The reported dispute between Air France-KLM and Rolls-Royce over the engines for their long-awaited A350 order comes down to Rolls’ insistence that it perform the maintenance on the engines and Air France’s desire to not only do its own maintenance but to also be free to in-source work for other airlines. [Read more...]
We believe an area that deserves more aerospace attention is biofuels. Airlines need these fuels because they can reduce fossil fuel price volatility. Biofuels can be sourced in many places in the world. Places subject to much less political unrest than where oil comes from. A growing biofuel supply is necessary not so much for the positive Eco-impact as for jet-fuel price stability. [Read more...]
The framework agreement from a year ago has made huge progress. Yesterday’s announcement is remarkable. Never before have two aircraft companies decided to combine their interests quite like this. It is more than ground breaking. For an airline looking at new technologies the combined offering could be very interesting. COMAC has some catching up to do, but with Bombardier’s help that process will likely accelerate. For Bombardier this friendship is pregnant with potential – China is a huge market. Bombardier has been doing business in China a long time and understands the unique challenges that brings to the table. Having COMAC as an ally is only good news for the Canadians.
Talking about the new arrangement being put in place between the companies is Bombardier’s Ben Boehm. Play
Bob Saia spoke with us about the GTF program, covering the CSeries and MRJ. He also addressed the 777X potential.
The industry rumor mill has been rumbling about this for months. Today it is official. Further to the framework agreement signed on March 24, 2011, Jin Zhuanglong, Chairman, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC) and Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. today signed a definitive agreement covering program commonalities between the C919 and CSeries. More specifically, the two aircraft manufacturers agreed to cooperate on four distinctive projects to be executed as part of the first phase of COMAC and Bombardier’s long-term collaboration on the C919 aircraft and the CSeries families of commercial airliners. [Read more...]
At ISTAT one gets to meet many very interesting people. Certainly among those is Bombardier’s Chet Fuller. The program is entering a crucial phase now as all the key parts come together. First flight is still planned for the year end. Its “game changer” engine is coming is at spec. Mr Fuller is comfortable the program is doing fine – though as always on a new airplane, there will be some “unknown unknowns” right up to the end. The combination of the GTF and the clean sheet design remain disruptive. Many industry observers at ISTAT are eager to see this airplane.
Another industry pioneer has left us. Gordon Autry, Founder and CEO of Rocky Mountain Airways, passed away Saturday March 10, 2012 at his home on the Lazy-A Ranch, near Montrose Colorado.
Here you can hear him (in March 2010) describe what it was like building the airline before deregulation and other insights like launching the de Havilland Dash 7. Play
Airbus announced today its structural assembly of the first A350 XWB aft fuselage destined for the first flying A350 XWB (MSN1) has been completed at its manufacturing site in Hamburg. The fuselage section will now undergo its secondary interior structural assembly and system installation before being delivered to the A350 XWB FAL in Toulouse. [Read more...]
The WTO Appeals Panel released its public version of the review of the original WTO Findings on the EU complaint about Boeing illegal subsidies.
Both the European Union and the US Trade Representative claimed victory, as did Airbus and Boeing.
Here is the Airbus press release: