Airbus got a jumpstart on its goal of boosting the backlog for its new A320neo family of airliners to 500 orders by the end of this year’s Paris Air Show by signing a deal with Cebu Pacific earlier this week. The Philippines-based carrier has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the purchase of 30 A321neos.
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Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hong Kong-based aircraft lease and maintenance company ANI Group Holdings covering a firm order for five of its new MRJ regional jets. ANI Group currently leases aircraft to five Indonesian airlines.
Piaggio Aero (Static Display T19) last week broke ground for a new factory, which will produce subassemblies and parts for the A180 Avanti II twin turboprop. The new facility, which will be located at Villanova d’Albenga, Italy, is scheduled to be operational by 2013.
Embraer Defense and Security has selected Liebherr-Aerospace to provide the environmental and cabin pressure control system for the KC-390 military airlifter. The systems will be developed and manufactured in Toulouse, France, and will feature integrated control architecture combined with high-reliability lightweight pneumatic and mechanical components.
A fix has been designed and certified for the runaway elevator trim control that was experienced by a Falcon 7X in late May. Dassault chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne said the aircraft was grounded by EASA at Dassault’s behest. “We immediately mobilized all the resources at our disposal to identify the cause of this malfunction and develop a solution,” he said.
As Airbus prepares to put together the first A350 XWB, the European manufacturer acknowledges the stiff task it faces to open the final assembly line (FAL) by the end of this year and to fly the aircraft within 12 months thereafter. It says significant challenges remain to start the FAL by year’s end with “an appropriate level of quality to prepare the ramp-up.”
Crane Aerospace (Hall 4 A188) has just signed several new international agreements as part of its strategy to raise its global profile.
Here at the Paris Air Show, ATR is showcasing its newly certified ATR 72-600 in the livery of Royal Air Maroc. Meanwhile, the European airframer’s final assembly line in Toulouse is to ramp up production of the 70-seater by 40 percent–in part driven by expectations of significant new orders to be placed at Le Bourget this week. Plans for a 90-seater could be firmed up next year.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is displaying the Canadian Forces CH-148 Cyclone multi-mission helicopter at this year’s Paris Air Show. The aircraft on show (Static Display F210) was built under Sikorsky’s Canadian Maritime Helicopter Project (CMHP) and is one of 28 CH-148s that will be produced for the Canadian Forces to replace CH-124 Sea King helicopters, in service since 1963.
Boeing intends to defend the segment of the market where its 737-700 resides, at least with incremental product improvements in the “medium term” future and possibly with an all new airplane to appear in 2019 or 2020, according to Nicole Piasecki, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ vice president of business development.