Lufthansa Technik is busy and expects to become busier. The Hamburg, Germany-based MRO and completion and refurbishment company is currently working on an A318 for a Middle East customer, a BBJ for a Far East client and two A340-400s for the German government.
A late surge in new airliner orders during December took Airbus’s sales tally for 2010 to 644 aircraft (compared with 574 in 2009), just edging out rival Boeing’s total orders for 625 airliners last year.
Qantas announced today that it would resume Airbus A380 services between Australia and Los Angeles more than two months after an in-flight uncontained engine failure forced an emergency landing of one of its superjumbos in Singapore. The airline said Flight QF93 from Melbourne would take off for Los Angeles on January 16.
South Korea’s Asiana Airlines has placed a firm order for six A380 superjumbos, signaling its intention to mount a serious challenge to fellow A380 customer Korean Air. Airbus said it expects to begin deliveries to Asiana in 2014. The airline plans to operate the double-decker airliners on “key” routes to Europe and the U.S.
Some five weeks after an uncontained engine failure forced one of Qantas’s six Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered A380s to make an emergency landing at Singapore’s Changi International Airport, the bills continue to mount for the airline and engine manufacturer alike. Estimates by some financial analysts now place Qantas’s monetary damages at more than $200 million, as four of the airline’s A380s remain grounded until further notice.
Amac Aerospace Switzerland has expanded its maintenance and completion facility at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. The new hangar and production facility will allow the MRO to maintain and do completions on widebody aircraft. The 90,400-sq-ft hangar can accommodate a Boeing 747-8i, Airbus A330 and BBJ/A320 simultaneously and is large enough to accommodate an Airbus A380.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau confirmed the potential existence of a manufacturing problem in Rolls-Royce Trent 900s fitted to some Airbus A380s in a safety recommendation it issued today. The recommendation identifies a potential defect in an oil tube connection to the high-pressure (HP)/intermediate-pressure (IP) bearing structure.
After many months of consultation and analysis, Airbus today announced the official launch of new engine options for the A320 series. Dubbed the A320neo, the project involves the introduction of two new engine choices for the single-aisle airliners–either CFM’s Leap-X or Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G, formerly known as the Geared Turbofan. The new engine option also incorporates fuel-saving wingtip devices called sharklets.
The FAA has finalized a rule addressing more than 4,000 U.S.-registered aging commercial aircraft with a takeoff weight of 75,000 pounds or more, certified after 1957 and operated under FAR Parts 121 or 129.
Qantas resumed flying two of its six A380s on November 26, after replacing some of their Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. In total, Rolls must bear the cost of replacing some 40 Trent 900s from the 20-strong fleet of Rolls-powered, four-engine A380s.