Posted: December 16, 2014 Filed under: Aircraft Engineering/Manufacturing, Airline & Route News, European Aviation News, UK Aviation News, Welsh Aviation News, World Aviation News | Tags: AirAsia, Airbus
16 December 2014 at 08.21 GMT
AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of Asia’s largest low-cost airline, has placed a firm order for 55 new-generation Airbus A330neo aircraft.
The is the largest single order to date for the A330 family confirms AirAsia X’s position as the biggest A330 airline customer worldwide, having now ordered a total of 91 aircraft.
The announcement follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding for 50 A330neo during the Farnborough Air Show in July, plus an additional five aircraft. Deliveries will begin in 2018.
The A330neo will incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features.
Airbus claims these advances will make the aircraft the most cost-efficient in its size category, with a reduction in fuel consumption of 14% per seat, an increase in non-stop flying range of up to 400 nautical miles and the lowest possible maintenance costs.
AirAsia X co-founder Tony Fernandes said: “This latest deal with Airbus will enable AirAsia X to consolidate its growth rate in 2015-2017 before ramping up deliveries from 2018 onwards.
“The A330 has proven itself to be exactly the right aircraft for our business model, combining low operating costs, long range flying capability and high levels of comfort.
“We are extremely excited about the even greater levels of efficiency that will come with the A330neo, which will play a key role in enabling AirAsia X to maintain its position as the long haul low cost leader.”
Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy said: “This order from AirAsia X is a major endorsement of the A330neo as the most cost-efficient aircraft in its size category.
“With the A330neo in its fleet, AirAsia X will benefit from even lower operating costs as it expands it network and reach, enabling more people to fly further more often than ever before. We look forward to AirAsia X becoming one of the first operators of the latest version of the highly successful A330.”
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Posted: November 24, 2014 Filed under: Hawarden / Broughton Airport | Tags: Airbus, £100m, Broughton, Development, Factories, Filton, First Minister, Investment, North Wales
Plane maker Airbus is investing £100m in research, development and training in a deal with UK and Welsh governments.
The announcement came at an investment conference in Newport designed to create jobs and growth for the UK.
Airbus employs about 6,000 at Broughton in Flintshire and over 4,000 at Filton.
First Minister Carwyn Jones has also pledged £8.1m to support training in Broughton.
That brings the total investment in the plant to £56m, including £48m being provided jointly by Airbus and the UK government to develop new systems and technologies for building the wings for the company’s aircrafts.
The UK Investment Summit Wales conference is being held at the Celtic Manor Resort, bringing together industry leaders, investors and politicians, including Prime Minister David Cameron.
Last year, an extra £100m was spent on research and development in Wales, latest figures show.
On Friday, Airbus also announced that US company Delta Air Lines had placed a firm order for 50 new aircraft.
The research and development elements of the projects will be carried out with the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), a £2 billion joint investment between industry and government aimed at developing activity necessary for the UK to win work on future aerospace programmes.
Wings for the new Airbus A350 plane are all made at the Broughton factory
Announcing the ATI funding, Mr Cameron said: “Aerospace is a real cornerstone of British business, supporting over 100,000 jobs across the UK and is worth over £27bn to our economy every year.
“With today’s investment we are backing our aerospace sector so that it continues to thrive, as key part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for Britain.”
First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “The aerospace industry is so important to Wales and we need to make sure that the skills of our workforce move at the pace of technological development in this field.”
Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb added: “Today’s announcement means the company can now manufacture more of the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft wings right here in Wales.”
Paul McKinlay, head of Airbus’s Broughton plant said: “Airbus places great importance on training its workforce and this funding will support development of skills and expertise and ensure Wales is ready to take on the challenges the next generation of technology will bring.”
A total of £48m is being invested in a project at the Broughton plant to develop new systems and technologies for building aircraft wings.
Airbus’s Filton and Broughton plants are responsible for designing, testing and manufacturing the wings for the whole family of Airbus commercial airliners.
Analysis by Brian Meechan, BBC Wales business correspondent
Airbus is one of the biggest employers in Wales with 6,000 people at the Broughton site manufacturing the wings for its aircrafts.
The UK aerospace industry is in a strong state. It grew by almost 10% last year.
It is a key industry in Wales providing highly skilled and well paid jobs not just at Airbus but also GE Aviation, General Dynamics and British Airways.
Aerospace employs around 23,000 people in Wales.
The money will be used on research and development at the Broughton site.
The Welsh government is also providing a further £8m to the company for staff training over the next five years which is a continuation of financial support it has given Airbus since 2009.
Speaking to some people from small businesses today, they asked why a multi-national company should need taxpayers’ money to train their staff.
It is understandable when budgets are tight in the fields of education, training and apprenticeships.
The argument would be that training workers does not just provide a benefit to the company but to the wider economy by creating a more skilled workforce in Wales which helps us compete internationally.
The Welsh government also offers financial support to attract companies into Wales which often includes money to help train staff.
So if it can be offered to new companies to establish themselves in Wales, why not to businesses that have shown a long-term commitment to the country and its workforce.
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Posted: November 21, 2014 Filed under: Aircraft Engineering/Manufacturing, European Aviation News, UK Aviation News, Uncategorized, Welsh Aviation News, World Aviation News | Tags: Airbus, Delta Air Lines
21 November 2014 at 08.13 GMT
Airbus has secured a major coup for its new A350 aircraft with an order reportedly worth $14 billion from Delta Air Lines following a competition with Boeing.
