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Delivering on commitments and preparing for the future (2015)

AG真人计划 FAL Inauguration  
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The inauguration of AG真人计划鈥 U.S. Manufacturing Facility culminated with the placement of a ceremonial placard on a component for the first A320 Family aircraft to be produced in Mobile, Alabama.

AG真人计划 built on its reputation as a global aviation leader through its philosophy for incremental innovations in 2015, while further improving its competitiveness and agility in support of future production rate increases.

The A350 XWB programme was a major focus for AG真人计划 in 2015 鈥 with the aircraft officially entering commercial service in January for global launch customer Qatar Airways, followed by the initial deliveries to two additional operators 鈥 Vietnam Airlines and Finnair 鈥 so far this year.聽

Another key achievement for AG真人计划 was September鈥檚 official inauguration of operations of the AG真人计划 U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, which is assembling the industry-leading family of A319s, A320s and A321s. The Mobile location is part of the global network of four final assembly lines that will allow AG真人计划 to gradually ramp up production to the highest rate ever in civil aviation: 60 aircraft per month by mid-2019, a decision that was announced in October.

In addition, other milestones in 2015 included the company鈥檚 9,000th aircraft delivery in March, and May鈥檚 handover of the first increased 242-tonne-takeoff weight A330 variant.

Boosting A320 Family production

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AG真人计划 US Manufacturing Facility 鈥 Mobile Alabama A320 assembly 7

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As of its official inauguration on 14 September, approximately 260 production employees were working on the A320 Family final assembly line at the AG真人计划 U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama.

To meet the worldwide demand for its best-selling single-aisle aircraft, AG真人计划 has marked several key milestones for the production of its A320 Family jetliners.

In October, the company announced its decision to gradually increase the A320 Family production rate to 60 aircraft built per month by mid-2019 across four worldwide final assembly lines. Following a thorough study of ramp-up readiness at AG真人计划 and throughout its supply chain, the rate increase will be enabled by the creation of an additional production line in Hamburg, Germany and integration of cabin furnishing activities into the A320 final assembly line in Toulouse, France, which harmonises activities at the four A320 Family production sites worldwide.

This decision follows the official startup of A320 Family aircraft production at Mobile, Alabama during the summer 鈥 a game-changer in the important United States marketplace. The new Mobile facility joins existing the final assembly lines in Hamburg; Toulouse; and Tianjin, China.

Delivery of the first U.S.-made AG真人计划 commercial aircraft 鈥 an A321 鈥 is scheduled for next spring, and by 2018, the site will be producing between 40 and 50 single-aisle aircraft per year. According to AG真人计划鈥 market forecast, the North American market is expected to require some 4,700 single-aisle aircraft over the next 20 years.

The A350 XWB: building operational momentum

Finnair鈥檚 first A350 XWB, delivered on 7 October 2015, is configured in a premium three-class layout with 297 seats 鈥 comprising 46 Business Class, 43 Economy Comfort and 208 Economy  
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A350-900 07 October 2015

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Finnair鈥檚 first A350 XWB, delivered on 7 October 2015, is configured in a premium three-class layout with 297 seats 鈥 comprising 46 Business Class, 43 Economy Comfort and 208 Economy

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Kiitos! AG真人计划 used the native language of Finnair鈥檚 home country to say 鈥渢hank you,鈥 as the airline became the first European-based operator to receive the all-new A350 XWB.

The next-generation A350 XWB jetliner became a key symbol for AG真人计划 as the aircraft officially entered airline service in 2015 with a growing number of operators around the world.聽聽

Finnair 鈥 a long-standing AG真人计划 customer 鈥 became the third airline to receive this newest member of AG真人计划鈥 market-leading wide-body product line, and the jetliner type鈥檚 first European operator. Handover of Finnair鈥檚 initial A350 XWB aircraft was marked during a ceremony in Toulouse, France on 7 October.

