as the picture in question was taken in front of the paintshop at XFW which is an area only
Airbus employees can access, Airbus must
have granted permission to him to take this photo.
Additionally, as I previously stated Airbus always takes its own photographs of a new aircraft/new airline before anyone else is able to do so because they need them for their press releases and customers. This job is either done by their own staff photographers or by professionals if their own staff is not available. This picture is definitely shot just after the aircraft has emerged from the paint shop.
I am sure Airbus knows about copyright rules, so we can assume they own the copyright of pictures in their press releases.
To conclude, in my opinion there are four possibilities:
- Axel Pipgras has taken the picture for Airbus (unlikely considering his job - see further down)
- Axel Pipgras is an Airbus employee and took the picture beside the official photographer (possible)
- Axel Pipgras has purchased the copyright from Airbus (very unlikely)
- Axel Pipgras has used the picture from www.airbus.com
Regarding his postings at
It is a summary of his diploma work submitted in October 2001. The topic is "Calculation of the allotment of pressure inside and outside an engine entrance" (I hope I used the right words to make it understandable - very difficult words), so it is related with aviation and he might have somehow access to the Airbus plant at Hamburg-Finkenwerder. He studied at Hamburg.