirates’ eighth A380. 12 January 2010: EADS and Airbus present 2009 business highlights In a joint New Year’s press conference, EADS and Airbus present the 2009 business highlights. EADS and Airbus formally kick-off 2010, the year in which the Group celebrates its 10th anniversary. Since its foundation, EADS developed into one of the world’s top aerospace and defence companies. In 2009, EADS demonstrated resilience in a difficult market environment: estimated sales for 2009 amount to € 41.7 billion. Meanwhile, Airbus delivered a total of 498 aircraft in 2009. The figure is a new company delivery record for a single year and is 15 more aircraft than in 2008. 9 January 2010: EADS North America delivers UH-72A Lakota Helicopters to the Alabama Army National Guard The introduction of the four UH-72A Lakota Helicopters delivered by EADS North America will significantly enhance the Alabama Army National Guard’s ability to perform homeland security operations and carry out support missions within the state. A total of 345 Lakotas are expected to be acquired through 2015 for U.S. Army and National Guard operations. 8 January 2010: EADS Defence & Security signs contract worth over € 9 million with Spanish Navy EADS Defence & Security (DS) signs a fixed-wing maintenance contract with the Spanish Navy for the AV8B Harrier II, AV8B Harrier II Plus and CESSNA aircraft. Worth more than € 9 million, the contract will run for 4 years and guarantees engineering, logistical support and MRO services as well as technical assistance, continued airworthiness support and airworthiness certification for all fixed-wing aircraft in the Navy’s fleet. 7 January 2010: Helibras will upgrade 34 Eurocopter helicopters for the Brazilian Army The Eurocopter subsidiary in Brazil, Helicópteros do Brasil S.A.-Helibras, signs a contract to upgrade 34 AS365K Panther helicopters of the Brazilian Army Aviation. This is the largest service contract signed by the Brazilian subsidiary in more than 30 years of presence in the country. This programme will lead to a new generation of Panther helicopters that benefit from the last technical evolutions developed by Eurocopter. 24 December 2009: Ariane, built by Astrium, celebrates its 30th birthday 23 December 2009: LAN Airlines signs firm order for 30 Airbus A320 Family aircraft LAN Airlines, one of Latin America's leading passenger and cargo airlines, places a firm order for the purchase of 30 Airbus Family A320 aircraft. This marks an important milestone raising LAN's total number of firm orders for Airbus aircraft to over 100. 22 December 2009: Swiss Air Force receives 20th Eurocopter EC635 Helicopter The Swiss federal procurement, technology and real estate competence centre, Armasuisse, hands over the last of 20 EC635 helicopters to the Swiss Air Force. The contract for the LTSH programme was signed in April 2006 and provided for the delivery of a total of 18 EC635 transport and training helicopters, plus two EC135s for the federal air transport service. The EC635s/EC135s will be replacing the Swiss Air Force’s Alouette III helicopters which will be taken out of service in 2010. 21 December 2009: European Space Agency awards development contract for Ariane 5 Midlife Evolution to Astrium The European Space Agency (ESA) signs a contract with Astrium for the initial development phase of its programme to enhance the performance of the Ariane launch vehicle and make it even more competitive. ESA’s Ariane 5 Midlife Evolution (ME) programme aims to raise the payload capacity of Ariane 5 from 10 to 12 tonnes, an increase of 20%. The new Ariane 5 is expected to make its first commercial flight around 2017. 18 December 2009: EADS Defence & Security to equip Swiss military airfields with advanced air traffic control systems EADS Defence & Security (DS) has been awarded an order to equip Swiss military airfields with a new military approach control system to ensure flight safety in the dense air traffic of Central Europe and in particular over the mountainous terrain of Switzerland. This order has a value of more than € 130 million and is to be completed by the end of 2016. 17 December 2009: Eurocopter celebrates the maiden flight of its new EC175 helicopter The EC175 performs its official maiden flight in the skies above Marignane. This newest addition to the Eurocopter family in the 7-metric-ton class has been developed and manufactured in cooperation with the China Aeronautics Industries Group Corp. (AVIC), a longstanding Eurocopter partner. Eurocopter expects to sell 800 EC175s over the next twenty years, creating nearly 2000 new direct and indirect jobs. 16 December 2009: Airbus Final Assembly Line China achieves 2009 target The Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line China (FALC) achieves its 2009 target as the 11th A320 Family aircraft assembled by the FALC is delivered to Deer Air, an airline part of the HNA Group. The first A320 assembled by the FALC was delivered to Sichuan Airlines via Dragon Aviation Leasing on 23rd June 2009. 11 December 2009: The A400M, world’s most advanced airlifter, completes its first flight The first Airbus Military A400M military airlifter completes its maiden flight in Seville. A total of 184 aircraft have so far been ordered by Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. 9 December 2009: Launch of the military reconnaissance satellite Helios 2B built by Astrium 4 December 2009: A350 XWB first composite lay-up manufactured in Nantes The first composite lay-up for the A350 XWB has been manufactured in Nantes, France, and marks the ‘coming to life’ of Airbus’s new long range aircraft. This panel for the centre wing-box (CWB), entirely made of carbon, has a surface area of 36 square meters, making it the largest “monobloc” composite panel ever manufactured in Nantes, using a new state-of-the-art laying machine. Once assembled in Nantes, the CWB will be delivered to Airbus Saint-Nazaire for integration. 3 December 2009: Astrium-built XMM-Newton telescope with sensational results on exploding stars, black holes and galaxy clusters Astrium-built XMM-Newton X-ray observatory reaches its 10 years mark in space. On 10 December 1999, an Ariane 5 rocket launched the research satellite into space. The XMM-Newton super-telescope, almost eleven metres high and weighing just under four tonnes, is the largest research satellite ever built on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA). It now ranks among the most successful space observatories ever and is one of Astrium´s masterpieces in scientific missions. 30 November 2009: SES Orders Four New Satellites from Astrium Global satellite operator SES S.A. orders four multi-mission satellites from Astrium to provide replacement as well as incremental capacity for its SES ASTRA and SES WORLD SKIES divisions. The satellites are scheduled for launch in several steps between 2012 and 2014. 24 November 2009: Hand-over ceremony of 200th Eurofighter aircraft to customers at EADS Defence & Security's Military Aviation Centre Manching A military ceremony set the scene for the hand-over of the 200th Eurofighter aircraft from EADS Defence & Security (DS) to the operator, the German Air Force. The event took place at the Military Aviation Centre of DS' business unit Military Air System (MAS). 19 November 2009: Lufthansa takes delivery of its 100th Airbus A320 Family aircraft Airbus delivers Lufthansa’s 100th A320 Family aircraft from Airbus’ Final Assembly Line in Hamburg. Lufthansa is one of the longest standing and largest Airbus operators worldwide. Thanks to the excellent seat-mile costs, the A320 Family enables the Lufthansa Group to offer more new services combined with high-end passenger comfort levels. 17 November 2009: Air Austral signs firm order for two single class A380s Air Austral, based in Saint Denis, La Réunion, orders two A380s. Powered by Engine Alliance engines and seating around 840 passengers in a single-class configuration, the aircraft will be operated on the high-density route from La Réunion to Paris, France. 15 November 2009: Ethiopian Airlines confirms order for 12 Airbus A350 XWBs Ethiopian Airlines orders 12 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. In selecting the A350-900 to operate from their hub in Addis Ababa on routes to Europe, the US and Asia, Ethiopian Airlines becomes a new member in Airbus’ family of over 300 customers. 15 November 2009: Airbus launches “Sharklet” large wingtip devices for A320 Family with commitment from Air New Zealand Airbus launches its new “Sharklet” large wingtip devices, specially designed to enhance the eco-efficiency and payload-range performance of the A320 Family. The Sharklets are expected to result in at least 3.5 percent reduced fuelburn over longer sectors, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of around 700 tonnes per aircraft. The A320 will be the first model fitted with Sharklets. Air New Zealand is the launch customer for the Sharklets which are specified for its future A320 fleet. 11 November 2009: Eurocopter’s latest and most advanced products presented at the Dubai Airshow Eurocopter participates at the 2009 Dubai Airshow with two of its state-of the-art helicopters: the TIGER and the EC 175. Both aircraft are presented for the first time to the public in the Middle East. Eurocopter’s commitment to meet the specific requirements of civil operators and Armed Forces resulted in more than 650 Eurocopter helicopters flying in the Arab world both for civil and military operators. 5 November 2009: New A330-200 Freighter takes to the skies The new dedicated Freighter variant of the successful A330 Family takes to the skies over Toulouse. This milestone marks the start of a 180 hour flight-test and certification campaign, and paves the way for first delivery of the type to launch operator, Etihad Crystal Cargo, in the summer of 2010. 2 November 2009: Astrium to provide satellite communications for the German Navy Astrium Services has been awarded a contract by the F125 ARGE, a joint- venture of Thyssen-Krupp and Lürssen, to deliver the satellite communication system for the German navy’s four new F125 class frigates. The contract, awarded in September 2009, maintains Astrium’s position as the leading supplier of wideband sitcom terminals to the world’s navies, and continues its longstanding relationship with both the German shipbuilding industry and the German Navy. 30 October 2009: Air France receives its first A380 Air France takes delivery of its first Airbus A380. The French carrier is the first European airline to fly the all-new double-deck aircraft on scheduled services. The aircraft is the twentieth A380 delivered by Airbus. The aircraft was handed over in a delivery ceremony in Hamburg, Germany. 22 October 2009: EADS Advanced Refueling Boom transfers fuel from Australian A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport to F-16 fighter The EADS A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) marks another major performance milestone with the first in-flight refueling performed from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) A330 MRTT utilizing its integrated Aerial Refueling Boom System (ARBS). Airbus Military is responsible for the design and production of the A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport for international customers, which includes Australia, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 20 October 2009: EADS North America Names Sean O'Keefe as Chief Executive Officer EADS names Sean O’Keefe as Chief Executive Officer to lead the operations of EADS North America. His appointment is effective November 1, 2009 and he will become a member of the EADS NV Executive Committee beginning January 1, 2010. Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EADS North America, retains his position as chairman of the EADS North America Board. 9 October 2009: Northrop Grumman and EADS Defence & Security Unveil First Euro Hawk Unmanned Reconnaissance Aircraft Northrop Grumman Corporation and EADS Defence & Security (DS) introduce the first Euro Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in an unveiling ceremony at Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale facility in California. The Euro Hawk marks the first international configuration of the RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude, long- endurance (HALE) UAS, and solidifies Northrop Grumman’s first transatlantic cooperation with Germany and DS. 1 October 2009: The triple crown for Astrium: 47th launch of Ariane 5 a success with two satellites placed in orbit Ariane 5, the launch vehicle developed and manufactured by Astrium, successfully placed in orbit the COMSATBw-1 and Amazonas 2 satellites. It was the 33rd consecutive successful launch for Ariane from Kourou in French Guiana. 1 October 2009: ATR presents the first ATR '-600 series' aircraft ATR officially presents the first aircraft of its new ‘-600’ series. The aircraft, an ATR 72-600 prototype, was unveiled during a ceremony in Toulouse. Launched in October 2007, the new ‘-600’ series follows its development phase according to the schedule planned for the two models, the ATR 72-600 and the ATR 42- 600, of which the first commercial aircraft will enter into service in 2011. 1 October 2009: EADS North America broadens aerospace industrial presence with new maintenance and delivery center in Mobile, Alabama EADS North America further expands its industrial presence with a new Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Delivery Center at the Mobile Regional Airport to better support EADS’ family of tactical multi-mission aircraft. The new 30,000 square-foot facility will provide North American operators of the C-212 and CN-235 tactical transports with the capabilities of a certified FAA Repair Station, as well as direct support from the aircraft manufacturer. 29 September 2009: Airbus welcomes 50 per cent synthetic fuel milestone Airbus welcomes the latest steps towards the approval by ASTM International, one of the largest voluntary standards developing organizations in the world, for the use of a 50 per cent synthetic jet fuel in commercial aviation. Synthetic liquid jet fuels can be made from biomass, natural gas or coal. All of these are known as xTL fuels. Airbus believes in extended international and cross-industry cooperation to develop sustainable alternative fuel solutions. 29 September 2009: Eurocopter and United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence sign Contract for Royal Air Force Puma Life Extension Programme Eurocopter UK Ltd. and the British Ministry of Defence have signed a contract on September 18 for the Life Extension Programme for 28 of the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Puma Mk1 helicopters. The upgraded Pumas, which will be designated Puma HC Mk2, will consequently offer significantly enhanced performance and operational capabilities, thus being capable of remaining in service until at least 2022. The contract is valued at £ 220 million (€ 250 million) and is due to be completed by December 2014. 1 September 2009: Airbus delivers first A318 with 'steep approach' capability Airbus delivers the first of two A318 aircraft equipped with ‘steep approach’ capability to British Airways. The A318 is the largest commercial aircraft certified to land at steeper than usual gradients and has the potential to transform long haul travel between city centres, saving time and cost to the business traveller. The delivery makes the carrier a new operator of all four members of the A320 Family, allowing British Airways to benefit from the fullest possible advantages of Airbus’ unique operational and maintenance commonalities. 28 August 2009: Airbus delivers its 4000th A320 Family aircraft to TAM Airbus delivers its 4000th A320 Family aircraft to Brazilian flag carrier TAM from its Final Assembly Line in Hamburg. The aircraft, an A319, was handed over to TAM in the presence of the President of the Board of TAM, Maria Claudia Oliveira Amaro as well as Airbus President and CEO, Tom Enders. In July, more than 10,000 Airbus employees involved in the programme at all Airbus' sites celebrated the production of the 4000th A320 Family aircraft. 21 August 2009: Astrium to provide the ISS with new scientific capabilities The US space shuttle Discovery is set to carry three new research facilities to the International Space Station (ISS) allowing more on board scientific research. The research facilities were built under the industrial leadership of Astrium. 12 August 2009: EADS Defence & Security to develop electronic components for the new communications system of the German Armed Forces EADS Defence & Security (DS) is responsible for developing highly specialized electronic components for the new communications system of the German Armed Forces. The Federal Office for Information Management and Information Technology of the Bundeswehr awards Defence Electronics, an integrated activity of DS, a contract in the double-digit million euro range for the development of the broadband module of a new generation of radio terminals. 3 August 2009: EADS Defence & Security (DS) wins the contract to expand Asia's largest TETRA network EADS Defence & Security (DS) and Beijing JustTop Communication Co. sign the contract on the expansion of Asia´s largest TETRA network. The network provides seamless and secured radio communications for the city of Beijing and environs. 31 July 2009: Eurofighter Nations Place Order for Third Production Tranche The four partner Nations place an official order for the third production batch of the joint combat aircraft Eurofighter Typhoon. The Business Unit responsible for development, production and support for the European high-performance military jet in Germany and Spain, Military Air Systems (MAS), is starting the technical preparations for the production of assemblies for the 112 Eurofighters of Tranche 3A and for the final assembly of 31 aircraft for the German Air Force and 20 aircraft for the Spanish Air Force. 30 July 2009: Airbus delivers 1000th A330/A340 Family Aircraft Airbus delivers the 1000th aircraft from the A330/A340 Family. The aircraft, an A330-300, was handed over to Thai Airways International at a special ceremony in Toulouse. 27 July 2009: EADS Defence & Security tests the largest unmanned aerial system (UAV) ever built in Europe In a test series comprising four flights, EADS Defence & Security (DS) successfully tested the unmanned flight system (UAV – Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) ‘Barracuda’ at Goose Bay Air Force base in Canada. Technologies and procedures to be used in future mission-ready unmanned aerial systems have thus been put to the test in realistic conditions. During the test the jet-propelled demonstrator flew completely autonomously along pre-programmed flight profiles. 27 July 2009: Saudi Order for three additional A330 MRTT Tankers The Saudi Ministry of Defence and Aviation (MODA) orders three additional A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force, bringing its total order to six aircraft. Saudi had signed a first contract for three back in 2008. Delivery of the first aircraft is due in 2011. Saudi Arabia’s decision consolidated the A330 MRTT position as the benchmark in the Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft market. Airbus Military is responsible for the design and production of the MRTTs, and hereby positioned as a key worldwide supplier in the field of tanking, mission and transport aircraft. 7 July 2009: Astrium conducts European Space Agency (ESA) study on a new transport system for return to Earth: the Advanced Re-entry Vehicle (ARV) Astrium is conducting a study for a future European Transport System, ARV (Advanced Re-entry Vehicle), on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA). Accordingly, Astrium explores the requirements for a system transporting cargo to 16 the International Space Station (ISS) and back to Earth as well as the necessary steps to realise such a program. The ARV programme study by ESA amounts to € 21 million. 30 June 2009: EADS wins national security Program for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia After being under contract for the northern border security, which is now under execution, EADS Defence & Security has been awarded (as prime contractor) the border security program covering the full borders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This contract will be executed in the next 5 years and is the largest contract ever competed worldwide as a full solution. The project has been strongly competed through an international competition for several years. 23 June 2009: Airbus delivers first A320 assembled in China Airbus delivers the first A320 aircraft assembled at its Final Assembly Line China (FALC) in Tianjin. At a grand ceremony, the aircraft was handed over by Airbus President and CEO, Tom Enders, to the Chairman of Dragon Aviation Leasing, Li Hai. The aircraft is leased and operated by Sichuan Airlines. 19 June 2009: Airbus wins commitments worth US$ 12.9 billion at Paris Air Show Airbus announces commitments during the 2009 Paris Air Show for 127 aircraft, valued at some US$ 12.9 billion. These commitments include firm orders for 58 aircraft worth almost US$ 6.4 billion, plus ‘Memoranda of Understanding’ agreements for a further 69 aircraft totalling at US$ 6.5 billion. The firm-order highlights of the show were three large orders from carriers in the Middle East and Asia. Qatar Airways placed an order for 24 single-aisle aircraft valued at US$ 1.9 billion, comprising the purchase of 20 A320s and four A321 aircraft. Vietnam Airlines signed a US$ 1.4 billion firm order for 16 A321s and Air Asia X placed a firm order for 10 A350-900s valued at US$ 2.4 billion. Wizz Air, the largest Central and Eastern European low cost - low fare airline, signs a Memorandum of Understanding to buy 50 more A320s. This takes their total orders up to 132 aircraft. Furthermore, ATR signs contracts for the purchase of 4 ATR 72-500, 14 ATR 72-600s and 2 ATR 42- 600s aircraft. 18 June 2009: Eurocopter signs contract to retrofit 26 CH53 Bundeswehr helicopters for personnel recovery missions Eurocopter and the German Federal Agency for Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB) sign a contract at the Paris Air Show to retrofit one prototype followed by a further 25 of the German Army’s CH53 GS/GE transport helicopters with the capability to perform personnel recovery missions. The contract is worth around € 24.9 million, with a large part going to the medium- sized German equipment industry. 18 June 2009: The French Ministry of Defence renews its satellite telecommunications services contract with Astrium The French Ministry of Defence’s telecommunications operator, DIRISI, awarded the entire ASTEL-S contract to Astrium Services at the end of April 2009. Astrium had become the ministry’s sole supplier in the private sector of fixed satellite services. 