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Emirates reject Delta’s apology regarding Anderson’s 9/11 comments

February 20, 2015 · 556 Views

The bitter dispute between US- and Gulf-based airlines has reached a new level after Emirates flatly rejected an open apology made concerning what was seen as incredibly tactless and insensitive remarks made by Delta’s Chief Executive, Richard Anderson. The unfortunate incident relates back to comments made by a group of American airlines that a number of the larger Gulf carriers had benefited from state subsidies amounting to a figure in excess of US$40bn. As a consequence the American airlines either wanted to renegotiate or scrap the current Open Skies agreement.
Offended by such claims, the Gulf carriers retaliated by questioning whether or not US airlines had received government subsidies totaling US$5bn in the wake of 9/11. Unfortunately Delta’s Anderson, responding to this claim on CNN, said: “It’s a great irony to have the United Arab Emirates from the Arabian Peninsula talk about that, given the fact that our industry was really shocked by the terrorism of 9/11, which came from terrorists from the Arabian Peninsula.” While the UAE and Qatar, two of the States’ allies who have offered either military or logistical support for international operations were particularly upset by these comments, Delta simply made it clear that Anderson had been responding to claims regarding post 9/11 subsidies. “He didn’t mean to suggest the Gulf carriers or their governments are linked to the 9/11 terrorists. We apologize if anyone was offended.”
Unfortunately the largest of the three main Gulf carriers did not see this as acceptable. “We believe that the statements made this week by Mr. Anderson were deliberately crafted and delivered for specific effect,” it confirmed in a statement. However US airlines continue to complain that they have lost significant numbers of bookings since 2008 as a result of Gulf competition and cited documents they indicate demonstrate aid which has allowed their competitors to offer cheap fares. In retaliation, Gulf officials say that most US carriers do not fly the same routes and are losing business only because they offer an inferior service.
This is not a dissimilar situation to the one between Gulf airlines and European carriers, including Lufthansa, and coincidentally has come at the same time as US airlines are trying to have US Exlm Bank closed down. They believe Gulf carriers are benefitting to a greater degree from the export credit agency. The tit-for-tat dialog continues with Western airlines showing concern for the safety of thousands of service industry jobs, a complaint to which Gulf carriers have responded by making it very clear they support at least as many jobs in the aerospace sector with their huge orders for aircraft.

Snecma and HAL to create joint venture and build a new production facility in India

February 20, 2015 · 655 Views

Snecma (Safran), a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines, and Hindustan Aeronautics  (HAL), a leading aerospace manufacturer, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 28th, 2015 in Bangalore to explore establishing a joint venture in India for the production of aero-engine parts.  The proposed joint venture will initially focus on the manufacture of high-tech parts for the Dassault Rafale’s Snecma M88 engine, then subsequently contribute to other major aerospace projects of HAL & Snecma, in India and worldwide. Spanning over 30,000 m², the proposed joint venture’s new plant is expected to benefit from substantial investment by the two partners, providing it with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. This agreement marks a major step forward in the long-standing collaboration between Snecma and HAL. The proposed joint venture will further broaden the scope of the excellent relations established over the past 60 years between Safran affiliates and the Indian aerospace industry. For example, Snecma manufactures the M53 engines powering the Mirage 2000H “Vajra” fighters operated by the Indian Air Force.

Design flaws led to 787 battery fire

December 2, 2014 · 197 Views

On the 7th January 2013 a fire was reported on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner while parked at Boston’s airport in the USA. The fire was put down to a problem with one of the plane’s lithium-ion batteries. A week later an All Nippon Airways 787 Dreamliner had to make an emergency landing after smoke was discovered inside the plane which was subsequently traced back to another lithium-ion battery. As a consequence of this incident, all 787 Dreamliners were grounded until April of that year until further acceptable testing and improvements were carried out to the battery system on board the plane. The battery itself was manufactured by GS Yuasa and comprised eight individual cells making up a combined weight of 63lbs.
Nearly two years later and the results of the investigation into the first incident have concluded that the lithium-ion battery installed in the plane should not have received certification by the FAA. The National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) were also critical of Boeing who they believed had erroneously ruled out the chances of thermal runaway in its assessment of the battery’s safety. Boeing’s battery tests to obtain original certification included crushing battery cells, driving nails through them and deliberately introducing short circuits to cause failure. Boeing found “nothing adverse happened” while these tests were carried out, and so deemed the battery’s box and internal protection to be of an acceptable standard. Boeing stated that it had followed the certification process set out by the FAA. It would seem that while the cause of the fire has been clearly identified, responsibility for its occurrence has not been accepted in full by anyone.

Rolls-Royce forced to axe 2,600 jobs after second profit warning this year

November 5, 2014 · 164 Views

Back in February this year, Rolls-Royce, the FTSE-100 engine maker, lost over £3bn of its value after shocking the market with its first profits warning in a decade. To announce a second one this October has created considerable concern and Rolls-Royce has decided that over the next 18 months they need to reduce costs by up to £80m a year by axing 2,600 jobs, the majority of which will be in the aerospace sector in Britain and the United States. The focus is on Rolls-Royce’s key Trent engines as they move from the development to the production phase, which consequently requires fewer engineers.
Back in February John Rishton, Rolls-Royce group’s Chief Executive, had admitted that the future was “bumpier than I had expected”, while blaming the current problems on deteriorating economic conditions and a tit-for-tat trade war between the EU and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis which had affected its nuclear and energy business as well as its power-systems unit. This week Rishton has had to admit that “We are taking determined management action and accelerating our progress on cost. The measures announced today will not be the last; however they will contribute towards Rolls-Royce becoming a stronger and more profitable company.”
Another consequence of the situation is the unexpected departure of Finance Director, Mark Morris, leaving the company after 27 year without any explanation. He will be replaced by David Smith, who is being promoted from Finance Director of the Rolls-Royce Aerospace division. This second profit warning saw share value fall 11% to 832p, wiping a further £2bn off the company’s value. However, news of the redundancies was well received by investors and the share price rallied by 2%, currently standing at 832p. This is clear confirmation of comments made by Espirito Santo’s analyst, Ed Stacey, who indicated that investors would be expecting a clear message from the new Finance Director and tight control on all finances.

