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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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

February 20, 2015 · 542 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 · 640 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 · 195 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 · 162 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 · 111 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 · 78 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 · 78 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 · 74 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 · 65 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 · 64 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 · 40 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 · 53 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.


Oman Air signs heavy maintenance agreement with JorAMCo

July 14, 2014 · 82 Views

Oman Air has signed a new deal with JorAMCo to provide the Omani national carrier with base maintenance services for two Embraer 175 and three Airbus A330 aircraft in its fleet. The maintenance checks are planned to take place between May and November this year. The move continues a collaborative effort between the two companies, with JorAMCo successfully accomplishing similar checks to two additional Oman Air Embraers last year.


Ameco to upgrade 4-bay hangar for aircraft overhaul

July 14, 2014 · 78 Views

On July 1st, Ameco Beijing started installing a tail dock at its present 4-bay hangar to go with the growth of aircraft overhaul workload. It is the fourth dock installed in this hangar, with an investment of more than US$1m. The installation is due to finish at the end of September. The new dock design takes the need of new aircraft types into consideration, such as Boeing 787 and 747-8. Ameco’s 4-bay hangar was put into use in 1996, and can host four Boeing 747s for overhaul at the same time. Its docks and related equipment have been upgraded along with the workload growth and maintenance capability. The airframe workload shows a strong growing trend this year at Ameco, with customers from North America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia for overhaul and various modifications. In June, Ameco signed contracts with ACT Airlines, Air Atlanta Icelandic for Boeing 747 C-check and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for Boeing 747 D-check. In addition to the 4-bay hangar, Ameco also has a Boeing 747 painting and overhaul hangar, an A380 hangar for maintenance and light check and a hangar dedicated for VIP and business jet completion.


Middle River Aircraft Systems and Lufthansa Technik sign Thrust Reverser MRO partnership agreement

July 14, 2014 · 114 Views

Middle River Aircraft Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Aviation, has signed a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) agreement with Lufthansa Technik under which LHT will be MRAS’s authorized service provider for the thrust reverser on the GEnx-2B engines that power the Boeing 747-8 aircraft. This long-term partnership will cover the 24/7 product support, asset leasing/exchange and maintenance service offerings to worldwide 747-8 operators. Lufthansa is currently the largest operator of the 747-8 aircraft with 19 total aircraft ordered. Boeing offers the 747-8 in both freighter and passenger aircraft configurations all powered by the GEnx-2B engine. Under the agreement, LHT will provide various GEnx-2B nacelle MRO services, including but not limited to warranty repairs and modifications on behalf of MRAS. Initially LHT will set up repair capability at its Hamburg, Germany and Shenzhen, China facilities. With more than three decades of experience within the area of advanced composites and bonded material repair technology, Lufthansa Technik has the proven experience to support customers through the entire life cycle of the nacelle – from the entry into service up to major and complex repairs. LHT will provide and maintain an adequate pool of spares to offer customers exchanges and or leases while their thrust reverser is being repaired. These serviceable spare thrust reversers will be available to worldwide customers on a 24/7 support basis


ATR reports new sales record for the first half of the year

July 14, 2014 · 103 Views

At the Farnborough Airshow, the turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR announced that it has taken firm orders for 144 aircraft (119 ATR 72-600 and 25 ATR 42-600), with options for 112 additional aircraft, since the beginning of the year. This year’s contracts, of which many will be revealed during the week of the show, represent a total value of over US$3.45bn (US$6bn including options). These sales represent 150% compared to the total sales for the year 2013. They will allow ATR to further strengthen its leading position on the market for regional aviation, and thus confirm the predominance of turboprop aircraft, and particularly those of ATR, over short distances.


American Airlines, easyJet and Spring Airlines choose CFM engines to power new fleets

July 14, 2014 · 84 Views

American Airlines has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power its new fleet of 100 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. CFM values the engine order at $2.6bn at list price. The aircraft order was originally announced in July 2011 and American will begin taking delivery in 2017.  American also has orders for LEAP-1B engines to power 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which are also scheduled to be delivered beginning in 2017.

easyJet, one of Europe’s leading airlines, announced an order with CFM International for 270 engines, including 200 LEAP-1A engines to power its Airbus A320neo family aircraft and 70 CFM56-5B engines to power additional A320ceo aircraft. CFM values the firm engine order at more than $3.3bn at list price. The airline also has purchase rights for an additional 100 A320neo aircraft. The 100 A320neo and 35 A320ceo aircraft orders were originally announced in July 2013.

