Airbus has confirmed it has begun studies aimed at raising the A330-300’s maximum takeoff weight (mtow) by five metric tons, from 235 tons (518,081 pounds) to 240 tons (529,104 pounds), in a bid to increase the twinjet’s range and better compete with the Boeing 787 and 777.
Airbus has collected net firm orders for 1,378 airplanes so far this year, according to the company’s just-released November orders and deliveries report.
The French Air Force will sign a contract for between five and seven A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transports in 2013, with quick deliveries foreseen, according to its commander General Jean-Paul Palomeros. Budget difficulties thwarted earlier French attempts to procure a new tanker.
Delta Air Lines’ maintenance division, Delta TechOps, has signed a five-year exclusive agreement with Air Canada to provide repair and overhaul services to the airline’s entire fleet of Pratt & Whitney PW4060 engines. The flat-rate agreement for time and materials covers Air Canada’s 18 PW4060s and four spares, three of which are already located at Delta TechOps.
Lufthansa’s supervisory board has approved the purchase of two more Airbus A380s, four A320s and one A330-300, the manufacturer announced today. Already the biggest Airbus operator in the world, Lufthansa carries an order backlog that now includes 85 A320-family jets, nine A330s and nine A380s. Its order book also includes 20 Boeing 747-8s Intercontinentals, first delivery of which it expects early next year.
Jet Aviation will cut 200 to 300 jobs at its Basel, Switzerland aircraft completions facility, a company spokesman told AIN, confirming local press reports. The cuts, which will be spread over the next 12 months, are part of a broader cost-cutting plan. For example, the working week might be increased from 42.5 to 45 hours with no increase in pay.
The French pilots’ union, SNPL, has withdrawn its participation in the ongoing investigation of Air France Flight 447 (AF447), the Airbus A330-200 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in June 2009.
When the French BEA released a partial cockpit voice recorder (CVR) transcript of the Air France Flight 447 accident in late May, pundits wasted no time unleashing pointed analysis implicating the A330’s crew. The Airbus crashed into the South Atlantic, killing all 228 people aboard. Indeed, the edited details of the BEA seemed to offer few other possibilities.
Airbus Military has delivered two of five A330MRTTs ordered by launch customer the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). After a delay of more than two years, the first aircraft was flown from Madrid to RAAF Amberley and handed over in a formal ceremony on June 1. The second was handed over on June 22.
Rolls-Royce has signed a $360 million long-term TotalCare agreement to provide engine support services and enhanced performance kits for the Trent 700 engines that power four Etihad Airways Airbus A330s. Etihad has also extended an existing agreement covering Trent 700s powering 20 other aircraft in the Abu Dhabi airline’s fleet, and will fit the EP kits on 30 Trent 700s.