CFM International is on track to offer major performance and emissions improvements to operators of the CFM56 following completion of an extensive flight test program of its Tech Insertion package. Based on developments from the Project Tech56 program, the upgrade will provide Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 operators with longer time on wing, 5 percent lower maintenance costs and up to 20 percent lower emissions of oxides of nitrogen.
Singapore Technologies Aerospace subsidiary STA Systems is to provide Hamilton Sundstrand spares to Airbus A300/A310 and A320, Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, DC-9, DC10 and MD-11, and Fokker 50 operators under a five-year deal that includes maintenance support. Equipment covered includes integrated drive generator/constant-speed drives, pneumatic valves, air starters, air cycle machines and generators.
EADS has teamed with Russia’s NPK Irkut and RSK MiG in a joint venture to convert Airbus A320 airliners into freighters. The new business–owned 50/50 between the European group and the Russian firms– is expected to generate $200 million in sales annually, based on around 20 A320F conversions. If successful, the partners will later undertake conversions of the larger A330 family.
Aviation data provider Jeppesen has reached separate agreements with the world’s two biggest airplane manufacturers to bring electronic flight bag (EFB) technology to the flight decks of new and in-service airplanes.
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