Lockheed launches new lower cost version of the C-130J Super Hercules

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Lockheed launches new lower cost version of the C-130J Super Hercules: The Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules is the most advanced airlifter ever built. The C‑130J combines the latest in aerospace technology with a proven, rugged airframe design. The result is an aircraft that gives an operator more capability with greater operational efficiency than any other...

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La compañía vasca Sener logra su primer contrato de ingeniería naval en China

La compañía vasca Sener logra su primer contrato de ingeniería naval en China: Sener ha logrado un contrato en China para diseñar un buque de pesca que combina el arrastre de fondo (lenguado, calamar, merluza, etc) con el arrastre pelágico (sardina, chicharro...) e incluye plantas de procesado, congelación y almacenamiento para ambos procedimientos de pesca.


Air Europa incorporará en pleno ERE tres nuevos aviones a su flota - Preferente

Air Europa incorporará en pleno ERE tres nuevos aviones a su flota - Preferente:

Air Europa incorporará en pleno ERE tres nuevos aviones a su flota
Así mismo, la compañía ya ha dejado parados en el aeropuerto de Palma cuatro aviones Embraer, lo que forma parte del plan para el invierno de la aerolínea que preveía parar entre 5 y 10 aviones. Sin embargo, de los cuatro Embraer dos han vuelto a ser ...

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CFM Plans eCore3 Tests in 2012 - Aviation International News

CFM Plans eCore3 Tests in 2012 - Aviation International News:

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CFM Plans eCore3 Tests in 2012
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by Thierry Dubois In late 2012 CFM International plans to run the third development core, known as “eCore 3,” for the Leap engine it is developing for the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and Comac C919 airliners. On Tuesday, the General Electric-Snecma ...


COMAC to sign key suppliers for C919 by June - China Daily

COMAC to sign key suppliers for C919 by June - China Daily:


COMAC to sign key suppliers for C919 by June
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On Tuesday, the company, also known as COMAC, named AVIC Landing Gear Advanced Manufacturing Co, Liebherr and Moog Inc as suppliers for the C919, according to a statement from the plane maker at the Singapore air show. All 33 major systems providers ...
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China's Comac Wins Order for 20 C919 Planes From BOC Aviation - Bloomberg

China's Comac Wins Order for 20 C919 Planes From BOC Aviation - Bloomberg:


China's Comac Wins Order for 20 C919 Planes From BOC Aviation
Enlarge image China's Comac Wins Order for 20 C919 Planes China's Comac Wins Order for 20 C919 Planes Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg The logo of COMAC is seen on seat furnishings inside a full scale model of a C919 aircraft, developed by Commercial Aircraft ...
BOC Aviation says to buy 20 Chinese C919 aircraftReuters
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AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor aims for 2016 FAA certification

AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor aims for 2016 FAA certification:

The AW609 tiltrotor aircraft from AgustaWestland combines the benefits of a helicopter wit...

We’ve been following the development of Eurocopter’s X3 demonstrator with interest in recent years, but it’s far from the only aircraft that aims to combine the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities of a helicopter with the speed, range and altitude capabilities of a fixed wing aircraft. Tiltrotor aircraft that feature powered rotors mounted on rotating shafts or nacelles at the end of a fixed wing have been around for half a century, the most famous probably being the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. While the V-22 is a military aircraft, AgustaWestland is developing its AW609 as a multi-role aircraft aimed at private, commercial, and government markets...
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Las ayudas sin justificar podrían haber ido a prestaciones a exdelphis - La Voz Digital (Cádiz)

Las ayudas sin justificar podrían haber ido a prestaciones a exdelphis - La Voz Digital (Cádiz):

Las ayudas sin justificar podrían haber ido a prestaciones a exdelphis
La Voz Digital (Cádiz)
De este plan salieron también las ayudas concedidas a empresas como Gadir Solar y Alestis que recolocaron a 450 operarios y parte de la formación del resto de los afectados por el cierre -tanto fijos de l compañía de automoción como de la industria ...

