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Airbus for Poland

source: Warsaw Voice, 11 January 2006

The aviation corporation Airbus plans to develop cooperation with the Polish aviation industry. The company counts on orders from the Polish national carrier LOT Polish Airlines.
Airbus, 80-percent owned by European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) and 20-percent by BAE Systems, is a truly global enterprise with a staff of about 53,000. Airbus' operations are based on industrial cooperation with the world's leading companies and a network of 1,500 suppliers in 30 countries.
As a European consortium, Airbus has benefited from the knowledge and experience of Polish aviation plants for more than eight years, consistently expanding its cooperation with the Polish aviation industry. "Sales revenue generated by Airbus and its main shareholder, EADS, from cooperation with the Polish aviation industry has doubled since 2003 and will soon reach $12 million annually," said John Blanchfield, technical marketing director at Airbus.
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In April 2003, Gdańska Stocznia Remontowa SA signed an 8-million-euro contract with French transport company Socatra, representing Airbus, for the construction of a floating station for reloading components for the Airbus A380. The station, completed in January 2004, is 150 meters long, 7.5 meters high and weighs 3,500 tonnes. It is docked at the port of Pauillac near Bordeaux. It is one of the key elements of the Airbus A380 component transport system.
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Airbus, whose 2004 sales revenue exceeded 20 billion euros, accounts for half of all orders for passenger planes worldwide. The Airbus product line includes planes ranging from 107 to 555 seats. These are the narrow-bodied A320 (A318/A319/A320/A321), wide-bodied A300/A310 and long-haul A330/A340 machines, in addition to the brand-new A350 and the high-capacity double-deck ultra-long-haul A380. The shared feature of all Airbus planes is the highest possible uniformity with respect to design, onboard systems, cockpits and piloting rules, which considerably reduces maintenance costs for airlines.
Since it entered the market in 1974, Airbus has sold more than 5,600 airplanes to 250 clients/operators.

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