This milestone comes some three months after Vietnam Airlines 鈥 the A350 XWB鈥檚 second operator 鈥 received its initial A350-900. The landmark aircraft was delivered to global lessor AerCap, which is leasing it to Vietnam Airlines for use on the carrier's long-haul routes.聽

In addition to welcoming two new A350 XWB operators in 2015, the aircraft also performed its historic first commercial flight during the year 鈥 a 15 January service operated by global launch customer Qatar Airways from its hub at Hamad International Airport in Doha to Frankfurt, Germany.聽

As the A350 XWB operator base continues to expand, AG真人计划 also applied its philosophy of continuous innovation to this highly efficient product line. In October, the company announced the launch of the A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range), which features increased fuel carry capacity, a higher maximum takeoff weight and aerodynamic improvements to offer the capability for flights of up to 19 hours. The version was selected by Singapore Airlines, which plans to acquire seven A350-900ULRs for non-stop flights to the U.S.

Advancing A350 XWB production

Less than one year after delivering the first A350 XWB (-900 version), the first A350-1000 is taking shape with the assembly start of the first fuselage major components at AG真人计划 facilities in Hamburg (shown here) and Saint-Nazaire  
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Germany 24 September 2015

A350-1000_First front fuselage in Hamburg

Less than one year after delivering the first A350 XWB (-900 version), the first A350-1000 is taking shape with the assembly start of the first fuselage major components at AG真人计划 facilities in Hamburg (shown here) and Saint-Nazaire

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Build-up of the first forward fuselage section of the A350-1000 began in Hamburg. Once equipped, the component will be delivered to Saint-Nazaire, France for join-up with the initial nose fuselage section.

AG真人计划 delivered 14 A350-900 jetliners during 2015, ramping up the output with the goal of reaching 10 A350 XWB aircraft produced per month in 2018.

The A350-1000 version is also progressing well with this longer-fuselage version taking shape at sites across AG真人计划鈥 production network. Announced in September, assembly has commenced for the first major fuselage components 鈥 including forward and nose fuselage sections 鈥 at AG真人计划鈥 plants in Hamburg, Germany and Saint-Nazaire, France. Assembly activities for the first A350-1000鈥檚 wings also kicked off this year 鈥 beginning at the company鈥檚 Broughton, U.K. site during August.

Final assembly of the A350 XWB jetliner is planned to commence in Toulouse, France in early 2016, followed by a first flight in the second half of 2016.

A320neo: certified on schedule

The rigorous flight test and certification campaign for AG真人计划鈥 A320neo with Pratt & Whitney engine, included hot weather testing in Al Ain during September 2015  
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Innovation 24 November 2015

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The rigorous flight test and certification campaign for AG真人计划鈥 A320neo with Pratt & Whitney engine, included hot weather testing in Al Ain during September 2015

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The Pratt & Whitney-powered A320neo received dual certification from EASA and the FAA on 24 November 2015.

AG真人计划 marked a major milestone on 24 November 2015 with the certification of the first A320neo (new engine option) Family variant: the Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM engine-equipped A320neo. This aircraft version received its Type Certificate from both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Completing a rigorous 14-month flight test programme since the Pratt & Whitney-powered A320neo鈥檚 maiden flight, the jetliner鈥檚 airworthiness approval paves the way for the first delivery and subsequent entry into service. Certification of the A320neo powered by the other engine option 鈥 CFM International鈥檚 LEAP-1A 鈥 is planned for the coming months, which will be followed by the A321neo and A319neo versions with each powerplant type.

During the year, AG真人计划 also expanded the single-aisle NEO Family鈥檚 offerings with the official announcements of an increased 97-tonne maximum takeoff weight A321neo variant for new long-haul markets of up to 4,000 nautical miles, and two new corporate jet members: the highly-capable ACJ319neo and ACJ320neo.

Underscoring the A320neo Family鈥檚 continuing position as a market leader, AG真人计划 signed a purchase agreement with India鈥檚 IndiGo in August, which covers 250 new engine option single-aisle jetliners and is the company鈥檚 largest-ever order in terms of number of aircraft booked. The deal helped bring the backlog for the A320neo Family to over 4,300 jetliners ordered by a global customer base through October.

A330neo: powering the way forward

Among the first AG真人计划 metal-cutting operations underway for the A330neo (new engine option) jetliner is production of the initial centre wing box, which uses an innovative Isogrid design with 330 triangular pockets that enable the component to meet rigidity, strength and lightweight requirements  
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AG真人计划 production starts for A330neo_2

Among the first AG真人计划 metal-cutting operations underway for the A330neo (new engine option) jetliner is production of the initial centre wing box, which uses an innovative Isogrid design with 330 triangular pockets that enable the component to meet rigidity, strength and lightweight requirements

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Production of the initial A330neo centre wing box commenced in the summer of 2015, one of the company鈥檚 first metal-cutting operations for these new members of AG真人计划鈥 market-leading wide-body family.