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Lockheed Martin has announced a new variant of the F-16 fighter (F-16V)

SINGAPORE, Feb. 15, 2012 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] unveiled a new version of the F-16 today at the Singapore Airshow. The F-16V will feature enhancements including an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, an upgraded mission computer and architecture, and improvements to the cockpit – all capabilities identified by the U.S. Air Force and several international customers for future improvements.

With nearly 4,500 F-16s delivered, this is a natural step in the evolution of the world’s most successful 4th generation fighter.  The Fighting Falcon program has continually evolved as it began with the F-16 A/B as the lightweight fighter then transitioned to F-16 C/D and Block 60 versions as customers’ requirements changed.

AESA radars offer significant operational capability improvements. Lockheed Martin has developed an innovative solution to affordably retrofit this key technology into existing F-16s.  The F-16V configuration is an option for new production jets and elements of the upgrade are available to most earlier-model F-16s. The “V” designation is derived from Viper, the name fighter pilots have called the F-16 from its beginnings.

“We believe this F-16V will satisfy our customers’ emerging requirements and prepare them to better interoperate with the 5th generation fighters, the F-35 and F-22,” said George Standridge, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ vice president of business development.

The F-16 is the choice of 26 nations. The F-16 program has been characterized by unprecedented international cooperation among governments, air forces and aerospace industries.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 123,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.


Boeing pegs 27 February for first 747-8 delivery

Boeing pegs 27 February for first 747-8 delivery: Boeing will contractually deliver its first 747-8 Intercontinental to an undisclosed VIP customer on 27 February.

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Airbus Military signs contract with Indonesia for nine C295 aircraft

Airbus Military has signed today a firm contract with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) to supply nine C295 military transport aircraft for delivery to the Indonesian Ministry of Defense.

The contract between PT DI and the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia was signed simultaneously, witnessed by Minister of Defense, Prof. Dr. Purnomo Yusgiantoro, and the Chief of Armed Forces, Admiral Agus Suhartono, at a ceremony at the Singapore Airshow. The Indonesian designation of the aircraft will be CN295.

The aircraft will be operated by the Indonesian Air Force throughout the vast territory of Indonesia, which includes around 17.000 islands. The aircraft will perform a variety of roles including military, logistical, humanitarian and medical evacuation missions. The first delivery is foreseen in 2012 and by summer 2014 all aircraft will have been delivered.

Additionally, the industrial plan covers a substantial collaboration between PT DI and Airbus Military for the C295 programme, including the manufacturing of the tail empennage, rear fuselage and fuselage panels, as well as workpackages for the development of Computer Based Training systems and the creation of a service and delivery centre and a final assembly line (FAL) in Indonesia.

“This is a proud moment for our country as well as for the Indonesian aerospace industry. The C295 provides the ideal capacity to respond to Indonesia´s current and future military and humanitarian transport needs and does so very cost-efficiently, with full participation of the Indonesian aerospace industry, creating high skilled jobs and technology transfer,” said His Excellency Prof. Dr. Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia.

“This contract builds on the long and excellent partnership that exists between Airbus Military and the Indonesian aerospace industry. It will provide our country with the right capability for the years to come and allows PT DI to grow its aerospace business as a tier 1 supplier. This will position PTDI on the global aerospace scene and allow us to enhance our skills and workforce,” said Dr. Budi Santoso, President and CEO of PT DI.

“Airbus Military is honored that the Indonesian Ministry of Defense has chosen the C295 for its fleet and we look forward to continue our successful partnership with PT DI. We will ensure that we live up to this mark of confidence, which demonstrates the value that the C295 provides to the armed forces around the world”, said Domingo Urena-Raso, President and CEO of Airbus Military.

Over 85 C295s are in service today with 14 different operators.


First A400M for the French Air Force takes shape in Seville

The first Airbus Military A400M for the French Air Force is taking shape in Seville (Spain), where its final assembly line (FAL) is located.

