As concern for the environment gathers urgency, a number of manufacturers are studying the use of biofuels, which they consider a low-CO2 alternative to petroleum-based fuels.
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A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed into a muddy field while on approach into Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport at around 10:30 a.m. local time February 25, killing at least nine of the 134 occupants and injuring dozens more. News cameras showed rescue crews surrounding the scene, where the airplane lay in three pieces alongside a highway, roughly a half mile from the intended runway threshold.
GE Aviation has signed a memorandum of understanding with Iberia Maintenance designating the company as the preferred regional fulfillment center for CFM56-5A MRO in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Snecma remains “very satisfied” with the performance of its Silvercrest core engine demonstration program despite its failure to secure a launch platform for the new-generation turbofan.
Australia’s biggest airline, Qantas Airways, and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider Lufthansa Technik of Hamburg, Germany, have joined forces in a new joint venture: Jet Turbine Services (JTS).
Snecma Services has signed an engineering support contract with Morocco’s flag carrier Royal Air Maroc. The two companies already participate in a partnership under their Snecma Morocco Engine Services joint venture–a maintenance, repair and overhaul shop for the Boeing 737s’ CFM56-3 and -B engines.
S7 Airlines announced here yesterday that it has signed a 13-year engine service per hour contract with Snecma Services covering its CFM56-5A engines. The new pact follows another signed two years ago. One of Russia’s largest domestic airlines, S7 Airlines bases its operation in Novosibirsk and has its largest hub at Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow.
Snecma Services has signed a three-year maintenance contract with privately-owned Bahrain Air to support the CFM56-5A engines that power the carrier’s fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft–which will number four by the end of the year.
CFM International partners General Electric and Snecma have extended their successful 34-year partnership until 2040 and revealed plans to develop an all-new engine, provisionally called the Leap-X. The engine will provide 16 percent more fuel efficiency than today’s CFM56; however, it will not be offered for retrofit to existing aircraft.
France’s Safran group plans to embark on a restructuring effort to better advance the so-called more electric aircraft concept and the increased application of electronics in aircraft systems and subsystems. In his first ever press interview, new CEO Jean-Paul Herteman told AIN that the revamp, due to start in early 2009, will “take on critical importance” in developing a generation of less fuel-hungry aircraft.