HNA subsidiary airlines are being equipped with Thales latest In-Flight Entertainment systems on their A330 and A350. Upgrades of the A330 began in late 2017 and the AVANT A350 is expected to enter service summer 2018. AVANT, Thales’s state-of-the-art Android IFE solution, will provide HNA Group Airlines’ passengers a highly customizable experience with a robust selection of features and applications. The new fleet will be equipped with the latest AVANT full high-definition monitors, the most lightweight ever deployed, featuring the Avii Touch Passenger Media Unit. Avii provides intuitive navigation, full Android smartphone look and feel, and acts as a second entertainment screen. Integration of Ka-band connectivity to the AVANT IFE system will provide a fully connected premium passenger experience.
Thales FlytCARE, the nose-to-tail maintenance of in-flight technology ensuring the highest levels of performance, already provided on current HNA Group Airline fleet, will be expanded to these new AVANT A330 and A350 aircraft. The dedicated Aircraft Technical Services team, will support system reliability for the enhancement of passenger experience.
HNA group manages several subsidiary airlines, including Hainan airlines, Capital Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, Lucky Air and West Air. In 2017, Hainan Airlines was honored as Top 10 Airlines by SKYTRAX, a global research firm and provider of professional aviation evaluation services with a focus on airline and airport services. The subsidiary airlines of HNA group already have a combined fleet of over 50 A330 aircraft flying with Thales IFE systems.
Thales Group is a French multinational company that designs and build electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defense, transportation, and security industries. It is the tenth largest defense contractor in the world, with 55% of its total sales military.
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Pratt and Whitney, a well-known division of United Technologies Corp. and Air Astana (an award-winning flag carrier for Kazakh), recently celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Airbus A321neo aircraft. This aircraft, which is fueled by the Pratt and Whitney Geared Turbofan engines (GTF), appeared recently at Air Astana’s hub, located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It was recently schedule for passenger service this new year.
Peter Foster, president and CEO of Air Astana shared his delight in the introduction of the A320neo and the delivery of Pratt and Whitney’s turbofan engines that are geared. Foster believes that Pratt and Whitney will take delivery of the seventeen Geared Turbofan powered A320neo aircrafts until 2020. This will depict the latest in fuel-efficient engine technology that is clean powered.
Air Astana puts into use many different aircrafts that are fueled by Pratt and Whitney and the company’s partnership with International Aero Engines. This includes the PW4000-powered 767 along with the V2500-powered A320 family. The Kazakh airline has placed orders for a number of Geared Turbofan aircrafts, which includes the A320neo, A321neo, and Embraer E190-E2 aircraft.
Rick Deurloo, the senior vice of president of Pratt and Whitney’s sales, marketing and customer care says the company is honored by Air Astana’s trust in them. He stated that the company is focused on delivering experience changing benefits of the GTF engine, which will allow for Air Astana to continue to supply excellent service to its passengers.
The GTF engine, since coming into service since 2016, has continued to showcase its pledge to minimize fuel burn by sixteen percent and reduce the emission of nitrogen oxide by almost fifty percent in comparison to the regulatory standard.
Pratt and Whitney is a world renown leader in the designing, manufacturing, and servicing of aircraft engines, along with auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corporation supplies high-technology systems and services to the industries in the areas of building and aerospace.
In October, the FAA published updated regulation concerning electronic flight bag (EFB) applications. A revised Advisory Circular (AC) has been issued for aircraft system designers, installers and operators who may want guidance for hosting EFB applications on portable devices and installed equipment.
This circular offers new applications and the ability to manage EFB programs with less involvement from the FAA. All guidance associated with EFB classification has been eliminated in the new policy. The circular also clarifies the definition of “EFB” and reorganization application software types according to safety importance.
The FAA is removing its previous prohibition on the display of aircraft location during flight on various EFB applications. This function was previously available only on the ground.
While tablet EFBs have made enormous strides, there are limits to what they can accomplish or be legally allowed to execute. They cannot be relied upon to operate or navigate an airplane — only certified avionics can. Tablet EFBs are COTS devices and therefore are not certified the way the airplane’s avionics are. There are also aircraft design and architecture considerations that limit the ultimate uses of COTS EFB devices. The aircraft control domain is intentionally segregated, closed and independent, using only certified avionics.
One of the new uses of EFBs is the use of tablets by pilots for the SWIM Terminal Data Distribution System (STDDS), which can make raw surface data collected from Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities more accessible, according to the FAA. The information is published and available via the National Airspace System (NAS) Enterprise Messaging Service (NEMS). A potential use of STDDS is to overlay the status of other aircraft on or moving toward active runways.
