Boeing and Embraer Open Joint Aviation Biofuel Research Center in Brazil

miércoles, 14 de enero de 2015

Collaboration supports Brazil's role in developing sustainable biofuel, helps meet aviation's environmental goals

 

São José dos Campos, Brazil, Jan. 14, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Embraer [BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3, NYSE: ERJ] today opened a joint sustainable aviation biofuel research center in a collaborative effort to further establish the aviation biofuel industry in Brazil.

At the Boeing-Embraer Joint Research Center in the São José dos Campos Technology Park, the companies will coordinate and co-fund research with Brazilian universities and other institutions. The research will focus on technologies that address gaps in creating a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil, such as feedstock production, techno-economic analysis, economic viability studies and processing technologies.

"Boeing and Embraer, two of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, are partnering in an unprecedented way to make more progress on sustainable aviation biofuel than one company can do alone," said Donna Hrinak, president, Boeing Brazil and Boeing Latin America. "Brazil, a pioneer in the sustainable fuels industry, will play a leading role in establishing the biofuels industry and helping meet aviation's environmental goals."

"Our purpose is to support work on developing and maturing the knowledge and technologies needed to establish a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil with global reach," said Mauro Kern, executive vice president, Engineering and Technology, Embraer. "Brazil has shown its potential and is already a benchmark for the clean-energy industry, having created very successful ethanol and biodiesel industries."

Boeing's biofuel collaboration with Embraer is led by Boeing Research & Technology-Brazil (BR&T-Brazil), one of Boeing's six international advanced research centers. BR&T-Brazil works with Brazil's research-and-development community to grow Brazil's capabilities and meet the country's goals for economic and technology development while supporting the creation of innovative and affordable technologies for Boeing's business units. In addition to its collaboration in Brazil, Boeing has active biofuel-development projects in the United States, Middle East, Africa, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia.

The Boeing-Embraer Joint Research Center is the latest in a series of collaborative efforts by Boeing, Embraer and Brazilian partners on sustainable aviation biofuel. Between 2012 and 2013, Boeing, Embraer, the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP) and the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) held a series of workshops in Brazil and, in 2014, published a detailed roadmap—called Flightpath to Aviation Biofuels in Brazil—that identified gaps in establishing this industry. These gaps will be addressed in part through the Boeing-Embraer Joint Research Center. In 2014, both companies signed a collaboration agreement to jointly conduct and co-fund research and share intellectual property developed through the center.

Embraer also has collaborated with several initiatives to produce an aviation biofuel that is economically viable and fulfills stringent aviation requirements. In 2011, Embraer and engine-manufacturer GE completed test flights under a broad range of conditions on an E170 using hydro-processed esters and fatty acids (HEFA). The following year, an E195 from Azul airline flew during the Rio+20 fueled with biokerosene produced from sugar cane developed by Amyris.

Studies have shown that sustainably produced aviation biofuel emits 50 to 80 percent lower carbon emissions through its life cycle than fossil jet fuel. Globally, more than 1,600 passenger flights using sustainable aviation biofuel have been conducted since it was first approved for use in 2011.

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Mitsubishi MRJ: The first engine run performed on first flight test aircraft

  • MRJ Starts Full-Scale Tests toward First Flight
  • The first engine run performed on first flight test aircraft
  • The wing up-bending test also carried out on static strength test aircraft

NAGOYA, January 13, 2015 –
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation started full-scale testing of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) toward its first flight scheduled in the second quarter this year.

Mitsubishi Aircraft performed the first engine run for the starboard side engine of MRJ's first flight test aircraft at the apron of the Nagoya Airport (Nishikasugai-gun, Aichi Prefecture) on January 13th, 2015. The first engine run verified the total operations of the aircraft's various systems including hydraulic, fuel, air conditioning, electric systems and power system such as engines.

The company also performed the wing up-bending test on the static strength test aircraft at the strength test station adjacent to Komaki South Plant of MHI's Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works (Nishikasugai-gun, Aichi Prefecture) on December 25th, 2014. The static strength test is one of the airframe tests to inspect that the aircraft meets safety standards in strength. During the testing, the maximum load that the aircraft is expected to experience while flying was applied to the wing of the static strength test aircraft, which was calculated from simulation of all flight conditions. The wing up-bending test produced anticipated results.

