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could be carried by the Sky Warrior UAV P26
NEXT WEEK WORLD AIRLINERS PT2
The second instalment of our World
Airliners survey scrutinises the major
developments in the regional sector.
Plus: The latest in fightcrew training.
NEWS
THIS WEEK
10 Finance issues hit Embraer schedule
11 USAF shifts jamming focus to low-cost
stand-in system
12 Boeing closes on choice of second 787
assembly line
NBAA SHOW REPORT
14 OEM chiefs vow long, slow haul to
recovery has begun
15 Cockpit safety and effciency advances
pierce Orlando gloom
16 Service providers prepare for rebound.
Seastar production goes ahead
17 Downturn fails to halt VLJ projects
18 VVIP houses ride out the squeeze
AIR TRANSPORT
20 Airframers must cut production: Hazy.
Aerolineas considers dropping Airbus
widebody order and switching to lease
21 Boeing urges Airbus to join airliner
recycling programme
22 Arabs get behind Yemenia in French
safety dispute.
A330-200F on move after painting
24 United to decide on 757 replacement.
P&W breaks down GTF overhaul costs

DEFENCE
25 Triple bypass could boost F-35 effciency.
Cash constraints limit scope of ADVENT
research.
Lithuania gets third C-27J Spartan ready for
NATO Afghan mission
26 USAF order for six MC-12s is boost for
Project Liberty.
US Army wants its own jamming pool
SEOUL SHOW REPORT
27 KF-X delays may prompt upgrades for KF-16
feet
SPACEFLIGHT
28 Hardware policy should push for orbital
standards.
Orion capsule wont be better in
composites
BUSINESS
32 ICBC to support Chinas production dreams
REGULARS
9 Comment
50 Classied
53 Jobs
59 Working Week
56 JOB OF THE WEEK Virgin Atlantic, general
manager supply chain, Crawley, UK
COVER STORY
34 World Airliners The last 12 months has
witnessed a series of signifcant
developments in the mainline jet sector
both good and bad. Another year has
passed without the Boeing 787 taking to
the air, and there have been more woes
for the 747-8 programme. But on a
positive note there is a raft of new
contenders emerging in the single-aisle
market. Cargo conversion specialists are
also preparing for the recovery. The frst
of our two-part special report examines
the programmes by sector, and includes
tabulated data of key information
COVER IMAGE
The rst of 12 Air France
Airbus A380s was
photographed during a
pre-delivery test-ight by
H. Gouss ahead of its
delivery this week.
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and World Airliners P34
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HIGH FLIERS
The top ve stories for the week 13 19 October.
1 FLIGHTBLOGGER: Boeing returns to 787 wing drawing board
2 Dreamliner troubles return to haunt 747-8F
3 Qatar Airways makes worlds frst gas-to-liquid-fuelled revenue fight
4 Boeing reiterates 787 frst fight target
5 Aerolineas could lease six A330s and seven A340s
Flightglobal gets around 1 million visitors from 220
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Stefan the Pilot made an appearance at the business
aviation convention, NBAA in Orlando, Florida, last week,
visiting exhibitors including Aerospace Technologies,
where he caught up with
the Miami Dolphins
cheerleaders to support
Corporate Angel
Network, a charity that
transports cancer
patients in business jets
to get treatment at various
destinations. Stefan, who has a seaplane, will have
been delighted that Dornier Seaplane announced it was
launching production of its Seastar amphibian, having
exceeded the requisite order tally needed to give the
10-seat aircraft a second lease of life. For more show
news, blogs and videos, including a look at the Comlux
Airbus A318 Prestige, see our NBAA 09 page. Check
out Flightbloggers post: My Question to Boeing CEO Jim
McNerney about the 787 programme.
BEHIND THE
HEADLINES
Several of the team were part of
an integrated online-magazine-
Flight Evening News editorial
operation in Orlando, Florida at a
subdued National Business
Aviation Association conven-
tion. Like rebuilding after an
earthquake, the mood was stoi-
cal rather than celebratory, and
Floridas Champagne importers
had a slow week, says Editor
Murdo Morrison. Other than in
a few unshakeable areas like
airliner-based jets, business is
way down and new programme
activity for the next few years will
be scant. But NBAA still put on a
great show.
IN THIS ISSUE
Companies listed
Adherent Technologies .................................21
AerCap ........................................................32
Aerolineas Argentinas ..................................20
AeroMechanical Services .............................33
Airbus ................................. 20, 21, 24, 32, 33
Air France ....................................................20
Alenia Aeronautica .......................................21
Austrian Airlines ...........................................33
Aviation Industry Corporation .......................22
Babcock & Brown ........................................32
Bartin Aero Recycling ...................................21
Blackcomb Aviation .....................................33
BOC Aviation ................................................32
Boeing .............. 11, 12, 20, 21, 24, 27, 32, 33
Boeing Capital .............................................33
Boeing Charleston .......................................12
CIT ...............................................................32
CFM International ........................................21
Comac .........................................................22
EADS Astrium...............................................12
Eaton ...........................................................33
ECA CNAi .....................................................00
Elbit Systems ...............................................26
Electronic Systems ......................................33
Embraer .................................................10, 32
Esterline ......................................................22
Eurocopter ...................................................27
GE Aviation ............................................21, 33
GECAS ...................................................32, 33
General Electric ...........................................25
Honeywell ....................................................24
Huron Valley Fritz West ..................................21
ICBC Leasing ...............................................32
ILFC .............................................................32
Japan Airlines ..............................................10
JetBird .........................................................10
JetSuite .......................................................10
KLM .............................................................20
Korea Aerospace Industries ..........................27
Kunpeng Airlines ..........................................22
Let Aircraft ...................................................10
Lockheed Martin ................. 11, 12, 25, 27, 33
Marsans ......................................................20
Materials Innovation Technology ...................21
Milled Carbon ..............................................21
Moodys .......................................................33
NASA ...........................................................10
Northrop Grumman ................................10, 27
OHB System ................................................12
Orbital Sciences...........................................28
Pilatus .........................................................26
Pratt & Whitney ................................24, 25, 27
Raytheon .........................................11, 26, 27
Rolls-Royce ..................................................25
Royal Jordanian Airlines ...............................21
SAIC ............................................................26
Schnitzer Steel .............................................21
Sichuan Airlines Group .................................22
Sichuan Communication Investment Group ..22
Sicma ..........................................................21
Sierra Nevada Corporation ...........................28
Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise ...........32
Sensis .........................................................33
Snecma .......................................................21
Space Adventures ........................................28
Space Exploration Technologies ...................28
SpaceX ........................................................10
Sukhoi .........................................................32
Syrian Arab Airlines ......................................32
Thai Airways .................................................33
United Airlines .............................................24
United Aircraft ..............................................10
United Eagle Airlines ....................................22
Veolia Environmental Services......................21
Yemenia .......................................................22
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Should the Flight Safety
Foundation get the support it
deserves? What does the USAF
need to do about its jamming
dilemma?
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all, a 30-year-old US Air Force strategy has poured
billions of dollars into stealth technology to make
radars irrelevant in modern combat.
That money has produced a relatively tiny stealth
force backed-up by more numerous, non-stealthy air-
craft, whose survival depends on radar jammers. The
darker irony is that stealth aircraft remain vulnerable to
radar detection, and lose more of their electromagnetic
edge with every 18-month cycle of Moores Law.
Yet, the USAF appears oblivious to this peril. It re-
tired its last EF-111 Raven radar jammers in 1997 and
has failed to convert B-52s into long-range jamming
systems. A 15-year-old deal to embed about 20 USAF
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The FSF thinks and acts for all
of aviation, from manufacturing
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Safety management must not return to the bad old days
Times are hard, and companies are not the only organisations whose existence is threatened
by economic crisis. The Flight Safety Foundation, a priceless industry asset, is also at risk
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the power and the credibility to call on expertise from
all over industry. By standing back from the frontline,
the FSF provides a forum where people can gather and
brainstorm, away from day-to-day operations.
It is this independence that makes the FSF so valua-
ble. If it were not there, the industry would have to in-
vent it, or see safety management return to the bad old
days of making advances only through reactivity, and
see standards revert to minimum legal levels.
Safety should be a global endeavour even if it is
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as the forum at which standards are agreed, but its role
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not and should not do that.
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serves. The FSF ticks all these boxes. Dont let it fail. O
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dustry, it would be pity to see the Flight Safety
Foundation go down because of lack of support from
the businesses it served for so long.
Just to drag this column away from compulsive Brit-
ish understatement for a moment, such an event would
not be merely a pity, it would be a tragedy. Mean-
while, although according to the FSFs president and
chief executive Bill Voss any reports of the founda-
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should take its continued existence for granted. Voss
has framed the challenge: Ultimately, the industry
will have to decide if a small investment in a group that
puts safety work together still makes sense.
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safety audit, and offers help, expertise and safety-relat-
ed training. But organisations like IATA inevitably see
the world through the eyes of their membership, and
they cater to their immediate and strategic needs.
But the FSF is different. It thinks and acts for all of
aviation, from manufacturing through to the operators.
It has no axes to grind and does not engage in sectoral
thinking. It is free to be empirical, which interest-
groups never are, even with good intentions. A non-
competitive, independent organisation like the FSF has
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SWISS DELAY DECISION ON FIGHTER PROCUREMENT
BUDGET Switzerland has postponed until spring 2010 a decision on
its CHF2.2 billion ($2.2 billion) plan to acquire up to 33 new fghter
jets to replace its Northrop F-5 feet with Dassault Rafales,
Eurofghter Typhoons or Saab Gripens. A defence ministry spokes-
man says the government will consider a defence ministry report
due in January and reveal in March, April or May if it will proceed with
the plan and, if it does, which aircraft has been selected.
FUEL CELL POWER SETS UAV ENDURANCE RECORD
UNMANNED AIRCRAFT The US Offce of Naval Research has set a
world fight endurance record for a small unmanned aircraft, exceed-
ing 23h aloft with its Ion Tiger, powered by a Protonex Technology
1,000W/kg proton exchange membrane fuel cell.
FALCON 9 HEADS FOR CAPE AFTER TEST SUCCESS
LAUNCHERS SpaceX has successfully conducted two static frings
of the frst-stage, nine-engine cluster for its Falcon 9 launch vehicle
and is shipping the stage to Cape Canaveral in anticipation of a
maiden fight later this year. Falcon 9 is set next year to make its frst
of 12 resupply fights to the International Space Station.
FORMER NASA BOSS JOINS EADS NORTH AMERICA
MANAGEMENT Former NASA administrator Sean OKeefe is to be-
come chief executive of EADS North America on 1 November to re-
place Ralph Crosby, who becomes chairman and will continue to lead
EADS pursuit of the US Air Forces KC-X refuelling tanker contract.
OKeefes arrival appears to add new emphasis to the space sector,
alongside aeronautics and security, in the companys US strategy.
PIECE MAY HAVE FALLEN FROM CRASHED SUDAN 707
ACCIDENT Video images capturing the crash of a Sudanese Boeing
707 during take-off from Sharjah Airport last week appear to show a
falling object shortly before the jet came down. None of the six oc-
cupants said to be on board the aircraft, one of two 707s operated
by Sudans Azza Air Transport, survived the accident.
TOKYO POISED TO DECIDE ON JAL RESCUE PLAN
AIRLINES Japans government in the coming days plans to decide
on a fnancial bail-out for Japan Airlines after the carriers banks re-
portedly declined to waive some its debts. Reports in Japan, citing
unnamed sources, say a state-backed government agency may inject
money into the airline and take a majority stake in JAL, a move that
comes after airlines banks refused to waive some of its debts.
UAC FAILS TO AGREE TERMS ON LET TAKEOVER
TURBOPROPS Russias United Aircraft has failed to reach agree-
ment with Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company on a plan to take
over the Czech airframer Let Aircraft. The two sides contemplated a
deal for UGMKs 51% stake, but have ended negotiations. Kunovice-
based Let makes the L-410 regional turboprop.
B-2 BOMBERS TO GET NEW RADAR
UPGRADE Northrop Grumman has won a $468 million US Air Force
contract to build and install new active electronically scanned array
radar antennas for the 20-aircraft B-2 bomber feet. The B-2s radar
performance will remain unchanged because the back-end proces-
sor has not been upgraded, but the new antenna will make it easier
to add mission capabilities.
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IaUloT.q UavU MaL GoP DavIF 5Eoll.
aIislaIIioouIiomonlsuIiocloi.
Scoll.auuiossInglloAssocIa-
lIonoIOIuCiovsannuaIconvon-
lIoP IP 9aUlIPIloP DC. EIloF
4avllooPoU mIPIaluTo aIT
IauPEloF FoEov-LammoT (MA.D-
J) as a lov iIoiIlv In llo nov
UlTaloIv. Tlo MA.D-, TomaIPU IP
uovoIomonl.hulvlonuoIovou
YIII v IPlo FoIoPFoF aITURaEo
anujamloslIIoiauais.
Tlo ISAI aIso las iovoaIou
IansloauolaIov-coslslialogv
loaugmonlIlsagoInganuloavIIv
uUoF LC-18u ComRaUU CaII ool.
ComassCaIIciovsjamcommu-
nIcalIons svsloms iangIng Iiom
llo commanu anu conlioI nol-
voils oI ooi mIIIlaiIos lo llo
mohIIo lonos usou hv Insui-
gonlsIoicooiuInalIngamhuslos
oiliIggoiInghomhs.
Tvovoolsago.lloAoionaulI-
EaI 5vUlomU CoPloToU EaRahIIIlIoU
uovoIomonl uIvIsIon Issuou a
caIIIoiInuuslivloioosoIuoas
IoT auImoPlIPI llo LC-18uoU mIU-
sIonvIllacommunIcalIonsnol-
voilallaclou.
Tlo ISAI mav acouIio Iov-
cosl. communIcalIons jammIng
RoFU IoT poxIUlIPI aITETaIlq. aPF
uoIovllomnoIaloillan2u12.
llosuivovnolIcosavs.
Inmannou aIiciaIl svsloms
(7A5). IlloTU. homhoTU aPF
liansoilscouIuhousoulocaiiv
lloou.llonolIcosavs.PoiIoim-
anco ioouIiomonls Ioi llo jam-
mIPI UvUlom aTo EIaUUIoF. hul
llosuivovnolIcosavssomoaio
claIIongIng.IIacomanvIsuna-
hIo lo uoIIvoi a IuIIv comIIanl
UvUlom hv 2u12. Il UlouIF oxRIaIP
lovIlcouIuhougiauoulomool
aIIoIlloioouIiomonlsIaloi.llo
nolIcosavs.
TloIov-coslslanu-InjammIng
slialogvIslloIaloslIanIoiau-
FToUUIPI llo 75 mIIIlaTvoU aE-
lnovIougou gas In oIoclionIc
vaiIaiocaahIIIlIos.
TloISAIclosonolloioIaco
llo LI-111 4avoP ool. YlIEl
vas iolIiou In 1uu7. Tvo voais
IaloT. 5oThIa Ulol FoYP a .oEM-
looF I-117 IlloT. oxRoUIPI llo
noou Ioi iohusl jammIng ovon
vIllsloaIllloclnoIogv.
In 2uu2. llo ISAI Iaunclou
lloaIihoinooIoclionIcallaclsvs-
lom oI svsloms slialogv. vlIcl
caIIou Ioi acouIiIng llo B-2
slanu-oII jammIng svslom. Tlo
ISAIcancoIIoulloiogiammo
In 2uu. cIaImIng llal Ils cosl
lauhaIIoonouIiom$1hIIIIonlo
$7hIIIIon.
A scaIou-hacl voisIon oI llo
B-2concolcaIIoucoiocomo-
nonljammoivasiovIvouIn2uu7.
huluioouoaiIIoillIsvoai.O
See Comment P9
USAF shifts jamming focus
to low-cost stand-in system
FUNDING
DAVID LEARMOUNT ORLANDO
F
IIgllSaIolvIounualIonclIoI
oxoEulIvo BIII 8oUU UavU aP
avIalIonInuuslivIacInglaiuoco-
nomIc lImos Is goIng lo lavo lo
uocIuo vlolloi Il vanls an
oTIaPIUalIoP IIMo llo Pol-IoT-RTol
ISIIoilloIuluio.
8oUU UavU: pTlIU voaT. PoaTIv
1uu momhois vonl oul oI husI-
noss anu lloIi suoil Is
soioIvmIssou.
pIl IU aIUo uPFoTUlaPFahIo llal
comanIoslavolomalocoslcul-
haEMU YloTo RoUUIhIo. 9o EoTlaIP-
Ivuollosamo.
pBul e llo IIllIo aFLuUlmoPlU
oI 1.uuu gioal comanIos
auu u lo a iollv claIIongIng
UIlualIoP.q
Ho EoPlIPuoU: p2oTlaRU llo
moUl FIIEuIl RTohIom IU To-
sonuInglosaIolvconcoinsvIll
a voilIoico llal Is comosou
IaigoIvoIvoIunlooiIahoui.
pIloU louIl lo Iol a YoTMITouR
logolloiunuoillohosloIcIicum-
slancos. anu vlon ovoivono
ooialos unuoi ossonlIaI-onIv
liavoI iosliIclIons Il gols ovon
moTo FIIEuIl. 9o EomRoPUalo hv
cullIngcoslslollohonoIIloovo-
TvoPo oIUo.q
8oUU UavU llo I5I laU UuTvIvaI
ToUoTvoU. Ho oxRIaIPU: p5ovoTaI
voaisago.vouocIuoulocioaloan
onuovmonlasamoansoIooia-
lIonaIsuoil.hocausoInacvcII-
caI Inuusliv sucl as llIs. llo
moPov PooFoF lo oxoEulo UaIolv
iogiammosIsiaioIvlloiovlon
lImos aio hau anu llo voil Is
PooFoF llo moUl.q
Ho IU ITaPM ahoul llo IuluTo: pA
goou onuovmonl haso vouIu
moan llo ISI couIu iosonu
louigonlnoousvIlloulIoolIng
ovoi Ils slouIuoi Ioi llo
Poxl FoYPluTP.
p9o aTo YoTMIPI aIIToUUIvoIv
lo giov llo onuovmonl.
ovonuuiIngllIsoconomIcsIov-
uovn. IIlImaloIv. llo Inuusliv
vIIIlavolouocIuoIIasmaIIIn-
voslmonl In a giou llal
uls saIolv voil logolloi slIII
maMoU UoPUo.q O
See Comment P9, NBAA P14
Flight Safety
Foundation in
survival ght
IN-FLIGHT REFUELING
First wet contact
for A330 MRTT
An A330 Multi Role Tanker
Transport has performed the frst
wet contact using Airbus
Militarys Air Refuelling Boom
System. The in-fight refuelling
was conducted with two
Portuguese Air Force F-16s on
21 October. During the 4.5h
fight, 13 contacts were per-
formed and more than 1.5t of
fuel transferred. The tanker used
in the exercise will be delivered
to the Royal Australian Air Force
by mid-2010. The 17m (56ft)
long fy-by-wire boom, located
beneath the rear fuselage, is re-
mote controlled from a 3D view-
ing console in the cockpit.