Air France-KLM selects GEnx engines for Boeing 787 fleet

March 25, 2014 · 113 Views

Air France-KLM selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 12 leased 787 aircraft. The total engine order is valued at more than $1.7bn. Air France-KLM and GE Aviation have also signed an agreement that will allow Air France-KLM to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the GEnx-1B engine. Under this agreement, Air France-KLM will be licensed to perform maintenance and overhaul work on the GEnx-1B engine and GE will provide technical support and assistance on overhaul workscoping and component repair licenses, comprehensive material support and training.

ILFC closes $1.5bn senior secured term loan

March 7, 2014 · 80 Views

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has closed a new senior secured term loan of $1.5 billion. The loan will bear interest at LIBOR plus 275 basis points with a 0.75% LIBOR floor, is priced at 99.5% of par value, and will mature in 2021. The collateral used to support the transaction has an initial weighted average age of 9.1 years. It will be secured primarily by a first priority-perfected lien on the equity of certain of ILFC’s subsidiaries, which directly or indirectly own a pool of aircraft and related leases. ILFC plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including purchasing aircraft and supporting the company’s liquidity cushion.

Airbus Commercial reports another year of financial improvement

February 26, 2014 · 80 Views

In 2013, Airbus achieved a new industry record of 1,619 gross commercial orders (FY 2012: 914 gross orders) with net orders of 1,503 aircraft (FY 2012: 833 net orders), excluding ATR. Gross orders comprised 1,253 A320 Family aircraft, 77 A330s, 239 A350 XWBs and 50 A380s. Fourth-quarter orders included Emirates Airline’s agreement for 50 A380s and Etihad Airways’ order for 50 A350 XWBs, 36 A320neos and one A330-200F. Airbus Military (now part of Airbus Defence and Space) received 17 net orders (FY 2012: 32 net orders). Airbus’ net order intake increased sharply to €202.3bn (FY 2012: €88.9bn). At the end of 2013, Airbus’ consolidated order book was valued at €647.4bn (year-end 2012: €525.5bn). The Airbus Commercial backlog was worth €627.1bn (year-end 2012: €505.3bn), comprising 5,559 Airbus aircraft (year-end 2012: 4,682 units) and representing over eight years of production. Airbus Military’s order book was worth €20.8bn (year-end 2012: €21.1bn). Airbus series aircraft deliveries increased to 626 aircraft (FY 2012: 588 aircraft, including three A330s without revenue recognition). Airbus Military delivered 31 aircraft (FY 2012: 29 aircraft). Airbus’ consolidated revenues increased seven percent to €42,012m (FY 2012: €39,273m), reflecting higher commercial and military aircraft deliveries. The Division’s consolidated EBIT rose to €1,710m (FY 2012: €1,252m). Airbus Commercial’s revenues rose to €39,889m (FY 2012: €37,624m). The Airbus Commercial reported EBIT was €1,595m (FY 2012: €1,147m) with the EBIT before one-off at €2,216m (FY 2012: €1,669m). Airbus Commercial’s EBIT before one-off benefitted from the improved operational performance, including favourable volume, some better pricing and an improvement in A380 losses. It also included higher A350 XWB programme support costs. Revenues at Airbus Military rose to €2,893m (FY 2012: €2,131m), driven by the A400M ramp-up and higher volumes from both light and medium transport planes and tankers. The EBIT at Airbus Military was €166m (FY 2012: €93m).

Boeing Commercial Airplanes reports full year revenue of $53bn

January 29, 2014 · 76 Views

Boeing Commercial Airplanes fourth-quarter revenue increased to $14.7bn and full-year revenue increased to a record $53bn on higher delivery volume. Fourth-quarter operating margin improved to 10.3% and full-year operating margin grew to 10.9% on the higher volume, favorable delivery mix and continued strong operating performance. During the quarter, the company launched the 777X with 259 orders and commitments. During the year, the 787 program completed first flight of the 787-9, successfully launched the 787-10 and began operating at a 10 per month production rate in final assembly. The 737 program delivered at a record production rate of 38 per month and has won nearly 1,800 firm orders for the 737 MAX since launch. In 2013, a record 648 commercial aircraft were delivered. In January 2014, the company reached an eight-year contract extension through 2024 with the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 (IAM). Commercial Airplanes booked 465 net orders during the quarter and 1,355 during the year. Backlog remains strong with 5,080 airplanes valued at a record $374 billion.

A350 XWB in Bolivia for high altitude testing

January 9, 2014 · 67 Views

The A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, is in Bolivia where it will perform a series of tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz. Cochabamba is around 8,300 feet above sea level, and La Paz is one of the world’s highest airports at 13,300 feet. Operations at such high altitude airfields are particularly demanding on aircraft engines, Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and systems. The aim of these trials is to demonstrate and validate the full functionality of engines, systems, materials as well as to assess the overall aircraft behaviour under these extreme conditions. A number of take-offs with all engines operating and with simulated engine failures are being performed at each of the airfields to collect data on engine operating characteristics and validate the aircraft take-off performance. The autopilot behaviour will also be evaluated during automatic landings and go-arounds. Since the A350 XWB’s first flight with MSN1 on June 14th 2013, over 800 flight test hours have been performed in close to 200 test flights by both MSN1 and MSN3. In total the A350 XWB flight test campaign will accumulate around 2,500 flight hours with the fleet of five aircraft. The rigorous flight testing will lead to the certification of the A350-900 by the European EASA and US FAA airworthiness authorities, prior to entry into service in Q4 2014.

Firefly welcomes first ATR 72-600

July 5, 2013 · 66 Views

Firefly, Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary carrier has taken ownership of its first brand-new ATR 72-600. The aircraft is the first of 20 latest generation firm ATRs, plus 16 options, ordered by Malaysia Airlines in December 2012. Firefly currently operates 12 ATR 72-500s, and with the arrival of the new ATR 72-600s will almost triple its exclusively ATR 72 aircraft fleet, taking the total to over 30 aircraft.

