Here are some brief stories coming out of this week’s Singapore Airshow.
16 – Boeing has signed Western Global Airlines for two new 777Fs, it reported on the sidelines of the airshow. The order has been finalized in January and is listed in the backlog as for an unidentified customer. The agreement includes an option for one aircraft. Western Global currently operates a fleet of 21 747-400Fs and MD-11Fs.
15 – Singapore’s Changi Airport, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Airbus, and energy supplier Linde will start a two-year feasibility study on how to develop Changi into a hydrogen hub. The study will look at airport infrastructure requirements and supply solutions for future airliners to use hydrogen as their source of energy. Requirements include the production, storage, and distribution of hydrogen in aircraft ground services, operational equipment, and refueling systems. Changi Airport will be involved “in assessing the feasibility of hydrogen fuel cells in supporting airport operations, as well as establishing regulations and standards for the safe adoption of hydrogen technologies.” Airbus launched the “Hydrogen Hub at Airports” project in 2020 to collaborate with airports. The airframer already works with Aeroports de Paris and Toulouse Blagnac Airport and energy supplier Air Liquide.
15 – Lessor BOC Aviation has ordered sixteen CFM LEAP-1A engines that will power eight Airbus A320neo-family aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered in 2023. On January 31, BOC Aviation had taken delivery of 56 A320neo’s out of 86 on order and of 17 out of 22 A321neo’s on order.
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