European jetliner manufacturer Airbus has acknowledged operators’ “teething troubles,” but it characterizes the A380’s entry into service as “very successful.” The comments follow technical incidents involving 13 aircraft flying with Emirates Airline, Qantas and Singapore Airlines, as well as reported dissatisfaction at Emirates, the A380’s largest customer.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » March 30, 2009
Engine maker CFM has chosen sides in the debate between proponents and opponents to composite materials on turbofan moving parts by introducing fibers woven in three dimensions for fan and even low-pressure turbine (LPT) blades. The bet on this next-generation composite manifests itself on the Snecma-General Electric venture's Leap-X “advanced turbofan” program.
The sentiment expressed by the world’s two big airliner manufacturers seem increasingly out of line with the reality perceived by the financial community when it comes to airlines’ ability to fund aircraft deliveries this year, according to some of the industry’s most prominent analysts.
It took eight months of waiting since its industrial launch, but the C Series finally drew its first firm orders this month, putting to rest gathering speculation by industry observers that the airplane might never materialize.
Demonstrating a degree of public humility many feel has been all too absent among the bankers collectively responsible for the global financial crisis, Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Scott Carson offered no further excuses for the delays that have plagued the 787 and 747-8 this month during the J.P. Morgan Aviation and Transportation Conference in New York. “The stumbles we have made have been embarrassing for us,” Carson said.