The final assembly process for this aircraft, known as MSN7, started last November. The nose and fuselage are already integrated and the aircraft was recently moved, on its landing gear, to the workstation in which the structural assembly is carried out. Integration works for the wing started last week and both the horizontal and the vertical tailplanes, which have already been mated, have just been moved to the final assembly station, known as Station 40, with the rest of the aircraft. The A400M will then be powered up for the first time before the aircraft is moved to the Ground System Tests area.

This aircraft, the first one in the series production, will be delivered to France around the turn of the year 2012-2013.

The photograph shows A400M MSN7 in Station 40, at the A400M FAL in Seville.


Boeing, Lion Air Finalize Historic Order for up to 380 737s

- Airline orders 201 737 MAXs and 29 Next-Generation 737-900ERs worth $22.4 billion
- Largest ever commercial airplane order for Boeing
- Lion Air is launch customer for 737 MAX 9

SINGAPORE, Feb. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Jakarta-based Lion Air today finalized a firm order for 201 737 MAXs and 29 Next-Generation 737-900ERs (extended range). The agreement, first announced last November in Indonesia, also includes purchase rights for an additional 150 airplanes.

"The 737 MAX is the best choice for Lion Air and the best airplane to serve our passengers," said Rusdi Kirana, Lion Air Founder and President Director. "We're excited to be the first airline in Asia to fly the 737 MAX and to be the global launch customer of the 737 MAX 9."

With orders for 230 airplanes valued at $22.4 billion at list prices, this deal is the largest commercial airplane order ever in Boeing's history by both dollar value and total number of airplanes. Lion Air will also acquire purchase rights for an additional 150 airplanes.

"Lion Air has been a leader in Indonesia from the very beginning," said Dinesh Keskar, vice president of Asia-Pacific and India Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Today more people are flying in Asia at lower fares because of the 737 and this historic 737 MAX order will help connect more people in the future."

The 737 MAX is a new engine variant of the world's best selling airplane and builds on the strengths of today's Next-Generation 737. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see a 10-12 percent fuel burn improvement over today's most fuel efficient single-aisle airplanes and a 7 percent operating cost per seat advantage over tomorrow's competition.

To date, the 737 MAX has orders and commitments for more than 1,000 airplanes from 15 customers and the Next-Generation 737 family has won orders for more than 6,600 airplanes.

Lion Air, Indonesia's largest private airline, currently operates or has on order a total of 178 Next-Generation 737s.


Bell Boeing Delivers 1st Block C V-22 Osprey to US Marine Corps

Latest Osprey variant features new weather radar, improvements to electronic warfare systems, situational awareness and aircrew comfort

PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Feb. 14, 2012 -- The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Bell Helicopter - Textron [NYSE: TXT], today announced that the U.S. Marine Corps has taken delivery of the first MV-22 Osprey produced with the new Block C suite of design upgrades.

"The on-time, on-budget delivery of our first Block C aircraft is the latest milestone in our ongoing quest to make the world’s most revolutionary aircraft even more advanced," said John Rader, executive director of the Bell Boeing V-22 Program. "Block C Ospreys will meet our current customers' enduring need for the latest mission capabilities, while presenting an even more compelling value proposition to future domestic and international customers."

The V-22 Block C design upgrade includes a new weather radar system that improves navigation in poor weather conditions, and a redesigned Environmental Conditioning System to enhance aircrew and troop comfort. Expanded capacity and effectiveness built into the Electronic Warfare system -- including additional chaff/flare dispensers -- increases the Osprey’s ability to defeat air-to-air and ground-to-air threats. The Block C also provides greater situational awareness with enhanced cockpit and cabin displays.

“We continue to increase the capabilities of this first-of-type tiltrotor, and Block C is the latest, evolutionary step,” said Marine Corps Col. Greg Masiello, Joint V-22 Program Manager, Naval Air Systems Command. “Whether it's the addition of weather radar, upgrades to the environmental control system, or improvements for situational awareness, Block C brings enhanced capability to V-22 pilots, maintainers, and crew members throughout the aircraft’s life cycle."