Two failed attempts to convert B-52s to long-range role fxes attention on simpler options
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OUTLOOK STEPHEN TRIMBLE WASHINGTON DC
PRODUCTION JON OSTROWER WASHINGTON DC NAVIGATION
ROB COPPINGER BREMEN
TEST AIRCRAFT JON OSTROWER WASHINGTON DC
747-8 production momentum builds
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IansIoiiaIuIvoscaIalIngC-
18uJHoicuIosiouuclIonoulul.
vlIIo I-16 uoIIvoiIos aio sol lo
conliaclIoilvovoaishoIoioos-
sIhIvuouhIIngagaInaIloi2u12.
ClIoI PaPEIaI oIEoT BTuEo
Tannoi. uIscussIng llIiu-ouailoi
oainIngson2uOclohoi.iovoaIou
llal C-18uJ uoIIvoiIos vIII giov
Iiom12aIiciaIlIn2uu8lo16llIs
voaianu26noxlvoai.
IiaoanuKuvaIloiuoioualolaI
oI1uC-18uJsInllollIiuouailoi.
TloISAIiIoicolassIncoauuou
11unIlsloIlsC-18uJoiuoi.
MoanvlIIo.lloI-16IInoIacos
alvo-voaioiIouoIconliaclIng
uoIIvoiIos as sovoiaI olonlIaI
cuslomois. IncIuuIng Iiao anu
Moiocco.lavoslIIlouoiuoisho-
vonu2u11.I-16oululvIIIuo-
cIInoIiomahoul8ullIsvoailo2u
oi21noxlvoaianuIn2u11.
LoclloouslIIIIoiosoosaIong
Iuluio Ioi llo sIngIo-ongIno
IlloT. Tlo 1hama AFmIPIUlTa-
lIoP laU PolIoF CoPIToUU llal
Lgvl couIu huv 24 I-16s. anu
Loclloou Is nogolIalIng vIll
sovoiaI counliIos In llo MIuuIo
Lasl. Iiao las iovIousIv hoon
namouasaolonlIaII-16huvoi.
aPF IaUl YooM ElIoI oxoEulIvo Boh
Slovons saIu Oman anu Qalai
voioInloioslou.
TlooxlonuousuivIvaIoIlloC-
18uJ anu I-16 iouuclIon IInos
aioloIIngLoclloousaoionau-
lIcsuIvIsIonlooIIsollloImacl
oIlloI-22iogiammoloimIna-
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accounlIoi7%oIllouIvIsIons
iojoclou$2uhIIIIonvoaiIviovo-
nuololaIhv2u1.O
Hercules output ready for growth as F-16 deliveries start to slow down
Decision a couple of weeks away between remaining candidates Everett and Charleston
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anu llo Luiooan CommIssIon
lasvollouocIuovlonIlvIIIhuv
lloiosl.
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IaunclouIiom2u12.vouIusu-
Iomonl Ioui hoIng Iaunclou In
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moiollanllo24noououIoigIo-
haI covoiago. Tlo oiIgInaI Ian
vaslolavo8usaloIIIlosoxcIuu-
Ingsaios.
TloculvasiovoaIouloInuus-
liv on 2 Oclohoi vlon llo LC
asloullolvocomanIossoIoclou
locomoloIoillosacosogmonl.
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LADSAsliIum.IoilloIihosloI
PaI oIIoTUq. TloUo aTo Fuo hv 18
Novomhoi. aloau oI a iocuio-
monluocIsIonhvvoaionu.
Tlo LC las nol saIu vlolloi
llo cul Is Inlonuou lo slavo oII
cosllIlosIoiGaIIIoo.vlIcllas
laullosamo8.4hIIIIon($hII-
IIon)huugolIoivoais.O
Brussels opts to
trim order for
Galileo satnav
constellation
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ooIngsclIoIoxoculIvo.Jamos
ME0oTPov. UavU a PaI FoEI-
sIon ahoul llo soconu assomhIv
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aIiIiamoilasaIsoioslalouIlsInlon-
lIoP lo v llo DToamIIPoT hv llo
onuoIllovoai.uosIloiooilsoIa
Iasl-mInuloiovIsIonlollouosIgn
oIllosIuo-oI-houvsliucluiaImouI-
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sliossosllalscuoiouIansIoia
maIFoP IIll IP ,uPo.
TlosoIoclIonoIllosoconu-IIno
IocalIon las naiiovou In ioconl
voolslolvocloIcosaIongsIuo
llo oxIUlIPI 787 PaI aUUomhIv
IanlInLvoioll.WaslInglon.anu
allloClaiIoslon.SoullCaioIIna
IacIIIlvvloiolloconlioanuaIlIu-
soIagosaioInlogialou.
McNoinov. vlo savs llo uocI-
UIoP IU pa EouRIo YooMU aYavq.
aclnovIougosllallloiovouIuho
oxoEulIoP ElaIIoPIoUq aUUoEIaloF
vIllClaiIoslon.hulauusllalllo
RToUoPEo oI PoYIv aESuIToF BooIPI
ClaiIoslon. IoimoiIv Vougll AIi-
ciaIl InuusliIos 787 ooialIons.
iovIuosasiInghoaiuIoillocon-
sliuclIonoIasoconuIIno.
TloaIiIiamoishossiovoaIoullo
Boeing closes on choice of
second 787 assembly line
Boeings 747-8 Freighter fight-test
feet is moving down the Everett as-
sembly line with more than 90% as-
sembly completion on the frst aircraft
and 80% for the second.
The second 747-8F has begun
power-on testing and the initial join of
the third aircraft has improved notice-
ably as lessons learned are applied,
uocIsIon lImIng uuiIng llo llIiu-
ouailoioainIngscaII.vloioanol
IossoI$1.6hIIIIonvasannouncou
aIloT ahUoThIPI ToEIaUUIEalIoP oI
llo TUl llToo 787U lo ToUoaTEl aPF
uovoIomonl slalus anu viIlo-
uovnson747-8.lolaIIIng$2.hII-
IIonanu$1hIIIIon.iosoclIvoIv.
BooIPI laU Pol oxRIIEIlIv FoPIoF
a iooil hv IIIgllgIohaIs Flight-
BloggercIlIngiogiammoanuIn-
uusliv souicos as savIng llal llo
FoUIIP IoT llo UIFo-oI-hoFv moFI-
calIon Ioi Ioui oI llo 17 sloilosl
anulIgloslIoauvIngsliIngoisio-
ouIiou iovIsIons llal couIu usl
llo TUl IIll IPlo 2u1u.
Hovovoi.acomanvhIog.ouol-
Ing787vIcoiosIuonlanugonoiaI
managoiScollIancloi.uosciIhou
Il aU poII-haUoq. APF ME0oTPov IP-
UIUlU llo 787 YIII v hv llo oPF oI
llovoai.HoauuoullalInslaIIalIon
oI llo UIFo-oI-hoFv moFIEalIoP
vas conlInuIng anu llo Iasl uo-
laIIouuosIgnIoillosliIngoimouI-
EalIoPU YaU ahoul lo ho vaIIFaloF.
pTlo UEloFuIo ElaPIoU ovoTv Fav.q
savsMcNoinov.Inllosonsollal
iohIomscomou.volavolouoaI
vIllllom.TloioaioooilunIlIos
llalcomou.volavolouoaIvIll
llomvoioslIIIonliaclIoillo
oPF oI llo voaT lo v].q O
says chief executive Jim McNerney.
Assembly is about 75% complete.
McNerney adds that the follow-on
passenger variant, the 747-8I, has
also passed 75% engineering re-
leased on the design of the aircraft.
The frst 747-8F (RC501) is due to fy
early next year, with deliveries to start
in the fourth quarter. O
The extended survival of C-130J lines is giving Lockheed a boost
The V2500 engine delivers a fuel burn advantage of
up to 3% over the competing engine. And with the
V2500 SelectOne

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to CFM56-5B/P. Includes CFM noise reduction mod. penalty to meet stage IV limit.
SHOW
REPORT
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T
he slow climb to recovery has
begun. That was the consen-
sus of leaders of the major manu-
facturers at NBAA. The question
is how slow and how much more
pain will the sector endure?
As at EBACE in May, the in-
dustry put on a united front,
stressing business aviations im-
portance to economic recovery
after a slew of negative publicity
and claiming order cancellations
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craft values had bottomed out.
Although US economic indica-
tors point to a muted revival of
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dence in the past few months,
most manufacturers are factoring
a fall in output next year in line
with the benchmark annual Hon-
eywell forecast published at the
show. The brightest hope remains
the immature markets of Asia and
the Middle East, where the indus-
try sees a rebound in orders hap-
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Jack Pelton of Cessna which
has shed half its 16,000-strong
workforce said the company
had moved to match production
to demand and was cautiously
optimistic for 2010. Im far from
ready to call it a turnaround, but
we do see some encouraging de-
velopments, he said.
His views were echoed by
Gulfstreams Joe Lombardo,
whose company is pushing to-
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large-cabin G650. Im not going
to tell you were back on the up-
swing, but there are some early
signs that were starting to pull
out of this, he said.
Bombardier which is keeping
faith in its Learjet 60XR pro-
gramme following the collapse of
its main customer, European frac-
tional start-up Jet Republic said
backlogs for its top-end Challeng-
er and Global products remained
robust and that it was looking at
developments at the top of its
range, including a corporate ver-
sion of the CSeries airliner.
Hawker Beechcrafts Bill Bois-
ture said the business jet market
would not recover until 2012. He
vowed it was a case of not if we
prevail but when we prevail for
the beleagured manufacturer.
Dassaults John Rossanvallon said
his company was one of the few
OEMs increasing its output over
the last year due to the ramp up
of the 7X. Embraer signed a deal
for two Legacy 650s after an-
nouncing the large-cabin variant
at NBAA, the only airframer with
a major programme launch. O
P
anasonic Avionics has broken
into the business aviation
market with deals to supply its
new Global Communications
Suite (GCS) on 14 types of VIP
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the system on large business jets.
Panasonic vice-president global
communication services David
Bruner says it has secured GCS
contracts from three business air-
craft customers covering 14 VIP
derivatives of commercial aircraft.
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November on a Boeing BBJ with
most of the other aircraft types, in-
cluding Airbus ACJs and Boeing
777s and 747s, to follow over the
next 18-24 months.
Bruner says Panasonics new
business aviation offering is essen-
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work the company was already
starting to pursue for its airline
customers. Lufthansa earlier this
month signed up as the launch
customer for GCS and Bruner says
several additional airline custom-
er announcements are planned.
So far Panasonic is only com-
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rivatives of commercial aircraft
already covered under its airline
agreements. But Bruner says Pa-
nasonic plans to also offer GCS
on purpose-built business jets.
Youll see this adapted to small-
er aircraft, he says.
Panasonic is now talking to
Bombardier, Gulfstream and Das-
sault Falcon about offering GCS on
their higher-end business jets.
Bruner says there are no technical
challenges as the antennas can be
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ness jets but the manufacturers will
need to decide whether to locate
the antenna on the fuselage or tail.
Bruner expects GCS will be
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business jets from next year and
eventually the suite will also be
offered on new aircraft. He says
Panasonic will need to reduce the
bandwidth to accommodate busi-
ness jets, but best in class serv-
ices can still be provided. GCS in-
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broadband, mobile telephone and
live television solutions.
Bruner says there is also some
demand for Panasonic to offer
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tainment products to business jet
customers, but for now there are
no such plans. Were just putting
our toe in the water, he says.
Today its about communica-
tions. Its a product that kind of
sold itself and its an easy transi-
tion for us [to business aviation].
Well see what happens. O
Panasonic breaks into business aviation market
Today its about
communications
DAVID BRUNER
Vice-president global communication
services, Panasonic
A brutal 12 months took its
toll on the National
Business Aviation
Association convention in
Orlando. Casualties of the
recession and no-shows,
as well as the decision of
Cessna and Hawker
Beechcraft to turn up at the
static park only, meant the
halls were much gappier
than last year, although the
show continued to retain
its high-octane buzz as a
major networking opportu-
nity. Report by John Croft,
Andrew Doyle, Murdo
Morrison, Jon Ostrower,
Alan Peaford, Kate
Sarsfeld, Brendan Sobie.
Photographers: Ian
Billinghurst and Tom
Gordon/BillyPix.
NBAA
2009
B
illy
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ix
CONNECTIVITY
OUTLOOK
OEM chiefs vow long, slow
haul to recovery has begun
Despite encouraging economic signs, manufacturers predict tough year ahead for industry
Cessnas Pelton: too early to
call it a turnaround
B
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SHOW REPORT
Buoyant demand
triggers Seastar
production launch
SHOW REPORT P16
IN BRIEF
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Cockpit safety and efciency
advances pierce Orlando gloom
AVIONICS
Avionics manufacturers anticipate upturn as they bring new fightdeck products to NBAA
FALCON SIMULATOR
SimCom Training Centers has
added Dassault Falcon 20 and
Israel Aerospace Industries
Westwind training programmes to
its portfolio. The company has
acquired two Level C, full-fight
simulators from CAE. Both simu-
lators will be at SimComs
Parksouth facility in Orlando,
Florida and will be operational by
1 December. SimCom has mean-
while built and installed a
Beechcraft King Air 350 Rockwell
Collins Pro Line 21 Flight Training
Device at its Orlando centre.
CREW PROTECTION
Innotech Aviation and Air Data
have signed a partnership
agreement that will see the
JetAir Bio-Protection Systems
installed on the Global Express
business jet at Innotechs
Montreal centre. The system
protects passengers and crew
from a wide range of air con-
taminants, both biological and
chemical. The BPS helps mini-
mise vulnerability to infections
like SARS, avian fu and even
hostile agents such as anthrax.
TRAINING DEAL
Gulfstream has expanded its
training services agreement with
Flight Safety to include the new
G250 and G650 business jets
for which they are jointly develop-
ing training programmes, fight
simulators and other advanced
training devices. Training will
start in 2011 and 2012.
FALCON WINGLETS
Midcoast Aviation has been
selected by Aviation Partners to
install winglets on the Dassault
Falcon 2000 and 2000EX busi-
ness jets.
IPHONE APPLICATION
Atlantic Aviation plans to launch
an application for the Apple
iPhone that will allow pilots to
access information about
Atlantics fxed-base operations,
including fuel prices, promo-
tions, announcements and key
contacts for Atlantics facilities
in the USA.
The new EASy update for
Dassault Falcon jets
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For a round-up of our latest online news,
feature and multi-media content visit
ightglobal.com/wotw
NBAA 2009
SHOW REPORT
D
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FIXED-BASE OPERATIONS
Service providers
begin building
market rebound
Signature, X Jet and Ocean Air all to open more bases
Seastar is riding on wave of orders for a second lease of life
AMPHIBIANS
Buoyant demand for seaplanes
triggers Seastar production launch
See the full interview with Steve
Santo at
ightglobal.com/nbaavideos
B
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P
ix
Avantair bucks slump in shared ownership
FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP
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Still room at the top
in completions
SHOW REPORT P18
Everyone seems to
have dusted
themselves off
and picked
themselves up
GORDON ROBINSON
SlialosclIoIaoiouvnamIcIsl
Wouters: Cirrus is making progress with SF50
PROGRAMMES
Very lights at the end of the tunnel
Manufacturers learn lessons from Adam and Eclipse bankruptcies, while FAA certifcation rule change brightens outlook
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uul aPF HoPFa IU laIIYav
llTouIl llo EoTlIEalIoP RToEoUU.
YlIEl IU Fuo lo EoPEIuFo IP Ialo
2u11. Ho UavU llo TUl oI llToo
EoPIoTmIPI aITETaIl IU UEloFuIoF
lo v IP llo TUl SuaTloT oI 2u1u.
HoPFa. YlIEl laU Pol RTovIF-
oF aP uRFaloF oTFoT laIIv UIPEo Il
ElaIMoF uR moTo llaP 1uu oTFoTU
IP llo TUl llToo FavU aIloT llo
UovoP-Uoal Lol YaU IauPEloF. UavU
UaIoU lavo hooP UIIIllIv Pol RoUI-
lIvollIsvoai.
p9o laF a Iol oI oTFoTU IP llo
TUl lYo voaTU. hul llIU voaT laU
hooP UIoY. IoTluPaloIv. EaPEoIIa-
lIoPU lavo hooP IoUU llaP oxRoEl-
oF.q IuLIPo UavU.
Cossna savs Ils Muslang VLJ
laU hooP IlU hoUl RoTIoTmIPI
moFoI IP llo FoYPluTP YIll 12
FoIIvoTIoU oxRoEloF llIU voaT
EomRaToF YIll 1u1 aITETaIl IaUl
voaT. LmhTaoT aIUo UlIII laU a
loaIllv haEMIoI oP llo 2loPom
1uu hul Il IU holIPF oP FoIIvoTIoU
llIU voaT Fuo lo PaPEIPI RToh-
IomU al IlU lYo IaTIoUl EuUlomoTU.
,olBITF aPF ,ol5uIlo. O
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S
aah AvIlToPIEU UavU Il laU P-
IslouuovoIomonlvoiloIa
novIov-coslloau-uuIsIavIoi
xoF- aPF TolaTv-YIPI huUIPoUU
aITETaIl. llo TUl oI UovoTaI PoY
HIDS Iiom manuIacluiois al-
lomRlIPI lo hTIPI a moTo aIIoTFa-
hIo IaPFIPI aPF UIlualIoPaI aYaTo-
nossaIuInloahioauoisvallooI
llohusInossavIalIoncommunIlv.
Tlo 5aah UvUlom. EaIIoF 4II. IU
lo EoUl TouIlIv Su.uuu uPIP-
slaIIou.aiIcoHIDmanuIaclui-
oTU IoPoTaIIv RoIPl lo aU llo
lliosloIuIoivlalIsconsIuoiou
Iov-cosl.
AIllouIl llo EomRaPv FooU
nolvollavoaIaunclcuslomoi.Il
IU EoPlIPuIPI IIll loUlIPI IP a
loIIcoloi. savs Jolan Zanuon.
5aah UoPIoT maTMolIPI aPF UaIoU
oxoEulIvo. ZaPFoP YIII Pol FIU-
cuss uolaIIs oI lov llo svslom
oRoTaloU aPF PoloU llal llo PaI
sIzooIlloHIDvIIIhoaIunclIon
oIlloailIcuIaiaIiciaIlInvlIcl
IlIsInslaIIou.
HID iovIuois LIhIl Svsloms
oIAmoiIcaanuBALSvslomsaio
aIUo YoTMIPI oP IoYoT-EoUl voT-
sIonsoIlloIisvslomsasvoIIanu
aTo IooMIPI IoT IauPEl EuUlomoTU.
