Altran buys IndustrieHansa, eyes more purchases

martes, 15 de enero de 2013

French engineering consultancy Altran said it could make another acquisition in 2013 as it unveiled the purchase of German car engineering specialist IndustrieHansa.


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Foto: First production Airbus Military A400M in French Air Force colours

The first production A400M 21st century airlifter can be seen for the first time in the colours of an Air Force in this latest picture of the aircraft in the Airbus Military final assembly line (FAL) at Seville, Spain. The photograph shows MSN7 in the colours of the French Air Force, thus passing another milestone in the A400M programme towards first delivery, scheduled for the second quarter of this year.

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Citilink orders 25 Airbus A320neo



Citilink, the low cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia has placed a firm order with Airbus for 25 A320neo. The contract, signed in December 2012, represents the first direct purchase by Citilink from Airbus. It follows an order placed in 2011 by Garuda Indonesia for 15 A320ceo and 10 A320neo aircraft for operation by Citilink.

Citilink already operates a fleet of 12 leased A320s on its fast growing domestic network.

“The A320 has played a key role in the recent success of Citilink” said Mr. Arif Wibowo, Chief Executive Officer of Citilink. “The low operating costs, fast turnaround times and strong passenger appeal of the A320 make it perfect for our operation and we are looking forward to the even greater efficiencies that will come with the NEO”

"We are pleased to welcome Citilink as a new customer of Airbus,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus. “The order underscores the A320 Family’s position as the preferred choice for full service and low cost carriers worldwide, both with the current and new engine options.”

Incorporating new engines and large "Sharklet" wing tip devices, the A320neo Family will deliver fuel savings of 15 percent. The reduction in fuel burn is equivalent to 1.4 million litres of fuel - the consumption of 1,000 mid size cars, saving 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year. In addition, the A320neo Family will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise.

With close to 8,900 aircraft ordered and over 5,300 aircraft delivered to over 380 customers and operators worldwide, the A320 Family is the world's best-selling single-aisle aircraft family.

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Cassidian congratulates the Spanish Air Force for the achievement of one of its pilots in reaching 1,000 flight hours in the Eurofighter aircraft


  • Commander Roqué of the 11th Wing has achieved 1,000 flight hours in the Eurofighter
  • This milestone was achieved during an air defence training sortie over the Alboran Sea


Commander D. Miguel Ángel Roqué de Santiago became the first Spanish Air Force pilot to fly 1,000 hours in the Eurofighter aircraft during an air defence training sortie over the Alboran Sea.

Commander Roqué, a native of Calahorra (La Rioja), arrived in the 11th Wing on the Morón Air Base (Seville) in January 2006 and has served in both the 111 and 113 Squadrons for more than four years as a flight instructor for the conversion of pilots to the Eurofighter.

Pilar Albiac, COO of Cassidian and CEO of Cassidian Spain, said: “Sincere congratulations on behalf of myself and the whole team at Cassidian to the Spanish Air Force for having achieved this new milestone, which demonstrates the maturity and operating level that has been reached with the Eurofighter. We are proud to contribute to national defence with the Eurofighter programme, which involves strengthening the European industry in the competitive world market.”

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BOC Aviation orders 50 A320 Family aircraft, including 25 NEO



BOC Aviation, the Singapore-based aircraft leasing subsidiary of Bank of China, has placed a new firm order, signed in December 2012, for the purchase of 50 A320 Family aircraft including 25 NEOs. The order comprises A320 and A321 variants of both engine options. BOC Aviation will make its engine selection for the aircraft at a later date.

BOC Aviation last placed an order for A320ceo Family aircraft in 2010. This order for A320neo Family aircraft will be its first for the new engine option. As an investor in aircraft, the Company seeks fuel-efficient aircraft that have a wide operator base and this order will further contribute to its growth.

"Airbus’ popular A320 and A321 aircraft with the current engine option are outstanding aircraft for airlines focusing on operational efficiency who want to offer their passengers a superior short to medium haul travel experience,” said Robert Martin, BOC Aviation’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. “The A320neo Family order reinforces our commitment to be a key player in the leasing industry as we make the latest eco-efficient aircraft available to our customers.”

“The announcement from BOC Aviation is another vote of confidence in the long-term appeal of our popular A320 Family. It works well for the financial community thanks to its wide operator base, its proven excellent operating economics as well as strong residual values," said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus. “With this latest order for A320 Family aircraft, BOC Aviation is well placed to continue to build on its position as a top tier leasing company."

