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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”.

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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

Mexico’s VivaAerobus took delivery of its first A320neo October 5.  Its last leg of the ferry flight to Mexico is the longest A320neo flight to date. The leg was from Keflavik, Iceland to Monterrey, Mexico and took nine hours and 32 minutes.  The aircraft saw fuel burn 18% better than the airline’s current generation A320s powered by V2500s.

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The aircraft undertook its first passenger flight on October 18.  “On day one of passenger service, the aircraft conducted eight flights carrying about 1,160 passengers between various cities in Mexico.” according to Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO VivaAerobus.

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