Wide-body aircraft

March 12, 2014 - 3:57pm

Airbus has bolstered its presence in India with the appointment of Srinivasan Dwarakanath as CEO of Airbus India. The European airframer’s local subsidiary also has a new chairman in the shape of Charles Champion, who is the parent company’s executive vice president for Engineering and a member of the executive committee.

March 4, 2014 - 2:45am

Upgrades to the cabin of charter operator Fly Comlux’s 767 BBJ are complete and the aircraft is back in charter service. The Bahrain-based jet’s interior enhancements include re-upholstered seats in the executive cabin and entourage section, and new in-flight entertainment system, humidification system and carpeting. SwiftBroadband satcom for high-speed Wi-Fi Internet and a GSM onboard system has been installed throughout the cabin.

February 24, 2014 - 2:29pm

The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 has flown its last passenger-carrying service, at least in civilian colors, after a career spanning 43 years. Biman Bangladesh Airlines operated its final scheduled flight with the type from Dhaka to Birmingham in the UK via Kuwait on February 20, before operating nine local scenic flights as part of the type’s farewell ceremonies over the following weekend.

February 12, 2014 - 3:00am

Gore Design Completions (GDC) last week received the first of two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners for which it will produce luxury cabin interiors on behalf of private owners. The second aircraft will arrive at its facility in San Antonio, Texas, in the third quarter of this year and the elaborate completions projects for each of the widebodies are expected to last three years.

February 10, 2014 - 5:10am
A350 Flying at Singapore Airshow

The full international debut of Airbus’s A350XWB airliner will dominate both the static and flying displays on the first two days of the Singapore Airshow. The European airframer’s second flight test airplane–MSN3–arrived here over the weekend and flew a display rehearsal on Sunday afternoon over the Singapore Strait. It is due to depart at the end of Wednesday.

February 9, 2014 - 7:30pm
Airbus’s A350 XWB MSN 003 completed cold weather testing in Iqaluit, Canada, on January 28, just ahead of the Singapore Airshow. At the show, the OEM is presenting its twin-aisle A350-900, which is making its first full international airshow display. Here in Singapore this week, industry observers will be keen to understand the manufacturer’s plans for the smaller A350-800, which has seen a steady erosion of orders as customers have upgraded to the baseline model.

As the Airbus A350-900 twin-aisle twinjet makes its first full international airshow display here in Singapore this week, industry observers will be keen to understand the manufacturer’s plans for the smaller A350-800, which has seen a steady erosion of orders as customers have upgraded to the baseline model. With average aircraft seat capacity moving inexorably to the right, Airbus executives are also mulling a possible double-stretched variant beyond the longer A350-1000.

February 9, 2014 - 6:40pm
By January, Rolls-Royce had completed some 6,000 hours and 11,250 real and simulated flight-cycles of running with 13 development examples of the Trent XWB-84 that powers the new Airbus A350-900 twin-aisle twinjet. Two of the engines were being used for cyclic tests at Rolls-Royce North America’s Outdoor Jet Engine Test Facility at the NASA John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Ahead of an initial engine run in the second quarter of this year, Rolls-Royce (Booth N23) has started to assemble the 97,000-pound thrust Trent XWB-97 powerplant that will power the heavier, 308-metric-ton (680,000-pound) max takeoff weight Airbus A350-1000 stretch variant of the new twin-aisle twinjet that has been flying since last June. The first items for the powerplant were arriving in the Rolls-Royce (RR) finished parts stores during January, according to program director Chris Young.

February 8, 2014 - 8:00pm
SIA subsidiary SilkAir took delivery of its first Boeing 737 on February 4

Delivery of SilkAir’s first Boeing 737 a little over a week ago in Washington state marked the fulfillment of what Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of sales Dinesh Keskar characterized as a “major win” for the company in the Asian market. In fact, while Boeing would no doubt relish the chance to convert any Airbus operator, the contract with the Singapore Airlines subsidiary came as particularly satisfying given the impressive market share its rival from Europe has established in the region over the past decade or so.

February 8, 2014 - 2:00am

Rolls-Royce is “competing hard” with its Trent 900 offering to power the latest batch of 50 Airbus A380s selected by Gulf operator Emirates Airline, according to Trent fleet programs customer marketing head Peter Johnston. To date, the carrier has chosen only GP7200 engines from the General Electric/Pratt & Whitney Engine Alliance joint venture for its previously ordered 90 aircraft.

January 29, 2014 - 12:45pm

Boeing’s Charleston, South Carolina 787 factory has experienced a higher number of behind-schedule jobs involving the airplane’s mid-body section than originally anticipated, requiring it to apply “additional resources” to help flow times progress to a satisfactory level, Boeing CFO Greg Smith acknowledged during a conference call the company held Wednesday to discuss its fourth-quarter earnings.

 
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