The deal is split between 25 A350-900s, an all-new model, and 25 updated A330neos.
The aircraft will replace Delta’s Boeing 747s and 767-300ERs starting in 2017 and 2019 respectively.
The Airbus win builds on earlier successes at Delta, including an order in 2013 with a list value of $5.6 billion.
Boeing told Bloomberg: “This was a long and highly competitive campaign. Boeing competed for the order with the 787-9, but we did not have enough 787 positions available in the time frame that met Delta’s requirement.”
The A350-900 is due to make its commercial debut with Qatar Airways in the coming weeks.
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Posted: November 17, 2014 Filed under: Aircraft Engineering/Manufacturing, European Aviation News, UK Aviation News, Uncategorized, World Aviation News | Tags: Airbus, patent application
17 November 2014 at 07.21 GMT
Engineers from Airbus have filed a patent application for UFO-like “flying doughnut” aircraft.
It would mean passengers entering the aircraft through steps leading up to an “access hatch” around the hole in the centre and receive their in-flight meals from trolleys being pushed through curved aisles.
The doughnut-shaped craft aims to increase the legroom for travellers and address the problem of cabin pressure.
The 15-page application, which was filed in the US last month, says: “The present invention proposes an aircraft wherein the structure of delimiting passenger cabin extends over 360 degrees around a space defined outside structure.
“The invention allows structure to be more resistant to loads induced by the cabin pressurisation, while allowing to reduce or even to avoid the need for a sealed bottom, and while allowing to increase the space available for passengers.”
It adds: “Indeed the presence of the space defined outside the structure and surrounded by it inside the aircraft, enables better distribution of pressurisation loads applied to the structure and thus makes this structure more capable of resisting these pressurisation loads.”
The patent application is among a series of unconventional and futuristic plans proposed by Airbus, The Times reported.
It has sought legal protection for an economy-class seat for standing passengers shaped like a bicycle saddle, a virtual reality helmet for delivering in-flight films and music as well as a windowless cockpit.
Airbus says that the design was worthwhile enough to protect with a patent and is among 6,000 ideas that its engineers formulate each year.
But the manufacturer said: “This is not something that’s currently under active development.”
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Posted: September 26, 2014 Filed under: Aircraft Engineering/Manufacturing, Airline & Route News, European Aviation News, UK Aviation News, Uncategorized, Welsh Aviation News, World Aviation News | Tags: Airbus, The European aircraft manufacturer
26 September 2014 at 08.22 GMT
More than 31,000 new passenger aircraft and air freighters will be needed over the next 20 years, due to growing demand for air travel.
Growing middle classes in emerging economies taking to the skies will be the main drivers, according to Airbus.
The European aircraft manufacturer forecasts that the new aircraft will be worth $4.6 trillion (£2.8 trillion) of orders to the aerospace industry as passenger numbers grow at an annual rate of 4.7% from the current rate of 3 billion a year carried by 32 million flights.
The worldwide aviation sector is estimated to be worth $2.4 trillion a year and employs 60 million people.
Aircraft joining the modern day fleet mean the number of air freighters and airliners with 100 or more seats will more than double from today’s total of 18,500 to almost 37,500 by the year 2033.
Airlines are expected to retire 12,400 old and less fuel-efficient jets in the intervening period as they seek to cut costs in the age of ever-rising fuel prices.
Asia is expected to be the biggest single customer for new aircraft, taking 39% of them, more than combined total of the next two biggest regions, Europe at 20% and North America at 18%.
The predictions come in Flying on Demand, Airbus’s global market forecast which analysed themes seen by 800 passenger airlines and 200 freight operators, The Telegraph reported.
Airbus predicts a requirement for 9,300 widebody aircraft valued at $2.5 trillion over the next 20 years.
Some 7,800 of these new aircraft will be twin-aisle models with 250 to 400 seats and the remaining 1,500 will be very large aircraft with 400 or more seats.
The report also predicts that the number of “aviation mega-cities” – those with 10,000 or more international long-haul passengers a day – will almost double to 91 as economic growth in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East outstrips developed regions.
“Aviation is growing impressively and our latest forecast confirms its long-term growth,” said John Leahy, Airbus’s chief operating officer for customers.
“While mature aviation regions such as Europe and North America will continue to grow, Asia will stand out along with emerging markets for dynamic development. This growth trend is confirmed by Chinese domestic traffic becoming the world’s number one aviation market within the next 10 years”.
The forecast came as the manufacturer’s new generation A320neo made it maiden flight in France.
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Posted: June 20, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: A350, A350 XWB, Airbus, Engineering, flight-test, Maintenance, Manufacturing, MSN005
Press Release by Airbus
With the first flight today of A350 MSN005, the five-strong development fleet is now complete. Being the second passenger cabin-equipped A350 and tasked with route proving and ETOPS validation, MSN005 embodies the operationally definitive configuration for Type Certification duties. This milestone means that the A350 XWB development programme is at full speed and on track for certification in the third quarter of this year, to be followed thereafter by delivery of the first customer aircraft to Qatar Airways in the fourth quarter.
As of today, the A350 XWB programme has already achieved more than 2,000 flight-test hours in around 500 flights, and with this the programme is demonstrating the highest flying rate ever achieved in Airbus flight tests, with around 80 flight hours per aircraft per month.