Airbus announced firm orders, purchase agreements and memoranda of understanding Wednesday at Aviation Expo China in Beijing covering 160 A320-family narrowbodies from four separate customers.
Airbus A320 family
United Technologies and Rolls-Royce have agreed to drop plans to collaborate on a new family of engines for the 120- to 230-seat narrowbody market, “following further discussion and because of the current regulatory environment,” said UTC engine subsidiary Pratt & Whitney in a statement released Thursday.
Rockwell Collins has signed a long-term service agreement with AAR for maintenance, repair and overhaul of Rockwell Collins avionics on more than 300 aircraft, including the Airbus A319, A320 and A330; Boeing 737 and 767; and Bombardier CRJ.
“AAR currently supports more than 600 aircraft under long-term component support agreements, and this agreement will contribute to AAR’s on-time delivery of reliable, quality components to our customers,” Chris Fiddes, AAR’s v-p of business development, told AIN.
Delta Air Lines has placed its first order for Airbus airplanes in some two decades, signing for 30 A321s and 10 A330-300s, the European airframer announced Wednesday. The airline has chosen CFM56-5B engines from CFM International to power its A321s and CF6-80E1 engines from GE Aviation for its new A330s.
The airline industry will need more than one million new pilots and technicians to operate and maintain new aircraft due for delivery over the next two decades, according to a new forecast from Boeing. The 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook, released on Thursday at the launch of 787 training at the U.S. airframer’s Miami Flight Services campus, projects a requirement for 498,000 new airline pilots and 556,000 new maintenance technicians by 2032.
Airbus aerostructures supplier Aerolia has received the 500th shipset of nose landing gear bays for the A320 series from Russia’s Irkut. The landmark was celebrated on Tuesday at the MAKS airshow in Moscow. Irkut has been supplying structures and systems to Airbus since 2004 with work packages including keel beams, flap tracks and landing gear bays.
The FAA has reported that a JetBlue Airbus A320 conducted its first flight using ADS-B technology on June 9 between Fort Lauderdale and San Francisco and also became the first U.S. airliner to reach its destination using a predominantly ADS-B-created route. The aircraft flew the route over the Gulf of Mexico as it steered around weather along its regular company-filed flight-plan route. The reroute also shaved 100 nm from the aircraft’s trip, saving fuel.
Implementation of a new Brazilian requirement mandating the use of level-D simulators for renewing privately operated business aircraft type ratings has had to be postponed until next year due to a shortage of suitable training equipment in the country.
The business jet fleet is projected to grow by 55 percent over the next 12 years–to nearly 31,000 aircraft from about 20,000 today–according to the International Bureau of Aviation’s Business Jet Asset Report 2013, released on Tuesday. Much of the new growth is expected to come from new deliveries, “Implying many business jet models have a solid future ahead of them,” the group said.
International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways, has secured firm orders and options for up to 220 Airbus A320 family narrowbodies, of which it plans to assign 120 to its Barcelona-based low-fare subsidiary, Vueling. IAG said the new aircraft will allow Vueling to replace some of its existing A320s and expand its business.