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Textron has been able to keep the vision of the Silvercrest alive after Dassault’s descion to haul the production of its Falcon 5X. The Falcon 5X that was in speculation of being produced was a 10,000lb thrust turbofan powered aircraft. According to an article from Airsoc.com it has been stated that the cancelation of the Falcon 5X was caused due to malfunctions with the oil fuel heat exchanger along with clearance controls in the high-pressure core of the engine.
The Silvercrest will continue to be placed under review and will newly be incorporated into Cessnas Citation Hemisphere twin engine aircraft. Although the Silvercrest experienced some malfunctions, Textron can assure that this set back will not impede plans already committed to Cessna by commenting, "As we currently understand it, the latest Silvercrest status does not significantly impact engine deliveries for the Hemisphere programme.”
With progress slowly coming together for either company the initial flight for the Hemisphere is predicted to take place in the year 2019.
According to the Cessna team, the Hemisphere should have been integrated with the Silvercrest long ago but was ceased when it failed repeated times during its initial trials with Dassault.
The reputable Hemisphere has created a name for itself along with becoming Textrons largest Jet in 2020 when it’s completed.
Although Dassault will no longer carry the Silvercrest but will continue its efforts to have the Falcon 5X up and running. On December 13th Dassault disclosed that its new project will be releasing a jet powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PW800s. The new Jet from Dassault is said to be completed and flying by the year 2020.
The Silvercrest has been configured with new state of the art components such as axial-centrifugal design that makes it different than standardized units that are commonly found on the market.
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SpaceX designs, a company who manufactures and launches advanced spacecraft and rockets, launched its first static fire test on its brand-new Zuma Falcon 9 rocket. The firing occurred at the Kennedy space center, located in Florida. This scheduled test launch was working towards the actual launch of the Zuma Payload for Wednesday the 15th. The test took place just outside the pad gate LC-39A. This particular Falcon 9 is under contract with NASA and was used the Dragon mission to ISS. Scientist from NASA will review the test launch that the rocket passed before its upcoming launch back into orbit. The falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket that is reliable and safe to transport satellites into orbit. This rocket is the first orbital class rocket that is capable of reflight. The reusability of rockets is one of the key breakthroughs that SpaceX created. With reusable rockets the cost of space accessibility will decrease drastically, allowing the possibility of humans to live on different planets.
The Falcon 9 is an extremely reliable rocket, so it’s no surprise that it officially passed its test launch. The rocket has a two-stage configuration, which reduces the amount of separation events. Even in the event of a complete engine shutdown, the Falcon 9 will still safety complete its mission, a huge step forward for the world of space travel. The Falcon9 was first introduced in 2012 when it safety and efficiently delivered the “Dragon” into the correct orbit. The completed mission made SpaceX the first company to ever visit the space station. Currently, SpaceX is working alongside NASA to make regular human space travel a possibility soon.
GE has opened America’s first silicon carbide plant in Huntsville Alabama, where its product will be used to produce ceramic matrix composites used in aerospace manufacturing. The facility is estimated cost $200 million and will employ approximately 300 people. GE has diversified its hiring profile for the plant with engineers coming from a variety of backgrounds including petroleum engineering and consumer goods.
The plant will primarily manufacture ceramic matrix composites for jet engine and turbine based applications. Ceramic matrix composites (CMC) are used to fabricate strong and light components, perfect for the aerospace and aviation industries. Additionally, CMC components are great for thermal regulation and can handle a high number of termal cycles, making them ideal in the high temperature and high stress environment of turbine engines. The plant will be the only currently operating producer of ceramic matrix composites in the world, but it will not be the only. Use of ceramic matrix composites is expected to increase tenfold as its adoption by GE Aviation and Boeing company applications spreads to gas turbine and jet engine parts. As CMC technology improves, it is expected to phase out the heavier alternative of metal alloys.
GE’s primary customer will be the United States Department of Defense, and CFM international. CFM is a joint venture between GE and Safran which produces turbine shrouds for the LEAP and GE9X engines. These cutting edge engines use ceramic matrix composites in the turbine and combustion sections to reduce overall weight and increase internal combustion pressure. A higher pressure increases temperature which leads to more complete combustion which increases thrust and lowers emissions. As more opportunities arise for the use of CMC’s we will continue to see lighter and more efficient engines powering the wide-body aircraft of the next generation.
Over the years many new parts of the world have been able to obtain means of aircraft travel creating the need for MRO services. With all new required services, they are the many airlines have been able to capitalize on the idea. From previously only manufacturing parts OEMs have begun to venture off into the MRO industry to gain a new source of profit. Sources say that with the rise continuing to occur the market is expected to be worth over 95 Billion US by the year 2023. In the year 2013 it was recorded that the OEMs gained 50 % of their revenue from only manufacturing while the other half came from MRO services.
MRO companies have begun to work with other smaller MRO companies and relocate inside of Airline facilities to expand their line of work for these private entities. One Airline that has many MRO companies working for them is Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific has been working with HAECO, GMF AeroAsia, and ST Aerospace MRO companies.
Pratt and Whitney is a prime example of manufactures that have become MRO service companies. P&W have established their name in creating and manufacturing engines but have begun to use their resources for MRO services.
One area that has benefited greatly from the uprising of MRO services is the greater Asia area. Companies such as Indigo, Tigerair Singapore, Tigerair Australia, and Air Asia have been airlines to take advantage of these this newer market.
The US has also been able to take advantage of the MRO companies in Asia. The US has sent much of its MRO services to Asia for cheaper labor costs.
The MRO services industry has expanded tremendously to be able to include tier II and tier III suppliers.
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Airbus has its origins in Europe and the company designs, manufactures and sells civil and military aviation products worldwide. It is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally.
The world’s most modern widebody aircraft had its debut in December 2014, and just 30 months later Airbus delivered the 100th piece of A350 XWB. China Airlines received a A350-900 and it is the seventh of 14 A350s the carrier has on order. Airbus has delivered 36 A350s per total this year, and it is on the right path to reach a production rate of ten A350 aircraft per month by the end of 2018.
“China Airlines is happy to be receiving the 100th A350 XWB,” said Nuan-shuan Ho, Chairman of China Airlines. “This remarkable new aircraft has not only met, but exceeded our expectations at every level. This includes operational efficiency, the step-change reduction in fuel consumption and the in-flight comfort standards it offers our passengers. Worldwide demand for air travel will continue to grow strongly, especially on long haul routes linking Asia with Europe and North America. The A350 XWB is one of the key assets in our fleet and will be the basis for the development of our long haul route network.”
Until now, more than 13 million passengers have enjoyed the benefits of A350 XWB’s. The aircraft features the most up-to-date aerodynamic design, carbon fiber wings and moreover new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. All of this together made the aircraft to have low maintenance costs with 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions. Furthermore, the “Airspace by Airbus” cabin brand offers the passengers luxury comfort and latest technology.
Air Lease Corporation (ALC) is an American leading aircraft established 7 years ago and its purpose is purchasing commercial aircraft through direct orders from Boeing, Embraer Aircraft and ATR and leasing them to its valued airline customers worldwide. Operating on average 2500 flights a week to 87 different destinations, TAP Portugal is the flag carrier airline of Portugal. The company owns 86 airplanes, 66 of them are manufactured by Airbus, and the rest of 20 by Embraer and ATR, operating on behalf of TAP Express. Therefore, Air Lease Corporation (ALC) and TAP Portugal have signed a long-term lease agreement for four new Airbus A330-900neo and one new A320-200neo aircraft.
A330neo is generating savings through reduced fuel burn and it has incorporated the latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine, accompanied by aerodynamics improvements. On the other hand, A320-200neo is the culmination of several technological advances delivered by Airbus accommodating 165 passengers in two classes or up to 189 in a high-density configuration.
"TAP is the launch airline customer for the A330-900neo, and these four aircraft represent a substantial commitment to reinvesting in the airline’s wide-body fleet. Similarly, the A320neo will be the cornerstone of TAP’s reinvestment in next-generation narrow-body aircraft. ALC has been an important partner for TAP and we look forward to working together to realise TAP’s long-term fleet needs.” says TAP Portugal CEO Fernando Pinto.
TAP Portugal’s flag carrier airline is based at Lisbon Airport and ALC is based in Los Angeles, California.
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Blue Air, the largest Romanian airline, has ordered six 737 MAX aircraft from Boeing Aircraft during the 2017 Paris Air Show. In addition, Blue Air has also plans to lease six Next Generation 737-800s from the Air Lease Corporation.
Blue Air has become the largest airline in Romania partly through its partnership with the Boeing Company. The airline offers operational reliability, a stellar safety history and has experienced an increase in customer numbers. The addition of the 737 MAX to the Blue Air fleet will allow the airline to reach new destinations in a larger flight radius while still preserving low fares for all passengers.
The efficiency of the 737 MAX is directly responsible for this accomplishment. The effective design of the MAX model has made it the fastest selling airplane in Boeing’s product offering. The model is based on earlier 737 designs but has been re-equipped with a more efficient CFM International LEAP 1B, which is a high-bypass turbofan engine. This engine has tested 10-12% more efficient than previous versions. The 737 MAX also has improved aerodynamic features such as split-tip winglets, and modifications to the airframe. The split tip device design allows for maximized lift and is expected to offer at least 1.5% improvements in fuel economy.
This has allowed the company to generate more cash in the second quarter and to reward its shareholders with billions. Boeing Aerospace has increased not only the efficiency of its aircraft but the efficiency of their production. The increased production of the 737 MAX has impacted other models in the company’s product offering, causing fewer overall planes to be produced.
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