GE’s Passport engine begins first full engine test

June 26, 2013 · 42 Views

Certification testing is underway on the first Passport development engine at GE Aviation’s Peebles Testing Operation in Ohio. The engine began ground testing on June 24th and ran for more than three hours, reaching more than 18,000 lbs. of standard day sea-level takeoff thrust. Eight Passport engines and one core will be involved in the engine certification program. Flight testing on GE’s flying testbed is scheduled for 2014. Engine certification is expected in 2015. The Passport engine certification program follows three years of validation testing. GE Aviation has conducted validation tests on the fan blisk design, including two fan blade-out rig tests, ingestion tests and a fan aero rig test to demonstrate fan efficiency. Testing is complete on the third eCore demonstrator, and GE has accumulated more than 300 hours of testing on eCore demonstrators to date.

Rolls-Royce wins order from CIT to power 23 aircraft

May 22, 2013 · 55 Views

Rolls-Royce has won an order from US leasing company CIT Aerospace for Trent XWB engines, to power ten Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and Trent 700 engines to power 13 Airbus A330 aircraft. The Trent XWB engines will power ten CIT A350 aircraft that were announced in January 2013 which were in addition to five A350 XWB aircraft already on order. The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the Airbus A350, is the fastest selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,200 already sold. The engine variant that will power the A350-800 and -900 was awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification in February. The engine will power the first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB this year and the aircraft’s first in-service flight in 2014.

Danish Air Transport extends component services agreement with Sabena technics for ATR fleet

June 18, 2013 · 23 Views

In order to ensure optimal support to its ATR 42/72 airline operations, Danish Air Transport, the Denmark-based company which provides passenger charters as well as freight services, has increased its collaboration with Sabena technics, a key player in component repair and overhaul, by signing a three-year extension to the initial component services agreement. Within the scope of this contract, Sabena technics will perform the repair and overhaul of components, as well as structural repairs for the ATR fleet of Danish Air Transport.

GE Aviation to create new composites facility at its Hamble, U.K. aerostructures manufacturing site

June 18, 2013 · 19 Views

GE Aviation’s aerostructures business has begun the development of a 9,000-m² composites production facility at its Hamble, U.K. site as part of a five-year, $50m-plus investment at the site to support the company’s manufacture of wing components for the Airbus A350 XWB jetliner family. This facility will enable GE Aviation, Hamble to ramp-up the output of wing fixed trailing edge components for the A350-800, A350-900 and A350-1000 aircraft, reaching the capacity to deliver up to 13 shipsets per month. The A350 XWB package is the largest production contract awarded in GE Aviation Hamble’s 75-year history, comprising more than 3,000 components that include structural composite panels and complex machined assemblies.

Nordic Aviation Capital places landmark order for 90 ATR -600s

June 18, 2013 · 21 Views

The European turboprop manufacturer ATR and the Danish leasing company Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) signed a historic agreement for the sale of 90 ATR -600s, including 35 firm orders (30 ATR 72-600s and 5 ATR 42-600s). The contract, including options, amounts to over $2.1bn. NAC, which has signed several orders for new ATRs over the past three years, already has the largest fleet of ATRs in the world with over hundred aircraft. With the progressive arrival of the 30 additional ATR 72-600s and 5 ATR 42-600s into its fleet, NAC’s ATR portfolio will exceed 150 aircraft by 2016.

China’s CITIC Offshore Helicopter Company to acquire two S-92 Helicopters

June 18, 2013 · 19 Views

Sikorsky Aircraft has signed a contract with China’s CITIC Offshore Helicopter Company (COHC) for two S-92 helicopters to be used for the offshore oil crew transportation mission. Sikorsky plans to deliver the new S-92 helicopters in December 2014 and March 2015.

Boeing and Air Lease Corporation announce commitment for 30 787-10Xs

June 18, 2013 · 20 Views

Boeing announced at the Paris Air Show a memorandum of understanding with Air Lease Corporation to purchase 33 airplanes. The Los Angeles-based leasing company has committed to order three 787-9 and 30 787-10X Dreamliners. Boeing looks forward to working with ALC to finalize the details of the agreement, at which time the airplanes will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website as a firm order.

Boeing launches 787-10 Dreamliner

June 18, 2013 · 13 Views

Boeing announced at the 2013 Paris Air Show that it has launched the 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the super-efficient 787 family. Commitments for 102 airplanes from five customers across Europe, Asia and North America provide a strong foundation to support development and production of the newest Dreamliner. Customer launch commitments for the 787-10 include Air Lease Corporation, with 30 airplanes; GE Capital Aviation Services, with 10; International Airlines Group / British Airways, with 12 subject to shareholder approval; Singapore Airlines, with 30 and United Airlines, with 20 airplanes.
The new 787-10 will fly up to 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km) — covering more than 90% of the world’s twin-aisle routes — with seating for 300-330 passengers, depending on an airline’s configuration choices. The second member of the family, the 787-9, is in final assembly in Everett, Wash., and is set to make its first flight later this year. Design of the 787-10 has already started at Boeing, and international partners will be involved in detailed design in the months ahead. Final assembly and flight test of the 787-10 are set to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted for 2018.

Sikorsky Aerospace Services signs agreement for Customer Service Centre in United Kingdom

June 18, 2013 · 14 Views

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced the signing of an agreement with Vector Aerospace that appoints Vector’s United Kingdom facilities as authorized Customer Service Centres (CSC) to support Sikorsky S-76 helicopters. The Customer Service Centres will offer Sikorsky S-76 helicopter operators complete aftermarket support, including Sikorsky trained local maintenance personnel for on-site comprehensive maintenance management, inspections and spare parts procurement.

EasyJet sets sights on Airbus A320neo for future fleet development

June 18, 2013 · 21 Views

After a thorough technical evaluation, easyJet has earmarked the Airbus A320neo for its future fleet requirements. Based on the company’s growth forecasts, the A320 was selected for offering the best productivity, lowest operating cost and best fuel efficiency of any single aisle aircraft in the 180 seat sector. Currently easyJet operates a fleet largely based on the smaller A319 seating 156 passengers. Subject to shareholder approval, easyJet has identified a future need for 100 A320neo aircraft. These will be preceded by 35 A320ceo aircraft equipped with Sharklets. Of the 135 aircraft, 85 will be for replacement.