16 June 2009: Eurocopter Signs a Contract for Three Ecureuil B3s with the Indian Operator Pawan Hans Eurocopter announces the signing of a € 7 million contract for three AS350 B3 Ecureuils with Pawan Hans, India's leading helicopter operator in the civil and parapublic market. Thanks to the versatility of this single-engine helicopter, Pawan Hans is able to operate it for variety of missions ranging from tourism, medical evacuation to surveillance operations. 15 June 2009: EADS Defence & Security highlights Advanced UAV in full scale At the Paris Air Show, EADS Defence & Security (DS) presents the mock-up of the latest unmanned aerial system: the Advanced UAV, the proposed Franco- German-Spanish UAV programme for the development and production of a fully autonomous system for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions. On the occasion of the debut of the full-scale model, DS announces the brand name "Talarion". 10 June 2009: UN General Secretary honours Airbus engagement in “The Green Wave” The General Secretary of the United Nations (UN), Mr. Ban Ki-moon, recognizes and commends Airbus and the National Geographic Society on the launch of their partnership and their joined forces to support “The Green Wave” project, the UN’s mission in fighting the loss of biological diversity. As an industry leader and global player Airbus ‘sees the bigger picture’ and is fully committed to act and help to tackle the main environmental threats – also the ones that lie beyond the aviation industry. 1 June 2009: The Airbus Military A330 MRTT has successfully performed first contacts using a new generation of under-wing hose and drogue refueling pods The Airbus Military A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) completes another major milestone performing successfully a series of dry contacts using the new generation Cobham hose and drogue refuelling pods, located under the wings. The receiver aircraft was a Spanish Air Force F/A-18A fighter. 29 May 2009: Airbus celebrates the 40th anniversary of its first aircraft programme Airbus celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Franco-German agreement which launched its first ever aircraft programme, the A300. On May 29, 1969, the French Minister of Transport, Jean Chamant and the German Minister of Economic Affairs, Karl Schiller, signed an agreement for the joint-development of the A300 aircraft, a first European twin-aisle twin-engine jet for medium-haul air travel. This historic event took place during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget. 19 May 2009: Astrium signs strategical cooperation agreement with Kazakhstan 14 May 2009: Herschel - The largest space observatory on its way The scientific satellites Herschel and Planck are launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. Astrium is actively involved in both of these European Space Agency (ESA) projects. Herschel, the largest mirror telescope ever put into space, detects the invisible infrared light of distant galaxies and observes the birth of stars and planets. The Planck satellite peers into the outer reaches of space and examines the cosmic background radiation. Both missions are milestones of modern astronomy and Europe's major contribution to the Year of Astronomy 2009. 14 May 2009: Eutelsat selects Astrium for delivery of the satellite ATLANTIC BIRD 7 13 May 2009: Czech Republic acquires four C-295 military transport aircraft from Airbus Military The Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic signs an agreement for the acquisition of four C-295 military transport aircraft from Airbus Military. This model is also owned by nations such as Poland, Finland, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Jordan and Spain, among others. 30 April 2009: The French Defense Ministry Orders Five EC725 Helicopters from Eurocopter The French Defense Ministry orders five helicopters from Eurocopter. The contract was placed by the French DGA (Délégation Générale pour l’Armement) and comprises the delivery of five EC725s plus the related support services. This new acquisition is part of the plan to revitalize the economy, which the French government introduced in December 2008. The five helicopters are scheduled for delivery between late 2010 and early 2012. 15 April 2009: Airbus integrates MTAD as “Airbus Military” to manage all military activities EADS’s former Military Transport Aircraft Division, MTAD, becomes fully integrated into Airbus. As a new Airbus business unit, “Airbus Military” is accountable for all military activities within Airbus. The integration follows an EADS Board decision of December 2008. Based in Spain, Airbus Military is in charge of all EADS military transport aircraft, ranging from the small CN-235 and C-295 transport aircraft, to the world leading multi role tanker transport (MRTT) based on the Airbus A330, and the A400M. 15 April 2009: Bodo Uebber appointed as Chairman of the EADS Board of Directors The EADS Board of Directors appoints Bodo Uebber as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Uebber, who has been member of the EADS Board of Directors since 2007, has succeeded Rüdiger Grube effective 14 April 2009. Grube resigned from his current position due to his new responsibility as CEO of Deutsche Bahn. Furthermore, the EADS Board of Directors proposes the appointment of a new Board Member, Wilfried Porth (Member of the Management Board of Daimler AG), to fill the Board vacancy left by Grube's departure. 2 April 2009: Eurocopter reinforces its presence in Japan through the acquisition of Euroheli’s shares Eurocopter announces the acquisition of 80% of Euroheli’s Corporation’s shares from ITOCHU Corporation. As a result, Eurocopter’s share of the business increased from 10 % to a high of 90%. ITOCHU Corporation keeps 10% of the company’s shares and remains an important partner for Eurocopter in the country. Eurocopter is now the major shareholder of Euroheli, its former helicopter distributor in Japan. 27 March 2009: EADS Defence & Security wins NATO DCIS contract award NATO awards to EADS Defence & Security (DS) the contract for the supply of the new NATO Deployable Communication and Information System according to the operational requirements of the NATO Response Force (NRF). The contract's value is around £ 40 million. with an optional Customer Logistic Support contract valued around £ 14 million. The DCIS system allows NATO forces to deploy communications headquarters on the field with both voice and data connections to other NATO forces. The project represents a major upgrade in the capability of NATO forces. 9 March 2009: EADS Defence & Security to expand digital radio network of the Brazilian Federal Police EADS Defence & Security (DS) has been commissioned by Brazil’s Departamento de Polícia Federal (DPF) to expand the digital radio network of the Brazilian Federal Police on the basis of the Tetrapol standard in order to cover all the state´s capitals and the frontier areas. 27 February 2009: Airbus delivers 500th A321 Airbus delivers the 500th A321 ever produced. The aircraft was handed over to Air France at Airbus' Delivery Centre in Hamburg. The A321 is the largest member of the best selling A320 Family and is the most efficient single-aisle aircraft in its segment. Air France's A321 is equipped with Airbus' enhanced single-aisle cabin and can accommodate 174 passengers in a comfortable two- class layout. The aircraft is powered by CFM 56-5B/3 engines. 24 February 2009: EADS appoints Domingo Ureña-Raso as Head of Airbus Military The Board of Directors of EADS appoints Domingo Ureña-Raso (50) as the new Head of Airbus Military, Member of the EADS Executive Committee and Chairman of EADS CASA. Prior to this position, Ureña-Raso was in charge of the Power8 programme with Airbus. 17 February 2009: EADS supports French Air Force in SIDM UAV deployment to Afghanistan The French Air Force’s SIDM surveillance UAV performs its maiden flight in a foreign theatre of operations in Afghanistan. SIDM, the "Système de Drone MALE" or medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle, provides information to safeguard the French armed forces within a radius of several hundred kilometres. 2 February 2009: Arianespace orders 35 Ariane 5 ECA launchers from Astrium Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arianespace, and Alain Charmeau, Chief Executive Officer of Astrium Space Transportation, sign a contract for the production of 35 Ariane 5 ECA launchers. Worth more than € 4 billion, this contract follows a letter of intent signed at the Paris Air Show in 2007. 14 January 2009: Groundbreaking ceremony for A350 XWB final assembly line in Toulouse Airbus starts construction work on the final assembly line for the A350 XWB, the new highly efficient wide-body aircraft. The € 140 million facility will house the first stages of final assembly and will provide work for more than 1,000 employees when fully operational. 13 January 2009: EADS Defence & Security unveils revolutionary new cryptographic technology EADS Defence & Security launches a revolutionary new cryptographic technology, capable of providing governments and industry with the highest levels of communications security via the World Wide Web. The new technology will help governments and their agencies to protect the integrity, confidentiality and availability of their data and to minimise the risk of hackers breaking into highly sensible networks. 13 January 2009: Astrium acquires Surrey Satellite Technology Limited EADS Astrium acquires Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). The company, a spin-off of the University of Surrey, has a worldwide reputation in the construction of small satellites and the development of highly innovative technologies. 8 January 2009: Further 22 NH90 helicopters for the French Army The French Defence Procurement Agency orders a further 22 NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) for the French Army from NHIndustries. This new contract brings the total number of NH90 orders to 529 helicopters from 14 countries worldwide. 1 January 2009: Premium AEROTEC and Aerolia become fully operational The carve-out process for the former German Airbus sites in Nordenham and Varel and the former EADS site in Augsburg to create the new Premium AEROTEC GmbH is accomplished. A similar process was undertaken in France, where Meaulte and St. Nazaire Ville are now the foundation of Aerolia. Both Premium AEROTEC and Aerolia commence full operations on 1 January 2009 under EADS ownership. 23 December 2008: Eurocopter and Helibras sign historic contract with Brazilian government The Brazilian government orders 50 EC725 Helicopters from a consortium formed by Eurocopter and its Brazilian subsidiary Helibras. This will provide Brazil’s armed forces with a fleet that is capable of performing an extremely wide range of missions. 16 December 2008: EADS simplifies its organization The EADS Board of Directors adopts a simplified and leaner divisional structure to enhance further integration. This decision is part of the “Future EADS” programme. The Military Transport Aircraft Division will be integrated into Airbus under the name Airbus Military. It will keep its current core capabilities to design and certify aircraft and will operate the A400M Final Assembly Line. Furthermore a coordination of EADS Astrium and EADS Defence & Security Divisions will be established to ensure a consistent approach towards common customers. 1 December 2008: Airbus Corporate Foundation takes off The Airbus Corporate Foundation, with Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders as President of its Board of Directors, starts its operations. This is a further expression of the social responsibility coupled with greater responsibility to take care of the environment that has been at the heart of the Airbus business for a long time. With a budget of € 2.5 million, the foundation will focus its support on the three themes of humanitarian and community support, youth development and the environment. 19 November 2008: EADS delivers the sixth HC-144A Maritime Patrol Aircraft for the US Coast Guard The US Coast Guard receives the sixth HC-144A Ocean Sentry Maritime Patrol Aircraft for its Deepwater programme. The HC-144A is based on the successful CN- 235 platform that is operated by several civil and military organisations around the world. 19 November 2008: Eurocopter announces the creation of Eurocopter Indonesia Eurocopter announces the creation of the new fully-owned subsidiary Eurocopter Indonesia. Eurocopter has been present in the country for more than 30 years. The foundation of Eurocopter Indonesia brings the number of Eurocopter subsidiaries and participations to a total of 18 subsidiaries worldwide. 18 November 2008: EADS delivers first C-295 to Portugal EADS Military Transport Aircraft delivers the first of twelve military transport aircraft C-295 ordered by the Portuguese Air Force. Seven of the aircraft will have military transport configuration, five aircraft will be equipped for maritime surveillance missions with FITS (Fully Integrated Tactical System), a mission system entirely developed by EADS MTAD. 17 November 2008: EADS Defence & Security Military Air Systems Centre Manching enters operation EADS Defence & Security's Military Air Systems Centre in Manching near Ingolstadt officially enters operation in the presence of Dr. Franz Josef Jung, German Federal Minister of Defence. With more than 5,000 employees at the Manching Military Air Systems Centre, Military Air Systems is able to cover the entire process chain for both manned and unmanned airborne systems at one location, from development and production through to support and modernisation during the in-service phase with the customer. 14 November 2008: EADS announces Dr. Ditmar Staffelt as new Head of Political Affairs Germany As of 1 January 2009, Dr. Ditmar Staffelt will become new Head of Political Affairs Germany. Dr. Staffelt, Member of the German Bundestag and former Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economic and Labour, will be responsible for governmental relations in Germany. He reports directly to the CEO of EADS, Louis Gallois. 12 November 2008: EADS Defence & Security provides Bulgarian Border Police with TETRA terminals After a competitive tendering, EADS Defence & Security is chosen to provide the Bulgarian Border Police and other border agencies with new TETRA radios. The new equipment will ensure smooth and secure communications and support the agencies’ work in their own language. In January 2009, EADS Defence & Security sign a contract with the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance to deliver a TETRA radio communication solution to the National Fire Safety and Protection of Population Service. 7 November 2008: Grupo Marsans orders 61 new aircraft Grupo Marsans, the largest tourism and transport group in Spain and fourth- largest in Europe, signs a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 61 Airbus aircraft including four A380s, ten A350-900s, five A330-200s and 42 A320 Family aircraft. 3 November 2008: Final agreement between EADS and the Daher group for Daher to take a majority interest in Socata Daher and EADS announce the conclusion of the agreement for Daher to acquire a 70 percent majority stake in EADS Socata, one of the world’s leading general aviation manufacturers. This association will allow the creation of a major player in Aerostructures, Business Aviation and Services. 25 October 2008: Airbus celebrates first anniversary of A380’s entry into service The A380, flagship of the 21st century, celebrates the first anniversary of its entry into service. The first A380 was handed over to Singapore Airlines on 15 October 2007. Up to the end of 2008, 13 aircraft have been delivered to Singapore Airlines, Quantas and Emirates. 23 October 2008: EADS appoints Pedro Montoya as Group Chief Compliance Officer The Board of Directors decides to implement a new compliance organization for the EADS Group and appoints Pedro Montoya as Chief Compliance Officer, who will report to the Chief Executive Officer of EADS, Louis Gallois. 6 October 2008: US Navy orders Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota helicopters from EADS North America The US Navy becomes a new military user of the Eurocopter UH-72 Light Utility Helicopter, provided by EADS North America. With this new acquisition, the Navy joins the Army and the Army National Guard, where the UH-72 is already in service. 2 October 2008: EADS brings forward its carve-out strategy As an important element of its Power8 programme, Airbus sells its site in Laupheim (Germany) to Diehl and Thales. All operational businesses of the Laupheim site are transferred to Diehl/Thales. In September 2008, Airbus and GKN signed a contract under which GKN will purchase the wing component and assemblies manufacturing unit based at Airbus’ site at Filton, near Bristol. 1 October 2008: Successful launch of THEOS Astrium demonstrates again its expertise in space system management by successfully placing the THEOS observation satellite, built for Thailand, into orbit. With THEOS, Astrium has been responsible for all phases, from manufacture to launch, and from orbit injection to utilisation of satellite data for its customer. 29 September 2008: International success for Astrium: Europe’s Jules Verne mission accomplished The Jules Verne ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle), which was designed and built by Astrium on behalf of the European Space Agency ESA, successfully completes its final manoeuvre. The ATV performs two de-orbiting manoeuvres and disintegrates in the atmosphere, exactly as planned. The second ATV, currently being built by Astrium, will be launched in 2010. 28 September 2008: Airbus’ first final assembly line outside Europe inaugurated in China Airbus officially opens its first final assembly line outside Europe during a ceremony attended by the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Airbus CEO Tom Enders in Tjanjin, China. The Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line, a joint venture between Airbus and a Chinese consortium, is set to deliver its first aircraft in mid 2009. 9 September 2008: Airbus announces Power 8 Plus Airbus presents the Power8 Plus Programme to its European Work Council. It is designed to deliver cost savings of € 650 million in 2012, adding to the Power8 target of € 2.1 billion for 2010. Power8 Plus does not envisage social plans for further headcount reductions. Power8 Plus is Airbus’ contribution to EADS’ € 1 billion cost cutting initiative. 25 August 2008: EADS Defence & Security ensures secure radio communications during Olympic Games in Beijing The digital radio TETRA network provided by EADS Defence & Security plays a vital role in the Beijing Olympic Games, the world's biggest sports event. It is the largest city-wide TETRA network in the world and supplies secure radio communications for the Chinese authorities and Olympic organizations. 15 August 2008: EADS provides Naval Radar for US Coast Guard EADS Defence & Security provides Lockheed Martin with its proven TRS-3D naval radar in order to enhance situational awareness and thus security in littoral waters. The deal is part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Deepwater programme. 28 July 2008: Emirates Airline buys 60 Airbus wide-body aircraft Dubai based Emirates Airline signs a Letter of Intent for 30 Airbus A350XWB plus 30 A330-300s. The agreement includes the firming up of 30 A350 XWB options ordered in 2007 and will eventually increase Emirates’ total order for the A350 XWB to 100 aircraft. 23 July 2008: EADS demonstrates air refuelling capabilities on AWACS aircraft EADS Military Transport Aircraft Division’s advanced aerial refuelling boom confirms its ability to support large air forces by performing multiple aerial refuelling contacts with an operational French AWACS aircraft. 17 July 2008: Airbus ends Farnborough Airshow with orders worth over US$ 40 billion At the 2008 Farnborough Air Show, Airbus announces transactions covering 256 aircraft, valued at US$ 40.5 billion. These transactions include firm orders for 247 aircraft and nine commitments. The highlights of the show are two large orders from the two Middle Eastern carriers DAE Capital and Etihad. DAE Capital orders 30 Airbus A350-900 and 70 Airbus A320 aircraft. Etihad announces a 55 aircraft order comprising an additional 10 A380s, 20 A320s, and 25 A350 XWBs. 16 July 2008: AerCap becomes Launch Customer for new Airbus A320/A321 Freighter Netherland-based leasing company AerCap signs a firm contract with Airbus Freighter Conversion GmbH to convert 30 of AerCap’s passenger A320/A321s into freighter aircraft. The first A320 will be ready in 2011. After ramp up, it is planned to convert around 30 A320 family aircraft per year. 15 July 2008: EADS welcomes Mubadala to its base of global suppliers EADS and Mubadala Aerospace sign a multi-faceted supplier agreement at Farnborough Airshow. The partnership will allow EADS to extend its footprint in the Middle East in terms of suppliers and production capabilities. In cooperation with EADS, Mubadala will become a tier one supplier for the next generation of the Airbus commercial aircraft family. Additionally, EADS will work with Mubadala Aerospace to develop an Engineering Centre as well as Research and Development facilities in Abu Dhabi. 15 July 2008: Astrium purchases majority share in Spot Image Astrium announces the purchase of further shares in Spot Image from the French Space Agency and therefore becomes the majority shareholder. Spot Image, as a world leader in the provision of satellite imagery and geo-information value- added services, has achieved commercial success for more than 20 years. 30 June 2008: Poland orders 23 helicopters for Nationwide Emergency Medical Services The Polish Ministry of Health signs a contract for 23 Eurocopter EC135 helicopters to serve its nationwide Emergency Medical Services network. The fleet will serve bases all over Poland. 30 June 2008: ESA commissions Astrium with operation of ISS The European Space Agency ESA transfers all activities involved in the operation and exploitation of the European share of the International Space Station ISS to Astrium as prime industrial contractor. The agreement combines all activities involved in operating the European contributions to the space station, from mission control, engineering tasks and the provision of supplies, to communications with the ground station. 26 June 2008: First A400M Military Transporter rolled out The first complete A400M military transport aircraft rolls out from the final assembly line facility in Seville, during a ceremony presided over by His Majesty Juan Carlos I, King of Spain. 12 June 2008: Skynet 5C – triple success for Astrium Astrium completes the Skynet 5 military satellite communications fleet with the successful launch of Skynet 5C – the third Skynet 5 satellite – from Kourou, French Guiana. Paradigm, part of Astrium Services, as owner and operator of the Skynet 5 system, is responsible for providing secure communications services to the British Armed Forces as part of a service provision contract with the UK Ministry of Defence until 2020. 