Prominent U.S. defense programs are feeling pressure from more than just Congress and Pentagon cost police. Before and during the Paris Air Show, Boeing’s KC-46A tanker and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II faced flak from the aviation press and, in the latter case, an ally’s speech.
BAE Systems has announced a plan to implement a new “regionalized” strategy to support the Latin American market, where some 90 of its aircraft are now in service with nearly 40 operators. The company unveiled the new support strategy at its first ever Americas operators’ conference, held in Lima, Peru, May 23 and 24.
EADS has unveiled two new futuristic “Flightpath 2050” aircraft. The Zero Emission Hyper Sonic Transport (ZEHST) would fly above the atmosphere to avoid dumping pollutants in it, except for a relatively small amount during takeoff. The descent would be a unpowered glide, apart from restarting the engines for the final approach and landing. A steep climb on takeoff would leave a relatively small noise footprint around the airport.
Bauhaus Luftfahrt created a model of a concept airliner to highlight ecofriendly aircraft of the future, as well as the recent establishment of the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany (Aireg).
The Moroccan aerospace industry has made significant strides in recent years to position itself as a lower cost base than nearby Europe. But this could be undermined if mounting political unrest in the north African country boils over into violence.
CEO of EADS North America Sean O’Keefe believes that there is a bright side for his company in losing the massive U.S. tanker contract. Most of all, he said, “It was a good way to demonstrate what we could do and it validated what we can do.”
Airbus Military wants to boost revenue derived from support services from the current 10 to 15 percent of the total to between 30 and 40 percent during the next five years. It is offering to the customers that are buying the A330 tanker and the A400M airlifter a menu of options that have been developed from training and maintenance contracts for the CN235 and C295 military transport aircraft.
Building on a strong upturn in global airline traffic, Airbus is ramping up production of all its models–A320 family, A330 and A380–while keeping a careful eye on possible supply chain issues that could hit increased output rates for these models and also for the new A350 XWB widebody. Meanwhile, costs and an uncompetitive euro-dollar exchange continue to give headaches to the European airframer’s top management.
European aerospace giant EADS and its four divisions–Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter–will hold more than 20 workshops here at the Paris Air Show to help recruit more than 4,000 new-hire employees and 4,000 interns. Entitled “Work for EADS,” the workshops will take place every day this week, apart from Sunday. Participants will meet top EADS executives, engineers and human resources representatives.
Since winning the $4 billion contract from the U.S. Air Force for development and engineering of the KC-X refuelling tanker last February, Boeing has provided only generalities on the design of its KC-46A. Last week, during a series of media briefings in Philadelphia and St.