CFM International, the GE/Safran partnership that developed the CFM56 high-bypass turbofan, is celebrating its 36th anniversary with a record 500 million engine flight hours in service. The CFM56 powers Boeing BBJs and Airbus ACJs as well as thousands of Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s and A340s. CFM International has delivered more than 21,000 engines since the first entered service in 1982.
Virgin Picks Rockwell Digital for A330-300s
CFM International comes to the Farnborough airshow with the first application for its new Leap-X engine under its belt and ready to offer more advanced versions to Boeing and Airbus for either new or re-engined versions of their respective single-aisle aircraft.
Clean Sky, the European Union’s ?1.6 billion ($1.9 billion) aeronautical research program, is aiming to have several demonstrators running on the ground or flying in 2014-2015. At the first Clean Sky conference, held June 18 in Brussels, project leaders said that after a slow start in 2008-2009 the joint technology initiative (JTI) is gathering speed.
Silentium Air Presents the Quiet 300
Silentium Air (Booth No. 688) has announced the market introduction of its Silentium Air 300 series, a customized noise-reduction kit developed uniquely for Bombardier’s Challenger 300.
While most of the completion and refurbishment industry was taking it on the chin during the recession of the past 18 months, Lufthansa Technik was taking it with barely a shrug, according to the German company’s senior vice president of marketing and sales Walter Heerdt. “We felt it, but not too much,” he told AIN. “We had a pretty good backlog, and we have been very successful in selling in 2009.”
Thales is opening a new facility in Singapore today that will employ more than 400 in activities encompassing its complete electronics and systems product portfolio. The France-based company also is set to announce a new long-term avionics spares and component maintenance deal with Hainan Airlines for the support of its Airbus A340-600 fleet.
Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC), a Toulouse, France-based completion and refurbishment specialist, has introduced for the Airbus A320 a kit that allows the aircraft to operate either as a VIP or passenger transport.
“This kit allows conversion of the forward A320 passenger area into a VIP section, giving the customer the flexibility to make even wider use of the aircraft,” according
to ACJC CEO Benoit Defforge.
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways plans to spend $750 million on its workforce, fleet, in-flight service and planning and resourcing systems to support record-breaking airplane and engine orders placed at the last Farnborough and Paris Air Shows.
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with Oman Air to create the maintenance specialist’s first joint venture in the Middle East, with plans for building a hangar at Muscat airport. Operations are expected to start in 2012, when the hangar will be able to accommodate two widebody and two narrowbody aircraft. Some 300 technicians are to work there.