The backlog for Airbus’s A320neo family seems to grow on a daily basis of late, most recently with today’s conversion of an MOU signed in June during the Paris Air Show by CIT Aerospace to a firm order for 50 of the re-engined narrowbodies. Airbus plans to start deliveries of the airplanes to CIT in 2016, following delivery of another 32 Airbus jets the leasing company ordered in June 2007.
US Airways filed suit against its pilots’ union July 29, claiming an illegal work slowdown in the latest development in a lengthy and increasingly bitter labor dispute.
Most major U.S. airlines stayed profitable in the second quarter despite dramatically higher fuel costs. Delta, United Continental, US Airways, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue all reported quarterly profit in earnings releases late last month. An exception was American Airlines, which reported a net loss of $286 million blamed in large part on fuel prices. The story sounded similar across the Atlantic.
Lufthansa has placed a firm order for 25 Airbus A320neos and five A321neos, all powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G turbofans, the European manufacturer announced this morning. This contract follows the selection by the Lufthansa supervisory board of the A320neo family in March this year. This latest order by Lufthansa Group raises its order total to 443 Airbus airplanes.
It seemed to take an order of epic magnitude, but Boeing finally appears ready to launch a re-engined version of the 737NG. Those in favor of the approach all along can thank American Airlines and, by extension, Airbus, for finally convincing Boeing to jump off the proverbial fence.
A UK court has ordered Bangladeshi carrier United Airways to stop trading under its current name after a June 24 ruling in London that it had illegally violated the trademark of U.S. giant United Airlines.
The French company chosen to provide radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags for the first major application on “flyable” aircraft components–the Airbus A350 XWB–has established a branch in Boston to support U.S.-based A350 suppliers in tagging their parts.
The 2011 Paris Air Show currently under way has smiled on many manufacturers but on none so benevolently as Airbus, which set a record for the number of new airplane orders announced at any airshow ever: 730 aircraft from 16 customers worth $72.2 billion. The commitments comprise firm purchase orders for 418 aircraft worth $44 billion and MOUs for another 312 aircraft worth $28.2 billion.
United Continental Holdings has ordered blended winglets for its Boeing 767-300ERs from Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) of Seattle, Washington. With the order, the U.S. airline group becomes the largest single customer of APB, having ordered 375 Blended Winglet systems to date.
Sanguine projections for equipment demand by the air transport industry suggest good times ahead for the likes of Boeing and Airbus, and increasing production levels by both of the world’s major airframe OEMs would seem to reflect a level of optimism not seen in quite some time. But for Adam Pilarksi, senior vice president with U.S.