The Kaplanian Report – June 2016

ON THE BOEING FRONT

Boeing and GE work Together to Ready the                                           777X Engine for Flight Tests 

Designing, building and ground testing the world’s largest turbofan is challenging enough, but the challenge is how to safely put this large engine through the rigors of flight testing on the wing of an aircraft for which it was not designed is another again.

That is a key question General Electric and Boeing engineers face as they wrestle with the mechanics of flying the GE9X engine for the 777X on GE’s 747-400 flying testbed in 2017.

Although rated at 105,000 lb. thrust, less than the GE-90-115B, so far the world’s largest engine, the drive for efficiency and higher bypass ratios means the GE9X is physically much larger.

With a bypass ratio of 10:1 and fan diameter set at an unprecedented 134 in., the overall size of the GE9X nacelle has grown to 178 in. The GE90-115B, which has a fan diameter of 128 in., was the previous record-holder.

To fly the engine on the testbed, the internal wing structure was strengthened; with the GE9X in mind when the 747-400 was modified for the test role starting in 2014.

Further modifications are also planned to reduce the chances of aeroelastic interaction between the extended wing of the 747-400 and the GE9X mounted on the inboard left strut.  GE has already removed the standard winglets because these add unnecessary weight and maintenance burden to the aircraft’s flight test role.

More about the testing in my upcoming reports.

Source : Avweek/GE/GEPhotos

 

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT 

The Airbus Beluga XL: New Transport                                                 Based on the A330 Takes Shape

The first of Airbus’ five new BelugaXL air lifters will begin to take shape early next year, initiating the creation of a new jetliner fleet to transport complete sections of the company’s aircraft from production sites around Europe to final assembly in France, Germany and Spain.

Beluga XL’s lower fuselage will be the same as the freighter version of the Airbus A330-200 jetliner and is to be built on the A330 final assembly line adjacent to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France.

The Beluga XL’s other aerostructure-specific components are provided by external suppliers, including the significantly enlarged upper fuselage, the modified forward section with a lowered nose and cockpit, a large forward cargo door allowing “roll-on-roll-off” loading directly onto the main deck and a pair auxiliary vertical tailplane end-fins.

Once a lower fuselage for Beluga XLs is completed on the final assembly line, it will be moved to Building L34 at Airbus’ Lagardere industrial zone adjacent to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, where the build-up process into the outsized airlifted will take approximately 12 months per aircraft.

The five Beluga XL aircraft will join the existing fleet of five A300-600ST Super Transporters-which are based on the A300 jetliner.

Source : Airbus/Airbus Picture

 

BUSINESS/REGIONAL NEWS

Gulfstream’s G650ER Blazes Trail from Sydney to Los Angeles

Gulfstream’s G650ER recently set another city-pair record on a trip from Sydney, Australia, to Los Angeles, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced on May19th. The G650ER travelled 6,620nm in 12 hours and 40 minutes, departing Sydney Airport at 7:11 a.m. local time on March 11 and landing at Los Angeles International Airport at 1:51 a.m. local time on March 11.  It averaged a speed of Mach.86 during the trip

The U.S. National Aeronautic Association has approved the record, the trip is pending approval by Federation Aeronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as a world record. This city pair will join the more than 55 world records established by the G650 and its longer-legged G650ER sibling. The 650ER is designed to fly as fast as 7,500 nm at Mach 0.85 and 6,400 nm at Mach 0.90. The aircraft has a maximum speed of Mach 0.925.

Source : Business Aviation/ Photo Gulfstream Aerospace

 

 Lufthansa Technik Bags VIP 787 Modification Deal

Lufthansa Technik has won a modification and support contract for a Boeing 787 that will be completed as a VIP aircraft.

The new agreement covers not the VIP completion itself, but rather modifications based on a service bulletin issued by the airframe, says Lufthansa Technik.

This includes the aircraft’s galleys and crew rest compartments plus adjustments to the IFE and Communication systems.

Lufthansa Technik adds that the 787-8 will arrive as a “green aircraft” at the MRO provider’s Hamburg headquarters in early autumn; the project is scheduled to be completed over the course of two months.

In addition to modifications, the MRO specialist will provide technical services for the undisclosed operator.

Source : Flightglobal/Lufthansa Technik

 

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

Eight Asia-Pacific Low-Cost Carriers Form Alliance

Eight Asia-Pacific low-cost carriers (LCCs) have formed a new standards-based collaborative marketing group, using IATA New Distribution Capability (NDC) digital interoperability standard.

