ON THE BOEING FRONT
Boeing Selected Panasonic Avionics to Supply the Cabin Services System for the 777X
Panasonics Avionics has been selected by Boeing to supply the cabin services system (CSS) for the 777X.
The win extends Panasonic’s CSS win streak on next generation Boeing wide bodies; the company also supplies the CSS on the 787 and the 747-8 intercontinental.
“Panasonic’s CSS is a scalable, database driven, Ethernet-based network that provides core cabin functions – such as passenger address, cabin inter phone and environmental controls,” Panasonic said in a statement. ”CSS directly integrates with external subsystems – such as cabin lighting and other airplane member systems across the airframe networks, including the inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions.”
Boeing completed firm configuration for the 777-9X in August 2015. Orders and commitment for the 777X total 320 aircraft from six customers. The 777-9X is slated to enter service in 2020, followed by the smaller 777-8X in 2022.
Source : ATW/Boeing
ON THE AIRBUS FRONT
Airbus Launches New Cabin Brand “Airspace by Airbus”
On March 23rd Airbus launched the “Airspace by Airbus”, bringing together an enhanced experience for passengers and optimum performance for airlines – based on four dimensions: comfort, ambience, service and design.
Introduced with Airbus’ wide body A330neo (new engine option) – and incorporated on the A350 XWB – Airspace cabins offer a more relaxing, inspiring, attractive and functional environment for travelers and optimizes the use of cabin space for operators.
Signature design elements recognizable throughout all Airspace cabins include wider seat, larger overhead storage bins, spacious, contemporary lavatories with antibacterial surfaces, along with unobstructed under-seat foot space. Other features are a unique and customizable welcome area at the main passenger boarding door, the latest in LED technology for ambient lighting, as well as clean shapes and surfaces throughout the interior.
Features for operators include a range of new galley/lavatory options – such as modular Space-Flex to maximize trolley capacity, wheelchair-accessible lavatory configurations to suit individual airline requirements and freeing up of main deck space to allow for additional seating.
Source : ATW/Airbus
Qatar Executive Adds Second G650ER
Middle Eastern VIP operator Qatar Executive has added a second Gulfstream G650Er to its fleet. The handover comes three months after the first ultra-long-range type joined the company’s line-up of high-end business aircraft from Airbus and Bombardier stables.
The lead pair are part of a 2014 order from Qatar Airways subsidiary for up to 30 Gulfstream business jets, including six G650ERs and 24 G500 and G600s, for which it is the launch customer.
The flagship G650ER was selected, Qatar Executive says, for its market leading 7,500 (13,890km) range, which allows passengers “to fly non-stop from the Middle East to North America or from destinations in Asia to Africa.”
Qatar’s G650ERs have a two-cabin configuration, with capacity for up to 13 passengers.
Source : Flightglobal
OTHER AVIATION NEWS
Scoot, Tigerair to Merge, Expand Reservation Systems
Singapore based long-haul, low-cost carrier (LCC) Scoot and regional LCC Tigerair will finalize a merger of their reservations systems by the end of 2016, according to Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson. “This will make Tiger our biggest partner,” he said. He said two LCCs already shared ground handling and other operational facilities and costs, and that a more complete integration of ticketing systems would bring a greater ability to capitalize on potential opportunities across the two carriers.
Both LCCS are Subsidiary airlines of parent Singapore Airlines, which Wilson says is working to develop long-term working structures that are shared between the two carriers.
Wilson added that Scoot would expand its fleet of 10 Boeing 787s with another 10 787s by the end of July 2019, which would enable it to add routes to India, China and northeast Asia.
Source : ATW/Scoot
Rolls-Royce Has Successfully Completed First Flight of The Trent 1000 Ten
Rolls-Royce has successfully completed the first flight of its new Trent 1000 TEN (thrust, efficiency and new technology) engine which will power the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family of aircraft.
Capable of up to 78,000 lbs thrust, it will be available to power all three variants of the Boeing 787: the -8, -9 and future -10.
The engine’s first flight was on a Boeing 747 flying test bed which took off from an airfield in Tucson, Arizona. A distinctive paint scheme on the engine nacelle-depicting a “perfect ten pin ”bowling image – easily identified the Trent 1000 TEN engine on the aircraft.
Iain Dudley, Head of Marketing, Trent 1000 said : “We are delighted that the first flight went smoothly and we look forward to a successful program on the 747 test bed before flight testing begins on a Boeing 787 later this year. We know that this engine will deliver a step-change in efficiency and performance for the 787 when it enters service. In fact it’s perfect for it.”
The Trent 1000 is already the most reliable engine on the 787 and was the first to power both the -8 and -9 versions into service. Over one and a half million flying hours have been successfully achieved and now the TEN version is set to deliver new levels of fuel efficiency and thrust for customers.
Trent 1000 engines were the first to put the Boeing 787 into service in 2011 with ANA of Japan and the first to put the 787-9 into service last year with Air New Zealand.
Source : Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce and El Al Sign 787 Trent 1000 Service Deal
On March 21st, 2016, El Al announced in a media release that Rolls-Royce will provide support for the Trent 1000 engines that will power El Al’s incoming fleet of Boeing 787s.
El Al says the deal reflects the strength of a business relationship with Rolls-Royce that has been ongoing for more than 50 years. It adds that the agreement is the “largest ever business arrangement between the United Kingdom and Israel.” El Al did not provide the value or length of the agreement: the carrier’s media representative did not immediately provide additional details.
In August 2015, El Al stated it would buy and lease a total of 15 787s to replace its 747-400s and 767-300ERs.
The carrier plans to begin flying the first eight 787-9s starting in 2017 and the first of seven 787-8s starting in 2019. In October, El Al announced it opted for all 15 of the 787s to be powered by Trent 1000s.
Source : Flightglobal
Cayman Airways to Replace Fleet
Cayman Airways will replace its fleet of aging 737-300s classics with four new 737s over the next four years.
The government has approved a fleet modernization plan for the national airline to replace the four 737-300 jets; which are between 15 and 20 years old, with new 737-8Max planes straight off the Boeing production line.
The 737-8Max planes have 40 more seats and burn 20 percent less fuel than the 300-series. Mr Fabian Whoms, Cayman Airways CEO said the technical advances made by Boeing in developing the next generation aircraft made the arrangement possible.
The airline will bring a different Boeing 737-800 plane into service as an interim measure; it intends to replace the entire fleet of 737-300s on a phased timetable between 2018 and 2020.
By 2020, the airline will have a full fleet of four 737-8Max aircraft.
Source : Cayman Compass
LATEST NEWS IN BRIEF
- Air India agreed to lease 14 LEAP-powered A320neos from ALAFCO for delivery in 2017-2019.
- GoSky of Slovakia took delivery of one Boeing 737-800 aircraft on March 18th.
- Aegean Airlines has taken delivery of the final of seven Airbus A320ceos. It has 61 of the type in its fleet.
- Aircelle (Safran) began the manufacturing of titanium engine exhaust systems for Boeing’s new 777X, marking an on-time industrial activity startup on Aircelle’s first major role as a supplier to Boeing.
- GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) delivered a new leased Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Chinese airline Okay Airways to expand the Carrier’s fleet.
- Mitsubishi Aircraft completed construction of new 44,000 sq m MRJ final assembly hanger to build up to 10 aircraft per month; it will now start installing related tooling.
- Air France has cancelled its remaining pair of Airbus A 380s in favor of taking three additional A350-900s. Deliveries of the A350s have been rescheduled from 2018 to 2019 and 2020.
- Boeing started major assembly of the first 787-10 Kawasaki Heavy Industries started installation of the circular frames into the mid forward fuselage on March 14th,two weeks ahead of schedule.
- Embraer, the Brazilian manufacturer, announced on April 4th that E190-E2 completed the first engine run. The E190-E2 is powered by two PW1900G turbofans that are rated at Up to 23,000 .lb – thrust each for take-off power.