LIhIl las lvo uovoIomonl
RToITammoU. oPo llal movoU
aYav ITom lTaFIlIoPaI IIaUU oRlIEU
Ioi IaslIc anu vouIu soII Ioi
TouIlIv Su.uuu. aPF aPolloT
LCD-hasou HID llal usos moio
liauIlIonaI Ioaluios anu cosls
S12u.uuu-1u.uuu.
DovoIomonlvoilonlloIov-
onu svslom las hoon sIovou lo
IoEuU oP llo moTo oxRoPUIvo aF-
vaPEoF loElPoIoIv H7D (AT-
H7D). LIhIloU TUl pUouR-lo-PulUq
HID.savsLuvaiuPool.saIos
aPF maTMolIPI maPaIoT.
AT-H7D IU FoUIIPoF URoEI-
EaIIv IoT IaIPIPI IoYoT IPUlTu-
moPl IaPFIPI mIPImumU IP EoP-
LuPElIoP YIll aP oPlaPEoF IIll
vIUIoP UvUlom (LI85). LIhIl IU
loamoF YIll IlU LI85 aIloTmaTMol
FIUlTIhuloT ,olETaIl lo EoTlIEalo
llo UvUlom oP a ClaIIoPIoT 6u4. a
RToITammo llal IU Fuo lo ho Eom-
RIolo IP MaTEl 2u1u.
,olETaIl aIUo UoIIU LIhIloU L85 II
LI85 aPF YIII IPUlaII llo lolaI
svslom unuoi a suIomonlaI
lvRo EoTlIEalo lo ho EomRIoloF
Poxl voaT. Tlo IPUlaIIoF RTIEo YIII
ho TouIlIv S1 mIIIIoP IoT llo
comhInousvslom.
BALoU 3-H7D YIII EoUl pUII-
PIEaPlIv IoUUq llaP S1 mIIIIoP
InslaIIouanuIsonliaclIoiaIalo
2u1u oPlTv IPlo llo maTMol. Uav
comanvsouicos.
Tlo svslom. vlIcl uoos nol
uUo llo IIaUU oRlIEU oI IoIaEv UvU-
lomsloiosonllloInIoimalIon.
laU a UmaIIoT RToIo aPF l. aI-
IoYIPI Il lo ho IPEoTRoTaloF IPlo
smaIIoiaIiciaIl.
Tlo comanv las nol vol so-
cuiouaIaunclcuslomoiIoiIoi-
YaTF-l aRRIIEalIoPU. hul UavU Il
vIII comIolo llo svslom on Ils
ovnIIioouIiou.O
INTERIORS
Still room at the top in completions
Head-of-state market stays strong as demand for VVIP widebody airliners shows no signs of declining
Demand for A330/A340 completions remains robust
O
nosocloioIlloiocossIon-lIl
husInossavIalIonInuuslivIs
huEMIPI llo lToPF hv FoEIaTIPI
2uuu lo ho UlaRIPI uR aU oPo oI
llohoslovoi.
Domanu Ioi loau-oI-slalo
p88I2q YIFohoFv aITIIPoTU EoP-
lIPuoU lo IToY uPahaloF. aPF UuR-
IIoislolloloonuoIllocom-
IolIonsmailolvoioInhuovanl
moou al llo slov. Tlo loau-oI-
slalomailolIsaImoslcomIoloIv
IPUuIaloF ITom llo aITETaIl-PaPE-
IPI USuoozo llal laU laF UuEl a
uoliImonlaIImaclonllosonu-
IPI RoYoT oI lIIl Pol-YoTll IPFI-
vIFuaIU. MoUl IovoTPmoPl-haEMoF
88I2 RToLoElU YoTo huFIoloF IoT
UovoTaI voaTU aIo aPF aTo RToEooF-
IPI aU RIaPPoF.
pTlo maTMol IU holloT llaP Iovo
UooP IP 2 voaTU.q UavU GoTo Do-
UIIP ComRIolIoPU ElIoI oxoEulIvo
,oTTv GoTo. GDC laU YoP llo EoP-
lTaEl lo EomRIolo a RaIT oI A84u-
uuU IoT a MIFFIo LaUloTP loaF oI
slalo.anuvIIIlalouoIIvoivoIllo
ITooP aITETaIl IP Ialo 2u1u aPF
oaTIv 2u11. ToURoElIvoIv.
7PFoT UoRaTalo EoPlTaElU. GDC
IU RToRaTIPI lo laPF ovoT aPolloT
8I2 A84u-uu lo a MIFFIo LaUl
EuUlomoT Poxl moPll. aPF YIII
hoIIP YoTM oP aP A84u-2uu IaloT
llIsvoai.
Tlo comanv las iovIousIv
vonconliaclslocomIoloaBoo-
IPI 777 aPF UIx 767U. aU YoII aU a
77. aP A82u aPF UovoTaI 787U.
GoTo UavU lo FooU Pol oxRoEl lo
hIF IoT aPv A88u EomRIolIoPU
loYovoT. IIvoP llo IImIloF
numhoi oI saIos ooilunIlIos
anu llo Iacl llal oacl iojocl Is
IIMoIv lo ToSuITo pahoul oPo mII-
IIoP maP louTUq lo EomRIolo.
.uIllaPUa ToElPIM 8I2 aPF Lx-
oEulIvo ,ol 5oIulIoPU IU IoToEaUlIPI
a maTMol IoT holYooP llToo aPF vo
AIThuU A88u EomRIolIoPU. Il UavU Il
lasasIolavaIIahIoIoionooIlloso
al llo oPF oI 2u18. IoIPI IPlo 2u14
IIacuslomoivoiolohoolIlsoon.
Bul hoEauUo FomaPF IoT A88ul
A84u EomRIolIoPU IU UlToPI Il
EaPPol loIF llo UIol IoT IoPI. UavU
llocomanvssonIoivIco-iosI-
uonlWaIloiHooiul.
NovZoaIanuslail-uAIlIluuo
AoToURaEo IPloTIoTU IauPEloF IlU
ITooP 8I2 PaTToYhoFv aPF YIFo-
houvaIiciaIlcomIolIonshusInoss
al 0BAA. YloTo Il UouIll lo TaIUo
IlU RToIo YIllIP llo 75 aPF LuTo-
oan-uomInalouInloiIoisInuusliv.
pTloTo IU a UlToPI maTMol IoT
lo-onu comIolIons anu llo
majoiIavoisInlloISAanuLu-
ToRo lavo IoPI haEMIoIU.q UavU
AIlIluuos loau oI commoicIaI
8I2 aITETaIl MallloY 9ooIIaUloP.
p9o aTo loTo lo lTv lo oIIUol llo
lvTaPPv oI FIUlaPEo.q lo aFFU.
pAIllouIl ouT EomRaPv IU haUoF
InNovZoaIanu.llIsslouIunol
ho a haTTIoT lo uU EomRIolIPI aP
aITETaIl IoT a EuUlomoT.q
Tlo AIi Nov ZoaIanu-ovnou
comanvIslloonIvcomIolIons
oull IP llo UoulloTP lomIURloTo
aPF laU hooP EoPEoPlTalIPI UIPEo
oRoTalIoPU hoIaP a voaT aIo UoIoIv
oP ToIuThIUlmoPl. phul Yo aTo
PoY ToaFv lo laMo oP ITooP aIT-
ETaIlq. 9ooIIaUloP UavU.
AIlIluuo vIII onIv Iocus on
BBJ-sIzoaIiciaIluvaius.IncIuu-
IPI llo BooIPI 787-u lYIPLol. IoT
vlIcl AIi Nov ZoaIanu Is a
Iaunclcuslomoi.O
Saab, BAE ready for low-cost HUD customers
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I
nloinalIonaILoasoIInancohoss
Slovon Iuvai-Hazv las ioIloi-
alou lIs hoIIoI llal AIihus anu
BooIngvIIIlavolosIasliouuc-
lIon ialos noxl voai lo aujusl lo
mailolconuIlIons.Hovovoi.lo
savs llo lloio aio sIgns llal an
oconomIciocovoivlashogun.
SoalIng uuiIng llo 2uuu
ALTA LoauoislI Ioium In
Cailagona.CoIomhIa.Iuvai-Hazv
saIu oxamInIng aIiciaIl iouuc-
lIon uioIv Iiom a suIv anu
uomanu oisoclIvo. manuIac-
luioisaiohuIIuIngloomanvaIi-
ciaIl.
AIihusanuBooIngsoulullas
sIloualaiocoiuoIovoi7uuuo-
IIvoTIoU FuTIPI llo TUl PIPo
monlls.TlomanuIacluioisnoou
caslloIunullonovaIiciaIlllov
aio uovoIoIng llo A8u anu
787 anu Iuvai-Hazv savs holl
aio maInlaInIng lIgloi iouuc-
lIonialoslooIIsolllosocosls.Ho
sIngIosoul787InailIcuIaiasan
oxonsIvoioosIlIonasBoo-
IngconlInuosloInvoslInlloio-
giammovIllnomonovcomIng
In.
Iuvai-Hazv hoIIovos al somo
oInlllomailolioaIIlvvIIIsol
In. anu iouIcls iouuclIon au-
juslmonlsnoxlvoai.
Govoinmonl oxoil ciouIl
agoncIoslavoIavoualovioIo
llIU voaT IP PaPEIPI IoT holl aIT-
IInosanuIoasIngcomanIos.Iu-
vai-HazvoxIaIns.ManuIacluiois
lavoaIsosuIIouInconlIvosIoi
aIiIInosloaccoIoialouoIIvoiIoslo
comonsaloIoiuoIoiiaIs.
5oEuTIPI PaPEIPI IoT 2u1u
uoIIvoiIosslouIuiovomoiouII-
EuIl aU llo I.IC ElIoI oxRIaIPU
EaTTIoTU PaIIUoF PaPEIaI RaEM-
agosIoiaIaigonumhoioIaIiciaIl
uoIIvoiou llIs voai hoIoio llo
onsoloIllooconomIcuovnluin.
OvoiaII llo gIohaI aIiIIno In-
uuslivlasnolluinouagoouoi-
Ioimanco.anulloouaIIlvoIcai-
iIoi ciouIl ialIngs vIII cioalo
aITETaIl PaPEIPI ElaIIoPIoU FuT-
Ing llo noxl voai. lo savs. Tlo
Poxl 12 moPllU YIII ho IPloToUl-
Inglovalcl.
Hovovoi.Iuvai-HazvhoIIovos
somosIgnsoIaiocovoivIiomllo
gIohaI oconomIc uovnluin aio
slailIng lo omoigo In AsIa. llo
MIuuIoLaslanuailsoILuioo.
HoiouIclsIossoisslouIulavo
anooilunIlvloiocousomooI
vlal llov lavo Iosl lliougl
IovoiIoasIngialos.
Iuvai-Hazv las solon vIll
iouglIv 2uu aIiIInos In llo Iasl
couIooIvoolsvlosomanago-
monlsIaigoIvhoIIovollouovn-
luinlashollomououl.BaiiInga
suiiIsogoooIIlIcaIovonlHazv
hoIIovoslloiocovoivvIIIconlIn-
uoloiogioss.
HohoIIovosIIlloslahIIIsalIon
conlInuos. Iossois couIu iocou
iouglIvlaIIoIvlalllovlavo
IosllliouglIovoiIoasoialoshv
noxlsummoi.O
See Business P33
A
oioIInoas AigonlInas Is io-
RaTIPI lo IoaUo 18 AIThuU
vIuohouIosslouIuIlIaIIlocon-
EIuFo a FoaI lo RuTElaUo 18 A88ul
A84us oiIgInaIIv oiuoiou hv
IoimoiovnoiMaisans.
Tlo AigonlInIan govoinmonl
lashoonlaIlIngloMaisansanu
AIihusIoisovoiaImonllsahoul
InloiIlIngailoIllooiuoiIacou
hvMaisansInNovomhoi2uu8Ioi
61 AIThuU YIFohoFIoU. AoToIIP-
oaU PoY ElIoI EommoTEIaI oIEoT
Juan PahIo LaIosso saIu uuiIng
llo 2uuu ALTA AIiIIno Loauoi-
slIIoiumInCailagona.CoIom-
hIa llal lloso nogolIalIons con-
lInuo. hul llo aIiIIno aIso las
hoIuP ovaIualIPI IoaUIPI 18
A88ulA84uU aU aP aIloTPalIvo.
LaIossosavsAoioIInoaslasan
uigonlioouIiomonlIoisIxA88u-
8uusanusovonA84u-6uusasIlIs
IannIng lo iohuIIu Ils Inloina-
lIonaInolvoillosuoilanov
liansIoimalIonIan.Hoauusllal
llocaiiIoivanlslohogInauuIng
lloaIiciaIlInIohiuaiv.anulalo
aII 18 aITETaIl YIllIP 16 moPllU.
LaIosso savs AoioIInoas vIII
Ioaso llo aIiciaIl II a uoaI vIll
Maisans.vlIcllauoiuoioullo
aIiciaIl vIll llo InlonlIon oI
sioauIngllomaiounuAoioIIn-
oasanuIlsolloiaIiIInosuhsIuIai-
Ios. cannol ho Ioigou. Ho savs
AoioIInoasIsnovIoolIngalllo
Ioaso olIon anu ovaIualIng
YlolloT IoaUoU mav PaPEIaIIv ho
aholloiaIloinalIvollanInloiIl-
IngailoIlloMaisansoiuoi.
LvoivonollInlsIl[InloiIlIng
ailoIlloMaisansoiuoi]Isllo
mosluIIomalIcsoIulIonanuvo
vanl llo aIiIanos. Bul mavho
novIsnollloiIglllImolohuv.
LaIossosavs.
TlITF RaTlIoU lavo aITooF -
PaPEo llo 18 aITETaIl II a FoaI YIll
Maisans can ho concIuuou. hul
IovIoasoialosnovmaloIoasIng
aolonlIaIIvmoioalliaclIvoo-
lIon.savsLaIosso.Tloioaioso
manvaIiciaIlonllomailolanu
llov aio so cloa. Ho hoIIovos
A88u monllIv Ioaso ialos lavo
comouovnu%ovoilloIasllvo
voaisanuaionoval$8u.uuu.O
Aerolineas set to switch
Airbus deal to leases
T
lIsvool.AIiIiancohocomos
lloIaloslaIiIInololalouoIIv-
oivoIanAIihusA88u.
TloIionclcaiiIoiIsuuoloio-
EoIvo IlU TUl oI 12 LPIIPo AIII-
ancoGP72uu-ovoiouaIiciaIlIn
Hamhuigon8uOclohoi.
Tlo 88-soaloi vIII ho uo-
Iovou on sclouuIou soivIcos
IiomPaiIsloNovYoilKonnouv
Iiom 28 Novomhoi. Wo
vIII clango oui sclouuIo lo ac-
commoualo llo A88u. clango
lvoIioouoncIos[hvsmaIIoivIuo-
houIos] Ioi ono. savs AIi
Iianco-KLMsISvIco-iosIuonl
anu gonoialIonaI mangoi CliIs-
lInoOuimIoios.
DuhaIanuJolannoshuiglavo
hooP IFoPlIoF aU 2u1u FoUlIPa-
lIons Ioi llo aIiIInos A88us as
ailoIaIanloiouucocaacIlv.
TlocuiionlPaiIs-DuhaIsoivIcoIs
hoIPI Eul ITom 14 lo 12 IIllU a
vool. anu vIII llon uio lo a
uaIIv soivIco onco llo A88u Is
hTouIll IP oP 18 ,aPuaTv.
PaiIs-Jolannoshuig Is aIso
hoIPI ToFuEoF ITom 14 lo 11
YooMIv IIllU. aloaF oI a IuTlloT
cul lo uaIIv soivIcos vlon llo
A88ujoInslloiouloInMaicl.O
Air France joins the A380 club
with arrival of rst 538-seater
FLEET PLANS BRENDAN SOBIE CARTAGENA
OUTLOOK LORI RANSON CARTAGENA
Leasing giants chief warns that production rates are set to tumble as Airbus and Boeing are building too many aircraft
Airliner output must fall in 2010: ILFCs Hazy
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Air France is the fourth customer to take the A380
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First A330-200F
rolls out of the
paint shop
AIR TRANSPORT P22
ENVIRONMENT NIALL OKEEFFE CHATEAUROUX
NEXT-GENERATION ENGINES FLEET RENEWAL DAVID KAMINSKI-MORROW JEDDAH
US manufacturer wants to work with European rival on aircraft scrapping scheme as part of Farnborough 2008 agreement
B
ooIng vanls lo coIIahoialo
vIllIlsclIoIiIvaIlouovoIo
loclnoIogIosIoiiocvcIIngaIiciaIl
maloiIaIs. accoiuIng lo Ils io-
giammomanagoioIaIiIanoanu
comosIloiocvcIIngBIIICaihoiiv.
5RoaMIPI al a hTIoPI aTTaPIoF
hv llo AIiciaIl IIool RocvcIIng
AssocIalIon (AIRA). oI vlIcl
BooIng Is a momhoi. Caihoiiv
EoPTmoF llal llo 75 aITITamoT
lauaioaclouAIihusloco-o-
oTalo oP a RToLoEl aImoF al PFIPI
RTolahIo YavU lo ToEvEIo IoY-
vaIuo maloiIaIs. Woio vaIlIng
IoilloIiiosonso.losavs.
BooIngs ioosaI IoIIovs on
IiomanagioomonlsIgnoualllo
Iainhoiougl aIi slov In 2uu8.
unuoi vlIcl llo aIiIiamois
IougoulovoilmoiocIosoIvon
onvIionmonlaImallois.
AIRAlassolalaigoloIiaIso
lloiooilIonoIaIiciaIlmaloiIaI
llalcanhoiocvcIouIiomIlscui-
ionl IovoI oI aiounu 7u-u% hv
2u16. Caihoiiv sliossos llo Im-
oilancooIiogiossInlloaioaoI
aIiciaIlInloiIois.
InloiIoismalouahoul8u%
oI llo voIgll. lo savs. Voiv.
voivIIllIooIlloInloiIoiIsiocv-
cIou.TlIs.loconlInuos.Isuuo
lo llo IoY vaIuo oI IIaUUhTo ma-
loiIaIs uoIovou In llIs ail oI
lloaIiciaIl.
ToYaTF llo IoaI oI PFIPI vIa-
hIomollousloiocvcIosuclma-
loiIaI.BooIngIsuisuIngaiojocl
vIll BailIn Aoio RocvcIIng anu
VooIIa LnvIionmonlaI SoivIcos.
aIongsIuoIlsaioaclloAIihus.
Tlo oulcomo oI anolloi io-
soaicl iojocl InvoIvIng BooIng
anuAIRAailnoisvasiovoaIou
vlonCaihoiiviosonlouaiooI-
oI-concolaimioslmanuIacluiou
uUIPI EaThoPhTo maloTIaI ToEv-
EIoF ITom llo TUl 787 RTo-RTo-
uuclIonIusoIagosoclIon.
