Avic unveiled the Y-12F Aircar 19-seat twin turboprop, an upgrade from the Y-12E with a glass cockpit and retractable landing gear. The cockpit is fitted with Honeywell Apex avionics; Pratt & Whitney Canada is supplying 1,100-shp PT6A-65B turboprops.
All Dubai 2011 News
China-based manufacturer Avic has brought its MA600 twin turboprop to Dubai Air Show and the aircraft is performing daily in the flying display, making its international airshow debut.
Two aircraft are now operating in China for training purposes and delivery of the third–the one that is performing here at the show will be to Lao Airlines. That delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2012.
Mubadala Aerospace and Boeing signed two agreements here at the Dubai Air Show yesterday. The first involves Strata Manufacturing, Mubadala’s advanced composites facility in Al Ain, UAE, which aims to become a “Tier 1” supplier of composite aerostructures to the U.S. manufacturer.
Engine Alliance, the joint venture between engine manufacturers General Electric (GE) and Pratt & Whitney (P&W), claims pole position so far in supplying engines for the giant Airbus A380. The Hartford, Connecticut-based group says it has been selected for 55 percent of A380 engine sales compared to Rolls-Royce’s 45-percent share with its Trent 900.
Russia’s NordStar Air ordered three ATR 42-600s yesterday, adding to the Siberia-based carrier’s previous commitment for a pair of the 48-seat twin turboprop and options for two more. This takes ATR’s orders tally for 2011 to an impressive 148, and the European airframer now claims an 80-percent share of the market for 50- to 90-seat regional airliners sold this year.
Dubai-based business aviation services group ExecuJet Middle East and NasJet, the private aviation arm of Saudi Arabia’s National Air Services (NAS), are to jointly operate a new FBO at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. The facility will occupy some 16,000 sq ft in the airport’s private aviation terminal.
Eurocopter is in the final stages of its certification effort for the EC175 medium-twin helicopter, which is aimed mainly at the offshore oil and gas market. The company appears confident that it can meet its target of gaining European approval by year-end.
With its rapidly growing route network, long-term expansion plans and emphasis on reduced operating costs, flydubai has to be considered a prime sales prospect for Boeing’s re-engined 737 MAX airliner. The low-cost carrier has held talks with the U.S. airframer about the new design but, for the time being, has not indicated whether it will place an order for it.
While the A400M program enters a new phase of turbulence, with Germany looking to slash its purchase to 40 from 53 and France looking to renegotiate a maintenance deal, the flight-test campaign is forging ahead with the aim of getting the European airlifter delivered by the end of 2012.