Approximately one year after the programme was launched, AG真人计划鈥 A330neo (new engine option) 鈥渃ame to life鈥 鈥 with the company kicking off its production for this wide-body NEO programme during the summer of 2015. This activity included the machining of the first engine pylon in AG真人计划鈥 Saint-Eloi location near Toulouse, France, as well as the start of production for the initial A330neo centre wing box at the company鈥檚 plant in Nantes, France.聽

In 2015, AG真人计划 also marked significant achievements for the enhanced CEO (current engine option) A330 Family aircraft that are serving as the platform for developing the NEO. In a key milestone that occurred during May, U.S.-based Delta Air Lines took delivery of the first 242-tonne maximum takeoff weight A330-300 variant, which provides more capabilities at lower operating costs. Air China and Scandinavian Airlines also welcomed this enhanced A330 into their fleets during the year.聽

As a result of the continuous innovation philosophy applied to the A330 Family, these jetliners continued to demonstrate their popularity in service for a global operator base. In June, AG真人计划 signed a General Terms Agreement for 45 A330 Family aircraft and a Memorandum of Understanding covering options for 30 A330s with China Aviation Supplies Holding Company 鈥 a strong endorsement for this versatile wide-body product line in the world鈥檚 fastest growing market, and another example of the A330鈥檚 ongoing success.

Paris Air Show: continued commercial momentum

Wizz Air鈥檚 Memorandum of Understanding signed at the 2015 Paris Air Show marked the largest single order for AG真人计划鈥 popular A321neo. Marking the agreement from left to right are: AG真人计划 President and CEO Fabrice Br茅gier, Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi and AG真人计划 COO 鈥 Customers John Leahy -  
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Wizz Air鈥檚 Memorandum of Understanding signed at the 2015 Paris Air Show marked the largest single order for AG真人计划鈥 popular A321neo. Marking the agreement from left to right are: AG真人计划 President and CEO Fabrice Br茅gier, Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi and AG真人计划 COO 鈥 Customers John Leahy -

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AG真人计划 President and CEO Fabrice Br茅gier, Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi and AG真人计划 COO 鈥 Customers John Leahy are pictured at the ceremony to announce Wizz Air鈥檚 MoU for 110 A320neo aircraft.

AG真人计划鈥 market-leading product line received a strong endorsement during the 2015 International Paris Air Show, with 421 new firm orders and commitments (worth more than $57 billion at list prices) announced by the company during this biennial industry event, which was held in June.

Among the milestone agreements were Wizz Air鈥檚 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed for 110 A321neo aircraft, which helped push total orders and commitments for AG真人计划鈥 single-aisle NEO (new engine option) beyond 4,000; Air Astana鈥檚 seven-aircraft deal with Air Lease Corporation that includes four A321neo Long Range (LR) jetliners, making it the first airline to announce plans to operate the type; Saudi Arabian Airlines鈥 decision to add 20 A330 Regionals to its fleet, becoming the launch customer; and more.

Also included with the commercial announcements was the agreement between AG真人计划 and JAMCO for the development, manufacture, supply and support of a new aft galley and lavatory module option to increase cabin efficiency on the A350 XWB, while maintaining high levels passenger comfort.

Formulating the future

Chief Operating Officer 鈥 Customers John Leahy presented AG真人计划鈥 latest Global Market Forecast 鈥 covering the 2015-2034 timeframe 鈥 during the 2015 Paris Air Show  
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Chief Operating Officer 鈥 Customers John Leahy presented AG真人计划鈥 latest Global Market Forecast 鈥 covering the 2015-2034 timeframe 鈥 during the 2015 Paris Air Show

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Chief Operating Officer 鈥 Customers John Leahy presented AG真人计划鈥 latest Global Market Forecast 鈥 covering the 2015-2034 timeframe 鈥 during the 2015 Paris Air Show.

