Orders for as many as 250 new General Electric (GE) GEnx engines are expected here at the Paris Air Show this week as the Boeing 787 program gathers pace after last year’s hesitant start. Announcements will come as Boeing prepares for the launch of the stretched 747 Advanced (for which it predicts a market for up to 300), and Airbus launches its A350 variant of the A330–both programs representing applications of the new engine.
Paris Air Show » June 15, 2005
Exhibitors at next year’s 45th Farnborough airshow (July 17 to 23) will benefit from a freezing of 2004’s general costs. And companies displaying aircraft in the static park will enjoy a 50-percent rate cut as part of the organizer’s wider moves to make the airshow better value for exhibitors.
An air-medical AB139 that will be used by Italian operator Airgreen during next year’s Winter Olympic Games in Turin is on display here in Paris on the ramp beside the Bell/Agusta Aerospace chalet (A382). The twin-turbine helicopter’s unobstructed, 282-cu.-ft.
Piaggio Aero Industries presented its first P166 DP1 maritime patroller to the staff of Italy’s Guardia di Finanza (financial police) during a ceremony here this week. The DP1 is the result of a midlife update program for the P166 DL3, developed by Piaggio with the support of the ministry of industries and the Guardia di Finanza.
The Boeing 777-200LR making its airshow debut here this week is to be fitted with AeroMobile mobile cellular technology later this year. The 777-200LR here is the second prototype and is being used primarily for interior certification. AeroMobile, the result of a partnership formed by Arinc and Telenor, is designed to leverage Inmarsat’s “classic” Aero-H, -H+ and -I satellite communications services currently available.
Eurocopter and Hélicoptères Guimbal signed an agreement here at the Paris Air Show creating a company to develop, manufacture, market and support an unmanned version of Hélicoptères Guimbal’s two-seat Cabri G2 piston helicopter, which made its first flight on March 31 this year.
Fractional ownership operator NetJets has increased its flights to Le Bourget airport by 70 percent since the last Paris Air Show in 2003, the U.S.-based company announced here on Monday. NetJets figures show a jump from 1,400 movements over the five first months of 2003 to 2,400 movements over the equivalent period this year.
GKN Aerospace has delivered the first integrated canopy to the U.S. Air Force for the Boeing F-15C fighter, the company announced. The delivery occurred six months ahead of schedule, GKN officials said, pointing out that the program has involved the management of a supplier network of more than 20 companies responsible for the manufacture of 350 detailed parts.
Messier-Dowty, here at Le Bourget in Hall 2 Stand D14, is highlighting a wide variety of landing gear technology for a range of commercial and military aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Sukhoi Russian Regional Jet and the Airbus A340-500/600, all new displays at the Paris Air Show.
L-3 Communications chairman Frank Lanza arrived at the Paris Air Show mere days after proposing the biggest business deal of his tenure with the company, the $2 billion acquisition of defense contractor Titan Corp.