Airlines continue to defy the notion of austerity during economic hard times, as Boeing and Airbus collect a bounty of orders during a record spending spree for narrowbody airplanes.
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CFM International recorded a record year in 2011, logging orders for 1,500 commercial, military and spare CFM56 engines and commitments for 3,056 Leap engines for a combined value of $51.7 billion at list prices.
Airbus has hailed 2011 as a record year for both orders and deliveries. Tom Enders, the European airframer’s president and CEO, told a January 17 joint press conference with parent group EADS that 2012 will see Airbus facing further challenges to streamline production rates and supply-chain issues, while also focusing on keeping the development of the new A350XWB widebody on track following the November 2011 confirmation of a program delay.
Mexican low-fare carrier Volaris has signed a purchase agreement for 30 Airbus A320neos and 14 A320s, Airbus announced today. The deal amounts to the largest single commercial aircraft order ever by an airline in Mexico, according to Airbus. Volaris, also the first airline in the country to order the A320neo, plans to announce its engine selections for the aircraft at a later date.
Tap Manutenção e Engenharia Brazil has concluded its first C-Check of a new WhiteJets A320 two days in advance of the contract turn-around-time. The services were performed at the company’s base in Porto Alegre with the participation of four of Tap M&E Lisbon’s specialists. The work was used to train the Brazilian facility’s staff. Tap M&E Brazil is the only member company in the Airbus MRO network in Latin America and is certified by ANAC of Brazil, the FAA and EASA.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based Alsalam Aircraft was at the Dubai Air Show in November featuring a growing capacity for high-end cabin completion work on larger business jets, from the Airbus ACJ series through the Boeing 747 series.
The company has already done a number of interiors for Saudi Royal Flight, and in December announced a partnership with MAZ Aviation, also of Riyadh, for new-aircraft design work.
L-3 Communications, Fraport (owner of Frankfurt Airport and other airports), Lufthansa German Airlines, and Lufthansa Technik, with Airbus support, have teamed to jointly test a technology demonstrator, which might lead to a new way for aircraft to taxi. The group successfully tested a new method of ground operations using electric motors installed on an Airbus A320. It was the first known time electric motors were installed on the main landing gear of a commercial aircraft and used to provide all necessary aircraft ground movement.
Aviation Partners (API) founder and CEO Joe Clark issued a statement yesterday in response to Airbus’s lawsuit complaining about API’s winglet patent.
Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC), a specialist in Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) cabin completion and associated services, has signed executive cabin completion contracts with Aviation Link Company of Saudi Arabia for two Airbus ACJ319s.
Comlux Aviation placed the first-ever order for an Airbus ACJ321 at the Dubai Air Show yesterday, expanding the Airbus Corporate Jet offerings.