TloailvasiouucouaIloillo
UoElIoP YaU UETaRRoF hv lYo 75
comanIos Huion VaIIov IiIlz
WoslanuSclnIlzoiSlooIanuIls
EaThoPhToU ToEovoToF hv IouT
olloT AI4A RaTlPoTU: 7--haUoF
MIIIoF CaThoP aPF llo 7PIvoTUIlv
oI 0ollIPIlam. aPF 75-haUoF Ma-
loiIaIsInnovalIonToclnoIogvanu
AuloionlToclnoIogIos.
BooIngmoanvlIIoconlInuos
lovoilonanovcomosIloio-
cvcIIngooialIonInIlaIv.acoI-
IahoialIonvIllAIonIaAoionau-
lIEa. 7PlII llo loElPoIoIIoU lavo
hoon uovoIoou. AIonIas 787
manuIacluiIngsciaIshoIngsonl
lolloMIIICaihonIoiiocvcIIng.
asaslo-gamoasuio.
In llioo voais oI ooialIon
AIRAlasgiovnIlsmomhoislI
Iiom11comanIoslo4u.IlsgoaI
Islo1uumomhoisvIllInanolloi
llioovoais.TloassocIalIonoslI-
malos llal u% oI llo voiIus
pIoIIlImaloIv RaTMoFq ool IU
UloToF hv AI4A-aIIIaloF aIT EoP-
lios.anullalIn2uu8Ilsmomhois
iocIaImou 1u7.uuul aIiciaIl
aIumInIum anu 8.86ul oI olloi
lIgl-giauoaIiciaIlaIIovs.InauuI-
lIon lo ioluinIng 44l oI usou
ailslosoivIco.O
Boeing seeks Airbus recycling tie-up
C
IM InloinalIonaI las com-
RIoloF llo TUl RlaUo oI loUlU
onllocoiooIIlsLoaXongIno.
Tlo ongIno Is a canuIualo lo
ovoi noxl gonoialIon AIihus
anu BooIng naiiovhouIos. as
voIIasanvio-ongInouuovoIo-
monls. anu nov uosIgns Iiom
ClInaanuRussIa.
Tlo oCoio Is hoIng uovoI-
oouhvGLAvIalIon.aailnoiIn
CIMaIongsIuoSnocma(aSaIian
comanv).TloInIlIaIloslIngvas
Iocusou on llo oiIoimanco oI
lloongInocomhusloianulIgl-
iossuioluihIno.Ilvasconuucl-
oualGLsaIlIluuoloslIacIIIlvIn
LvonuaIo.OlIo.
AII llo laiuvaio Is moolIng
oi oxcoouIng oui oxoclalIons.
savslloongInomaloi.
TlocoiouoIovouInllolosls
IsnamouoCoio1anuIoaluiosan
oIgll-slago comiossoi. a lvIn-
annuIaiio-svIiI(TAPS)comhIs-
loianuasIngIo-slagoluihIno.
Tlo noxl laso oI loslIng.
vlIcl vIII assoss comiossoi
oiIoimanco.IssclouuIoulolalo
IacooIlloiInlloIouillouailoi
oIllIsvoaioioaiIvIn2u1u.ac-
coiuIngloCIM.WoaioloslIng
iouglIv 2.uuu uIIIoionl ongIno
aiamolois.Ilauus.
AsoconucoiovoisIon.uuhhou
oCoio2.vIIIunuoigoloslIngIiom
mIu-2u11.TlIscoiovIIIIncIuuo
alvo-slagoluihIno.O
CFM eyes the future as Leap X
core completes initial testing
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ovaI JoiuanIan AIiIInos In-
lonuslouocIuovIllInacou-
Io oI monlls vlolloi lo Ioaso
AIihusA88u-2uusoiBooIng777-
2uusasaioIacomonlIoiIlsAIi-
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Il Is consIuoiIng acouIiIng
llioo aIiciaIl. on llioo- oi Ioui-
voaiIoasos.locaiivoulaono-Ioi-
onoioIacomonl.
RovaI JoiuanIans nov clIoI
oxoculIvo. HussoIn Dahhas. uo-
laIIoulloIanloFlight Interna-
tionaluuiInglloAiahAIiCaiiI-
ois OiganIsalIon conIoionco
InJouual.
HosavslloaIiIInolaslaulo
TollIPM IlU IPloTIm ool UlTaloIv
aIloillouoIavslolloBooIng787
iogiammo.vlIcllavouslou
haclRovaIJoiuanIansuoIIvoiIos
lo2u18.
Dahhas savs llo aIiIIno Is
InuIscussIonsvIllBooInganu
AIihus.anuIossoisovoiaossI-
hIo777oiA88uIoaso.auuIngllal
llo aIloinalIvo Is lo iolaIn
llo llioo assongoi A81us Ioi a
IongoioiIou.
TlocaiiIoiIsaIioauvIannIng
lo ioIuihIsl llo InloiIois on Ils
A84u IoPI-lauI ool ITom 5oR-
lomhoi-Oclohoi 2u1u. lavIng
sIgnouanagioomonlvIllIioncl
comanvSIcma.RovaIJoiuanIan
lasIouiA84u-2uusInsoivIco.O
Royal Jordanian closes
on A330/777 choice
Interiors make
up about 30% of
the weight
BILL CARBERRY
BooIngiogiammomanagoioIaIiIano
anucomosIloiocvcIIng
The dirty business of aircraft scrapping is getting greener
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FREIGHTERS
A330-200F on move after painting
The frst Airbus A330-200 Freighter has rolled out of the paintshop in
Toulouse and is being prepared for transfer to the fight line. The air-
craft (MSN 1004) will be handed over to the Airbus fight-test depart-
ment at the end of October where it will undergo ground tests ahead
of its maiden fight next month. The A330-200F is due for certifcation
in spring next year, with the frst delivery to follow during the summer.
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Arabs get behind
Yemenia in French
safety dispute
Carrier to suspend service to Paris as row escalates over
harrassment by government offcials following A310 crash
ORDER LEITHEN FRANCIS SINGAPORE
Comac lands United Eagle as new
ARJ21 client by purchasing airline
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United Eagle plans to place an order for 30 Comac ARJ21-700s
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IN BRIEF
ESTERLINE APPROVAL
Esterline has received European
Aviation Safety Agency certifca-
tion for its class 2 electronic
fight bag on the ATR 42/72. The
Esterline CMC Electronics
PilotView EFB is offered by ATR
as a standard option for newbuild
aircraft and for in-service retroft.
The PilotView EFB is already avail-
able on the Boeing 737 Next
Generation family, Bombardier
CRJ700/900/1000 range and
Embraer 170/190.
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llo llIiu ouailoi. MIloIIs saIu
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Il Is a majoi ooialoi oI AIihus
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2747-4uus.84767-8uuLRsanu
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United to decide on big 757
replacement deal this year
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Tlo GTI hoPolU ITom a 1.uu
aoioIoII iouuclIon lliougl llo
oIImInalIon oI Iov-iossuio lui-
hIno anu comiossoi slagos.
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vIllllogoaihox.savsIInlIosloIn.
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In maInlonanco llan a convon-
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ou lo ovoi llo BomhaiuIoi
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P&W breaks
down GTF gear
overhaul costs
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Bul as llo aIiciaIl cIImhou lo
aiounu 4uIl (187m) ahovo soa
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Airlink Jetstream 41 crash probe focuses on engine shutdown
FLEET RENEWAL LORI RANSON WASHINGTON DC
SAFETY DAVID KAMINSKI-MORROW LONDON
ADVANCED ENGINES
LORI RANSON CARTAGENA
Airbus and Boeing chase major order as US carrier takes advantage of market conditions
United is eyeing a bargain-basement deal to replace its 757s
Its really about the
deal and the aircraft
economics, and thats
what were pressing
on right now
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Korea Aerospace
unveils two attack
helicopter options
SEOUL AIR SHOW P27
TECHNOLOGY STEPHEN TRIMBLE WASHINGTON DC
TRANSPORTS DAN THISDELL SIAULIAI
Engine upgrade deemed feasible, but complex and costly, may be justifed given potential for fuel saving over 20-year life
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TaIUoF IP llo Fohalo ovoT llo Iu-
luTo oI llo GoPoTaI LIoElTIEl4oIIU-
4ovEo I186 aIloTPalo oPIIPo IoT
I-8. Tlo GLl4-4 loam UavU oPo
oI llo ToaUoPU lo RToUoTvo IuPFIPI
IoT llo omhallIoF I186 IU AFvoPl.
ITom YlIEl TIvaI 2Tall 8 9lIlPov
laU hooP oxEIuFoF.
289 oIEIaIU lavo ToURoPFoF
llal llo AFvoPl loElPoIoIv EouIF
ho aRRIIoF lo aPv oPIIPo. IPEIuF-
IPI IlU haUoIIPo I18 oPIIPo IoT
llo I-8. BuTPU aIUo aFFU llal
.oEMlooFoU vIUIoP UluFIoU lavo
EommIUUIoPoF 289 lo EoPlIPuo
FoUIIPIPI AFvoPl uRITaFoU.
Tlo AI4. IauPEloF llo AF-
voPl RToITammo lo aElIovo a
UloR-ElaPIo IP luThoIaP IuoI-oI-
EIoPEv. YlIEl laF UoomIPIIv
ToaEloF aP IPPovalIvo RIaloau
moTo llaP IouT FoEaFoU aIloT Il
YaU IPlToFuEoF YIll llo GL
TI88. O
Triple bypass could boost F-35 efciency
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lo .IlluaPIaP aIT IoTEo IU
UETamhIIPI lo ToaFv IlU llITF
aPF IaUl AIoPIa AoToPaulIEa C-27,
5RaTlaP IoT UoTvIEo UuRRoTlIPI llo
EouPlTvoU lTooRU IP AIIlaPIUlaP.
Tlo aITETaIl. ToEoPlIv FoIIvoToF
lo IlU lomo haUo al llo IoTmoT 5o-
vIol mIIIlaTv aIToIF al 5IauIIaI.
IaUl YooM lTaPUIoTToF ITom IlaIIaP
lo .IlluaPIaP ToIIUlTv aPF laF IlU
IoTmaI. ToIIIIouU phaRlIUmq EoTo-
moPv hoIoTo IlU TUl oRoTalIoPaI
mIUUIoP.
BaUo EommaPFoT .l CoI 8ITIIP-
ILuU 5loRoPavIEIuU UavU haUo RoT-
UoPPoI YoTo oPIaIoF IP IPloPUIvo
RTo-oRoTalIoPaI EloEMU lo Iol llo
aITETaIl ToaFv IoT Ylal YIII ho a
lIIlIv FomaPFIPI UoTvIEo.
1Po oI 5loRoPavIEIuUoU C-27,
RIIolU. MaL ,uTI ,aMUvU. UavU llo
aITETaIloU lYo UlahIomaloU s FoIIv-
oToF IP Ialo 2uu6 aPF 2uu8 s lavo
aIToaFv maFo 8uu lTIRU lo AIIlaP-
IUlaP lo UuRRoTl .IlluaPIaoU EoP-
lIPIoPl IP llo 0AT1 IoTEo lloTo.
,aMUvU. Ylo lImUoII laU 1.8uul
IP llo lvRo. FoUETIhoU .IlluaPIaoU
AIIlaP mIUUIoP aU ElaIIoPIIPI.
Al ClaMlElaTaP. YloTo llo
lTooRU aTo haUoF. llo uPRToRaToF
aITUlTIR IU LuUl 1.8uum (6.uuuIl)
IoPI aPF IIlloToF YIll IaTIo
UloPoU.
APF. al aP aIlIluFo oI 7.uuIl
YIll lomRoTaluToU oI 2C (77I)
lo 27C. llo 5RaTlaP IU oRoTalIPI
PoaT IlU IImIl. lo UavU.
IoT ,aMUvU aPF lIU EomTaFoU.
llo AIlaP UuRRoTl mIUUIoP IU a
RlvUIEaI aPF IoIIUlIEaI ElaIIoPIo.
FomaPFIPI UloRU IP 2oIaPF.
7MTaIPo. GooTIIa. AzoThaILaP aPF
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Lithuania gets third C-27J Spartan ready for NATO Afghan mission
Cash constraints limit scope of ADVENT research
The US Air Force has narrowed
the competition for designing and
building a demonstrator for the
next high-performance military
engine to one company.
General Electric will continue
developing and testing the core
of their technology demonstrator
under the second phase of the
adaptive versatile engine technol-
ogy (ADVENT) programme, the Air
Force Research Laboratory an-
nounced on 15 October.
The AFRL determined that
GEs rival in the programme was
also worthy, but notified Rolls-
Royces LibertyWorks division
that funding constraints have
limited ADVENT to one competi-
tor. The AFRL had already reject-
ed Pratt & Whitneys proposal.
Little is known about the de-
tails of how R-R and GE ap-
proached the competition from a
technical standpoint.
We have two unique technol-
ogy approaches that will each
bear fruit in the future, says Maj
Gen Curt Bedke, commander of
AFRL. The potential capability
benefits of ADVENT to the air
forces next generation aircraft
and the rigorous selection proc-
ess brought out the best of both
companies, making the decision
especially challenging.
The ADVENT programme
seeks to develop a new engine
with combined cycle propulsion
technology, which allows engines
to function efficiently at both
cruise and dash speeds.
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USAF order for six MC-12s
is boost for Project Liberty
PROCUREMENT STEPHEN TRIMBLE WASHINGTON DC
$45 million deal follows frst Iraq combat sortie for modifed Hawker Beechraft King Air
T
loISAIiIoicossIx-monll-
oIF ool oI MC-129 .IhoTlIoU
YIII IToY lo 2u aITETaIl uPFoT a
PoY EoPlTaEl YIll HaYMoT BooEl-
ETaIl.
Tlo S4 mIIIIoP FoaI IoT UIx
aITETaIl hTIPIU 2ToLoEl .IhoTlv
YIllIP oIIll aITETaIl oI llo oTIII-
PaI RIaP lo oIF 87 BooElTaIl -IPI
AIT 8uU aPF 8uL4U. YlIEl aTo
TaRIFIv moFIoF hv .-8 Commu-
PIEalIoPU lo UoTvo aU IPloIIIIoPEo-
IalloTIPI aITETaIl.
Tlo 75AI laU aPPouPEoF llal
2ToLoEl .IhoTlv EomRIoloF IlU TUl
Eomhal UoTlIo hv aP MC-129 IP
ITaS IP ,uPo. p5IPEo hoIPI
FoRIovoF IP UovoTaI lloalToU oI
oRoTalIoP. llo aITETaIl lavo Fom-
oPUlTaloF oxlTomoIv lIIl mIUUIoP
EaRahIIIlv aPF IoIIoF luPFToFU
oI louTU oP UlalIoP.q UavU ,Im
MaUIoYUMI. RToUIFoPl oI 75 aPF
IPloTPalIoPaI IovoTPmoPl huUI-
PoUU IoT HaYMoT BooElETaIl.
Tlo MC-129 IU oSuIRRoF YIll
llo .-8 M:-1 luTToloF EamoTa lo
UuRRIv IuII-molIoP vIFoo. Tlo
UoPUoT UuIlo aIUo IPEIuFoU aP uPI-
FoPlIoF UIIPaIU IPloIIIIoPEo UvU-
lom. Tlo UoPUoTU aTo oRoTaloF hv
lYo oP-hoaTF EToY momhoTU.
oaEl oI Ylom aTo RTovIFoF a URo-
EIaI EoPUoIo IoT llal RuTRoUo.
75 AIT IoTEo oIEIaIU IauPEloF
2ToLoEl .IhoTlv IP Mav 2uu8. Im-
moFIaloIv aIloT 5oETolaTv oI Do-
IoPUo 4ohoTl GaloU RuhIIEIv ETIlI-
EIUoF llo UoTvIEo IoT movIPI loo
UIoYIv lo ToURoPF lo uTIoPl
FomaPFU IoT moTo aIThoTPo IPloI-
IIIoPEo-EoIIoEloTU oI aII lvRoU.
Tlo RavIoaF UuIlo ahoaTF llo
MC-12 IU UImIIaT lo llo IPloIII-
IoPEo UvUlomU IPUlaIIoF ahoaTF
llo 75 ATmvoU M3-1C 5Mv 9aT-
TIoT. YlIEl aTo oxRoEloF lo maMo
lloIT maIFoP FoRIovmoPl IaloT
llIU voaT. aIhoIl YIll a IoUUoT-
EaRahIo UvPllolIE aRoTluTo TaFaT
RavIoaF. O
A
4avllooP oxoEulIvo UavU llo
75 ATmv YaPlU lo huv llToo
PoYIv FoUIIPoF RoFU llal ToRaEM-
aIo llo EommuPIEalIoPU LammIPI
UvUlom IoT llo BooIPI LA-18G
GToYIoT IoT uUo IP llo GoPoTaI
AlomIEU M3-1C 5Mv 9aTTIoT.
4avllooP hoIaP FovoIoRIPI
llo PoY RoF. FuhhoF EommuPI-
EalIoPU oIoElToPIE allaEM YIll UuT-
voIIIaPEo aPF ToEoPPaIUUaPEo
(CoaUaT). ahoul a voaT aIo. aPF
FomoPUlTaloF llo UvUlom IoT llo
TUl lImo IP AuIuUl. UavU ClTIU
-ooIoT. RToITammo maPaIoT IoT
aFvaPEoF RToITammoU.
A moEM-uR oI llo 62MI (187Ih)
RoF SuIEMIv allTaEloF llo IPloToUl
oI aTmv oIEIaIU. Tlo aTmv YaPlU
FIToEl EoPlToI oI a UvUlom llal EaP
moPIloT aPF Lam EommuPIEa-
lIoPU UIIPaIU. TalloT llaP ToIv oP
UuRRoTl ITom llo PavvoU oUEoTl
IlloTU oT llo aIT IoTEooU LC-18u
ComRaUU CaII ool. -ooIoT UavU.
CoaUaT IU FoTIvoF ITom llo
4avllooP A0-227 EommuPIEa-
lIoPU EouPloTmoaUluToU UvUlomU
IPUlaIIoF oP llo LA-18GU. 4avllo-
oP huIIFU a PoY UoIlYaTo EoPlToI
UvUlom IoT llo CoaUaT RoF.
Tlo M3-1C-mouPloF voTUIoP
IU FoUIIPoF lo Lam EommuPIEa-
lIoPU UIIPaIU. hul Il EaP aIUo
ho uUoF UImRIv lo moPIloT oT
oavoUFToR.
Tlo RoF aIUo IU FoUIIPoF lo
aEEommoFalo PoY mIUUIoPU llal
EouIF ho aFFoF IaloT. Tlo aTmv oT
olloT EuUlomoTU EouIF aFF olloT
UIIPaIU IPloIIIIoPEo ToEoIvoTU lo
llo CoaUaT RavIoaF al a IaloT Falo.
lo UavU.
Tlo RToITammo YaU UuRRoTloF
hv holl llo 0avaI AIT 9aTIaTo
CoPloToU FIvIUIoP haUoF IP CTaPo.