30 May 2008: EADS supports disaster relief efforts in China EADS supports global emergency relief efforts in the province of Sichuan following the earthquake on 12 May. Airbus deploys two test aircraft, an A380 and an A340- 300, to help transport essential relief effort cargo and makes a remarkable cash donation to help the refugees affected by the severe earthquake. Eurocopter sets up a special task force in China to support the main Chinese helicopter operators with technical assistance, provision of spare parts and logistics needs. EADS Astrium provides the Chinese authorities with satellite imagery of the disaster area. 28 May 2008: Gulf Air and KD Avia place orders for 60 Airbus Single Aisle and Widebody Aircraft at Berlin Airshow Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, places a firm order with Airbus for 35 aircraft during the Berlin Airshow ILA. The order comprises 15 A320 single aisle aircraft and 20 A330-300s. The new order will more than double the number of Airbus aircraft in the Gulf Air fleet. Additionally, the Russian airline KD Avia signs an agreement with Airbus for the purchase of 25 A319s, thus becoming a new Airbus customer. 27 May 2008: Astrium wins satellite contract worth US$ 263 million The European Space Agency (ESA) commissions Astrium to develop and build the EarthCare Earth observation satellite. The contract is worth € 263 million. EarthCARE will focus on clouds, tiny particles in the atmosphere and their influence on atmospheric radiation. 26 May 2008: First public presentation of A320 Fuel Cell Demonstrator at ILA Airbus presents for the first time its fuel cell activities onboard an A320 research aircraft at the International Berlin Airshow. Fuel cells are one of the most promising “step change” technologies with a high potential for a further significant reduction of emissions, fuel consumption and external noise. The research is part of Airbus’ efforts towards eco-efficiency. 26 May 2008: Eurocopter to acquire Motorflug Baden-Baden GmbH to extend its MRO capabilities Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH signs an agreement to acquire Motorflug Baden- Baden GmbH. The German specialist for helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) will become an integral part of Eurocopter’s service and support business and will complement Eurocopter’s MRO capabilities in the civil helicopter market. 7 May 2008: Astrium switches on the first Galileo signals from space Astrium, with the Giove-B navigation satellite, starts operations in orbit exactly on schedule, and begins transmitting the highly precise Galileo signal. This is an important milestone on the road to a European navigation system. Until 2010, the four navigation satellites already being built by prime contractor Astrium will be deployed in space. 25 April 2008: ATV re-boosts ISS to a higher orbit The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), the unmanned spacecraft developed to supply the International Space Station (ISS), successfully re-boosts the ISS to a higher altitude. The re-boost manoeuvre takes 13 minutes and lifts the station by six kilometres back in its correct orbit. The manoeuvre is highly important to prevent the station from getting hit by space debris circling the earth. 22 April 2008: EADS North America acquires PlantCML EADS announces the acquisition of California-based PlantCML, a leading provider of emergency response solutions and services in the U.S. and Canada. The acquisition is made through EADS’ U.S. operating subsidiary EADS North America. 3 April 2008: Rendez-vous in Space: Astrium’s ATV Jules Verne reaches its destination After the launch by a new version of the Ariane 5 rocket on 9 March, the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) reaches its destination and docks with the International Space Station (ISS). This is the first time that a space vehicle performs a totally automatic rendezvous. This success reinforces Astrium’s unique position as the prime contractor for space systems in Europe. 27 March 2008: EADS-led AirTanker consortium gets UK tanker contract AirTanker, the EADS-led consortium, signs a 27 year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence for the provision of air transport and air refuelling capability to the Royal Air Force. The Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) programme includes the provision of a fleet of 14 new tanker aircraft, based on the latest generation Airbus A330-200 to enter service from 2011. Through this agreement, EADS will become the RAF’s leading supplier of transport aircraft. 20 March 2008: Final Tranche 1 Eurofighter Typhoon delivered The final aircraft out of Tranche 1 destined for the four partner Air Forces of Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom in the core programme is handed over to the German Air Force. Eurofighter has delivered 139 series production to the four Air Forces since summer 2003, and additional five aircraft to Austria. 11 March 2008: Eurocopter delivers first NH90 for Finnish Army Aviation The first of 20 NH90, the military medium-size standard helicopter of the 21st century, for the Finnish Army Aviation is delivered at Eurocopter’s Marignane facility. This first aircraft was assembled by Eurocopter, while the remaining 19 will be assembled by Patria in Finland. 4 March 2008: EADS successfully performs the first in-flight wet contact of its Air Refuelling Boom System The EADS Air Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) successfully performs its first inflight wet contact on an F-16 aircraft. This advanced boom system, installed on an Airbus A310, performs the wet contact with the receiver aircraft following the planned procedure. The ARBS has been chosen by four of the five customers for the A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport). 29 February 2008: U.S. Air Force selects KC-30 tanker Selection of the Northrop Grumman KC-30 Tanker by the U.S. Air Force will significantly increase EADS’ industrial presence and commitment in the United States, as well as its role as a U.S.-based defence and homeland security provider. EADS North America is the partner to Northrop Grumman on the new tanker; the programme award calls for 179 aircraft. Within EADS the Military Transport Aircraft Division is responsible for all military programmes based on Airbus platforms. 25 February 2008: United Arab Emirates order A330 MRTT United Arab Emirates announce the purchase of the A330 MRTT from EADS as the new air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the UAE Air Force & Air Defense. The A330 MRTT shall be fitted with under-wing pods and the EADS boom system. 7 February 2008: Columbus launched into Space The US space shuttle Atlantis is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to carry the Columbus laboratory to the International Space Station ISS. The module – built by EADS Astrium for the European Space Agency ESA – will be part of the ISS and is designed for a minimum service life of ten years. 1 February 2008: Airbus commences alternative fuel test flight programme The Airbus A380 launches an alternative fuel research programme, becoming the first commercial aircraft to fly with a synthetic liquid fuel processed from gas (Gas to Liquids – GTL) in a three hour flight between Filton, UK and Toulouse, France. 1 February 2008: Harald Wilhelm appointed Airbus Chief Financial Officer Hans Peter Ring hands over Airbus CFO responsibility to Harald Wilhelm, but remains CFO of EADS. Harald Wilhelm was previously Airbus Chief Controlling Officer. 24 January 2008: TETRA radio network contract for Cyberabad area EADS Defence & Security receives an order for the first public security TETRA radio network contract by the police of the state Andhra Pradesh, India. It is a real breakthrough for EADS Secure Networks on the Indian market as the country is going through major investment in infrastructure in general to address and complement its spectacular economic growth. 18 January 2008: EADS Astrium to build mercury probe BepiColombo EADS Astrium is set to build the Mercury probe BepiColombo on behalf of the European Space Agency ESA. In Friedrichshafen, representatives of ESA and of EADS Astrium sign the main industrial contract for the mission to the innermost planet of the solar system. The contract is worth € 350 million. BepiColombo is scheduled to begin its journey to Mercury in 2013. 17 January 2008: EADS Socata unveils the 2008 TBM 850 The 2008 version of EADS Socata’s TBM 850 Very Fast Turboprop (VFT) 6-seat business aircraft is presented at the company’s factory in Tarbes. Upgrades in this latest TBM 850 variant include the Integrated All-Glass Flight Deck replacing traditional instruments with large liquid crystal display (LCD) screens. 15 January 2008: NH90 to be equipped with obstacle warning systems EADS Defence & Security signs a contract to equip the German NH90 helicopters with the military version of its HELLAS obstacle warning system. The contract covers 150 Military Obstacle Warning Systems worth about € 55 million. HELLAS is a laserbased, electro-optical system, which detects obstacles such as power lines reliably even if the pilot has difficulties making them out during the flight. 3 January 2008: Saudi-Arabia places order for EADS tankers Saudi-Arabia chooses the A330 MRTT as the new air-to-air refuelling aircraft for its Royal Saudi Air Force following a competition process started in early 2006. The order is for three aircraft, equipped with under-wing pods and EADS' Advanced Refuelling Boom System. 18 December 2007: Delivery of first MRH90 helicopters to Australia The Australian Armed Forces receive the first two of 46 new troop-carrying helicopters in Brisbane at Australian Aerospace, a Eurocopter subsidiary. The MRH90 helicopters are the Australian variant of the NH90, the world’s most advanced multi-role helicopter in the ten-tonne class. 17 December 2007: EADS Astrium delivers its 1000th satellite engine EADS Astrium's 1,000th satellite engine will be used to propel the W2A communication satellite. The 10-Newton thruster is one of EADS Astrium’s most successful products, with almost all European satellite launches using the engines built in Lampoldshausen, Germany. 14 December 2007: Maiden flight of Tiger HAD The first flight of the HAD version of the Tiger (HAD S/N 5001) takes place at the Eurocopter facility in Marignane, France – at the exact date forecasted in the Tiger HAD development contract signed two years ago between Eurocopter Tiger and the international armament organisation OCCAR. 14 December 2007: Qantas takes delivery of Airbus’ 5000th aircraft Qantas and Airbus celebrate another major milestone in the airframe manufacturer’s relatively short but successful existence: the company's 5,000th aircraft, an A330- 200, was delivered to Qantas at a special ceremony in Toulouse, France. 11 December 2007: Study on the risk reduction for modular UAV EADS Defence & Security is commissoned by the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB – Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung) in Germany for a study on the risk reduction of an innovative UAV project. The results of this risk reduction study will be taken into consideration for the forthcoming decision on the development of a modular UAV system for reconnaissance, target acquisition and surveillance. 10 December 2007: First in-flight contact of EADS boom system The first in-flight contact of the Air Refuelling Boom System developed by the EADS Military Transport Aircraft Division is performed successfully with an F-16 combat aircraft. The boom, installed on an Airbus A310 used as a flight test bed, performs the contact with the receiver aircraft at an altitude of 27,000 feet. 3 December 2007: DGA orders 68 NH90 helicopters for French army The French Defence Procurement Agency DGA orders 68 NH90 helicopters in the terrestrial version i.e TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter). 12 of these are firm orders. 23 November 2007: Inmarsat places order for Alphasat I-XL satellite The Alphasat contract is signed by Inmarsat and EADS Astrium. It is supported by ESA and national space agencies. EADS Astrium is prime contractor for the satellite that will incorporate a number of innovative features developed throughout Europe. Key telecommunications payload technology will be designed and manufactured in the UK. 14 November 2007: Airbus ends the Dubai air show with record orders Airbus ends the 10th Dubai Airshow with major orders, confirming customer confidence in its leading product range. Emirates Airline buys 70 Airbus A350s and 11 additional A380s. In total, Airbus receives 163 firm orders valued at over US$ 28 billion at catalogue prices, from ten customers. 5 November 2007: Eurocopter sets up subsidiary in the UK Eurocopter acquires all remaining shares of McAlpine Helicopters Limited as of 1 November 2007. Previously, Eurocopter has held 10 percent in the British company which now becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary, Eurocopter UK Limited. Through this investment, Eurocopter underlines its commitment to its significant market and customer base in the UK and Ireland. 22 October 2007: EADS shareholders adopt changes in corporate governance In an Extraordinary General Meeting EADS shareholders formalise changes in the Group's management and leadership structure by adopting the proposed resolutions. EADS will be led by a single Chairman, Rüdiger Grube, and a single CEO, Louis Gallois. The EADS Board of Directors includes four independent members. 15 October 2007: Airbus delivers first A380 to Singapore Airlines Airbus officially hands over the first A380 to Singapore Airlines. The airline is the first to fly the A380 on regular scheduled service. Singapore Airlines uses this opportunity to reveal their new, spacious and luxurious A380-cabin-interior, featuring 471 seats in three classes. 8 October 2007: UH-72A Lakota helicopter delivery rate increases EADS North America marks another milestone in the UH-72A Light Utility Helicopter programme by supplying a pair of its rotary-wing aircraft to the U.S. Army in September – the first time two Lakotas have been delivered during a single month. Eurocopter is supplying the UH-72A Lakota as the U.S. Army’s new Light Utility Helicopter, via EADS North America as a prime contractor. 2 October 2007: ATR launches the ‘-600 series’ aircraft ATR reaches an important new milestone with the announced launch of the “-600 series”. The new ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 will feature the latest technological enhancements while building upon the well-known advantages of the current aircraft, namely its high efficiency, proven dispatch reliability and low fuel burn and operating cost. 27 September 2007: EADS Defence & Security inaugurates Elancourt site EADS opens the first French site dedicated to defence and security, gathering 2,500 employees and combining major EADS competencies at a single site. The decision comes in response to a desire to achieve operational cohesion, to anticipate new business areas of growth and to optimise industrial capacity. 20 September 2007: Eurocopter hands over 600th EC135 helicopter 600 delivered aircraft make this helicopter type the world’s best seller and international benchmark in its class. The EC135 stands for modernity and innovation: in compliance with international safety regulations, it is powered by two turbine engines, making it as fast as 287 kilometres per hour and giving it an average range of 750 kilometres. 18 September 2007: Framework agreement on nationwide TETRA in China EADS Defence & Security signs a framework cooperation agreement with the Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB), Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Under the terms of this agreement, a nationwide EADS TETRA radio communications system will be established for Chinese airports. 22 August 2007: Airbus freighter conversion starts operational business The Airbus Freighter Conversion GmbH, located in Dresden, Germany starts operational business aiming freighter conversion centres for the Airbus A320 family in Lukhovitsy near Moscow and at the German site. The partners are preparing to start the conversion programme at both locations. 3 August 2007: Eurocopter inaugurates a new logistics centre Eurocopter's new state-of-the-art industrial logistics centre is the first phase of a Helicopter Technology Park project in Donauwörth, Germany. The centre will be operated by Fiege, a logistics specialist. 25 July 2007: Conversion of 100th Airbus Aircraft starts at EADS EFW EFW celebrates the entry into conversion of its 100th aircraft since taking up Airbus freighter conversion work in 1996. The 19-year-old A310-300 was formerly used by Turkish Airlines. The conversion process from passenger into freighter configuration takes about four months. 19 July 2007: Eurocopter inaugurates its new blade shop Eurocopter reopens its completely modernised and enlarged blade facilities at its main German industrial site in Donauwörth. The new blade production and repair centre will accompany the heavy ramp-up for light twin engine helicopter programmes. The opening is a major milestone in corporate site development strategy. 16 July 2007: Changes in management and leadership structure Following a decision to simplify the EADS organisational structure, Tom Enders, previously CEO of EADS, is nominated CEO of Airbus SAS, reporting to the sole CEO of EADS, Louis Gallois. Enders will be supported by Fabrice Bregier, who remains COO of Airbus. 25 June 2007: Eurocopter registers 114 new orders at Paris Air Show Eurocopter receives record bookings for a total of 114 helicopters at this year’s Paris Air Show, confirming its international market success. The combined value of the contracts at the show amounts to over € 1.2 billion. Eurocopter hands over the first out of the contract for 25 NH90s to the Swedish Air Force. Germany exercises its options on an additional 42 NH90s by exercising its options. Belgium becomes an NH90 customer through its order for ten helicopters. 23 June 2007: Arianespace to order another 35 Ariane 5 launchers An agreement signed by Arianespace and EADS Astrium defines the contractual framework for the upcoming order for 35 Ariane 5 ECAs, the most powerful version of this heavy-lift launcher. It allows the procurement of long lead-time items to begin now, in order to ensure launcher continuity in 2010. 22 June 2007: Airbus ends Paris Air Show with 425 firm orders Airbus ends the 47th Paris Air Show with new momentum for its leading product range, the A380, the A350 XWB, the A330/A340 Family, as well as the A320 Family. The manufacturer received a total of 425 firm orders from 19 customers. In addition, Airbus received commitments for a total of 303 additional aircraft. 15 June 2007: TerraSAR-X launches successfully The new German radar satellite TerraSAR-X was brought into orbit from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It is the first significant milestone in the implementation of a publicprivate- partnership (PPP) between the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and Infoterra’s parent company Astrium GmbH. 15 June 2007: First flight of A330 MRTT The first aircraft of the new generation A330 MRTT successfully performs its maiden flight at the conversion centre of EADS CASA near Madrid, Spain. The aircraft performs a 180 minutes flight running through a planned series of tests. 13 June 2007: EADS Astrium rockets into space tourism EADS Astrium unveils a revolutionary new vehicle for space tourism ahead of the Paris Air Show. This business jet sized vehicle is designed to carry four passengers 100 kilometres up into space giving them more than three minutes of "zero G" or weightlessness. EADS Astrium presents a full sized mock-up of the forward section of the revolutionary craft including its Marc Newson designed cabin. 6 June 2007: TETRA radio network for Hungary fully operative The roll-out of Hungary's nationwide TETRA network is finalised. Having been constructed by EADS Defence & Security in record time, the Unified Digital Radio System passes now the Final Acceptance Test from the Hungarian Government. 6 June 2007: AirTanker commences financing competition AirTanker launches the competition to raise £2 billion capital for the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) programme. FSTA is the world’s largest Private Finance Initiative (PFI) programme, in which AirTanker will provide the UK with a state-of-theart, highly efficient transport and tanker fleet of 14 Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The fleet will be 50 percent British-made and the programme will sustain some 7,500 jobs. 10 May 2007: Carlos Suárez to lead EADS Military Transport Aircraft Division and EADS CASA The EADS Board of Directors announces that Carlos Suárez (43) will succeed Francisco Fernández Sáinz (61) as Head of the Military Transport Aircraft Division (MTAD) and Chairman of EADS CASA. Suárez becomes a Member of the EADS Executive Committee. 7 March 2007: EADS to provide UK Fire and Rescue services with new networked control capabilities EADS Defence & Security has been selected as preferred bidder to supply a resilient control room system that will enable England’s Fire and Rescue Services to provide a common national response capability for the first time. 28 February 2007: Airbus unveils Power8 details Airbus rolls-out the details of its turnaround programme Power8, consisting of nine modules. The plan will make Airbus better prepared to face the challenge of the US dollar weakness, increased competitive pressure, the financial burden related to A380 delays as well as to meet its other future investment needs. The transformation will happen progressively over several years. 19 February 2007: Milestone in conversion of first A330 MRTT The first Royal Australian Air Force’s A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport has been put back on wheels. This is a significant milestone for the A330 MRTT programme, marking the completion of the major structural modification in the A330 platform. This aircraft is the first of five A330 MRTT aircraft to be delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force. 6 February 2007: Delivery of first digital map generator for the A400M EADS hands over the first Digital Map Generator System for the A400M military transport aircraft to Airbus. This consignment is the first step in the delivery of a total of 192 systems. A further twelve Digital Map Generator Systems are planned for the transport aircraft ordered by South Africa. 1 February 2007: Go-ahead for the development of the EuroHawk® The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) awards a contract to EuroHawk GmbH, a joint venture company formed by EADS and Northrop Grumman Corporation, for the development, test and support of the EuroHawk® unmanned signals intelligence (SIGINT) surveillance and reconnaissance system. 