About the V-22 Osprey Program:

The V-22 Osprey is a joint service, multirole combat aircraft that uses tiltrotor technology to combine the vertical performance of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft. With its nacelles and rotors in vertical position, it can take off, land and hover like a helicopter. Once airborne, its nacelles can be rotated to transition the aircraft to a turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight.

More than 160 Osprey tiltrotors are currently in operation and the worldwide fleet has amassed more than 130,000 flight hours, with nearly half of those hours logged in the past two years.

Safety, survivability and mission efficiency have become hallmarks of the operational fleet. According to Naval Safety Center records, the MV-22 has the lowest Class A mishap rate of any tactical rotorcraft in the Marine Corps during the past decade. Navy flight-hour cost data also show that the Osprey has the lowest cost per seat-mile (cost to transport one person over a distance of one mile) of any U.S. naval transport rotorcraft over the past two years.

About Bell Boeing:

Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries. Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 63,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.


Boeing Edge Sets New Standard for Aviation Services and Support

Industry's largest services and support portfolio gives customers unmatched advantage

SINGAPORE, Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today launched the Boeing Edge, a new initiative focused on the unmatched advantage Boeing customers gain through the company's commercial aviation services and support.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120215/SF52865)

"No other company in the world has the breadth and depth of Boeing in terms of knowledge, innovation, commitment and services integration along with the passion of our global team," said Lou Mancini, senior vice president, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, at the Singapore Air Show. "When customers come to Boeing, they're not just getting world-class support for their businesses, they're gaining a vital advantage over their competition. This advantage now has a name – the Boeing Edge."

Boeing Commercial Aviation Services is organized around four core capabilities - Material Services, Fleet Services, Flight Services and Information Services – an alignment matching the way Boeing's customers run their businesses. Through these capabilities, Boeing offers customers a powerful combination of expertise, innovation and support throughout the lifecycle of their airplanes to get the maximum value out of their fleets and operations. By combining products and services across capabilities, Boeing delivers integrated services programs that meet the current and future needs of customers – giving them an edge in the marketplace.

The Boeing Edge is a service mark – an extension of the Boeing brand - designed to better position the diversity and value of the company's commercial services and support portfolio, the largest in the industry. "The Boeing brand is associated around the world with leadership in aerospace," said Rob Pollack, vice president of Brand and Market Positioning, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The Boeing Edge gives us a platform to communicate the unmatched support and services portfolio Boeing delivers to its customers every day."

Over the next 20 years, Boeing estimates the global market for commercial aviation services will reach $2.3 trillion. The Boeing Edge is sharpening the company's focus to give aviation services customers every advantage they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive operating environment.

A division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Commercial Aviation Services (CAS), with its 13,000 employees, helps customers maximize the lifetime value of their fleets and operations, providing customers a competitive edge in the marketplace. Boeing offers comprehensive global support, e-enabled systems and consulting for greater maintenance and operational efficiency, freighter conversions, parts and inventory management, airplane modifications, pilot, crew and maintenance training, navigation products and services, and air traffic management solutions. Subsidiaries include Aviall, AeroInfo, Continental DataGraphics, Inventory Locator Service and Jeppesen, as well as joint ventures Aviation Partners Boeing and Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services. For more information, please visit www.boeing.com/boeingedge.


Bhutan’s Drukair orders an Airbus A319 with Sharklets

Most efficient jet aircraft for high altitude airport operations


Drukair, the flag carrier of landlocked Eastern Himalayan mountain Kingdom of Bhutan, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for an Airbus A319 aircraft fitted w ith fuel saving Sharklets to complement its existing fleet of two A319s.