IPFIaPa. aPF 5AIC. Tlo RoFoU
IuUoIaIo YaU maPuIaEluToF hv
ZIvMo AoToPaulIEU. O
US Army wants its own jamming pod
ELECTRONIC WARFARE STEPHEN TRIMBLE WASHINGTON DC
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P IUTaoII aIT IoTEo 5IMoTUMv
7H-6u BIaEM HaYM laU Fom-
oPUlTaloF llo ahIIIlv lo IauPEl
4aIaoI 5RIMo L4 mIUUIIoU.
Tlo mIUUIIo IauPEl IU a voTv
aFvaPEoF RlaUo oI a 5IMoTUMv-
IuPFoF RToITammo lo FovoIoR aP
aTmoF voTUIoP oI llIU loIIEoRloT.
Tlo RTololvRo. huIIl hv llo
IAI IP Eo-oRoTalIoP YIll llo
75 loIIEoRloT maPuIaEluToT
aPF LIhIl 5vUlomUo CvEIoPo FIvI-
UIoP. IPEIuFoU a PoY mIUUIoP
EomRuloT. oPlaPEoF avIoPIEU
aPF aP aFvaPEoF laTIol aESuIUI-
lIoP UvUlom.
Tlo aIT IoTEo laU Pol FoEIFoF
vol YlolloT lo aTm IlU 7H-6uU
YIll mIUUIIoU. hul llo 5RIMo L4
YouIF aIIoY llo lTaPURoTl loII-
EoRloT lo IoEalo. IFoPlIIv aPF Fo-
UlTov laTIolU al TaPIoU oI uR lo
8Mm (4Pm). O
MUNITIONS
ARIE EGOTI TEL AVIV
P
IIaluU laU oYP llo TUl
5oull AITIEaP AIT IoTEo AUlTa
2C-7 MMII lo IoaluTo aP uRITaFoF
avIoPIEU RaEMaIo llal ToRIaEoU
ohUoIolo oSuIRmoPl YIll a moF-
oTP IIaUU EoEMRIl.
Tlo EoEMRIl YIII ho RToEuTahIo
aPF UuRRoTlahIo uPlII llo aITETaIl
Ioavo UoTvIEo.
9oTM oP llo lTIaI IPUlaIIalIoP
aITETaIl uRITaFo YaU RoTIoTmoF
hv 2IIaluU IP 5YIlzoTIaPF lo vaII-
Falo llo moFIEalIoPU. MIl IIUlU.
looIIPI aPF RToEoFuToU ToSuIToF
lo moFIIv llo ToUl oI llo 4-aIT-
ETaIl ool IP 5oull AITIEa.
9oTM lloTo YIII ho FoPo
hv AoToUuF. uPFoT EoPlTaEl lo
2IIaluU. al .aPIohaaPYoI aIT
IoTEo haUo.
Tlo TUl IP-EouPlTv aITETaIl
moFIEalIoP IU UEloFuIoF lo laMo
RIaEo IP 0ovomhoT. YlIIo llo ToUl
oI llo ool IU UEloFuIoF lo uPFoT-
Io moFIEalIoP ovoT llo Poxl
llToo-aPF-a-laII voaTU. O
New avionics
for PC-7 MkIIs
UPGRADE
New contract will expand number of MC-12Ws in USAF fleet
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SHOW
REPORT
South Koreas aspiration to develop a viable aerospace
industry was at the fore at last weeks Seoul airshow, with
companies such as state-owned Korea Aerospace
Industries displaying existing aircraft and unveiling models
of those that it plans to develop in the future. Foreign
contractors were also out in force, looking to get on board
South Koreas plans to modernise its air force. Report by
Siva Govindasamy
SEOUL
K
oioaAoiosacoInuusliIoslas
unvoIIou lvo olIons Ioi an
InuIgonous AH-X iogiammo
llalIlloosvIIImoollloSoull
Koioan aimvs allacl loIIcoloi
ioouIiomonls.
Tloslalo-ovnoucomanvuIs-
IavouscaIomouoIsoIhollvaiI-
anls anu ioIoasou uolaIIs al llo
SoouIaIislov.SoullKoioalasa
ioouIiomonl Ioi aiounu 27u al-
lacl loIIcolois lo ioIaco Ils
oIuoiBoIIAH-1anuMDHoIIco-
loisMD-uuallaclloIIcolois.
KAIIshasIngIlsioosaIson
lloIalIoimoIlloKoioaIlIIIlv
HoIIcoloi.vlIclIlIsuovoIoIng
vIllLuiocoloi.TlIsolIon.savs
KAI. vIII savo uovoIomonl
monovanulImoasIlvouIuslaio
a IalIoim vIll llo ulIIIlv loII-
coloi.WoaiocaahIooIuovoI-
oInganucuslomIsInglloKIH
Ioi llo Koioa Allacl HoIIcoloi
ioouIiomonlhasouonouioxIsl-
Ing ahIIIlv anu oxoiIonco. as
voII as llo uomoslIc InIiasliuc-
luio.savsllocomanv.
Tlo TUl vaTIaPl IU UImIIaT IP
sIzololloKIH.vIllllococlIl
UIIIllIv moFIoF lo IPEoTRoTalo
llovoaonssvslom.KAIsavsIl
vouIuslaiomoiollan7u%oIllo
comononlsvIlllloKIH.
TloIoivaiuongInosaioIocal-
ouhosIuooaclolloi.vIllsImIIai
liansmIssIon. ioloislaIl anu
hIauoslolloKIH.TloloIIco-
loi vIII lavo a Iongll oI 16.2m
(8Il).vIulloI.manuloIgll
oI4.m.IlvIIIlavoalolaIIoauou
voIglloI7.uu-7.uulg(16.uu-
17.uuIh). a maxImum soou oI
188ll(2lm/l).hoahIololovoi
al6.uuIl.anulavociuIsouuia-
lIonoI2.2l.
Tlo sIImmoi soconu vaiIanl
iosomhIosallaclloIIcoloissucl
as llo AguslaWoslIanu AW12u
Mangusla oi Luiocoloi TIgoi.
TlIsvIIIonlaIIlloIuIIuovoIo-
monloIanallaclloIIcoloillal
vIIIslaioonIv6u%oIlloKIHs
comononls.savsKAI.
IlvIIIho1.umIong.mvIuo
anu4.7mlIgl.IlsIoauouvoIgll
vIII ho 7.27u-7.72ulg. lavo a
maxImum soou oI moio llan
14ull. vIII lovoi al 6.uuIl anu
lavoaciuIsouuialIonoI2-8l.
Tlo ciucIaI uIIIoionco vIII ho
lloongInos.vIllllosoconuvaiI-
anllavIngonoonoaclsIuoInsIuo
a ioloclIvo sloII llal Incioasos
lloloIIcoloissuivIvahIIIlv.savs
KAI. Boll loIIcolois vIII lavo
vaiIousvoaonssvslomsIncIuu-
Ing 16 anlI-lanl mIssIIos. 7umm
ioclolsanu2u-8ummluiiolguns.
A llIiu olIon Is Ioi KAI lo
voil on a nov IalIoim vIll a
IoioIgn consuIlanl. TlIs couIu
laon II llo Soull Koioan
govoinmonl uocIuos lo go Ioi
an oII-llo-sloII soIulIon Ioi Ils
InIlIaI ioouIiomonls vlIIo vaIl-
IngIoiKAIlouovoIoanallacl
loIIcoloi.
Luiocolois cIoso InvoIvo-
monlvIllKAIcouIusooIloIIoi
Ils TIgoi Ioi sucl a iogiammo.
vlIIo llo Koioan comanvs
cIoso ioIalIonslI vIll BooIng
oxlonus lo Il manuIacluiIng llo
IuUoIaIo IoT llo 75 TmoU AH-64D
AacloLonghov.O
Thick and thin for
attack helicopter
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oullKoioacouIuiovIvoIans
lougiauoIlsLoclloouMai-
lIn/Koioa Aoiosaco InuusliIos
-I-16 IlloTU Fuo lo FoIavU IP
llo uovoIomonl oI llo InuIgo-
nousKI-Xiogiammo.
SoouI uocIuou nol lo iovIuo
IunuIngIoilloKI-Xloiocoou
lollouovoIomonlslagoIoillo
noxl uoIonco huugol uuo lo llo
EuTToPl PaPEIaI ETIUIU.
InauuIlIon.lloiolasaIsonol
hooP aPv FoEIUIoP oP llo URoEI-
EalIoPU IoT llo IlloT. YlIEl
lashoonioosouasaioIaco-
monl Ioi llo Soull Koioan aIi
Ioicos I-16s anu McDonnoII
DougIasI-4s.
As a iosuIl. Soull Koioa Is
sluuvIng vlolloi Il slouIu go
aloauvIllugiauosIoiIlsKI-
16s. vlIcl voio Inliouucou In
llo1u8us.
Inuuslivsouicossavllocoun-
liv Is IIloIv lo go aloau vIll an
ugiauooIlloaIiciaIlsiauaisanu
avIonIcsalllovoivIoasllooxlonu
lloIiIIIohvanolloiuocauo.
RavlloonanuNoillioGium-
man vIII ho loon lo suIv an
auvancouoIoclionIcaIIvscannou
aiiav(ALSA)iauai.vlIclSoouI
IU MooP lo lavo oP aII oI IlU Ill-
oisInlloIuluio.
TloRavlloonAuvancouCom-
halRauai(RACR)IslloonIvo-
lIonllallloISgovoinmonllas
avaIIahIoIoioxoil.anullocom-
anvsavsllalllIsvIIIosocIaIIv
UuIl llo I-16 TolTol maTMol.
p9o FoUIIPoF llo IoTm-lloF
RACR as a uio-In ugiauo Ioi
lloI-16anuI/A-18lomInImIso
aITETaIl moFIEalIoP lImo aPF aIT-
ciov liansIlIon liaInIng. savs
Ravlloon.
Noillio Giumman Is aIso
IIloIv lo oIIoi Ils scaIahIo agIIo
hoam iauai (SABR). vlIcl aIso
lasALSAcaahIIIlIos.SABRIs
FoUIIPoF aU a TolTol IoT oxIUlIPI
BIocl2anuiovIousI-16sanu
IU UEaIahIo lo l olloT aITETaIl RIal-
Ioims anu mIssIon aioas. savs
llocomanv.
Il Is nol cIoai II Soull Koioa
vIIIvanlloioIacolloongInos
onIlsoIuoiI-16sasailoIanv
ugiauo iogiammo. SoouI las
olou Ioi holl GL anu Piall &
WlIlnov ongInos Ioi Ils BooIng
I-1- IlloTU. O
KF-X delays may prompt
upgrades for KF-16 feet
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South Korea could go as far as engine upgrades for older KF-16s
Budget crisis blow to South Koreas bid to develop an
indigenous fghter has planners eyeing new radar, avionics
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advanced materials
stephen trImble washiNgtON dc
Orion capsule
wont be better
in composites
manned missions rob coppInger daejeON, sOuth kOrea
Hardware policy
should push for
orbital standards
europe calls for common approach to low earth transport
personal spacefligHt
adventure tourists
will have to wait
for new soyuz
crew transport
whiteKnighttwo may be chasing spaceplane dreams
sierra Nevada corporation may air
drop its dream chaser spaceplane
prototype from Virgin galactics
whiteknighttwo .
the Nevada-based space sys-
tems manufacturer has submitted a
funding proposal to Nasa that would
see a weight-representative dream
chaser test article air-dropped for a
runway landing. the test would be
for the subsonic ight phase aerody-
namics and the effectiveness of
control surfaces and avionics.
under development by sierra
Nevada and its spacedev subsidiary,
dream chaser would deliver three to
seven crew and some cargo to the
international space station after
launch by a united Launch alliance
(uLa) atlas V rocket.
[the test article] could be air
dropped by whiteknighttwo, this is
how our types of companies can
co-operate, says sierra Nevadas
space systems board executive
vice-president and chairman
Mark sirangelo, referring to the com-
munity of entrepreneurial compa-
nies that refer to themselves as
New space.
Dream chaser is based on nAsAs hl-20 research vehicle
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crew module despite an ongoing,
two-year programme to develop a
mostly composite alternative.
A switch to a relatively un-
known structural material would
force NASA to invest in a risky
and uncertain certication pro-
gramme, says Mike Kirsch, pro-
gramme manager for the compos-
ite crew module programme: We
dont have that much experience
certifying composites.
Some NASA ofcials, includ-
ing former administrator Michael
Grifn, promoted composites as
potentially superior to advanced
metal alloys but last year, Michael
Saemisch, a Lockheed Orion
team member, blamed the com-
posite programme for delaying
the preliminary design review of
the aluminium-lithium Orion
module by several months.
Composite structures can be
lighter, stronger and cheaper to
manufacture than aluminium.
By many measures, the com-
posite crew vehicle designed and
manufactured by NASA and an
industry team led by ATK has
been a success. ATK delivered
the module to NASAs Langley
Research Center last month.
In pressure tests to date, the
module has performed scary
close to analytical predictions,
Kirsch says, but the nal design
weighs about the same as alumin-
ium-lithium and is not signi-
cantly cheaper: I dont think it
would be better.
The NASA design assumed the
pressurised structure must re-
main leak-proof and intact de-
spite sustaining heavy damage.
And, the crew module must sus-
tain 31,751kg (70,000lb) loads
during the abort sequence, requir-
ing a material that remains strong
against loads from multiple direc-
tions, whereas composite materi-
al is best when needed to be stiff
against loads coming from only
one direction, Kirsch says.
space adventures goal of a private
energia soyuz tMa spacecraft ight
in 2013 cannot be achieved, accord-
ing to the russian Federal space
agencys head of human space mis-
sions directorate, alexey krasnov.
krasnov says enabling a private
soyuz ight in a one pilot-two tour-
ists conguration would take four or
ve years of training and soyuz de-
sign alterations, which in any case
are being incorporated into into
russias soyuz replacement, the
advanced crew transportation
system.
says krasnov: this [private
ight] conguration [of one pilot, two
tourists] is not available today.
he adds that the full current an-
nual output of four soyuz spacecraft
is needed to serve the international
space stations six-person crew.
space adventures, which has
transported seven tourists, also
known as spaceight participants,
to the iss has already put plans to
y two more customers back by two
years to 2013, from 2011.
krasnov emphasised the chal-
lenge of vehicle operations involving
crew and ground control interaction,
describing iss rendezvous and dock-
ing as complex processes.
t
he European Space Agency is
proposing a far-reaching com-
mon space transport policy for
low Earth orbit that could help
overcome potential space station
logistics problems.
Currently only Russia is pro-
viding International Space Sta-
tion crew transport with its Ener-
gia Soyuz spacecraft. NASAs
Discovery ight STS-128,
launched on 28 August, was the
last scheduled Shuttle-based ISS
crew rotation. And after the Shut-
tle eet retires in 2010 ISS will
rely on the cargo spacecraft of
ESA, Russia and Japan until
NASAs commercial providers
Space Exploration Technologies
and Orbital Sciences begin. If
any of these are delayed or fail
station research could be limited
and its crew of six could have to
be reduced to three.
Speaking to Flight International
at the International Astronautical
Congress in Daejeon, South Korea,
ESA director general Jean-Jacques
Dordain says ISS partners need to
understand what capabilities the
others are developing, and agree
on what launchers and spacecraft
are needed for LEO access.
NASA is developing its Orion
crew exploration vehicle and
helping companies design launch
systems with its commercial crew
programme but both are subject
to the outcome of a spaceight
policy review that may not reach
conclusions until late 2010.
Some co-ordination has begun.
For example, for two years now
ESA and NASA have been work-
ing on a common docking and
berthing mechanism standard.
India and South Korea want to
join the ISS programme and
India expects to y a three-man
capsule by 2016. China also
wants ISS membership; its Shen-
zhou spacecraft could transport
crew and the country has plans
for a cargo vehicle.
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SYRIAN ARAB AIRLINES
US government sanc-
tions against Syria have
forced the Damascus-
based carrier to ground
half its feet, and maybe
halt services completely,
because of restrictions
placed on feet mainte-
nance. Chief executive
Ghaida Abdullatif says
the airline is a commer-
cial, not political, organi-
sation: This must not
be against the people. It
is not fair for us. I have
6,000 employees. They
have to eat. Every
month I must give them
a salary.
SUKHOI The Russian
airframer will get cut-
price rail transport next
year to move 456 freight
cars carrying Superjet
100 structural parts
from Novosibirsk to its
assembly plant in
Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
Hauling airframe struc-
tures via the trans-Siberi-
an railroad currently
costs Sukhoi about
Rb1.7 million ($58,000)
per car, but a 37% cut in
its railway taxes will save
Sukhoi, which is gearing
up to begin serial produc-
tion of Superjets, up to
Rb300 million in 2010.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Id rather be at
next years ALTA
conference than
in jail
International Lease Finance
chairman STEVEN UDVAR-HAZY
dodged questions at the 2009
ALTA Leadership Forum in
Cartagena about whether the
leasing giant will remain intact or
be sold in parts
PEOPLE MOVES
Airbus Military, Austrian, Blackcomb Aviation, Sensis, Thai
Cave: heads Boeing Capital
Kubasik: new role at Lockheed
ENGINES OUTPERFORM LEASING AT GE
RESULTS Engine maker GE Aviation reported a slight dip in nine-
month revenue, to just below $14 million for the period to the end of
September, but profts were up 18% to $2.87 billion. At sister com-
pany GECAS, the worlds largest civil aircraft lessor by feet size, prof-
its fell 22% to $746 million for the nine-month period, including a
33% drop in the third quarter. GECASs total assets were up 1% to
$50 billion, but its aircraft leasing assets have yet to be disclosed.
ECA CNAI WINS A350 TOOLING CONTRACT
COMPOSITES Aeronautics industrial engineering company ECA
CNAi has secured a contract for the supply of Airbus A350 XWB pro-
duction tools for the aircrafts keel beam, a composite structure de-
signed to strengthen the central fuselage. The company, based in
Toulouse, is a subsidiary of civil and defence supplier ECA.
VOLUMES TO STAY UNDER PRESSURE: EATON
MANUFACTURING Eaton, the Cleveland-based manufacturer, saw
aerospace segment operating profts fall 23% to $61 million as rev-
enue declined 16% to $394 million. Chief executive Alexander Cutler
estimates aerospace markets were down 14% for the quarter 11%
in the USA and 19% elsewhere. We anticipate that volumes are like-
ly to remain under pressure in the fourth quarter, he says.
BOEING DEBT OUTLOOK TURNS NEGATIVE: MOODYS
FINANCE Moodys has affrmed its A2 long-term and P-1 short-term
debt ratings for Boeing and its Boeing Capital aircraft leasing sub-
sidiary, but changed the rating outlook to negative from stable owing
to negative developments that have weakened Boeings fnancial
fexibility. The rating agency notes that airlines and leasing compa-
nies continue to be strained so production cuts could follow.