- Air France-KLM Group chairman and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, is set to replace the retiring Tony Tyler as IATA’s DG and CEO after a unanimous recommendation by the IATA board of governors.
- Exclusive – Boeing said it will buy seats directly from new supplier, LIFT by EnCore of Huntington Beach,California for its 737.
Air France- KLM Moves to Protect Perishables with “Kold Kart” Dolly
When on the ground in high temperature locations, the ruination of perishable cargo or pharmaceuticals is a real issue. Air France-KLM – Martinair Cargo’s most recent weapon in the war against temperature incursions is the “Kold Kart”, a new dolly system that maintains proper temperature while shipments await transfer to planes or trucks.
After testing the product, AF-KLM found that Kold Kart was able to protect temperature-sensitive commodities while reducing waste and extending the shelf life of products being shipped. Once perishable container shipments are weighed and checked in for a flight, they are placed inside a Kold Kart dolly. The dolly is then moved onto the tarmac area and held until it can be pulled by a tug to the outbound aircraft. The Kold Kart unit also has a conveyor floor that permits container shipments to roll in and out of the dolly.
For inbound shipments, the dolly meets the aircraft and perishable containers are off-loaded from the aircraft to the Kold Kart dolly and pulled back to the cargo building. The temperature can be set anywhere the customer requests.
Source : Air Cargo World/Air France-KLM Cargo
How the Very First Air Force One Was Saved – Columbine II, President Eisenhower’s Ride is Back in Action – Part I
Getting a 70-year-old Lockheed C-121 Constellation ready to fly cross-country isn’t easy. Besides making sure the large airframe is structurally sound, you have got to get four enormous 18-cylinder,2,500-horsepower radial engines running reliably. Karl Stolzfus had plenty of motivation to see this project through. In doing so, had been saving and preserving history: the first Air Force One.
First Lady Maimie Eisenhower named the airplane “Columbine II” after the official state flower of Colorado, her adopted home state. Her husband, President Dwight D.Eisenhower, was traveling in Columbine II in 1953 when air traffic controllers became confused. An Eastern Airlines commercial flight (8610) had the same call sign as the President’s (Air Force 8610) and the two aircraft accidentally entered the same airspace. The potentially dangerous situation spurred creation of the unique call sign “Air Force One” for Columbine II, and the name stuck for all subsequent presidential planes.
Columbine II was built as a VC-121A transport for the Air Force in 1948, but converted to VIP configuration for President Eisenhower and re-designated VC-121E.
It served Ike from late 1952 through 1954 when it was replaced by another VC-121E, this one called “Columbine III.” (it currently resides at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio). Columbine II remained as a “spare” Air Force One into 1955, when it was transferred to Pan American airlines, serving on special assignment to the government of Thailand as the “Clipper Fortuna.” The aircraft later returned to Air force transport duties until its retirement in 1968.
It was a derelict by the early 1980s but was restored using parts from another VC-121 in 1989-90. The Air Force One went on to the air show circuit in the early 1990s. When the owner lost interest, it was put up for sale in 1998. Nobody wanted Eisenhower’s ride at the time and it was flown to Avra Valley Airport near Tucson in 2003.
Karl Stolzfus is the owner of Dynamic Aviation, a Virginia-Based contractor that provides the federal government and other clients with aircraft and crews for tasks from surveillance to data acquisition.
Rather than let Columbine II languish, Stolzfus bought the airplane and starting in March of 2015, a team of engineers from Dynamic aided by volunteers from Texas-based Mid America Flight Museum, travelled to Avra Valley and retired Columbine II to air worthiness. According to Brian Miklos,who lead the Dynamic’s team, says the constellation was in reasonably good shape, considering its history, but needed work.
“The Airframe and the hard parts of the airplane were great condition but all the soft components, hose and seats, were brittle from the desert environment. We had to replace all of that. We did not do that much engine work, we just made sure the top-ends were well lubricated and replaced engine accessories.”
Source : Popular Mechanics
Story of the restoration of this aircraft will continue in my May Report
Researched and Compiled by : Ed Kaplanian
Commercial Aviation Advisor
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