Tuesday, June 21, 2011
AviTrader Daily Aviation News Alert - Paris Airshow special edition
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December 6, 2016 · 144 Views
Before his inauguration, Donald Trump, the U.S. President Elect, is already creating waves over the current deal for Boeing to provide two new and modified 747s as Air Force One presidential jets. Boeing had set a budget of approximately US$3.2 billion to cover from 2010 through to 2020, US$2 billion of which was for research and development.
In 2015 the Undersecretary of Defense approved the plan to replace Air Force One with the new jets by 2024. In January and July this year, the Air Force signed deals with Boeing to design certain aspects of the new presidential aircraft, including the interior, electrical and power system, and maintenance systems. The two current Air Force One planes, VC-25s which are military versions of 747-200s, have been in service since 1990 when delivered to the then president, Ronal Reagan. Today the planes are described as “obsolete”.
On Tuesday of this week, President Elect Trump called for the cancellation of the deal with Boeing to develop new aircraft, citing different budget costs, but without providing any evidence. In a Tweet, he said: “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” after which he told reporters at Trump Tower, “The plane is totally out of control. It’s going to be over $4 billion for Air Force One program and I think it’s ridiculous. I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.”
According to Boeing, the current deal for Air Force one’s development is worth US$170 million, stating that “We look forward to working with the U.S. Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the president at the best value for the American taxpayer.”
An Air Force spokesman has indicated that the military is preparing a statement on Trump’s outburst and why it believes the replacements are necessary. The Air Force had pledged to “keep costs down” when it awarded the initial development contract to Boeing in January, making it clear that the replacements were necessary. Col. Amy McCain, manager of the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, said in a statement at that time: “Parts obsolescence, diminishing manufacturing sources and increased downtimes for maintenance are existing challenges that will increase until a new aircraft is fielded.”
According to Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst at the Teal Group, anything in the US$3 billion to US$4 billion range would be reasonable, and a belief otherwise is “completely ignorant.” He then went on to say that “This is the wrong place to talk about cost control. People aren’t upset in Washington about a relatively small program being canceled. They’re upset we have a president who doesn’t understand what is needed to be president.”
June 20, 2011 · 64 Views
Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) confirmed that United Continental Holdings Inc., the parent company of United Airlines and Continental Airlines, has ordered Blended Winglets for its 767-300ERs. Initial installations of the systems, on 14 aircraft, are planned to commence in early 2012. With this order, United Continental Holdings becomes APB’s largest single customer having ordered more than 375 Blended Winglet systems to date. United Airlines or Continental Airlines has either been the launch customer for, or otherwise ordered, Blended Winglets for every Boeing commercial aircraft type that APB has certified its product for – in chronological order this includes the: 757-200; 737-800; 737-700; 737-900; 737-900ER; 737-500; 737-300; 757-300 and now the 767-300ER. APB estimates that United Continental’s investment in Blended Winglets is now saving the airline approximately $200 million per year in jet fuel costs.
June 20, 2011 · 72 Views
Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (TAECO) opened its sixth maintenance hangar at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport today. The US$73.5 million investment in the new hangar facilities underpins the Company’s confidence in serving the burgeoning demand for aircraft engineering services worldwide. The new 45,790 square-metre hangar is fully equipped to accommodate two wide-body aircraft, enabling capacity expansion by 20%.
June 20, 2011 · 71 Views
PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group is launching the brand name of its craze-resistant, high-performance aerospace transparency material at the Paris Air Show, where visitors can see a passenger-cabin window made with the unique plastic at the PPG Aerospace booth. OPTICOR advanced transparency material by PPG Aerospace is the first new transparent plastic developed in more than 50 years for aerospace applications, according to Anthony Stone, global director for new business development and innovations for transparencies.
