Bell and Safran to collaborate on the development of innovative hybrid electric propulsion systems

At the Future of Transportation World Conference in Cologne, Germany, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc company, announced a newly formed collaboration with Safran on the development of innovative hybrid electric power system solutions to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft concept. Bell Helicopter’s Director of Innovation, Scott Drennan, commented that: “Bell is at the forefront of on-demand mobility – ushering a new era of flight where the benefits of aviation are accessible to more people in more places. This announcement is another proof point of our commitment to providing transportation of people and logistics in new, innovative and Read more

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Rolls-Royce confirms 4,600 jobs will go

As part of its restructuring, Rolls-Royce has confirmed that 4,600 jobs are to go worldwide, including 3,000 positions based in the UK, the majority being managerial and administrative roles. The company has not ruled out the need for compulsory redundancies. It has also been confirmed that some engineers will also be leaving, predominantly those in early-stage design as they are not presently needed. This is the biggest round of redundancies since 2001 and by the end of this year 1,500 of the 4,600 jobs will have been axed. The cost of these redundancies, along with other restructuring, may well reach Read more

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Gatwick’s latest £1.1bn five-year-plan takes total investment over £3bn mark

At the British-Irish Airports Expo in London, London Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive, Stewart Wingate, announced a new five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for Gatwick Airport which will see an investment of £1.1bn over a five-year period, with £266m already earmarked for 2018/2019 alone. Gatwick sees continued growth in the long-haul market, predicting passenger numbers increasing to 53 million by 2023 and is concentrating on improving facilities and transforming passenger services. Since the airport came under the ownership of Gatwick Airport Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ivy Holdco Limited, in 2009 and including this latest announced investment, the total investment Read more

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Dreamliners further affected as Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 develops more problems

The Rolls-Royce 1000 Trent engine which powers the Boeing Dreamliner has developed further problems, which has caused concern over safety and which has created potential disruption for carriers including British Airways and Norwegian. Having currently focused its attention on trying to fix durability problems with the ‘Package C’ version of the engine, 166 of its ‘Package B’ engines now require further inspection. The problem would appear to be of a similar nature – parts are wearing out faster than anticipated. Already aircraft have been grounded as a result of ‘Package C’ problems, while airlines including Virgin Atlantic have been forced Read more

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First of six Philippine Airlines A350 XWBs enters final production phase

Airbus has announced from its production facility in Toulouse, France that a new A350-900 destined for Philippine Airlines has taken its first flight as part of the final production process. The aircraft will be ready for delivery within the next few weeks. This is the first of six A350-900s, or XWBs on order – XWB standing for Extra-wide Body – which will be used by the Philippine flag carrier for long-haul services from Manila to North America and Europe. The six jets will join Philippine Airline’s existing Airbus fleet comprising 26 A320 Family aircraft, 15 A330s and five A340s. The Read more

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Thai Airways International to service Rolls-Royce engines

Thai Airways International (THAI) and Rolls-Royce have signed a cooperation agreement to collaborate and explore how the two companies will work together to expand the Trent CareNetwork, by building on THAI’s existing Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) capabilities. Becoming an Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC) for Rolls-Royce will enable THAI to support its growing fleet of Rolls-Royce engines while also generating additional capacity and flexibility within the Rolls-Royce CareNetwork. THAI operates approximately 80 widebody aircraft, of which more than 50 are powered by Rolls-Royce engines. Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI Acting President, said “This agreement builds on THAI’s existing MRO facilities to Read more

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Major blow to Airbus A380 program as two jets to be stripped for parts

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After ten years in operation, Singapore Airlines chose not to renew its lease on two Airbus A380-800s in 2017. Owners of the two ‘superjumbos’, the Dr. Peters Group, a Dortmund, Germany-based traditional financial and management holding company, have subsequently failed to attract buyers for the jets, having made approaches to several airlines, including, British Airways, HiFly and IranAir. As a consequence, the Group has chosen to strip the aircraft and sell the components, a result that will be unsettling for buyers of new A380 aircraft, though ultimately good for investors in DS funds No. 129 and No. 130, which will Read more

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London Heathrow gets go-ahead for £14 billion third runway

The UK’s Tory government has given the green light to the construction of what has long been seen as an essential third runway for the country’s busiest airport, London Heathrow, also known as Heathrow Airport. The need for expansion of capacity of airports located near London has been the topic of heated debate for some considerable time and the desire to expand the capacity of Heathrow, in particular, discussed for over 20 years. Major objections have come from local residents, while other campaigners have been critical of the increased levels of both noise and carbon dioxide pollution that will ensue Read more

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Rolls-Royce – new inspection technique and tripled capacity to fix Trent 1000 troubles

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Rolls-Royce has confirmed that on top of additional maintenance facilities the company is increasing its workforce in order to triple its capabilities to deal with current Trent 1000 engine problems which have currently grounded a number of Boeing Dreamliners, worldwide. The principal problem lies with the compressor in the Trent 1000 Package C engines which has required inspections and the grounding of 787 Dreamliners as it has not lasted as long as anticipated. The result has seen a number of complaints from Dreamliner customers who have been forced to lease alternative planes to cope with seasonal demand, the result of Read more

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Bombardier unveils two new longer-range business jet variants in Geneva

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Bombardier, the plane and train manufacturer has chosen the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE2018), in Geneva, Switzerland to unveil two longer-range variants of its successful Global business jets. David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft commented that: “Bombardier’s two newest Global aircraft are the result of our unrelenting commitment to innovation, excellence and most of all, our desire to deliver unmatched capabilities to our customers. This next generation of performance stems from the winning DNA of our Global family of aircraft, now further enhanced through a newly optimized wing, a fully reimagined cabin and new, purpose-built engines.” According to Read more

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