The Boeing 777-200LR has arrived in Dubai, fresh from setting a new world distance record for a commercial airplane. Taking off from Hong Kong at 10:30 p.m. local time on November 9, the record-setting Worldliner prototype flew eastward 11,664 nm, landing at London Heathrow Airport 22 hours and 42 minutes later, at 1:30 p.m. GMT on November 10.
Dubai Air Show » November 20, 2005
The case for twin- versus single-turboprop light transport aircraft is being forcefully argued by Vulcanair, which is relaunching its Viator aircraft here at the Dubai airshow. Convinced that the total fuel burn of two Rolls-Royce 250 B17C engines flat-rated at 328 shp is comparable to that of a larger single turbine in the 600-shp range, the Italian manufacturer believes that performance and safety will tip the scales in its favor.
The General Electric GEnx turbofan is one of the two new engine families under development for the 787, but will be the sole option for the new 747, in a 66,500-pound-thrust version which is designated GEnx-2B67. It has the same core but a different fan and fan case.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based National Air Services (NAS) has ordered five Airbus A318 Elites, a 15-seat, luxury version of the 100-seat-class airliner. In an announcement made during the first Middle East Business Aviation Conference here in Dubai yesterday, the operator also optioned five more of the twinjets.
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.
The first Bell/Agusta BA609 tiltrotor performed its first full conversion to airplane mode in Texas this past August. The maneuver has become routine, and the ground-breaking aircraft has gone on to pass the 250-knot airspeed milestone.
Television images last May of Saudi commandos dropping from a Kawasaki-Vertol KV 107IIA helicopter in a dramatic rooftop assault to free hostages from terrorists has underscored the importance of rotary-wing aircraft to Middle Eastern governments. The current heightened security state, with its emphasis on anti-terrorist operations, has made helicopters the airborne assets of choice for close-in, fast-reaction operations.
This past year has seen Embraer’s influence traverse industry sectors and spread to every corner of the globe. No longer simply a regional airline supplier, the Brazilian company has seen its products find homes with the likes of Air Canada, Finnair, Hong Kong Express, Panama’s Copa and India’s Paramount Airlines.
Boeing has appointed former Saudi Arabian Airlines executive Ahmed Jazzar to the new position of president of Boeing Saudi Arabia, overseeing all the group’s activities in the country. Sales and marketing responsibilities will remain with the various Boeing business units, namely Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Integrated Defense Systems, Connexion by Boeing and Boeing Capital Corp.
Demand for the Pilatus PC-12 pressurized business/utility single turboprop remains at unprecedented highs. Pilatus reached the delivery milestone of 500 aircraft in January, 10 years after the program started. The company sold out this year’s delivery positions early, despite work around the clock in three shifts at the company plant in central Switzerland.