Surrounded by a tall wall of mountains and located at an altitude of over 7,000 feet, Drukair operates out of one of the world’s most challenging airports at Paro, where approach is by Visual Flight Rules (VFR) only. This means the crew can only fly by vision, which requires a high performance and responsive aircraft. The A319 is the largest aircraft operating out of Paro.

“For any landlocked country, aviation is the gateway to the world and its economic importance cannot be overestimated,” said Dasho Sonam Tshering Drukair Chairman. “The Airbus A319 is the largest aircraft flying to Bhutan, and it has allowed us to welcome even more visitors in comfort and style.”

Drukair will deploy the new aircraft to increase capacity on existing regional routes as well as to open up new services to Singapore and Hong Kong.

“The A319 offers unmatched performance helping it to be operated from the world’s most challenging airports where other comparable aircraft are unable to,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The added range and fuel efficiency of the A319 equipped with ‘Sharklets’ will help Drukair to expand to new markets and doing so in the most fuel efficient way possible.”

Sharklets have been specially designed for the Airbus A320 Family to reduce fuel burn by up to an additional 3.5 percent, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of around 700 tonnes per aircraft. This reduction is equivalent to the CO2 produced by around 200 cars annually. The wingtip devices will also enhance the aircraft’s performance.

Over 8,300 A320 Family aircraft have already been ordered and some 5,000 delivered to more than 350 customers and operators worldwide reaffirming its position as the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family.


Airbus to launch A330P2F cargo conversion programme with ST Aerospace and EADS EFW

Extending Airbus’ Freighter portfolio


SINGAPORE AIRSHOW – Airbus, ST Aerospace and EADS EFW have signed an MoU for a strategic partnership to develop the A330 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion programme. This agreement, setting out the project’s foundation and granting Authorisation To Offer[1] for the A330P2F, was signed by Chang Cheow Teck, President of ST Aerospace; Tom Enders, President and CEO of Airbus and Andreas Sperl, CEO of EADS EFW; in the presence of Stanislaw Tillich, Prime Minister of German’s Federal State of Saxony.

For the project, ST Aerospace will lead the A330P2F engineering development, working with Airbus and EADS EFW who will subsequently be responsible as programme lead during the industrial phase, and will undertake most of the conversions at its facilities in Dresden, Germany. Under the agreement it is planned that EADS EFW will become the European centre for ST Aerospace’s global maintenance, repair and overhaul operations. The project is subject to the definitive agreements being finalised in the coming weeks and also to regulatory clearances.

The A330P2F programme includes two versions – the A330-200P2F and the larger A330-300P2F. Of the two models, the larger A330-300P2F will be particularly suitable for integrators and express carriers thanks to its high volumetric payload capability with lower-density cargo. Complementing this will be the A330-200P2F which will be optimised for higher-density freight and longer range performance. Entry-into-service for the first A330-300P2F is targeted for 2016.

Chang Cheow Teck, President of ST Aerospace says: “Aircraft conversion is one of the most complex modifications which demands precision and engineering finesse. We are thrilled to partner industry experts Airbus and EADS EFW for this new A330P2F conversion programme.” He adds: “We are looking forward to leveraging our engineering design experience, to provide value added solutions to the aircraft operators.”

Andreas Sperl, President and CEO of EADS EFW says: “The strategic partnership with ST Aerospace is the right step at the right time. Together with Airbus we will develop an outstanding A330 freighter conversion which will add another chapter to our successful Airbus-P2F programme.”

Tom Enders, President and CEO of Airbus says: “Alongside our highly efficient A330-200F factory-built freighter, Airbus has always been committed to extending its freighter portfolio, and the A330P2F is the perfect next step to building the Airbus Freighter Family.” He adds: “Working with our industry leading partners ST Aerospace and EADS EFW is a great opportunity in providing the best P2F economics and performance for freight operators.”