Moodys estimates that a 20% cut in production could lower operat-
ing profts by around $1 billion a year.
SPAIN APPROVES LOAN TO XWB SUPPLIERS
STATE AID The Spanish government has approved a 359 million
($535 million) loan in the period 2010-14 to Spanish companies
involved in the Airbus A350 XWB programme. Spains workshare on
the programme is 11%. Companies will be able to apply for up to
40% of their experimental development costs and up to 60% of their
industrial research costs. Repayment terms, according to the govern-
ment, will depend on the outcome of the [A350] project.
AEROMECHANICAL TO ACQUIRE WINGSPEED
BANKRUPTCY A US bankruptcy court has approved a bid by
AeroMechancial Services to acquire the assets of Wingspeed for
$250,000. Concord, Massachusetts-based Wingspeed, which devel-
oped and marketed Iridium and Internet voice, data and aircraft mes-
saging services, was placed into Chapter 7 liquidation in August.
REVENUE STILL ON THE WAY DOWN FOR US CARRIERS
AIRLINES US airlines in September continued to see signifcant
revenue declines as their pricing power remains weak, according to
an Air Transport Association of America survey. ATA estimates a 19%
year-on-year drop in passenger revenues for September, the eleventh
consecutive month that passenger revenues declined from the previ-
ous year, and the tenth consecutive month of ticket price declines.
ATAs latest cargo indicators show a 12% decline in cargo revenue
tonne kilometres in August, the thirteenth consecutive month of fall-
ing volumes.
BUSINESS BRIEFS
he will join from sister carrier
Swiss International. Mike Cave
will replace the retiring Walt
Skowronski as president of
Boeing Capital. Cave will be
replaced as senior VP for
business development and
strategy by Boeing international
president Shep Hill, who will
keep both titles. John Jarrell has
joined Sensis as VP and general
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Electronic Systems VP
Christopher Kubasik for the re-
established role of president and
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president Bob Stevens remains
as chairman and chief executive.
Piyasvasti Amranand is now
president of Thai Airways. An
Airbus Military management
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of strategy, replaced as head of
engineering and technology by
Miguel Angel Morell, whose
position as head of derivatives is
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programme head Antonio
Caramazana. Sacha McLean is
now chief executive at
Blackcomb Aviation, which is
co-owned by the McLean family
investment group of Vancouver
and Blackcombs president, John
Morris. Austrian Airlines has
named Elton DSouza as vice-
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sure performance parity across the family.
With the 2,400 aircraft on backlog represent-
ing over six years of production, Airbus expects
output will run for at least another decade and
ultimately deliver more than 8,000 aircraft.
While Airbus has not announced any major
new upgrade in response to the 737 PIP, an on-
going airframe weight saving effort should trim
250kg off A320s delivered from 2010, while
more aerodynamic cleaning up means that air-
craft delivered from January 2009 have a 1%
improvement in drag standard.
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280km (150nm) additional range or a payload
A320 family aircraft an A319 for TAM. During
the third quarter, Boeing also quietly shipped
its 3,000th Next Generation 737.
The 737 performance improvement package
(PIP) will arrive in mid-2011, delivering about a
2% cut in fuel burn on longer stages. It com-
prises the CFM56-7B Evolution powerplant
providing a 1% improvement in overall aircraft
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EVOLUTION FLIGHT TRIALS
Flight trials of the CFM56-7B Evolution began
in the number one (left-hand) position of a
737-900ER in August, with the test engine fea-
turing a longer nacelle than the standard -7B.
Ahead of the PIP, a new cabin, dubbed the
Sky Interior, will be introduced including fea-
tures such as larger 777/787-style pivot bins,
sculpted sidewalls and revised windows. The
new interior, which Boeing hopes will deliver a
2-4dB cut in cabin noise, is due to enter service
with FlyDubai in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Although Airbus views the 737 package as a
catch-up move by its rival, it confesses that it is
talking with CFM to see what of the CFM56-
7B Evolution package is transferable to the
A320s CFM56-5. Unlike the 737, however, the
A320 models (except the A318) are also offered
with the International Aero Engines V2500,
meaning that Airbus will need to encourage
both parties to pursue engine upgrades to en-
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lthough pressure has been mounting on
Airbus and Boeing to move forward with
their plans for single-aisle replacement designs,
the rivals have been more concerned with de-
veloping their current programmes.
This is no surprise, given that between them,
they have an order backlog for around 4,500
narrowbodies, split roughly 50/50, which at
current rates will keep production running
until 2015. But a new rival from Bombardier,
the Pratt & Whitney PW1000G GTF-powered
CSeries small airliner, is threatening the bottom
end of the two established single-aisle families.
Boeing in conjunction with CFM Interna-
tional has upped the ante this year, rolling out
a wide-ranging 737 upgrade package to boost
performance and cabin comfort. Airbus, mean-
while, continues to make incremental improve-
ments to the A320 family, addressing weight
reductions and operating weight increases amid
ongoing studies of a winglet programme.
Both programmes have reached important
milestones this year, with Boeing delivering the
6,000th 737 (a 737-800 for Norwegian Air Shut-
tle, which was also the 2,868th 737 NG deliv-
ered), and Airbus handing over its 4,000th
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Backlog 2,402 2,118
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SOURCE: Manufacturers Note: Total 737 production is
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SINGLE-AISLE DATA CHECK
SINGLE-AISLES
CONTENTS
34 SINGLE-AISLES
36 IN-PRODUCTION WIDEBODIES
37 NEXT-GENERATION WIDEBODIES
39 EMERGING NARROWBODIES
41 RUSSIAN AIRLINERS
42 ULTRA-LARGE AIRLINERS
44 CARGO CONVERSIONS
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survey of the worlds airliner
programmes, we examine the
mainline jet market by sector.
Leading data for each type
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performance and order/delivery
information at 30 September
A318 737-600 A319 737-700 A320 737-800 737-900ER A321
MTOW (t) 68 66 75.5 70.1 78 79 85.1 93.5
Seats (two-class) 107 110 124 126 150 162 180 185
Range (km) 5,740 5,650 6,660 6,230 5,920 5,670 5,930 5,550
List price ($m) 59 55 70 64 77 77 82 90
SOURCE: Manufacturers
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RoTIoTmaPEo IP llo UoEloT IU IaITIv ovoPIv
malEloF. .aUl voaT. AIThuU TaEMoF uR 472 A82u
IamIIv oTFoTU. aPF FoIIvoToF 886 aITETaIl. YlIIo
BooIPIoU 787 UaIoU UlooF al 484 aPF FoIIvoTIoU al
2uu (UlTIMo aIIoEloF). IP 2uuu llo 787 laU a UIIIll
oFIo oP IlU TIvaI al llo PIPo-moPll RoIPl YIll
71 Pol oTFoTU aIaIPUl 47 IoT llo A82u.
DoIIvoTIoU aTo ovoPIv malEloF. YIll AIThuU
lavIPI UlIRRoF 2uu UIPIIo-aIUIoU aPF BooIPI
28u. IPEIuFoF IP llo AIThuU UlIRmoPlU IU llo
TUl A82u oII llo PoY ClIPoUo aUUomhIv IIPo IP
TIaPLIP. YlIEl IU uIlImaloIv oxRoEloF lo RTo-
FuEo IouT UIPIIo-aIUIo aITETaIl a moPll. O
IPEToaUo oSuIvaIoPl lo 1u RaUUoPIoTU.
AP IPPovalIvo PoY uUo IoT aP A82u vaTIaPl
hoIaP IP 5oRlomhoT YloP BTIlIUl AITYavU IP-
auIuTaloF A818 lTaPUalIaPlIE UoTvIEoU ITom
.oPFoP CIlv aITRoTl lo 0oY YoTM. To IaIP aR-
RTovaI IoT oRoTalIoPU IPlo llo lIIll .oPFoP CIlv
The PW1000G GTF-powered
CSeries small airliner is
threatening the bottom
end of the two established
single-aisle families
TuPYav. AIThuU laU FovoIoRoF ElaPIoU lo llo
IIll EoPlToIU oP aRRToaEl llal aTo aElIvaloF hv
a UYIlEl IP llo ovoTloaF RaPoI. TlIU aIIoYU llo
aITETaIl lo lavo a FIIIoToPl aoToFvPamIE hTaMIPI
UvUlom IoT aRRToaEl aPF louElFoYP.
AIThuU IU UlavIPI SuIol oP IlU RIaPU IoT aP
Bombardier fnally cemented
its decision to go ahead with
its 110/130-seat CSeries twin-
jet in March when launch cus-
tomer Lufthansa frmed up its
Farnborough 2008 deal for up
to 60 aircraft. The airline has
subsequently been joined by
lessor LCI, which placed orders
and options for 40 aircraft, tak-
ing total commitments for the
Pratt & Whitney PW1000G GTF-
powered airliner to 100.
Bombardier is pushing the
CSeries as a small mainline
jet, with the lower end of the
Airbus A320 and Boeing 737
families frmly in its sights. The
new jet, which is due to enter
service in the second half of
2013, also threatens the top
end of Embraers successful
E-Jet series so it is no sur-
prise that the Brazilian airfram-
er confrmed this year that it is
evaluating how and whether to
respond to the threat.
Although the A318/A319
and 737-600/700 could fnd
themselves fghting the
CSeries, the one airline cus-
tomer announced to date
Lufthansa intends to use the
aircraft to replace the 97-seat
BAE Systems Avro RJ100s op-
erated by its Swiss
International Air Lines arm.
How the sales map will
eventually look remains to be
seen, but with Bombardier
claiming over 150 customers
showing strong interest it is
likely that the new twinjet will
be adopted by some network
carriers for their thinner short-
haul routes, or perhaps for
some of their longer sectors.
Bombardier sees a long-term
market for 6,300 aircraft in the
CSeries category over the next
20 years.
With the full launch under its
belt, Bombardier is undertak-
ing the detail design phase and
aims to begin the product def-
nition release phase around a
year from now. The target is for
the certifcation process to
begin during the fourth quarter
of 2011. Flight test and type
certifcation is expected to last
18 months.
The airliners wing and
empennage is predominantly
carbonfbre, although ad-
vanced alloys are used for the
wingbox ribs and slats with
titanium employed for pylon
and gear attachments. The
fuselage, which has a fve
abreast cross-section, is of
aluminium lithium construction
with carbonfbre elements
such as the aft section and
pressure bulkhead.
Rockwell Collins is supplying
its Pro Line Fusion system for
the CSeries fve-screen, sides-
tick equipped fightdeck.
Powered by two 21,000lb
(93.5kN) or 23,300lb-thrust
PW1500G GTFs, Bombardier
says the family will offer a 20%
fuel burn advantage and 15%
better cash operating costs
than its in-production rivals,
with direct maintenance costs
expected to be 28% better.
Final assembly will be un-
dertaken at an all-new plant at
Bombardiers Mirabel site near
Montreal. Sections will be sup-
plied from sister divisions and
outside partners in North
America, Europe and China. O
NEW GENERATION AIRLINERS
CAN CSERIES TAKE ON THE ESTABLISHMENT?
First ight 2012
First delivery 2013
Orders (total/2009) 50/50
Deliveries (total/2009) 0/0
CSERIES DATA CHECK
The cockpit has Rockwells Pro Line Fusion avionics
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CS100ER CS300ER
MTOW (t) 58.2 63.3
Seats (two-class) 100 120
Range (km) 5,460 5,460
List price ($m) 54 61
SOURCE: Manufacturer Note: longest-range versions shown
CSERIES SPEC CHECK
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nIIlolloIisIngIo-aIsIoiouuclIIno-us.
AIihusanuBooIngsvIuohouvIamIIIos
lavonovoihoonoiIoclIvaIIgnouInloimsoI
sIzoanuoiIoimanco.
Tlo Luiooan aIiIiamois A88u lvInjol
sanslvooIIlsiIvaIsIamIIvlloloonuoI
llo767anullohollomonuoIllo777anuIs
uIioclIvInllosIgllsoIBooIngs767ioIaco-
monl.llo787.AnuvlIIollocuiionlvoisIons
oIlloA84u.llo-uu/6uu.aiomoioInsvnc
vIlllloIiISiIvaIsllo777-2uuLR/8uuLR
iosoclIvoIvlloAIihusouaujolaoaislo
hoInllolvIIIglloIIlsIIIoaIloisovoiaIsuc-
cossIvovoaisoIsIovsaIosanuIovoulul.
DosIlo AIihuss succoss In iaclIng u
IauncluoaIsIoilloA88u/A84usuIlImaloio-
Iacomonl.lloA8uXWB.saIosoIllocuiionl
lvInjollavohoonaliocoiuIovoIs.vIll1u6
aIiciaIlsoIuIn2uu7anuaIuilloi142In2uu8.
TlosamolasnolhoonliuoIoilloA84u.
PiouuclIonlasoIIoclIvoIvonuouIoillooiIgI-
naICIM6-ovoiouA84u-8uuvaiIanlllo
IasloI246onoiuoivasuoIIvoiouIn2uu8
vlIIo oulul oI llo R-R Tionl uu-ovoiou
-uu/6uuIsalaliIclIo.
SImIIaiIv.alBooIngs777IanlInLvoioll.
llo oulRul EoPlTo oI ITavIlv laU UlIIloF TmIv
In Iavoui oI llo novoi GLuu-11-ovoiou
-2uuLR/8uuLRvaiIanls.
MAX KINGSLEY-JONES LONDON
TloAIihusA88uanuBooIng777
aioIaiIiomhoIngovoislauovou
hvlloIinoxlgonoialIonsIslois
llalaioInuovoIomonl
Keeping
the faith
IN-PRODUCTION WIDEBODIES
WIllahaclIogoImoiollan8uuaIiciaIlanu
iouuclIoniunnIngalsovonamonlllloaIi-
IiamoishIggosllvInjolIssolIaIiIoillonoai
loim. Tlo coIIaso In llo caigo mailol vas
IaigoIvholInullouocIsIonlocul777oulul
hv lYo uPIlU a moPll lo vo ITom ,uPo 2u1u.
BulvIlllloA8uIoomIng.BooIngIsovaI-
ualInglovIlcouIuuovoIollo777locoun-
loillonovllioal.VaiIousaIloinalIvomIu-IIIo
uualos aio hoIng oxamInou aIong vIll a
hioauoiiosonsosuclasa787-hasouuovoI-
omonlanuanaII-nov777ioIacomonl.
MoanvlIIo. AIihus las hoon voilIng lo
cIosollogalollo787vIlllloA88u.Al
IncioasoInmaxImumlalo-oIIvoIglllo288l
vIII ho avaIIahIo on nov-huIIu A88u-2uus
Iiom Solomhoi 2u1u iovIuIng a 61ulm
(88unm)IncioasoIniangooianoxlia8.4loI
avIoau.
Tlo uRITaFo EaP aIUo ho TolTolloF lo A88u-
2uus huIIl Iiom Iohiuaiv 2uu4. Koioan AIi
YaU llo TUl aITIIPo lo EommIl lo llo lIIloT-
voIgll voisIon vIll an oiuoi Ioi sIx oaiIIoi
llIsvoai.
InanoIIoilloloIsaIosanucuiionlo-
oialoisoIlloA84u.AIihuslasuovoIooua
Iovoi-uiaghoIIvIaIiIng.vlIcllloaIiIiamoi
hoIIovosIsvoillaiounu1%InloimsoIIuoI-
huiniouuclIon.IlvIIIhoslanuaiuonnov-
huIIuaIiciaIlIiomlloonuoIllIsvoai.vIlla
TolTol aIUo avaIIahIo.
Tlo IouT-oPIIPoF Lol laU aIUo hoPoloF ITom
an Incioaso In maInlonanco clocl InloivaIs
llalAIihuslasnogolIalouvIllioguIaloivau-
lloiIlIos Ioi Il anu Ils lvIn-ongInou sIsloi.
vlIclAIihuscIaImsslouIuiouucoaIiIiamo
uIioclmaInlonancocoslhvulo6%.
InllomoanlImo.llolvoaIiIiamoislavo
hoonuovoIoIngaII-caigovaiIanls.vlIclaio
onloiIngllomailoluuiIngllovoisluovn-
luinlloIioIgllInuuslivlasoxoiIoncouIn
IlsmouoinlIsloiv.Tlo1u8lavIoau777I
uovoIoouIiomllo-2uuLRIalIoimmauo
IlsuohulInIohiuaivvIllAIiIianco.Hov-
ovoi.llouovnluinlasiosuIlouIn787IsIoi
anolloi Iauncl cuslomoi ClIna Soulloin
The GE90-115-powered 777 versions now account for all orders and most deliveries
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767 A330 A340-200/300 777 Classic A340-500/600 777-200LR/300ER/F
First ight 6 Sept 1981 2 Nov 1992 25 Oct 1991 12 June 1994 23 Apr 2001 24 Feb 2003
First delivery 19 Aug 1982 30 Dec 1993 2 Feb 1993 17 May 1995 26 Jul 2002 29 Apr 2004
Orders (Total/2009) 1,036/-3 1,030/18 246/0 579/-3 138/-1 535/19
Deliveries (total/2009) 979/10 640/53 246/0 560/4 124/9 251/59
Backlog 57 390 0 19 14 284
2009 monthly output 1.1 5.9 - <1 1 6.6
SOURCE: Manufacturers
IN-PRODUCTION WIDEBODY DATA CHECK
767-300ER A330-200 A330-300 777-200ER 777-200LR A340-500 777-300ER A340-600
MTOW (t) 186.9 238 233 297.6 347.5 380 351.5 380
Seats (three-class) 218 253 295 301 301 313 365 380
Range (km) 11,070 13,320 10,820 14,260 17,370 16,650 14,690 14,620
List price ($m) 153 181 201 218 251 237 272 249
SOURCE: Manufacturers
IN-PRODUCTION WIDEBODY SPEC CHECK
With a backlog of more than
300 aircraft and production
running at seven a month
Boeings biggest twinjet is
set fair for the near term
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MAX KINGSLEY-JONES LONDON
AIloilvovoaisoIuoIavsBooIng
IU EoPFoPl llo 787oU TUl IIll IU
ImmIPoPl. YlIIo AIThuU IU
RToRaTIPI lo huIIF llo TUl :9B
Dreams of
tomorrow
NEXT-GENERATION WIDEBODIES
Taxi-testing is as close to any real action that the Dreamliner has come so far
DHL has just introduced its 767-300Fs
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F
oT llo AIThuU A8u RToITammo. 2uuu laU
hooP a voaT oI EoPUoIIFalIoP aU IlU TIvaI IP
5oallIooU DToamIIPoT FovoIoRmoPl oIIoTl
IuTEloF ITom ETIUIU lo ETIUIU. Tlo oPIv EoPUoI-
IPI IaEloT IoT BooIPI IU llo UoTIouU RToURoEl llal
llo 787 UlouIF PaIIv Iol aIThoTPo hv llo oPF
oI llo voaT.