Comlux becomes first to take delivery of an Airbus ACJ321

June 18, 2013 · 24 Views

Comlux has taken delivery of the first Airbus ACJ321 and will become the first to have operated every corporate Airbus A320 Family version. The Airbus ACJ321 is now being outfitted with VVIP cabin by Comlux America in Indianapolis, and is due to be completed in 2014.

United Airlines becomes North American launch customer for Boeing 787-10

June 18, 2013 · 14 Views

United Airlines increased its 787 Dreamliner order to 65 aircraft (including six previously delivered aircraft) with an order for 20 787-10s. United selected GEnx-1B engines to power its order for 20 firm Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners and the remaining 15 firm 787 Dreamliners from a previous order. Delivery for the first aircraft is expected in 2018. United ordered 10 incremental 787-10 aircraft and will convert 10 existing 787s on order to 787-10s, enabling the airline to further modernize its international widebody fleet by replacing older, less efficient aircraft. The advanced technology and composite construction of the 787 reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions, while providing a superior customer experience.

Alaska Air Group orders three Bombardier Q400 NextGen Turboprop airliners

June 18, 2013 · 19 Views

Seattle-based Horizon Air has signed a firm contract to acquire three 76-seat Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners. The transaction represents the conversion of three previously booked options on the aircraft. The airline also reconfirmed its options on another seven Q400 NextGen aircraft. Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the contract is valued at approximately $98m. The three new aircraft will increase Horizon Air’s orders for Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners to 51 aircraft.

Conviasa confirms purchase of seven additional E190 jets

June 18, 2013 · 20 Views

Embraer and Consorcio Venezolano de Industrias Aeronauticas y Servicios Aereos, S.A. (Conviasa), a Venezuelan airline, signed a contract for seven CF34-10E-powered EMBRAER 190 jets, exercising options from the original order released in July 2012, which provided for six firm orders and 14 options. The announcement was made during the 50th Paris Air Show, in France. Therefore, Conviasa now has a total of 13 firm orders for the E190 jet, besides options for another seven aircraft of the same model.

Aviation Capital Group selects P&W PurePower engines for Airbus A320neo aircraft

June 18, 2013 · 20 Views

Aviation Capital Group has selected Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power 12 firm A320neo aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2018. Each of the twelve ACG Airbus A320neo family aircraft will be powered by two PurePower engines. Pratt & Whitney has announced orders for more than 3,500 engines that include announced and unannounced firm orders, plus options. The PurePower family of engines uses an advanced gear system allowing the engine’s fan to operate at a different speed than the low-pressure compressor and turbine. The combination of the gear system and an all-new advanced core deliver the improvements in fuel efficiency, environmental emissions and noise.

Embraer discloses firm order from JAL and India’s Air Costa

June 18, 2013 · 23 Views

Embraer disclosed a firm order from Japan Airlines (JAL) for another four EMBRAER 170 jets. The firm order is already included in Embraer’s backlog as an “undisclosed” customer. With this new agreement, the total number of firm orders for the E170 from JAL is 15 aircraft. Embraer has also signed an extension of the Pool Program with JAL to include these additional four aircraft. The program covers more than 300 part numbers for all E170 jets operated by J-AIR. Furthermore Air Costa of Vijayawada, India, has acquired three E-Jets for launch of its scheduled regional airline service in India. Two EMBRAER 170s have been arranged from ECC Leasing, Embraer’s wholly-owned subsidiary. The new carrier has also purchased one new EMBRAER 190 from Embraer. The firm order is already included in Embraer’s backlog as an “undisclosed” customer.

LATAM Airlines selects PurePower engines for Airbus aircraft

June 18, 2013 · 15 Views

LATAM Airlines has selected Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power its order of 42 firm A320neo family aircraft. This agreement includes a 12-year Fleet Management Plan. PurePower engine deliveries are expected to begin in 2016.

Parker Aerospace partners with Rolls-Royce on Trent XWB-97 engine program

June 18, 2013 · 19 Views

Parker Aerospace, an operating segment of Parker Hannifin Corporation, has been chosen by Rolls-Royce to partner on its Trent XWB-97 engine program. The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engine is being developed for the new Airbus A350 XWB-1000 aircraft and is the sole engine currently available to power this new aircraft. Parker estimates that the agreement will generate approximately $2.2bn in revenues over the life of the program.

ILFC expands LEAP engine order for Total of 60 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

June 18, 2013 · 20 Views

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has expanded its order for CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines to power an additional 20 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft, bringing the total of its LEAP-powered A320neo Family aircraft to 60. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery beginning in 2016. This newest engine order is valued at $510m at list price.

International Aero Engines’ latest news from the Paris Air Show

June 18, 2013 · 26 Views

BOC Aviation awarded IAE International Engines AG with an engine order for 13 firm A320 family aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled from May 2014 to becember 2016. The new order brings the total number of V2500-powered aircraft ordered by BOC Aviation to more than 110.

Spirit Airlines, North America’s leading ultra low-cost airline, and IAE International Aero Engines AG have amended their existing V-Services Fleet Hour Agreement to include coverage for 86 incremental V2500 engines.

Philippine Airlines has selected IAE International Aero Engines AG’s V2500 engine to power its order for 34 A321 aircraft. The V2500 deal includes a V-Services Fleet Hour Agreement (FHA). Deliveries are scheduled to begin in August 2013 and continue over a four-year period.

China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC) has entered into an agreement under which IAE International Aero Engines AG will provide V2500 engines to power 11 new A320 family aircraft.