The group, called Value Alliance, comprises Philippines – based Cebu Pacific, Korea-based Jeju Air, Thailand’s Nok Air and Japan’s Vanilla Air.  It said it is already talking to several other LCCs about expanding membership.

The Value Alliance covers more than 160 destinations in the region with combined fleet of 176 aircraft. It offers a web side allowing passengers to book tickets and extra services, such as additional baggage and meals across the group’s airlines, according to a statement.

Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson said the grouping will offer “a wider choice of destinations and flights – at the most competitive airfares – all in one go.”

Membership in the Value Alliance is by invitation only.  In 2015, its member airlines collectively served more than 47 million travelers from 17 hubs.

Source : ATW

 

Qantas Talking to Boeing On 777X

Qantas said it will keep its Airbus A380s in service beyond 2020 as it conducts talks with Boeing on its next generation 777X jets.

“The A380s do a great job on the markets that they operate,” said Garth Evans, head of the company’s international business.  Qantas currently operates a fleet of 12 A380s.” They are big units on big thick routes like Los Angeles and London, flying into slot-constrained airports.” said Evans. ”You want to have a fleet

that is simple, but you need to have vehicles that do the right job for you.”

While an order is not imminent, Evans said conversations with Boeing revolve around the “scope and Capability” of the 777X.  It will have two variants, a 777-8 that will have a longer range, and the 777-9 that will be able to carry more passengers but have a slightly shorter range.

“It does look interesting though because of its range capability, said Evans. ”When you are an airline that is based in our part of the world, those are things that are important to you, an aircraft that can reach major cities around the world out of Australia is attractive.”

Source : Airwise

 

 China’s Ruili Airlines Orders Six Boeing 787-9s

Kunming-based Ruili Airlines has ordered six Boeing 787-9 aircraft in a deal valued at $1.54 billion at list prices.  The aircraft will be used for international expansion. A delivery schedule was not released.

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Launched in May 2014, Ruili operates a fleet of nine aircraft on 16 domestic routes with 46 daily departures.

The carrier plans to expand its fleet to 11 aircraft by the end of this year and to 80 aircraft by the end of 2025.

In 2015, Ruili committed to buy 30 737-MAXs with a financial support of AVIC International Leasing at the Paris Air Show.

Other Chinese carriers have also ordered Boeing 787-9 aircraft: Air China ordered 15 787-9 aircraft and received its first one on May 18, China Eastern has ordered 15 787-9s and Hainan Airlines has 30 787-9s on order.

Source : China Aviation Daily/Picture Ruili Airlines/Boeing

 

LATEST NEWS IN BRIEF  

  • The Airbus A350-900 has gained extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS) approval from FAA for routes that require beyond 180 minutes diversion time.
  • VietJet, Vietnam’s low-cost carrier, signed an order for 100 Boeing 737 Max 200, making it the second customer to commit to the high-density variant after Ryanair.

  • GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) revealed the delivery of a new leased Boeing 787-9 aircraft powered by GEnx engines to Air Canada as part of a purchase and leaseback transition with the airline.
  • Lithium Ion Batteries will be installed on A350-900 aircraft delivered to customers by the end of the year.
  • Leap 1A powering the A320neo has been granted type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation  Administration (FAA)
  • Air China took delivery of its first Trent !000 powered 787-9.
  • Xiamen Airlines took delivery of its 15th 737-800; with the delivery of this aircraft Xiamen expanded its all Boeing fleet to 154 aircraft.
  • Pratt & Whitney obtained certification from the FAA for its PW1400G-JM engine to power Russian aircraft manufacturers Irkut’s MC-21 Aircraft.
  • J-Air Corp Japan Airlines Subsidiary has introduced its Embraer E190 jet in Japan.

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  • Mitsubishi Aircraft second prototype of the MRJ regional jet conducted its first flight on May 31st.
  • United Airlines launched its nonstop service between San Francisco International Airport and Singapore’s Changi Airport.  Measured by distance, the new route will be the longest scheduled 787 Dreamliner flight operated by any airline, covering a distance of 8,446 miles.

 

AIR CARGO

Two of the World’s Top Three International                                  Cargo Carriers Have Joined Forces

Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific rank second and third, respectively, among all airlines in international cargo traffic, training only Emirates.  So their formation of a joint network to connect Hong Kong to Europe is an interesting move.

