EADS Astrium (Stand H23) is displaying a model of its proposed Space Plane, which would require seven years of development between actual program launch and first commercial flight.
A deal to rescue the troubled Airbus A400M airlifter has been put together. Defense ministers from the European partner nations will meet on Wednesday to approve a reduction in their orders, originally set at 180 aircraft. No more money will be made available to EADS-Airbus, beyond the €20 billion that was agreed to in 2003 to cover the development and production.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai’s Department of Civil Aviation, plans to open the second Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) show on February 28 at the Airport Expo site in Dubai.
American Eurocopter will close its company-owned and -operated Long Beach, Calif. service center by the end of June. The center opened in November 2007 at the Daugherty Skyharbor Complex.
Over the past 30 years, Singapore has become a leader in aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work and components supplier in the Asia-Pacific region. At the heart of this achievement is the ST Engineering group, whose umbrella covers ST Aerospace and its subsidiary MRO specialists STA Engineering and SASCO.
Ten weeks after the deadline for comments on the draft RFP for the latest attempt to procure a new KC-X aerial refueling tanker, the Pentagon has still not released the final document. It now says to expect this by the end of the month, and that some changes have been made. Northrop Grumman said it would not bid unless the final RFP was changed to give credit for the greater capacity of the A330MRTT (aka KC-45).
At a dramatic new year press conference held beneath the second A400M in the final assembly building in Seville, Spain, the chief executive officers of EADS and Airbus declared that they would stop funding the program at the end of this month.
As partner governments head for another showdown with EADS over the climbing costs and lengthy delays associated with the Airbus Military A400M, there was good news for the program on December 11 when the first aircraft took to the air.
Eurocopter on October 22 launched a reorganization effort to address a slump in orders and shortcomings in areas where until recently CEO Lutz Bertling had been trumpeting the company’s strength. Eurocopter’s goal with the so-called Shape program is to save money, simplify processes and further invest in future products. Shape succeeds Vital, which the company launched in 2005 to facilitate a swift production ramp-up.
Britain’s AeroSpace, Defence and Security (ADS) trade association is making
its airshow debut here in Dubai this week (UK Pavilion, Stand W128A). The group formally began operations last month following the merger of the Society of British Aerospace Companies, the Association of Police and Public Security Suppliers and the Defence Manufacturers Association.