EADS further improves its reputation as a preferred employer

miércoles, 1 de junio de 2011

Munich, 01 June 2011

  • EADS moves up to No. 3 ranking by European engineering students
  • HR Head Jussi Itävuori: we need to attract the best and we need to keep them
  • Redefining the relationship between company and employees
  • Over 4,000 new employees shall be recruited in 2011

EADS has further boosted its attractiveness as an employer of choice among engineering students in Europe. In the most recent Universum Top 100 survey, the aerospace and defence company moved up to third place behind Google and Audi. EADS is followed by BMW and Apple in the ranking. The Swedish-based employer branding consultancy Universum has carried out interviews with 19,890 students at 100 leading academic institutions across Europe. The survey reviews the reputation of more than 60,700 employers and then ranks only the top 100 of them. With 135 nationalities represented in the pan-European survey, it clearly reflects the multicultural and diverse make-up of the continent’s top academic institutions. Last year, EADS was ranked seventh by engineering students.

“We need to attract the best and we need to keep them. Our aim is to recruit over 4,000 new employees in 2011. In times of economic growth and increasing scarcity of qualified employees, it is extremely important to appeal to young people seeking a job. Our fascinating products such as the Airbus A380 or the Ariane launcher definitely support this goal,” commented Jussi Itävuori, Head of EADS Human Resources. “In order to retain talented young people and make them active ambassadors of our company, we have to ensure that they stay engaged during their career. This is why we are launching initiatives to improve professional development opportunities and career paths of our employees, as well as the balance between their professional and private lives.

Mikael Butterbach, Head of Recruitment and Employment Marketing at Airbus, added: “We need to keep pace with ‘Generation Y’, which is embracing social media, virtual reality and a team working approach. Staying close to all our target groups in the employment market is a ‘must’, especially in view of EADS’ recruitment targets.”

Earlier this year, EADS and its Divisions were honoured with the Randstad Award as most preferred employer in Germany, France and Spain. In France, trendence and Universum rated the Group as most preferred company for engineers, while in the UK Airbus was named second most popular employer for engineering graduates within a recent survey by TARGET.


CASSIDIAN technology successfully secures 37th G8 summit in France

01 June 2011

  • TETRAPOL networks by Cassidian enable French Ministry of Interior to provide smoothly operating security system
  • Over 10,000 police and gendarmerie users of secure radiocommunication services provided by Cassidian to ensure security of this major international political meeting

Cassidian helped to ensure the success of the security system at the recent G8 summit held in Deauville, France. The forces deployed on site used high-security mobile communication systems provided by Cassidian. TETRAPOL secured radio network technology was installed in the fixed INPT (Infrastructure Nationale Partageable des Transmissions), RUBIS and OPERA networks and also in the TOPAZE deployable tactical network. Together, these technologies formed a cornerstone of the extremely demanding system, whose primary objective was to ensure the protection of 8 heads of state and government and of 17 delegations comprising more than 7300 invited guests, nearly 4000 of whom were journalists.

During the G8 summit, 10,000 users – including forces from the police, the gendarmerie, the French Armed Forces and various civil security bodies – benefitted from the powerful secure radiocommunication system. To achieve this, Cassidian installed a variety of redundant components to increase the density of the INPT network, thus guaranteeing greater stability of the communication system in the event of a crisis.

The capacity of the RUBIS network, including its maritime dimension provided by the OPERA extension, was expanded to meet the increased demand for communication over radio channels as a result of rallying 4000 gendarmes and 1700 members of the Armed Forces. The French gendarmerie was also supported by a tactical network called TOPAZE, which is based on the Milicor® system. “By pooling the communications of all the forces involved including the gendarmerie mobile, mounted forces of the national guard and Army forces, this network constituted the core of the security operation,” said Gendarmerie Lieutenant Colonel Gilles Martin.

In addition to the geo-positioning of protection forces in and around the airport of Deauville, TOPAZE enabled the rapid setup of a secure communication system in the theatre of operations dedicated exclusively to the G8 summit. The system ensured 100% network availability in all sensitive locations: the venues of preparatory meetings, the accommodation, the paths taken by the heads of state and even the movements of the crowd.

Throughout the summit, Cassidian’s technology enabled all the forces deployed on site to operate in strict confidence and to ensure the protection of top-ranking politicians as well as that of the thousands of visitors and the local residents


Airbus delivers the 50th A320 Family aircraft assembled in China

Juneyao Airlines keeps growing with Airbus’ top performing single-aisle jets


Less than two years after Airbus delivered the first A320 Family aircraft assembled by the Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line in China (FALC), the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer celebrates today the hand-over of its 50th aircraft assembled by FALC at the Airbus (Tianjin) Delivery Centre to Chinese customer, Juneyao Airlines, a Shanghai-based privately-owned carrier.

The event was earmarked with a special ceremony, attended by National Development and Reform Commission of China and Tianjin government officials, Juneyao executives and Airbus representatives.

