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VLM_PhotoIlyushin Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Belgian carrier VLM Airline signed an LOI for  two SSJ100s with options for additional two plus ten aircraft.

“The LoI signed by VLM represents an interesting achievement in a very competitive market like Europe – states Nazario Cauceglia, CEO of SuperJet International – This confirms that the SSJ100 is the best choice, what exactly the regional market needs today. It is certainly the most optimized aircraft in the 100-seat market in terms of total operational costs and of ownership costs compared to its direct competitors. This important transaction is also the result of an attractive financial offer. We are pleased to provide our customers with exceptional financial packages that can be converted into operating lease-agreements. Financing is a key aspect and I am sure this approach will pave the way of the SSJ100 towards the success”.

This order may seem small, and like… Continue reading

As reactions to the disruptive longer range A321neo idea from Airbus percolates, we took a look at the key market for this aircraft. Take a look at the tables below: there are 636 (~65% of all 757s delivered) Boeing 757s in US airline service.  In the second table we see how the model breakdown looks.2014-10-23_15-23-14Nearly 70% of the US fleet is the 757-200 model.  This is where it appears the new A321neo is being aimed.  Now lets see where Airbus sales team will be focusing their attention.

2014-10-23_15-30-01Even as we consider the fleet, it is worth noting the 757 has started to age.  American is retiring 19 or 18% of its 757 fleet by year end.  United has plans to retire 37, or 28% of its 757s this year.  Delta has not shared its 757 retirement plans.  But two of the big… Continue reading

Frequently industry analysts get caught up in the vast amount of minutiae this industry generates.  We decided to step back and take a 50,000 foot look at the industry and came up a few charts we find illustrative and interesting.

Taking the global fleet and breaking it down by regions gives us the first chart.  Three markets are clearly crucial and make up 75% of the market.  Numbers in the columns represent the fleet type size.  The bold numbers indicate how much of the global fleet is based in the region.

The smaller markets are rather similar in extent.  Turboprops represent 9.8% of the market, narrow body aircraft are 71.5% and wide body aircraft make up 18.8%. Continue reading

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The Rolls-Royce composite carbon/titanium (CTi) fan blade for the Advance and UltraFan engines took to the skies for the first time, marking another milestone for the program. A set of the CTi fan blades successfully completed a first flight incorporated into a Trent 1000 “donor” engine, on Rolls-Royce’s 747 flying test bed at Tucson, Arizona. The Advance engine design will offer at least 20% less fuel burn and CO₂ emissions than the first generation of Rolls-Royce Trent engine and could be ready for entry into service from 2020.

CTi technology delivers lighter fan blades while retaining aerodynamic performance. Combined with a composite engine casing, it forms a system that reduces weight by up to 1,500lb per aircraft, the equivalent of carrying seven more passengers at no cost.

The UltraFan is a geared design with a variable pitch fan system, and is based on technology that could be ready for service… Continue reading

Last year the first Airbus Market Survey in Latin America provided valuable insights on how airline executives in the region perceive market evolutions and fleet requirements.  Airbus has just launched their 2014 Airbus Market Survey in Latin America.

In the 2013 results Airbus discovered that:

  • Intra-regional connections was the top long term network development opportunity
  • The market has a “very optimistic near-term outlook”
  • Criteria for new aircraft is driven by fuel burn, revenue generation ability and fleet rationalization
  • Airlines need to see savings of 15% to transition to same generation and 25% to transition to next generation
  • Best age to replace aircraft is between 8-12 years or a 15-20% cost improvement

With that backdrop, let’s look at this market.  The table shows the regional fleet earlier this year.  Over 77% of the fleet is narrow body (single aisle).  This is why the intra-regional market shows up… Continue reading

CFM provided this video of their new engine’s start to the flight test program from October 6, 2014.  This is the engine competing with P&W’s GTF. The LEAP will be the exclusive engine for the 737MAX program and is available on the A320neo program.

An intriguing data point discovered yesterday is that the MAX engine is close to the ideal size for the Bombardier CSeries, if that OEM were to consider offering an engine selection.

Rumors about a Boeing 757 replacement from Airbus have been swirling for months.  Many industry followers have been discussing the Boeing 757 replacement “gap” – because the aircraft OEMs today tout as replacements, the A321neo and 737MAX9, don’t quite meet the bar.

The Boeing 757 is a special aircraft with unique payload/range capabilities.  The way the aircraft is used today is quite different than what was envisaged at EIS.  The capability to operate long thin routes enables it to develop new markets, connecting secondary cities in the US with the same in Europe or South America.

Airbus shared with us that their design concept and it consists of the following key data points:

  • True transatlantic range (100NM more range than 757-200w)
  • Similar seat count to 757 but with true long range comfort. Lie flat bed business class and 18″ wide economy comfort.
  • 25% lower cost per seat… Continue reading

Hello world! The man under the engine provides some scale. This is a big airplane.

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The prototype is expected to make its maiden flight soon. First deliveries are expected from late 2016.   Launched in 2009, the KC-390 is planned as a replacement of the C-130 with the Brazilian Air Force.   The aircraft features fly by wire controls and IAE V2500-A5 engines.  The KC-390 can carry up to 23 tons of equipment, 80 personnel, 64 paratroopers or 74 stretchers.  Brazil has ordered 28, while there is interest from Argentina (6), Chile (6), Colombia (12), Portugal (6) and the Czech Republic (2).
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