The Doncasters Group, headquartered in Melbourne, UK, recently signed its largest single contract in its 226-year history to produce turbo-machinery for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner auxiliary power unit (AP5000). The alliance with Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems of San Diego, California, has potential revenues of $300 million for Doncasters, which employs some 4,300 people at more than 20 sites in Europe, the U.S. and Mexico.
Rolls-Royce Trent 900
Korean Air has ordered $300 million worth of GP7200s from the Engine Alliance to power its Airbus A380s. The carrier has ordered 23 engines for the five A380s it has on firm order and will take another 13, worth a further $170 million, if it exercises its options for three more.
Orders for as many as 250 new General Electric (GE) GEnx engines are expected here at the Paris Air Show this week as the Boeing 787 program gathers pace after last year’s hesitant start. Announcements will come as Boeing prepares for the launch of the stretched 747 Advanced (for which it predicts a market for up to 300), and Airbus launches its A350 variant of the A330–both programs representing applications of the new engine.
Less than 50 days after the A380’s first flight, Airbus has reported an essentially satisfactory start to the very large jetliner’s test program. Preliminary results include “excellent” comfort up to the M 0.89 maximum operating Mach number, with cruise performance said to be “on target,” a spokesman said.
The General Electric/Pratt & Whitney Engine Alliance partnership was last month awarded certification of the GP7200 by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is now preparing for its first flight powering the giant Airbus A380 airliner.
Goodrich Corp. has made its presence known in a big way here at Asian Aerospace as a major subassembly supplier on the show’s most conspicuous display aircraft. Appearing for the first time on an Airbus aircraft, the Goodrich main body and wing landing gear attached to the mammoth A380 account for just one facet of the company’s participation in the project.
After celebrating a bumper year in 2005, Rolls-Royce is pushing ahead with a huge program of reorganization to capitalize on its increasingly strong global position and secure its long-term stability.
Delays to the A380 program have not made things any easier for major suppliers such as the Engine Alliance (Hall 4 Stand A9), which currently has its first four production GP7200 engines mounted on an aircraft at Toulouse waiting for clearance to begin flight tests.
Situated literally at the center of the show site, Goodrich Corp. has certainly made an impression at this year’s Farnborough with a new pavilion that combines a chalet and an exhibit stand, giving invited guests and drop-ins alike quick and easy access to information on its entire range of products.
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