22 January 2007: Peter M. Kleinschmidt appointed as General Counsel The Executive Committee of EADS appoints Peter M. Kleinschmidt (54) as General Counsel of EADS. He reports to the EADS CEOs and his mission is to actively promote and defend the interests of the EADS Group on all legal issues and to ensure its legal security at all times. 15 January 2007: All Airbus sites and products covered by environmental certification Airbus becomes the first and only aerospace company in the world to receive International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 14001 environmental certification covering all the company’s 16 production sites, as well as all products throughout their lifecycle. The ISO 14001 corporate certification recognises that Airbus uses a robust environmental management system to continually monitor and minimise the environmental impact of Airbus production processes and products throughout their lifecycle. 10 January 2007: Spain signs with Eurocopter for 45 NH90s The Spanish government and Eurocopter sign a contract for 45 NH90s in their tactical transport version (TTH) to equip the Spanish Armed Forces. The NH90 is part of the renovation and modernisation programme of the medium helicopter transport fleet. The helicopters will be assembled in Albacete, Spain. 22 December 2006: EADS Socata delivers its first TBM 850 VFT EADS Socata announces the delivery of the first TBM 850 VFT (Very Fast Turboprop) to a French customer. The TBM 850 VFT is the world’s fastest single engine turboprop. 21 December 2006: Eurocopter signs a nine-year contract with the Australian government to maintain the Air Force's AP-3C Orion fleet Eurocopter, through its Australian subsidiary, Australian Aerospace, and the Australian Government sign a nine-year contract for deeper maintenance of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion aircraft fleet. Australian Aerospace has been performing the Deep Maintenance of the RAAF AP-3C fleet since 1993. 13 December 2006: Eurocopter hands over the first three NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopters to the German Army The first three latest-generation NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopters (TTH) are handed over to the German Army at Eurocopter’s Donauwörth facility. Two of those three first aircraft will be used for flight training and the other one to train maintenance staff. 12 December 2006: Airbus A380 receives type certification The world’s largest commercial airliner, the Airbus A380, receives the joint European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification. The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. The certification by the two major international governing bodies comes after the A380 successfully completed a stringent programme of certification trials to ensure the aircraft meets – or even exceeds – all airworthiness criteria. The A380 is also the first aircraft to which 21st century certification standards were applied. 11 December 2006: EADS North America delivers first UH-72A helicopter to the U.S. Army EADS North America officially delivers the U.S. Army’s first UH-72A Light Utility Helicopter in Columbus, Mississippi, marking the beginning of this major defence programme with a requirement for up to 322 rotary-wing aircraft. Forty more light utility helicopters currently are in the production cycle for delivery to the Army during 2007 and 2008. 1 December 2006: EADS gives go ahead to launch the A350 XWB The EADS Board of Directors gives the go ahead for Airbus to launch the industrial programme for the new A350 XWB airliner family, a new medium capacity longrange extra wide-body Family. The decision is based on strong market demand and customer backing. Entry into service of the first A350 XWB is planned for 2013. 30 November 2006: A380 completes technical route proving The A380 successfully completes a series of technical route proving missions. Started on 13 November the exercise took the A380 MSN002 across the globe on an 18-day trip, with four journeys, stopping at ten airports in the Asia/Pacific region and, via both poles, in South Africa, Australia and Canada. During the trials, the aircraft flew approximately 69,000 nm / 127,788 km in some 152 flight hours, with all flights performed on schedule. 31 October 2006: New appointments for Airbus and Eurocopter Fabrice Brégier (45) was appointed Airbus Chief Operating Officer (COO) with immediate effect. EADS CFO Hans Peter Ring (55) was elected as Airbus CFO effective 1 January 2007; he remains CFO of EADS. Lutz Bertling (44) was appointed to succeed Fabrice Brégier as President and CEO of Eurocopter and to join the EADS Executive Committee. 26 October 2006: Airbus signs Framework Agreement with Chinese consortium on A320 Final Assembly Line in China Airbus signs the Framework Agreement with a Chinese Consortium comprising Tianjin Free Trade Zone (TJFTZ), China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I) and China Aviation Industry Corporation II (AVIC II) on the establishment of an A320 Family Final Assembly Line (FAL) in China. Under this Framework Agreement, Airbus will set up an A320 Family FAL in Tianjin. 26 October 2006: Airbus signs largest single transaction ever China Aviation Supplies Import and Export Group Corporation (CASGC) and Airbus sign a General Terms Agreement (GTA) for the purchase of 150 A320 Family aircraft and a Letter of Intent (LOI) for 20 A350 XWB aircraft. This agreement represents the largest single transaction ever performed by Airbus. 23 October 2006: Astrium build MetOP satellite for EUMETSAT successfully deployed in orbit Following its launch on 19 October 2006 the Astrium-build MetOp satellite reaches polar orbit. A series of operations have been successfully completed since the launch. Payload operations, including the deployment of five antennas, took place over two days. 13 October 2006: EADS becomes 100 percent owner of Airbus EADS acquires from BAE Systems its 20 percent stake in Airbus for € 2.75 billion. This value was determined by an independent expert during the put option process which was launched by BAE Systems in June 2006. EADS paid in cash from the existing resources of the Group. EADS is therefore now the sole owner of Airbus. 10 October 2006: EADS and Irkut prepare the foundation of a joint venture for freighter conversion EADS and its freighter conversion centre EFW (Elbe Flugzeugwerke) sign an agreement with the leading Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut, preparing the foundation of a Joint Venture responsible for the conversion of Airbus A320 family aircraft into freighters. The Joint Venture will manage the conversion work in Germany and Russia. 9 October 2006: Louis Gallois appointed new Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer The EADS Board of Directors appoints Louis Gallois as new President and Chief Executive Officer of Airbus with immediate effect, succeeding Christian Streiff, who has resigned from this position. Gallois remains CEO of EADS, a position he held since July 2006. 11 September 2006: Successful first flight of new UAV system EADS’ business unit Military Air Systems (MAS), in association with Israel Aircraft Industry (IAI), successfully completes the first flight of a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial System (UAV) in France. The drone SIDM (Système Intérimaire de Drone Male) flew from the Istres air base, the DGA (Frencharmaments procurement agency) fly test centre. 4 September 2006: First A380 passenger flight At 09:58 am local time the Airbus A380 takes off from Toulouse with 474 passengers on board for the first in a series of four long flights or “Early Long Flights”. During the flights, the passengers, comprised of Airbus employees and cabin experts, put the cabin through its paces. 1 September 2006: EADS to increase industrial footprint in India EADS and Aviation major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) ink a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by HAL Chairman Mr Ashok K. Baweja and EADS CEO Tom Enders, to further develop long-term cooperation and define joint strategies on different market segments. 28 August 2006: EADS receives contract for digital radio network in Germany EADS secures the contract to construct the digital radio system for the German security authorities and organizations (BOS). Within the scope of this contract, EADS will act as prime contractor and, together with Siemens, construct a nationwide TETRA digital radio network by 31 December 2010. 3 August 2006: Joint acquisition of Atlas successfully completed With the successful conclusion of the acquisition, the so-called "Closing", the acquisition of Atlas Elektronik takes place. With Atlas Elektronik, both companies will pool their competencies in platform, electronic and system activities in the naval field, thus creating a strong naval electronics and systems company in Bremen. 21 July 2006: Singapore Airlines orders A380 and A350XWB Singapore Airlines selects a large fleet of Airbus airliners to meet its future wide- body fleet requirements. The Letter of Intent (LOI) signed at Farnborough Air Show covers an order of nine firm A380-800s, and six new options. The LOI also includes 20 orders and 20 options for the all new A350XWB-900. 17 July 2006: Airbus presents A350XWB – New Extra Wide Body Family for the 21st century Airbus confirms its commitment to its customers and future business growth and presents a whole new family of aircraft, the A350XWB, for Extra Wide Body, Extra Comfort, Extra Efficiency and going the Extra mile for customers. The new family will consist of four passenger versions and one freighter, completing the Airbus longrange product for the 21st century with the most modern and technologically advanced products. Increased range, increased speed, enhanced passenger comfort and the best economics will make the A350 XWB a reference for the future. 2 July 2006: EADS Board of Directors appoints Louis Gallois as CEO of EADS and Christian Streiff as CEO of Airbus The EADS Board of Directors appoints Louis Gallois (62) as CEO of EADS. He will join Tom Enders (47) in leading the Group and the EADS Executive Committee. Christian Streiff (51) is nominated as CEO of Airbus and appointed as member of the EADS Executive Committee, reporting to EADS CEO Tom Enders, who is nominated as Chairman of the Airbus Shareholder Committee. The management changes follow the resignation of EADS CEO Noël Forgeard and Airbus CEO Gustav Humbert. 30 June 2006: EADS marks break-through on US defence market The selection of EADS to provide the US Army's next-generation Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) marks the Group's break-through on the US defence market. For the very first time, the Group's subsidiary EADS North America will act as a prime contractor for the US military. The LUH requirement is for up to 322 aircraft, with a total value of approximately US$ 3 billion. 30 June 2006: EADS strengthens defence business with Australia EADS' Australian defence business is further strengthened by an order for 34 MRH- 90 transport helicopters, the Australian version of the NH90. The contract was signed today by EADS' subsidiary Eurocopter and the Australian government. Less than two years ago, Australia already purchased 12 MRH-90 medium-lift helicopters. 16 May 2006: Agreement on freighter conversion in Russia Airbus, EADS EFW and the leading Russian aircraft manufacturers MIG and Irkut sign a preliminary co-operation agreement for a commercial freighter aircraft conversion business. This co-operation will focus on the conversion of A320 Family aircraft into freighter aircraft. The conversion will be done in Russia and is planned to begin in 2011. 11 May 2006: UAV demonstrator opens up technology perspectives With the first flight of the UAV technology demonstrator "Barracuda" for unmanned high performance military systems, EADS opens the door to one of the most promising future global markets in defence. The EADS Military Air Systems Business Unit has for the first time flight tested an innovative aircraft for the development of future operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). 2 May 2006: Columbus – Ready for its first flight International representatives are joined by guest of honour the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to bid farewell to the 13-ton space laboratory Columbus before its shipment to the United States. Engineers at EADS SPACE Transportation have spent approximately 10 years developing and building the multi-functional Columbus for the International Space Station ISS. It is scheduled for launch in autumn 2007 on board a US Space Shuttle. 26 April 2006: EADS appoints Chief Technical Officer (CTO) The EADS Board of Directors appoints Jean J. Botti (49) as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of EADS. Botti will be the focal point, based in Munich, for research, technology development, development of design and manufacturing tools and innovation across the Group. As of 1 May 2006, Botti is a Member of the EADS Executive Committee. 13 April 2006: Go Ahead for Korean Helicopter Program (KHP) In partnership with Korea Aerospace Industries Limited (KAI), Eurocopter will develop and produce 245 utility helicopters from 2011 onwards. Those helicopters, part of the Korean Helicopter Program (KHP) that was approved by the South Korean government the day before, are intended to replace the obsolete U.S. helicopter of the South Korean army. 11 April 2006: Egypt’s Sunken Treasures” riding high EADS supports the exhibition “Egypt’s Sunken Treasures”. Therefore, the Group provides an Airbus 300-600 ST Beluga cargo aircraft to transport the exhibits – some of them weigh several tons – to Berlin and Paris where the statues and columns from underwater archaeological excavations will be presented to a broad public for the first time. 7 April 2006: Venus Express explores Morning Star Venus Express, the space probe developed and constructed by EADS Astrium, was inserted into orbit around Venus after a journey of nearly five months in order to 40 investigate the Venusian atmosphere. Scientists expect crucial insights into the longterm climatic evolution processes on Earth. 4 April 2006: EADS shareholders DaimlerChrysler and Lagardère SCA to reduce their respective stakes by 7.5 percent each DaimlerChrysler and Lagardère SCA, two of EADS' core shareholders, are going to reduce their respective stakes in EADS by 7.5 percent each in coordinated steps. Thus, the free float of its capital will increase substantially. 29 March 2006: Authorities approve A380 evacuation trial The European Aviation and Safety Agency (EASA) and the American Federal Aviation Administration, FAA gave their “seal of approval” to the successful A380 evacuation trial. They herewith validated 853 as the maximum passenger seating capacity. During the evacuation trial three days before, all 853 passengers and 20 crew members left the aircraft within the prescribed 90 seconds. 3 April 2006: Successful first flights of the new EADS Air Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) The first phase of the Air Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) flight test programme has successfully been completed after 3 years of development, where EADS CASA has completed the design and manufacture of the refuelling boom. Preliminary results of the tests have shown the aircraft’s handling qualities are not influenced by the boom installation. 27 February 2006: EADS Competence Centre of Qatar EADS is to establish a training-, research- and development centre in Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) in mid-2007. The EADS Competence Centre of Qatar (EADS QCC) will deliver training and certification programs for non- destructive testing (NDT) technologies, and internationally-accredited training courses in aircraft maintenance. 26 February 2006: The U.S. government orders EC120 Helicopters to support homeland security missions EADS North America receives an order for ten Light Sign Cutter EC120s from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection. This acquisition is part of a Department of Homeland Security contract that could involve as many as 55 helicopters. 21 February 2006: EADS opens R&T Centre in Singapore During Asian Aerospace 2006 exhibition EADS inaugurates its Singapore Research & Technology Centre (SRTC). The SRTC is an extension of the EADS Research organisation and will manage and broker projects for the EADS business units and the Corporate Research Centre of EADS in close cooperation with Singaporean scientific institutions. It will also run its own projects with internal resources in its own facilities. 20 February 2006: Indian Airlines orders A320 Family Aircraft India's leading airline, Indian Airlines, signs a contract for 43 Airbus A320 family aircraft – comprising 20 A319s, four A320s and 19 A321s. The deal marks the first time that an Indian carrier has selected the Airbus A321. 19 January 2006: EADS takes key role in Galileo test phase EADS SPACE is to play a central role in the test phase for the new European satellite navigation system Galileo, following the contract signature between Galileo Industries, as the prime contractor, and the European Space Agency ESA. The contract covers the development and construction of the first four Galileo constellation satellites and part of the ground infrastructure for Galileo, including the full testing of the subsystem. Almost one fifth of the contract volume is to be handled by EADS. 17 January 2006: Airbus and Eurocopter continue to lead in 2005 Airbus announces that 2005 was a record year for the aircraft manufacturer. In terms of new orders Airbus outselled its competitor for the fifth consecutive year (new orders for 1,111 aircraft) and leaded in terms of deliveries (378 aircraft) for the third year in a row. A day later, Eurocopter confirms that in 2005 it successfully secured its position as the world's No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a total of 401 orders for new military and civil helicopters. 30 December 2005: ThyssenKrupp Technologies and EADS jointly acquire Atlas Elektronik ThyssenKrupp Technologies and EADS sign an agreement with BAE Systems on the joint acquisition of Atlas Elektronik. ThyssenKrupp Technologies will hold 60 percent of Atlas and EADS 40 percent. With Atlas Elektronik, both companies will pool their competencies in platform, electronic and system activities in the naval field. 16 December 2005: EADS acquires 10 percent stake of Irkut With the acquisition of a 10 percent stake in Irkut, EADS and the Russian aircraft manufacturer underline their strategic partnership. The stake will be owned by EADS Russia. 13 December 2005: EADS Socata announces new TBM 850 With the six-seat TBM 850 pressurized single-engined turboprop EADS Socata announces the newest member of its TBM family. Operators of the TBM 850 will gain the cruising speeds typical of light jets, with the economical direct operating costs of a single-engined turboprop. 13 December 2005: Korean government selects Eurocopter Korea announces Eurocopter as its the primary partner in the Korean Helicopter Programme (KHP) for the development of Korea's first military transport helicopter. The objective of the KHP is to replace the aging fleet of US transport and liaison 42 helicopters operated by the Korean army. 245 helicopters are expected to be manufactured from 2011 on. 13 December 2005: Belgium opts for NH90 helicopter Belgium announces its intention to become the 14th customer of the NH90. The expected acquisition of ten NH90 multi-role helicopters provide the Belgian Armed Forces with comprehensive Search and Rescue (SAR), maritime and transport capabilities. 8 December 2005: Malaysia joins the A400M programme The Malaysian government signs a contract for the purchase of four A400M military airlifters. Malaysia's joining the A400M programme is a further boost for the global industrial development of EADS. It also demonstrates that the A400M meets the needs of air forces around the world. On the global market, there is no other military transport aircraft as competitive as the A400M. 5 December 2005: Eurocopter creates a new helicopter in a cooperative venture with China A cooperation agreement covering the development of a new helicopter, the EC175, is signed between the Chinese aerospace company AVIC II and Eurocopter. Each of the two companies will invest € 300 million to develop the new helicopter. Production will be shared on a 50/50 basis. 18 November 2005: EADS field hospital for the Slovenian Forces EADS delivers a mobile field hospital to the Slovenian Armed Forces. It allows surgery to be carried out even under adverse climatic and hygienic conditions. The medical modules for surgery, intensive care, X-ray and ultra-sound diagnosis, pharmacy and blood bank, laboratory and sterilization are supplemented by shelters for patients. 17 November 2005: EADS Astrium selected for Swarm Satellites EADS Astrium is selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop and build three satellites for the Swarm mission. The satellites will enable analysis of the Sun's influence on the Earth including better forecasting of radiation hazards in space, and improved navigation and exploration for new resources on Earth. 8 November 2005: EADS to supply digital map generators for Eurofighter and Tornado EADS Defence Electronics is to equip the Eurofighter combat aircraft of Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Italy and Austria as well as the Tornado combat aircraft of the German Armed Forces with a total of 364 Digital Map Generator systems (DMG). They will be delivered between 2006 and 2012. 8 November 2005: EADS’ “hyper-sensitive artificial nose” wins German technology prize The Federation of German Industries (BDI) awards the Defence Industry Technology Prize to the EADS Corporate Research Centre Germany for its development of an artificial nose. It sniffs out even the smallest amounts of explosives, drugs or poisonous gases. Possible practical applications for the artificial nose range from airport security or air quality to mine detectors and medical diagnosis. 11 October 2005: Spanish Air Force to receive Taurus missile EADS receives the contract for series production of the Taurus missiles destined for the Spanish Armed Forces. The Spanish Air Force will procure 43 operational missiles, including mission planning and support to aircraft integration. The Taurus air-to-ground missile systems are planned as armament for the Spanish F-18 and Eurofighter aircraft. 6 October 2005: EADS gives go ahead for A350 launch The EADS Board of Directors gives the go ahead for Airbus to launch the industrial programme for a new A350 airliner family. This go ahead together with that received from BAE Systems, means that Airbus is now launching the programme. The A350 will be produced and assembled at the same facilities as the A330 and the A340, with however, additional risk-sharing partners and associates in China, Russia and other countries around the world. Entry into service is scheduled for 2010. 