June 20, 2011 · 134 Views
GE Aviation has launched its GEnx TRUEngine program on the GEnx-1B engine and granted TRUEngine designation to Air India’s GEnx-1B engine fleet. Air India has ordered GEnx-1B engines for its 27 Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Under a 2010 GE Branded Services Agreement (GBSA), Air India will be licensed to perform maintenance and overhaul work on the GEnx-1B engine, which means the carrier will follow GE-issued engine manuals, service bulletins and other maintenance recommendations.
Qualification for TRUEngine status is a two-step process that includes the customer declaration and a submittal of maintenance records to ensure the overhaul practices, spare parts and repairs used to service an engine are consistent with GE-issued engine manuals, service bulletins and other maintenance recommendations. The TRUEngine designation is available for the more than 1,300 GEnx engines on order.
June 20, 2011 · 75 Views
Rolls-Royce has concluded a contract worth up to $2.2 billion at engine list prices, with TAM Airlines of Brazil, to provide Trent XWB engines for Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. The order includes a 12 year agreement for TotalCare long-term services support. This is the first time TAM has ordered engines from Rolls-Royce and follows a previous announcement of the aircraft order made by Airbus. TAM has placed an order for 27 A350 XWBs.
June 20, 2011 · 76 Views
Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement to be the exclusive engine provider for an enhanced version of the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. The new higher thrust version of the Trent XWB, which is the most advanced civil aircraft engine on offer, will deliver 97,000 lbs maximum thrust. The additional thrust will be achieved by the inclusion of new high temperature turbine technology, increasing the size of the engine core and advanced fan aerodynamics. This will help Airbus to offer increased range and capacity for the A350 -1000.
As with the Trent XWB for the Airbus A350-800 and -900, the higher thrust variant of the Trent XWB is an engine specifically tailored for the aircraft it will power, the A350-1000. The higher thrust version for the -1000 will offer significant benefits in design and systems integration which will reduce fuel burn, life-cycle costs and environmental impact. Currently six Trent XWB engines are being tested and are delivering better than targeted results. Flight testing of Trent XWB engines is scheduled to begin later this year.More than 1,100 Trent XWB engines have been ordered by 36 customers making it the fastest selling member of the Rolls-Royce Trent engine family. The higher thrust variant of the Trent XWB is scheduled to run for the first time in mid-2014 and enter service in mid-2017.
June 20, 2011 · 63 Views
Honeywell and French aerospace leader Safran have signed a memorandum of understanding to create a joint venture company to deliver an innovative new electric green taxiing system for new and existing aircraft. Honeywell and Safran expect it to be installed on new aircraft and retrofitted on to existing planes, beginning in 2016.
Taxiing burns a significant amount of fuel – current industry analysis indicates that the world’s short-haul aircraft consume 5 million tons of fuel per year during taxi operations. The new electric green taxiing system offered by the Honeywell-Safran joint venture company will save customers up to 4% of the total fuel consumption — all while providing green benefits that significantly reduce the carbon and other emissions produced by taxiing at ground level.
Honeywell and Safran will leverage the plane’s Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) generator to power electrical motors in the aircraft’s main wheels without using main engines during aircraft ground operations, thereby cutting costs, emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.
June 20, 2011 · 64 Views
Testing of CFM International’s advanced 3-D Woven Resin Transfer Molding (3-DW RTM) fan is proceeding on schedule and the company is achieving outstanding results . In May, CFM completed a full-scale fan blade out rig test, simulating certification requirements for the proprietary 3-DW RTM technology. The company has also completed extensive full-scale component tests, including bird ingestion testing with the same very positive results. Endurance testing of 3-DW RTM fan is also proceeding on schedule, with 3,500 of the planned 5,000 cycles completed. The demanding test was designed to evaluate fan behavior within a real thermal and vibratory environment. The results have been outstanding, meeting or exceeding all pre-test predictions.
June 20, 2011 · 70 Views
Virgin America has expanded its existing 12-year OnPoint solution agreement to include its newly ordered 60 CFM56-5B engines that will power its A320 aircraft. The expanded service agreement is valued at more than $320 million dollars over the life of the contract.
