A Yemenia (Yemen Airways) Airbus A310-300 crashed into the Indian Ocean, just north of the Comoros Islands, shortly after 1:50 a.m. local time, Airbus confirmed this morning. Search crews reportedly have found a single survivor–a small child–as well as several bodies.
Orders for more than 1,400 A330s and A340s has been the Airbus reward for 15 years of continuous innovation, including the introduction of A340-600-technology flight deck, cabin, systems and structures upgrades across the range in 2002-04.
New engine orders slumped badly for CFM International during the first five months of this year. The French-U.S. partnership sold just 303 engines through May 31–less than a quarter of the (admittedly exceptional) total of 1,342 sold in the same period in 2008.
With the A380 very-large airliner firmly established in production and airline operation, Airbus is now hard at work on its next project: the three-model A350XWB twin-aisle twinjet family. It is about to begin production detailed design for
the mainly carbon-fiber aircraft, which is competing against the Boeing 787 and which Airbus claims also could replace the larger Boeing 777.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy will be flying in a style more becoming the nation’s leader with a recent government decision to acquire an Airbus A330-200 that will be outfitted as the country’s newest head-of-state aircraft.
BAA Jet Management last month took delivery of its first managed Airbus, an A318 Elite, making the Hong Kong-based company the first in Asia to operate the executive version of the narrowbody airliner. The 18-passenger Elite is also the first A318 to be registered in the People’s Republic of China and is based in Shenzhen, where it is available for charter.
BAA Jet Management has taken delivery of its first managed Airbus, an A318 Elite narrowbody bizliner, making the Hong Kong-based company the first in Asia to operate the executive version of the A318 single-aisle airliner. The 18-passenger Elite is also the first A318 to be registered in the People’s Republic of China and is based in Shenzhen, where it is available for charter.
UK-based aircraft management and charter operator Twinjet Aviation is assessing several possible locations for a new base here in the Arabian Gulf region. According to CEO Keith McMann, being established permanently in this part of the world would improve prospects for securing more management contracts in a market he still expects to achieve 15- to 20-percent growth despite serious economic problems in the wider world.
Brazilian OEM Embraer has signed a contract with the Brazilian government to supply two E190 airliners for government transport. The two twinjets will be configured with a secure communication system, head-of-state executive chambers and a total seating capacity for 40. Auxiliary fuel tanks will give the aircraft non-stop range from the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, to any destination in South America.
The FAA and Transport Canada last month granted type certification for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F, which powers the Embraer Phenom 100 very light jet. The fadec-controlled PW617F delivers 1,615 pounds of thrust. Brazilian and FAA certification of the Phenom 100 is “imminent,” and Embraer expects to deliver between 10 and 15 of the twinjets to customers by year-end.