AIN Air Transport Perspective » June 11, 2010

June 11, 2010 - 8:32am
MTU Aero Engines has found a way to make blade tip hard-facing affordable, th...

Composites and other new and expensive materials play key roles in the engines that will power new single-aisle airliners, such as the Comac C919, Bombardier C Series and, possibly, Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 upgrades. Pratt & Whitney and CFM aim to make their future engines more efficient with material changes-some low profile, others better known-that all contribute to double-digit improvements in fuel consumption.

June 11, 2010 - 8:27am
By the end of 2010, Emirates expects to have taken delivery of 15 A380s out o...

Airbus COO for customers John Leahy remains optimistic, even when faced with no increase in deliveries of new aircraft in 2010; one man’s zero growth is another’s stable marketplace. Airliner shipments have climbed steadily since 2002 as the European manufacturer’s order backlog (and that of U.S. competitor Boeing) soared on the back of the past economic cycle. 

June 11, 2010 - 8:21am
Boeing's decision to retrofit new engines on the 737 could depend as much on ...

Boeing's decision to re-engine the existing 737 will depend not only on the actions of arch-rival Airbus, but whether or not the Chicago-based airframe maker concludes that it could bring to market a good enough replacement airplane by 2020, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney told analysts and investors at last week’s Sanford C. Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference in New York. 

June 11, 2010 - 8:14am
GEnx-1B turbofans power the fifth 787 prototype. Boeing has advertised a stan...

It seems Boeing hasn’t convinced everyone of the value of its standard engine interface feature on the 787 Dreamliner, which the company says allows quick and cost-effective changeability between the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000s and GE GEnx-1B turbofans chosen to power the airplane.

June 11, 2010 - 8:06am
Both United and Continental hold orders for Boeing 787s. Continental recently...

An analysis of the competitive effects of the proposed merger of Continental and United Airlines by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that combining the airlines would eliminate one effective competitor (defined as providing at least 5 percent of traffic between airports) in 1,135 city pairs, affecting almost 35 million passengers.

 

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