Boeing has appointed former Saudi Arabian Airlines executive Ahmed Jazzar to the new position of president of Boeing Saudi Arabia, overseeing all the group’s activities in the country. Sales and marketing responsibilities will remain with the various Boeing business units, namely Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Integrated Defense Systems, Connexion by Boeing and Boeing Capital Corp.
With local airline Emirates set to receive more than 40 Airbus A380s, not to mention those examples destined for neighboring competitors Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, this area will figure prominently in the operations of future very large airliners (VLAs), according to industry predictions.
Now that Boeing has settled on a firm design configuration for its 787 Dreamliner, details that until recently looked sketchy have suddenly crystallized just as some of the Middle East’s largest airlines sharpen their focus on fleet additions. From the graceful contours of the cabin to the sleek shape of the airframe, the 787 certainly exudes innovation.
Three years had passed since Boeing sold any passenger-carrying 747s when the company surprised the pundits last November by launching the 747-8 on the strength of a pair of orders from two cargo carriers.
2006 saw a rebalancing of the jet market
Spirit AeroSystems of Wichita, Kansas, and Infosys have agreed to jointly establish a new engineering center at the Infosys campus in Bangalore, India. According to Spirit (Stand A1000), the center will concentrate on high-end engineering services including product development, design and analysis of airframe structures, engineering change management and stress engineering support.
Rolls-Royce has completed its first run of its Trent 1000, the engine competing with General Electric’s GEnx to power the Boeing 787.
No problems were encountered during the test, although the engine departs from tradition in being designed with a mechanical offtake for electrical power.
Since its rejection from the Boeing 787 engine contest in April 2004 Pratt & Whitney has had to face up to a harsh new reality–that for the foreseeable future the U.S.’s most venerable engine manufacturer is effectively out of the huge market for the new medium twins from Airbus and Boeing–the A350 and 787.
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.
General aviation manufacturers continue to show steady growth in deliveries and backlogs. According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), airframe builders delivered 2,842 piston and turbine airplanes in the first nine months of this year–nearly 19 percent more than the 2,391 shipments made in the same period last year.