• Stealth panels bring density to airports

    The lightweight panels shown here, developed by Airbus and the Airbus Group Innovations research network, can cut the instrument landing systems signal disruption caused by building surfaces by 90 percent (compared to untreated buildings). These “stealthy” panels could open up around 130 square kilometers of airport real estate.

  • Printing to go

    3D printing, or additive layer manufacturing, is set to revolutionize aircraft design and manufacturing. Airbus has already started printing simple fittings in both plastic and metal, such as this bracket for the A350 XWB.

  • The value of ambience

    Airbus was the first aircraft manufacturer to offer controllable ambient lighting that enhanced the cabin experience. Now, programmers can create a fully custom ambience with real benefits: simulating sunrise or sunset is known to minimise jet lag (the A350 XWB cabin in “night” mode is shown).

  • Configure my plane

    Airbus's new Customer Definition Centre in Hamburg, Germany gives carriers the opportunity to specify every aspect of the new A350 XWB cabin. Individually-tailored areas allow customers to see, feel, and try out their designs. It's a unique, and fun, way to envision aircraft interiors.

  • Cabins that work

    Airbus was the first manufacturer to receive certification for an on-board mobile phone system; Airbus operators have offered worldwide broadband services for the last four years. The current Airbus connectivity platform is a generation ahead of any other available system (connectivity options on the A350 XWB shown here).

  • Laser strikeback

    Between 2005 and 2013, US instances of laser pointers being aimed at cockpits increased 12-fold. Laser strikes can temporarily blind pilots, so Airbus partnered with Lamda Guard (President and CEO George Palikaras shown here) to develop nano-structured films that block unwanted light through any transparent surface.