Rolls-Royce has signed a $360 million long-term TotalCare agreement to provide engine support services and enhanced performance kits for the Trent 700 engines that power four Etihad Airways Airbus A330s. Etihad has also extended an existing agreement covering Trent 700s powering 20 other aircraft in the Abu Dhabi airline’s fleet, and will fit the EP kits on 30 Trent 700s.
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Sikorsky Aerospace Services (Hall 3 D108) has signed an agreement with Switzerland’s Ruag Aviation (Hall 4 B76) to designate its Aplnach helicopter facility as an authorized customer service center (CSC) to support the S-76 helicopter type.
Cobham(Hall 2B EF167) delivered four converted Hawker Beechcraft B350ER King Air special mission aircraft to Ascent Flight Training for the UK Military Flying Training System on June 9. The delivery was made at the Cobham Aviation Services facility adjacent to Bournemouth International Airport.
Surveillance of aircraft by ground radar in proximity of wind farms is an increasing concern and Terma (Hall E E2) claims to have the answer with its Scanter 4002 radar system.
Ukraine’s Antonov has come a long way since it was last here at the Paris Air Show, but it still has a long way to go. In February, its An-158 regional jet completed initial type certification and first deliveries are pending. The smaller An-148 model has been in service for some time with launch customers Aerosvit (three aircraft) and Rossiya (six).
The 49th Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) will help mark a memorable summer in the UK next year as the eyes of the world focus on the biennial FIA ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games. In 2010, Farnborough attracted some 250,000 visitors over a period of seven days and hosted 1,455 exhibitors from 40 countries.
Volvo Aero has launched the Volvo Life Tracking System for “accurately calculating usage of critical engine components.” The product is designed primarily for Volvo Aero’s RM12 engine, which powers the Saab Gripen multi-role fighter.
Eurocopter Malaysia will be the anchor customer for a new helicopter center that is soon be constructed at the Malaysian International Aerospace Centre at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Selangor.
GECI Aviation has signed up more potential customers for the Skylander SK-105 twin-turboprop regional and utility transport, as well as announcing a firm order. Malaysian company Trans Air ordered eight SK-105s, plus four options, for use on tourist services in eastern Malaysia, Borneo, Thailand and Indonesia.
EADS has unveiled two new futuristic “Flightpath 2050” aircraft. The Zero Emission Hyper Sonic Transport (ZEHST) would fly above the atmosphere to avoid dumping pollutants in it, except for a relatively small amount during takeoff. The descent would be a unpowered glide, apart from restarting the engines for the final approach and landing. A steep climb on takeoff would leave a relatively small noise footprint around the airport.