Recessions come and go, but the quest to develop ever more efficient engines for the next generation of single-aisle aircraft continues. Given the time it takes to develop new powerplant technologies, which can be measured in decades, engine manufacturers have to be more confident than most of eventual recovery in the airline industry if the millions spent on research and development are not to be wasted.
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Now that Boeing and Airbus have made clear their lack of interest in introducing all-new narrowbody models before 2020, talk of any response by the industry’s two biggest players to demand addressed by platforms such as Comac’s new C919 has begun to center on interim measures. Most notably, the prospect of a re-engining program for both the 737 and A320 has gained more attention lately–and perhaps for good reason.
The NTSB has launched an investigation into an incident yesterday in which a Northwest Airlines Airbus A320 overflew its destination–Minneapolis-St. Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport (MSP)–apparently as the crew engaged in a “heated discussion” over airline policy.
Goodrich Corp. has signed a research agreement with Rolls-Royce to develop the new fuel nozzles for “lean burn” combustion technology systems for gas turbine engines, Goodrich announced today. Rolls-Royce has also chosen Goodrich to supply the fuel nozzles for the new Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine for the Airbus A350XWB widebody.
Japan has become the latest partner in the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (Aspire), joining the FAA, Airservices Australia and Airways New Zealand as full members of the program.
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Development of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation’s MRJ regional jet continues on schedule, as some 800 engineers, designers and subcontractors in Nagoya, Japan, work to complete the project’s critical design review by year-end. The engineering team finished with the project’s preliminary design review in April and aims to ready the first of four MRJ90 prototypes for first flight near the end of 2011.
Etihad Airways has completed engine selections for the massive aircraft orders it revealed at last year’s Farnborough airshow, in deals now totaling $14 billion in estimated value. As indicated at the time, it has opted for General Electric GEnx-1Bs for the 35 Boeing 787-9s it ordered, having already confirmed that it would use GE90-115Bs to power the 10 Boeing 777-300ERs.
German-based engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines is here at the Paris Air Show (Hall 2 Stand AB 151) exhibiting a cutaway mockup of a geared turbofan. This is the basic concept for its Claire (clean air engine) technology program, whose aim is to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 30 percent by 2035. It is making its first step under the umbrella of the European Commission’s Clean Sky joint technology initiative.
Korean Air has selected Pratt & Whitney’s PW4170 Advantage70 engine to power six new Airbus A330s it has on order. The contract, valued at some $300 million, includes two spare turbofans. Korean Air in February placed a new firm order with Airbus for six more A330-200s, the first for the new 238-metric-ton increased takeoff weight version of the twin-engine widebody, offering an extended flying range of up to 7,200 nm.