The economic downturn has not dented the aerospace and defense industry’s eagerness to gather for the Farnborough International airshow. This year’s event is completely sold out, with more than 1,000 exhibitors booked to show their wares from July 19 to 25.
Lufthansa took delivery today of its first Airbus A380 during a handover ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, making it the fifth customer to have taken possession of at least one of the superjumbos. It holds a firm order for 15 of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered transports, four of which it expects to join its fleet this year. Lufthansa plans to deploy its new flagship aircraft on routes to Tokyo, Beijing and Johannesburg.
Emirates Airline plans to reinstate Airbus A380 service between Dubai and New York JFK Airport on October 31, fifteen months after it ceased operating one of its superjumbos on the route due to insufficient demand. The decision to restore A380 service on one of Emirates’ twin daily JFK routes comes as the carrier reports an 8.1-percent revenue increase for the Americas for its 2009-10 fiscal year.
Swiss PrivateAviation, the Swiss International Air Lines subsidiary that expanded its sales activities in March by taking over responsibility for Lufthansa Private Jet, announced here at the show yesterday that it is actively seeking to manage larger private aircraft, including the Airbus A380. It will do this by leveraging the resources of the wider Lufthansa Group in areas such as maintenance and training.
Preliminary inspection of a pair of airplanes Airbus used to fly test missions from Toulouse yesterday to assess the effect of volcanic ash on aircraft over Europe showed “no irregularities,” according to the manufacturer.
A380 S/N 004 flew for 3 hours 50 minutes within French airspace and the company’s A340-600 test article flew for five hours in French and German airspace under normal procedures.
The European Aviation Safety Agency granted type approval for the Airbus A330-200F today, following a 200-hour flight-test campaign. Airbus performed the trials with two aircraft, covering both engine types on offer: the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 and the Rolls-Royce Trent 700.
Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) yesterday signed an agreement with low-cost long-haul carrier Air Asia X for maintenance, repair and overhaul services (MRO) at its Manila facilities. Beginning in March the Malaysia-based operator’s fleet of eight Airbus A330s and A340s will be supported under the three-year contract.
Ameco Beijing (Stand F81) is promoting its maintenance services to increase the use of its new facilities. “Our logistics center is to fully open in May,” CEO Andreas Meisel told AIN. The company recently completed a A380 hangar and a 747 shop expansion, for a total $220 million investment between 2005 and 2010. He is counting on Asia’s growth, especially in China.
With its first A400M in the air, Airbus Military is embarking on an intensive flight trials campaign, with the aim of clearing the baseline common standard aircraft (CSA) configuration for service in 2012. As political controversy surrounded the airplane, with Airbus threatening to stop funding, the flight test team made good progress.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai’s Department of Civil Aviation, plans to open the second Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) show on February 28 at the Airport Expo site in Dubai.