Tlo :9B IU mIF Yav llTouIl a ETIlIEaI aPF
IPloPUo FovoIoRmoPl RToITammo llal YIII IoaF
lo PaI aUUomhIv oI llo TUl oxamRIo oI llo IoaF
vaTIaPl. llo -uuu. hoIIPPIPI IP mIF-2u11. -ov
mIIoUloPoU llal muUl ho EomRIoloF ovoT llo
Poxl 18 moPllU oT Uo IPEIuFo llo EomRIolIoP oI
llo FolaIIoF FoUIIP aU YoII aU llo PaIIUIPI oI
llo haUoIIPo URoEIEalIoP IoT llo UmaIIoT aPF
IaTIoT voTUIoPU oI llo 4oIIU-4ovEo TToPl :9B-
RoYoToF IamIIv. llo -8uu aPF -1uuu. ToURoE-
lIvoIv.
IP RaTaIIoI. AIThuU laU hooP YoTMIPI oP llo
RToFuElIoP RIaP IoT llo aITETaIloU EaThoPhTo
UlTuEluTo aU Il RToRaToU IoT IahTIEalIoP oI llo IPI-
lIaI EomRoPoPlU. YlIEl IU Fuo lo hoIIP UooP.
AU YIll llo 787 al llIU UlaIo oI IlU FovoIoR-
moPl. llo A8u aRRoaTU lo RToIToUUIPI Umooll-
Iv. .alo IaUl voaT llo -uuu aElIovoF llo Mov
pmaluTIlv Ialo (MG) q mIIoUloPo oP UEloFuIo.
YlIEl ToRToUoPloF llo FolaIIoF FoPIlIoP
IToozo. TlIU voTUIoP YIII ho llo TUl lo v. IP
oaTIv 2u12. 3alaT AITYavU IU Fuo lo ToEoIvo llo
TUl aITETaIl. IP llo UoEoPF laII oI 2u18.
Tlo oPIv maLoT loaFaElo llo FoUIIP loam
laU TovoaIoF Uo IaT YaU llo EoPIuTalIoP oI llo
ToaT IaIIov. TlIU laU PoY hooP PaIIUoF UIIIllIv
IaloT llaP RIaPPoF aIloT Uomo EuUlomoTU ToLoEl-
oF llo IPIlIaI Iavoul. 0oxl oP AIThuUoU aIoPFa IU
EomRIolIPI MG IoT llo -8uu. YlIEl IU Fuo hv
voaT-oPF.
1Po Mov FovoIoRmoPl AIThuU YIII IPlToFuEo
oP llo A8u IU a PoY oIoElToPIE IIll haI RlI-
IoUoRlv. DuhhoF pEIaUU 2-RIuUq. llo UvUlom
EomhIPoU IPloITaloF laTFYaTo YIll llo ahIIIlv
lo FoEM a IaRloR EomRuloT. YlIEl YIII ho oRoT-
aloF uUIPI llo aITETaIloU oP-hoaTF EoPlToIU. Il
laU hooP ovoIvoF ITom llo A88uoU oP-hoaTF IP-
IoTmalIoP UvUlom. YlIEl IU IuIIv IPloITaloF
EIaUU 8 LIB.
MoaPYlIIo. IP 5oallIo. BooIPI laU TuP IPlo
aImoUl EouPlIoUU ohUlaEIoU llal lavo RTovoPloF
llo 787 ITom hoIPI EaRahIo oI hoIIPPIPI IlU
IIll-loUl RToITammo. AIloT llo RToFuElIoP IU-
UuoU llal FoIIoF llo RToITammo IP 2uu7-8. llo
DToamIIPoT IooMoF Uol lo laMo oII IP IIPo YIll IlU
TovIUoF UEloFuIo oI mIF-2uuu s aImoUl TIIll uR
uPlII llo Fav Il UlouIF lavo oYP.
AU llo IPFuUlTv YaIloF YIll haloF hToall IoT
llo maIFoP UoTlIo. llo aITITamoT TovoaIoF llo
PoY IPIamouU pUIFo-oI-hoFvq UlTuEluTaI IUUuo.
Il looM BooIPI lYo moPllU lo Iol IlU loaF
aTouPF loY Il YouIF laEMIo llo RTohIom. aPF
AITIIPoU s hoIPI FoIoTToF. YIll llo ToUuIl llal
hTaPF-PoY aITITamoU lavo hooP RaTMoF IP
llo FoUoTl.
AIThuU YIII ho loRIPI llal llo lImIPI YIII
ho holloT IoT IlU PoY A88u-2uuI. TlIU 64l Rav-
IoaF IToIIlloT IU Fuo lo v FuTIPI 0ovomhoT
aPF oPloT UoTvIEo YIll LlIlaF AITYavUo EaTIo
aTm IP mIF-2u1u.
DoURIlo llo UoEloToU EuTToPl RooT lTaFIPI
EoPFIlIoPU s EaTIo lTaIE laU UooP voaT-oP-
voaT FoEIIPoU oI ovoT 2u s llo aITITamoTU aTo
ovaIualIPI EaTIo EoPvoTUIoP oRRoTluPIlIoU IoT
llo IP-UoTvIEo ool oI A88uU aPF 777U. aPF
AIThuU aPF BooIPI EouIF holl IauPEl moFI-
EalIoP RToITammoU YIllIP llo Poxl 12 moPllU
IoT llo A88u-8uu aPF 777-2uul2uuL4. ToURoE-
lIvoIv (see Cargo Conversions, P44).
SALES SUFFER
5aIoU oI aII llo IP-RToFuElIoP lYIP-aIUIo aIT-
ETaIl lavo UuIIoToF IP 2uuu. YIll oTFoTU FoYP
UuhUlaPlIaIIv oP IaUl voaT. Tlo A88u aPF 777
aTo PoEM aPF PoEM al llo oPF oI llo llITF SuaT-
loT. oP 18 aPF 16 Pol oTFoTU. ToURoElIvoIv. Tlo
A84u aPF 767 aTo holl IP FoEIl lo llo luPo oI
oPo aPF llToo aITETaIl. ToURoElIvoIv.
BooIPI IoaFU llo Yav IP YIFohoFv oulRul.
FoIIvoTIPI 68 777U aPF UIx 767U IP llo TUl
PIPo moPllU. Tlo A88u IU Pol IaT holIPF llo
hII BooIPI. oP 8. hul A84u oulRul TomaIPU
IoY. YIll LuUl PIPo UlIRmoPlU.
Tlo A88u hoaUlU llo IaTIoUl haEMIoI. YIll
8uu oP oTFoT. EomRaToF YIll 8u8 IoT llo 777
aPF 7 IoT llo 767. 9Ill LuUl 14 A84uU UlIII lo
ho FoIIvoToF. RToFuElIoP EouIF TuP oul hv llo
oPF oI Poxl voaT uPIoUU moTo UaIoU aTo UoEuToF.
9Ill llo RaUUoPIoT voTUIoP oI llo 767 lav-
IPI UooP a ToEovoTv IP UaIoU IP llo YaMo oI llo
787 FoIavU. laII oI llo 1u FoIIvoTIoU IP llo TUl
PIPo moPllU YoTo llo -8uuL4 moFoI. IToIIll-
oT RToFuElIoP aEEouPloF IoT IouT aITETaIl FuT-
IPI llo RoTIoF. IPEIuFIPI llo TUl -8uuIU IoT
DH. s YlIEl YoTo oSuIRRoF YIll AvIalIoP
2aTlPoTU BooIPI YIPIIolU. O
The XWB is mid way through
a critical development
programme that will lead
to nal assembly of the
rst example, an A350-900,
beginning in mid-2011
767-300F A330-200F 777F
MTOW (t) 185.1 233 347.5
Payload (t) 52.7 64 103
Range (km) 6,025 7,400 9,050
List price ($m) 133.3 184.2 256.5
SOURCE: Manufacturers
WIDEBODY FREIGHTER SPEC CHECK
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Tlo EIaTIEalIoP Eamo llTouIl ITom 5oallIo
oP 27 AuIuUl. YloP BooIPI EoPTmoF llal
pDToamIIPoT 1Poq (ZAuu1) UlouIF PaIIv laMo
lo llo aIT hv llo oPF oI 2uuu. IP Ialo 5oRlomhoT
Il hoIaP moFIIvIPI llo TUl lYo 787U s ZAuu1
aPF llo UlalIE loUl aITITamo. ZYuu7.
Tlo oPlITo RToEoUU oI RToRaTalIoP. IPUlaIIa-
lIoP aPF ToUloTalIoP IU oxRoEloF lo laMo ahoul
llToo moPllU. IoIIoYIPI YlIEl ZYuu7 YIII uP-
FoTIo UlalIE loUlU lo vaIIFalo llo FoUIIP oI llo
moFIEalIoP lo EIoaT ZAuu1 IoT IIll.
Tlo MPoEM-oP oIIoEl oI llo IaloUl RTohIom IU
llal FoIIvoTIoU YIII hoIIP IP llo IouTll SuaTloT
oI 2u1u. aFFIPI UIx lo PIPo moPllU lo aImoUl
lYo voaTU oI FoIavU aIToaFv IPEuTToF. DovoIoR-
moPl oI llo 787-u laU aIUo UIIRRoF. YIll FoIIv-
oiIosloIaunclcuslomoiAIiNovZoaIanusIIu-
IPI ITom oaTIv 2u18 lo IaloT llo Uamo voaT.
9Ill llo YooU hoIPI UuIIoToF hv llo 787-8.
llo UlaluU oI llo moFIum-TaPIo -8 IooMU RaTlIE-
uIaTIv uPEoTlaIP. IP mIF-2uuu ,aRaP AITIIPoU s
oPo oI LuUl lYo EuUlomoTU IoT llo -8 s FToRRoF
IlU oTFoT IP IavouT oI llo haUoIIPo 787-8. IoavIPI
LuUl AII 0IRRoP AITYavU YIll llo vaTIaPl (28
oTFoTU) oP IlU hooMU. Tlo -8 YaU IauPEloF aIoPI
YIll llo -8 al llo UlaTl oI llo RToITammo URo-
EIEaIIv lo mool llo ,aRaPoUo aITIIPoUo ToSuITo-
moPl IoT a lIIl-FoPUIlv EoPIuTalIoP.
DoURIlo llo ,A. movo. BooIPI UavU Il To-
maIPU EommIlloF lo huIIFIPI llo vaTIaPl.
YlIEl laU IoYoT YoIIllU aPF a lTImmoF YIPI-
URaP IoT uUo al URaEo-EoPUlTaIPoF IaloU. IP IaEl
7PIloF AITIIPoU laU omoTIoF aU a RoloPlIaI EII-
oPl. YIll Il ovoIPI llo -8 aU ToRIaEomoPl IoT IlU
77. 767 aPF 777 oolU oP 75 FomoUlIE TouloU.
BooIPI laF RIaPPoF llo 787-8 lo IoIIoY
UlTaIIll aIloT llo -8. hul FovoIoRmoPl laU hooP
RoUlRoPoF aU Il YoTMoF lo Iol llo RToITammo
haEM oP lTaEM aPF movIPI IoTYaTF YIll llo -u.
IP llo YaMo oI aII llo RToFuElIoP IUUuoU. llo
787 RToFuElIoP TamR-uR laU hooP UIoYoF.
YIll llo RIaP oI aElIovIPI 1u 787U a moPll
hoIPI RuUloF haEM hv a voaT lo llo oPF oI 2u18.
HoYovoT. uPIoUU a UoEoPF PaI aUUomhIv IIPo
IU IPlToFuEoF. llo EomRaPv YIII oPIv ho ahIo lo
RToFuEo UovoP 787U a moPll al IlU oxIUlIPI Lv-
oToll IaEIIIlv.
II llo FoIav YooU YoTo Pol RaIPIuI oPouIl.
BooIPI laU aIUo laF lo laMo a S2. hIIIIoP YTIl-
oFoYP aIloT Il FoEIaToF llal llo TUl llToo oI UIx
IIll-loUl 787-8U plavo Po EommoTEIaI maTMol
vaIuo hovoPF llo FovoIoRmoPl oIIoTl Fuo lo llo
IPoTFIPalo amouPl oI ToYoTM aPF uPISuo aPF
oxloPUIvo moFIEalIoPU maFoq lo llom.
CARSON A CASUALTY
BooIPI CommoTEIaI AITRIaPoU RToUIFoPl 5Eoll
CaTUoP YaU a EaUuaIlv oI llo IaII-oul ITom llo
huPIIoF RToITammo. lavIPI TolIToF aPF hooP
ToRIaEoF hv ,Im AIhauIl. lIU EouPloTRaTl al
llo IPloITaloF DoIoPUo 5vUlomU FIvIUIoP.
BooIPIoU RToFuElIoP YooU YIll llo EaThoP-
hTo DToamIIPoT YIII Pol lavo IoPo uPPolIEoF
IP TouIouUo. aPF aP ImRoTlaPl laUM AIThuU laU
uPFoTlaMoP llIU voaT laU hooP llo vaIIFalIoP oI
llo huIIF RToEoUU IoT IlU oYP EomRoUIlo aITIIP-
oT. 9Ill llo :9B. llo aITITamoT IU oIIoElIvoIv
To-IPvoPlIPI llo Yav Il RulU loIolloT aP aITIIPoT
aPF lo uPFoTUlaPF llo IUUuoU Il IaEoU. Il laU TuP
a pFomoPUlTaloTU RToITammoq.
AIThuU RIaPlU IP GoTmaPv aPF ITaPEo lavo
huIIl UovoTaI IuUoIaIo haTToI FomoPUlTaloTU.
YlIEl YIII ho uUoF lo UuRRoTl llo EoTlIEalIoP
RToEoUU aPF FomoPUlTalo llo oIEIoPEv oI uUo
oI EommoP looIU aPF RToEoUUoU.
AIloT llo ooF oI UaIoU llal holl PoY aITIIP-
oTU lavo oPLovoF IP ToEoPl voaTU. 2uuu laU hooP
ToIalIvoIv SuIol. 9lIIo aII oTFoTU aTo FoYP UII-
PIEaPlIv hoEauUo oI llo FIIEuIl lTaFIPI EoP-
FIlIoPU. llo maIP ToaUoP IoT llo UIoYIPI oI PoY
UaIoU IoT llo DToamIIPoT aPF :9B IU moTo lo
Fo YIll llo RlaUo llal oaEl RToITammo IU al.
9Ill holl aITETaIl lvRoU lavIPI hooP llTouIl
lloIT pIauPEl EvEIoq ITom a UaIoU RoTURoElIvo.
llov EaP holl hoaUl ImRToUUIvo haEMIoIU s llo
787oU UlaPFU al 8u aITETaIl. YlIIo llo A8uoU
lolaI IU 4u8.
TlIU moaPU llal llo TUl maLoT halEloU oI
UIolU aTo YoII IPlo llo Poxl FoEaFo IoT holl aIT-
ETaIl. aPF maPv RoloPlIaI EuUlomoTU aTo PoY
laMIPI a loPlalIvo aRRToaEl aU llov aYaIl EoP-
TmalIoP llal llo laTFYaTo EaP FoIIvoT Ylal
llohiocluiosiomIso.
IP llo TUl PIPo moPllU oI 2uuu. llo A8u
maPaIoF lo aEETuo 1u Pol oTFoTU. hul llo 787
UuIIoToF IP llo YaMo oI IlU RToFuElIoP FTamaU
aPF FoIavU YlIEl FTovo IlU oTFoT laIIv IPlo Fo-
EIl lo llo luPo oI mIPuU 6u. Tlo aITITamoT laU
UoEuToF PoY huUIPoUU IoT llo DToamIIPoT llIU
voaT s a lolaI oI 18 aITETaIl s hul laU IoUl 78 ITom
llo oxIUlIPI haEMIoI. O
As A350-900 (pictured) development progresses, definition freeze for the -800 is next
XWB will be first for class 2-plus EFB
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787-3 787-8 A350-800 787-9 A350-900 A350-1000
MTOW (t) 165.1 219.5 248 244.9 268 298
Seats (three-class) 330* 250 270 290 314 350
Range (km) 5,640 15,170 15,360 15,730 14,990 14,800
List price ($m) 153 166 209 200 241 270
SOURCE: Manufacturers *Two-class
NEXT-GENERATION WIDEBODY SPEC CHECK
A350 XWB 787
First ight Due Q1 2012 Due Dec 2009
First delivery Due H2 2013 Due Q4 2010
Orders (total/2009) 493/10 850/-60
Deliveries (total/2009) 0/0 0/0
Backlog 493 850
SOURCE: Manufacturers
NEXT-GENERATION WIDEBODY DATA CHECK
In the wake of all the
production issues, the
787 production ramp-up
has been slowed
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ussIaanuClInaaiooacluisuIngIanslo
hoalAIihusanuBooInglollomailolvIll
novnaiiovhouvcommoicIaIjols.
WIlllloWosloinaIiIiamoisvollocommIl
lolImoIiamosIoiioIioslmonloIlloIinaiiov-
houvIamIIIos.lloCommoicIaIAIiCoioialIon
oIClIna(Comac)anuRussIasInIlouAIiciaIl
(IAC)aioaImInglohiIngnovaIiIInoislollo
mailolIn2u16.
5RoEIEalIoPU IoT llo Cu1u PaTToYhoFv RaU-
songoijolInuovoIomonlhvComacvoioio-
voaIouuuiInglloAsIanAoiosacooxlIhIlIon
InHongKongInSolomhoi.vloiollomanu-
Iacluioi uIsIavou a Iaigo-scaIo concol
mouoI.
AssIslanl gonoiaI managoi Wang WonhIn
uIscIosoullallloiovouIuhoaslanuaiumouoI
vIllaiangooI4.u7lm(2.2uunm)anuaIong-
TaPIo moFoI ahIo lo v .Mm. Tlo Cu1u YIII
Uoal 16u RaUUoPIoTU IP aII-oEoPomv EIaUU oT 16
IP a mIxoF-EIaUU EoPIuTalIoP.
ComaE IU laTIolIPI a TUl IIll IP 2u14 aPF
lo EoTlIEalo aPF FoIIvoT llo aITETaIl lYo voaTU
IaloT. Tlo ClIPoUo Tm IU IP PoIolIalIoPU YIll
WosloinanuIocaIsuIIois.IncIuuIngongIno
manuIacluiois.
AvIalIon Inuusliv CoioialIon oI ClIna
(AVIC)CommoicIaILngInosvanlslosuIv
oPIIPoU. hul laU EoPEoFoF llal llo TUl Cu1uU
aioIIloIvlolavoWosloinovoiIanls.gIvon
lloImiohahIIIlvoIuovoIoIngnovongInos
hv2u16.AccoiuIngIv.ComacIssoalIngloaII
llomajoiWosloinongIno-malois.
p9o aTo IPloToUloF IP llo Cu1u aPF lavo IPI-
lIaloF FIUEuUUIoPU YIll ComaE.q EoPTmU 2Tall
8 9lIlPov. p9o hoIIovo llal llo 291uuuG oI-
IoTU a PoY aITRIaPo UuEl aU llo Cu1u EoPUIFoT-
ahIomailolvaIuo.
