Federal Express has signed a 20-year contract with Pratt & Whitney for its off-wing fleet management program (FMP) covering 135 PW4000-94 engines powering FedEx’s fleet of Boeing MD-11s and Airbus A300s and A310s. According to P&W Global Service Partners senior vice-president Jim Keenan, the deal is one of the largest and widest ranging maintenance, repair and overhaul orders the company has received.
Boeing will deliver the first 777-200LR prototype tomorrow to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Boeing vice president of product development Dan Mooney confirmed here yesterday. Three weeks ago the world’s longest-range airliner received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European Air Safety Administration approval after two flight test airplanes completed 886 flight hours on 328 flights, and 318 ground test hours.
India’s air transport boom could continue at a phenomenal growth rate of 20 to 25 percent for the next three or four years, according to Boeing’s top salesman for the country. Dr.
Boeing subsidiary Alteon Training and Australian flag-carrier Qantas plan to offer third-party training services under a letter of intent signed here yesterday. The training will be offered at the two companies’ training centers in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Qantas expects the arrangement will permit it to make better use of its facilities and simulators in the latter two cities.
Meggitt (Stand A536) is introducing a number of products, including new developments in engine monitoring equipment revealed by its Vibro-Meter subsidiary. Fitted on the Boeing 737, for example, the new vibration monitors continuously check specific engine bearings and detect unusual signatures using advanced signal processing.
Australia is mulling the acquisition of four Boeing C-17s, but will probably have to make its mind up by the end of June. Unless the U.S. Congress modifies the Pentagon’s fiscal 2007 budget by funding additional production for the U.S. Air Force beyond the 180 already purchased, the C-17 line will close in April 2008.
The mushrooming airlines in India and China were largely responsible for last year’s record levels of airliner orders, and the still-embryonic market for private jet transports in those countries may be about to follow the same growth pattern, Lufthansa Technik executive chairman August Wilhelm Hennigsen suggested here yesterday.
On one thing Boeing and Airbus agree: the Asia/Pacific region will generate enough demand for their products to keep them busy building lots of airplanes over the next two decades. Both companies say they expect to see the vast area spanning from northeast Asia to New Zealand and across to India account for nearly as many aircraft deliveries as North America or Europe, and both expect China to lead the way.
Boeing is preparing to invest more than $100 million in a new MRO joint venture in Shanghai. The U.S. airframer will have a 50-percent stake, with the balance held by Shanghai Airlines and Shanghai Aviation Authority, according to David Wang, president of Boeing China.
Boeing employees who remember the sorry state of the airline industry and, frankly, their company during the last Asian Aerospace exposition in 2004 should savor this moment. A more rapid and complete recovery from the depths of fiscal malaise and corporate disfunction seems hard to imagine.