Regarding the agreement itself, the carriers said it would take the form of “a highly integrated bilateral corporation.” Lufthansa and Cathay say they “will work closely together on network planning, as well as sales, IT and ground handling.” Further, customers will be able to access the entire joint network through either of the partners’ booking systems or the two carriers will offer joint handling at their hubs in Hong Kong and Frankfurt.

The agreement covers 140 direct flights per week between Hong Kong and thirteen cities in Europe.  Cathay’s Director of Cargo, said: ”Cathay Pacific’s large number of direct connections to multiple European destinations fits perfectly with Lufthansa’s strength in Frankfurt, the most important air freight hub in Europe through its dense feeder-network.” Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo pointed out that the deal would give customers more flights to choose from with a combination of feeder and direct flights.”

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Implementation of the partnership is still some way off.  The first shipments covered by the agreement will not fly until 2017, then only westbound from Hong Kong to Europe.  Eastbound shipments will become available in the course of the year.

Source : Air Cargo World/Photos Lufthansa & Cathay Pacific

       

                                    MILITARY NEWS

                                          The C-130 Just Never Dies

Lockheed Martin started building its latest civilian version of the iconic C-130 Hercules in Marietta, Georgia in late April.The company’s new LM-100J will bring its advancements of the C-130J Super Hercules to civilian operators such as the United Nations.

The C-130 just never dies.  Because almost no other aircraft can do what the Hercules does best: reliably haul outsized loads into and out of short, rough airstrips in the middle of nowhere.

“They obviously did its design right,” says Tom Wetherall, director of LM-100J Business Development for Lockheed Martin.  ”It’s been in production for 60 years.

It’s got a high-wing.  It’s a turboprop. The engines and propellers are out of harm’s way. The straight wing yields the efficiency to get in and out of dirt runways, to get the weight off the wheels as soon as possible.  The fuselage is low to the ground at truck-bed height, which combines with rear loading capability.  It’s a configuration that is second to none”

The first C-130 rolled out in 1954.  Since then, Lockheed has built more than 2,500 at it’s Georgia assembly plant.  More than ten variants of the airplane, including AC-130 gunships and WC-130 weather reconnaissance aircraft, serve U.S.and global militaries.

In 1965 Lockheed started making a dedicated civilian version of the Hercules, the L-100, cranked them until 1992.  About 115 L-100s have flown with commercial operators, delivering spare parts and bringing in disaster relief. But these old planes are nearing the end of their useful lives, and companies that fly them are looking for a new airplane – a new Hercules, according to Lockheed.

The LM-100J is based on the C-130J-30, an extended version of the “J” that shares the same length as the L-100.  Like the military Super Hercules, the LM-100J gets new Rolls-Royce AE 2100 D# turboprop engines and six-blade Dowty R391 Propellers.  The airframe features a new center wing-box.  The cockpit comes with Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) which eliminates the need for a flight engineer, a significant cost savings.

Lockheed Martin planes to roll out the first LM-100J this September. Flight testing begins early next year and the first delivery is slated for the first quarter of 2018.

Source : Popular Mechanics/Photo Lockheed Martin

 

    Boeing has Received a Seven Year, $319 Million Contract to Continue Maintenance and Support Work for the U.S. Air Force’s C-32A and C-40 BC

On May 17th Boeing announced that it was awarded a $319 million to continue maintaining and supporting the U.S. Air Force’s C-32A and C-40BC executive aircraft.

The Air Force uses the C-32A and C-40BC, which are based on the Boeing 757 and 737 passenger planes, to transport the vice president, cabinet members and military commanders among others.  Boeing has supported the aircraft since first delivery in 1998 and 2001.

The C-32 and C-40 are among the many military derivatives of commercial airplanes that Boeing has built for the U.S. and international customers, offering affordable adaptations of proven airframes and existing worldwide support for military missions.

Source : Boeing/Photo Boeing

 

Researched and Compiled by : Ed Kaplanian

Commercial Aviation Advisor

Contact – ed@kaplanianreport.com

Volume 1  No. 1 August 2014

Volume 1 No. 1 August 2014

ON THE BOEING FRONT

Boeing Beavers Away on 787-10 Dreamliner

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Boeing has only just delivered its first 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand but the aircraft manufacturer has already begun detailed design work on the final member of the Dreamliner family, 787-10 ahead of its first flight in 2017.

