The Kuznetsov design bureau, part of the United Engine Corporation (ODK), unveiled a new geared turbofan design at the Engines 2000 exhibition in Moscow last month. The PD30 is proposed for an upgrade to the Antonov An-124 Ruslan heavy airlifter, which is currently powered by the Ukrainian Ivchenko Progress D18T. The PD30 could also power Russia’s proposed widebody airliner, known as Airplane 2020.
In late 2012 CFM International plans to run the third development core, known as “eCore 3,” for the Leap engine it is developing for the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and Comac C919 airliners. On Tuesday, the General Electric-Snecma join venture also announced it is ramping up production, after having delivered 1,354 CFM56s last year.
When Boeing 747-8F launch customer Cargolux postponed delivery of its first two airplanes in September, pundits almost immediately began tossing about theories that Qatar Airways boss and Cargolux director Akbar al Baker was behind the sudden move for various ulterior motives.
GE Aviation announced this week at EBACE that its TechX engine, which Bombardier selected for its Global 7000 and Global 8000, has been rebranded as “Passport.” The first model in what Cincinnati, Ohio-based GE hopes will be a series of turbofans in the 10,000- to 20,000-pound-thrust class will produce up to 16,500 pounds of thrust for the new Global jets.
Honeywell’s new HTF7500E engine has reached a flight-test milestone of 20 flights and more than 140 test hours on the OEM’s B757 flying test bed. The energy-efficient engine will power Embraer’s new Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 series aircraft, and test flights will start on the jets during the second half of 2011.
Honeywell (Stand 7044) has completed certification of its HTF7250G engine, which powers the in-development supermidsize Gulfstream G250, and is progressing with the development of the HTF7500E for the midlight/midsize Embraer Legacy 450/500. The U.S.-based manufacturer is also working on upgrades for the HTF7000, in service on the supermidsize Bombardier Challenger 300.
The air transport industry was caught off guard in April when huge plumes of ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano effectively shut down flying in Europe for a week, stranding thousands of passengers and draining at least $1 billion from air carriers.
GE Aircraft Engines plans to build 100 GEnx engines this year and double that number next year, as the company accelerates production to meet a demand for 700 units from now through 2013. Now flying engines on the Boeing 747-8 and the 787 Dreamliner, GE–as of June 1–had built 28 GEnx-2Bs for the Boeing 747-8 and some 20 for the GEnx-1Bs for the 787.
Honeywell has been selected by Embraer to provide the air conditioning and temperature control system for the new Legacy 450 and Legacy 500. The system will use bleed air from the engines to cool the cabin. Honeywell claims improved reliability of its HTF7000 system is key to a more sustainable cabin environment.
Pratt & Whitney this spring held a media event at its Hartford, Connecticut headquarters and provided an overview of its milestones and advances in environmental cleanliness and so on. Some samples: