GoAir takes delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets

miércoles, 30 de enero de 2013



India’s GoAir, ‘The Fly Smart Airline”, wholly owned by the Wadia Group, has taken delivery of its first Sharklet equipped A320 aircraft financed by ACG (Aviation Capital Group) under a sale and leaseback arrangement which will see the Aircraft added to ACG's growing portfolio of Airbus A320 family aircraft.

The aircraft is part of an order placed by GoAir for 20 A320ceo in 2006. So far 13 aircraft have been delivered to GoAir making the first Sharklet equipped A320 the 14th to join the fleet. All subsequent seven deliveries will be equipped with Sharklets.

“We already operate one of the youngest and most fuel efficient aircraft fleets anywhere in the world and the introduction of the Sharklet will add further efficiency. Our investment in the every latest technology like Sharklets, and also the A320neo, is a demonstration of our commitment to our customers and to the growth of our valued airline,” said Giorgio De Roni, GoAir CEO

“We are delighted to be partnering GoAir with their fleet expansion and the introduction of the fuel saving Sharklet. We strive to always have the most modern aircraft in our aircraft portfolio and the A320 equipped with Sharklets is a perfect fit,” said Denis Kalscheur, ACG CEO.

“The Sharklets deliver up to four per cent fuel burn reduction on longer sectors, and this translates into impressive cost savings,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “GoAir passengers can also be confident that on board their Sharklet equipped A320s, they’ll be flying the world’s greenest single aisle aircraft.”

Due to the very strong customer demand for Sharklets, all Airbus’ single-aisle final assembly lines (FALs) will be engaged in building A320 Family aircraft with Sharklets. These FALs are located in Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Tianjin (China) and will soon be followed by an additional A320 FAL in Mobile (Alabama, USA).

Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft and offer operators the option of an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms. Sharklets are standard on all members of the A320neo Family. In 2011, GoAir placed an order for 72 A320neo aircraft.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft Family. To date, over 9,000 aircraft have been ordered and over 5,400 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.

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Boeing Reports Record Revenue and Backlog and Provides 2013 Guidance


Fourth-Quarter 2012
  • Core EPS (non-GAAP)* of $1.46 on strong operating performance; GAAP EPS of $1.28
  • Revenue rose to $22.3 billion on increased commercial airplane deliveries
Full Year 2012
  • Core EPS (non-GAAP)* of $5.88 on record revenue of $81.7 billion; GAAP EPS of $5.11
  • Operating cash flow rose to $7.5 billion, including $1.6 billion of pension contributions
  • Backlog grew to a record $390 billion including $114 billion of orders during the year
Outlook for 2013
  • Core EPS (non-GAAP)* guidance of $6.10 to $6.30; GAAP EPS guidance of $5.00 to $5.20
  • Operating cash flow guidance of greater than $6.5 billion includes $1.5 billion of pension contributions

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Boeing 737 Program Starts Building at Higher Production Rate



Boeing 737 Program Starts Building at Higher Production Rate



Boeing [NYSE: BA] has begun assembly of the first Next-Generation 737 to be built at the rate of 38 airplanes per month. Over the past two years, production of the 737 has risen more than 20 percent, from 31.5 to 38 airplanes a month. In 2014, the rate will go up again to 42 airplanes a month.

Today mechanics completed loading initial parts of the spars - internal support structures in the wings – into an automated spar-assembly machine. The spar is the first step in building the wings and marks the start of major manufacturing for an airplane.

"The first spar load serves as the defining moment for our latest rate break, and the 737 team did it as planned, on schedule," said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of the 737 program. "We have more hard work ahead of us, but we are well on our way to another successful production rate increase."

Employee teams have been instrumental in reducing 737 production flow by developing and implementing innovative efficiency improvements.

The first Next-Generation 737 built at the new rate is scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of this year.

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Japón no halla problemas en las baterías de litio

Japón no halla problemas en las baterías de litio:
Tokio.- Las autoridades japonesas no han detectado problemas graves en los análisis realizados en la factoría del fabricante de baterías de iones de litio ni desde un punto de vista técnico, ni en cuanto a la gestión de la calidad, según reveló ayer un responsable del Ministerio nipón de Transportes.

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El IL-76MD-90A realizó su primer vuelo de prueba de larga duración

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Moscú.- El avión de transporte pesado IL-76MD-90A realizó el primer vuelo de prueba de larga duración, comunicó hoy su fabricante, Aviastar-SP de Uliánovsk.

El vuelo duró 4 horas y 25 minutos y su programa incluyó la comprobación del funcionamiento de los sistemas y equipos, el encendido de motores, la estabilidad en vuelo y la manejabilidad de la nave,según recogía ayer la agencia rusa RIA Novosti.

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NASA's Blended Wing prototype reconfigured for extra hush

NASA's Blended Wing prototype reconfigured for extra hush:
In flight: NASA's X48-C Blended Wing Body prototype (Photo: NASA/Carla Thomas)
It's easy to forget that, between roving Mars and maintaining a permanent manned space presence, NASA also takes a keen interest in conventional flight. Developed in conjunction with Boeing, NASA's X-48C is the latest iteration in its six-year X-48 program to develop an unmanned Blended Wing Body aircraft. So perhaps we should modify that prior statement: NASA also takes a keen interest in unconventional conventional flight...
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Marc Newson's “Body Jet” re-imagines the jetpack

Marc Newson's “Body Jet” re-imagines the jetpack:
The Body Jet was designed for a French aerospace company (Photo: Marc Newson)
The jetpack is arguably the most game-changing method of transport one could envision using technology available today. However, despite some progress, a jetpack-powered commute still seems a very long way in the future. Not to be daunted by this, Australian designer Marc Newson has turned his hand to producing a compelling jetpack design concept, dubbed the “Body Jet.”
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China Tests Carrier Killer DF-21D Missile



Taiwan-based Want China Times has published suggestive evidence that China has tested its Dong Feng 21D anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM), also known as the “Carrier Killer” to fans.

This missile will keep the “dog” out of China’s “backyard.”

According to the January 23 article, “PLA ‘sinks’ US carrier in DF-21D missile test in Gobi,” the “People’s Liberation Army has successfully sunk a US aircraft carrier, according to a satellite photo provided by Google Earth, reports our sister paper Want Daily — though the strike was a war game, the carrier a mock-up platform and the ‘sinking’ occurred on dry land in a remote part of western China.



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Cassidian Develops New System For Eurofighter Training

Cassidian Develops New System For Eurofighter Training: PC-Based Sim Designed To Enhance The Quality And Efficiency Of Training For Technical Personnel The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has awarded a contract to EADS subsidiary Cassidian to deliver a new Maintenance System Trainer for training the German Air Force’s (Luftwaffe) technical Eurofighter personnel.

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Boeing May Suffer From Lengthy 787 Investigation

Boeing May Suffer From Lengthy 787 Investigation: Problems Could Compound If Dreamliner Grounded For Months, Analysts Say With the NTSB saying it is in the "early stages" of its investigation of a battery fire aboard a JAL Dreamliner, some analysts are looking at the potential impact of the probe on Boeing as a company ... and they are not entirely optimistic.

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