Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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Rolls-Royce wins order from CIT to power 23 aircraft

May 22, 2013

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.


GE’s Passport engine begins first full engine test

June 26, 2013

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.


Firefly welcomes first ATR 72-600

July 5, 2013

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.


A350 XWB in Bolivia for high altitude testing

January 9, 2014

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.


Boeing Commercial Airplanes reports full year revenue of $53bn

January 29, 2014

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.


Airbus Commercial reports another year of financial improvement

February 26, 2014

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).


ILFC closes $1.5bn senior secured term loan

March 7, 2014

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.


Air France-KLM selects GEnx engines for Boeing 787 fleet

March 25, 2014

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.


Snecma and Mecachrome sign contract for production of titanium aluminide blades on LEAP engine

April 17, 2014

Snecma (Safran) and Mecachrome signed the procurement contract for titanium-aluminide (TiAl) blades on the low-pressure turbine of the CFM International LEAP engine. Titanium aluminide (TiAl), an alloy of titanium and aluminum, is a new-generation material with outstanding qualities. Standing up to very high temperatures (750°C), it will cut the weight of a blade in half compared with the nickel-based alloys traditionally used in low-pressure turbines. As part of the new LEAP engine, this alloy will be used for the first time on a single-aisle commercial jet. It will contribute to the excellent performance of this new engine, which offers 15% lower fuel consumption than the best engines now in service. Snecma and Mecachrome developed a special manufacturing process for TiAI blades, and even created a complete production facility. Located at Mecachrome’s plant in Sablé-sur-Sarthe, the new production line will require an investment of €60m and create 150 specific jobs. Volume production will kick off in 2015, with a sharp ramp-up already in 2016, on the way to achieving the planned production rate of one blade every three minutes in 2019.


DVB finances a portfolio of five widebody aircraft for Guggenheim Aviation Partners

July 25, 2011

DVB Bank reported the successful closing of two separate finance facilities with Guggenheim Aviation Partners (Guggenheim) for two A330-200 aircraft on lease to Jet Airways (India) and three B777-200ER aircraft on lease to American Airlines.
 
The finance facility for the two A330-200 aircraft on lease to Jet Airways closed in late March. Both aircraft were delivered new to Jet Airways in 2008 and were subject to a sale/leaseback with Guggenheim’s managed fund. The finance facility for three B777-200ER aircraft on lease to American Airlines closed in early June. The aircraft were originally delivered to American from 2000 to 2002 and were also subject to a sale/leaseback earlier this year with the Guggenheim fund. DVB Bank provided a back leveraging of this acquisition by the Guggenheim fund.


Avio presents new logo

July 25, 2011

Avio looks to the future and, as a tangible sign of its thrust for innovation, adopts a new logo. The Group, a leader in propulsion systems, is involved in increasingly challenging industrial projects, such as the next generation aeroengines, expansion in the Chinese market and the Vega satellite launcher, to mention but a few. The new logo chosen for the renewal of its identity reflects the Company’s strong forward-looking attitude while providing a link to its extraordinary past.


B/E Aerospace second quarter 2011 results exceed expectations

July 25, 2011

B/E Aerospace reported that second quarter 2011 revenues of $608.9 million increased $125.0 million as compared with the same period of the prior year. Second quarter 2011 results reflect the acquisitions of TSI Group, Satair A/S’s aerospace fastener distribution business and LaSalle Lighting (recent acquisitions). Revenue growth for the second quarter of 2011, excluding recent acquisitions from both periods, was approximately 12.8%. Second quarter 2011 operating earnings of $106.7 million increased 35.4% on the aforementioned 25.8% increase in revenues. Operating margin was 17.5% and expanded 120 basis points as compared with the prior year period. Operating earnings growth and operating margin expansion were driven by the higher sales volume, improved revenue mix and ongoing operational efficiency initiatives.  Second quarter 2011 net earnings were $54.8 million.


Southern Air signs ACMI agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines

July 25, 2011

Southern Air and Saudi Arabian Airlines have signed a definitive agreement under which Southern Air will operate one Boeing 747 freighter on behalf of Saudi Airlines Cargo on an ACMI basis (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance).  The aircraft will begin to be operated for Saudi Airlines Cargo in July 2011 and will be painted in its livery.


Phenom 300 receives type certification in Australia

July 25, 2011

Embraer has received Type Certification (TC) from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), for the Phenom 300 light jet to operate in the country. Frst certified in December 2009 by Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Phenom 300 is now accepted in almost 40 countries including Indonesia, Austria, Denmark, France, Morocco, the United Kingdom, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, amongst others.


Embraer Defense and Security chooses V2500-E5 engine for KC-390 Transport

July 25, 2011

Embraer Defense and Security has selected the V2500-E5 engine, manufactured by International Aero Engines AG (IAE), to equip the KC-390 military transport jet. The first deliveries of the V2500-E5 engines for the KC-390 prototypes are scheduled for 2013, and the flight tests for 2014. The aircraft should go into service in 2015.


Rockwell Collins unveils touch-control flight displays for business jets and turboprop aircraft

July 25, 2011

Rockwell Collins unveiled the industry’s first touch-control primary flight displays for business jets and turboprop aircraft, which will be available on future applications of the company’s Pro Line Fusion avionics system. The announcement was made at the 59th Annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture in Oshkosh.

“These displays demonstrate our focus on empowering pilots with natural head-up, eyes-forward interfaces,” said Colin Mahoney, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Rockwell Collins. “Touch-controlled, icon-based controls on the main displays help keep pilots’ attention focused up and forward for safer and more efficient flying.”


Messier-Bugatti-Dowty strengthens partnership with Airbus

July 25, 2011

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran group) reported the extension of its supply relationship with Airbus for the nose and main landing gears of the single aisle program to include the contract award of the A320neo family. As the incumbent landing gear supplier for the A320 family, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty will progressively offer enhancements to current single aisle landing gears starting in 2014, in order to ensure a seamless transition into A320neo family deliveries, scheduled for entry in service in 2015. Direct benefits to operators include greater reliability and an extended service interval of 12 years between overhauls.

To date, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty has delivered 4,800 landing gears for the A320 family. The company’s global industrial network delivers 38 shipsets per month to Airbus Final Assembly Lines in Toulouse, Hamburg and in China. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty supplies landing gear to all Airbus families in service or in development, including the entire A330/A340 family, A380 nose landing gear and A350-800/900 main landing gears.