Airbus Military announced that the C295 transport has achieved civil certification from the Spanish civil aviation authority. The company also released pictures of the C295 carrying MBDA Marte Mk 2 anti-ship missiles.
Boosted by a visit from British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday, yesterday Eurofighter described an upgrade path for the Typhoon that finally appears to be on a firm footing.
CFM International is set to head home from the Farnborough International airshow with some $12.6 billion in new engine sales—nearly doubling its 2012 order book. One dozen different clients—a mix of airlines and leasing groups—signed for nearly 1,000 of the new Leap family engines.
Yesterday at the Farnborough International airshow, Bombardier said its three new Learjets–the Model 70, 75 and 85–are right on schedule.
The Learjet 85 continues to progress toward first flight later this year, with four test aircraft now in various stages of fabrication. The first complete pressure fuselage, including the nose and aft fuselage, is undergoing final validation before being shipped from Bombardier’s Queretaro, Mexico plant to its assembly facility in Wichita.
A two-year global consultation conducted by Airbus found that people still see a need to meet face-to-face despite the increased use of social media, a conclusion that bodes well for the future of air transport.
Bombardier Aerospace closed its Farnborough International Airshow order book last Thursday by announcing a firm order for six Q400 NextGen turboprops by Chorus Aviation of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the parent company of Jazz Aviation. The transaction, valued at $189 million, involved the conversion of six of 15 options taken by Jazz Aviation in 2010. The aircraft will be operated under the Air Canada Express banner.
Ontario, Canada-based aerospace structural, landing gear and engine components manufacturer Noranco sealed a five-year deal with Goodrich’s landing gear business this week at the Farnborough Airshow. The agreement calls for Noranco to supply Goodrich with complex titanium landing gear components for the Airbus A380.
Rolls-Royce closed the Farnborough International airshow with a flurry of new business from Latin America. Brazil-based Synergy Aerospace signed a $630 million contract covering Trent 700 engines and TotalCare support for nine Airbus A330 aircraft ordered on July 12. Earlier, Colombia-based AviancaTaca placed a $280 million order with Rolls-Royce covering Trent 700 engines to power fourA330 freighters, as well as TotalCare support. The deal confirms a memorandum of understanding placed in November 2011. The four A330s will be operated by AviancaTaca subsidiary Tampa Cargo.
The Omega Air KDC-10 tanker is here to remind visitors that a contract air refueling service is readily available. It brought the two Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets across the Atlantic to Farnborough last week; the U.S. Navy is Omega’s prime customer, buying about 85 percent of the Irish company’s tanking output, which was nearly 1,600 hours last year with the KDC-10 and three KC-707s.