3 October 2005: EADS North America expands UH-145 team EADS North America expands the industrial team for its UH-145 advanced helicopter with the addition of Sikorsky Aircraft, which will provide its expertise in contractor logistics support for the U.S. Army's Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) mission. The U.S. Army is planning to acquire more than 300 LUH platforms to replace aging aircraft. 30 September 2005: EADS and Turkish industry join forces During the International Defence Exhibition IDEF at Ankara, EADS Defence Electronics and Aselsan sign a cooperation agreement. Aselsan will deliver core components of the most modern infrared missile warning system MIRAS of the A400M transport aircraft which will be integrated by EADS Defence Electronics. 12 September 2005: EADS strengthens hurricane relief efforts EADS supplies relief aid for victims of hurricane Katrina in the United States. Operating independently and in cooperation with European governments and private agencies, EADS provides cash donations, operated helicopter rescue missions, flies international and domestic airlift flights with its Airbus mega- freighter Beluga and delivers a self-contained mobile hospital unit to the region. Total EADS and related relief support exceeds € 1.8 million. 7 September 2005: EADS joins Northrop Grumman KC-30 advanced tanker team EADS joins Northrop Grumman as team mate and principal subcontractor on the Northrop Grumman KC-30 advanced tanker bid for the US Air Force’s next generation of aerial refuelling aircraft. EADS will bring its significant in-flight refueling experience to the Northrop Grumman KC-30 solution through EADS North America. 16 August 2005: New protection system provides safety improvements in case of personal transportation EADS, in cooperation with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann of Munich, develops a multifunctional container for protected personal transport (“TransProtec”). “TransProtec” offers optimal protection against attacks with explosives, sniper fire, shrapnel, mines and ABC assaults. It proves its high protection capability in a series of blasting tests that have been successfully carried out. 18 July 2005: Airbus Military signs agreement with Chile The Chilean Air Force signs a Declaration of Intent (DOI) with Airbus Military under which it indicates its intention to purchase up to three A400M military transport aircraft. This is a further commitment for the A400M from a customer outside the group of seven European launch nations 13 July 2005: Successful Eurocopter flight premiers The first Patria assembled KH-202 helicopter for the Finnish Defence Forces as well as the first NH 90 out of the Hellenic production take into the air for their maiden flight. 11 July 2005: Robin Southwell appointed CEO of EADS UK Robin Southwell (45) is appointed CEO of EADS UK. Prior to this appointment, Southwell was CEO of AirTanker Ltd. and also held the positions of Chief Executive Officer at WS Atkins and Group Managing Director of Customer Solutions and Support at BAE Systems. 7 July 2005: EADS signs contract with Vietnamese government for the supply of a satellite based monitoring system EADS Defence and Communications Systems (DCS) signs a contract worth € 19.3 million with the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment for the turnkey provision of a complete environmental and natural resources monitoring system. It consists of a receiving station for satellite images from SPOT and ENVISAT, a centre for the processing and distribution of images, and 15 specialised application systems for operational and research purposes. 25 June 2005: Tom Enders and Noël Forgeard elected as new EADS CEOs Tom Enders (46) and Noël Forgeard (58) are elected as Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of EADS with immediate effect for a five-year term. They succeed former CEOs Rainer Hertrich and Philippe Camus in office, whose term expired in May 2005. The EADS Board of Directors, in agreement with BAE Systems, further shapes the future management structure of EADS by appointing Gustav Humbert (55) as President and CEO of Airbus and Stefan Zoller (47) as President and CEO of the EADS Defence & Security Systems Division. The Board also dissolves the 45 Aeronautics division and establishes Eurocopter as division. It will be led by Eurocopter CEO Fabrice Brégier. 17 June 2005: Airbus successful at Paris air show During Le Bourget air show, Airbus receives orders and commitments for 280 airliners, which are worth around US$ 33.5 billion. Customers in the Middle East and India make up the bulk of the orders and commitments as they include a new customer for the A380, Kingfisher Airlines of India. Kingfisher Airlines becomes the first Indian carrier to sign a firm contract with Airbus for the A350 and A380 as well as for the A330. Moreover Qatar Airways, the largest all-Airbus operator in the Middle East and one of the world’s leading airlines, announces it would acquire 60 Airbus A350s. In addition to that, Indian start-up carrier IndiGo orders 100 Airbus A320. 15 June 2005: MBDA signs LFK agreement with EADS EADS and MBDA sign the Master Understanding defining the terms and conditions for the German missile systems house EADS/LFK to become part of MBDA. The agreement is a decisive step towards integrating Germany's No. 1 guided weapons company. 13 June 2005: Ukraine and EADS to evaluate possibilities for cooperation in aerospace, defence and homeland security Ukraine and EADS sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aiming at cooperation in the areas of secure communications, homeland security and border control, space and aeronautics. According to the MoU, joint working groups will investigate possibilities for cooperation in the areas agreed. 1 June 2005: MEADS International signs US$ 3.4 billion design and development contract MEADS International formally signs a definitized contract to design and develop the tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS). The contract value is approximately US$ 2 billion plus € 1.4 billion for the programme’s design and development phase. 23 May 2005: 100th FedEx Airbus Freighter ready for conversion at EADS EFW The 100th FedEx Airbus enters the Dresden-based EADS EFW conversion facility. The 19 year old aircraft is the Airbus A310-300 prototype and touched down in Dresden for a conversion from passenger to freighter aircraft, a weight upgrade and cockpit standardisation. This process will take about four months. 20 May 2005: Spanish government selects the NH90 As France, Germany and Australia did previously, Spain also selects the two most modern helicopter solutions in their category: the Tiger combat helicopter and the NH90 transport helicopter. This choice will increase and secure in the long term Eurocopter Espana’s industrial presence in Albacete and Getafe as well as reinforce its Spanish partners. 19 May 2005: NuKomBw military message handling system passes factory acceptance tests at EADS After just nine months, the future military message handling system NuKomBw has been completed and passed factory acceptance tests in Friedrichshafen. Developed and integrated under contract to the German armed forces IT office, NuKomBw (Nutzerorientierte Kommunikation der Bundeswehr – armed forces user-oriented communication system) will ensure the armed forces’ ability to exchange formal messages with classification levels up to “top secret” and provides military installations and individual users with the very latest communications services. 14 May 2005: World premiere – a Eurocopter Ecureuil/Astar AS350 lands on the top of the world On 14 May 2005 at 7h08 (local time), a serial Ecureuil/AStar AS 350 B3 piloted by the Eurocopter’s test pilot Didier Delsalle, lands at 8,850 meters (29,035ft) on the top of the Mount Everest (Kingdom of Nepal). This tremendous achievement breaks the world record for the highest altitude landing and take-off ever, which sets an ultimate milestone in the History of Aviation. 12 May 2005: Eurocopter creates a new plant in Albacete (Spain) within the framework of the Tiger helicopter programme Eurocopter decides to create a new plant in Albacete in line with the industrial plan agreed within the framework of the Tiger helicopter program. With this new industrial chapter, Spain will definitely live up to being the third pillar of the Eurocopter group, alongside Germany and France. 10 May 2005: Raytheon and EADS create partnership for U.S. Army Future Cargo Aircraft Raytheon and EADS North America establish a partnership to offer the world’s bestmedium transports for the U.S. Army’s Future Cargo Aircraft (FCA) programme. Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) business and the EADS CASA North America business unit will lead the programme capture and execution effort. 5 May 2005: EADS North America announces finalist sites for U.S. aerial refuelling tanker industrial facility EADS North America’s competition to select a U.S. industrial site to support the KC-330 advanced tanker program narrows to locations in four states out of 32: Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina. The selected site would become the centre of industrial activity for the KC-330, which EADS North America is offering to the U.S. Air Force as a replacement for the KC-135 refuelling fleet. The facility will begin operations in 2006 with the establishment of an aircraft engineering centre. 29 April 2005: EADS CASA signs contracts with Brazil The Brazilian government and EADS CASA sign two important contracts: one where EADS CASA will supply Brazil with C-295 military transport aircraft, and in the second contract EADS CASA will modernize Brazil’s fleet of P-3 maritime patrol aircraft, which will include the installation of the FITS (Fully Integrated Tactical System), developed entirely by EADS CASA in Spain. 28 April 2005: Spain purchases CN-235 EADS CASA signs a contract with SASEMAR, a company belonging to the Ministry of Infrastructures responsible for Maritime Rescue activities for the purchase of three CN-235-300 aircraft. These aircraft will be dedicated to rescue operations, as well as to prevent and fight against marine pollution and will be equipped with the FITS mission system. 27 April 2005: Successful first flight of the Airbus A380 The first A380, the world's largest commercial aircraft, successfully takes off on its maiden flight leaving the airport in Toulouse at 10.29 hours local time. This maiden voyage marks the beginning of a rigorous test flight campaign. EADS proudly congratulates the flight crew and the entire Airbus A380 programme team for their outstanding achievement. The A380 programme is the most visible result of the successful integration of our industry in Europe. The A380 first flight is seen as a take-off into a new era. 20 April 2005: EADS welcomes German decision on MEADS After a decision of the national parliament, Germany, in collaboration with the USA and Italy, will participate in the development of the ground-based tactical air defence system MEADS. The programme is a base for the future development of Germany's and Europe's missile industry and an important part of NATO's future security architecture. The German share of the development contract is 25 percent. 12 April 2005: EADS Astrium contibutes to EBA’s SMOS satellite EADS Astrium Spain presents the Earth observation instrument of ESA’s SMOS satellite, led by the Spanish industry. SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission) is an Earth observation satellite which will enhance our knowledge of thewater cycle of the planet and will allow a better understanding of the climatic changes in order to protect the environment. The SMOS satellite will be put in orbit in March of 2007 with a Rockot launcher. 12 April 2005: First metal cut on the Airbus A380 freighter The A380 freighter becomes reality as the first metal cut of the aircraft's centre wing box takes place at the Airbus site in Nantes. This marks the start of manufacturing of the largest commercial freighter ever and is confirmation that the A380F programme is on track. With an unmatched capacity of 150 tonnes of cargo, a unique non-stop range capability of 10,400 km and the lowest unit cost of any freighter ever, the A380F will be the new benchmark in the large freighter market. 11 April 2005: EADS' donation for tsunami victims increases to € 3 million through employee's contribution EADS' support of the aid efforts after the tsunami disaster in south-east Asia increases to more than € 3 million so far. The company proudly this total amount after the finalization of a campaign for employee's contribution. EADS and its subsidiaries donated more than € 2 million, half in cash and logistical or productrelated support. The contribution of EADS', Airbus' and Eurocopter's employees to the cash donation exceeded € 500,000 and has been matched by the respective entities. 5 April 2005: New Zealand Air Force selects NH90 helicopter The New Zealand Ministry of Defence announces the selection of the NH90 helicopter as a replacement for the Royal New Zealand Air Force's ageing fleet of Iroquois. Further negotiations with NHIndustries will establish the number of helicopters to be purchased, cost and delivery date. 24 March 2005: EADS supplies secure vehicle locating system for NATO forces in Kosovo EADS Defence and Communication Systems signs an agreement with NATO Consultation Command and Control Agency to supply an Interim Forces Tracking System (IFTS), a secure system for locating Allied forces in Kosovo and the Balkans. At the KFOR command post in Pristina, EADS will install a central server which will initially permit the tracking of 142 tactical vehicles. By August this year, IFTS will be capable of tracking up to 600 vehicles for NATO. 18 March 2005: Official acceptance of the HAP Tiger by French General Delegation for Armaments This decisive step not only marks the qualitative acceptance of the helicopters in terms of performances and systems, but also the start of deliveries. Until 2010, Eurocopter will deliver 80 Tiger helicopters to the French Army Air Corps. France and Germany have ordered an initial batch of 160 Tiger helicopters, followed by Australia with 22, and Spain with 24 Tigers. 28 February 2005: EADS-led AirTanker selected as Preferred Bidder for British Tanker Aircraft Programme EADS is to become the leading supplier of military transport aircraft to the Royal Air Force. Geoff Hoon, the Secretary of State for Defence, announces that AirTanker has been selected as Preferred Bidder for Britain’s Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (“FSTA”) programme. EADS' successes in the UK and in Australia confirm the competitiveness of the A330-200 tanker offer and the Group's ability to provide profitable customer-tailored financing schemes. The announcement means that AirTanker can now begin the final stage of contract negotiations and work on financing for this Private Finance Initiative. 14 February 2005: First delivery of Eurofighter single-seater to German Air Force EADS Military Aircraft deliveres the first single-seater Eurofighter from German series production to the German Air Force. In this configuration, the Eurofighter will form the future backbone of air defence in Germany, Great Britain, Spain and Italy. Alongside the eight twin-seaters for pilot training that have already been delivered, the Luftwaffe now has the first single-seater Eurofighter destined for flight operations at its disposal. Up to now, more than 30 production aircraft have been handed over to the air forces of Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain. Currently, more than 50 further aircraft are in final assembly at the Eurofighter partner companies of Alenia, BAE SYSTEMS and EADS Military Aircraft Germany and Spain. 12 February 2005: Successful launch of the new Ariane 5 ECA The new, more powerful European launcher Ariane 5 ECA launches successfully from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. This launch was a big challenge and its success demonstrates once again the know-how and excellence of the European space industry. The Ariane 5 ECA launcher is deemed to become the work horse of Arianespace for commercial launch services. 3 February 2005: EADS-led consortium builds coastal surveillance system in Portugal Portugal’s Instituto Portuário e dos Transportes Marítimos (IPTM) commissions a Portuguese-German consortium, led by EADS, to build a Vessel Traffic System (VTS) along the coast of Portugal. With the twofold objective of protecting Europe’s outer borders and at the same time improving maritime safety and environmental protection, this system is of strategic importance to the EU. 28 January 2005: China Southern Airlines orders five A380s China Southern Airlines Company Limited and China Aviation Supplies Imp. & Exp. Group Corporation (CASGC) sign a General Terms Agreement (GTA) with Airbus for the purchase of five A380s. This is the first commitment placed by a Chinese carrier for the A380. 26 January 2005: First metal cut on the A400M Airbus Military launches production of the first major airframe component for the A400M military airlifter. At the Varel facility of Airbus Germany representatives of the launch customer nations join government officials and members of the Airbus Military management team to witness the milling of the first lower fuselage frame. The first metal cut for the A400M comes only 18 months after the programme launch. 18 January 2005: Reveal of Airbus flagship A380 One of the key milestones in the Airbus A380 programme takes place: The world’s first full-length twin-deck aircraft is officially revealed to the world for the first time. The reveal underpins the successful progress of the A380 programme and is also a reflection of Airbus’ position as the market leader of the civil aviation industry. In 2004, the manufacturer once more maintained its position as Number one, both in terms of orders and deliveries. With 320 aircraft delivered, Airbus exceeded its early 2004 expectation. 14 January 2005: EADS SPACE contributes to Huygens success Perfect operation of the Huygens re-entry system: EADS SPACE Transportation’s contribution, both the aerodynamic calculations and the manufacturing of the probe’s thermal protection system (heat shield) prove completely successful. EADS SPACE sites in France, Germany and Spain made major contributions to the Hugens mission. The German location in Ottobrunn was even responsible for the final integration of this demanding planet visitor. 12 January 2005: EADS North America to select a U.S. site for aerial tanker production EADS North America will select a site for a Military Modification and Assembly Line (MMAL) for the production of aerial refueling aircraft in the United States. This site would be the center of industrial activity for the KC-330 advanced tanker aircraft, which the company plans to offer the U.S. Air Force. It also will be the location of a new Airbus Long-Range Aircraft Engineering Center in the United States. 21 December 2004: The European satellite navigation project Galileo is beginning to take shape The European Space Agency (ESA) and Galileo Industries sign a preliminary contract for the In-Orbit-Verfication-Phase (IOV). With a 38 percent stake in Galileo Industries, EADS Astrium will take on important work packages as a major subcontractor in this initial phase. The contract will cover the first four Galileo satellites, due for launch in 2008, and the development and operation of the associated ground infrastructure. A further 26 satellites will follow to make up the 30 required in the Galileo constellation. Galileo is expected to be fully operational by the end of the decade. 20 December 2004: Australia signs contract for A330 MRTT The Australian Defence Force purchases from the EADS Military Transport Aircraft Division the world's most capable and flexible tanker transport aircraft to replace its Boeing 707 fleet. The A330 MRTT combines the qualities of the Airbus A330 with EADS' state-of-the-art in-flight Air Refuelling Boom System (ARBS). Delivery of the first A330 MRTT to the Australian Forces is scheduled for 2008 and will enter service in 2009. In Australia, close to 50 new jobs will be created in the acquisition stage – and another 55 in the through-life support of the aircraft. 17 December 2004: Production contract for second tranche of Eurofighter Typhoons NETMA (NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency) and Eurofighter Jagdflugzeuge GmbH sign the contract covering the second tranche of Eurofighter aircraft. Eurofighter Tranche 2 is one of the most important orders in EADS' defence business in 2004. For EADS as one of the Eurofighter partner companies, this represents a contract volume of € 4.3 billion. At the same time, this contract improves the export chances of Eurofighter, a latest-generation high-tech combat aircraft that has already reached market maturity and underlines Europe's capabilities in this area. 10 December 2004: EADS and BAE SYSTEMS give go ahead for Airbus to offer the A350 Receiving the Authorisation to offer (ATO) from its shareholders EADS and BAE SYSTEMS, Airbus can begin making firm commercial offers to launch customers for a new model called “A350” The new aircraft is a “sister” to the A330s and will be available in two versions. Already in the early concept phase, the A350 proposition has received an extremely positive response from Airbus customers, many of which have expressed interest and contributed to the concept development. Market demand in this particular segment is estimated to be 3,100 units over the next 20 years. 7 December 2004: Significant Advances for EADS in China EADS achieves another major success in China with the signing of an agreement for 23 single-aisle Airbus aircraft. The signing takes place in the presence of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder during his visit to the People’s Republic of China. Up to now, Airbus received 81 new orders from China since the beginning of 2004. EADS' goal is to reach a fifty percent market share for commercial aircraft in China. Airbus will also reinforce its cooperation with China by raising its subcontracting commitment. 24 November 2004: EADS opens its international Corporate Business Academy near Bordeaux EADS opens its Corporate Business Academy (CBA), the management training centre for executives from all Group entities worldwide. Starting in 2005, some 2,000 members of staff will be attending management courses there and eventually, the EADS Corporate Business Academy will be open to executives from outside the Group. Located on the Domaine de Villepreux near Bordeaux, it is created building a strong corporate culture shared by all the sites around the world. The CBA will be a centre where all of its employees can develop their management skills. 