Volume 2 Issue 1 January 2015


Boeing Reveals 777-9X Dimensions

Boeing has revealed a preliminary set of external dimensions for the 777-9X aircraft as part of its campaign to prepare airports far in advance of a scheduled entry into service in 2020.

The presentation gives the length of the 777-9X fuselage as 251 ft 9in(76.7 m),or about 0.7ft (0.2m) longer than previously reported and 9.1 ft (2.8 m) longer than the 777-300 ER.

In the same presentation, delivered by Boeing at the Airports Council International Karen Dix-Colony, listed the estimated tail height of the 777-9X as 64.6 ft (19.7m).

The fully extended wingspan of the 777-9X will be 235.5 ft (71.8 m) second to the wingspan of the A380 which is 264 ft (80 m).

That would make the A380 and the 777-9X among the very large aircraft allowed to operate from Class F standard airports.

Boeing, however, is introducing a folding wingtip on the 777-9X that reduces the wingspan on taxiways and at gates to 212.6 ft (64.8 m).

At that length, the 777-9X will qualify for taxiways and gates with clearances designed for narrower Class E aircraft.

Boeing officials are in the midst of a worldwide airport marketing campaign, visiting 30 airports alone in 2014.

The company plans to visit not only airports where the 777-9X is likely to serve. The aircraft will need compatible airports at alternate sites to qualify for extended operations(ETOPS) routes

Source : Flightglobal/Boeing


Opening a New Chapter in Aviation First Delivery                                   of A350 XWB to Qatar Airways

The big news from Airbus is the first delivery of the A350XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways.

The A350XWB according to Airbus embodies the most advanced technologies and breakthrough innovations in aerodynamics, light-weight materials and aircraft systems. Powered by the ultra-fuel-efficient and very quiet Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.


John Rishton, Rolls- Royce, Chief Executive officer said : “We are very proud to have worked with Qatar Airways and Airbus on the A350XWB, using the latest technology to deliver new standards in customer service. This is a very important day for everyone at Rolls-Royce.

It is the culmination of years of hard work and the start of a new chapter for our business.”

Source : Airbus/Rolls-Royce/Airbus Photo



COMAC ARJ21 Receives Type Certificate from CAAC


Finally the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has given a type certificate to the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) ARJ 21 Regional Jet, likely clearing the way for the long-delayed aircraft to enter service this year.

The aircraft an ARJ21-700 is powered by two GE Aviation CF34-10A engines and seats from 78-90 passengers depending on seating configuration.

Launch customer Chengdu Airlines, a COMAC subsidiary, is expected to put the aircraft into service in April or May of this year, which would be eight years later than originally scheduled service entry and 13 years after the program was launched.

COMAC has received a total of 278 orders for the ARJ21-700, mostly from Chinese airlines.

Source: ATW/COMAC Photo



Cambodia Bayon Airlines has Received                                                   its Air Operator’s Certificate

Cambodia Bayon Airlines has received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) and plans to launch operations by the end of this month.

The carrier took delivery of its first Xian Aircraft MA60 turboprop on December 15, 2014. It has said it will first operate domestic services from Phnom Penh base before venturing into regional operations using Airbus A320s.


The carrier is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bayon Holding Limited, which in turn is owned by China’s Joy Air.

Joy Air is a joint venture between AVIC Group and China Eastern Airlines.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database shows that Cambodia Bayon has one MA60, another on order, and a letter of intent for further 18 of the type.

Source: Flightglobal


GE Launches Passport Engine Flight Testing

GE Aviation has started flight tests of the Passport engine selected to power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 business jets.

Flight testing started on December 30th, 2014 on GE flying test bed- a Boeing 747-100- based in Victorville, California, GE Says.

(as a side note this writer has been inside this test bed and for a 747-100 the aircraft was very well kept inside and out)

The 16,500 lb-thrust power plant remains on track to complete certification by the end of this year despite entering flight tests about six months late.

The Program was delayed while GE ran tests of the engine in a wind tunnel at low altitudes, according to vice-president of business and general aviation Brad Mottier, who briefed journalists on the delay last October.

The passport engine replaces the venerable C34 in GE’s portfolio, but with several key new technologies.

GE also is introducing a new form of ceramic matrix composite in the passport engine.

Source : GE Aviation/Flightglobal


Mitsubishi Completes Wing-Body Join of Second Flight Test Jet

Mitsubishi Aircraft has completed the wing-body join of its second flight test aircraft, and says its regional jet program is on track for a maiden flight the second quarter of this year.