Stanislaw Tillich, Prime Minister of German’s Federal State of Saxony says: "The aircraft industry has a long tradition in Dresden since the first German passenger jet was built there. Following today’s agreement, I am very happy that the resulting A330 Passenger-to-Freighter conversion programme will bring EADS EFW to a world leading role in this industry sector, and it will also tighten the relationship between Saxony and Singapore."

Approximately 2,700 freighters will be required over the next 20 years, and around half of these will be in the mid-sized freighter segment, including 900 conversions. Addressing this requirement, both the A330-200P2F and the A330-300P2F facilitate the change to environmentally-friendly, new-technology converted freighters, while recognising the operators’ focus on capital cost. As well as complementing the factory-built A330-200F in service today, the A330P2F freighter conversion programme will also enhance and sustain A330 Family residual values by extending the economic lives of A330 airframes.

 The A330 Family includes Passenger, Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted around 1,200 orders. Thanks to the introduction of numerous product improvements, it still holds its position as the most cost-efficient in its class and a core asset in the world’s fleets. Today the A330 fleet has accumulated over 20 million flight hours and almost five million revenue flights. More than 830 A330s are now in service with over 90 operators, achieving average dispatch reliability above 99 percent.

 ST Aerospace is the aerospace arm of ST Engineering. Operating a global MRO network with facilities in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, it is the world’s largest aircraft MRO provider with a global customer base that includes leading airlines, airfreight and military operators. ST Aerospace is an integrated service provider offering a full spectrum including: airframe, engine and component maintenance, repair and overhaul; engineering design and technical services; and aviation materials and management services. The company has a global staff strength of more than 8,000 engineers and technical specialists.

EADS EFW based in Dresden Germany, combines various aviation and technology activities under a single roof, including the conversion of passenger aircraft into freighter configuration, maintenance and repair of Airbus aircraft and various engineering services. As of today, EADS EFW has converted more than 170 freighter aircraft for 39 customers globally. Today’s EFW portfolio also includes the A300-600P2F and A310P2F. As EADS’ centre of excellence for freighter conversions, EFW pushes the further development of the Airbus freighter family.

Airbus is the world’s leading commercial aircraft manufacturer producing the most modern and efficient airliners in every category, from the single-aisle A320 Family up to the world’s largest airliner, the A380. Airbus has design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the US, China, Japan and in the Middle East. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS company.

[1] “Authorisation to offer” enables the marketing of products and services to potential customers. The finalisation of contracts is subject to programme launch. The programme launch depends on finalisation of the definitive agreements.


Asia-Pacific leading demand for new aircraft

Requirement for 9,370 aircraft valued at $1.3 trillion


Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region will take delivery of around 9,370 new aircraft over the next 20 years, according to the latest market forecast by Airbus. Valued at US$1.3 trillion, the deliveries will account for 34 per cent of all new aircraft with more than 100 seats entering service worldwide over the forecast period, with the region overtaking North America and Europe as the world’s largest air transport market.

The latest forecast for the region was presented today at the Singapore Airshow by John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus.

In terms of growth, Airbus expects the number of passengers carried by Asia-Pacific airlines to rise by 5.9 per cent per year, compared with the global average of 4.8 per cent. In the freight market, the amount of cargo carried by air through the region will increase by 5.6 per cent annually, compared a global increase of around 5.1 per cent. Meanwhile, airlines in the region will replace 76 per cent of the 4,270 aircraft currently in service, with the overall in-service fleet comprising some 9,965 passenger aircraft and around 820 freighters by 2030.

Reflecting the concentration of growing populations around the main urban centres, Airbus predicts that the region will continue to lead global demand for widebody aircraft as the most efficient way to meet rising traffic and overcome capacity constraints at airports. This, combined with replacement needs, will see carriers in the region acquire around 3,650 new widebody aircraft, representing 42 per cent of all widebody deliveries worldwide. These will include some 730 very large aircraft, such as the A380, for the busiest routes and around 2,920 mid-size widebodies, such as the A330 and new A350 XWB, for medium capacity long range and regional services.

