Fly-by-wire controls pioneered by Airbus – which bring improved handling, enhanced safety and operational commonality to its range of aircraft products – are now the standard in the airline industry. Jacques Troyes, one of the revolutionary system’s developers, and Dominique Chatrenet, Airbus flight control expert, discuss the evolution of this innovative technology. (Airbus)

Airbus A320 Advert, 1980's
Airbus A320 Advert, 1980’s

A hard-won order from one of America’s leading airlines, Pan Am, crowned the A320 programme’s successful beginnings. It was achieved in the face of stiff competition from rivals and was only the second order won by Airbus in the U.S.


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