Airbus

July 17, 2014 - 7:40am

The Irkut MC-21 program, which is developing a family of single-aisle airliners, is on track to meet its current development schedule, according to officials of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC, Chalet B10 and Hall 1 Stand E8), at the Farnborough Airshow.

Among milestones reached and planned are assembly of the first MC-21 starting late this year or early 2015; first flight at the end of 2015 or early 2016; and entry into service in late 2017.

July 17, 2014 - 7:20am

Liebherr-Aerospace (Hall 4 Stand E6) is here exhibiting its flight control and actuation systems, landing gear, air management systems and gearboxes as well as Liebherr-Elektronik electronic components. Highlights include the nose and the main landing gear of Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft, a wingtip brake for the Airbus A350 XWB, a cooling pack for the Comac C919 and a newly developed gearbox for an unnamed, next-generation helicopter program.

July 17, 2014 - 6:37am

Eaton has been selected by Rolls-Royce to continue providing its engine build-up for another Trent engine program, the Trent XWB-97. The 97,000 pound-thrust turbofan will power the new Airbus A350-1000 platform.

July 17, 2014 - 6:25am

The Munich factory of Europrop International (EPI) is ramping up production of its 11,000-shp TP400 turboprop engine to an annual 96 units to support Airbus A400M military transport deliveries in the coming years.

At the same, EPI is carefully following the recent entry-into-service of the first three aircraft, without having any major issues to report. For the joint-venture company’s four partners–Rolls-Royce, Snecma, ITP and MTU–this phase is thus looking much quieter than during the A400M’s troubled development.

July 17, 2014 - 5:45am

Rolls-Royce here announced the first run of the Trent XWB-97 turbofan on Tuesday. Selected as the sole engine for the higher-thrust version for the Airbus A350-1000, The 97,000-lb-thrust Trent XWB-97 will begin test flights in 2016. Entry into service is pegged for 2017. The turbofan’s increased thrust is obtained by a combination of new high-temperature turbine technology, a larger core and advanced fan aerodynamics, Rolls-Royce (here at Hall 4 Stand H3) said.

July 17, 2014 - 5:35am

Aircraft support specialist AJW Aviation (Outdoor Exhibit 10) has been chosen by Air Serbia to provide a five-year, hourly cost maintenance service to supply spares for its Airbus narrow-body fleet. The contract covers seven Airbus A319s and two A320s.

AJW Aviation is building a network of support hubs in Eastern Europe to provide greater support and minimize AOG situations, although a 24/7 AOG service is also provided.

July 17, 2014 - 5:30am

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) announced that Airbus has joined the consortium and that Aerojet Rocketdyne is expanding its membership role.

July 17, 2014 - 5:30am

Airbus has joined the Virginia’s Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), an industry, academic and government consortium dedicated to manufacturing breakthroughs and advancements in applied research, the two parties announced yesterday at the show.

Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia appeared with Charles Champion, Airbus executive vice president of engineering, and several other consortium and Airbus officials at a signing event at the Airbus chalet.

July 17, 2014 - 5:15am

The second quarter of 2014 has been good to ST Aerospace, which booked $520 million worth of contracts during the quarter.

ST Aerospace (Chalet B18/19) booked a five-year agreement with a regional airline in the U.S. for heavy maintenance on 42 Embraer E-170 and E-175 jets. The maintenance will be done at ST Aerospace’s San Antonio, Texas facility.

In Guangzhou, ST Aerospace received FAA, EASA and Chinese CAAC Part 145 approval. This makes it possible for the company to service aircraft registered under those authorities’ frameworks.

July 17, 2014 - 4:47am

Hong Kong Aviation Capital (HKAC) today at the Farnborough International Airshow signed a firm order with Airbus for 70 A320neo narrowbodies.

 
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