As the Airbus A350-900 twin-aisle twinjet makes its first full international airshow display here in Singapore this week, industry observers will be keen to understand the manufacturer’s plans for the smaller A350-800, which has seen a steady erosion of orders as customers have upgraded to the baseline model. With average aircraft seat capacity moving inexorably to the right, Airbus executives are also mulling a possible double-stretched variant beyond the longer A350-1000.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Rolls-Royce’s factory near Seletar Airport is up and running, producing approximately 50 Trent 900s per year, while gearing up to add other engine types to its production line, beginning with the Trent 1000.
Boeing Business Jets announced yesterday that it made the first two BBJ 787-8 deliveries of 2014 over the past week to separate undisclosed customers. These aircraft mark the second and third BBJ 787s delivered to date, after the first one was handed over to a customer in December. Like all BBJs, the airplanes were delivered green and are undergoing completion at third-party outfitting centers.
Greenpoint Technologies has signed a second completion customer for a private Boeing 787. The customer’s name is confidential. Greenpoint signed its first 787 completion contract in December last year, and these contracts follow years of preparation for 787 completion programs.
Another incident involving the main lithium-ion battery in a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 just prior to its scheduled departure from Tokyo on Tuesday has prompted an internal investigation at JAL, raising new questions about the integrity of a system redesign devised to mitigate the possibility of fire propagation.
Associated Air Center (AAC) has been awarded the interior completion contract for a green Boeing 787-8 BBJ. The aircraft interior is already under full design review. AAC has also kicked off detailed planning, staffing and training in anticipation of delivery of the green aircraft from Boeing in the middle of this year. The aircraft offers 2,404 sq ft of cabin floor area and a range of 9,590 nm; the larger 787-9 BBJ offers 2,762 sq ft of cabin space and a range of 9,950 nm.
Greenpoint Technologies, a completion center specializing in Boeing cabin completion work, has won a contract for the interior completion of an executive version of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Boeing on Wednesday won FAA type inspection authorization (TIA) for the 787-9, marking the start of a new phase of flight testing in which agency personnel join the company’s engineers in Washington state’s Puget Sound region to gather the data required for certification.
Kaunas, Lithuania-based FL Technics is implementing a $15 million MRO development plan that will create almost 300 new jobs, including more than 200 aircraft mechanics, engineers and other aviation technical personnel supporting commercial and business aviation customers. The company is focusing on operators from Europe, the CIS and Asia-Pacific.
Following delivery last week of the first 787-9 rudder built in China by Chengdu Civil Aviation (CCAC), Boeing extended its supply chain further for yet another airfoil subassembly, choosing the UK’s GKN Aerospace to build the winglet for the 737 Max. GKN joins Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) in South Korea as co-supplier of the raked, dual-feather-design winglet.