[Updated: 10.35 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 18]
Air Transport and Cargo
News and issues relating to international air transport and cargo carriers, national airlines and regional airlines, including aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training.
Malaysian Airlines has confirmed that one of its Boeing 777s has crashed in eastern Ukraine, about 31 miles from the border with Russia. Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 280 passengers and 15 crew on board. According to Ukrainian air traffic controllers, they lost contact with the aircraft at around 14.15 UTC almost 20 miles from the waypoint at Tamak.
Bombardier Aerospace continues to breathe new life into its NextGen CRJ series aircraft, underscored here at the Farnborough Airshow by the CRJ900 on static display, ready for delivery to American Airlines-the fourth of 30 ordered by the US carrier last year. Sylvain Leclerc, v-p and general manager, CRJ Commercial Aircraft, said the “new and improved interior configuration will enhance the passenger experience,” while aerodynamic clean-ups and weight saving efforts have boosted the aircraft’s operational efficiency.
Senior Aerospace AMT of Columbia, South Carolina, manufacturer of structural parts for commercial aircraft OEMs, announced on the eve of the Farnborough Airshow establishing a satellite operation in the Charleston, South Carolina area to serve Boeing South Carolina, which manufactures portions of the 787 Dreamliner.
Israel’s Elbit Systems (Hall 1 Stand C14) and Nicarnica Aviation of Norway signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Farnborough International Airshow yesterday to implement Nicarnica’s volcanic ash detection technology into Elbit’s enhanced vision system (EVS) cameras on commercial aircraft. The combination will help pilots avoid flying into contaminated areas while still maintaining safe operation in areas affected by volcanic eruptions.
Boeing’s centerpiece display at the show, the 787-9 not only represents a revolution in technology, but perhaps more important, it embodies a validation of the company’s decision a year and a half ago to reorganize its management structure to segregate airplane development from production.
Myanmar’s state-owned national airline, Myanma Airways (to be renamed Myanmar National Airlines in the near future), ordered six ATR 72-600 regional turboprops and placed options for another six on Wednesday here at the Farnborough Airshow.
The new aircraft are scheduled for delivery from 2015 to 2017 and will be used for both increasing and replacing Myanma’s existing ATR fleet.
The Toulouse-based manufacturer will also assist Myanma Airways in establishing a modern maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Yangon.
Bombardier Aerospace (Chalet C1-3) announced here at the Farnborough International Airshow yesterday that it received purchase orders and conditional commitments which push it past the 500-order milestone for both its Q400 and CSeries programs.
The 2014 edition of the Farnborough International Airshow has beaten its own record for aircraft and engine orders, with organizers announcing a $130 billion running tally after the first three of the five trade days. Factoring in all provisional orders, AIN’s own analysis puts the estimate at just above $155 billion.
Qatar Airways dominated commercial proceedings at the Farnborough International Airshow yesterday, signing contracts with Boeing for its 777Xs that could be worth up to $37.7 billion, plus another $2.4 billion deal for four 777 freighters.
Tactair Fluid Controls (Hall 2 Stand B1) announced here at the Farnborough Airshow a new contract from Embraer and its appointment of an authorized repair provider to service its fluid power and motion control products and systems in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.