General Michael Hagee, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, opened the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey press briefing at Farnborough this week with full praise for the big tilt-rotor, two of which are here in Farnborough–one on static display and one making demonstration flights.
Farnborough Air Show » 2006
After a development that could only be described as protracted, the BAE Systems Nimrod MRA 4 maritime patrol aircraft finally won a production contract yesterday. Defense minister Des Browne signed the deal and in celebration, one of the aircraft flew over Farnborough.
Emirates-CAE Flight Training here announced the signing of three contracts for its training center in Dubai. Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo Airlines will train its Airbus A320 pilots there (it last year ordered 100 A320s), so will oil producer Saudi Aramco for its Bell 412 helicopter pilots. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), too, has chosen the Emirates-CAE joint venture to train its Boeing 777 flight crews. PIA operates five 777s.
Air Deccan has selected Honeywell’s full avionics suite and auxiliary power unit (APU) for the 60 Airbus A320s it has on order, the equipment manufacturer announced here. The avionics suite features an enhanced ground proximity system, the ACAS II airborne collision avoidance system and the RDR-4B weather radar.
Alenia CEO Giovanni Bertolone said that his company’s partnership with Sukhoi for the Superjet 100 regional airliner could expand to include other businesses within the Finmeccanica group and a potential support role for the EADS/Alenia-owned Avions de Transport Regional (ATR).
EMS Technologies will supply broadband satcom system hardware for OnAir’s in-flight cellphone and Internet service through a collaboration with Thales.
The deal could be worth up to $30 million to EMS Satcom over the next five years. The company produces Inmarsat communications terminals, internal cards and antennas.
When the U.S. Navy retired its Kaman SH-2s from service, the manufacturer had an opportunity to refurbish airframes and convert them to SH-2G Super Seasprite standard for resale to approved customers worldwide. Egypt was the first, taking 10 examples, while New Zealand and Australia followed, with Poland the most recent operator of the type.
Boeing believes that its latest 747 iteration–the 747-8F–could become the freighter of choice among cargo airlines. This assertion by commercial airplanes division president Alan Mulally is not surprising, given that the launch orders for 10 and six aircraft respectively from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo have now been backed by a Heads of Agreement for 10 aircraft from Emirates.
The European Aviation Safety Agency has presented Embraer with a type certificate for its E-195 airliner, the largest airplane in its stable and the last member of the company’s flagship E-Jet family. The approval comes a little more than two weeks after Brazil’s new certification authority granted its approval and clears the way for deliveries to the 195’s first European operator, FlyBE.
Boeing’s booming airliner programs are boosting the stock values of its suppliers and making them much more visible. As a consequence, first and second tier suppliers are increasingly likely to find themselves takeover targets, according to mergers and acquisitions expert Michael Richter.
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