Including this latest purchase agreement, BOC Aviation’s cumulative orders for new Airbus aircraft reach a total of 187 (181 A320 Family and six A330 Family aircraft), of which 131 have already been placed with airlines. BOC Aviation has also been growing its Airbus fleet through purchase and leaseback transactions with airlines. To date, BOC Aviation has successfully placed Airbus aircraft with over 40 airlines worldwide. BOC Aviation is the largest Asia-based aircraft leasing company and will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

The A320neo will enter into service from late 2015, followed by the A319neo and A321neo in 2016. The A320neo Family incorporates latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings which is equivalent to 1.4 million litres of fuel - the consumption of 1,000 mid size cars, saving 3,600 tons of C02 per aircraft per year. With more than 1,600 firm orders since its launch in December 2010, the A320neo Family is the fastest selling commercial aircraft programme ever.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft Family. To date, close to 8,900 aircraft have been ordered and over 5,300 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.

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Kraken Wakes - DARPA's Deep-Sea Sleepers

Kraken Wakes - DARPA's Deep-Sea Sleepers:
Arguing it is costly and complex to send large numbers of warships to forward operating areas - and that the energy and logistics needed to deploy lower-cost unmanned systems over oceanic distances limits their usefulness - DARPA has come with another idea.
That idea is to pre-deploy "deep-ocean nodes" in forward areas years in advance. These would be commanded from a safe stand-off distance to launch to the surface and release waterborne or airborne unmanned systems to disperse and provide ISR or "non-lethal effects" over a wide area in contested environments.
Concept: Lockheed Martin


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Cost per flying hour (CPFH): The Next Big F-35 Debate?

CPFH: The Next Big F-35 Debate?:
Last year, one of the big JSF debates was over the “true” cost of sustaining the single-engine, stealthy F-35. Navy officials arrived at a $1 trillion figure to operate the aircraft for 50 years. To say it caused sticker shock in the Pentagon would be a massive understatement, and officials in militaries abroad eyeing F-35 purchases have spent countless hours since trying to get a better grip on the cost to operate this jet.
Though there has been no definitive figure released to that point, the debate about F-35 sustainment has taken a new turn.

It seems now that the focus is all about the cost per flying hour (CPFH) of the aircraft.

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First Winglet Set For Bombardier CSeries Aircraft Delivered

First Winglet Set For Bombardier CSeries Aircraft Delivered: Composite Wingtip Devices Designed To Extend Range And Cut Operating Costs The first production aircraft set of winglets has been delivered to Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast for the new Bombardier CSeries aircraft that will serve the 100– to 149-seat market segment.

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El Sepla propone reducciones de plantilla y de salarios mientras exista Iberia Express

El Sepla propone reducciones de plantilla y de salarios mientras exista Iberia Express:
Madrid.- El sindicato de pilotos Sepla con representación en Iberia ofreció ayer a la compañía una reducción del 10% de la plantilla y un recorte salarial de todos los  con una congelación de sueldos hasta el 2015.

Los pilotos ofrecen reducir en un 10% la plantilla clon salidas voluntarias mientras exista la filial Iberia Express, una reducción salarial del 10% para todo el colectivo -unos 1.400 pilotos- y la congelación salarial hasta el año 2015, además reducir en un 50% el salario a los nuevos pilotos que se incorporen, tal como informó ayer el Sepla.

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Y-20, nuevo avión de transporte chino



China ha dado varias sorpresas últimamente a la comunidad internacional, tanto con sus cazas de última generación (J-20 y J-31) como su último UAV. Y también sorprenden en cuanto a desarrollos de aviones de transporte.


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Photos: China’s Soar Dragon UAV reappears

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DARPA wants to hide naval assets on the sea bottom

DARPA wants to hide naval assets on the sea bottom:
The DARPA project envisions deploying assets such as this earlier DARPA concept, the Corma...
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has seen the future of naval warfare and it’s falling upward. As part of an effort to reduce the logistics of sending equipment into trouble areas, the agency’s Upward Falling Payloads project is aimed at developing storage capsules capable of remaining on the deep seabed for years. These would contain non-lethal military assets that could be deployed on the spot years in advance and rise to the surface as needed...
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