Eurocopter has distanced itself from Chinese partner Avicopter on their joint seven-ton-class civil helicopter program saying the EC 175 and the Z15 will be “two different aircraft.” In a press conference held next to the EC 175 mockup here at the Paris Air Show, executive vice president for commercial programs Joseph Saporito also confirmed the first flight will take place by year-end.
Paris Air Show » June 16, 2009
ATR landed a firm order yesterday for a pair of new ATR 72-500s from Vietnam Airlines, bringing to 16 the number of the 68-seat turboprops the Asian customer has ordered since 2001. During yesterday’s signing ceremony, the airline also accepted delivery of its fourth ATR 72-500 and the first in its new livery.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes has begun to study the possibility of redesigning the wing on the 777 in an effort to more effectively compete against the Airbus A350XWB-1000.
Qatar Airways signed a firm contract yesterday for 24 Airbus A320-family aircraft in a deal that included the conversion of an option the operator placed during last year’s Farnborough air show for four A321s. Qatar expects to take delivery of the first of those airplanes this coming November, while yesterday’s new order for 20 A320s gets filled through the end of 2012.
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) here yesterday signed memorandums of understanding with three German companies for the establishment of production facilities at the Aerospace Cluster at Al Ain, in the eastern region of the Abu Dhabi Emirate.
Regional turboprop manufacturer Avions de Transport Regional intends to deliver 50 aircraft this year, a number that is only slightly below that produced in 2008. At a press conference here yesterday, CEO Stéphane Mayer also said the company has received 28 firm orders but has suffered nine cancellations since the beginning of this year.
Bombardier Aerospace has issued a new market forecast for regional and business aircraft which paints a picture of temporary gloom giving way to long-term strength, with overall 20-year order and delivery (O&D) expectations not much lower than the Canadian manufacturer was predicting a year ago.
Boeing Integrated Defense Systems has adopted a five-pronged strategy to drive forward through the current downturn, and to continue its growth from an estimated $33- to $34 billion revenues for 2009 in an era of increased focus on costs.
Embraer yesterday announced the conversion of options and purchase rights for several E-Jets into firm orders. The approximate value of the new business is $360 million.
Gulf Air has selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 700EP turbofan to power 20 previously ordered Airbus A330 aircraft, along with a TotalCare long-term service agreement. With the spares, the order totals 44 engines for $1.5 billion. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2012.