The 787-10, which will be longer against the stretched 787-9 in order to carry around 320 passengers depending on how airlines configure the jet. “The -10 is a much simpler program” than its predecessors says Mark Jenks, Boeing’s vice president for 787 development.

“When you look at all the learning we had on the -8, all the improvements and new technology we’ve put on the-9, that was a big job” Jenks told Australian Business Traveller during the delivery flight of the world’s first Boeing 787-9 from Everett to Auckland for launch customer Air New Zealand.

“The -10 is very different” Jenks said.”We’ve had a team doing the up-front work on the 787-10 for the better part of a year now, it’s very simple stretch and very low risk.”

It’s so low-risk that while first 787-10 test flights are slated for 2017 ahead of delivery to its launch customer in 2018, this Dreamliner could achieve something few all-new airplane types have ever done, and delivered ahead od schedule, Jenks admitted.

Boeing is currently pushing 10 of the 787-8 and 787-9 variants a month, across three assembly lines, with the goal of taking this to 14 airplanes per monthly the end of the decade.

The 787-10 accumulated 132 orders, however Boeing has yet to reveal which airline will be the launch customer.

Singapore Airlines was the first airline to commit to the largest Dreamliner, signing up for 30 of the jets at list price of US$289 million each, Etihad Airways has placed an equal order alongside its order of 41 of the 787-9s.

Source : Australian Business Traveller/Boeing Photo

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ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

Dissecting the A330neo

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With much fanfare, the re-engined A330neo(new engine option) family was launched on the first day of the Farnborough Airshow with a memorandum of understanding (moU) from Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for 25-900neo aircraft, which alongside its smaller sibling-800neo succeed the 295-seat -300 and 253-seat-200, respectively.

Airbus chief executive Fabrice Bregier confidently proclaimed that the European plane-maker would garner 100 orders for the aircraft by the end of the week, which will have an entry into service in the fourth quarter of 2017, with potential orders coming from the likes of long-haul low-cost carrier Air AsiaX, lessor CIT and more.

The centerpiece of the upgrade is the 112-inch Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine which is based on the Trent 1000-TEN (Thrust Efficiency and New Technology) powering the 787 Dreamliner and provides an 11% specific fuel consumption.  While the Trent 7000 is considerably larger than the 97-inchtrent 772 engine on the existing A330, which along with strengthened engine pylons lead to increased weight and drag,thus creating a 2% and 1% respective fuel penalty.  These are going to be offset by the 4% reduction in block fuel burn achieved by the installation of an A350-styled shark let and other aerodynamic clean-ups.

Monday’s launch immediately sparked a war of words between arch-rivals Airbus and Boeing, with the former saying the A330neo will be offered at a 25% lower capital cost than today’s A330 while featuring improved avionics, interior and share a 95% commonality; the latter claims the A330neo weighs heavier and cannot have the same fuel burn per seat as the 787 Dreamliner which is lighter, technically superior aircraft. The A330neo, Boeing asserts,is a deja vu of the original commonly know as the A350 Mk 1.

The A330neo serves as a useful indication that with significantly cheaper cost, the aircraft could have a feasible business case for few operators which clamor for fuel efficiency more readily available than the 787 Dreamliner whose production slots are sold out until 2019 and 2020 at the earliest.  Though Boeing is undoubtedly going to contest this, with rising production rate to 12 a month by 2016 and 14 a month by 2020 improving its availability and delivering superior capability at every stage length.

Source : Aspireaviation/Ed’s Research/Airbus Photo

 

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BUSINESS/REGIONAL NEWS

EASA Certifies the ATR’s New Pratt& Whitney Canada 127N Engines 

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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the ATR72-600 aircraft for the use of new PW127N engines. Following in the PW127M’s flight path with over 10 million hours of operation, the PW127N provides a 4.5 power increase of Maximum Take-off ratings, thus enhancing performance in hot and high operating conditions. The PW127N will be rolled out progressively to Avianca’s ATR fleet throughout 2014 and 2015.

The First ATR72-600 of Avianca equipped with the new PW127N engines has already been delivered in late June. This will enable the airline to get better performance at take-off on airports in altitude like their hub in Bogota, Colombia.

The new PW127 N engines recently obtained certification from Transport Canada(TC), the Canadian Airworthiness Authority and now the EASA certification as well.

