IAE V2500 to power Tiger Airways fleet expansion

International Aero Engines reported Singapore-based low-cost airline group Tiger Airways had chosen the V2500 to power 20 Airbus A320 family aircraft. All engines will be of the SelectOne build standard and will be backed by a long-term V2500Select agreement. The combined engine purchase and aftermarket agreement is valued at $580 million to IAE. Tiger Airways currently operates a fleet of 12 V2500-powered Airbus A320 family aircraft, with 58 on firm order with deliveries through to 2016. The V2500-A5 is available in seven different thrust settings ranging from 22,000 lbs. to 33,000 lbs. to power the Airbus A319, A320 and A321 Read more

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SAESL breaks ground on new $45 million facility extension

Singapore Aero Engine Services Private Limited (SAESL), which specialises in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of Rolls-Royce Trent aero engines, on February 18th broke ground on the site for a new two-storey, 12,000 Sq M development located at Calshot Road in Changi, Singapore. The new development, to be built at a cost of SGD60M ($43 million) will integrate with the existing building and enhance SAESL

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TAM receives new Airbus A320

TAM incorporated a new Airbus A320 to its fleet, brought directly from the factory at Toulouse, France. With this aircraft, TAM now has 103 Airbus models – 15 A319s, 71 A320s, 3 A321s, 12 A330s and 2 A340s. The arrival of the new airplane reinforces TAM’s policy of operating a fleet with a low average age, ensuring greater passenger comfort.

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Airbus selects Hamilton Sundstrand for A350 XWB Electric Power Generation System

Airbus has selected Hamilton Sundstrand to provide the Electric Power Generation System for the Airbus A350 XWB. Slated to enter service in 2013, the A350 XWB (Extra Wide-Body) is Airbus’ newest aircraft model, accommodating between 270 and 350 passengers in three basic versions. Hamilton Sundstrand’s A350 XWB electric power generation system (EPGS) comprises four 100 kVA, 230-volt variable frequency generators and four generator control units. Hamilton Sundstrand estimates total program revenue of approximately $1 billion.

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Reduced pilot training now approved for the A380

Reduced A380 transition training for A320 Family, A330 or A340 qualified pilots has been jointly approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). The latest approval was obtained for the transition training from A320 Family aircraft to the A380 on 7th February 2008. This means that, for example, a pilot flying Airbus’ smallest aircraft, the A318, can be qualified to fly the A380 in 13 working days. It offers operators significant cost savings since training times can be halved compared to standard type rating courses. Reduced transition training, known as Airbus Cross Crew Qualification Read more

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Singapore Airlines selects Trent 900 and TotalCare for additional A380s

Singapore Airlines has selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 to power a follow-on order for nine firm additional Airbus A380s. The contract also includes a TotalCare long-term services agreement. The airline previously selected the Trent 900 to power its initial fleet of 10 A380s, of which two have entered commercial service. These engines are also covered by a TotalCare agreement.

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