It took all the resources it could reasonably muster, but Airbus managed to reach its target of delivering 12 A380 aircraft last year when on December 30 it handed over to Emirates Airline that carrier’s fourth superjumbo.
It seemed unlikely that tightening credit wouldn’t trigger more order cancellations or delivery deferrals among the world’s airlines, so even though the top manufacturers seem to have escaped the early stages of the crisis relatively unscathed, many predict a pronounced drop in financial support by the second half of this year.
Cabin environment continues to become more important as a point of customer focus, particularly on long-haul private jets. Gore Design Completions of San Antonio recently ordered the Cair cabin environment package from CTT Systems of Nyköping, Sweden. Cair provides a cabin with 25-percent relative humidity, compared with the more typical 3- to 5-percent level.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has decided to participate in development of the new Rolls-Royce Trent XWB aero-engine for the Airbus A350 XWB, the company announced today. As a risk- and revenue-sharing partner (RRSP), MHI will take responsibility for the development and manufacture of the components for the engine’s combustion system and manufacture of low-pressure turbine blades and others.
EADS Airbus has proposed major revisions to its contract with seven European nations for the A400M airlifter, including a delay in the first deliveries until 2012. The company still has no idea when the first flight might take place, although the C-130 testbed for the A400M’s huge TP400 turboprop engines did finally get off the ground last month.
A US Airways Airbus A320 carrying 150 passengers and five crew on board ditched into New York’s Hudson River late this afternoon and initial reports indicate that all the occupants escaped with their lives. Flight 1549 had taken off moments earlier from New York La Guardia Airport for a flight to Charlotte, N.C., when the A320 descended into the 35-degree F water near Manhattan’s 57th Street.
Airbus set a new record for itself last year by delivering 483 aircraft–30 more than it shipped in 2007, the Toulouse-based company announced today. Last year’s delivery tally for Airbus also beat Boeing’s total by 108 units. The U.S. airframer’s total suffered directly from a two-month strike by machinists that resulted in a decline in deliveries from 441 in 2007 to 375 last year.
Six months ago, business aircraft manufacturers were publicly confident that their backlog of new aircraft orders stretching well into the next decade would provide a buffer to ease the industry through what was already flagged as an economic crisis. Today, cancellations and delivery deferrals are eating
into those backlogs, and the OEMs are making adjustments that were only being hinted at two months ago.
Boeing today reported that it took orders for 662 commercial airplanes last year, raising its backlog of unfilled commercial deliveries to more than 3,700. The release of the figures officially signaled the end of a three-year boom during which it inked orders for more than 1,000 airplanes each year from 2005 to 2007, when it registered a record tally of 1,413.
Yankee Pacific Aerospace has merged two of its holdings–Executive Aircraft Completions (EAC) and Cabin Innovations–into a single division called Cabin Innovations. The new company’s design, engineering and certification office will remain in Tulsa, Okla., with a production and engineering office based at Cabin Innovations’ new 39,630-sq-ft facility in Lewisville, Texas.