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November 30, 2010 - 7:35am

Indian low-fare carrier SpiceJet plans to buy as many as 30 Q400 turboprops from Bombardier in a deal worth up to $900 million.

“The [SpiceJet] board has approved a firm order for 15 and 15 on option,” SpiceJet CEO Neil Mills told AIN. “It has gone to the aircraft review committee and we expect to sign the agreement most probably by the end of [November]. We expect the deliveries to commence from June 2011.

November 30, 2010 - 7:34am

Embraer expects to achieve a commercial aircraft book-to-bill ratio of a little more than one this year, reflecting solid demand from an airline market that continues to show definitive signs of a sustained, if not robust, recovery.

November 30, 2010 - 7:18am

It certainly won’t send an aviation enthusiast’s heart racing like the promise of nimble flying characteristics or technical wizardry in the cockpit, but how an OEM supports its product after the sale perhaps means as much to an airline as any performance specification one might care to name.

November 29, 2010 - 6:52am
The European Aviation Safety Agency issued a revised emergency airworthiness ...

Qantas resumed flying two of its six A380s on November 26, after replacing some of their Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. In total, Rolls must bear the cost of replacing some 40 Trent 900s from the 20-strong fleet of Rolls-powered, four-engine A380s.

November 12, 2010 - 8:43am
An advisory directive issued by the EASA on November 10 calls for repetitive ...

Rolls-Royce today confirmed that an oil fire led to the November 4 uncontained failure of a Trent 900 on a Qantas A380 on its way from Sydney to Singapore. In a statement issued this morning, the engine company said that the failure involved "a specific component" in the turbine area of the engine and led to the release of the intermediate pressure turbine disc.

November 9, 2010 - 6:20am

Rolls-Royce says that the uncontained engine failure on a Qantas Airbus A380 en route from Singapore to Sydney on November 4 “is specific to the Trent 900.” 

October 7, 2010 - 9:50am

More evidence of an increasingly robust single-aisle commercial airplane market surfaced today in Boeing’s third-quarter delivery report, which shows that 737 deliveries accelerated from 181 during the first two quarters to a total of 281 by September 30.

October 5, 2010 - 7:37am

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) joined Canadian and Quebec government officials in inaugurating the company’s global flight test operations center yesterday at Montreal-Mirabel International Airport.

October 5, 2010 - 4:40am

A new General Electric turboprop engine, derived from the 7,500-shp GE38-1B turboshaft engine, could become available by the middle of the decade. GE has designated the new engine study CPX38, and is basing it on the turboshaft that will power the U.S. Marine Corps’ new heavy-lift helicopter, the Sikorsky CH-53K. This could mean that the CPX38 would be in the 5,000- to 6,000-shp range.

October 1, 2010 - 7:54am

Rolls-Royce in late August filed a complaint alleging infringement by United Technologies (UTC) of the patent for the Rolls-Royce swept fan blade–the same design, claims Rolls, that UTC subsidiary Pratt & Whitney used in its PW1000G PurePower geared turbofan for the Bombardier C Series and Mitsubishi MRJ.

 
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