IAE is assembling the first V2500-E5 engines – selected in 2011 to power Embraer Defense and Security’s new KC-390 multi-role tanker/transport aircraft – in June. IAE is assembling the first engine to test (FETT) at the Pratt & Whitney Middletown, Conn., Engine Center. Civil certification for the new engine model is planned for third quarter 2014. The engine certification basis has been established with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Alcoa completes U.K. aluminum lithium expansion

June 18, 2013 · 34 Views

Alcoa has completed the expansion of aluminum lithium capacity at its Kitts Green facility in the United Kingdom to serve the growing demand for the Company’s 3rd generation aluminum lithium alloys. Alcoa projects its aluminum lithium revenues will quadruple over the next six years to nearly $200m. The Kitts Green expansion was the second phase of the three-part expansion program by the Company to satisfy customer demand for advanced aerospace products and patented alloys, which allow airframers to build more fuel efficient and lower-cost airplanes vs. composite alternatives.

Travel Service Airlines sign five year extension contract with AJW Aviation

June 18, 2013 · 14 Views

Travel Service Airlines has chosen AJW Aviation to provide power-by-the-hour support for another five years. This five year extension will now provide support for its fleet of 27 aircraft comprising B737-700 and B737-800. The contract will also continue to include free access to AJW parts, held at the airline’s Central European support and logistics centre in Prague; allowing for quick and easy distribution of spares, as well as providing ‘C’ checks and comprehensive Boeing spares inventory. The value of the on-site stock will also gradually be increased to $15m over time, to accommodate the growing fleet and save on AOG logistical costs.

Alenia Aermacchi and the Italian National Armaments Directorate sign agreement to jointly develop new jet trainer

June 18, 2013 · 21 Views

Alenia Aermacchi and the Secretariat General of Defence/National Armaments Directorate of the Italian Ministry of Defence have signed an agreement to jointly define the operational specifications and collaborate on the development of a new basic-advanced trainer, the M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) and expected to enter service between 2017-2020. The agreement, announced at the Le Bourget Paris Air Show, calls for the immediate creation of a joint working team between the Defence and industry to define the technical specifications of this new aircraft and identify the steps necessary for the preliminary study and its consequent development, taking into account the principles of cost effectiveness and to satisfy the possible requirements of the global market. The new HET will be a further development of the M-345 jet trainer, the latest solution proposed by Alenia Aermacchi for the basic-advanced phase of military pilot training.

BOC Aviation places order with CFM International to power A320 aircraft family

June 18, 2013 · 25 Views

BOC Aviation signed a new contract with CFM International for 10 firm orders of CFM 56 engines and 10 firm orders of CFM LEAP engines to power A320 family aircraft on order with Airbus. This is the second direct contract between BOC Aviation and CFM for an engine order for the A320 aircraft type.

First SSJ100 delivered to Mexican Airline Interjet

June 18, 2013 · 15 Views

SuperJet International (SJI) – joint venture between Alenia Aermacchi (a Finmeccanica Company) and Sukhoi Holding – announced the delivery of its first Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft to the Mexican airline Interjet. With an order for 20 aircraft plus 10 options, Interjet is the first western customer to take delivery of the SSJ100. The aircraft has been presented for the first time at Le Bourget with its exclusive interior designed by Pininfarina in a 93-seats (34’ pitch) configuration, in accordance with Interjet high standards for passenger comfort.

CF34 TRUEngine program launches with Azul, Flybe, GoJet, Jetscape, LOT and GECAS

June 18, 2013 · 22 Views

GE Aviation launched the TRUEngine program on its CF34 engines with Azul, Flybe, GoJet, Jetscape, LOT and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The CF34 TRUEngine launch expands the TRUEngine designation from CFM56, CF6 and GEnx engines. To qualify for TRUEngine status, the engine configuration, overhaul practices, spare parts and repairs used to service an engine must comply with GE-issued engine manuals and other maintenance recommendations. The qualification is obtained through the customer’s declaration of compliance and GE’s verification of customer submitted maintenance records since back to birth. The TRUEngine designation is available to all CF34 engines in service if they meet the TRUEngine qualification criteria.

Rolls-Royce to power new Air Lease Corporation Dreamliners

June 18, 2013 · 12 Views

Rolls-Royce has won an order from Air Lease Corporation, worth $160m at list prices, for Trent 1000 engines to power four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The order marks the first Trent 1000 selection by the US aircraft leasing company. The Trent 1000 was the first engine to power the 787 Dreamliner into service in October 2011 and has achieved more than 99.9% engine dispatch reliability. It is also the launch engine for the Boeing 787-9 and has been selected to power Singapore Airlines 787-10 aircraft, subject to Boeing confirmation of the programme.

LATAM Airlines Group, Air Canada, and JetBlue Airways select GE’s OnPoint Solution agreement

June 18, 2013 · 1 View

LATAM Airlines Group and GE Aviation signed a memorandum of understanding for a 10-year OnPoint solution agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of 120 CF6-80C2 engines that power its Boeing 767 aircraft. The OnPoint solution agreement is valued at more than $500m over the life of the contract.

Air Canada has committed to a 15-year OnPoint solution agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its GEnx-1B engines that power its Boeing 787 aircraft. The value of the OnPoint solution agreement is not disclosed.

JetBlue Airways signed a 10-year OnPoint solution agreement with GE Aviation for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its CF34-10E engine fleet that powers its 58 EMBRAER E190 aircraft.

Cathay Pacific Airways has committed to a 15-year OnPoint solution agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of 12 GEnx-2B engines, which were announced earlier this year. The OnPoint solution agreement is valued at $380m over the life of the agreement.

Taleris and Etihad sign agreement for new Intelligent Operations technology

June 18, 2013 · 18 Views

Etihad Airways has entered into an agreement with global technology company Taleris to launch groundbreaking new technology which can help predict potential maintenance faults and recommend preventive action. Taleris’ web-based prognostics service, a part of its Intelligent Operations offering, is a first for the commercial airline industry and will be used to monitor Etihad Airways’ fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The prognostics technology will leverage the Industrial Internet to increase the airline’s overall operational efficiency. It is expected to deliver significant financial savings for Etihad Airways and improved reliability for passengers and freight customers as the technology continuously analyses data from multiple sensors on aircraft components and systems, and warns of imminent problems. The expected benefits include a reduction of unscheduled maintenance, fewer delays and cancellations, increased aircraft availability, enhanced on-time performance, increased maintenance efficiency, reduction in maintenance costs and reduction in lost revenue costs. The service also can reduce the requirement to store expensive spare parts, which are typically stocked in case of failure.