Mitsubishi Aircraft remains firmly committed to the success of the first flight with an on-track progress of the upcoming tests, such as functional tests and engineering tests.



About MRJ

Mitsubishi Regional Jet is a family of 70~90-seat next-generation aircraft featuring the Pratt & Whitney's revolutionary PurePower® engine and state-of-the-art aerodynamics to drastically reduce fuel consumption, noise, and emissions, while offering top-class operational benefits, an outstanding cabin designed for heightened passenger flying comfort, and large overhead bins.

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes Achieves Market Success in 2014

World's largest airplane manufacturer with 723 deliveries, record $232.7 billion in commercial net orders

SEATTLE, Jan. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) set a global industry record for the most commercial airplanes delivered in a single year at 723 in 2014, maintaining its position as the world's largest airplane manufacturer for the third consecutive year.

"What the Boeing team achieved in 2014 is truly unprecedented, especially in the face of fierce competition," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. "Boeing's achievements are based on the dedication of our talented employees, the trust that our customers place in our products and the partnership with our suppliers."

In 2014, Boeing booked 1,432 net orders, valued at $232.7 billion at list prices. The company also grew its backlog of unfilled commercial orders to a historic high of 5,789 airplanes.

Boeing's widebody family of airplanes – 747-8, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner –accounted for more than 60 percent of all twin-aisle deliveries last year, further strengthening the company's position as the industry leader in widebody airplanes.

The Next-Generation 737 program delivered more of the single-aisle airplanes than ever before with 485 deliveries in 2014.

"Our current and future lineup of products are formidable competitors in the marketplace, delivering the best efficiency, best performance and superior value to our customers," said Conner.

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Airbus exceeds targets in 2014 and prepares for the future

  • . Incremental innovation rewarded by A320neo & A330neo market success
  • . Highest number of Airbus Widebody airliners delivered
  • . Industry record backlog of 6,386 aircraft secures Airbus' long term outlook.

 

 

Airbus has exceeded its targets for 2014, achieving a new record of 629 aircraft deliveries for 89 customers of which eight are new, comprising 490 A320 Family aircraft, 108 A330s, 30 A380s and also our first A350 XWB. This production achievement means that Airbus' aircraft deliveries in 2014 were up for the 13th year in a row, surpassing the previous record set in 2013.

Airbus also achieved 1,456 net orders from 67 customers (of which 14 are new) – our second best year ever, comprising 1,321 single aisle aircraft and 135 widebodies. As a result, by year end, the backlog had climbed to a new industry record of 6,386 aircraft valued at US$ 919.3 billion at list prices.

At 2014 year end, Airbus commanded more than 50% market share for aircraft above 100 seats. Among the numerous sales achievements was the A330neo's success in attracting 120 firm endorsements within just six months of its launch. Another commercial highlight was Delta's decision to select the A330neo for its transatlantic services and the A350 for its transpacific routes. A third highlight of 2014 was the enduring popularity of our A320neo and ceo aircraft which together attracted numerous orders especially from the leasing companies.

Industrially, the clear milestone of the year was the completion of A350 XWB testing and certification culminating in the on-time delivery of the first aircraft for Qatar Airways. We also reached our target of delivering 30 A380s while welcoming Asiana, Qatar Airways and Etihad as new operators of this flagship aircraft. And as the A330neo development programme gains momentum, the highly popular A330ceo continues to benefit from our commitment to incremental innovation. Meanwhile, the A320neo programme is proceeding on track following its first flight September 2014, paving the way for certification in Q3 and first deliveries in Q4.

"2014 has been an excellent year and the teams in Airbus not only delivered on, but exceeded their targets and commitments," said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. "Airbus also made strong progress towards a faster, simpler and more agile company, while our strategy of incremental innovation is helping to consolidate our market-leading position in all categories."

Airbus is the world's leading aircraft manufacturer of passenger airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus has design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain, and subsidiaries in the US, China, India, Japan and in the Middle East. In addition, it provides the highest standard of customer support and training through an expanding international network.

