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AirInsight conducted a short survey among industry executives to get their impressions of the Bombardier C Series after it’s recent debut at the Paris Air Show. Because this was the only new aircraft exhibited at the show, it was the obvious choice as a survey topic.   The results have been most interesting. Continue reading

Who would have thought it? Delta is one of the leading US carriers that has made its annoyance with the big three Middle Eastern airlines quite public. But today Delta announced that it is taking yet another equity stake in an airline, purchasing a 3.55% stake in China Eastern. This is becoming something of a habit at Delta, and it is closely following the Etihad model of buying equity stakes to further cement its airline alliances. Continue reading

At high altitudes where commercial jetliners operate, bleed air is used to supply crew and passengers with fresh air at the right temperature. This bleed air is taken from the engine and mixed with recirculated cabin air. The bleed air is compressed to cabin pressure by the engine compressor, which is lubricated with synthetic oils, containing poisoning components. If the seals used are not a 100%, crew and passengers are at a risk of inhaling toxic air, leading to aerotoxic syndrome.

Other than the 787, all commercial aircraft, even the A350 (and most probably 777X) use bleed air for the cabin air supply. This is due to the fact that the engine compressor is overall the most efficient air compressor on-board jetliners. Besides, an additional compressor adds more weight, which translates in less payload and/or range.   In recent years, most efficiency improvements on aircraft… Continue reading

15072309024918COMAC and CFM International celebrated delivery of the first LEAP-1C engine for the C919 prototype yesterday.  The second Leap-1C engine is expected to be delivered to COMAC in August.

The first C919 prototype is in final assembly in Shanghai. The fuselage has been completed and mobile systems are being installed.  But first flight had been postponed to 1H16. Deliveries are scheduled for 2018 but we anticipate slipping to closer to 2020.

FedEx1Boeing’s 767 was introduced on September 8, 1982.  In about five weeks time the 767 program will be 33 years old!  Yet the program just got its biggest order to date.  FedEx ordered 50 and 50 options.  This is an amazing performance. Continue reading

We hear it all the time – fuel costs are the airlines’ biggest input cost.  When looking at the data, it certainly is the largest input on flight operations.  However, what does it look like for the aircraft airlines depend on most?  The workhorse aircraft seating from 125 to 200 passengers?  Airbus and Boeing dominate these segments and their aircraft set the tone.

In the chart below we use the US DoT Form 41 data to illustrate what fuel costs are on a per seat per flight hour basis for the past six years.

Of course, fuel prices and hedging contracts also influence these costs, and each airline has a different net cost per gallon over the period.  Another potential bias in the data is route length, which differs for each of these aircraft.  Shorter routes tend to have higher fuel costs because there… Continue reading

Our society depends on cyber security; the issue is at the very heart of our daily lives. How will we react when threats lead to interference with aircraft, airports or ATC?  How can we be prepared to thwart such an eventuality?

The London Center and AirInsight have organized a conference bringing together leaders from the global aerospace industry, government and the intelligence community. This 1½ day conference will focus on what can be done to eliminate cyber-threats to commercial air transportation.

We have drawn key figures from government, the intelligence community, and industry to focus on these issues. Our currently scheduled speakers include:

  • Congressman Joe Wilson* (SC-2), Chairman of the Emerging Threats Subcommittee
  • Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-8)
  • Pascal Andrei, Chief Product Security Officer at Airbus
  • John Craig, Chief Engineer, Cabin & Network Systems Boeing
  • Deneen DeFiore, IT Risk and Security Leader at GE Aircraft Engines
  • Larry Volz, Chief Information… Continue reading
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