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Airbus has received EASA certification for the A350, which is now approved for flight.  The first delivery to Qatar Airways is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year.  The A350 program had a much smoother development process than 787 or A380, and it appears that Airbus has learned from the experiences from previous programs in delivering the aircraft on schedule.

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Although it is a boost for CEO Fabrice Bregier, we think it is an even prouder moment for program chief Didier Evrard .  Look at the delays of recent new aircraft programs, and it is clear that Airbus’ team did exceptionally well to have so few delays. The program looks to be the best EIS of any current development program. Remember this is a clean sheet design, not a derivative.

The program was managed by Evrard – and he managed it differently by taking a delay… Continue reading

Two videos and one airplane.

First video the aircraft with winglets and the “pre-NEO” engine. Engine noise at about 30 seconds.

Second video the same aircraft with the “NEO” engine. Engine noise at about 1:30.  Drama sound track aside, almost certainly the quietest single aisle Airbus has ever flown.  Airbus offers these videos: uncut takeoff and uncut landing  – it is very quiet.

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SARA-lr South Africa’s Denel Aerostructures is a business that traces its aviation experience back 60 years.  And yet you may not have heard of the company.

Recently at the 2014 Africa Aerospace and Defence event, Denel announced plans to develop a small turboprop for commercial use.  The model on the left is what is currently the vision of the aircraft. 

The idea is to create an aircraft with seating for up to 24 people with cargo and use it for hub feeding in African markets, but more especially to offer point to point services between tertiary communities and avoiding hubs.  Depending on configuration the aircraft is expected to be able to handle routes between 400 and 1,400 NM.

We spent some time this morning speaking with Mr Ismail Dockrat, CEO of Denel discussing their ideas.

Macquarie AirFinance has placed an order for 40 CSeries aircraft, with options for an additional 10, providing a boost to the program.  All of the orders are for the larger CS300 model, with deliveries scheduled between 2017 and 2019.  This increases firm orders for the CSeries to 243, with 563 total commitments including options and purchase rights, and the company is approach its goal of 300 firm orders upon entry into service.

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The selection of the CSeries by a leasing company is significant, as it indicates that the aircraft finance community also perceives a strong market for the aircraft.  Macquarie is the third leasing company selecting the aircraft, joining LCI and Ilyushin Finance.  Macquarie AirFinance currently manages 136 jet aircraft leased to 73 operators in 43 countries across six continents.

Stephen Cook, Chairman of Macquarie AirFinance, said “We welcome the addition of Bombardier’s CS300 to… Continue reading

The first flight of the A320neo, powered by the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM geared turbofan, took place this morning in Toulouse.  The first flight lasted 2 hours and 22 minutes, and was hailed as successful.

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Airbus currently has firm orders for 49 A319neo, 2,484 A320neo, and 724 A321neo models, a total of 3,257 aircraft.  In addition, it holds 1,105 options and 31 aircraft with a memorandum of understanding that brings the program total commitments to 4,393 as of today.  The aircraft is scheduled to enter service with Qatar Airways in October, 2015.

New engine technology, combined with improvements in aerodynamics, enable the A320neo family to reduce fuel burn by 16% initially, and up to 18% over existing models with the PW1100G-JM Advantage engine that will be available starting in 2019.  Given the order backlog, new orders would likely be for the improved engine option,… Continue reading

2014-09-23_8-57-24The tightening sanctions on Russia are now starting to work through the economy.  Aerospace is now a victim of these sanctions.  But not in the way you would think of at first.  Sanctions are hurting Russian aerospace sales.

UT-Air Express is a Russian airline with orders for SSJs.  The image is of one these aircraft at Farnborough in July.  The airline has six SSJs on order, but will only be able to take one delivery this year.  Russian banks do not have access to low cost Western capital and this is constraining their ability to finance another three due for delivery.

The Russian central bank is able to offset some of the external capital from western banking, but it will run out of capital before the western banking system.  UAC is a national champion and we expect to see the Russian state provide… Continue reading

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At the ISTAT conference in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines CEO Dr. Temel Kotil shared an interesting view on how the airline selects an aircraft for a certain route: For to 4-5 hour segments, a single aisle aircraft has a lower cost per average seat mile, while on longer routes, a twin aisle aircraft is more effective.

Having Europe, Middle East (including parts of China and India) and Africa within 3,000NM distance, Turkish Airlines is able to effectively reach many of these destinations with a single aisle aircraft.  Moreover the airline tries to fully exploit an aircraft’s range.

But in order to avoid spillage and retain highest revenue level s, the airline departs from this theory when necessary.  For example, Dr. Kotil stated that on the route Istanbul-Kinshasa, he prefers to deploy a 737-900 than and A330 for the seven hour flight. On this route with the 737-900 Turkish makes… Continue reading

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