As a district court in Weilheim, Germany, opened insolvency proceedings against Fairchild Dornier on July 1, the fate of the Bavarian regional jet builder hung on the fading hope that a large established aerospace company might come to its rescue.
The Dassault family again holds the majority share of Dassault Aviation, with 50.01 percent of the French aircraft manufacturer’s stock.
The first Airbus A400M airlifter is set to be rolled out from the final assembly line at Seville, Spain, in June, but it won’t make its first flight until at least September. The program is now running more than six months late due to developmental delays with the large TP400 turboprop engines. The first flight of a TP400 on a C-130 testbed at Marshall Aerospace’s Cambridge, UK airfield has been delayed again until next month.
The intense debate over the U.S. Air Force’s choice of a new tanker continues. Boeing claimed that the KC-767 was found to be “more survivable” than the Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) in the USAF evaluation. Northrop Grumman launched a new Web site to refute various allegations about its A330MRTT bid and ask why Boeing did not raise concerns about the selection process earlier.
At a news conference in Paris in late January, Eurocopter disclosed its results for last year–an all-time high in sales that surpassed the previous record set in 2006. Lutz Bertling, the CEO of the Franco-German-Spanish helicopter manufacturer, also outlined his strategy for expanding the company’s influence in the coming years.
A master research collaboration agreement signed here yesterday between EADS Innovation Works Singapore and the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) aims to build on a joint cryptography project completed in November 2007.
Boeing delivered the first of four KC-767 Tankers to Japan yesterday, 15 months behind schedule. Before leaving U.S. airspace on a 14-hour ferry flight to Gifu airbase neat Nagoya, it flew in formation with the No. 2 airplane that will follow after the Japan Air Self-Defense Force completes a formal acceptance process.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force has begun a three-year research program with three EADS departments to develop advanced capabilities in the field of maintenance for the RSAF’s fleet of AS332 Super Pumas. The RSAF is working with Eurocopter, EADS Singapore Research and Technology Centre, and Eurocopter Southeast Asia.
At a recent seminar on “mobility and sustainability” in air transport, held at EADS’s Astrium site in Bremen, company CEO Louis Gallois confidently dismissed fears relating to an economic downturn.
Airbus’ Power8 restructuring program has so far done what its designers intended it to do at its inception in February 2007, achieving a reduction in overhead and costs while finding partners for the aerostructures sites the company wants to sell, according to Airbus president and chief executive officer Tom Enders. “Power8 is not only a cost-cutting program.