Nacelle manufacturer Aircelle is here in Dubai celebrating the creation of Aerostructure Middle East Services (AMES), a 50-50 joint venture with maintenance specialist Air France Industries to provide nacelle maintenance. Located in the Jebel Ali free zone, the 107,000-sq-ft facility will be open to Airbus A320s, A330s, A340s and A380s early next year.
Tim Clark is relieved, if only slightly, because the Emirates Airline president sees a less bleak future for the local carrier than he projected a few months ago. Following better-than-expected performance through the middle of this year, Clark believes that in 2010 the airline industry should benefit from increased consumer spending, unless the recession deepens or stock markets decline strongly.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics (Stand C310) has opened an office in Dubai to serve its Middle Eastern and African customers, and is here at the Dubai Airshow highlighting several new modernization and upgrade products, including its enhanced landing gear control and interface unit (LGCIU) for the Airbus A320 series.
Against a backdrop of ongoing financial insecurity in the global banking sector, Qatar Airways announced this week that it has secured two “innovative” financing deals worth a total of $700 million to buy four new Boeing 777s due for delivery over the next few months.
Orders for more than 1,400 A330s and A340s has been the Airbus reward for 15 years of continuous innovation, including the introduction of A340-600-technology flight deck, cabin, systems and structures upgrades across the range in 2002-04.
GE Aviation has signed two separate 10-year OnPoint engine service agreements with Delta Air Lines and Japan Airlines subsidiary J-Air. The contract with Delta covers maintenance and overhaul of the GE90-110B1L2 engines that power the carrier’s entire Boeing 777-200LR fleet. The agreement with J-Air covers the
Less than three months ago, on March 24, General Electric’s newest engine, the GEnx-2B, took to the air on the company’s Boeing 747 flying test bed, marking another milestone in the development of its latest and most advanced civil powerplant.
The NTSB has issued an “urgent” safety recommendation calling for a redesign of the Rolls-Royce RB211 Trent 800 Series engines in Boeing 777s after two separate reported incidents of thrust rollbacks due to ice accumulation on the engines’ fuel/oil heat exchanger (FOHE).
The FAA published a revised Airworthiness Directive today for Boeing 777-200s and -300s equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines. The new AD adds further procedures to prevent ice buildup that can clog fuel lines.
Aviation Partners also has patented a development known as spiroids. Company chairman Joe Clark’s own Falcon 50 is expected to be used for any future trials with the spiroids, which resemble extended wingtips rolled in-board to form a loop. They are said to have yielded a 10-percent performance improvement during trials with a GII in 2001.