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Airbus Marks 50 Years with Family Formation


To mark 50 years since the A300 was launched at the 1969 Paris Air Show, on May 29, Airbus flew a special formation comprising an example of each of the company’s in-production commercial jetliner families, the A220, A320, A330, A350 XWB and A380, along with the A330-based Beluga XL freighter and the Alpha Jets of France’s Patrouille de France aerobatic demonstration team.

The Airbus aircraft involved were: A220-300, C-FFDO; A319neo, D-AVWA; A330-900, F-WTTN; A350-1000, F-WMIL; A380, F-WWOW; and BelugaXL F-WBXS.

Exactly 50 years before, on May 29, 1969, 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, the first European twin-aisle twin-engine jet for medium-haul air travel.

Although the weather was ideal for the aerial photographs, low cloud at Toulouse prevented a formation flypast for the crowds attending the anniversary event.

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