The latest Airbus forecast sees demand for single aisle aircraft in the region accelerating in the coming years, largely driven by the significant incremental growth in the low cost sector. This, combined with replacement needs and continued demand on secondary short haul routes, especially in China and India, will see a requirement for some 5,720 new single aisle aircraft in the region, such as the best-selling A320 Family.

In the cargo sector, the region will continue to dominate the global market. According to the new forecast, the dedicated freighter fleet operated by Asia-Pacific airlines will grow from 300 today to some 820 in 2030, representing 30 per cent of the global freighter fleet. While many of the aircraft will be converted from passenger models, Airbus predicts that around 210 new production freighters will be delivered to the region over the next two decades. As in other world regions, around 40 per cent of the freighters will be in 60 – 70 tonne category served by mid-size widebody aircraft, such as the A330.

“We forecast strong growth for aviation in Asia and the Pacific. That's good news for Airbus and the region alike. Asia-Pacific is second to none when it comes to current and future business prospects. And aviation growth will bring increased trade and significant wealth creation into the region,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus. “With a modern, eco-efficient and comprehensive product line covering every segment of the market, Airbus will be especially well placed to meet the needs of airlines in this region."

The Asia-Pacific region is a core market for Airbus, accounting for 26 per cent of all orders recorded by the company to date. Today, there are some 1,800 Airbus aircraft in service with over 80 operators across the region, with another 1,700 on order with customers for future delivery. This represents 38 per cent of the company's total backlog, reflecting the importance of the region as the fastest growing market for new civil aircraft.

Airbus' forecast for the Asia-Pacific region is derived from the company's Global Market Forecast, which foresees total demand for almost 27,800 new passenger and freight aircraft valued at US$3.5 trillion over the next 20 years. In the various size categories the forecast predicts total demand for 1,680 very large aircraft, 6,920 twin aisle widebodies and 19,170 single aisle aircraft.

The Airbus product line comprises the best-selling A320 Family in the single aisle market, the popular A330 and all-new A350 XWB in the mid-size widebody category and the flagship A380 in the very large aircraft segment. In the freight market Airbus currently offers the new mid-size A330-200F.


Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces Formation Of Suborbital Coalition

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces Formation Of Suborbital Coalition: Will Facilitate Flights By Teachers, Students, Researchers, And Companies As the commercial spaceflight industry prepares for its first commercial launches, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation is announcing the creation of a new coalition to bring suborbital spaceflight to students, teachers, researchers, and companies across the country. The passage of legislation to ensure a stable regulatory climate for commercial spaceflight was the starting gun, and regular commercial service is expected within two years.


Eurocopter continues its industry-leading environmental action support for the global helicopter sector

Eurocopter is pledging continued support of open and clear communications on helicopter environmental issues, with plans to publish updated emissions and sound-level ratings for its fleet while also extending the environment-related dialog with operators worldwide.

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The Eurocopter ratings result from the company’s industry-leading efforts to propose the use of standardized environmental performance indicators to rate helicopter CO2 emissions and sound levels.

“Eurocopter believes that transparent environmental communications by the rotary-wing aircraft industry is essential to building a relationship of trust with the public, and it encourages industry stakeholders as well to invest heavily in the protection of the environment,” Eurocopter President & CEO Lutz Bertling said.

As part of its efforts to advance the environmental agenda, Eurocopter introduced its concept at Heli-Expo 2010 for environmental performance indicators related to sound levels and CO2 emissions. In these ratings, Eurocopter proposed that published and/or certified information be used to derive sound level and CO2 emission values, which would be expressed on a color scale from A+ to D. This type of presentation already is widely used for efficiency ratings, with one typical application being the ratings applied to home appliances sold in many countries.

When Eurocopter announced these proposed initial environmental performance indicators, the company also challenged helicopter manufacturers to join its efforts in providing customers and the general public with better and simpler means of interpreting the environmental characteristics of rotary-wing aircraft.

