The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has extended required main landing-gear checks to cover all variants and weights of Airbus A330/A340 aircraft more than five years old. The new rule requires indefinitely repetitive inspections following last year’s discovery of an unexplained crack in an A330 MLG Rib 6 aft-bearing forward lug.
This week’s spate of large-airliner orders, many confirming previous announcements, continued on Wednesday as Airbus and Boeing unveiled further business. More new deals could be revealed today. For example, International Lease Finance Corp. is talking to Airbus about its unresolved requirement for about 16 A350 XWB aircraft.
EADS Socata said Airbus has selected it to manufacture the nose fairing for the A330-200F freighter. Socata has supplied the airplane’s belly fairing for almost a decade.
Airbus followed Monday’s spectacular order flourish with a strategically important pair of contracts for members of its A330 family.
EADS Military Transport Aircraft (MTA) has set its sights on half of the aerial-refueling-tanker market estimated at 600 aircraft for 30 countries over the next 20 years and has brought the first of four A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) airframes for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) here to underline its capability in the field.
Dubai-based carrier Emirates has selected Goodrich electronic flight bags (EFBs) for its entire fleet of Boeing 747s and 777s and Airbus A310s, A330s and A340s. The system includes EFB software, two touch-screen displays and two laptop-docking stations. Goodrich will provide system supplemental type certification (STC) for each aircraft type. Deliveries are expected to begin after receiving the STC, which is expected later this year.
The delivery this month of the first Boeing 747-400F cargo aircraft to United Parcel Service (UPS) comes as the package hauler mulls its next move.
EADS expects to sign a firm contract with Aeroflot for 22 of the new Airbus A350XWB airliners here at the Paris Air Show this week, or perhaps at Moscow’s MAKS’2007 event in August. This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the deal in March this year.
Paradize II, an advanced cabin management system linking all the aircraft’s in-flight entertainment and cabin lighting components, has been installed on an executive Airbus A330, and the Montierchaume, France, company is now making it available to the business jet industry as “Paradize II Lite.”
Bloodied and bruised by the U.S. Air Force tanker fiasco, Boeing has fought back this week by bringing the first KC-767A to the Paris show. But yet another damning report on the aborted U.S. lease deal has not only further tarnished the company’s reputation but also cast doubt on whether the Pentagon really needs a new fleet of tankers anytime soon.