22 November 2004: Paradigm signs contract to provide Military Satellite Communications to NATO Following the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NATO, the UK, Italy and France for the provision of NATO’s satellite communications services from 2005 until 2019, Paradigm Secure Communications signs a contract to provide the UK share of NATO’s Space Segment requirements from the beginning of 2005. The signature of this contract is another landmark in the development of Paradigm’s military satellite communications business. Paradigm will initially use its existing Skynet 4 constellation and then migrate to new Skynet 5 satellites from 2007. 19 November 2004: Spain acquires Taurus KEPD 350 The Spanish Air Force is to equip its F/A-18 and Eurofighter aircraft with the Taurus KEPD 350 precision stand-off guided missile system. Spain confirms this procurement intention during German-Spanish summit talks. Spain becomes the first export customer for Taurus KEPD 350 and is of great significance for Spain also as far as industrial policy is concerned. The Spanish company SENER already produces the fin actuation systems for the German series. In addition, SENER will be 52 prime contractor in Spain for integration on the F/A-18, acquisition of the missiles and the logistics. 20 October 2004: Expansion of EADS North America's industrial presence in the U.S. EADS North America expands its industrial presence in the United States by opening the American Eurocopter manufacturing, assembly and customization facility in Columbus, Mississippi. The new plant will employ a staff of 100, including aircraft technicians and manufacturing and support personnel. They will be responsible for the manufacturing, assembly and customization of Eurocopter aircraft. The Mississippi facility is a highly visible example of EADS’s policy to be a good corporate citizen by bringing high-value jobs into the major markets where the company is located. 6 October 2004: EADS North America Acquires Racal Instruments EADS North America's acquisition of Racal Instruments Group markes the initiation of a core strategic element of growth through acquisition. Racal Instruments is a leader in the development, production, and integration of systems and instruments to test electronics, aerospace, and defense systems. Racal Instruments will beoperated through EADS North America Defense Company. The acquisition of Racal Instruments is part of the long-term growth strategy of EADS in North America. It will facilitate the production of a more extensive range of products, and services. 21 September 2004: Creation of the EADS Corporate Research Foundation EADS announces the creation of the EADS Corporate Research Foundation. With an allocation of €24 million over five years, the foundation is intended to nurture talent, ideas and knowledge by strengthening ties between the public and privat research and education, industrial and technical communities. In 2003, EADS spent 17 percent of its annual revenues in R&D and self-financed almost half. The Foundation marks a new step in the Group's commitment to Knowledge and Research. 10 September 2004: Airbus passes 5,000 Order Milestone Airbus passes a significant landmark after receiving its 5,000th aircraft order, just over 30 years after Airbus received its first ever order from Air France for the A300B2 type aircraft – the first commercial aircraft manufactured by Airbus. Since this aircraft went into service in 1974, Airbus has seen sales of its aircraft gain increasing momentum. The number of Airbus customers has now risen to 192 and the aircraft manufacturer boasts 225 operators of its aircraft. 1 September 2004: Federal President Horst Köhler visits Airbus site in Hamburg The German Head of State, Federal President Horst Köhler visits the Airbus site in Hamburg, accompanied by the First Major Ole von Beust and about 140 members of the corps diplomatique. On a site tour, Köhler attended in the „Otto Lilienthal“ hall the final assembly of the A318, A319 and A321 (Single-Aisle A320-Family). He takes the opportunity to be seated in the cockpit of a Butan's Druk Air A319. 31 August 2004: Australia's choice for the NH90 marks another EADS breakthrough in Asia Pacific Australia decides to acquire 12 NH90 transport helicopters to complete the troop- lift units of the Austrailan Army. This decision is not only a further demonstration of the competitiveness of the NH90. It also gives a boost to EADS' strategic goal to grow both its defence business in general and its activities in the Asia-Pacific region. The choice for NH90 transport helicopters continues a series of major successes for EADS in the Australian market, among them an order for 22 Tiger combat helicopters, a decision to buy five A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport Aircraft) and Qantas and Jetstar orders for numoerous Airbus commercial aircraft. 12 August 2004: EADS to provide an integrated homeland security system solution to Romania EADS signs a contract with the Romanian Ministry of Administration and Internal Affairs to provide an integrated solution for border surveillance and security. This project, worth more than € 1 bn, will ensure that Romania meets the requirements of new EU members in the area of homeland security and border surveillance and will pave the way for a smooth entry into the Schengen Treaty. The entire project is scheduled for completion by December 2009. 26 July 2004: The Sultanate of Oman acquires NH90 transport helicopters The acquisation contract for 20 helicopters between the Ministry of Defence of the Sultanate and NHIndustries prooves again the export potential of the leading edge technology NH90. It will strengthen the capabilities of the Oman Armed Forces in tactical tansport, search and rescue and other military issions in all terrains. 22 July 2004: Northrop Grumman and EADS to Collaborate on Ballistic Missile Defense Programmes Northrop Grumman Corporation and EADS sign a memorandum of understanding to begin collaborating on ballistic-missile defense solutions. The memorandum establishes an industrial framework to enable and structure formal discussions between the two companies in order to identify and pursue business opportunities in the emerging global ballistic-missile defense market. 1 July 2004: EADS Future Soldier System protects German troops in Afghanistan EADS will equip 150 soldiers of the German ISAF contingent in Afghanistan with the new future soldier system known as "Infanterist der Zukunft" (IdZ) (“Infantryman of the Future”), thus considerably enhancing the protection of the individual soldier during dangerous operations. The Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement has awarded EADS Defence Electronics an order (total value approx. € 10 mill.) for the delivery of 15 IdZ systems, each one for 10 soldiers. It is planned to equip further infantry units with the IdZ system. 28 June 2004: Intelsat 10-02 satellite reaches geostationary orbit The Intelsat 10-02 spacecraft, designed and built by EADS Astrium for INTELSAT, has successfully performed early operations and is now in geostationary orbit. After its launch from Baikonur, the IS 10-02 satellite’s perigee altitude was raised in several burns of its own engine until it reached geostationary orbit. Its solar arrays were successfully deployed as were the antenna reflectors and the satellite is now accurately pointing to Earth. 11 June 2004: Contract for EC 120 assembly line in China The official signing of the contract for the assembly in China of the EC 120 light helicopter – baptized the HC 120 for the Chinese market – takes place in Paris in the presence of the French Prime Minister Jean Pierre Raffarin and the Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan, marking a decisive step forward in the development of cooperation between Eurocopter, CATIC and Hafei Aviation Industry Co. Ltd. This official signing follows the Memorandum of Agreement that was signed in Peking in November 2003. 17 May 2004: A380 engine begins flight trials on A340 testbed The first engine destined to power the 21st century flagship A380, the Rolls- Royce Trent 900, makes a successful first flight aboard Airbus’ A340-300 testbed. The flight, which lasted 3 hours and 40 minutes, begins a 50-60 hour programme of some 30 flights spread over almost four months. These flight trials, which follow extensive ground testing by Rolls-Royce, will provide early feedback on engine behaviour in the air, paving the way for the trials on the Airbus A380 itself, which are due to begin early 2005. 11 May 2004: First serial NH90 presented at ILA During ILA 2004 in Berlin, Eurocopter and its partner companies in the NHIndustries consortium publicly present the first serial NH90 helicopter to leave the Eurocopter production line in Germany. The aircraft, designated “TGEA01”, had performed its maiden flight the week before at Eurocopter’s Donauwörth facility, flying for 2 hours and 5 minutes and thus demonstrating the high standards of the NH90 programme. 10 May 2004: Three-billion-euro contract for Ariane 5 launchers Arianespace and EADS SPACE Transportation sign a contract for 30 Ariane 5 launch vehicles during ILA at Berlin. The order, signed in the presence of German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and the French Minister of Research François d’Aubert, is worth about € 3 bn. The contract signature marks the new role of EADS SPACE Transportation as single prime contractor for the Ariane 5 system. 7 May 2004: A380 assembly site opened by French Prime Minister The Airbus A380 assembly facility in Toulouse is formally inaugurated by the French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin at a ceremony attended by more than 3,000 guests, including customers, government officials, suppliers and employees. The ceremony takes place inside the facility named after Jean-Luc Lagardère, who was co-Chairman of the Airbus shareholder EADS at the time of the A380 launch. 30 April 2004: German Air Force starts flight operations with Eurofighter The German Air Force holds a ceremony at Laage near Rostock to mark the official start of Eurofighter flight operations. This is the beginning of a new era for the German Air Force. In future, all its Eurofighter pilots are to receive their training at this base of Fighter Wing 73 "Steinhoff". The aircraft is to prove its suitability for "everyday operations" by continuing in Laage the field trials that began in Manching. 28 April 2004: Airbus receives 180-minute ETOPS certification for the A320 family The leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus receives 180-minute ETOPS (extendedrange twin-engine operations) certification for its twin-jet standard- fuselage models A319, A320 and A321 and their business jet versions, which means that these aircraft are certified to safely reach the next suitable alternate airport within this time. The certification has been granted by the new European flight safety agency EASA. For around 20 years now, the ETOPS regulations have determined the design of twin-jet aircraft and their use on routes from which, at the failure of one engine, the flight time to the next suitable alternate airport is more than 60 minutes. The maximum possible certified flight time to an alternate airport, which is based on the proved system and engine reliability for a specific aircraft type, has over the years been extended to 180 minutes 22 April 2004: TIPS industrial consortium is selected for NATO reconnaissance system NATO selects the TIPS Industries consortium to supply the planned Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system. Six companies (EADS, Galileo Avionica, General Dynamics Canada, Indra, Northrop Grumman and Thales) have joined forces under the name TIPS (Transatlantic Industrial Proposed Solution) in order to participate in the competition for NATO's AGS programme. The consortium will equip the NATO Reaction Force with elementary ground surveillance capabilities by 2010, thus enabling NATO to meet the challenges of the 21st century in the areas of ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) and C2 (Command and Control). 22 April 2004: EADS Astrium completes Amazonas satellite EADS Astrium completes the construction of the Amazonas satellite. After the subsequent test phase, the satellite will be transported to Baikonur in Kazakhstan, where it will be prepared for launch. The Amazonas satellite will be the fifth satellite operated by Hispasat and will occupy a geostationary position at W 61° above the Amazon basin. With its 51 transponders, it will open up the whole spectrum of telecommunications services for North and South America and form a transatlantic link to Europe. 16 April 2004: EADS successful in competition for Australian tanker aircraft EADS is selected to supply five Airbus tankers to the Australian Armed Forces. Following an invitation for bids, the latter decided in favour of the A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) aircraft offered by the Military Transport Aircraft Division of EADS. The A330 MRTT is the latest, most capable and most flexible air tanker on the global market and is to replace the current Australian fleet of Boeing 707 tanker aircraft. The A330 MRTT is based on the civil version of the Airbus A330. The Australian air tankers will be equipped with the refuelling technology also used by the US Air Force, the "flying boom", a special tube for in-flight refuelling. In Spain, EADS is developing a new flying boom. Delivery of the first aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force is planned for 2007. 9 April 2004: China Southern orders 21 Airbus aircraft China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd. signs a contract with Airbus covering the purchase of 21 aircraft from the Airbus A320 family, namely 15 A320s and six A319s. The aircraft are to be delivered from the first quarter of 2005 on. The contract signature confirms the intention already announced in January. Through this contract, China Southern Airlines becomes one of the largest purchasers of the A320 in China and in Asia as a whole and consolidates its position as one of the leading domestic carriers in China. 2 April 2004: Training of Eurofighter flight instructors for Luftwaffe completed in Manching The first future Eurofighter flight instructors of the Luftwaffe complete their training at EADS Military Aircraft and the Bundeswehr Technical Centre WTD 61 at Manching with a night flight. This means that the first Luftwaffe flight instructors are "ready for takeoff" on the Eurofighter. A total of ten Luftwaffe pilots have been trained in three courses. The Luftwaffe itself will further train these pilots to become instructors of the future Eurofighter pilots. The operational testing that most of these pilots began in Manching will now be continued at Fighter Wing 73 "Steinhoff" at Laage near Rostock, where preparations are being made for on-base pilot training. 2 April 2004: EADS Astrium supplies basic digital data for environmental and land use planning The cartographic authorities of Venezuela will in future be able to draw on up-to- date and much improved databases for their planning and decision-making in the areas of map-making, environment and land use planning. Infoterra GmbH, a Friedrichshafen-based 100 percent subsidiary of EADS 29 March 2004: EADS supplies defence electronics to US Armed Forces The US company ViaSat, Inc. places an order worth € 20 mill. with EADS Defence Electronics (DE) for the supply of electronic systems for the enhancement of the US armed forces' network centric operations. The contract covers the delivery of 400 power amplifiers, the core component in the US American datalink system MIDS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System). MIDS is to be installed in numerous American fighter aircraft, military vehicles and ships of the US Navy and enables a data communications network, the prerequisite for networked operations, to be set up. 25 March 2004: EADS founds EADS Russia By founding a company according to Russian law, EADS opens up the way to increased business activities in Russia. The joint programme undertaken by EADS and the Russian aerospace industry is forging ahead. The aim is to increase the production capacities for Airbus step-by-step up to a volume of $ US 40 mill. Per annum in the coming years. The EADS Technology Office in Moscow assesses collaborative Research and Technology projects that are to be undertaken by EADS in conjunction with various scientific institutions in Russia. The Moscow-based engineering centre ECAR is the first Airbus design centre to be set up in Europe outside the core Airbus countries France, Germany, Great Britain and Spain. Approximately 50 Russian engineers are employed here. ECAR carries out extensive work in the areas of airframe structure, load tests and system installations. 24 March 2004: Eutelsat W3A reaches geostationary position 18 March 2004: Fuselage section for first A380 completed at Airbus's Hamburg plant At Airbus in Hamburg, the first equipped fuselage section for the brand new 555- seat superjumbo A380 is completed. This section represents the forward part of the fuselage, which will later be united with the cockpit section. The forward fuselage section is approximately 11 metres long, has a maximum cross section of 8.4 metres and weighs ten tonnes. The upper shell is constructed entirely from the newlydeveloped material GLARE, which consists of aluminium-fibreglass sheeting. Major component assembly had started at Hamburg in August 2003. Series production of four A380 aircraft per month is due to begin in the year 2008. 8 March 2004: EADS exceeds profit target for 2003 In the year 2003, EADS again clearly surpassed its profit target. At € 1.54 bn, the Group's EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes, Goodwill Depreciation and Exceptionals) was well above the previously formulated target of approx. € 1.4 bn and roughly eight percent above the 2002 figure. Thanks to the solid growth in the defence business and the Airbus operating result, which were both better than expected, the EADS EBIT lay markedly above the forecasts. A considerable share of the EBIT rise was accounted for by the 40 percent growth chalked up by the Defence and Security Systems Division with significant contributions to profit from Military Aircraft and MBDA, the turnaround in the Military Transport Aircraft Division thanks to the improved earnings situation, and the 21 percent EBIT rise in the Aeronautics Division resulting from the higher profitability of Eurocopter. As expected, the Space Division showed an EBIT of € -400 mill. After restructuring costs of € -288 mill. The EADS EBIT also includes a higher contribution from the 46.03 percent participation in Dassault Aviation. 5 March 2004: EADS CEO Rainer Hertrich takes charge of the Aeronautics Division; new management for the Military Aircraft and Defence Electronics Business Units The Board of Directors accepts the resignation request from Dietrich Russell (62), who has decided to leave the Board for personal reasons. Rainer Hertrich (54) is to replace Russell at the head the Aeronautics Division from 1 April 2004 in addition to fulfilling his function as CEO of EADS. The Board of EADS appoints Johann Heitzmann (50) as head of the EADS Military Aircraft Business Unit. Heitzmann succeeds Aloysius Rauen (47), who transfers to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Eurofighter GmbH, which is located at Halbergmoos near Munich. Heitzmann, who is to take up his new task in Ottobrunn on 1 May, previously headed the EADS Defence Electronics Business Unit located in Ulm. His successor is Bernhard Gerwert (50), who was previously in charge of the Air and Naval Defence activity in Ulm. 2 March 2004: Rosetta underway to "cosmic icebox" Successful start to a European space mission: the cometary probe Rosetta, built under the leadership of EADS Astrium in Friedrichshafen, is sent on its long journey to the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko aboard the European launcher Ariane 5. After a 105-minute thrustless ballistic flight, the upper Storable Propellant Stage (EPS) built by EADS SPACE Transportation catapulted the probe to a flight velocity of 40,000 km/h – a first-time achievement in space flight. Only when this speed has been reached is it possible for a spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit. The probe of the European Space Agency ESA will now be underway for roughly ten years before it reaches its destination. The long journey will follow a winding route through our solar system. The rendezvous with the comet will take place at 675 million kilometres from the Earth. In all, the probe will cover a distance of about five billion kilometres and, in addition, will for the first time in space history release a lander that will touch down on a comet. The Rosetta lander Philae, developed under the leadership of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), is a miniature laboratory for taking samples from the comet's surface and determining the composition of the comet's core. 20 February 2004: First flight of the Australian Tiger ARH The first production model of the Tiger ARH (Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter) destined for Australia flies for the first time at Eurocopter's Marignane site. This 50-minute flight allows the test crew to check all systems for correct operation and prove that the helicopter covers its whole flight envelope. The Australian ARH version of the Tiger is a derivative of the Franco-German Tiger.It is equipped with a specific weapons suite, comprising in particular: 70 mm rockets and Hellfire II air-to-ground guided missiles on the four weapons stations and also a specific Australian communications and data transmission system. After very lively competition (Cobra from Bell, Apache from Boeing and Mangusta from Agusta), in August 2001 Australia decided in favour of the Tiger from Eurocopter. 18 February 2004: EADS CASA participates in US Coast Guard's Deepwater programme The U.S. Coast Guard selects and orders the CN-235 from EADS CASA as the naval reconnaissance platform for its Deepwater programme. Other EADS Divisions, for example EADS Defence and Security Systems, are also participating in this programme. Thanks to the broad range of capabilities that EADS is contributing, the company is now one of the most important equipment suppliers for this comprehensive modernisation of homeland security infrastructures. The EADS team is cooperating closely with the prime contractor for Deepwater, Lockheed Martin. 