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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

Looking at the numbers through October 2016, we have the following table.

2016-11-14_15-23-49The -8 accounts for 66% of the 480 delivered 787s.  Last week the 500th 787 was seen in Seattle, being made ready for Air France.  GE has a big lead on the -8, with 67%.  However we can see once the -9 hit the market, interest in the -8 has fallen off considerably.  (One wonders, how big an issue has A330 pricing become?)  Interest in the -9 has been strong.  There has also been a distinct switch in engine interest moving to the -9 with Rolls-Royce leads with just over half the market.  This is an excellent result given that Rolls-Royce does not have access to a strong finance arm as GE does.

Boeing is churning out 787s at a remarkable clip.  Production looks like being over 115% higher this… Continue reading

GE has been at the forefront of additive manufacturing for a while.  Though not alone in seeing the benfits from this technology, GE is touting an interesting example of what this means.  They explain that their new ATP has 855 parts eliminated because of additive manufacturing.

To date Textron has been the only OEM to select this engine for their forthcoming Cessna Denali, which is aimed at the Pilatus PC-12.  There had been rumors that Textron might have another announcement at NBAA but this did not happen. Continue reading

News this week about Singapore Airlines not renewing the lease on its first A380 has caused a flutter.  The considered opinion is that this is another piece of bad news for the Airbus program.  The Wall Street Journal has this view: “But it is another symbolic hit for the double-deck aircraft, for which Airbus has struggled to find customers after investing about $15 billion to develop.”

The news that Malaysian is also offloading its A380s is seen as bad news. But we believe this is not to be a reflection on the aircraft, but more a case of the airline not having the traffic and ability to exploit the A380.  Back in 2003, Malaysia was pressed for a quid quo pro to allow its seafood products to have unrestricted access to the EU.  While there were no direct links to an A380 order,… Continue reading

Problems with fatigue cracking resulting from sulfidation corrosion is plaguing the Trent 1000 engines utilized by 169 Boeing 787 aircraft.   Since February, there have been three “engine incidents” at All Nippon Airways, the first and most experienced operator of the Boeing 787.  The first two, in February and March, were on international operations, but the most recent occurred in domestic operations between Tokyo Haneda and Miyazaki.

Rolls-Royce and ANA had a program in place to replace blades on international routes, and because of altitude and hotter running engines, felt it was unlikely to occur on domestic flights.  Proven wrong in that assumption, with the same irregularities developing, ANA was forced to adopt the early replacement program to its domestic operations as well.

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Over the next three years, Rolls-Royce will replace all Trent 1000 intermediate pressure turbine blades, and airlines will replace blades impacted by corrosion with new… Continue reading

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