Fascinating interview – insight on JAL’s A350 selection
We continue to watch the three ongoing flight test programs with great interest. All three programs are showing progress. We will first deal with the three programs and then with each separately. Continue reading
Tim Clark at Emirates has been quite clear that he wants performance improvements for the A380, and as the largest customer by far, these comments carry considerable weight at Airbus. With Emirates also a customer for the 777-9X, it is interesting to compare these two aircraft, and how they will stack-up economically.
About 40% of the titanium for Boeing jets is currently sourced from Russia and VSMPO. VSMPO (Верхнесалдинское металлургическое производственное объединение) is the largest titanium producer in the world, and has extensive relationships with Boeing and other aerospace manufacturers, as outlined in this article from Defense Industry Daily in 2012.
What would happen if the current crisis in the Ukraine impacts trade between Russia and the United States? Would Boeing need to shift its supply of titanium to other sources, and could those other sources ramp up production quickly enough to maintain projected production volumes?
Airbus is also a major customer of VSMPO, and may face a similar situation, depending on the EU stance on issues. Should this become a NATO issue, France may also find itself in a similar position with respect to Titanium.
Stay tuned, as the secondary impacts of any crisis may not be easy… Continue reading
At this weeks Abu Dhabi air show, Falcon Aviation Services ordered one firm and optioned one Bombardier CS300, which will be the first of that model to be configured for executive travel. Aircraft interior configuration and completion arrangements have not yet been announced, but we would expect high end amenities similar to those in corporate jets.
Emirates also displayed its Emirates Executive A319, which can be seen in a video here
Airbus is building hours on the A350 flight test program at a remarkable rate. We estimate that by month end, the program will be around 45% of its test hours in approximately 40% of the test schedule. The test program is going exceptionally well. It is certainly the best flight test program of the latest generation of aircraft.
There are four test aircraft flying now so we can expect the necessary hours to accelerate considerably. Continue reading