Rolls-Royce Trent

June 19, 2011 - 5:00am

With positive early test results and an accelerating work schedule, Rolls-Royce is confident it can deliver the Trent XWB as a mature engine, ready for full production before the end of 2014. Related technology programs are said to be on track in terms of high temperature and thrust.

June 19, 2011 - 2:40am

Building on a strong upturn in global airline traffic, Airbus is ramping up production of all its models–A320 family, A330 and A380–while keeping a careful eye on possible supply chain issues that could hit increased output rates for these models and also for the new A350 XWB widebody. Meanwhile, costs and an uncompetitive euro-dollar exchange continue to give headaches to the European airframer’s top management.

June 6, 2011 - 7:00am
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus’ COO, sees increased production rates for all models....

Building on a strong upturn in global traffic, Airbus is ramping up production of all its models–the A320 family, A330 and A380–dealing with several supply chain issues, a couple of them quite unusual and impossible to anticipate.

May 16, 2011 - 8:21am

Rolls-Royce believes it can contain the financial cost of last November’s uncontained disc failure in a Trent 900 engine to not much more than £56 million ($89.6 million). It allocated that amount for dealing with the fallout from the accident on a Qantas A380 airliner in its financial results for 2010, announced on February 10.

April 28, 2011 - 5:31am
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Airbus has received the first set of Messier-Dowty-built A350 XWB main landing gear, the European airframer announced today. Delivered to Airbus’s A350 XWB landing gear systems test facility in Filton, UK, the main landing gear set for the A350-900 follows the arrival last month of the nose landing gear produced by Liebherr.

April 15, 2011 - 10:00am
New plans call for the Pratt & Whitney-powered A320neo to reach the market si...

Airbus has moved forward by six months its target to introduce the A320neo, in effect pre-empting any word from Boeing about its choice of whether to re-engine the 737 or introduce a new “clean-sheet” design. John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer for customers, said he thinks the U.S.

March 3, 2011 - 7:37am

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) yesterday withdrew requirements for repetitive Rolls-Royce Trent 900 inspections it mandated following the uncontained failure of a Qantas Airbus A380 engine last November. The relevant airworthiness directive (AD 2010-0242R1), which applies to all examples of seven engine variants, follows “further assessment of manufacturing data and additional stress analysis.”

February 25, 2011 - 10:00am
Airbus COO for customers John Leahy (l) and Airbus president and CEO Tom Ende...

Airbus’s first firm order for A380s from a Japanese customer last week not only added a significant tally to its backlog, but it might have represented a watershed event in the company’s efforts to loosen Boeing’s stranglehold on the lucrative market.

February 12, 2011 - 11:12am

Airbus entered 2011 with a clear perspective on its main challenges and opportunities. In the start-of-year press conferences staged by both the European airframer and its EADS parent during January, executives identified the overriding challenge as the continuing battle to control costs.

January 28, 2011 - 7:11am
Virgin America has provided Airbus with its first firm order for the new A320...

Airbus entered 2011 with a clear perspective on its main challenges and opportunities. In the start-of-year press conferences staged by both the European airframer and its EADS parent during January, executives identified the overriding challenge as the continuing battle to control costs.

 
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