Other helicopter producers – along with engine manufacturers and research institutes – followed Eurocopter’s initiative, resulting in the creation of an ad hoc Environmental Committee that was formed under governance of the American Helicopter Society. Specialists from this committee met a total of four times in the U.S. and Europe from September 2010 to October 2011, working on refining the technical details of Eurocopter’s rating proposal.

Following a board of directors meeting in October 2011, the American Helicopter Society decided to terminate the Environmental Committee’s actions, while acknowledging the very high quality and value of its work to date. Eurocopter appreciates the technical developments that were performed within this committee and recognizes the American Helicopter Society’s key role during the years in encouraging rotorcraft sound level reduction.

The committee’s efforts resulted in proposals for slight modifications of Eurocopter’s initial environmental performance indicators, and the company now plans to integrate these recommendations in its definitions of environmental indicators – and will shortly publish revised ratings for the Eurocopter fleet.

Eurocopter also will extend the environmental dialogue to its operators worldwide in ensuring the rating methodology is understood and accepted by the various actors impacted by this effort.

In addition to ongoing Eurocopter efforts in defining better environmental communication channels, the company is continuing to develop new ways of decreasing the environmental footprint of its helicopters. This includes advanced Eurocopter noise reduction technologies such as the Blue EdgeTM rotor blades and the Blue PulseTM active rotor flap system, along with the planned demonstration of a diesel-powered helicopter in the Clean Sky European research program.

“Our broad spectrum of actions and commitments underscore that Eurocopter is truly thinking without limits when it comes to the helicopter industry and environmental protection,” Bertling concluded.


ATR's advertising campaign wins silver at the Air Transport World Ad Awards

ATR's "Propelling tomorrow's world" global advertising campaign, has been honored with the Silver Award at the Airframes category of the Air Transport World's Annual Ad Awards, held today in Singapore.
Toulouse, 13 February 2012

Launched in 2010, this global ATR advertising campaign was developed with France-based Nouveau Monde DDB Toulouse, an affiliate brand of world's famous advertising agency DDB. It was declined into five different artworks, underlining ATR aircraft as the right combination of most advanced technologies and highest levels of comfort, fuel-efficiency, flexibility and environmental friendliness. As the core message of the campaign, the combination of all these advantages particularly enables ATR to be in an optimal position to propel the world of tomorrow.

The awarded artwork is particularly focused on the green credentials of the ATRs, a subject becoming increasingly important both for airlines and passengers. The artwork, which shows an ATR flying over a vast forest, highlights the very low fuel consumption of the ATRs, up to 40% lower than other aircraft types, as well as their lowest greenhouse emissions. The artwork combines these green credentials with additional messages on the unique commonality and the most cost-efficient technologies of the ATRs.

“We are delighted of being granted with such a prestigious award and to see that our environmental message is more and more integrated by an aviation community fully concerned by the sustainable development” commented Filippo Bagnato, Chief Executive Officer of ATR. “Air Transport World is among the most respected aviation industry magazines. We are pleased that besides the many advantages of our aircraft, ATR is also recognized by the quality of our advertising campaigns and our ability to communicate our message to the marketplace”.

The annual ATW Ad Awards recognize excellence in advertising and are distributed to winner of different categories, each representing an aviation activity. Judging was carried by Signet Research, a US-based leading provider of Ad Measurement, Editorial Readership and Audience profile Studies. It involved more than 1,400 judges throughout the world.

About ATR:

Founded in 1981, ATR has become the world leader on the market for regional aircraft with 90 seats or less. Since its creation, ATR has sold approximately 1,200 aircraft to over 186 operators based in 90 countries. ATR planes have totaled over 21 million flight hours. ATR is an equal partnership between two major European aeronautics players, Alenia Aermacchi (a Finmeccanica Group company) and EADS. Its head office is in Toulouse (France). ATR is ISO 14001-certified, the international reference standard in the field for environmental friendliness.

For additional information, log on to www.atraircraft.com.


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