CFM International predicts a huge demand over the next 20 years for up to 30,000 engines to power single-aisle aircraft as China, India, Latin America and Russia increase their fleet densities to the levels of western countries.
The Thales Formation Systems Trainer (TFST) being demonstrated here by the French group’s UK-based Thales Training & Simulation division (Hall 3 Stand C5) is part of a complete line of flight crew training equipment that embraces everything from PC-based desktop trainers to full flight simulators.
Pratt & Whitney WSK PZL-Rzészow has inaugurated a new facility at Rzészow, Poland to assemble and test F100-PW-229 engines powering the country’s 48 F-16 fighters. The first engine was completed at the facility just before the Farnborough show.
Boeing subsidiary Alteon Training has extended its agreement with Thales UK with a $30 million deal to buy three more Boeing 787 training suites, comprising full-flight simulators (FFSs), flat-panel trainers and related desktop equipment. A May 2005 contract covers provision of an initial six such suites. The FFSs will feature Thales’ EM2K electric motion system.
Hamilton Sundstrand (Hall 4 Stand F13) has inked a 10-year agreement with ATA Airlines to support its components fitted to the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737 and 757s. Under the deal, worth $14 million, the United Technologies group will provide inventory management and logistics, and repair services for line-replaceable units under its comprehensive accessory repair and exchange program.
Aviall, one of the largest independent suppliers of new parts for business, government and commercial aircraft, is being acquired by Boeing. The Chicago-headquartered OEM announced yesterday that it had reached an agreement to buy Aviall for $1.7 billion and operate the company under its current name as a wholly-owned subsidiary.
Former Gulfstream and NetJets Aviation executive Bill Boisture has resurfaced at Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm The Carlyle Group as a senior advisor to the aerospace and defense team. In this role, Boisture, 60, will identify promising investments in the aerospace, defense and business services sectors and will provide management, industry and marketing guidance to existing portfolio companies.
New Airbus boss Christian Streiff yesterday issued a firm declaration of his intent to restore the company’s market credibility by unveiling the long-awaited revamped A350, known now as the A350 XWB. Although not an industrial launch, the announcement offered the first detailed look at the airplane, Airbus’ latest answer not only to the Boeing 787s, but to the 777-200ER and -300ER.
Boeing might sell or shut down its Connexion in-flight Internet service after six years of failing to turn a profit on the business, The Wall Street Journal reported today. Boeing is thought to have spent as much as $1 billion on Connexion, but has had a tough time attracting airline customers, many of whom have complained about the service’s high equipment costs.
New airliners being delivered in the next 20 years will continue to grow in both unit numbers and average aircraft size, according to Boeing. New market predictions from the U.S. manufacturer show a trend toward increased deliveries of larger aircraft with a corresponding decline in the shipments of regional jets (RJs) with 90 or fewer seats.