Emirates Airline made history at the Dubai Air Show yesterday in placing the largest single order ever for Boeing commercial airplanes, signing for 50 Boeing 777-300ERs and reserving options on another 20 of the long-range widebodies.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » November 14, 2011
Evidently regarding discretion as the better part of valor, Airbus has revised the production schedule for its planned A350 XWB, owing to delayed sub-assemblies under production by partners in Europe and the U.S. Airbus has moved the twin-aisle twinjet’s first-flight date from late 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.
Despite his keen interest in moderating his company’s backlogs, Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh said the company decided “about six or nine months ago” to boost Boeing Capital’s market exposure, primarily because the company’s customers have expressed a desire for more financial support. Not long ago the company had made a strategic resolution to draw down its exposure to aircraft financing.
New IATA director general and CEO Tony Tyler used his first speech in the U.S. to emphasize the importance of cooperation and innovation among aviation’s stakeholders and to urge governments to take advantage of the industry’s ability to drive economic growth.
Honeywell, the only U.S. company to be chosen as an original member of the Sesar Joint Undertaking tasked with developing technologies for post-2020 air traffic management in Europe, demonstrated work in progress at its research center in the Czech city of Brno last week. One project is an initial four-dimensional (I4-D) trajectory planning system involving the flight management system (FMS) and communications management unit.