Korean Air celebrated the delivery of its first Engine Alliance GP7200-powered Airbus A380 at a ceremony at Airbus’s headquarters in Toulouse, France. Korean Air has ordered a total of 10 A380s and expects to start scheduled operations next month.
Lufthansa Technik and Panasonic Avionics have formed a 50-50 joint venture in executive/VIP cabin electronics, and the new stand-alone company–IDair (Innovation Design for the Air)–is making its trade show debut at EBACE 2011 (Stand 167).
“It’s our big bang,” said IDair CEO Andrew Muirhead, IDair, of the EBACE introduction. “The independent company was founded in April and we are now open for business.”
Rolls-Royce believes it can contain the financial cost of last November’s uncontained disc failure in a Trent 900 engine to not much more than £56 million ($89.6 million). It allocated that amount for dealing with the fallout from the accident on a Qantas A380 airliner in its financial results for 2010, announced on February 10.
At the same time as the Southwest 737 Flight 812 debacle was unfolding–almost as rapidly as the fuselage skin tore off the aircraft shortly after departure from Phoenix–a book crossed my desk that could have been written for the aviation industry, and Boeing and Southwest in particular. But the FAA could also take a lesson.
The first Korean Air A380 took to the skies today for the start of a final phase of flight and ground tests at Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany, where the aircraft has undergone painting and full cabin furnishing. Plans call for Airbus personnel to test all cabin systems, including air flow and air conditioning, lighting, galleys, lavatories, seats and in-flight entertainment, during the upcoming program of flights.
The NTSB has launched an investigation into the wingtip clipping that occurred between an Air France Airbus A380 (F-HPJD) and a Comair Bombardier CRJ700 (N641CA) at New York JFK International Airport last night.
Early interest in the Airbus A320neo appears to have spread beyond the ranks of two potential launch operators, as aircraft leasing powerhouse ILFC today signaled its endorsement of the re-engined narrowbodies with a memorandum of understanding covering 75 A320neos and 25 A321neos. However, ILFC also cancelled its purchase agreement for 10 A380s in an effort to “rebalance” its order book, undoubtedly tempering Airbus’s satisfaction.
At Boeing’s colossal plant in Everett, Wash., the February 13 gathering of some 10,000 employees, government officials and customer, partner and supplier reps served not only as a chance to celebrate a long-overdue “unveiling” of the 747-8 Intercontinental, but as a reminder of a painful legacy left by top management a decade or more ago.
Japan’s Skymark Airlines converted a memorandum of understanding for four Airbus A380s to a firm order yesterday, officially marking the first sale of the superjumbo to a Japanese airline.