CFM International (Hall 2 Stand B149) is studying a next generation of turbofans to power single-aisle commercial aircraft, hoping to secure a role in future replacements for the Airbus A320 family and the Boeing 737. Under the LEAP-X advanced turbofan program, joint venture partners Snecma and General Electric are pursuing innovations such as increased use of composite materials in engines.
Airbus A320 family
Bombardier has already thrown its hat into the more-than-100-seats jetliner ring with its C Series design and Embraer is considering its response to perceived market requirements (see box). But industry leaders Airbus and Boeing have been markedly reticent to reveal more of their thinking on the characteristics needed in designs to replace their A320 and 737, respectively, in the 150-passenger class by the end of the next decade.
If it didn’t become immediately apparent when Boeing began alluding to time frames that implied a replacement of the 737 might not materialize until 2020, the company’s recent revelations of new set of design enhancements certainly erased any doubts that a direct replacement will have to wait until designers and engineers squeeze all the efficiency and comfort available from the existing narrowbody family.
Jeweler Patrick Mauboussin is going into partnership with Sparfell Aviation Technologies, a holding company of Masterjet, to launch Patrick Mauboussin Aircraft Design for the creation of highly personalized business aircraft.
Project Phoenix, the Dubai-based entity behind the Phoenix 200 executive VIP conversion of Bombardier CRJ200 airliners, has enlisted Spectrum Aeromed of the U.S. to develop an air-ambulance version of the airplane. Offered as a dedicated transport or with a quick-change interior, the aeromed Phoenix CRJs will be outfitted in Fargo, North Dakota, where Spectrum Aeromed is based.
CAE (Booth No. 1525) has expanded its portfolio of Web-based pilot and technical training courses for business aviation customers. The company is providing online courses and solutions customized for business aviation on the level of the same practices and solutions used in commercial aviation.
Ruag, the Swiss aerospace and defense group, announced a joint venture with List of Austria to offer customers a one-stop shop for simultaneous maintenance and interior refurbishing of executive aircraft. In its facilities in Bern, Geneva, Lugano, Oberpfaffenhofen, Stuttgart and Zurich, Ruag (Booth No.
Newquay Cornwall Airport and its FBO Midwest Executive Aviation (Booth No. 391) are reporting a continued increase in business aviation at the airport, despite current European economic conditions. Midwest Executive reports a 10-percent increase in handled traffic in the first quarter of 2009, despite indications that aviation movements in Europe as a whole are down 25 percent compared with the same period in 2008.
Earlier this year, AMAC Aerospace started operating from its new hangar at Euro Airport near Basel, Switzerland. The new business aviation services group has been able to implement initial plans exactly as announced a year ago at EBACE’08.
Under the terms of a Memorandum of Agreement signed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. and CFM International, the two will work toward the development of a new CFM56 maintenance training center at Rajiv Gandhi Airport in Hyderabad. The center is envisioned to mirror CFM facilities operating in France, the U.S.