In addition Virgin America signed Rate per Flight Hour (RPFH) agreement with CFM International to support 60 LEAP engines the airline ordered to power its new Airbus A320neo aircraft. Under the terms of the comprehensive services and support agreement, which is valued at approximately $400 million over its 12-year term, CFM will guarantee engine maintenance costs on a dollar per engine flight hour basis. Virgin America is the launch customer for CFM’s advanced new engine scheduled to enter service on the A320neo in 2016.
June 20, 2011 · 77 Views
Qatar Airways announced an order for six Boeing 777-300ERs (Extended Range) airplanes at the international 2011 Paris Air Show. The order is valued at $ 1.7 billion at list prices. Qatar Airways currently operates 25 Boeing airplanes: eight ultra-long range 777-200LRs (Long Range), 15 777-300ERs and two long-range 777 Freighters. Qatar Airways has ordered GE90-115B engines to power these new airplanes. The engine deal is valued at more than $350 million list price.
June 20, 2011 · 92 Views
The Spanish airline, Spanair S.A., and Hamburg-based Lufthansa Technik AG are stepping up a successful partnership that dates back over 10 years. Lufthansa Technik will now provide technical support for the landing gears, thrust reversers and auxiliary power units (APU’s) for the airline’s 24-aircraft fleet of modern Airbuses to the
end of 2019. The relevant contracts have now been renewed and their scope increased.
June 20, 2011 · 79 Views
Jazeera Airways has placed an order for CFM56-5B engines to power four brand new Airbus A320 aircraft scheduled to be delivered to the airline between 2012 and 2014. The engine order is valued at $80 million at list price. Jazeera Airways, which began operations in October 2005, was the first carrier in the Middle East to operate this state-of-the-art engine. Jazeera Airways, based in Kuwait, serves the Middle East region with a fleet of 15 aircraft, including the four future deliveries. The new aircraft will be used as part of the company’s fleet modernization program.
June 20, 2011 · 67 Views
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and European turboprop manufacturer ATR announced a new order for 15 ATR 72-600s, plus 15 options. The deal is valued at approximately $680 million at list prices, including options. This is a first-time ATR order for GECAS.
June 20, 2011 · 65 Views
REVIMA APU and Italian all-cargo flag carrier Cargoitalia signed an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) support agreement to provide repair services to Cargoitalia’s aircraft fleet. The agreement covers repair services for TSCP700-4E APUs installed on MD-11 freighter airplanes operated by Cargoitalia. It also includes provisions for the lease of spare APUs and the repair of fieldremoved Line Replaceable Units (LRUs).
June 20, 2011 · 75 Views
GE Aviation and Cathay Pacific Airways have reached a 15-year OnPoint solution agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the airline’s GE90-115B engines that power its additional 18 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
June 20, 2011 · 68 Views
LAN Airlines has selected GE’s CF6-80C2 engines to power its 14 firm Boeing 767 aircraft with option for an additional four aircraft. The firm engine order is valued at more than $400 million list price. Deliveries will begin later this year.
June 20, 2011 · 71 Views
AWAS has delivered a new Airbus A320-200 to Frontier Airlines, an operating unit of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. This latest delivery is one of three A320 aircraft delivered by AWAS this year and supports a major fleet optimization program launched by Frontier and its parent company, Republic Airways Holdings, Inc.
June 20, 2011 · 49 Views
The International Bureau of Aviation (IBA) has completed additional sales of inventory material from the remaining assets of the old Alitalia operations. This was the most substantial package of A320 rotable parts that IBA have offered for sale so far. The Lots were sold to AvTrade, following competitive bidding for a range of assets. Ben Jacques, Commercial Manager at IBA, commented “It’s great news for both the Receivers and the buyer, Avtrade, that this significant A320 inventory sale has been concluded. We are now moving towards the final phase of disposal of these assets, with more inventory soon to be offered for sale covering a broad variety of aircraft types.”
