While Boeing lays claim to the status of “China’s leading supplier of passenger airplanes,” Airbus certainly proved itself a worthy competitor for that title last week, as it inked contracts for 102 airliners from China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS). The business included new firm orders for 50 A320-family jets, six A330s and 10 A350XWBs, while the parties confirmed an earlier order for 36 A330s.
Singapore Airlines fleet
Rolls-Royce today confirmed that an oil fire led to the November 4 uncontained failure of a Trent 900 on a Qantas A380 on its way from Sydney to Singapore. In a statement issued this morning, the engine company said that the failure involved "a specific component" in the turbine area of the engine and led to the release of the intermediate pressure turbine disc.
Rolls-Royce says that the uncontained engine failure on a Qantas Airbus A380 en route from Singapore to Sydney on November 4 “is specific to the Trent 900.”
A Qantas Airbus A380 on its way to Sydney from Singapore this morning experienced an uncontained engine failure soon after takeoff, forcing the airplane to return to Singapore and prompting Qantas to ground its entire fleet of six A380s. The aircraft, operating as Flight QF32, carried 440 passengers and 26 crewmembers, none of whom sustained injuries.
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.
Boeing today announced yet another delay to the 787 program, following “an assessment of the availability of an engine needed for the final phases of flight test this fall.” This latest hiccup will force Boeing to suspend delivery of launch customer All Nippon Airways’ first 787 until the middle of next year’s first quarter, the Chicago-based airframer confirmed today.
Michelin Inks 425-Aircraft Tire Deal
Tire manufacturer Michelin has signed two 10-year contracts with Air France and KLM to provide tires for “around 425 aircraft.” The aircraft, covered on a pay-by-the-landing basis, include 145 Airbus A320s, 66 Boeing 737s, 34 Boeing 777-300ERs and three Airbus A380s, among others.
L-3 Link on a Mission for the U.S. Air Force
Hong Kong Airlines finalized a firm order with Airbus for six A330-200s, the European manufacturer confirmed today. The contract, which closes on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) announced during the Singapore Airshow earlier this year, calls for Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines to power the new aircraft.
Chile’s LAN Airlines has reached an agreement with Boeing to advance the start of delivery of ten 787-8 Dreamliners it has ordered by three years, from 2014 to the first half of 2011, the airline announced yesterday. Under the new schedule, LAN would become the first airline in the Western hemisphere to take delivery of the type.