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New Airbus aircraft list prices for 2015

Price adjustment for Airbus' modern, comprehensive and fuel-efficient aircraft Family

13 January 2015 Press Release

Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by 3.27 per cent across the product line. The new pricing is effective from January 1st 2015. The 3.27 per cent price increase has been calculated according to Airbus' standard escalation formula over the January 2014 to January 2015 period, and enables Airbus to continue to enhance its profitability.

"Our new 2015 pricing reaffirms the value of Airbus' modern, comprehensive and fuel-efficient aircraft family," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. "We continue to see strong demand for Airbus' modern, innovative product family in all size categories. This demonstrates our customers' satisfaction with the winning combination of minimum operating costs and maximum passenger comfort they deliver."

Airbus is the world's leading aircraft manufacturer of passenger airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus champions innovative technologies and offers some of the world's most fuel efficient and quiet aircraft. Airbus has sold over 15,000 aircraft to almost 380 customers worldwide. Almost 8,900 Airbus aircraft have been delivered.
 

AIRBUS AIRCRAFT

2015 AVERAGE LIST PRICES (mio USD)

 

A318

 

 

74.3

 

A319

 

 

88.6

 

 

A320

 

 

97.0

 

A321

 

 

113.7

 

A319neo

 

 

97.5

 

A320neo

 

 

106.2

 

 

A321neo

 

 

124.4

 

A330-200

 

 

229.0

 

A330-800neo

 

 

249.6

 

A330-200 Freighter

 

 

232.2

 

A330-300

 

 

253.7

 

A330-900neo

 

 

284.6

 

A350-800

 

 

269.5

 

A350-900

 

 

304.8

 

A350-1000

 

 

351.9

 

A380-800

 

 

428.0

 

 

Price depends on design weights, engines choice and level of selected customisation

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Airbus launches A321neo with true transatlantic capability

Airbus has officially launched the A321neo with 97 tonnes Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) having secured the first commitment from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The Los Angeles based lessor signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 30 more A321neo, upsizing its commitments at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow from 60 to 90 and becoming the launch customer for Airbus' increased range option.

The A321neo 97t will have, with 4,000nm, the longest range of any single aisle airliner available today and tomorrow, making it ideally suited to transatlantic routes and will allow airlines to tap into new long haul markets which were not previously accessible with current single aisle aircraft.

"We are excited to be the first to sign for the new longer range version of the A321neo," said Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Air Lease Corporation's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "ALC wants a footprint in every promising market segment, including ones that can be opened by this new version of the A321neo. We pride ourselves in being able to provide our customers with the very latest, most innovative products and solutions."

"We are delighted to officially launch the A321neo 97t option with ALC," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. "ALC is a forward-looking company who has once again demonstrated its confidence in Airbus' latest products and innovations just six months after being a launch customer for the A330neo." He added: "The longer haul single aisle market is a lucrative one that the A321neo will now dominate, thanks to the aircraft's superior comfort, economics and range. This new version of the A321neo is a high revenue generating aircraft which will open up many new opportunities for our customers."

Under the assumption that ALC's MoUs for 30 A321neo aircraft plus 25 A330neo Family become firm orders, ALC's total orders for Airbus aircraft would stand at 258 (53 A320ceo Family, 140 A320neo Family, 15 A330 Family, 25 A350 XWB Family and 25 A330neo Family).

The A321 97t variant is building on the continued innovations brought to the A320 Family with Airbus Cabin-Flex (ACF), which offers passengers the highest standards of comfort while providing great flexibility and profit optimisation to airlines. Thanks to an additional fuel tank in the forward underfloor hold of the aircraft, as well as minor improvements on the wing and fuselage, the A321neo 97t will be able to fly 206 passengers on longer routes of up to 4,000 nm in a comfortable two-class layout. First deliveries will have started by 2019.

The newest member of the best-selling A320 Family, the A320neo, incorporates new generation engines and Sharklets which together will deliver 20 percent in fuel savings by 2020. At the end of December 2014, firm orders for the NEO reached over 3,600 aircraft from 70 customers.

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