Air France Industries has won additional work from Royal Jordanian Airlines, with a six-year component support contract. The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service company will provide access to the component pool for a fleet of six Airbus A320-family aircraft.
Singapore Air Show » February 22, 2006
While the star of this year’s Asian Aerospace show came decked out in special Singapore Airlines couture for its runway display, the cavernous interior of the second A380 prototype projected a visage only an engineer can fully appreciate. But what it lacks in interior appointments it makes up for in utility, already having performed 250 hours of testing since it first took to the air on October 19.
As the competition for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) “basic wing course” request for proposal heats up, Aermacchi’s M-311 is making waves as the only jet-powered contender to bid against turboprop trainers. But the aircraft is also unique in demonstrating BVR Systems’ embedded virtual avionics (EVA) and is the first such device to perform synthetic ground-mapping radar simulation during an actual flight.
Embraer has a Legacy 600 on display at Asian Aerospace for the first time. Yesterday the company capitalized on the occasion by announcing two more Legacy 600 business aircraft have been sold in the Asian market. Both aircraft will be delivered to customers in Indonesia this year–one to Jakarta-based PT Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua (Premiair) and the second to an undisclosed company.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) AH-64D Apache Longbow multirole combat helicopter prominently displayed at the entrance to Hall A is one of six that participated in the big do-it-yourself exercise in the U.S. last November. It is the first of three that have been reassigned from the RSAF training base in Arizona to No. 120 Squadron, marking the first-ever deployment of international Apaches in Asia.
Significant local progress in network-centric military operations was reported here Monday at the C4I Asia conference by Singapore defense officials. They described recent Singapore armed forces (SAF) exercises and gave pointers about future development in what they call IKC2 (integrated knowledge-based command and control).
With Singapore considering an E-2C replacement, and other regional air forces yet to buy their first airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft, yesterday’s briefing here by Northrop Grumman on the new 737 AEW&C aircraft was of more than passing interest.
The newly launched Changi International Airshow has already been renamed as the Singapore Airshow. The change was announced by Singapore’s deputy prime minister S. Jayakumar at the opening ceremony for Asian Aerospace 2006. Organizers have acknowledged that the Singapore Airshow is what most of the world has always called the Asian Aerospace show (which itself is now set to relocate to Hong Kong).
The planetary gearbox on Pratt & Whitney’s Asian Aerospace stand (A909), may not look very exciting, but it could represent the future of aircraft propulsion technology.
Bombardier yesterday announced the first delivery into North Asia of a new Challenger 300 super midsize business jet to Corporate Jets, Inc. The aircraft is slated primarily for regional travel and occasional flights to North America. It joins a Global Express at the company’s Asian base in Taiwan and both are available for charter through the Canadian airframer’s Skyjet International block charter program.