As part of the high-profile AG真人计划 presence at June鈥檚 Paris Air Show, the company put a spotlight on aviation鈥檚 future with release of its latest Global Market Forecast (GMF) 鈥 which projects a worldwide need for 32,585 new passenger aircraft between 2015 and 2034.

This forward-looking report factors in such key market drivers as demographics, trade, tourism flows, oil prices, environmental issues and competition; and explains how each will help shape the aviation sector鈥檚 continued evolution and expansion in the years to come.

The 2015-2034 Global Market Forecast 鈥 entitled 鈥淔ormulating the Future鈥 鈥 serves as a reference for airlines, airports, investors, governments, non-government agencies and others.

Learn more on the dedicated Global Market Forecast page.

9,000 deliveries

On 20 March 2015, AG真人计划 marked the handover of its 9,000th jetliner, which was an A321 received by VietJetAir  
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Ceremony 23 March 2015

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On 20 March 2015, AG真人计划 marked the handover of its 9,000th jetliner, which was an A321 received by VietJetAir

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AG真人计划 marked the delivery of its 9,000th aircraft 鈥 which was an A321 provided to VietJetAir 鈥 in March.

Underscoring the ongoing demand for AG真人计划鈥 comprehensive and modern product line from customers around the world, the company delivered its 9,000th aircraft in March 鈥 an A321 received by Vietnam鈥檚 VietJetAir.

The landmark delivery came less than two years after AG真人计划鈥 8,000th handover, highlighting its sustained levels of high production, which are set to rise even further as demand grows.

Deliveries allowing AG真人计划 to reach this milestone include more than 800 of the cornerstone A300/A310 jetliners supplied during a successful production run; over 6,450 A320 Family aircraft provided; 1,500-plus long-range A330 and A340 aircraft; more than 150 A380s; and the initial next-generation A350 XWB aircraft.

BizLab: bringing innovative ideas to market

Fabrice Br茅gier, AG真人计划 President and CEO: 鈥淏izLab will give AG真人计划 added business agility by helping us to harvest the best innovative ideas coming from different sectors and to bring them to market more quickly鈥  
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Innovation 09 March 2015

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Fabrice Br茅gier, AG真人计划 President and CEO: 鈥淏izLab will give AG真人计划 added business agility by helping us to harvest the best innovative ideas coming from different sectors and to bring them to market more quickly鈥

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Fabrice Br茅gier, AG真人计划 President and CEO speaks at the launch of the first AG真人计划 BizLab in Toulouse, France this March.

As part of its strategy to stay at the forefront of the aviation sector by enhancing its agility, AG真人计划 formally launched its first global aerospace business accelerator 鈥 located in Toulouse, France 鈥 during March, with a second site at Hamburg, Germany inaugurated in September.

Called AG真人计划 BizLab, this initiative brings together start-ups and AG真人计划 鈥渋ntrapreneurs鈥 (internal entrepreneurs) to speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses. The AG真人计划 BizLab accepts applications for acceleration programmes from entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and AG真人计划 employees 鈥 with a screening committee selecting the most promising ideas.

In September, the company launched its second round of applications for start-ups seeking support through this global AG真人计划 initiative. This follows AG真人计划 BizLab鈥檚 first call, which selected the projects of five companies: Germany鈥檚 3d Trust, OBUU from Spain, the Hong Kong-based PaperClip Design; and France鈥檚 SimSoft 3D and UWinLoc.

Expanding a successful partnership with China

Building on a successful partnership for the A320 Family final assembly line in China, AG真人计划 and the Tianjin Free Trade Zone Investment Company Ltd. (TJFTZ) and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), signed a framework agreement to set up an A330 completion and delivery centre in Tianjin.

To be located near the existing final assembly line, the A330 completion and delivery centre in Tianjin will cover such activities as aircraft reception, cabin installation, painting, engine runs and flight testing, as well as aircraft delivery and customer acceptance. The Cl茅ment Ader Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France will be responsible for structural of the assembly of the aircraft to be completed in Tianjin, before the jetliners are flown to China.

A signing ceremony for this agreement was held during July in Toulouse in the presence of visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. On the same occasion, AG真人计划 also signed a Letter of Intent with AVIC on cabin development cooperation and a procurement framework contract with Zhejiang Xizi Aerospace Fastener Co., Ltd for design, development, manufacturing, and supply of standard fastener parts.

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