18 February 2004: EC 135 writes helicopter history It is ten years since Eurocopter's successful model, the EC 135, first took off. This completely new helicopter concept conquered the markets and became a bestseller for Eurocopter. Down to the present day, the helicopter that undertook the maiden flight still serves its manufacturer as a test bed for special equipment and new systems. Back in 1994, the first flight lasted an hour and a half, during which behaviour during hovering flight, vibration characteristics and flight speed were tested. Nowadays, the twin-engine EC 135, which weighs 2.8 tonnes, is the undisputed market leader, being used for police and air rescue missions as well as corporate/VIP transport tasks. 29 January 2004: Skynet 5 PFI wins accolades At the Infrastructure Journal annual awards, the Skynet 5 Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract, which was signed by the EADS subsidiary Paradigm Secure Communications and the UK Ministry of Defence in October last year, is acclaimed as “PPP (Public Private Partnership) Deal of the Year 2003”. This is the second such accolade for Skynet 5 in less than a month. It follows the Thomson Financial “PPP Deal of the Year” award presented at the PFI Annual Awards. 26 January 2004: Strategic breakthrough for EADS: Royal Air Force selects AirTanker EADS welcomes the selection of AirTanker to take forward negotiations aimed at concluding a contract for the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) programme, supplying A330-200 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft) services to meet the Royal Air Force's requirement for next generation tanker aircraft. With a 40 percent share, EADS is the largest partner in AirTanker, being responsible for production and equipping of the aircraft. AirTanker is set to become the industrial partner for the UK Ministry of Defence's £13bn Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) programme, which is planned to cover a 27-year service period. This Private Financing Initiative (PFI) would be the largest in the defence sector to date. 21 January 2004: Eurocopter confirms its leading position Having received 293 orders for new helicopters, Eurocopter is once again ranked as the Number One helicopter manufacturer worldwide. It holds a 45 percent share of the market in terms of new civil and military helicopters ordered, which is a share of 25 percent by value. Total incoming orders for new and used helicopters, customer services, R&D activities and other activities are worth € 2.57 bn and are divided equally between the civil and military sectors. 19 January 2004: German High Resolution Stereo Camera provides fascinating view of Mars The European Mars Express probe transmits the first fascinating 3-D colour image from its orbit around the Red Planet back to earth. The image was taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC), which was built by EADS Astrium GmbH in Friedrichshafen under contract to the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The photo shows a 1,700 km long and 65 km wide section of the "Grand Canyon" – Vallis Marineris – on Mars with a resolution of 12 metres. Mars Express, which was developed and built by EADS Astrium as prime contractor to ESA, has been orbiting our neighbouring planet in a polar orbit at an altitude of 250 kilometres since the beginning of January. The HRSC – a masterpiece of optics – is the technical highlight of the Mars Express probe. Thanks to this instrument, it is possible to produce highly accurate images of the surface of Mars and present these in three dimensions. 15 January 2004: 2003 an excellent year for Airbus: the year it became worldwide Number One With 305 deliveries in 2003, Airbus exceeded its target of 300 units. Despite the recent difficulties and uncertainties in the aviation sector, it delivered roughly the same number as in the previous year (303). This volume corresponds to a 52% share of all aircraft delivered in 2003. The 2003 deliveries included the first A318 aircraft for Frontier Airlines of the USA and Air France, and the first A340-500s for Qatar, Emirates and Singapore Airlines. In 2003, Airbus received a total of 284 new firm orders from 24 customers. These orders secure Airbus a 54 percent market share in the 100-plus seat category. Taking order cancellations into account, Airbus currently has a total of 254 aircraft on its order book, which gives the company a 52 percent share of the commercial aircraft market. 8 January 2004: EADS expects an approximately 20 percent higher EBIT for 2004 EADS expects an increase in its operating profits in 2004. Although the recovery of the civil aviation market is not expected until 2005, EADS is aiming in 2004 for a growth of approximately 20 percent in its EBIT (Earning Before Interest and Tax, pre goodwill amortisation and exceptional items) compared to the expected profit for 2003. EADS once again confirms its targets for the full year of 2003. It is expecting an EBIT of roughly € 1.4 bn, meaning that both the 2003 EBIT and revenues are at the same level as in 2002. In 2004, EADS is aiming for revenues of approx. €29 to €30 bn, thus being set to achieve a fourth consecutive year of stable revenues despite the general downturn in the aerospace industry. 19 December 2003: Airbus signs supplier contract with Sokol Aircraft Production Plant Airbus signs a supplier contract with the Russian Sokol Aircraft Production Plant, based in Nizhny Novgorod, for the production of aircraft components. This contract marks the continued implementation of the extensive cooperation programme between Airbus and the Russian aerospace industry, which was jointly launched by EADS and Rosaviakosmos in July 2001. 15 December 2003: Taurus KEPD 350 successfully tested on Swedish Gripen A successful captive flight test of two Taurus KEPD 350 missile systems on a Swedish JAS 39 Gripen aircraft takes place at SAAB Linköping. Taurus KEPD 350 is a high-precision standoff guided missile system that has been developed by TAURUS Systems GmbH, a subsidiary of the German EADS/LFKLenkflugkörpersysteme GmbH (2/3) and the Swedish company Saab Bofors Dynamics (1/3). The maximum range of the missile is more than 350 kilometres. 9 December 2003: EADS presents the world's first new generation strategic tanker aircraft With a ceremonious rollout in Dresden, EADS presents the first A310 MRTT for the Luftwaffe. Through the world's first new generation strategic tanker aircraft, EADS will develop its position in the global military transport and tanker aircraft market. A total of six Airbus A310 aircraft are to be converted at the EADS-owned Elbe Flugzeugwerke in Dresden and at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, four of which will be delivered to the Luftwaffe and two to the Canadian Air Force. The Luftwaffe contract will secure more than 100 jobs until 2005 at EADS Elbe Flugzeugwerke in Dresden. 9 December 2003: Qatar Airways orders Airbus A380 and A340-600 Qatar Airways signs a contract with Airbus for two A380 and two A340-600 aircraft, thereby converting existing options into firm orders. Deliveries of the A340-600 are to start in June 2006 and of the A380 in early 2009. At the end of 2003, 129 firm orders have been received for the A380 from eleven customers. 5 December 2003: Inmarsat, EADS and Thales form consortium to compete for Galileo concession Inmarsat, EADS Space and the Thales Group have submitted a joint offer in order to receive the concession for operation of the European satellite navigation system Galileo. The three consortium members are the respective European market leaders in the fields of mobile satellite communications, satellite-based products and services, and aerospace. The formation of this consortium underlines the joint aim to advance and further develop the opportunities which are associated with the Galileo programme. 3 December 2003: EADS expands its presence in Russia EADS is expanding its presence in Russia and will set up a subsidiary under Russian law. Its task will be to support existing business and to develop new possibilities for cooperation. The company will commence operations in January 2004 and is to be established in addition to the existing EADS Office. Among other activities, EADS will prepare the market launch of the amphibious aircraft Be-200 together with its Russian partner Irkut and Rolls Royce Deutschland. Airbus has already jointly opened the ECAR engineering office with the Russian Kaskol Group. EADS is also working together with Russian companies in the helicopter, military aircraft and space fields. 20 November 2003: ASL Lemwerder to become EADS Military Aircraft site Aircraft Services Lemwerder GmbH (ASL) is to receive a new majority shareholder. ASL's current majority shareholder Georgsmarienhütte Holding GmbH (GMH Holding) and EADS have agreed that EADS is to acquire a 51 percent share and take over the industrial management of ASL from 1 January 2004. This agreement is subject to approval by the German cartel and monopolies authorities. The concept for the future is to include the following basic points: The structural assembly work on Eurofighter fuselage section 3, assembly of the forward part of the Eurofighter engine air intake and maintenance and spares work for Tornado are to be moved to Lemwerder. The civil maintenance activities will be closed down. In all, approx. 400 jobs are to be secured, 210 of which at the Lemwerder site. 13 November 2003: Aster contract for MBDA strengthens EADS defence business EADS receives a major contract for MBDA, thereby continuing the growth of its defence activities. The Aster contract – with a volume of € 3 billion – has been signed by the European Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation OCCAR and Eurosam, an MBDA-led joint venture with Thales. The contract provides for series production of a modern ground- and sea-based air defence system with anti-missile capability for British, French and Italian armed forces. This newly developed solution is to meet the existing demand within the missile defence sector. MBDA's share in the contract is worth € 2.3 billion. 24 October 2003: British Ministry of Defence awards military satellite communications contract worth € 3.6 billion to EADS The British EADS subsidiary Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd. signs the Skynet 5 contract with the British Ministry of Defence. The volume of this Private Financing Initiative (PFI) contract is approximately € 3.6 billion. Paradigm will offer the British Ministry of Defence secure military satellite communications services over the next 15 years. For this, EADS Astrium Ltd. will be tasked with the development and manufacture of two satellites, including launch and ground services. This new contract underlines the strong presence of EADS in Great Britain, one of its four home markets, where it employs over 13,000 highly qualified members of staff. 15 October 2003: First landing of Northrop Grumman "Global Hawk" unmanned aerial vehicle in Germany for EADS sensor demonstration purposes Early in the morning of 15 October 2003, the US Air Force's "Global Hawk" (RQ- 4A) lands at the Nordholz Naval Air Base (near Cuxhaven), after taking off from the Edwards Air Force Base (California) and crossing the US and the Atlantic. For EADS and Northrop Grumman, the first landing of the "Global Hawk" unmanned aerial vehicle in Germany represents another milestone in their successful transatlantic cooperation. Before the aircraft returns to the US in mid- November, five technical flight tests are to be conducted from Nordholz with an ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) reconnaissance sensor on board. 14 October 2003: EADS inaugurates Technology Office in Moscow in partnership with the Russian Academy of Sciences As part of its corporate research organisation, EADS has opened a Russian Technology Office in Moscow. Additionally, EADS and the Russian Academy of Sciences announced on Tuesday that they have signed an agreement outlining opportunities for cooperation on Research and Technology. 15 September 2003: Galileo Industries comes to Munich The European company Galileo Industries moves its headquarters from Brussels to Munich and commences work at the Ottobrunn site and its branch office in the Italian capital Rome. Its first General Manager and future CEO is Günter Stamerjohanns (53), who was previously CEO of the Russian-German joint venture Eurockot Launch Services since 1995. Galileo Industries will create 150 new jobs in an initial phase, the majority of which will be in Ottobrunn. 11 September 2003: Hot Bird contract underlines growth potential of EADS space business EADS is awarded a contract by the telecommunications company Eutelsat for the construction of the next satellite in the Hot Bird series. Following the decision in favour of developing the European satellite navigation system Galileo, this latest contract marks another success for EADS's space activities. Despite the continuing difficult climate, EADS is able to develop its position in this sector. 5 September 2003: EADS welcomes Spain as new partner in the Tiger programme The Spanish government decides that Spain is to play a significant industrial role in the Tiger programme. At the same time, it places an order for 24 of these state-ofthe- art combat helicopters. In this way, it both strengths the role of Spain within European defence policy and lays the foundation for a Spanish helicopter industry. 1 September 2003: Major contract in the defence technology sector: EADS enhances its partnership with Greece The Greek Ministry of Defence places 20 firm orders and 14 options for the NH90 helicopter. The contractual negotiations were conducted by Eurocopter with the full support of EADS and on behalf of the programme company NH Industries. EADS has a 62.5 percent share in the programme through its 100 percent subsidiary Eurocopter. 22 August 2003: EADS welcomes Austria as Eurofighter customer The procurement contract for 18 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft destined as an airspace surveillance system for the Austrian armed forces becomes effective following the countersigning of legislation accompanying the budget by the Austrian Federal President and its official publication in the Federal Gazette. 7 August 2003: Ground-breaking ceremony for new Eurocopter assembly plant in US American Eurocopter's position in the US manufacturing and service sector is to be strengthened thanks to the new helicopter manufacturing plant for EADS in Columbus, Mississippi. EADS is investing US$ 11 million initially and will increase the workforce by more than one hundred. Helicopters for the EADS subsidiary Eurocopter are to be built at the new assembly plant. 4 August 2003: German Luftwaffe receives first production Eurofighter for pilot training purposes The German Luftwaffe receives the first production Eurofighter at the EADS flight test centre in Manching. This aircraft will be used for training flights. The Luftwaffe is the first national customer to officially bring the aircraft into operational service following its international type acceptance by the German, British, Italian and Spanish Ministries of Defence on 30 June this year in Manching. 25 July 2003: Industry mourns death of aerospace pioneer Ludwig Bölkow Ludwig Bölkow passes away at the age of 91. Until 1977, he headed the aerospace company Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm GmbH (MBB), one of the EADS predecessors. Bölkow was one of the pioneers of international cooperation within the aerospace and defence technology industry. 4 July 2003: British prime minister opens UK’s largest new factory A £350 million aerospace plant built for aircraft manufacturer Airbus is officially opened by the British prime minister Tony Blair. The 83,500 square metre (over 900,000 square feet) facility, reckoned to be the largest factory built in the UK in recent years, has been constructed alongside the existing Airbus factory in Broughton, North Wales. To be known as the "West Factory", it has been built to house wing assembly for the 555-seat double-decker widebody A380 as well as other aircraft manufacturing activities. 30 June 2003: Eurofighter receives four-nation type acceptance The international type acceptance is officially granted for the Eurofighter combat aircraft in the presence of the defence minister of the Federal Republic of Germany and representatives from the British, Italian and Spanish defence ministries at the Manching plant (Germany) of EADS Military Aircraft. The agreements that have now been signed by the respective governments and NETMA, the management agency set up by them, on the one side and the Eurofighter consortium (EADS in Germany and Spain, Alenia in Italy and BAE Systems in the UK) on the other create the preconditions for the official start of Eurofighter deliveries to the air forces of the partner nations. 18 June 2003: Korean Air goes for Airbus A380 Korean Air signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus to acquire up to eight Airbus A380-800 passenger aircraft (five firm orders and three options). Following Korean Air’s selection, Airbus now has 129 firm orders and commitments from eleven customers for the A380 programme. 16 June 2003: Emirates orders 41 additional Airbus aircraft Emirates orders 41 additional Airbus aircraft, comprising two A340-500s, 18 A340-600s and 21 A380s, in the largest single order ever placed by the airline. In addition, Emirates will lease two A340-600s and two A380s from ILFC. 27 May 2003: EADS launches A400M programme EADS has received the largest military order in its history: it is worth € 20 billion and provides for 180 A400M military transport aircraft. The A400M contract was signed in Bonn by the programme company Airbus Military and the European procurement agency OCCAR. OCCAR represents Belgium, England, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and Turkey. 26 May 2003: New EADS Defence and Security Systems Division will be fully operational as of 1 July The new EADS Defence and Security Systems Division will start its operational business as of 1 July 2003. The EADS Board of Directors has approved the concept for an organisational restructuring to enlarge the defence division of the world's second largest aerospace company. Thanks to the merger of its defence electronics, military aircraft and telecommunications activities, EADS will be able to strengthen its defence business. The new division consists of five business units: Missiles (MBDA + LFK), Defence Electronics, Military Aircraft, Defence and Communication Systems and Services. Its aim is to better meet the growing customer requirements for integrated defence and security technology. Tom Enders (44) has been appointed as CEO of the new Division, which will be headquartered in Munich. With approximately 24,000 employees in nine countries, the division will achieve revenues of more than € 5 bn in 2003. 26 May 2003: EADS completes full acquisition of Astrium The European Commission has formally approved the acquisition of a 25% share in Astrium (27.5% economic share) by EADS. This share was previously held by the British company BAE Systems plc. Astrium is Europe's leading space company. With the permission of the European Commission, the transaction had already been implemented on 7 May. EADS is therefore the sole shareholder in Astrium's space activities, meaning it can globally restructure its Space Division to enhance competitiveness under the current difficult market conditions. The extensive restructuring programme includes the realignment of sites following a centre of competence approach and the reorganisation of purchasing. The EADS Space Division Management plans to save costs of € 500 million a year by 2005. 21 May 2003: New Major Component Assembly Hall for the Airbus A380 inaugurated in Hamburg The new A380 Major Component Assembly (MCA) hall has been officially opened in the presence of German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder at the Airbus site in Hamburg. The new hall is 228 m long, 120 m wide and 23 m high. It will house the structural assembly and the equipping of the forward fuselage sections and the complete rear fuselage sections for the Airbus A380, whose entry into service is scheduled for 2006. The A380 programme is creating more than 2,000 additional jobs at Airbus and its suppliers. 6 May 2003: Arnaud Lagardère elected as EADS Chairman At the EADS Annual General Meeting in Amsterdam, Arnaud Lagardère is elected as a member of the Board of Directors and, alongside Manfred Bischoff, as Chairman of the Board. In addition, EADS CFO Hans Peter Ring is also elected as a new Member of the Board of Directors. 29 April 2003: German - U.S. VECTOR program concludes with the world’s first thrust-vectored automated landings The world’s first thrust-vectored automated landing brought to an end the three- year research programme (April 2000 to April 2003) conducted jointly by the U.S. Navy, the Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB), EADS Military Aircraft and Boeing Aerospace. The final flight on April 29 ended with an automated ‘ESTOL (Extremely Short Take-Off and Landing) to the ground’ landing at a 24° angle of attack and 121 knots landing speed, which is a 31 per cent reduction from the X-31 normal landing speed of 175 knots. Another important advantage is the reduced landing distance. Whilst the test aircraft requires 2,400 m to stop after conventional landings, after the ESTOL touch- down the X-31 needed just 520 m to come to a halt. 26 March 2003: First French production Tiger successfully completes its maiden flight The first series production Tiger combat helicopter in the French HAP version successfully completes its first flight at Eurocopter in Marignane. These aircraft are destined for the French Army. 21 March 2003: Astrium delivers the world's largest antenna testing facility to China Via its German-Chinese subsidiary, "EurasSpace-Gesellschaft für Raumfahrttechnik mbH" (Munich), the European space company Astrium will deliver the world's largest antenna testing facility to China. The facility, worth approximately € 12 million, is to start operation by the end of 2005. The antenna testing facility simulates the 36,000- kilometre distance of geostationary satellites from Earth in a 30-metre-long measuring chamber. 14 March 2003: EADS Chairman Jean-Luc Lagardère passes away The co-founder and current Chairman of EADS, Jean-Luc Lagardère, dies on Friday, 14 March 2003. He was 75 years old. He was a great entrepreneur and visionary of 67 the European aerospace and defence industry. His career began 50 years ago with Avions Marcel Dassault. 10 March 2003: EADS announces operating results for 2002 Despite the difficult market situation, EADS met or exceeded all its financial targets in the previous financial year. EADS achieved solid results in both its commercial and defence businesses and maintained its strong operating cash flow and net cash position. Despite the difficult market situation for commercial aircraft, incoming orders – at € 31.0 billion – were above revenues, which amounted to € 29.9 billion. EADS achieved an EBIT (Earning Before Interest and Tax, pre goodwill amortization and exceptional items) of € 1.426 billion in 2002 (2001: € 1.694 billion), surpassing its target by a slight margin. Before Research and Development (R&D) costs, EADS slightly improved its EBIT margin from 11.5 % to 11.8 %, despite lower Airbus deliveries. R&D costs increased, as anticipated, to € 2.1 billion (2001: € 1.8 billion), particularly due to the A380 programme. 