Airbus has already started to produce the first elements of the “sharklet” wingtips for incorporation on wings for standard A320 aircraft that are expected to enter service in about 18 months’ time, during the fourth quarter of 2012. It also has begun to convert the original A320 (MSN 0001), including installation of flight-test instruments, to act as a test bed.
The Airbus A320neo (for “new engine option”) is “the fastest selling aircraft in history” and the manufacturer set itself the target of accruing “over 500” commitments by this week’s Paris Air Show, according to chief operating officer (customers) John Leahy. By early April, the company had booked more than 330 orders and “commitments” and this prompted it to accelerate the program by six months.
International Aero Engines (IAE) will begin to consider a “SelectThree” variant of its established V2500 turbofan around the end of 2011 as a potential follow-on to the SelectTwo version unveiled earlier this year and launched by Middle East operator Gulf Air.
The tie-up between Spanish flag carrier Iberia and the UK’s British Airways to create International Airlines Group (IAG) will pave the way for an overhaul of the way the pair buy aircraft, according to the new company’s finance chief. The two airlines plan to combine buying in a new fleet renewal strategy led by IAG with its stronger buying power, although they will continue to run and maintain their fleets separately, Enrique Dupuy said.
Thanks in large part to the emergence of the PW1000G PurePower Geared TurboFan, Pratt & Whitney has staged what some might consider a stunning reversal in fortunes since its failure to win a place on the Boeing 787 and the well documented trials of the PW6000 just a few years back.
Airbus has moved forward by six months its target to introduce the A320neo, in effect pre-empting any word from Boeing about its choice of whether to re-engine the 737 or introduce a new “clean-sheet” design. John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer for customers, said he thinks the U.S.
Airbus’s launch last week of a new engine option for its A320 single-aisle series has for the moment turned the proverbial spotlight directly on rival Boeing and its own line of narrowbodies. Indeed, the competitive implications of re-engining the 737–or not–now appear unequivocal.
Rizon Jet will manage and operate a new Airbus Corporate Jetliner for an undisclosed Aranian Gulf customer. The A319 ACJ is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of next year and the completion, to be done at AMAC Aerospace's Basel, Switzerland headquarters, will be finished in the third quarter of 2012. The owner has selected Andrew Winch Design of London to design the ACJ's interior.
After many months of consultation and analysis, Airbus today announced the official launch of new engine options for the A320 series. Dubbed the A320neo, the project involves the introduction of two new engine choices for the single-aisle airliners–either CFM’s Leap-X or Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G, formerly known as the Geared Turbofan. The new engine option also incorporates fuel-saving wingtip devices called sharklets.
British Airways bid farewell to its three remaining Boeing 757s on Saturday, October 30, with a special farewell tour around the UK. To commemorate the day, the airline repainted one of the aircraft, G-CPET, in vintage BA livery from 1983. That airplane visited Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh during its final day in British Airways service from London Heathrow. The other two 757s flew from Heathrow on Spanish services.