China’s Spring Airlines has selected CFM International’s CFM56-5B engine to power 30 Airbus A320ceo aircraft. The engine order is valued more than $620m at list price and the airline will begin taking delivery in 2015.

 


Qantas extends OnPoint solution agreement with GE for CF6-80E1 engine fleet

July 14, 2014 · 70 Views

Qantas Airways has extended its OnPoint solution agreement with GE Aviation for an additional seven years on the fleet of CF6-80E1 engines that power the airline’s Airbus A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft. The extension, valued at $340m, ensures GE will provide the maintenance, repair and overhaul of 65 CF6-80E1 engines through 2025.


Airbus selects Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 as exclusive engine for the A330neo

July 14, 2014 · 128 Views

Airbus has selected Rolls-Royce’s new Trent 7000 as the exclusive engine for the new Airbus A330neo. The Trent 7000, launched on Monday July 14th, is the seventh member of the Trent engine family. Over the last 19 years, Rolls-Royce Trent engines have accumulated more than 75 million flight hours. The majority of modern widebody aircraft, either in service or on order, are powered by Trent engines. The new Trent 7000 engine brings together:
– Experience from the Trent 700 – the engine of choice for the current A330,
– Architecture from the Trent 1000-TEN – the latest version of the Trent 1000 engine
– Latest technology from the Trent XWB – the most efficient large civil engine

The 68-72,000lb thrust Trent 7000 will deliver a step change in performance and economics compared to the current version of the Trent 700. It will improve specific fuel consumption by 10%; have twice the bypass ratio; and will halve perceived noise.

The first engine test run for the Trent 7000 is planned for 2015 with certification expected in 2017, supporting an aircraft entry into service in Q4 2017. The engine design draws upon existing architectures and expertise which are the result of ongoing research and development investment, of approximately £1bn a year, which Rolls-Royce makes across its aerospace and non-aerospace businesses.


Air Lease Corporation selects GEnx engines for Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet

July 14, 2014 · 67 Views

Air Lease Corporation selected GEnx-1B engines to power 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The list price for the engine order is valued at more than $1.4bn.


Nordic Aviation Capital adds 75 ATR 42-600s to portfolio

July 14, 2014 · 57 Views

Nordic Aviation Capital has signed a total order for 75 ATR 42-600 aircraft, in a deal valued at over US$1.55bn. Deliveries will commence in 2015 through to 2020. By confirming this order for new ATR 42-600s – which includes 25 firm orders and 50 options for the type – NAC is once again demonstrating its full confidence in ATR – and this time, the smaller 50-seater ATR 42-600 series, in response to operator demand and recognizing that the replacement market for sub 50-seat turboprops is very under-served.


Monarch Airlines announces preference for LEAP-powered 737 MAX for fleet replacement order

July 14, 2014 · 78 Views

Monarch Airlines is finalizing terms and working towards a purchase agreement for 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, to be powered by LEAP-1B engines. CFM values the engine order, when finalized, at $1.9bn at list price, including a long-term service agreement. Under the terms of the Rate per Flight Hour (RPFH) service agreement, CFM will guarantee maintenance costs for all 60 LEAP-1B engines on a dollar per engine flight hour basis.


Emirates signs $13bn GE9X services agreement

July 14, 2014 · 56 Views

Emirates airline signed a 12-year OnPointSM solution agreement with GE for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its new GE9X engines that will power its 150 Boeing 777X aircraft. The OnPoint solution agreement is valued at more than $13bn over the life of the contract. The OnPoint solution agreement is part of the finalization of Emirates airline’s record commitment for 150 Boeing 777X twin-engine aircraft, powered by GE’s new GE9X engine. The agreement for the 300 GE9X engines announced at the 2013 Dubai Air Show is worth more than $15bn list price. With this agreement, GE Aviation secured its largest ever commercial jet engine award from an airline.