June 20, 2011 · 71 Views
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), signed a firm order for 60 Airbus 320neo Family aircraft at the 49th LeBourget airshow. GECAS has selected CFM’s LEAP-X engine for all 60 A320neo aircraft. The deal was announced by Norman C.T. Liu, President and CEO of GECAS and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. This new order brings the total number of A320 Family aircraft ordered by GECAS to 390.
June 20, 2011 · 60 Views
Boeing signed orders and commitments for 17 747-8 Intercontinentals. Placed by two undisclosed customers, the combined deals are valued at $5.4 billion at list prices. One carrier has committed to 15 of the new passenger version of the 747-8 while another carrier placed an order for two.
“These orders for the 747-8 Intercontinental mark a major milestone for the program and demonstrate the market’s need for an airplane of its size and range,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “It will play a valuable role in further growing these carriers long-haul route networks.”
The orders bring the 747-8 Intercontinental total backlog to 50 firm aircraft, plus five from a commitment from Air China contingent on Chinese Government approval. It also brings the total 747-8 backlog, including 76 747-8 Freighters, to 126.
June 20, 2011 · 74 Views
GECAS have reached an agreement to amend its original sales contract with Embraer for the acquisition of two more EMBRAER 190s. The announcement was made at the Paris Air Show. Delivery of the first aircraft is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2012.
June 20, 2011 · 66 Views
Boeing released that Air Lease Corporation (ALC) will purchase up to 33 airplanes. The agreement calls for 14 firm orders and four options for Next-Generation 737-800s, as well as five 777-300ERs (Extended Range) and four 787-9 Dreamliners. ALC also agrees to exercise options on six airplanes from last year’s 60 737-800 order.
June 20, 2011 · 73 Views
SAS has placed an order for 30 Airbus A320neo with an option of an additional 11 Airbus A320neo with first delivery from the second half of 2016 and final delivery during 2019. SAS has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP engine to power these 30 new Airbus A320neo aircraft scheduled to begin delivery in 2016. The engine order is valued at approximately $1.4 billion at list price.
SAS, the multi-national carrier of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, operates scheduled flights to nearly 100 destinations throughout Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. with a fleet of 138 aircraft. The SAS fleet includes 84 CFM-powered aircraft and owns a total of nearly 190 CFM56 engines.
June 20, 2011 · 65 Views
Boeing and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), China’s largest state-owned aviation company, will open the AVIC-Boeing Manufacturing Innovation Center (MIC) in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China. Geng Ruguang, executive vice president of AVIC, and Ray Conner, vice president and general manager of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Supply Chain Management & Operations, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective companies. The AVIC-Boeing MIC will enhance Boeing’s production system by increasing AVIC’s efficiency and capacity to supply high-quality parts for Boeing airplanes. The MIC will also support AVIC’s goals of improving its manufacturing and technological capabilities and the competiveness of its affiliated factories to achieve global Tier-1 supplier status. It was also announced today that Boeing has awarded a contract to produce 737 rudders to Chengfei Commercial Aircraft Co. (CCAC), an AVIC company located in Chengdu, China. That contract will serve as the initial work statement for the MIC.
June 20, 2011 · 88 Views
Aircelle, Safran group, has expanded its global maintenance network into Asia Pacific Region through an agreement with SIA Engineering Company Limited (SIAEC) for the repair, overhaul and services of Aircelle engine nacelles of SIA’s fleet and related operators, as well as other legacy customers of SIAEC. This Services agreement combines the nacelle OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and MRO (Maintenance Repair and Overhaul) expertise of Aircelle in its wide range of OEM Nacelle systems and products, together with services support from SIAEC’s extensive MRO capabilities at its facilities in Singapore.
