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COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd.) held a signing ceremony on November 1 at the Zhuhai Air Show with China Aerospace Leasing Co., Ltd. (CASLC) for 20 firm and 20 options of ARJ21-700 aircraft powered by GE's CF34-10A engines.
The head of the main trade group representing airlines in Asia said he welcomed the new emissions pact agreed to at the 39th general assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Montreal.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), have applauded the ICAO members who achieved an historic agreement to implement a market-based measure that will support airlines’
Tigerair Singapore has signed a Flight Hour Services - Tailored Support Package (FHS-TSP) contract with Airbus to provide full component support, and fleet technical management services for its A320-family aircraft.
The Global air transport industry has cut the rate of mishandled bags by 61.3% globally since 2007, creating US$18 billion in total estimated cost savings, according to air transport IT specialist SITA.
Improving passenger processes at the airport is the number one information technology (IT) investment priority of airports around the world and nearly half (47%) rank passenger and airport security as their top priority
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -Preliminary traffic figures for the month of July released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed continued growth in international passenger traffic, whereas international air cargo demand remained weak.
Australian operators of Robinson R44 helicopters faced being grounded at the end of April if they had not fitted their aircraft with upgraded fuel tanks designed to reduce the risk of post-accident fire. In early April, when the Civil Aviation Safety Authority issued the directive, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau had assessed that about 100 Australian R44 helicopters would not meet the service bulletin by the deadline.
Nearly 50 million tonnes of cargo are transported by air each year, according to the International Air Transport Association. In dollar terms, this represents US$5.3 trillion of business which accounts for about 35% of the value of goods traded internationally.
Paced by the sales of light helicopters in 2012, Eurocopter India continued its leadership role in the Indian market last year – capturing a 70 percent share of the new civilian helicopter bookings and 43 percent of registered deliveries in this key geographical region.
The AJW Montréal facility continues on its fast track with uncompromising commitment to bring component repair and overhaul services on stream just five months after acquiring the former Aveos Fleet Performance assets.
Pilatus Aircraft has appoints Air Charter Services (ACSPL) as its official PC-12 Sales and Service Centre in India with responsibility for India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Burma and Thailand.
The Asia-Pacific region, and Indonesia in particular, proved just how important it is to the aviation industry in Singapore last week. Lion Air was the star of the show, finalising a huge order from Boeing, ordering business jets for its new high-end venture, and also becoming the largest ATR operator in the world. Much of the action, meanwhile, was across the island within the Seletar Aerospace Park, which witnessed a host of openings and ground breakings - with Rolls-Royce opening its new campus.
This year’s Singapore Airshow could be the biggest yet and, once again, gives the island nation a chance to highlight its aerospace capabilities and its strategic significance as an aviation hub, writes Andrzej Jeziorski. Despite continued economic uncertainty in key markets such as Europe and the USA, demand for new aircraft remains strong – as evidenced by the order and delivery tallies just released by manufacturers Airbus and Boeing (see pages 26-27). Asia’s relatively healthy economies and pent-up demand in China and India are now more alluring to aircraft makers than ever, and all key forecasts for the next two decades show the region as the driver of the continued growth of the global aviation industry. This is encouraging news for the organisers of this year’s Singapore Airshow – the biggest event of its kind outside of Europe.
ontinuing concerns about the global economy have not stifled growth in demand for new aircraft, with Airbus and Boeing together collecting about 2,500 new orders and completing more than 1,000 deliveries in 2011, writes Ian Goold. Just hours after Boeing announced plans late last year to close down its plant in Wichita, Kansas, which dates back to the 1920s when it was the Stearman Aircraft factory, the city authorities were on the phone to rival Airbus, discussing possible expansion of the European company's facility there.
Long-haul low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia X will cease operating to Europe, dropping its four-times weekly service to Paris on 30 March, followed by its six-times weekly London flights the following day.
Beijing-based Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Ameco Beijing) says it is closely monitoring the market for Airbus A380 maintenance, repair and overhaul market (MRO) as it plans to expand its capabilities for the type. The company also plans to expand heavy maintenance capability for smaller A330 widebody twinjet. With more than 240 A380s – the world’s largest jetliner – sold to airlines worldwide, Ameco says MRO demand for the aircraft is expanding.
Air China is focusing on expand international operations, due in part to concern over the rapid expansion of the high-speed train services across the country, which are affecting passenger loads on domestic flights.
High taxes and complex approval procedures are slowing the growth of China’s aircraft-leasing sector. A 21.42 percent tax is levied by the Chinese authorities on the value of aircraft leased from foreign companies. By comparison, the tax on aircraft purchased from a foreign country is only 5 percent.
n 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”.
From biofuels to efficient aircraft design to aircraft recycling – the global aviation industry is trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Emma Kelly reports on the industry’s green initiatives.
