Exactly 300 days into a 2,500-hour flight-test program, the Airbus A380 very-large airliner (VLA) is here at Asian Aerospace 2006 as the European manufacturer celebrates the maiden flight of a fourth example (S/N007). The latest aircraft flew two days ago.
Goodrich Corp. has made its presence known in a big way here at Asian Aerospace as a major subassembly supplier on the show’s most conspicuous display aircraft. Appearing for the first time on an Airbus aircraft, the Goodrich main body and wing landing gear attached to the mammoth A380 account for just one facet of the company’s participation in the project.
The news that Snecma is working on the new 8,500- to 10,000-pound thrust SM-X engine to power new large business jets and regional airliners hasn’t shaken Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC). Nor has last month’s suspension by Bombardier of the 110- to 135-seat C-Series twinjet program.
Honeywell (Stand A712) is here at Asian Aerospace 2006 exhibiting its RDR-4000 weather radar, currently being certified on the A380. The first commercial application, though, will be the Boeing 777-300ER with a first delivery in November.
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.
France’s Thales Group will today officially open a new 6,000 square meter maintenance center for the Airbus A380 in Singapore. The new facility will initially employ 150 workers and eventually expand to house other Thales activities. Thales Aerospace senior vice president Francois Quentin, French ambassador Jean-Paul Reau and Singapore minister for transport Yeo Cheow Tong are scheduled to attend the inauguration.
Nordam is featuring the wing tip fences and landing light lenses it started manufacturing for the Airbus A380 in October, plus a Singapore-made CFM56-3 thrust reverser to showcase its local capabilities.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Airbus have taken advantage of the A380 very large airliner’s presence here to introduce the operator’s senior personnel and flightcrew to the behemoth. Five pilots and four other flight-operations personnel were on board the Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered A380 on Tuesday and were able to check its handling. Seen here at their “workstations” are flight-operations senior vice-president Capt.
Emirates Airline plans to be one of the major international carriers for the 2008 Beijing Olympic games and the Shanghai World Expo two years later. But these two events are not the only reasons for expansion into China. The People’s Republic is one of the United Arab Emirates’ biggest trading partners and the airline has long targeted growth in routes and frequencies to Chinese cities.
Airbus has found a ready market for its latest corporate jet, and exclusive cabin outfitter Lufthansa Technik (Booth No. 744) is happily reaping the benefit of what appears to be a particularly promising new market niche for fast-turnaround completions using standardized components and cabin layouts.