Today UEC (Russia’s United Engine Corporation) announced they are starting the second phase of the PD-14 engine flight tests. UEC claims the PD-14 is a fifth generation engine being developed for powering the MC-21 airliner. They also claim using up-to-date technologies and materials, including the composites. The PD-14 is the first completely new Russian aeroengine for the civil airliners in a very long time. The test engine is seen here in the flight test aircraft.
UEC has built 11 test engines so far. During 2015-2016 the first stage of the flight tests were successfully performed at the Flight Research Institute at Zhukovsky. The second stage of the flight tests is planned to remove the “limitations regarding the engine’s thrust ratings and with provision for the high altitude engine starts”. The performance of the PD-14 engine will be tested at all speeds, altitudes and thrust ratings.
The inaugural Southeast Europe Aviation Summit (SEAS), the first high-level summit of its kind focused on regional growth and collaboration in the aviation sector in Southeast Europe, will be held in Belgrade from December 13-14, 2016, organizers announced.
SEAS is being hosted under the auspices of the Government of Republic of Serbia and patronage of its Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic, as well as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Air Serbia, Sinisa Mali.
The region’s aviation industry will meet in Belgrade as SEAS hosts the most influential aviation officials and key industry leaders to offer insights and provide a forum for discussing regional modernization and expansion in this industry. The key note addresses include: H.E. Aleksandar Vucic, the Prime Minister of Serbia, James Hogan, President and CEO of Etihad Aviation Group with panel speakers Dane Kondic, CEO of Air Serbia, Michalis Kouveliotis, CFO of Aegean and over 25 C-level… Continue reading
Bombardier announced the delivery of the first CS300 aircraft to launch operator airBaltic, the flag carrier of Latvia. The CS300 is the larger variant of Bombardier’s all new C Series aircraft, which is designed to carry between 130 and 150 passengers. The handover to airBaltic comes just five months after the successful entry into service of the CS100 variant of the C Series.
“We are thrilled to be taking home the first CS300 aircraft – the newest member of the most innovative and technologically advanced family of airliners in the world,” said Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer, airBaltic. “With its longer range capabilities, lower fuel burn and reduced noise emissions compared to other airliners in its segment, the CS300 aircraft will enable airBaltic to open new routes and connect people all across Europe, while offering passengers an unparalleled in-flight experience.
“We congratulate airBaltic, the first airline in the world to… Continue reading
December 2 is literally around the corner and Emirates is supposed to take delivery of its first Rolls-Royce powered A380. But it looks like this might not occur on the date. News out November 18th suggests that Rolls-Royce has not met its contractual obligations.
Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates, is not a man to be trifled with. He has built the airline’s remarkable success on the A380. He is committed to the aircraft, and it is the cornerstone of the airline’s plans to move pretty much all major traffic flows over Dubai. At a media meeting in Berlin on the 18th he was unequivocal “We want the engines as prescribed in the contract”.
Sir Tim gave no details. But there are apparently technical issues that need fixing.
Rolls-Royce pushed to win Emirates as a customer and secured a deal to power… Continue reading
The news that Ray Conner is being replaced at the helm of Boeing commercial comes as no surprise. Since January last year there was a definite sense of inevitability following the rise of Dennis Muilenburg as CEO.
It is logical and expected that Mr Muilenburg would surround himself with his own team and begin to shape it to begin moving forward with his own strategy. To that end, it became clear that Mr Conner and Mr Muilenburg were not singing the same tune for the past few months.
The appointment of Kevin McAllister to replace Mr Conner is the latest phase in what we would call the “financialization” of the Boeing company. Namely, a gradual migration away from core industrial activities towards a more balanced portfolio of production and service capabilities. This gradual shift had been initiated under the leadership of Jim McNerney and will now extend fully into the… Continue reading