Airbus today at EBACE received its largest-ever order for corporate jetliners with a $1.5 billion order for six A350 Prestiges by Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based MAZ Aviation. The aircraft, one A350-800 and five A350-900s, scheduled for delivery between 2015 and 2019, are for separate private customers in the Middle East who are already owners of Airbus aircraft, said MAZ Aviation founder and chairman Mohammed Al-Zeer.
Airbus recently passed the 100 sales mark with its Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) family and is now achieving breakthrough sales with its new larger VIP transports. The European airframer also has sold its first double-decked A380 “Flying Palace” and clinched a second commitment for the A350XWB Prestige, based on the A350XWB-900 airliner.
Airbus in late February successfully tested an emissions-free fuel cell in flight. The hydrogen- and oxygen-based fuel cell system generated up to 20 kilowatts of electrical power on an A320 test aircraft, and the output was used to power the aircraft’s electric motor pump for the back-up hydraulic circuit that operates the aircraft’s ailerons.
Despite the beginning of the Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day (a popular holiday in Hong Kong), the fast-approaching Singapore Airshow and temperatures low enough to break a 40-year-record, the third Asian Business Aviation Conference &
Airbus is studying 10-abreast seating for its A350WXB following interest from low-cost airlines including AirAsia, which has inquired a potential 25-aircraft order.
Curtiss-Wright Controls (CWC) (Stand No. R81) has agreed to supply the mechanical systems for the Boeing 787’s large cargo door under a contract with door supplier Saab Aerostructures. The deal reflects the U.S. company’s desire to expand its footprint in motion control systems for commercial aerospace.
Rolls-Royce’s plans to build a greenfield factory in Singapore to manufacture and test the latest Trent engines came as no surprise given the increasing importance of the Asia Pacific region as a market for aircraft engines.
Rolls-Royce has confirmed a follow-on order from Singapore Airlines for Trent 900 engines to power SIA’s nine additional Airbus A380s.
Airbus enjoyed a record year in terms of net orders (including cancellations or order conversions), adding orders for 1,341 airplanes worth $157 million (r107 million) by the end of 2007. The company claims this represents a 30-percent increase on its previous record, set in 2005.
Hong Kong aircraft charter and management company C Jet will be looking for completion centers. In November, the company placed a firm order for an Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) and signed a memorandum of understanding for the first executive version of the Airbus A350XWB. The ACJ interior will be based on the A318 Prestige cabin concept, featuring a lounge, dining area, private office and stateroom with en-suite lavatory and shower.