Tunisia’s Syphax Airlines orders the A320neo and the A320ceo

June 18, 2013

Syphax Airlines, a new Tunisian based airline, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to buy three A320neo. The order is the first time an African based carrier has ordered the NEO and marks a significant breakthrough for Airbus in one of the world’s fastest developing markets. Syphax have also ordered three A320ceo aircraft. The aircraft will be powered by CFM engines.

LATAM selects CFM56-5B engines for A320ceo Family

June 18, 2013 · 15 Views

LATAM Airlines Group signed a memorandum of understanding with CFM International to purchase CFM56-5B engines to power 25 firm A321ceo and five firm A320ceo aircraft, in additional to options for 20 additional Airbus A321ceo (current engine option) aircraft. Once finalized, the agreement will be valued at approximately $1.1bn at list price, including spare engines and a long term maintenance agreement. Under the terms of the rate per flight hour service agreement, CFM will guarantee engine maintenance costs on a dollar per engine flight hour basis.

Korean Air signs commitment to purchase 11 Boeing Twin-Aisle airplanes

June 18, 2013 · 20 Views

Korean Air agreed to purchase five 747-8 Intercontinental airplanes and six 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners, valued at approximately $3.6bn at current list prices. Korean Air chose the GE90-115B- engines to power six 777-300 ER and GEnx-2B engines to p0wer five 747-8 Intercontinental airplanes.  Boeing will work with Korean Air to finalize the order, at which time the order will be posted to Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.

Air Lituanica selects Embraer E-Jets

June 18, 2013 · 17 Views

A new commercial airline in Europe, Air Lituanica of Vilnius, Lithuania, has acquired two Embraer E-Jets. The carrier will launch scheduled service on June 30th with one EMBRAER 170 leased from a third party. In July, Air Lituanica will add another E-Jet, an EMBRAER 175, leased from ECC Leasing Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Embraer. The E170 and E175 are configured with 76 and 86 seats in single class, respectively. Air Lituanica will deploy the aircraft on its planned routes between Vilnius and Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Munich and Moscow. The airline intends to add three to four more aircraft to increase frequencies with the objective of serving a dozen European routes from Vilnius in three years.

Bombardier secures orders for 12 Global 8000 Business jets

June 18, 2013 · 21 Views

Bombardier Aerospace has received firm orders for 12 Global 8000 business jets from an undisclosed customer. The transaction is valued at approximately $804m, based on the 2013 list price for typically equipped aircraft.

Spirit Airlines selects PurePower and V2500 engines for 75 Airbus aircraft

June 18, 2013 · 18 Views

Spirit Airlines has selected Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power its order of 45 firm A320neo aircraft. Spirit also selected International Aero Engines’ (IAE) V2500 engine to power its order for 30 firm A320ceo aircraft.

Embraer and Boeing team to market and sell KC-390 medium-airlift aircraft

June 18, 2013 · 11 Views

Embraer and Boeing are partnering on the sales and marketing of Embraer’s KC-390 – a multi-mission mobility and aerial refueling aircraft with advanced capabilities in the medium-sized airlift market. Under the agreement, Boeing is the lead for KC-390 sales, sustainment and training opportunities in the U.S., UK and select Middle East markets. Embraer will manufacture the aircraft and collaborate on sales, sustainment and training. The KC-390 originated as a defense project contracted by the Brazilian Air Force in 2009. The largest aircraft to be manufactured in Brazil, it features advanced capabilities in terms of performance, cargo, capacity, flexibility and life-cycle costs. Initial estimates of the potential market for KC-390 are approximately 700 aircraft, but that number is likely to increase after additional markets are analyzed. The project has completed the Critical Design Review and is on schedule.

News from Crane Aerospace Group

June 19, 2013 · 18 Views

Crane Aerospace & Electronics has been selected to provide the Lube and Scavenge pump for the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM and PW1400G engines, which will power the Airbus A320neo and Irkut MC-21, respectively.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics has been selected by Embraer S.A. to supply both the Brake Control and Landing Gear Control Systems for Embraer’s future, second-generation of E-Jets. The new aircraft is scheduled to enter service in 2018.

Brendan Curran appointed Crane Aerospace Group President

June 19, 2013 · 17 Views

Crane Co. has announced the appointment of Brendan Curran as President of the Aerospace Group of Crane Aerospace & Electronics. Crane Aerospace & Electronics is one of four segments of Crane Co., a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products with $2.6bn in sales. As president of the Aerospace Group, Curran will be located in Lynnwood, Washington and will be responsible for Aerospace Group site operations and product solutions, including fluid management, landing gear systems, cabin systems, and sensing components and systems.

Turbomeca’s (Safran) North American and European customers sign collaboration agreement for BOOST

June 19, 2013 · 9 Views

Turbomeca (Safran) signed collaboration agreements with the first customers for the tests of BOOST (Bank Of Online Services and Technologies), a totally new range of integrated online services to streamline customers operations. BOOST answers essential helicopter operator needs: addressing aircraft safety, increasing operational availability and optimizing maintenance and operations costs. BOOST offers operators more visibility and expertise, to get the most out of their engines.

Qantas Group finalizes LEAP-1A order

June 19, 2013 · 13 Views

The Qantas Group finalized its order for CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power 78 Airbus A320neo aircraft currently on order. The first aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2016 and will support Jetstar-branded airlines, the low-fare subsidiary created by the Qantas Group. The engine order, originally announced as a commitment in 2012, has a value of $2.0bn at list price, including spare engines.

Sabena technics extends Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul partnership with Honeywell

June 19, 2013 · 8 Views

Sabena technics has extended its 20-year global repair and overhaul affiliation with Honeywell by becoming a Honeywell Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) network partner for the company’s air transport customers. As an authorized Honeywell MRO network partner Sabena technics will benefit from Honeywell support and training and can provide customers with Honeywell-approved MRO services around the world. The authorized repair contract builds on Sabena technics’ existing accreditation with Honeywell as a parts and repair supplier, following recent contract renewal by Honeywell. Under this agreement customers requiring servicing of Honeywell products have access to original Honeywell spares through Sabena technics, ensuring the highest quality of servicing.