AIRBUS has transported the first A350 XWB nose section to its plant in St Nazaire from partner Aerolia’s site in Méaulte, using one of the manufacturer’s Beluga aircraft. The A350 XWB nose section comprises three main sub-assemblies: the cockpit plus upper and lower forward fuselage parts, which incorporate door one and the nose landing gear bay. Making the best use of modern, high-tech materials, the A350 XWB nose section is made of 40 percent composites, 55 percent aluminium/aluminium-lithium and 5 percent titanium. Once assembled and equipped, the nose section will be joined to the forward fuselage (made and equipped in Hamburg) to form the A350 XWB front fuselage.
According to European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, demand for new aircraft over the next 20 years will total 26,900 new passenger jetliners and more than 900 dedicated freighters, with the Asia-Pacific region as a major growth driver. The combined value of the new aircraft will be about US$3.5 trillion.
Traffic results for July released by the International Air Transport Association show that global passenger travel rose 5.9 percent compared with July 2010. However, freight markets were stagnant, with a 0.4 percent decline in demand from the previous year’s level.
Bombardier Aerospace has announced that Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet took delivery in August of the first two of 15 Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft ordered in December 2010. “SpiceJet’s order was a breakthrough for our Q400 NextGen turboprop in the Indian market, and Bombardier’s portfolio of commercial aircraft and customer services continues to be well positioned to support the development of India’s airline network,” says Chet Fuller, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s senior vice-president of sales, marketing and asset management, during a ceremony held on 26 August at Bombardier Aerospace’s Toronto facility, where the aircraft is manufactured.
Boeing Commercial Airplane has been celebrating significant milestones in its latest Model 787 and 747-8 programmes despite having to tighten up its forecast for 2011 output. Ian Goold reports. A reduction in the number of Boeing 787 and 747 deliveries expected by the end of this year (down from 25-40 to 25-30) have prompted the US manufacturer to reduce its overall estimate for 2011 shipments to 485-495 commercial aircraft. Nevertheless, Boeing is approaching the end of the its third quarter on a high, with the handover of the first 787 to Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) expected on 26 September, coinciding with the start of deliveries the initial four 747-8F cargo aircraft to Europe's Cargolux and Asian operator Cathay Pacific Cargo. Just over 600 days after the 787's maiden flight, systems function and reliability (F&R) testing was completed in mid-August, clearing the way for formal joint US and European certification by the end of the month (see news story, page 7). Enhanced engine performance is already planned for the 787 with development of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 "Package B" upgrade and a General Electric GEnx "performance improvement package" (PIP1) under way.
Qantas is to acquire at least 110 Airbus A320-family as it plans to set up a new premium airline in Asia and a low-cost carrier (LCC) in Japan. The Australian giant also announced that it is cutting about 1,000 jobs from its international business.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has slashed its 2011 airline industry profit forecast to US$4 billion – a 54 percent cut from the previous projection and less than a quarter of the 2010 figure. In March, the organisation predicted a US$8.6 billion industry-wide profit, while last year airlines reported net income of US$18 billion. IATA, which represents 230 member airlines – or about 93 percent of the world’s scheduled international air traffic – attributed the reduced forecast to soaring oil prices, the consequences of March’s catastrophic earthquake in Japan and political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa. Acco
Airbus and Rolls-Royce jointly announced at an EADS event just before the Paris show that they would develop a more ambitious version of the A350-1000, with 97,000lb thrust RR Trent XWB engines, to meet customer demand. The aircraft will offer customers 4.5 tonnes more payload capability or 400 nautical miles of additional range than the original concept. Airbus Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Bregier said the jetliner could now match the capabilities of the 777-300ER, but with 25 percent greater efficiency.
CASA grounds Tiger Airways Australia over safety Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) says it suspended the operations of low-cost carrier Tiger Airways Australia, with immediate effect from Saturday, 2 July 2011.
The Australian Transportation Safety Board (ATSB) says it is reviewing Rolls-Royce’s quality control system as part of its continuing investigation into the uncontained failure of a Trent 900 engine that severely damaged a Qantas A380 last November.
“[SIA’s plan] appears to be a recognition that the flag carrier’s long-standing focus on premium traffic (which must, in turn, mutually subsidise lower-priced leisure travellers) is not, in itself, a formula for the future.” – Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation]
The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) comprises 17 of the region’s largest carriers, which collectively handle about 285 million passengers and 10 million tonnes of cargo a year. AAPA Director General Andrew Herdman spoke with Asian Aviation’s Andrzej Jeziorski during the Asian Aerospace 2011 show in Hong Kong.
Singapore-based Tiger Airways plans to acquire a 32.5 percent stake in Filipino carrier South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) for US$6 million. The deal, which is expected to be sealed by May, paves the way for Tiger to gain access to the Philippines’ domestic air travel market. Low-cost carrier (LCCs) Cebu Pacific Air has the lion’s share of the market with 48.2 percent, while Philippine Airlines (PAL) has 37 percent, with the rest divided among SEAIR and LCCs such as Zest Airways and PAL Express.
Malaysian long-haul low-cost carrier AirAsia X has ordered three Airbus A330-200 widebody twinjets, with options for two more. The first two aircraft will be delivered in 2012 and the third in 2014. The airline now has outstanding orders with Airbus for 19 A330s, including 16 -300 variants, and ten of the manufacturer’s proposed A350 jetliners. Nine A330-300s have already been delivered to the carrier, while A350 deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2015.
