In this issue, we see a number of major industry players underlining the significance of the Asia-Pacific region as a long-term driver of growth in the aviation industry. Simulator maker CAE (see page 32) says long-term demand for its products will be bolstered by growth in emerging markets such as China, India and South-East Asia. Elsewhere (see page 20), Airbus’s top salesman John Leahy says key factors in the company’s latest 20-year outlook “include a strong driving of traffic growth by the emerging economies, the nearly doubling of traffic in and between more mature markets, and the positioning of Asia-Pacific as the leader in world traffic”.
11th Oct 2011
General News- Oct
Airbus delivers first A330-200F to MASKargo
MASkargo, the cargo subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, has become a new operator of the A330-200F freighter, following the delivery of the first of four PW4000-powered aircraft ordered by the airline.
The aircraft was handed over on 15 September at a ceremony in Toulouse attended by MASkargo Managing Director Shahari Sulaiman.
“The A330-200F will bring new levels of efficiency to MASkargo’s medium-lift operations,” Sulaiman says. “With this aircraft, we will be able to serve more markets with greater frequency, while significantly reducing our operating costs and maximising profit potential.”
Airbus claims the A330-200F is the world’s most modern mid-size freighter and can carry 70 tonnes of payload over a range of up to 4,000nm. For MASkargo, the aircraft’s performance and flexibility will enable direct freight services from its Kuala Lumpur base to destinations across Asia, with onward capability to Australasia, Europe or the US.
“This aircraft marks a step change for cargo carriers, offering the lowest operating costs in the mid-size category and the ability to match capacity more closely to demand on a wide range of operations,” says John Leahy, Airbus’s chief operating officer customers.
The A330-200F is the dedicated freighter version of the A330 widebody twinjet family. To date, Airbus has won more than 1,100 orders for the various versions of the A330, with some 800 aircraft currently flying with over 90 operators worldwide.
China Eastern selects IAE to power its A320s
International Aero Engines (IAE) announced today China Eastern Airlines has selected the engine maker to provide V2500 turbofans to power 50 new Airbus A320 series aircraft. The deal also includes comprehensive long-term engine aftermarket services.
Deliveries will begin in August 2012 and continue through to 2015, and China Eastern will employ the new aircraft to expand the capacity of its fleet.
The engine deal is valued at over US$1.2 billion including the aftermarket business. IAE will deliver engines for 11 A319s (including five high-altitude A319s), 19 A320s and 20 A321s.
“China Eastern has expressed its satisfaction with the V2500. It has operated very well since it entered service on the A320 with China Eastern in 2008,” says Ian Aitken, president and chief executive officer of IAE. “China Eastern recognizes the significant fuel-burn advantage that the engine provides and the assurance that’s provided by the fleet hour agreement support.”
Shanghai-based China Eastern is one of the leading airlines in China and enjoys a market-leading record for punctuality. The airline is a long-time IAE customer, dating back to 1997 when it operated V2500-powered MD-90s. The carrier is one of the largest in the country by fleet size, with more than 360 aircraft in service.
IAE is a multinational aero-engine consortium whose shareholders comprise Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Japanese Aero Engines and MTU Aero Engines. The manufacturer says there are more than 5,500 V2500s in service or on firm order with nearly 200 customers around the world.
For its part, Rolls-Royce has announced that its share of the China Eastern order will be valued at more than US$400 million.
According to IAE, V2500 engines now power more than half of the A320s in China.
“In fact, about 40 percent of the engines produced by IAE in 2010 were delivered to China, reflecting that the country’s domestic traffic has tripled, while international traffic has grown four-fold over the past decade,” the company says.
IAE provides its engines to some 17 operators in the country. Over the last three years, more than 30 percent of V2500 production capacity has been delivered to China. V2500s power A320-series aircraft that operate domestically, regionally and globally. This results in more than 340 aircraft in service, with another 100 in backlog.
– Andrzej Jeziorski
BOEING has delivered the first Next-Generation 737-900ER with the new Boeing Sky Interior to Tajikistan-based Somon Air, making the Central Asian carrier the first in the region to operate an aircraft featuring the innovative interior. The delivery is also Somon Air's first direct purchase of a 737. “This new interior will set Somon Air apart from other regional operators by bringing a new, unmatched flying experience to our valued customers,” says Jamshed Rahmonberdiev, chief executive of the airline’s parent, Somon Capital. “Reliability and fuel efficiency are key considerations and the 737-900ER will contribute to our financial performance as well as help us maintain our high standards of safety in accordance with international air transportation standards.”