“We are pleased to take delivery of the 50th aircraft assembled at FALC to further enhance our all Airbus fleet,” said Wang Junjin, Chairman of Juneyao Airlines. “Our highly reliable A320 Family fleet has demonstrated excellent performance while keeping operational costs low,” Wang Junjin added.

“We are proud that the A320 Family plays an important role in the growth of Juneyao Airlines,” said Laurence Barron, Airbus China President. “The 50th delivery is a major milestone for FALC. Airbus will continue providing the best products and services to its Chinese customers,” affirmed Laurence Barron.

Currently Juneyao operates two A319s and 17 A320s.
The FALC is a joint venture between Airbus and a Chinese consortium comprising Tianjin Free Trade Zone (TJFTZ) and China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC). Since the first delivery of a FALC assembled A320 Family aircraft to Sichuan Airlines in 2009, 50 A320 Family aircraft, of which seven are A319s and 43 A320s, including today’s, have been delivered by Airbus in Tianjin to nine Chinese Airlines.

The A320 Family, which includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321, is recognized as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. Each aircraft features fly by wire controls and all share a unique cockpit and operational commonality across the range. Over 7,000 Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been sold and more than 4,600 delivered to almost 330 customers and operators worldwide, making it the world’s best selling commercial jetliner ever. With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft. Uniquely, the A320 Family offers a containerized cargo system, which is compatible with the worldwide standard wide-body system.


Airbus delivers 100th Airbus aircraft to British Airways

One of Europe’s largest Airbus Single Aisle fleets


British Airways has taken delivery of an A320 aircraft, making it a member of a prestigious airline club that can boast 100 or more aircraft deliveries from every member of Airbus’ Single Aisle aircraft Family. The airline has already taken delivery of two A318s, 33 A319s, 48 A320s and 16 A321s.

The 100th aircraft (an A320 powered by IAE engines) is also the 205th Airbus single aisle delivered to International Airlines Group, which was formed in January 2011 folllowing the merger of British Airways and Iberia.

Keith Williams, British Airways CEO said: "This milestone underlines British Airways' commitment to continue to invest in new aircraft for the benefit of our customers. The average age of our shorthaul Airbus fleet is just over seven years old, making it one of the youngest Airbus fleets of the European network carriers."

British Airways became an Airbus operator in 1988, when it introduced the A320 in its fleet. It added the A319 in 1999, the A321 in 2004 and the A318 in 2009.

“We are very proud that a world class airline like British Airways operates every member of our single aisle family aircraft, and even prouder to deliver to BA their 100th Airbus A320 family aircraft. We look forward to broadening and deepening our partnership with BA,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO.

With over 7,000 aircraft ordered, and more than 4,600 aircraft delivered to over 330 customers and operators worldwide, the A320 Family is today the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family


First Airbus Military A330 MRTT handed over to Royal Australian Air Force

The first Airbus Military A330 MRTT new generation tanker/transport has formally been delivered to, and accepted by the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base Amberley (Queensland, Australia) on 1st June 2011 at a ceremony attended by DMO, RAAF, Qantas and Airbus Military representatives.

“This is a very major and long awaited milestone for the A330 MRTT programme”, said Airbus Military CEO Domingo Ureña. “I wish to congratulate and thank herewith all the teams – internal and external, with special mention to our world class suppliers Cobham, Thales and Qantas. They all have been working extremely hard to develop, test and certify this all new multi role tanker and transport aircraft which really is the “21st Century benchmark” in its category. My very special thanks also go to our customers and, above all, the Royal Australian Air Force, for having placed their faith in our product. Their contribution was a key factor for making the A330 MRTT what it is today. We are now very keen to see it demonstrate its worth in real operations”.

The aircraft, which had left Madrid on 27th May, was ferried to Amberley where it arrived on Monday 30th May at 15h00 local time. On its ferry flight, the A330 MRTT was flown by Airbus Military and RAAF crews, and transited via McCarran (Nevada) and Hickam (Hawaii) in the USA.

The aircraft is the second converted by Qantas Defence Services in Brisbane, which was returned to Europe for painting and finishing. It will be joined by the second aircraft for the RAAF in June, and two further aircraft later in the year. The fifth and final aircraft ordered by the RAAF, which arrived in Brisbane for conversion with Qantas Defence Services a few days ago, will be delivered next year.

The delivery of the aircraft to the RAAF follows an extensive development and test programme for what is the world’s only certified and flying new generation tanker/transport aircraft. Civil Supplemental Type Certificate was obtained in March 2010, and the military certification followed in October.

In RAAF service, the A330 MRTT will be equipped with two underwing refuelling pods, the fly-by-wire Airbus Military Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS), and a Universal Aerial Refuelling Receptacle Slipway Installation (UARRSI) enabling it to be refuelled from another tanker. It is powered by two General Electric CF6-80E engines. It is equipped with a comprehensive defensive aids suite (DAS) and fitted with 270 passenger seats.



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