Indonesia’s state-owned Merpati Nusantara Airlines – weighed down with debt of 1.9 trillion rupiah (US$214.68 million) and with creditors chasing it for payment – has denied that it is heading for bankruptcy. The cash-strapped carrier has approached the Indonesian government through the Ministry of Finance (MOF) in Jakarta in the hope of obtaining 600 billion rupiah to support day-to-day operations. An MOT official, who asked to remain anonymous, says the government cannot keep bailing the airline out each time it asks. Still, Merpati’s President Director Sardjono Jhony Tjitrokusumo dismisses the idea that the airline may go bankrupt. “We may be in debt, but we will pull through the storm,” Sardjono says. He adds that the 600 billion rupiah requested is in fact needed as part payment for new aircraft to be acquired, declining to elaborate.
The first systems for Bombardier’s CSeries jetliner program are now being developed and tested by partners and vendors in Canada, the USA and Europe, prior to delivery to Bombardier’s Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA). According to Bombardier, the installation of the systems rigs at the CIASTA is progressing on schedule, and some parts, including the engine accessory gearbox and flight deck controls, have already arrived.
urocopter announced “a comprehensive evolution” of its helicopter product line at this year’s Heli-Expo 2011 exhibition in Orlando, Florida in March. The upgrades are intended to offer “enhanced operating capabilities, improved mission effectiveness and increased efficiency across four families in the company’s light, medium and heavy rotary-wing aircraft categories,” as the manufacturer responds to evolving customer needs, Eurocopter says.
In Singapore in June, International Air Transport Association director-general Giovanni Bisignani will stand down at the airline lobby group's annual meeting. Before doing so, he paid a final visit to the Asia-Pacific region, during which he challenged governments and regulators to prepare for rapid growth. Ian Goold reports.
Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia has modified its fleet plans to accommodate possible acquisition of the Airbus A320neo, thus joining a number of potential owners or operators showing interest in the re-engined aircraft.
By the end of the next decade, Asia-Pacific airlines – including those in China and India – will be carrying about a third of the world's passenger traffic, making the region the world’s largest aviation market, according to Chris Emerson, Airbus’s head of product strategy and market forecasts.
As of mid-February, Australia’s Qantas Airways was still mulling the compensation it would seek after November's grounding of its A380 fleet, triggered by the uncontained failure of a Rolls-Royce (R-R) Trent 900 engine.
Following November's Boeing 787 in-flight fire, emergency landing, and subsequent temporary grounding, Boeing has developed a temporary modification for its six test aircraft, which now have resumed test flying. But the manufacturer has also confirmed a seventh delay to the troubled programme, as Ian Goold reports.
While Boeing has so far shied away from offering a re-engined version of its single-aisle 737 family, it is offering substantial performance gains with aerodynamic and engine improvements, as well as an all-new cabin, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
The Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show, in Dubai from 7-9 December provided an up-beat close to the year for the business aviation sector. Although the show was no order bonanza, optimism was evident, especially in the large-cabin segment, as Andrzej Jeziorski reports.
Thai people are famed for their friendly smiles, but given the violent political protests afflicting the country since 2008, one could forgive Thai Airways International employees if they were less than optimistic about travel demand in the coming year.
s an end-of-the-line carrier located in a small country, Air New Zealand might well be expected to be a follower rather than a leader in the industry. But, as the online viral success of its latest television commercials show, innovation does sometimes originate in unexpected places.
Qantas has begun legal action against UK-based engine maker Rolls-Royce, as a back-up in case the companies cannot reach a settlement over problems with the Trent 900 engine that powers the Australian carrier’s Airbus A380 fleet.
The Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East markets figured prominently in new business announcements at July’s Farnborough International Airshow in the UK, providing evidence that these regional markets are alive and well even as Europe and North America remain less active
Airbus believes Asia now offers a bigger A380 market opportunity than the Middle East, with June's order for 32 more of the double-deck jetliner viewed as perhaps the final huge investment from the Arab region.
The European Union (EU) says it may appeal a ruling at the end of June by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which declared that some launch aid subsidies to aircraft manufacturer Airbus were illegal.
Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier says its first-quarter financial performance indicates that the worst is over for the business jet market, while the commercial aircraft business is showing signs of recovery.
The next 10 years will see several new jetliners enter into service, featuring the latest engine technology developments that will yield significant economic and environmental advantages over today’s powerplants, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
Airbus is focusing its business efforts increasingly on emerging markets, whose economies are predicted to grow more strongly in coming years. Ian Goold outlines the manufacturer's view of the future, including its plans for an increasingly global footprint.
China’s big three carriers – Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines – are expected to be the launch customers for the planned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) C919 aircraft.
Last year they came because they had to. This year they came because they wanted to. Some 11,106 people turned up at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition on 4-6 May, up from 2009’s 10,917 attendance figure. Liz Moscrop reports from Geneva.
Earlier this decade, India experienced a massive – and unsustainable – surge in air travel demand. Now, however, more stable growth has returned and the country’s plans to develop its airport infrastructure are more important than ever