AerCap exercises options to purchase fifty A320neo family aircraft from Airbus

July 14, 2014 · 48 Views

AerCap Holdings has exercised options to purchase 50 A320neo family aircraft from Airbus. This transaction will bring AerCap’s firm orders for A320neo family aircraft to a total of 200. Deliveries are expected to commence in 2015. The 50 options were part of an agreement signed in 2011 between Airbus and International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), which was acquired by AerCap earlier this year.


Rolls-Royce receives US Air Force certification for C-130 Engine Enhancement Package

July 14, 2014 · 77 Views

The US Air Force has completed final engineering review and approved the Certification Basis for the Rolls-Royce C-130 Engine Enhancement Package. This action approves the T56 Series 3.5 package for use on USAF C-130 aircraft as the service prepares to introduce the fuel-saving technology into its transport fleet. The C-130 Engine Enhancement Package includes specifications for 7.9% reduction in fuel use. However, fuel savings have been as high as 13% in ground and flight testing on C-130 and P-3 aircraft with the Series 3.5 package. The enhancement package also allows T56 engines to operate at significantly lower turbine temperatures, extending parts life and improving reliability by 22%. The USAF has estimated that incorporating the engine enhancement into its C-130 fleet would save $2bn, while extending the life of the fleet for decades. The US Congress approved $15.7m in funding for C-130 engine enhancement in the FY14 budget to begin introduction of the technology into the USAF fleet.


SkyWest selects UTC Aerospace Systems for E-Jet maintenance, repair and overhaul services

July 14, 2014 · 76 Views

UTC Aerospace Systems has entered into a long-term agreement with SkyWest, to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for their fleet of more than 100 ERJ175 aircraft. The 14-year agreement covers actuation systems, electric systems, air management systems, fire protection, sensors and evacuation. The MRO work will be performed at various UTC Aerospace Systems facilities across the United States.


UTC Aerospace Systems to provide new wheels and carbon brakes for A320neo aircraft family

July 14, 2014 · 67 Views

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Airbus to supply new wheels and carbon brakes for A320neo family aircraft, through its Landing Systems facility in Troy, Ohio. The equipment is scheduled to enter into service in 2015 on the current A320 family of aircraft. The new wheels and brakes are designed as a product improvement and in parallel to today’s existing design and will be introduced with compatibility across the current A318/A319/A320 and A319/A320neo platforms.  The new equipment includes a larger carbon sink mass and the next generation oxidation protection system.  The brake and wheel structures of the new equipment are optimized for weight and performance.  The brakes use proprietary DURACARB(R) carbon heat sink material which allows UTC Aerospace to provide significant cost savings for operators through improved brake life.


Alcoa signs 10-year, $1.1bn agreement with Pratt & Whitney

July 14, 2014 · 44 Views

Alcoa announced a 10-year, $1.1bn agreement with Pratt & Whitney for state-of-the-art jet engine components. Under the deal signed at the Farnborough Air Show, Alcoa will supply key parts for Pratt & Whitney’s engines, including the forging for the first ever aluminum fan blade for jet engines. The forging was developed for Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower engines using an advanced aluminum alloy and a proprietary manufacturing process. Also for the PurePower engines, Alcoa is developing a fan blade forging using its most advanced aluminum-lithium alloy. Under the $1.1bn deal, Alcoa will supply components for Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1000G, V2500, GP7000 and several other regional jet and military engines.


Parker Aerospace and AVIC joint ventures officially open in China to support COMAC C919

July 14, 2014 · 67 Views

Parker Aerospace, a business segment of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, and its joint ventures with AVIC FACRI and AVIC Jincheng have received business licenses from the local Nanjing and Xi’an governments to operate the joint ventures. Parker, through the joint ventures, is developing and supporting the primary fly-by-wire flight control actuation, fuel, inerting, and hydraulic systems for the C919 family of aircraft being developed by COMAC.


