Archive For April 27, 2011

ILFC firms up order for 100 A320neo

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ILFC firms up order for 100 A320neo






ILFC signed a firm contract for the purchase of 100 A320neo aircraft. This follows the signing of a MoU announced on March 8th 2011. ILFC confirmed selection of Pratt & Whitney engines for at least 60 of the aircraft. The agreement between Airbus and ILFC provides for model flexibility which initially includes both A320neo and…

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Looking at Airbus NEO, 737 and CSeries costs

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Aeroturbopower has two blog postings which do some interesting analysis on the cost debate between Airbus and Boeing and between Airbus and Bombardier. Post 1 and Post 2 have some detailed analysis that gives an independent look at “who’s on first.” Related posts: Nixing NEO? Boeing Joins Airbus in Attacking CSeries, while Deferring Decision on…

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Airline vs GDS’ – the escalation

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Yesterday US Airways joined the fray, so we now have two airlines fighting with the GDS.  American is no longer alone and its Don Quixote-like battle with the GDS’ now seems much more plausible. Indeed, we expect to see other airlines step forward in the fight to cut distribution costs and technology hegemony.  At least…

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Bernstein Research looks at GTF, LEAP-X side-by-side

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Bernstein Research on April 13 issued a research note that is one of the best side-by-side comparisons we’ve seen about the Pratt & Whitney P1000G Geared Turbo Fan and the CFM International LEAP-X. Bernstein’s aerospace team, led by Douglas Harned, laid out pros and cons of both engines in a succinct, bullet-pointed format. As an…

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Is It Time For The 767NG?

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Having won the US Air Force tanker award, keeping the Boeing 767 production line active for the foreseeable future, should Boeing introduce an updated commercial version of their venerable (and highly successful) small wide-body aircraft?  We believe that the time could be right for a 767NG, with new technology engines and an upgraded interior. Related…

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ViaSat and their Ka plans

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We had a visit with ViaSat in Carlsbad California. We spoke with Bill Sullivan, Director of Strategy and Business Development (Mobile Broadband) and Don Buchman, Director Mobile Broadband Systems. Besides discussing the Ka technical offering, we also spoke about geographical coverage, the two airlines rolling out this service and a number of other intriguing aspects…

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