1 March 2003: Christian Pechmann is new Head of EADS Controlling Christian Pechmann (45) succeeds Hans Peter Ring as Head of Controlling at EADS. Pechmann, previously Head of Planning and Control within Airbus, had also worked as Head of Controlling at Dasa Airbus from 1995 to 2000. His predecessor, Ring, had already been named EADS Chief Financial Officer in October 2002. 19 February 2003: Roxel – the new tactical missile propulsion company MBDA and SNPE have formed a 50-50 joint venture named Roxel. With annual sales of €150 million and 800 employees, this is the largest manufacturer of propulsion systems for tactical weapons in Europe and the third largest in the world. 14 February 2003: The end of an era: Ariane 4 flies for the last time The transportation into orbit of Intelsat 907 marks the end of a 15-year success story: 116 Ariane 4 heavy lifters have transported more than 400 tonnes of satellite payload from Kourou into space. In doing so, they notched up 113 successful missions, whereas there were only three failures – a practically unbeatable record. 12 February 2003: EADS listed on the German MDAX share index Following the German stock exchange's decision, EADS – which has been on the French CAC-40 since its formation – will now also be listed on the new MDAX share index. It is expected that EADS will be listed from 24 March 2003 with the highest percentage share of all the companies quoted on the new MDAX. 4 February 2003: Astrium awarded Anik satellite contract by Telesat Canada Astrium has been selected by Telesat Canada to build the Anik F1R satellite. Scheduled to enter into service in mid-2005, Anik F1R will provide fixed satellite communication services in the C- and Ku-bands over a large zone of North America from the 107.3° west geostationary orbit. 30 January 2003: EADS acquires the BAE Systems 25 percent share in Astrium and takes control of Paradigm. EADS acquires the 25 percent share which BAE Systems has in Astrium, Europe's leading space company. The agreement, signed on 30 January 2003, will be implemented as soon as the cartel and monopolies authorities give their approval. EADS also takes sole control of Paradigm, the former joint venture of BAE Systems and EADS in the military satellite communications sector. 10 January 2003: Malaysia Airlines decides in favour of the Airbus A380 Malaysia Airlines will become a new Airbus A380 operator. The airline intends to purchase six aircraft. Thanks to the selection of the A380 by Malaysia Airlines, Airbus now has 103 orders and commitments from ten customers for the A380 programme. 2 January 2003: easyJet concludes purchase order contract for 120 Airbus aircraft easyJet, Europe's largest low-cost airline, concludes its first ever purchase order contract with Airbus for 120 A319 aircraft. In addition, an option for a further 120 aircraft of the same model has also been confirmed. In this way, Airbus has succeeded in breaking into the low-cost airline market, which up to this point had been the sole domain of Boeing. 1 January 2003: Jussi Itävuori becomes new Member of EADS Executive Committee Jussi Itävuori, Head of Human Resources at EADS, becomes a member of the EADS Executive Committee with effect from 1 January 2003. Itävuori has borne responsibility for Human Resources at EADS since September 2001. 18 December 2002: Procurement contract for Meteor approved The guided missile manufacturer MBDA, in which EADS and BAE Systems (37.5% each) and Finmeccanica (25%) hold shares, receives the development contract for the Meteor air-to-air guided missile, which is worth € 1.86 billion. The corresponding procurement contract was signed by the six countries participating in this project. Meteor flies at four times the speed of sound and can combat aerial targets at a distance of more than 100 kilometres. It will be the main armament for the Eurofighter, Rafale and Gripen. Delivery is due in 2008. 18 December 2002: DGA places order worth €1.3 billion for the EADS M51 ballistic missile From 2010, the missile will equip the next generation of nuclear submarines. EADS is acting as the industrial prime contractor and G2P – a joint venture by Snecma Propulsion Solide and SNPE – is prime contractor for the propulsion, working in cooperation with EADS. 20 November 2002: Gerhard Puttfarcken named new Head of Airbus Deutschland Gerhard Puttfarcken is named Chairman of the Airbus Deutschland GmbH Executive Management Board with effect from 1 January 2003. He succeeds Hans-Joachim Gante, who is to become Managing Director of the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI). 17 November 2002: EADS reconnaissance electronics complete successful first flight on board Global Hawk UAV The first successful demonstration of an EADS ELINT (ELectronic INTelligence) sensor is carried out on board a U.S. Air Force Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle. This UAV was developed and built by Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems. The demonstration and flight tests were conducted by officials of the U.S. Air Force and the German Ministry of Defence at the Edwards Air Force Base, California. 29 October 2002: EADS Employee Share Programme for 2002 is an overwhelming success Over 14,000 EADS employees took part in the EADS Employee Share Ownership Plan (ESOP) for 2002. The more than two million employee shares offered were oversubscribed by 80%, with orders being received for 3.6 million shares in total. Approximately 3.35% of EADS shares are now held by the company's employees. 16 October 2002: EADS nominates Fabrice Brégier as new Head of Eurocopter and Marwan Lahoud at MBDA The current head of the guided missile manufacturer MBDA, Fabrice Brégier, has been named the new President and CEO of Eurocopter with effect from 1 April 2003. Brégier had headed Europe's largest guided missile manufacturer since January 1998. The new CEO at MBDA is Marwan Lahoud. Lahoud was previously Senior Vice President Mergers and Acquisitions at EADS. 11 October 2002: Hans Peter Ring becomes new CFO of EADS Hans Peter Ring takes on his new task from 1 November 2002 and simultaneously becomes a Member of the EADS Executive Committee. He succeeds Axel Arendt, who moves to become Chairman of Rolls-Royce Deutschland. Previously, Ring was Senior Vice President Controlling. 8 August 2002: Germany places order for Taurus The Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) places an order worth € 570 million with Taurus Systems GmbH for production of the Taurus KEPD 350 missile system. Taurus is planned as armament for the German Luftwaffe's combat aircraft Tornado and Eurofighter. Delivery will start in mid-2004. 7 August 2002: EADS appoints Ralph Crosby as Chairman & CEO of EADS North America By making this appointment, EADS demonstrates that it has set its sights on the US market. Crosby was previously president of the Integrated Systems sector at Northrop Grumman. He will also be a member of the EADS Executive Committee. 1 August 2002: EADS acquires plant in Belgium, thus increasing its defence capacities EADS takes over the Siemens plant at Oostkamp in Belgium. The former Siemens plant with its workforce of roughly 250 has already supplied the EADS Systems & Defence Electronics Business Unit with HF components for radar and communications systems for many years. 25 July 2002: Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd. founded Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd. is to implement the British Ministry of Defence's Skynet 5 programme. Skynet 5 is the UK MoD's future military satellite communications system. 16 July 2002: Foundation stone laid for the Airbus A380 final assembly centre Jacques Chirac, the French president, lays the foundation stone in Toulouse for the future A380 final assembly centre. 16 July 2002: FedEx signs contract for ten A380 aircraft FedEx has placed ten firm orders plus ten options for the freighter version of the A380. FedEx Express, a subsidiary of the FedEx Group, will receive the first aircraftfrom this firm order in 2008. Delivery of the last A380 is to take place in 2011.Thanks to this order, Airbus already has 95 firm commitments for its new superjumbo. 2 July 2002: EADS to supply electronics to US Armed Forces EADS has received an order from the US American company VIASAT to supply core components for the future data transmission system MIDS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System) of the US Armed Forces. EADS is to supply power amplifiers for installation in MIDS terminals on US combat aircraft and sea- and landbased platforms. 25 June 2002: EADS selected as partner for US Coast Guard's Deepwater programme EADS is one of the largest subcontractors in the successful team competing in the Integrated Coast Guard Systems programme. The joint venture by Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems and the Ingall shipyards of Northrop Grumman has been selected as prime contractor for the US Coast Guard's modernisation programme. The order volume of the Deepwater programme is $ 16.95 million. EADS is to supply radar components and the CASA CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft as well as systems to upgrade and modernise the Coast Guard's Eurocopter helicopter fleet. 5 June 2002: Bundeswehr names EADS as "preferred supplier" for the Herkules IT project The German Bundeswehr announces that it is granting preferred supplier status to a consortium in which EADS is a partner. The purpose of this project is to modernize and standardise the IT and communications systems of the Bundeswehr. The order volume amounts to approx. € 6 billion over the whole 10- year duration of the project. 29 May 2002: Airbus A340-600 receives certification After a total of 1,600 flight hours completed in more than 500 flights throughout the world, the JAA grants type certification to the A340-600. The first aircraft is due to be delivered to Virgin Atlantic Airways in July. 17 May 2002: Francisco Fernández Sáinz becomes new President and CEO of EADS CASA Francisco Fernández Sáinz succeeds Alberto Fernández as head of the Military Transport Aircraft Division. At the same time he becomes a member of the EADS Executive Committee. Prior to this, Fernández Sáinz was General Manager of Airbus España. 10 April 2002: Astrium and the German Aerospace Centre sign an agreement on an earth observation satellite Astrium and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) sign an agreement on the launch of a new geo information satellite designated TerraSAR-X in 2005. The total cost of development, construction and launch will amount to roughly € 130 million. This is the first earth observation satellite to be built through joint funding by industry and the public sector. 8 April 2002: First production Eurofighter completes maiden flight The aircraft's first flight lasts 31 minutes. The test pilots subsequently give a very positive report. The German Luftwaffe is due to receive the first of the 180 aircraft ordered later in 2003. 22 March 2002: Roll-out of the first Tiger combat helicopter from series production The roll-out of the first of a total 160 Tiger combat helicopters destined for the French and German armed forces takes place at the Eurocopter plant in Donauwörth. The total volume of the Tiger programme is € 3.9 billion. 18 March 2002: EADS announces operating results for 2001 Revenues reach € 30.8 billion, thus rising 27% compared to the previous year. This exceeds the original target of 20 %. By reaching € 1.7 billion, the EBIT (before depreciation and exceptional items) exceeds the targeted 15% and achieves a 21% increase. The Free Cash Flow is put at approx. € 0.8 billion and the appreciation in value achieved through synergy effects contributes over € 100 million to the EBIT. 5 March 2002: Clearance for Scalp naval cruise missile The French Navy is the first customer for the Scalp naval cruise missile, supplied by the EADS Defence & Civil Systems (DCS) Division. The contract is worth several hundred million Euros. Scalp can be deployed from a variety of platforms and will provide long-range strike capabilities. 27 February 2002: Galileo satellite navigation system approved by EU The EU Council of Transport Ministers grants its approval for the Galileo satellite navigation system. The project, in its two phases, will be worth over €3 billion and will create at least 100,000 jobs over the next five years. There will be 30 satellites in orbit around the Earth by 2008, which will be used to support all types of navigation, such as for aircraft and automobiles. The Galileo system will be compatible with the U.S. American military-controlled GPS system. 14 February 2002: Eurocopter introduces new helicopter model The EC 145 makes its debut at the HAI Heli-Expo in Orlando, Florida, USA. This latest model is the result of a cooperative effort with Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The helicopter receives FAA certification on the same day. 11 February 2002: Successful first flight of the Airbus A340-500 The A340-500, the member of the Airbus family with the greatest range (8,650nm/ 16,050 km), successfully completes its first flight in Toulouse. In its standard version, the A340-500 will provide seating for 313 passengers. 23 January 2002: Airbus A380 production begins in Nantes Production of the A380 begins at the Airbus plant at Nantes. On this day, not only is the traditional "first metal cut" accomplished with the cutting of an aluminium triform for the wing-to-fuselage junction, but also the first carbon fibre composite components are produced for the centre wing box, which on the A380 will measure approx. 7 x 7.8 x 2 metres and weigh 12 tonnes. 15 January 2002: Successful maiden flight for Airbus A318 The latest and smallest member of the A320 family successfully begins its flight test campaign at the Hamburg plant. So far, 114 of the 100-seat aircraft are on order from nine customers. Entry into service is scheduled for the third quarter of 2003. 21 December 2001: Eurocopter Tiger ARH contract awarded in Australia From December 2004, Eurocopter International Pacific will deliver 22 Tiger ARH helicopters as a complete defence system capable of meeting the latest, highly demanding mission requirements. 20 December 2001: Lufthansa orders 15 A380s The German airline signs a firm contract for the purchase of fifteen A380 superjumbos, bringing the number of aircraft sold to nearly 100. Deliveries to Lufthansa are scheduled to begin in 2007. 19 December 2001: MBDA merger is finalized The process of creating a legally autonomous corporate entity from the missile and missiles systems activities of BAE Systems, EADS and Finmeccanica is complete. Total annual revenues exceed € 2 billion, and the new company has orders worth approximately € 13 billion on its books. 18 December 2001: Eight European nations agree on A400M procurement At a meeting of the NATO defence ministers in Brussels, France, the U.K., Germany, Turkey, Belgium, Portugal, Spain and Luxembourg have agreed to purchase a planned total of 196 A400M transport aircraft. The contracting parties are Airbus Military and the European Organisation for Joint Armament Co- operation (OCCAR). This is the largest contract for EADS since the company’s formation, as well as the largest joint European procurement project to date. 13 December 2001: First flight of the Airbus A300-600 freighter version The first A300-600 converted freighter takes off from the EADS Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EADS EFW) in Dresden. To date, this EADS subsidiary specialised in freighter conversion has converted 34 A300-B4s, 43 A310-200s and eleven A310-300s for a total of 15 customers. 6 November 2001: EADS CEO Rainer Hertrich new BDLI President Rainer Hertrich succeeds Airbus COO Gustav Humbert as the new President of BDLI, the German Aerospace Industries Association. 5 November 2001: Emirates Airlines triples A380 orders During the Dubai Airshow 2001, Airbus and Emirates announce the placement of a firm order for 22 A380 aircraft, plus ten options. In the course of the year, an aviation services joint venture – in conjunction with the airline – is due to offer consultancy on fleet, route and business planning. 18 October 2001: EADS takes share in Finnish Patria EADS acquires a 26.8% share in Finland’s Patria Industries Oyj. The purchase price is € 4.2 million. Three EADS executives will sit on the nine-member Board of Directors of the Finnish company. 17 October 2001: EADS CASA acquires 51% of the share capital of PZL Warsawa Okecie EADS CASA's acquisition of 51% of the share capital of PZL Warsawa Okecie marks an important step forward in the integration of Polish companies into the European industrial landscape. The share held by EADS CASA in PZL Warsawa Okecie is to rise to 85% by the end of 2003. The remaining 15% is to remain in the hands of the workforce. After merging into EADS, PZL Warsawa Okecie trades under the name EADS PZL. In addition to carrying out final assembly of the C-295 for Poland, EADS PZL also offers its own products, in particular for agricultural tasks (vermin control), and sports planes. 14 September 2001: North European decision in favour of NH90 military transport helicopter The governments of Finland and Norway have decided to purchase the European military transport helicopter NH90. The two Nordic countries will place 34 firm orders and 10 options for the NH90. EADS is participating in the programme with a 62.5 percent share through its 100 percent subsidiary Eurocopter. The Swedish government placed an order for 25 NH90 helicopters on 26 September. 14 September 2001: Telecom Alliance between EADS and Nortel Networks redefined EADS and Nortel Networks have entered into a series of agreements to realign their telecom activities. The Defence and Civil Systems Division is at the heart of this new structure. In the future, its business activities are to focus on the area of telecommunications. 29 August 2001: EADS CASA signs C-295 contract with Poland Poland's Ministry of Defence intends to replace its aging An-26 aircraft with eight C- 295 transport aircraft from EADS CASA. The contract is worth a total of US$ 212 million. The aircraft are to be delivered from 2003 to 2005. 10 August 2001: Australian forces decide on Tiger The Australian government decides to purchase Eurocopter's combat helicopter Tiger. The contract is worth US$ 670 million and is for 22 aircraft. This is the first export order for the Tiger. August 2001: Philippe Camus elected new GICAT President EADS CEO Philippe Camus is elected new President of GICAT (Groupement des industries concernées par les matériels de défense terrestre). 12 July 2001: Airbus SAS formally established EADS and BAE Systems fulfil all the legal and tax stipulations in order to make Airbus a formal legal entity. Airbus has been operating as a fully integrated company since January this year. 09 July 2001: Philippe Camus elected new GIFAS President EADS CEO Philippe Camus is elected President of the French aerospace industries association GIFAS (Groupement des industries françaises aéronautiques et spatiales) during the organisation’s annual general meeting. 23 May 2001: New ATR structure ATR partners Finmeccanica/Alenia Aerospazio and EADS will merge the industrial activities of EADS ATR, the Italian company Alenia's engineering and procurement activities for the ATR programme and the commercial activities of the current ATR consortium. The goal is to extend operational autonomy. 16 May 2001: EADS Aeroframe Services officially opened The new company EADS Aeroframe Services, LLC officially opens for business in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA. The joint venture between EADS (81%) and Northrop Grumman (19%) performs maintenance, repair, overhaul and paint services for all the Airbus aircraft operating in North and South America. 26 April 2001: Agreement signed to create MBDA EADS, BAE Systems and Finmeccanica combine the missile activities of their subsidiaries EADS Aerospatiale Matra Missiles, Matra BAE Dynamics and Alenia Marconi Systems. The new company is to be named MBDA and have approximately 10,000 employees in France, Great Britain and Italy. 23 April 2001: Successful first flight of the Airbus A340-600 The Airbus A340-600, the longest version in the A340 family, successfully completes its first flight in Toulouse. It has newly developed wings and in the standard seating layout can carry 380 passengers over a range of 7,500 nm/13,900 km. 20 April 2001: EADS and Thales Nederland embark on joint venture EADS and Thales Nederland B.V. (formerly Thompson CSF-Signaal) establish a naval combat systems company. The new 50-50 joint venture will consolidate the existing common programmes between the German and Dutch navies. 16 February 2001: Incoming orders and revenues increased in 2000 The pro forma results for EADS in 2000 indicate a 50.8% increase in incoming orders, valued at € 49.3 billion. Revenues for the EADS Group’s first business year reach € 24.2 billion (pro forma), an increase of 7.3% compared to 1999. 13 February 2001: Eurocopter introduces new EC 130 helicopter Eurocopter presents its new EC 130 B4 at the Heli-Expo in Anaheim, CA, USA. The light helicopter sets new standards thanks to its low noise emissions. 19 December 2000: Airbus officially announces production of A380 superjumbo With 50 firm commitments (plus options) from well-known airlines around the world, Airbus officially launches its A380 programme. The 555-seat double- decker aircraft will be the largest passenger aircraft in the world. First deliveries are due in 2006. 20 November 2000: EADS International completes integration EADS International is founded. The new organisation provides sales and marketing services across the world for EADS products. It is headed by Jean Paul Gut and has more than 30 offices worldwide. 18 October 2000: The European Commission approves integration of Airbus The European Commission gives its approval for the four-nation Airbus consortium to become an integrated company. The company will be 80% owned by EADS and 20% by BAE Systems. 15 October 2000: Rainer Hertrich elected AECMA President EADS CEO Rainer Hertrich is elected President of AECMA (European Association of Aerospace Industries) at its annual meeting. He will hold this position for one year. 10 July 2000: "Day One" for EADS A new era in aerospace mergers begins with the official start of operations for Europe’s largest aerospace company. EADS is offering 30% of its shares on the Frankfurt, Madrid and Paris stock exchanges. The Lagardère Group together with the French state holds a 30% share, DaimlerChrysler also holds 30% and the Spanish SEPI a 5.5% share. Existing Aerospatiale Matra shares will be exchanged for EADS shares at a 1:1 ratio.