Archive For January 31, 2012

Podcast – India Selects Rafale

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After a long haul, the Indians appear to have selected the Dassault Rafale for their new fighter. Discussing the selection and implications with us are FlightGlobal’s Steve Trimble and G2Solution’s Michel Merluzeau. The selection process took years. Virtually every fighter that could compete did. In the end it was a fight between Typhoon and Rafale….

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Airbus to Enhance A330 Capabilities

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Airbus to Enhance A330 Capabilities






Today La Tribune reports that Airbus is going to increase the MTOW of the A330-300 by five tonnes to 240 tonnes.  This should enable the A330-300 to increase its range by 400 miles. The additional weight will be offset by weight reduction from the design where A340 requirements are no longer needed.  The A340 and…

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As Airbus and Boeing’s production sells out

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The NEO and MAX have taken the market by storm.  Customers seem to be willing to stand in line – even though the 787 and A380 programs taught that sometimes one can order too early.  Yet the desire for fuel efficient workhorses appears inelastic. Related posts: Outlook for Aerospace in 2012 Yellow flags waving throughout…

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Al-Li an alternative to CFRP

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Alcoa announced today that it is expanding its aluminum lithium (Al-Li) capacity and capabilities at three locations to meet growing aerospace demand for its newest alloys.  These alloys, introduced last year and now patented, allow OEMs to build dramatically lighter and lower-cost airplanes compared to composite alternatives. This news is important when looking at what…

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Big airplane sales mean big engine sales

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Big airplane sales mean big engine sales






This morning CFM provided the following PR: “CFM International (CFM) had a record year in 2011, logging orders for 1,500 commercial, military and spare CFM56 engines and commitments for 3,056 LEAP engines for a combined value of $51.7 billion at list price. As the company logs record commitments, CFM is also achieving record production rates…

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Cathay Pacific Adds to its A350-900 order

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Cathay Pacific Adds to its A350-900 order






Cathay announced it was adding to its existing A350XWB order by committing for six additional -900s.  The airline now has 36 A350s on order plus two more committed via pre-arranged 12 years leases.  These six aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2016-17. The selection of this airplane is important because Cathay Pacific is also a…

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