HOP!-REGIONAL selects Spairliners for E-Jet after-sales component services

June 19, 2013 · 16 Views

Spairliners GmbH has announced its new contract with the regional airline HOP!-REGIONAL which includes the long term support of 26 E-170 and E-190 aircraft. Since two month Spairliners, a leader for Airbus A380 Integrated Component Care, additionally provides an equal spectrum to the E-Jet family of the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. With the latest contract the company now has 10 regional airlines under contract.

GE signs OnPoint Solution agreements with Air India and JAL

June 19, 2013 · 12 Views

India’s national carrier, Air India, signed an OnPoint overhaul engine services agreement with GE Aviation for the time and material related to the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its 96 CFM56-5B engines that power its Airbus A320 aircraft fleet.

Japan Airlines (JAL) signed an OnPoint solution agreement with GE Aviation for material solutions for its GE90 engine fleet. Under this agreement, JAL will perform the overhaul and certain repairs at its engine maintenance center located in Narita, Japan, and GE will provide material and repair management services. JAL operates 24 GE90-powered Boeing 777 aircraft. The deal is valued at close to $500m.

Hainan Airlines and CFM sign Long Term Service agreement

June 19, 2013 · 20 Views

HNA Aviation Holding Company signed a long-term Rate per Flight Hour (RPFH) agreement with CFM International to support its fleet of CFM56-5B engines. Under the 15-year service agreement, CFM will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service and support for 84 CFM56-5B engines powering 42 Airbus A320s, along with eight spare engines. CFM will guarantee the maintenance cost on a dollar per engine flight hour basis over the life of the agreement.

Unison designs new CF34-8C/E igniter

June 19, 2013 · 11 Views

Unison Industries announced the newly designed CF34-8C/E extended life igniter. The design is certified for use on CF34-8C1/-8C5/-8E1 platforms. It creates lower operating costs with a longer life extension resulting in reduced maintenance, an upgrade that mitigates side wall erosion, and higher temperature endurance to improve overall engine performance. The CF34-8C/E is engineered for performance, low cost, and reliability for the long haul. It will meet the most demanding continuous duty service customer’s experience. Unison’s fully certified CF34-8C/E configuration includes induction-fused glass seals, pioneered by Unison, to resist today’s extreme combustor pressures. Proprietary alloys reduce terminal arching and pitting to increase igniter and lead life. Optimized tip geometry configuration and material composition resist typical spark erosion to assure greater durability and lower operating costs. Combined anti-wear, thermal and non-stick finishes then result in an igniter that takes heat and vibration in stride, even under continuous sparking conditions.

Finnair will lease out three Embraer 170 aircraft to Aeromexico Connect

June 19, 2013 · 11 Views

Finnair has signed a contract on the lease of three Embraer 170 aircraft to the Mexican airline Aeromexico Connect. All three aircraft are owned by Finnair. One of the aircraft was earlier leased out to Honeywell, and it will be delivered to Aeromexico Connect in June 2013. The two remaining aircraft will be delivered to Aeromexico Connect in June 2014, when their existing lease periods with Kenya Airways expire. The lease period for all three aircraft is six years. The lease agreement is a part of Finnair’s 140 million euro savings program. In the past few years Finnair has increased the efficiency of its fleet, for example, by leasing out some of its aircraft to third parties. At the same time it has increased the utilization of its aircraft and reached significant savings.

Eurocopter and Ramco sign partnership agreement to offer cloud-based maintenance information systems for helicopters

June 19, 2013 · 9 Views

Eurocopter reported its global partnership with Ramco Systems, the global Aviation Software provider on cloud, mobile and tablets. Both companies will join forces to offer state-of-the-art helicopter maintenance software which will ease the life of operators and maintenance centers. This partnership agreement, formally signed at the 2013 Paris Air Show, enables Eurocopter and Ramco Systems to offer additional mobility and functionality for the collection and treatment of MRO-related data, thereby providing highly effective and cost-efficient fleet management services that are affordable and user friendly for all operators – including those with smaller numbers of helicopters.

CIT orders 30 737 MAX 8s

June 19, 2013 · 15 Views

Boeing and CIT Group announced from the 2013 Paris Air Show that CIT Aerospace has placed an order for 30 737 MAX 8s. As of March 31, 2013, CIT owned or financed a fleet of approximately 350 commercial aircraft, including operating lease and financing agreements in place for 128 Boeing aircraft.

Boeing accelerates first delivery of 737 MAX

June 19, 2013 · 7 Views

Boeing released that first delivery of the 737 MAX 8 to launch customer Southwest Airlines, will be a quarter earlier than originally scheduled – in the third quarter of 2017 instead of fourth quarter. “Through our disciplined development on the 737 MAX program, the team has retired key technology risks,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager, Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, during a briefing at the 2013 Paris Air Show. “We have informed our customers and they are pleased they will be able to put these more fuel-efficient airplanes in their fleets sooner than planned.” Since launch in August 2011, the 737 MAX team has worked to define the final configuration of the airplane including new LEAP-1B engines from CFM International, a redesigned tail cone and the Advanced Technology winglet. Testing in the wind tunnel and data analysis prove that the 737 MAX configuration, set to be final in July, will give customers a 13 percent fuel-burn improvement over today’s most fuel efficient single-aisle airplanes.

Aerolíneas Argentinas agrees to lease four Airbus A330-200s from ILFC

June 19, 2013 · 11 Views

ILFCsigned an agreement to add four A330-200 widebody aircraft to the Aerolíneas Argentinas (Aerolíneas) fleet this year. The four previously operated aircraft will be completely modernized with new cabin interiors including state-of-the-art Inflight Entertainment options available in every seat. Deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled to take place later this year.

ILFC selects P&W PurePower engines for Airbus A320neo Family aircraft and Embraer E-Jets E2 aircraft

June 19, 2013 · 11 Views

ILFC has selected Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power an additional 30 A320neo Family aircraft bringing ILFC’s total commitment to 180 engines. Pratt & Whitney will also provide exclusive power for up to 100 Embraer E-Jets E2 aircraft based on the letter of intent announced by Embraer and ILFC. The agreement represents up to 200 PurePower PW1900G engines with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2018.