Pratt & Whitney launches Geared Turbofan Engine MRO network

July 14, 2014 · 224 Views

Pratt & Whitney launched its Geared Turbofan PW1000G engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) network at the Farnborough Airshow, providing customer solutions that result in engines with longer time on-wing and lower fuel burn advantages. Pratt & Whitney will build on its existing comprehensive MRO network to locate facilities and customer service representatives around the world to provide rapid service for Geared Turbofan engine operators. To date, five engine overhaul centers have been initially selected to maintain the PW1000G fleet, strategically located in Asia, Europe and North America. All customer service representatives and facilities will be tooled, trained and ready to ensure fast, quality service. Additional providers may be added over time as appropriate.


Parker Aerospace to support Rolls-Royce on Trent 1000 Package C and Trent 1000 -TEN engines

July 14, 2014 · 62 Views

Parker Aerospace has been chosen by Rolls-Royce to provide high-temperature fuel hoses and lifetime support on its Trent 1000 -TEN and Trent 1000 package C engines. The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 C and Trent 1000 -TEN engines are being developed for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Product design, manufacture, and support will be completed by Parker’s Stratoflex Products Division in Fort Worth, Texas. The bill of material covers high-temperature hoses that channel fuel to the engine. As part of the partnership, Parker will provide all-inclusive customer service and support on its components for the life of the engines. This approach is a continuing tradition for Parker on Rolls-Royce TotalCare programs and helps provide optimized, predictable cost over the long term. The first Parker-supplied Trent 1000 -TEN components are scheduled for delivery to Rolls-Royce in late 2014.


VivaAerobus selects PurePower and V2500 engines for Airbus aircraft

July 14, 2014 · 69 Views

VivaAerobus, Mexico’s ultra-low cost carrier, has selected Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power its order of 40 Airbus A320neo aircraft, plus 40 option. VivaAerobus also selected the IAE International Aero Engines V2500 engine to power its order for 12 A320ceo aircraft.


CTS Engines hires new CFO

July 14, 2014 · 123 Views

CTS Engines, a leading independent jet engine MRO and portfolio company of Palm Beach Capital Partners, hired Peter J. Iannone as Chief Financial Officer, a key addition to further develop the growing company. Mr. Iannone has held a numerous executive management positions in several industries and comes with a wealth of finance experience, including mergers and acquisitions, entrepreneurships, and publicly-traded companies.


Avolon to purchase six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

July 14, 2014 · 77 Views

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing group, signed a commitment with Boeing to purchase six 787-9 Dreamliners. Avolon also reconfirms its order for five 737 MAX 9 aircraft, bringing Avolon’s total order commitment for 737 MAX aircraft to 20. These commitments bring Avolon’s owned, managed and committed fleet to 207 aircraft. The commitment to purchase six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners is Avolon’s first direct order for widebody aircraft from Boeing.


Boeing, Okay Airways announce order for 737 MAXs, Next-Generation 737s

July 14, 2014 · 80 Views

Boeing and Okay Airways announced an order for six 737 MAX 8s and four Next-Generation 737-800s, valued at $980m at current list prices. Okay Airways, the first privately owned airline in China, also announced it will convert five 737-800s from a previous order into 737-900ERs (Extended Range). With this conversion announcement, Okay Airways will be the first airline in China to operate the 737-900ER and has eight of the airplanes on order. Okay Airways selected LEAP-1B engines to power the six Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, in addition to CFM56-7B engines to power four Next-Generation 737s.


Embraer and Trans States sign deal for up to 100 E175-E2s

July 14, 2014 · 140 Views

Embraer announced at the 2014 edition of the Farnborough International Airshow, that it has received an order for 50 E175-E2 jets from Trans States Holdings, parent company of Trans States Airlines, Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines. The agreement also includes options for an additional 50 units, taking the total order potential to 100 aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in June 2020. The order, which is valued at approximately $ 2.4bn at list prices, is subject to certain conditions. It will be added to the Company’s firm order backlog when these conditions are met and final confirmation of the aircraft is received from Trans States.


