In the U.S. Air Force KC-X competition size matters, but not much else, according to a Boeing briefing here. The company refused to discuss how its NewGen Tanker could be “combat ready” when substantial development work must be done. Citing competitive reasons, Boeing gave no technical details on the new cockpit, the new refueling boom, or even which version of the 767 it was based on.
Jumbo-sized airliner orders came back into fashion on the first day of the 2010 Farnborough airshow as Boeing and Airbus led the charge to seal new deals. Other leading airframers, including Embraer, Sukhoi and Bombardier, followed suit in a wave of new business reported throughout today’s edition of Farnborough Airshow News.
Rolls-Royce Opens JSF LiftSystem Facility
The latest member of the Airbus A330 family is the Series 200F cargo variant, which was launched in early 2007 and is scheduled for mid-2010 entry into service with Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Crystal Cargo. The manufacturer had taken orders from 11 customers for 66 A330Fs by May this year, as it also continued to develop the established passenger variant.
Australia’s Qantas has reached a new agreement with Boeing to advance delivery of the first of eight 787-8s it has on order to mid-2012, some two years earlier than last planned. Qantas plans to use the airplanes to expand the international route network of its Jetstar low-fare subsidiary, which expects the airplanes to arrive in a two-class, 313-seat cabin configuration.
Hopes of ever finding the flight data recorders from Air France Flight 447, the Airbus A330 airliner that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, while en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, are once again fading after a failed attempt to refocus the search efforts.
A single Dutch child out of 104 occupants survived this morning’s crash of an Afriqiya Airways Airbus A330-200 in Tripoli, Libya, the airline confirmed today. The Airbus, operating scheduled service as Flight 8U771 from Johannesburg to Tripoli, crashed short of the runway on approach at about 6 a.m. local time.
An Afriqiya Airways Airbus A330-200 crash landed this morning at around 6 a.m. local time in the Libyan capital Tripoli, the Libyan airline and Airbus confirmed this morning. Flight 8U771, arriving from Johannesburg, carried 93 passengers and 11 crewmembers. Afriqiya said that authorities have completed the search-and-rescue mission and have moved casualties to various hospitals. It gave no word on fatalities.
BEA investigators, who admit to having experienced a high level of stress in their effort to understand how Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, now hang their hopes on an array of machines and experts that reached the search area in the middle of the ocean between Brazil and Africa on April 2.
The European Aviation Safety Agency granted type approval for the Airbus A330-200F today, following a 200-hour flight-test campaign. Airbus performed the trials with two aircraft, covering both engine types on offer: the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 and the Rolls-Royce Trent 700.