The first flying prototype of the Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ) 100 regional jet, the second airframe built, was handed over to Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee Register for certification flying in late October. Four aircraft will participate in the program, and six in general flight testing.
The municipal airports in New Braunfels and San Marcos, Texas, aim to land larger aircraft and attract manufacturing firms to central Texas with refurbished runways and taxiways, drainage and signage. The Economic Development Partnership of Central Texas (EDPCT) is promoting the region while here at NBAA’08 at Booth No. 3471.
Snecma remains “very satisfied” with the performance of its Silvercrest core engine demonstration program despite its failure to secure a launch platform for the new-generation turbofan.
French aerospace conglomerate Safran (Booth No. 4287) said it is reorganizing to meet the challenges presented by the growing role of electronics in aircraft systems and subsystems design.
Australia’s biggest airline, Qantas Airways, and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider Lufthansa Technik of Hamburg, Germany, have joined forces in a new joint venture: Jet Turbine Services (JTS).
GE Aviation and Singapore Technologies Aerospace (ST Aerospace) have signed an agreement to cooperate in engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), engine material services, aircraft support and engine and accessories repairs. The two companies also signed a 10-year repair license agreement, in which GE will give ST Aerospace access to OEM and technical data and assistance.
Further delay to the Airbus A400M military transport now seems inevitable. “There’s an obvious risk of slippage,” Carlos Suarez, head of EADS Military Transport Aircraft (MTA), said here at Farnborough. The first A400M ceremonially rolled out from the brand-new final assembly line building at Seville, Spain, on June 26.
Snecma Services has signed an engineering support contract with Morocco’s flag carrier Royal Air Maroc. The two companies already participate in a partnership under their Snecma Morocco Engine Services joint venture–a maintenance, repair and overhaul shop for the Boeing 737s’ CFM56-3 and -B engines.
S7 Airlines announced here yesterday that it has signed a 13-year engine service per hour contract with Snecma Services covering its CFM56-5A engines. The new pact follows another signed two years ago. One of Russia’s largest domestic airlines, S7 Airlines bases its operation in Novosibirsk and has its largest hub at Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow.
Powering the A400M was always going to be a challenge, requiring the development of the Western world’s biggest turboprop, the 11,000-shp TP400-D6, and integrating a host of highly complex systems and associated software. “The complexity of the integration task on the TP400 has been bigger than it was for the Airbus A380,” said Nick Durham, president of Europrop International (EPI).