The sun shone on the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow and exhibiting airliner manufacturers and engine suppliers certainly took every opportunity to make hay while the sun was shining, logging orders totaling almost $168 billion (according to AIN estimates).
A commitment today for 12 A330neos and eight A330s from Russia’s Transaero gave Airbus its sixth customer for the re-engined widebody, launched with a memorandum of understanding from Air Lease Corporation for 25 units on the first day of the show. It also concluded a sales rally by Airbus that resulted in the company winning business worth $75 billion, making this the most commercially successful Farnborough show in its history.
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.
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.
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.
The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) announced that Airbus has joined the consortium and that Aerojet Rocketdyne is expanding its membership role.
Hong Kong Aviation Capital (HKAC) today at the Farnborough International Airshow signed a firm order with Airbus for 70 A320neo narrowbodies.
The first level D flight simulator for the Airbus Helicopters EC175 medium twin has just received EASA certification, thus allowing the manufacturer to use it to train customer pilots. Designed by Spain-based Indra and located at the Helisim training center adjacent to the Airbus factory in Marignane, France, it features a 210- by 80-degree continuous field of view. Another EC175 full-flight simulator will be installed in the U.S. Airbus Helicopters is here at Outdoor Exhibit OE13.
Airbus Helicopters will lead the design of a compound rotorcraft demonstrator dubbed “LifeRCraft” (Low Impact Fast & Efficient RotorCraft) as part of Europe’s Clean Sky 2 Joint Technology Initiative, which was formally launched last week in Brussels. Preliminary studies, architecture and specification activity will start this year, with development and testing of components and subsystems envisioned in the 2016-2018 timeframe. Flight evaluations could start in early 2019.
Airbus Helicopters has added personalization options for its EC135 l’Helicoptere par Hermes, which made its debut in 2007. At EBACE Airbus displayed an EC135T2e with an interior by the high-fashion and leather-goods manufacturer, and announced that the enhanced personalization will be available on the upgraded EC135T3/P3 variant.
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