Boeing introduces new method for building 777 fuselages

July 14, 2014 · 127 Views

Boeing is in the final phases of testing and production readiness of a new method for building 777 fuselages as part of its ongoing technology investment strategy. Known as the Fuselage Automated Upright Build, or FAUB, this Advanced Manufacturing technology improves workplace safety and increases product quality. This technology has been in development by Boeing since 2012. With this new technology, fuselage sections will be built using automated, guided robots that will fasten the panels of the fuselage together, drilling and filling the more than approximately 60,000 fasteners that are today installed by hand. FAUB offers numerous benefits including an improvement in employee safety. The nature of the drilling and filling work makes it ideal for an automated solution. More than half of all injuries on the 777 program have occurred during the phase of production that is being automated. In addition, the automated system is expected to reduce build times and improve first-time quality of the build process. The 777 program has already begun testing FAUB at a facility in Anacortes, Wash. Production readiness preparations are underway and the system will be installed in Everett in a new portion of the main factory that is under construction now. The technology is expected to be implemented in the next few years. The robotic system, designed for Boeing by KUKA Systems, is the latest in a series of strategic Advanced Manufacturing moves on the 777 program, which have already included new systems for painting wings and other drilling operations.


Petra Airlines of Jordan signs Letter of Intent to acquire up to four Bombardier CSeries airliners

July 14, 2014 · 125 Views

Petra Airlines of Amman, Jordan has signed a Letter Of Intent (LOI) to acquire up to four CS100 and CS300 airliners. Should the LOI be converted to Petra Airlines, based at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport, began as a charter carrier and became a scheduled airline in 2012. It serves destinations in Europe, the Middle East and North Africaa firm purchase agreement, the transaction would include two firm-ordered CS100 aircraft and two options for CS300 aircraft.


Bombardier appoints Authorized Training Providers for CSeries training worldwide

July 14, 2014 · 117 Views

Bombardier has appointed Flight Training Alliance (FTA), a newly formed joint venture between CAE and Lufthansa Flight Training (LFT), as its exclusive Authorized Training Provider for CSeries aircraft pilot and cabin crew training worldwide. Bombardier also announced Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) as its exclusive Authorized Training Provider for maintenance training on the all-new CSeries aircraft worldwide. Flight Training Alliance will support Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft entry-into-service by providing comprehensive pilot and cabin crew training to CSeries aircraft customers and operators worldwide. It will leverage and deploy training programs in the CAE and LFT networks and will take advantage of the global networks and instructional delivery from both partners to support customer requirements.


Zhejiang Loong Airlines signs LOI for 20 Bombardier CSeries Airliners

July 14, 2014 · 91 Views

Zhejiang Loong Airlines (Loong Air) has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire 20 CS100 airliners. The operator, based in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang province, China began domestic service in 2013.


IAG converts 20 A320neo options into firm orders

July 14, 2014 · 92 Views

International Airlines Group (IAG) has converted 20 of the 100 Airbus 320neo options, it announced in August 2013, into firm orders. These aircraft will be delivered in 2018 and 2019 and will provide both cost savings and environmental benefits. New technology and improved aerodynamics will lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions by 15%, as well as providing both noise and NOx performance advantages. Last year IAG announced that, as part of a Vueling order for up to 120 Airbus A320 family aircraft, it had also secured 100 A320neo options. The remaining options can be used for any of the airlines in the Group – British Airways, Iberia or Vueling – for aircraft replacement requirements. These aircraft are currently intended to replace 21 shorthaul British Airways’ aircraft but will be reallocated if the airline cannot make a profitable return from its shorthaul business.


Airbus launches the A330neo

July 14, 2014 · 116 Views

Airbus has launched the A330-800neo and A330-900neo, two new members of its Widebody Family, which will incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Benefitting from the unbeatable economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% per seat, making it the most cost efficient, medium range Widebody aircraft on the market. In addition to greater fuel savings, A330neo operators will benefit from a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles and all the operational commonality advantages of the Airbus Family. Deliveries of the A330neo will start in Q4 2017. In addition to the new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330neo will feature incremental innovations, including aerodynamic enhancements such as new A350 XWB inspired winglets, an increased wing span and new engine pylons. Pilots will benefit from latest generation cockpit systems, and the already very comfortable A330 cabin will be further optimised to offer up to ten additional 18 inch wide seats. Passengers are winners too, as they will be able to enjoy a 21st century on-board experience with for example, fourth generation In Flight Entertainment (3D films), mood-lighting and full connectivity.