A Nikkei report says the MRJ is likely to take its first flight at the end of May, and that the manufacturer has notified major suppliers of the schedule.

When contacted, Mitsubishi says it has neither set a date nor announced a date to its partners, and that the schedule is still for the first flight to happen between April and June of this year.

The Japanese airframer is now conducting functional and performance tests on the aircraft’s various systems. Other tests it will have to accomplish before the first flight include testing the aircraft’s Pratt & Whitney PW1200G engines, the Hamilton Sundstrand auxiliary power unit, ground vibration tests, electro-magnetic interference tests, security and taxi checks.

Final assembly of the second flight test aircraft has largely been completed, except for mounting of the engines, says a Mitsubishi spokeswoman.


Source : Flightglobal



  • Kuwait Airways have finalized an order with Boeing for 10 777-300ERs valued at $3.3 billion at list prices.
  •     Embraer delivered its 1,100th E-jet to Aeromexico Connect.
  •   GE Aviation has been selected by Boeing to provide the Common Core System    CCS) and Enhanced Airborne Flight Recorder (EAFR) for the Boeing 777X aircraft.
  •   Qatar Airways have finalized an order for four 777 Freighters, valued at $1.24 billion at current list prices.


  • Pratt & Whitney’s PurePowerGearedTurbofan(GTF) engine PW1100-JM has received FAA type certification for the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft.
  • Air New Zealand  and Boeing have finalized an order for two additional 787-9 Dreamliners valued at $514 million at list prices.
  • Avolon Dublin-based lessor Avolon firmed an order for 15 Airbus A##)NEOS, previously announced at the Farnborough AirShow in July.
  • TransAsia Airways  is to acquire four A330-800neo jets it has a given value of more than $480 million.
  • Dassault rolled the first Falcon 8X on December 17th, 2014 during a dedicated customer event at its 60-year old manufacturing facility at Bordeaux-Merignac.
  • BOC (Bank of China) Aviation has finalized an order for two additional 737-800s, valued at $186 million at current list prices.
  • AirAsia X, the long haul affiliate of Air Asia placed an order with Airbus for 55 A330neos aircraft.
  • Engine Alliance’s GP7200 engines have entered revenue service with Etihad Airways‘ first EA-powered Airbus A380.


New Boeing Winglets to be Built In Washington

GKN Aerospace plans to assemble and paint the winglets at a 57,000-square-foot plant in Sumner near Boeing’s 737 final assembly plant, in Renton.  GKN is scheduled to start early this year, open the factory late this year and employ approximately 75 people at full production.



Air Cargo

Cargo Carrier Flies Record Load Through Hamilton


Hamilton airport’s largest cargo carrier has notched its biggest single volume of freight in a single day. In the run-up to Christmas, Cargojet Airways Ltd. moved more than 850,000 pounds of goods through its Hamilton facility in a single day. On an average night, it moves one million pounds across its entire North American network. Jamie Porteous said, this is only a fraction of what the company hopes to achieve this year as it doubles its capacity and gains benefits of a new $12 million cargo terminal under construction at the airport.

Cargojet will take up to half of the new 70,000-square-foot terminal. The building features 16 truck-loading bays, dedicated merchandise and courier handling areas, secured customs areas and refrigerated areas for perishables such as flowers, produce and pharmaceuticals. It also includes facilities to handle live animals.

The terminal will also feature space for shippers to assemble cargo from different areas or break up skids of goods for shipment to numerous final destinations.


Frank Scremin, president of John Munro Hamilton International Airport, has said the new terminal should be in operation by the second quarter of this year.

Another major boost to Cargojet’s growth was its selection in early 2014 as the air freight operator for Purolator and Canada Post. The deal is expected to bring the company $1 billion in revenue over its seven-year life. Based on that contract and its recent growth, the company has doubled its fleet to 24 aircraft since the end of 2013.


Source: The Hamilton Spectator/Ed’s Research



Researched and Compiled by : Ed Kaplanian

Commercial Aviation Advisor

Contact – ed@kaplanianreport.com

One thought on “Volume 2 Issue 1 January 2015

  1. Good morning, Ed:

    Thanks for the Kaplanian Report. As always, I find it interesting (esp. the use now of folding wings on commercial aircraft) and much appreciated.

    How are you and Lee?

    Someday Carol and I will visit.

    Your friend,


    Bill Huyler | Mobile +1/ 703.343.0812


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