Source: ATW

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 COMMENTARY

Farnborough Boeing/Airbus Orders – The Clear Picture

Following all the sales activity at the Farnborough Air Show last month, Boeing ended July with a commanding lead over European rival Airbus in both orders and deliveries. Boeing booked 324 orders in July, the largest sales figure it has ever booked in a single calendar month.  This gives the jet maker a total of 823 net orders so far this year. But the disparity is greater than those top-line numbers suggest, because Boeing has an extensive lead in sales of bigger and much more expensive wide body aircraft. Boeing has booked firm orders for 273 wide body aircraft. That included two large orders from Gulf carriers Emirates and Qatar for a total of 200 of the new 777-9X (not counting options for another 100 options for both airlines)- orders that had been announced last fall at the Dubai Airshow, but were made firm only in July.

In contrast, because in the past two months Emirates canceled 70 Airbus A350 wide bodies and Skymark of Japan canceled six A380, Airbus’s net tally of wide body aircraft orders so far this year is negative-a deficit of 27 orders.

At Farnborough, Airbus launched  the A330neo, and announced commitments(Memorandums of Understanding)from airlines and leasing companies to buy 121 of them.(These are not confirmed orders yet).When these orders are confirmed, they will help Airbus win back some ground in the widebody-sales race.

In another boost for Boeing, data released on Thursday, August 7th, by the company, show that United traded up a previous order for seven 787-8s for seven of the larger, more expensive 787-10s.

Based unreal market pricing data from aircraft-valuation firm Avitas, that switch is worth nearly $200 million to Boeing.

In the narrow body aircraft sector, both plane makers plan upgrades to derivative models with more fuel-efficient engines.   Airbus customers have canceled orders for 113 of the current narrow body A320 aircraft so far this year.  Boeing has had 54 cancellations of its corresponding 737 aircraft family .

In 2014. Boeing commitments from China totaled 205 so far.  These include 25 737s from Donghai Airlines, 50 737s; from Shandong Airlines; 50 from Nine Air and 80 from China Eastern Airlines.  In addition to these commitments Monarch Airlines committed to order 30 737s at the Farnborough Airshow which have not been confirmed yet.

In summation,  there is a big difference between gross and net orders; the key to orders taken by Airbus and Boeing are the net orders.  They are not the gross orders, which many financial analysts on Wall Street use to distort facts.

Source : Ed’s Research

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Other Aviation News

Mitsubishi Mounts Engines on First MRJ Test Aircraft

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Mitsubishi Aircraft has mounted the Pratt & Whitney PW1200G engines on its first MRJ regional flight test aircraft. This comes shortly after the Japanese airframer completed the wing-body join of the regional jet.

Installation of other equipment, wiring and piping works are being carried out, says Mitsubishi. The MRJ is scheduled to take its first flight in the 2Q 2015.Mitsubishi has also rolled out its first ground test aircraft in preparation for static strength tests.

Source: ATW/Ed’s Research

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Emirates Tops World for First Class Business Capacity

Emirates Airlines is the number one airline for premium capacity measured in international seat kilometers, clocking 876 seat kilometers per week, according to flight data firm OAG.

OAG said popularity of the Dubai-based airline’s Business and First Class cabins is primarily due to long haul nature of Emirates fleet deployment.

Earlier this month, the airline received delivery of its 50th A380, configured with 90 First and Business seats.  Thus further adding to Emirate’s average weekly capacity of over 191,000 premium seats.

Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airlines said: “When we signed up for the A380, we had a clear vision of how we would deploy these aircraft.  At the same time we also saw a tremendous opportunity to take the flying experience to whole new levels”.

Over 27.5 passengers have flown on Emirate’s A380s since 2008, with premium overall seat factors on the A380 fleet consistently outperforming the network.

Globally, Emirates’ First Class capacity grew by six percent over the last year, while First Class passenger traffic increased by eight percent.

Across the network, First Class demand is strong, particularly on routes to Europe, Africa and the Middle East, recording consistently high load factors of over 70 percent.

Emirates is in advanced stages of developing a new First Class “bedroom concept” for its A380 and now new Boeing 777 fleets. Customers can expect fully enclosed rooms and all the touches and amenities common to luxury hotels and yachts, including room service.

Emirates operates the world’s largest fleet of A380s,with 50 in service, and another 90 pending delivery.  It also operates the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 777s with 139 in service and another 205 on its order books.  It recently received the 500th 777 produced by Boeing.

Source: Aviation Business /Ed’s Research

 

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Budget Carrier Jin Air Makes Inroads into Long-Haul Market

South Korea’s budget carrier Jin Air, a subsidiary of Korean Air, announced in June that it will become the country’s first low-cost carrier.  It is due to start budget long-haul service as early as the end of this year, armed with wide-body aircraft and newly allocated international air routes.