June 20, 2011 · 76 Views
Pratt & Whitney and International Lease Finance Corporation signed a definitive agreement concerning engines for up to 100 Airbus A320neo family aircraft ordered by International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) as part of an order announced in early March. The agreement includes 120 firm PurePower PW1100G engines for 60 aircraft and options for up to 80 engines on an additional 40 aircraft with deliveries which may occur as early as 2015.
June 20, 2011 · 78 Views
Onur Air signed a three-year exclusive agreement for Pratt & Whitney’s environmentally friendly EcoPower engine wash service for its fleet of A300, A320 and A330 aircraft. Under the agreement, Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries, the technical arm of Saudi Arabian Airlines, will provide the service at its EcoPower service center locations in Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners will also provide washes at various EcoPower service center locations.
June 20, 2011 · 114 Views
Guggenheim Partners released that Bryan Moss, former President of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, has joined the firm as Chairman of its Business Aircraft Investments activities. Moss will assist in expanding the firm’s dedicated business aircraft investment activity as it seeks global investment opportunities.
June 20, 2011 · 1 View
Innovative Solutions & Support, reported that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for use of its Cockpit/IP Flat Panel Display System (FPDS) on B757-200 and B757-300 aircraft. This receipt of an EASA STC for B757 aircraft complements the existing supplemental Type Certificates issued by both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada. The Innovative Solutions & Support Flat Panel Display System is in revenue service on more than 100 B757/B767 aircraft including European launch operator Icelandair.
June 20, 2011 · 73 Views
Pratt & Whitney will provide power for 5 firm Mitsubishi Regional Jet aircraft ordered by ANI Group Holdings as part of a contract announced at the Paris Air Show. The agreement represents 10 firm PW1200G engines for the aircraft with a PureSolution maintenance service agreement. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2016.
June 20, 2011 · 70 Views
Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, has awarded a multi-year power-by-the-hour contract for its growing fleet of Airbus A320 family aircraft to A J Walter Aviation. At the same time Air Astana has also extended its B757/767 PBH support agreement with AJW.
June 20, 2011 · 22 Views
Richard Lugg the Chairman of HyperMach launched a revolutionary new Supersonic Business Jet called SonicStar. HyperMach’s new supersonic aircraft SonicStar incorporates revolutionary aerodynamics and propulsion technology to overcome the environmental and economic challenges that have stopped the development of supersonic aircraft in the past. SonicStar will achieve the speed of Mach 3.5, while meeting requirements for high thrust to weight ratio engine designs, reduced emissions and the dramatic reduction of sonic boom overland.
Richard Lugg commented: ‘I’ve made it my life’s work to make this dream a reality. Now, in 2011, we have access to revolutionary engine technology, and a unique, very high speed aircraft design to make this kind of earth-shatteringly fast air travel possible. And we have a date: our plan is to build and fly the world’s first very high speed supersonic hybrid aircraft by June, 2021’
The propulsion system for SonicStar is a new Hybrid engine, S-MAGJET 4000X designed by HyperMach’s engine partner SonicBlue. It is over 30% more fuel efficient then the Rolls Royce 593 Engine in Concorde. This is record breaking technology for a supersonic engine design. The 54,700 thrust class S-MAGJET engine is optimized to fly the HyperMach SonicStar aircraft at 62,000 ft, at a specific fuel consumption below 1.05 at Mach 3.5, this performance will be unprecedented and will welcome in a new era of the future of aerospace transport.
The UK Department of Trade and Industry have agreed to support the company in the UK, as we establish and grow the strategic Global Headquarters for the commercial engine development and manufacture of S-MAGJET 4000X.
June 20, 2011 · 75 Views
Bristol Associates (Washington, DC) completed the sale of two B737-524s (MSNs 28900/28914; Reg. #s N14653/N14639) on behalf of the Seller, Continental Airlines, to BLF Ltd (Bermuda) as Buyer. The aircraft will be operated by UTAir (Russia).