The World Trade Organization (WTO) has rejected much of Airbus’s July 2010 appeal against its ruling that the European airframer has unfairly benefitted from subsidies, but its May 18 judgment still leaves plenty of scope for the protagonists to argue over how it gets interpreted.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » May 23, 2011
Both Airbus and the French BEA (Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses) have denied reaching any conclusions about the June 1, 2009, crash of Air France Flight 447, following reports in the French media that Airbus advised its customers that investigators had found no technical faults with the accident aircraft, an A330-200 that crashed into the South Atlantic on June 1, 2009, implying human error.
Despite the well documented complications arising out of the Boeing 787’s “more electric” architecture, French engine and equipment manufacturer Safran earlier this month restated that electric systems will replace hydraulics and bleed air in future aircraft at an accelerated rate.
Airline passenger traffic continues its climb out from recessionary lows, but faces headwinds caused by spiraling fuel prices.
Not so long ago, the ascent of composites in aerostructures manufacturing seemed an unstoppable progression that could only happen at the expense of metals. Fresh thinking at progressive companies like GKN Aerospace is changing that thinking, with engineers increasingly coming to the conclusion that the two families of materials can coexist in cooperative harmony to give manufacturers the best of both worlds.
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