The carrier will also double the size of its passenger jet fleet from 11 to 20 by the end of 2015.

Top management of Jin Air unveiled the growth strategy at a press conference in Seoul to mark its sixth anniversary.

To offer long-haul flight services at affordable prices, Jin Air will acquire a 777-200 wide body that can fly from Seoul to parts in Europe and North America in December.  Then two more of the model next year for its new long-haul venture.

The firm plans to have a fleet of 20 aircraft by the second half of next year by adding nine aircraft, including a 777-200 ER and 737-800.  By the second half of this year, Jin Air will increase its flight routes to 17 from 13 with at present with new routes to China, Japan and Malaysia.

The 777-200Er aircraft will be used initially for flights to Guam and Hong Kong, with services to destinations like Hawaii to be offered after the second batch of wide body aircraft arrive.

Source : The Korea Herald

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MTU Aero Engines Takes Stake in GE9X Engine Program

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MTU Aero Engines will take a 4% workshare in General Electric GE9X program. MTU will manufacture and assume design responsibility for the engine’s turbine center frame. Take over the life of the program, the workshare will be worth around $5.5 billion in revenue for MTU.

The new engine will be designed to exclusively power the Boeing 777X, which is slated to enter service around 2020. Thee hundred aircraft are already on order plus options. The contractual details still need to be finalized between the parties to the deal.  MTU will participate in the engine’s sales and profits in proportion to its program share.

“Our stake in the GE9X program gives us significant market share in one of the most important next generation engines in the upper thrust category.  At the same time, it helps us further balance the mix of our product portfolio,” MTU CEO Reiner Winkler said.  “ Some 30% of today’s active aircraft have MTU modules on board.  We are going to increase this share in the worldwide engine fleets appreciably over the next five to ten years”

Source : ATW

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LATEST NEWS IN BRIEF  

  •     The Japanese Government plans to obtain two Boeing 777-300 Er aircraft to replace a pair  of 747-400s used for the VIP transport mission.
  •     Leap-1A the first Leap-1A engines for the A320neo enter production.
  •     Vistara Airlines Tata SIA Airlines has announced that its New Delhi based carrier will be named Vistara,with the carrier scheduled to start operations in October.

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  •   Ethiopian Airlines has added its ninth Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its expanding fleet
  •   KLM has signed a long-term contract with Air Lease Corp.(ALC),covering a pair of new build 777-300ERs.
  • ANA finalized an order for 40 wide body Boeing aircraft comprised of 20 777-9Xs, 14 787-9s and 6  777-300ERs.
  •   Scoot the wholly-owned low-cost,long-haul subsidiary of Singapore Airlines,has selected UTC Aerospace Systems to provide asset management & repair services on its 787 aircraft.

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Air Cargo

Summer Brings Cherries Jubilee for Some Cargo Carriers

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Virtually all phrases that incorporates the word “cherries” donate something happy and positive.  That is certainly the case this summer for cargo carriers serving the Pacific Northwest, as the banner cherry crop has been the cherry on top of the sundae.

This has been especially true for cargo carriers serving Seattle’s Sea-Tac International Airport and Vancouver International Airport in British Columbia.

Tom Green, senior manager for air cargo operations and development at Sea-Tac International Airport, says when the last cherry is picked in a few weeks.  It will likely be the second strongest crop on record for the region.  The crop is running ahead of forecasts and is huge compared to last year, when poor weather resulted in reduced tonnage.  Cherries are the top perishable cargo shipped out of Sea-Tac.

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It has been a bonanza for air cargo carriers, both those with freighters in their fleets and those who only carry the sweet fruit in their bellies. It has become the summer of the Cherry charter at Sea-Tac.  China Eastern and Nippon Cargo have both added weekly charters, while Polar Air Cargo has flown three weekly charters.  In addition EVA has added three weekly flights, Asiana has added two flights, China Airlines has added six and Korean Air five weekly flights.

Seven of the carriers with freighters serve Asian destinations, while Cargolux brings Washington cherries to Europe. Air Canada is another belly-cargo carrier benefiting from the cherry bounty with flights from both Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Source: Air Cargo World

 

Researched and Compiled by : Ed Kaplanian  Commercial Aviation Advisor

Contact Ed at ed@kaplanianreport.com