Ryanair finalize order for 175 Next-Generation 737s

June 19, 2013 · 10 Views

Boeing and Ryanair finalized a firm order for 175 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes valued at $15.6bn at list prices. The order, originally announced as a commitment in March, is Boeing’s largest ever aircraft order from a European airline. Ryanair selected CFM56-7B engines to power these new aircraft. The value of the 350-engine order is approximately $3.7bn at list price. Ryanair, which took delivery of its first 737-800 from Boeing in 1999, has the largest fleet of Boeing airplanes in Europe, operating over 1,600 flights per day from 57 bases on 1,600 routes across 29 countries, connecting more than 180 destinations.

Boeing, Oman Air announce order for five Next-Generation 737s

June 19, 2013 · 13 Views

Boeing and Oman Air today announced an order for five Boeing Next-Generation 737-900ER airplanes at the 2013 Paris Air Show. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is valued at $473m at current list prices. With this order, Oman Air becomes the first customer in the Arabian Gulf region to order 737-900ERs.

Norwegian Air Shuttle selects Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines

June 19, 2013 · 12 Views

Pratt & Whitney and Norwegian Air Shuttle signed a definitive agreement to power 50 firm Airbus A320neo family aircraft with PurePower PW1100G-JM engines. First delivery is scheduled for 2016.

Travel Service signs contract for three 737 MAXs

June 19, 2013 · 14 Views

Boeing and Travel Service signed an order for three 737 MAX 8s at the 2013 Paris Air Show, valued at $301.5m at list prices. Boeing and Travel Service still have to finalize the details, at which time the order will be posted as a firm order to the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website.

Air Lease Corporation chooses Pratt & Whitney PurePower engines

June 19, 2013 · 8 Views

Air Lease Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power its order of 30 firm A320/A321 neo aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2016.

Helipartner Thailand launches leasing activity with order for 10 Eurocopter AS350 B3e helicopters

June 19, 2013 · 16 Views

Helipartner Thailand’s order of 10 AS350 B3e highlights the effectiveness and capabilities of this Ecureuil family helicopter to meet the increasing demand for light helicopters in the ASEAN region. The acquisition of 10 Eurocopter enhanced high-performance AS350 B3e helicopters by Helipartner Thailand responds to increased demand for high-performance utility helicopters across ASEAN countries in support of aerial work operations and the management of natural resources.

Sabena technics to perform A380 wing rib retrofits for Airbus

June 19, 2013 · 10 Views

Sabena technics was selected by Airbus for the performance of wing rib retrofits on thirteen A380s. The first retrofits were performed earlier this year in Airbus’s facilities in Toulouse, France and the work will be continued in the MRO’s Bordeaux, France facility until the last quarter of 2014. The working party of the first A380 to be retrofitted in Bordeaux starts on June 20th. Sabena technics acquired the A380 base maintenance rating for its Bordeaux facility last year, which makes it possible for the company to perform this work, involving the replacement of structural parts in the wings of the aircraft.

China Airlines continues maintenance transformation with Maintenix footprint expansion

June 19, 2013 · 10 Views

Mxi Technologies, a leader in aviation maintenance management software, reported that China Airlines has confirmed phase two of their Maintenix implementation with footprint expansion into materials, engine and component shop, and the company’s Engineering and Maintenance Organization, as well as integration to their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Phase two also signals China Airlines upgrade to version 8 of the Maintenix software, introducing key usability and process enhancements across the entirety of their MRO operations. In addition to a number of efficiency benefits, the technology backbone of the Maintenix v8 software supports China Airlines’ move to real-time management of line and heavy maintenance events as data is captured at the point of maintenance execution.

Qatar Airways signs maintenance cost per hour agreement for CF6 engines

June 19, 2013 · 15 Views

Qatar Airways has signed a 10-year maintenance cost per hour agreement for the continued maintenance, repair and overhaul of its Airbus A330 aircraft powered by CF6-80E engines.

Rolls-Royce wins new engine orders from Oman Air, Transaero and SriLankan Airlines

June 19, 2013 · 18 Views

Rolls-Royce has won an order from Oman Air, worth $200m at list prices, to deliver Trent 700 engines to power three Airbus A330 aircraft. The order also includes long-term TotalCare service support.

Russian airline Transaero selected Rolls-Royce to provide Trent 1000 engines, with long-term TotalCare service support, for four Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. In addition, Rolls-Royce has won a $200m order from the airline to provide TotalCare support for Trent 800 engines that power eight Boeing 777s already in service.

Rolls-Royce has won an $800m order, at list prices, from SriLankan Airlines for Trent XWB engines to power four A350-900 aircraft and Trent 700 engines to power six A330-300 aircraft. The contract includes long-term TotalCare service support.

Singapore Airlines finalises order for up to 50 more A350 XWBs

June 19, 2013 · 8 Views

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has increased its orders for the A350 XWB with an additional 30 A350-900s, plus options for a further 20 aircraft. The agreement firms up a commitment announced last month. Under the terms of the agreement, Singapore Airlines will be able to select either the baseline A350-900 or the larger A350-1000 when exercising the options. This is the third order from Singapore Airlines for the A350 XWB. The deal sees the carrier’s total firm orders for the all-new aircraft increase to 70, plus 20 options. Singapore Airlines will operate the A350 XWB on long haul and regional services.

SriLankan Airlines opts for six A330’s and four A350 XWB’s

June 19, 2013 · 5 Views

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, has signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) for six A330-300s and four A350-900s. The airline, an all Airbus operator, has chosen the highly reliable A330 and the latest generation A350 XWB aircraft as part of its long-haul fleet renewal.

Air France-KLM confirms future with A350 XWB

June 19, 2013 · 15 Views

The Air France-KLM Group has finalized a firm contract for 25 A350-900 aircraft and for a further 25 options. These aircraft will become an essential element in the Group’s future fleet strategy.