For one week at least, the gloom of the global recession seemed to lift along with the storm clouds gathered over the grounds of the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France. An unexpected flurry of sales activity gave the air transport market in particular a welcome boost, as contracts for firm orders, options, letters of intent and memoranda of understanding totalled close to $17 billion.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » June 29, 2009
Boeing Commercial Airplanes has begun to study the possibility of fitting the 777 with a redesigned wing in an effort to more effectively compete against the Airbus A350XWB-1000. Although BCA chief executive Scott Carson said at this month’s Paris Air Show that “nothing is decided,” a re-winged 777 could offer an alternative to the still un-launched 787-10, the so-called double stretch of the baseline 787-8.
Airbus hopes to help loosen the grip of tight-fisted credit outlets with an MoU it signed this month with the world’s largest bank, China’s ICBC, to collaborate on aircraft financing and management activities. The deal would involve the structuring of operating and finance lease transactions, portfolio management and aircraft placement remarketing.
The National Transportation Safety Board has launched investigations into two recent incidents in which airspeed and altitude indications in Airbus A330s might have malfunctioned, adding to the suspicion that an instrument failure could have led to the June 1 loss of an Air France A330-200 (Flight 447) in the Atlantic Ocean, killing 228 people.
The wellspring of goodwill among customers for the chronically delayed Boeing 787 drained a bit more this past week, when the company announced yet another program delay likely to force its certification target date beyond next year’s first quarter.
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