Here at the Dubai 2005 show today, India’s Kingfisher Airlines is expected to order 20 ATR 72-500s, and to take options on an additional 15 of the 68-seat twin turboprop. The ATR 72s are to be delivered during a three-year period beginning next March and will be used to serve regional routes on the subcontinent.
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As Airbus prepared to parade the A380 in Dubai, Boeing finally launched the Advanced 747 as a serious competitor. At a hastily called low-key unveiling in London last Tuesday, Alan Mulally, the president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, announced orders for 18 B747-8 Freighters worth $5 billion from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA). Orders for the new passenger version will follow next year, he confidently predicted.
Having been selected by Boeing to provide zonal-drying equipment for the new Model 787 airliner, Sweden’s CTT Systems (Stand W607) is keen also to supply humidification kits for the aircraft, which has a large element of carbonfiber-reinforced plastic composites material in its airframe. Although the U.S.
Brazil’s Embraer has once again lowered its projection for the small regional jet segment, predicting a 10-year demand for just 500 units in the 30- to 60-seat segment in its latest market outlook for the airline and business jet markets. Just two-and-a-half years ago Embraer projected a 10-year market for 1,745 airplanes in the 30- to 60-seat jet category.
Most people know the Antonov An-140 as a Ukrainian airplane, developed and produced by the Kharkov State Aircraft Manufacturing Co. (KSAMC). But this 52-seat twin turboprop regional airliner has assumed a distinct international character since its inception, attracting several foreign partners and customers–including a strong Iranian connection.
Boeing presented a series of planned improvements to the design of the 787 Dreamliner during two days of program updates issued in Seattle last week to airlines, financial institutions and supplier partners. Now Boeing just has to find a way to shed a few thousand pounds from the design to turn its vision for even more range, payload capacity and cabin space into reality.
Kabul-based Ariana Afghan Airlines has agreed to lease two Boeing 757-200s from Boeing Capital and to buy four 737-700s. Following a formal signing of contracts here in Dubai, the 757s will be delivered this month, while the 737s are slated for delivery from 2009. The 757 deal includes training of flight- and cabin-crew, as well as maintenance staff and engineers.
Airbus has flown the first example of its heavier A340-600, launched by Emirates Airline two years ago. It is to enter service with Qatar Airways in mid-2006. The A340-600HGW (and its A340-500HGW counterpart) has a strengthened airframe and landing gear and is designed to offer a maximum takeoff weight of almost 838,000 pounds.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft is negotiating a new sales contract for the Russian Regional Jet and may be able to announce the deal here at Dubai 2005 tomorrow, a company spokeswoman told Aviation International News yesterday. The deal will certainly not involve Aeroflot, however, as the Russian flagcarrier continues to weigh its options on a purchase of 30 regional jets, a decision it expects to announce by the end of the year.
Officials from Stork-Fokker Services are meeting with IranAir’s new chairman and managing director Saeid Hesami here at the show to talk over plans to send another three Fokker 100s from Brazil’s TAM to the Islamic Republic’s national carrier. IranAir has become Fokker Services’ best customer in the region primarily because a U.S. trade embargo limits the shipment to Iran of aircraft with more than 10-percent U.S. content.