Air France Industries (AFI) and Lufthansa Technik (LHT) are joining forces in Airbus A380 component support, the two companies announced at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport on Friday. The two arch rivals in the European maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market have created a joint venture called Spairliners. They are targeting a 30-percent market share within three years.
News and issues concerning aerospace companies, including formations, acquisitions, mergers and financials; and announcements of significant aircraft sales, delivery statistics and personnel appointments.
Honeywell’s airline support and aftermarket business gained more momentum here Sunday when the Phoenix, Arizona-based company landed a deal to supply Air New Zealand with wheels and brakes for its entire fleet of Boeing 747-400s. In January 2004, Honeywell and Lufthansa embarked on an STC program to develop new carbon friction material for the 747-400 with tailored friction and wear properties.
Boeing has signed the first firm contract with Chinese suppliers to build parts for the new 787 Dreamliner. Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president and general manager of airplane production Carolyn Corvi represented Boeing in Beijing to finalize contracts for the 787 composite rudder, the 737 forward entry door and the 737 automatic over-wing exit door with Chengdu Aircraft, a China Aviation Industry Corp. I (AVIC I) affiliated company.
An extended brake service life of up to 40 percent is offered to ATR 72 operators as a result of close collaboration between Dunlop Aerospace Braking Systems (DABS) and Avions de Transport Regional in Toulouse.
New products covering a wide range of civil and military applications are showcased by the Meggitt Group, which has become not just much larger since the last Paris Air Show but is also more integrated.
Parker Aerospace companies are supplying a wide range of systems and components to airframes that range from the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 airliners to the unmanned combat aircraft, including the first inert gas generating system (IGGS) for an Airbus aircraft.
Aviation and the environment often appear to be in conflict, sometimes in unpredictable ways. One such has led BAE Systems into a collaboration with the UK government and the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) on a research project that aims to eliminate the interference that the rotating blades on wind turbine installations can cause to air traffic control radars.
MEADS International has signed a contract to design and develop the medium extended air defense system. The contract, worth more than $3.4 billion, extends the previous contract letter that had been awarded by the NATO MEADS management agency in September 2004. The U.S. funds 58 percent of the program at present, with Germany providing 25 percent and Italy 17.
Rolls-Royce is now exploring future engine technologies that, although challenging, are key to the ambitious Advisory Council for Aerospace Research in Europe (ACARE) goals for 2020 in terms of nitrous oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emission cutting and noise reduction. These technologies range from heat exchangers to shape memory alloys and magnetic bearings.
The Performance Review Institute (PRI), a not-for-profit organization that develops performance standards and administers quality assurance and accreditation for transportation industries, has added eight new subscribing government agencies/contractors to its Nadcap program, bringing total subscribers to 32.