Hong Kong Airlines finalized a firm order with Airbus for six A330-200s, the European manufacturer confirmed today. The contract, which closes on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) announced during the Singapore Airshow earlier this year, calls for Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines to power the new aircraft.
Singapore Airlines fleet
Chile’s LAN Airlines has reached an agreement with Boeing to advance the start of delivery of ten 787-8 Dreamliners it has ordered by three years, from 2014 to the first half of 2011, the airline announced yesterday. Under the new schedule, LAN would become the first airline in the Western hemisphere to take delivery of the type.
The first Boeing 787 prototype had to make an emergency landing at Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake, Wash., after test pilots lost thrust on one of the airplane’s Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. Boeing and Rolls-Royce determined that a faulty pressure-sensing component led to the loss of power, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth wrote in his blog yesterday.
Airbus and Boeing tallied their 2009 delivery totals this month and each managed to meet its respective target, giving the companies a chance to trumpet all-time records during a year that by most others measures was “challenging.” In fact, Airbus even met its projections for gross orders for the year with 310, worth $34.9 billion.
Airbus kept its steadily advancing order train rolling on the third day of the Dubai Airshow with a pair of modest, but nonetheless significant, announcements involving models ranging from the single-aisle A320 to the A380 superjumbo.
Pushing ahead with its new 747-8 Intercontinental passenger iteration of the venerable 747, Boeing has already sold seven of the big four-engine widebodies for conversion to executive or head-of-state configuration.
Virgin Atlantic Airways announced today that it signed a $2.1 billion firm contract to buy six Airbus A330-300s and lease another four from Netherlands-based lessor AerCap. The airline said it has financed all 10 deliveries via AerCap.
Gulf Air has selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 700EP turbofan to power 20 previously ordered Airbus A330 aircraft, along with a TotalCare long-term service agreement. With the spares, the order totals 44 engines for $1.5 billion. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2012.
Korean Air has selected Pratt & Whitney’s PW4170 Advantage70 engine to power six new Airbus A330s it has on order. The contract, valued at some $300 million, includes two spare turbofans. Korean Air in February placed a new firm order with Airbus for six more A330-200s, the first for the new 238-metric-ton increased takeoff weight version of the twin-engine widebody, offering an extended flying range of up to 7,200 nm.
The world’s passenger and cargo airlines will spend money on new aircraft at an average rate of just over $5,000 per second over the coming 20 years, according to Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Or, to put it another way, the U.S. manufacturer forecasts a $3.2 trillion market requirement involving some 29,000 commercial jetliners (including 710 new freighters) between 2009 and 2028.