Airbus is producing a “final fix” to strengthen parts of the A380’s wing structure that have developed cracks on early examples of the very-large airliner. Aircraft now in production will be modified and the changes will be retrofitted to in-service aircraft. The cracks occurred on wing-rib feet that fasten skin panels to internal wing ribs.
The emergence of “new competitors in very powerful places around the world” has led Airbus to pursue new technologies as a way to differentiate itself, according to strategy and future-programs executive vice president Christian Scherer. For instance, despite the tough economic times, the European airframer is investing around $2.5 billion in environmental research-and-development work this year alone.
Embraer and Boeing signed an agreement here yesterday to collaborate on the integration of new weapons on the A-29 Super Tucano single-engine turboprop trainer.
Interjet, the Western launch customer for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100), has converted its five options into firm orders (nominally valued at $175 million), bringing its total acquisition to 20 of the basic 93-passenger model.
The 200th large-cabin, long-range Falcon 7X business jet has rolled off the production line at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac production facility in southern France, the French aircraft manufacturer announced here at Farnborough. The aircraft is slated to enter final cabin completions this week, the French manufacturer announced here at the Farnborough International airshow.
Latvian carrier Air Baltic has signed a letter of intent for 10 Bombardier CSeries CS300 twinjets worth $764 million (at list prices), with purchase rights for 10 more. Deliveries are to start in the first quarter of 2015.
Air Baltic currently has eight Bombardier Q400s in its fleet, along with 10 Fokker 50s, 16 Boeing 737-300/500s and two Boeing 757s.
Abu Dhabi Autonomous System Investments (ADASI) signed a contract with Piaggio Aero today at the Farnborough Airshow for the Piaggio Aero MPA (multi-role patrol aircraft), a new special-missions surveillance aircraft based on the P.180 Avanti II. The agreement calls for aircraft launch customer ADASI to provide financing for Piaggio to build two prototypes. First flight is scheduled for 2014.
The 200th Falcon 7X has rolled off the production line at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac production facility in southern France and is slated to enter the cabin completions process this week, the French aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday at the Farnborough Airshow. While most 7Xs are outfitted at the company’s Little Rock, Ark. facility, this one will be completed in Bordeaux.
Gulfstream Aerospace named 32-year aviation industry veteran Joseph Rivera as its director of international operations. In his new position, he will be based in Savannah and will oversee Gulfstream’s three international service centers in Beijing; Luton, England; and Sorocaba, Brazil. Luton and Sorocaba are currently in operation, while Gulfstream Beijing is expected to begin operations soon. “Joseph’s breadth of experience and leadership skills will greatly benefit our customer service organization,” said Gulfstream product support president Mark Burns.
Rolls-Royce is making further performance improvements to its Trent 700 engine, which powers the Airbus A330. Technologies from the Trent 1000, Trent XWB and BR725 engines are being incorporated into this latest Trent 700 variant, increasing efficiency by at least 1 percent.