Ernest S. Arvai
The announcement of job cuts is never a pleasant message, but in the case of Bombardier, appear to be both a financial and economic necessity. Bombardier is facing numerous challenges across its multiple business lines, rail, business aircraft, and commercial aircraft. The latter, particularly the C Series, is the key to the company’s future.
The C Series began life with an sizable economic advantage over existing models, but is facing re-engined competition that has somewhat leveled the playing field. The competing A319neo, 737 MAX 7 and Embraer E2 jets are all existing models that have been upgraded. The cost of a re-engining program is much lower than an all new aircraft, providing these companies with an economic advantage in that they have lower development costs to amortize over the life of the aircraft.
With strong existing customer bases, selling a re-engined jet versus an all… Continue reading
We spoke with Brian J. Terwilliger about his movie.
We don’t often review films at AirInsight, but once a film of interest to the aviation community arrives that is worth reviewing. That film is Living in the Age of Airplanes, produced and directed by noted documentarian Brian J. Terwilliger. This film, currently being shown at large-format IMAX theaters, will be released later this month (circa Oct. 25th) on Blue Ray, DVD and iTunes. This 47 minute film took six years to complete, and has spectacular footage from around the globe. Continue reading
Spirit Airlines accepted the first A320neo delivery in the United States with an aircraft on lease from AerCap. This is the first of five scheduled deliveries, with four additional options for Spirit.
Ted Christie, Spirit’s Chief Financial Officer stated “ The state-of-the-art technology will burn less fuel and lower our operational costs. We continue to lead the industry in both reducing our carbon footprint and providing ultra-low fares on air travel. Spirit is thrilled to be the first carrier to bring this innovation to the U.S.”
The A320neo provides the combination of a mature airframe with new technology engines, providing benefits of new technology while minimizing changes to the airframe, providing benefits in commonality and maintenance costs. The A320neo has about a one year lead over its competitor, the Boeing 737 MAX, due to enter service in the third quarter of 2017.
Spirit chose the Pratt & Whitney PurePower 1100G… Continue reading
The first delivery of the Dassault Falcon 8X was made this week in Mérignac, France. The aircraft’s entry into service is with Athens based Amjet Executive. The delivery came only two years after the inception of the project. The $58 million list price Falcon 8X is a stretch derivative of the 7X and was certified by both EASA and the FAA in June.
The Falcon 8X has a larger cabin than the 7X and can fly 6,450 nautical miles non-stop. With a service ceiling of 51,000 feet and a cruising speed of 529 knots, the 8X is also faster than the 7X by 43 knots. It is now the flagship of the Dassault Falcon Jet product line. The aircraft is powered by three Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307D turbofan engines.
The launch customer, Amjet is a business aircraft management and charter company that also… Continue reading