Airbus Celebrates 50 Years

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Airbus launched a global campaign to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary on Wednesday. The date marked five decades since French Minister of Transport, Jean Chamant, and German Minister of Economic Affairs, Karl Schiller, signed an agreement for the joint development of the A300 at the 1969 Paris Air Show. The celebration campaign will run from May 29 to July 17.

“Over five decades, we have brought together civil and defense aviation businesses from throughout the continent,” said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury. “For 50 years, we have pioneered many firsts through our passion and innovation, transforming the industry and helping to move society forward. Airbus is a story of incredible men and women, a story of great achievements in the past and, above all, in the future.”

As part of the anniversary celebrations, Airbus will be publishing a story every day for 50 days that will “highlight the people and ground-breaking innovations” that have influenced the company. The stories will focus on a wide array of Airbus’ business ventures including programs and initiatives, commercial aircraft, helicopters, and space and defense. Stories can be viewed at www.airbus.com/airbus50.

Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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