Tlo 291uuuG GTI IoaToF luThoIaP oPIIPo.
vlIcl vIII ovoi BomhaiuIoi Aoiosacos
CSoiIosaIiIInois.IsuuolohoioauvIoisoivIco
In2u18.
SoalIngallloAsIanAoiosacoCongioss.
289oU vIEo-RToUIFoPl EommoTEIaI oPIIPoU IoT
ClIPa. TlomaU 0aMaPo. laF IPFIEaloF llo
manuIacluioisioIoioncoloiovIuoanInloi-
PalIoPaI AoTo LPIIPoU RoYoTRIaPl lo llo Cu1u
iogiammo. Hovovoi. Comac aoais lo Ia-
vouT llo GTI oRlIoP.
Comac las oxiossou an Inloiosl In llo
2uTo2oYoT oPIIPo IoT IlU RToRoUoF PoY aIT-
ETaIl.q UavU 289. p9o Uoo aP oxEoIIoPl l IoT
llo 291uuuGoU Iamo-ElaPIIPI RoTIoTmaPEo
aPF oPvIToPmoPlaI EaRahIIIlIoU YIll llo Cu1u.
anuvouIuhoInloioslouInuisuIngIl.
5aITaP aPF IlU RaTlPoT GL AvIalIoP aTo aIUo
UooMIPI IPvoIvomoPl IP llo Cu1u RToITammo.
anulovaiusllIsgoaIlavoIacoumanuIaclui-
IPI YoTM IP ClIPa vIa 0oxEoIIo. a LoIPl-voPluTo
PaEoIIo EomRaPv IoTmoF hv GLoU MIFFIo 4IvoT
AIiciaIl Svsloms anu SaIian comanv AIi-
coIIo.
MAJOR SYSTEMS SELECTION
ComaE UavU maLoT UvUlomU IoT llo Cu1u. UuEl
aslloongInosanuIanuInggoai.vIIIhosoIocl-
oF loYaTFU llo oPF oI llo voaT. 5aITaPoU MoUUI-
oT-DoYlv aPF MoUUIoT-BuIallI. aIoPI YIll
lliooAVICcomanIos.lavosuhmIllouajoInl
ioosaIIoiIanuInggoaianuhialosvsloms.
IP llo oPIIPo EomRolIlIoP. 5aITaP-GL LoIPl
voPluTo CIM IU RToRoUIPI llo CIM .oaR :
ongIno.
AccoiuIngloComacsuIiocloioImailolIng
anusaIosClonJIn.ongInomanuIacluioislavo
hooP loIF llal llo Cu1uoU oPIIPoU muUl oIIoT 12-
1% Iovoi IuoI consumlIon llan louavs
RoYoTRIaPlU. Tlo Cu1u YIII FoRIov aFvaPEoF
aoiouvnamIcsanumalooxlonsIvousooIau-
vancoumaloiIaIsloiouucovoIgll.ComacIs
aImIngIslosocuioaIaunclcuslomoiInllo
TUl laII oI 2u1u. UavU CloP.
MoaPYlIIo. 4uUUIaoU PalIoPaI aITITamoT 7AC
COMAC C919 GENERAL ARRANGEMENT
Russia intends to leapfrog Western single-aisles with its MS-21 twinjet family
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Tlo IPEToaUIPI RToIo oI llo Cu1u
aPF M5-21 PaTToYhoFIoU IU RTooI
llalClInaanuRussIaaiosoiIous
ahoullloaIiIInoihusInoss
The young
pretenders
EMERGING NARROWBODIES
C919 MS-21
First ight: Due 2014 Due 2014
First delivery: Due 2016 Due 2016
SOURCE: Manufacturers
EMERGING NARROWBODY DATA CHECK
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Is iocoouIng vIll Ians lo Iauncl a llioo-
momhoiMS-21lvInjolIamIIvloioIacollo
TuRoIov Tu-2u4. Tlo TUl moFoI. llo M5-21-
2uu. YIII lavo 1u UoalU IP a UIPIIo-EIaUU EoP-
IuTalIoP. Tlo -8uu aPF -4uu YIII lavo 181 aPF
212 UoalU. ToURoElIvoIv.
IoT oaEl moFoI. haUIE aPF oxloPFoF-TaPIo
voisIons aio Iannou. In oacl caso llo hasIc
moFoI YIII lavo a TaPIo oI 8.uuMm. Tlo ox-
loPFoF-TaPIo voTUIoPU oI llo -2uu aPF -8uu YIII
oaEl lavo a TaPIo oI .uuuMm YlIIo llo oxloPF-
oF-TaPIo -4uu YIII v .uuMm. A voTv-IoPI-
iangoMS-21-2uuLRlasaIsohoonmoolou.
A RTo-FoUIIP RlaUo IU uPFoT Yav. YIll YoTM-
IPI FoUIIP lo IoIIoY IP 2u1u. A TUl RTololvRo
IU Fuo lo ho ToaFv IP 2u18 aPF lo v IP 2u14.
Tlo aITETaIl YIII ho huIIl al ITMulUM.
ConliacloisvoiosoIoclouIoIIovIngInloina-
lIoPaI loPFoTU IPvIloF IaUl voaT hv ITMul. YlIEl
IU RaTl oI 7AC. IP ,uIv 2uu7 ITMul YaU ITaPloF
aiovaIaslloiImoconliacloiIoilloMS-21.
PIIolaiovaIIoilloiojoclIoIIovouavoai
IaloT IP AuIuUl 2uu8. IIPaPEIPI IU URIIl 6u
holvoon llo RussIan slalo govoinmonl anu
4u ITom llo maPuIaEluToT. A RTovIUIoP oI
4h72 hIIIIoP (S2.8 hIIIIoP) laU hooP maFo lo
Iunulloiogiammo.
IP aFFIlIoP lo UlooTIPI llo RToLoEl. ITMul YIII
aEl aU a UvUlom IPloITaloT. Il oxRoElU llo M5-21
lo aElIovo 4uUUIaP EoTlIEalIoP IP 2u1 aPF lo
gaInLuiooanaiovaIanuonloisoivIcoIn
2u16. 7AC YIII FovoIoR EomRuloTU IoT llo M5-
21. YlIIo YoTM oP llo aITETaIl lvRooU EomRoUIlo
YIPI YIII ho EoPFuEloF hv 7AC FauIlloT Eom-
RaPv AoToEomRoUIlo.
AmoPI llo TmU EloUoP lo UuRRIv pTUl-
IovoIsvslomslolloMS-21iogiammoIsHv-
FTomaUl. YlIEl IU FovoIoRIPI llo IaPFIPI IoaT.
Tlo auxIIIaTv RoYoT uPIlU aPF YIPI Fo-IEIPI
svslomsvIIIhosuIIouhvHamIIlonSunu-
UlTaPF. YlIEl YIII aIUo YoTM IP EoPLuPElIoP
YIll 021 0auMa aPF -IFFo ToElPoIoIIoUo
.oHoloIIoT uPIl lo FovoIoR. ToURoElIvoIv. aIT
EoPFIlIoPIPI aPF To RToloElIoP UvUlomU.
LaloP AoToURaEo IU UuRRIvIPI lvFTauIIE
EoPlToIU. YIll u oI EomRoPoPl RToFuElIoP
lo ho EaTTIoF oul hv 4uUUIaP TmU 8oUMloF.
ToRIoohmoPPIM. ToMlRTIhoT aPF ZPamva.
CahIn InloiIois aio hoIng uovoIoou hv
ZoFIaEoU C8D huUIPoUU. YlIIo llo Uamo Eom-
RaPvoU IPloTloElPISuo uPIl YIII UuRRIv
IuoI maPaIomoPl aPF oxvIoP UvUlomU. IPloT-
loElPISuo IU aIUo FovoIoRIPI a IaU IPoTlIPI
UvUlom YIll HamIIloP 5uPFUlTaPF. YlIEl
IU YoTMIPI YIll aPolloT aTm oI ZoFIaE s IlU
Comac unveiled the C919 in September can it challenge todays narrowbodies?
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C919 MS-21-200ER MS-21-300ER MS-21-500ER
MTOW (t) 67.6 76.2 87.2
Seats (two-class) 156-169 150-162 181-198 212-230
Range (km) 5,560 5,000 5,000 5,500
SOURCE: Manufacturers Note: longest-range versions shown
EMERGING NARROWBODY SPEC CHECK
LCL UuhUIFIaTv s oP oIoElTIEaI UvUlomU.
ManuIacluiois comolIng lo iovIuo on-
IIPoU IoT llo oxRoTl voTUIoP oI llo M5-21 aTo
ToSuIToF hv ITMul lo oPIIUl 4uUUIaP RaTlPoTU.
289. a PaIIUl IP llo oPIIPo EomRolIlIoP. UavU
pIl IU loo oaTIv lo loII llo oxaEl FIUlTIhulIoP oI
YoTM IoT llIU RToITammoq. hul aFFU llal 2oTm
MoloTU IU aP paRRoaIIPI RoloPlIaI haUo IoT YoTM
aUUoEIaloF YIll llo M5-21] RToLoElq. YIll
289 loIFIPI 2 oI 2oTm aPF IlU aIIIalo AvI-
aFvIIaloI. pHoYovoT. Yo YIII Pol ho ahIo lo
maMo lloUo lvRoU oI FoEIUIoPU uPlII aIloT aP oP-
gInoiovIuoiIssoIoclouanuloimsaionogolI-
aloF.q EaulIoPU llo EomRaPv.
289 IU oIIoTIPI IlU 291uuuG GTI. pTlo
M5-21] RToITammo YouIF oPahIo 2Tall 8
9lIlPov lo oxloPF IlU 291uuuG moFoIU lo llo
8u.uuuIh llTuUl EIaUU.q UavU llo maPuIaEluToT.
RoIIs-Rovco las aIso hoon sloilIIslou as a
RToURoElIvo oPIIPo UuRRIIoT. 5ouTEoU al ITMul
Uav llal 4-4 YouIF IIPM uR YIll MoUEoY-haUoF
ongInosocIaIIslSaIvul.Illashoonsuggoslou
llal AvIaFvIIaloIoU 25-14 EouIF RoYoT FomoU-
lIcvoisIonsoIlloaIiciaIl.
POWERPLANT SELECTION
Al llo MA-5 aIT UloY IP MoUEoY IP AuIuUl.
ITMul RToUIFoPl 1IoI DomEloPMo UaIF llal a
cloIcooIongInomanuIacluioivouIuhomauo
hv llo oPF oI 2uuu. p5oIoElIoP oI llo RoYoT-
IanlIsllomoslImoilanloIaIIllolonuois
Yoovo IPvIloF.q lo aFFoF. p9o PooF lo UETulI-
PIUo UovoTaI loElPIEaI IUUuoU hoIoTo maMIPI Il.q
4oEMYoII CoIIIPU aPF AvIoPIMa aTo lo hIF IoT
llo avIoPIEU RaEMaIo. YlIIo .IohloTT AoTo-
URaEo aPF a EoPUoTlIum EoPUIUlIPI oI AvIaRTI-
hoT. GooFTIEl aPF MooI YIII EomRolo lo UuR-
RIv IPloITaloF EoPlToIU. ITMul oxRoElU lo
comIolosoIoclIngconliacloislosuIvlloso
llioosvslomshv1Novomhoi.
Tlo M5-21 pYIII lavo a EomRoUIlo UlTuE-
luToq. AIoxov IoFoTov. ElaITmaP aPF RToUIFoPl
oI 7AC. UaIF IP ,uIv. pIoT uU Il IU a voTv hII
ElaIIoPIo. hul llal IIvoU uU a Iol oI aFvaPlaIo IP
llo IIohaI maTMol. 9o lavo a Iol oI PoIolIalIoPU
vIll somo comanIos In Luioo anu lloio
slouIuhoanagioomonlhvlloonuoIllovoai.
,uUl llo FoUIIP aPF FovoIoRmoPl RaTl oI llal
YIII ho YIll 9oUloTP RaTlPoTU.q .IMoIv EaPFI-
ualoailnoisIncIuuocomosIloaoiosliucluios
URoEIaIIUlU UuEl aU AoToIIa. G-0 aPF 5RITIl
AoTo5vUlomU. Tlo ToIalIoPUlIRU aTo IPloPFoF
lo ho TIUM-UlaTIPI.
Al llo 2aTIU aIT UloY. DomEloPMo TovoaIoF
llal IooFhaEM oP llo M5-21 RToRoUaIU laF hooP
UoIIEIloF ITom 42 RoloPlIaI oRoTaloTU. hul aF-
mIlloF llal Il YaU FIIEuIl lo aEEoIoTalo llo FIU-
EuUUIoPU YIlloul a PaIIUoF EoPIuTalIoP IP-
cIuuIngaIiciaIlanuongInos.
0ovoTlloIoUU. 7AC laU RToLoEloF a RToFuE-
lIoP TuP oI 1.2uu M5-21 aITETaIl YIllIP 2
voaTU. 1PIv 8uu oI lloUo aTo IPloPFoF IoT llo
FomoUlIE maTMol. pIl IU a RToFuEl IoT llo IIohaI
maTMol.q UavU IoFoTov. O
The GTF is a candidate for both twinjets
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IllRussIascIvIIaIiciaIlmanuIacluiIng
Inuusliv Iocusou on llo aiiIvaI oI llo
aII-nov MS-21 lvInjol Iiom aiounu 2u16.
lloiolavohoonmIxouIoilunosIoillolvo
iImoIn-iouuclIonlvos.lloIIvuslInII-u6
vIuohouv anu sIngIo-aIsIo TuoIov Tu-
2u4/214.
PiouuclIon oI holl lvos iomaIns al a
liIclIocomaiouvIlllloIiWosloinoouIva-
Ionls.anullonoai-loimoulIoolIoiuoIIvoiIos
iomaInsooi.InIlouAIiciaIl(IAC).vlIcl
Is llo umhioIIa oiganIsalIon claigou vIll
slooiIngllouovoIomonloIRussIasaIiciaIl
manuIacluiIng.IsgoaiInguloInliouucoa
majoiiovoiloIlloTu-2u4.uuhhou.lloSM.
vlIclvIIIsuccooullocuiionlvaiIanlsIiom
2u11.PiouuclIonslouIullonconlInuounlII
2u16vlonIlssuccossoi.lloMS-21.Isuuo
loaiiIvo.
TloSMIsamouoinIsalIonoIllohasoIIno
Tu-2u4-1uuanuTu-2u4-8uusliInlhuIIl
hvAvIaslaiInIIvanovsl.asvoIIaslloKa-
zan-huIIl Tu-214 (a lIgloi voIgll Tu-2u4-
1uu). ImRTovomoPlU IPEIuFo moTo oIEIoPl
AvIauvIgaloI PS-uuA2 ongInos llal iomIso
ImiovouioIIahIIIlv.anovauxIIIaivovoi
unIl.iovIsouavIonIcsanugioaloiusooIau-
vancoumaloiIaIssuclascomosIlosanuaIu-
mInIumIIllIum.TloiosuIlIsulo2lIovoi
ooialIngomlvvoIgll.
AvIaslaivIIIgiauuaIIvliansIlIonlolloTu-
2u4SM. vlIIo Kazan-hasou KAPO vIII ho-
comoasuIIoilolloIIvanovslIIno.io-
uucIngllovIng.
Tlo TUl RTololvRo IU Fuo lo ToII oul IP
2u1u. YIll lvRo EoTlIEalIoP IU laTIoloF IoT
2u11. PiouuclIon Ians caII Ioi aiounu 1uu
Tu-2u45MU lo ho huIIl ovoT vo voaTU. 1P 17
Oclohoi2uuu.aTu-2u4loslaIiciaIllooloIIon
a 1l 2mIP IIll YIll aP oxRoTImoPlaI 25-
uuA2InIacooIonooIIlsslanuaiuPS-uus.
POOR RELIABILITY
Tlo nov vaiIanl cannol como loo soon Ioi
cuiionlTu-2u4ooialois.vlolavohoonox-
liomoIvvocaIahoulllolvInjolsooiioIIahII-
Ilvanusuoil.TlosIlualIonhocamosohau
InSolomhoillallloRussIanioguIaloilInl-
ouagiounuIngmIgllhoImIomonlouunIoss
llIngsImiovou.
IACs iosIuonl AIoxov Ivouoiov ac-
lnovIougoullallloaIiciaIllausuIIoiouio-
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Polet stepped in to save the all-cargo Il-96-400T after Aeroflot cancelled its plans
MAX KINGSLEY-JONES LONDON
AslloMS-21vaIlsInllovIngs.
llolvojolaIiIInoiiogiammos
uovoIoouInSovIollImosIacoan
uncoilaInIuluio
Legacies of
another era
RUSSIAN AIRLINERS
cuiiIngiohIomsslommIngIiomooiouaIIlv
oI somo comononls. anu Inauooualo aIloi-
UaIoU UuRRoTl. Ho laU IFoPlIoF llo 25-uuA
ongInosasonolovaioaoIconcoinlloIiooi
ioIIahIIIlv accounlou Ioi llo huIl oI com-
IaInls Iiom lov ooialoi Rou WIngs anu
lasImIomonlouaIanloiosoIvolloIssuos.
AccoiuInglolloIalosliouuclIonIansIoi
RussIascIvIIaIiciaIl.Tu-2u4/214oululvIII
lolaI8holvoon2uuuanu2u12.18Iovoillan
lloiovIousIan.vlIIojuslnInoII-u6saio
uuolohohuIIlhvVASOInVoionozl.
Tlo-4uuTIslloIaloslvaiIanloIlloIoui-
ongInouvIuohouvasliolcloucaigovoisIon
oIlloPS-uu-ovoiouII-u6-8uu.IlgoloIIloa
vohhIvslailIaslvoaivlonIlsoiIgInaIcus-
lomoT. AoTool CaTIo. EaPEoIIoF IlU FoaI aU llo
TUl aITETaIl YaU FoIIvoToF. 8oToPozl-haUoF
caigoaIiIInoPoIolcamololloioscuohvagioo-
InglolaloovoilloII-u6-4uuTs.
DoIIvoiIos hogan oI llioo aIiciaIl. on 1-
voaT PaPEIaI IoaUoU ITom IoUUoT IIvuUlIP II-
nanco(IIC).InSolomhoi.PoIolaIsosIgnou
an olIon Ioi llioo moio Ioi uoIIvoiv Iiom
noxlvoai.Tlou2lIioIglloionloiouiovonuo
UoTvIEo oP 27 5oRlomhoT holYooP MoUEoY
DomououovoaIioilanuYalulsl.
MoanvlIIo. a olonlIaI IoioIgn cuslomoi
lasomoigou:IICIsInlaIlsvIllaIK-iogIs-
loiou slail-u Ioi u lo 1u II-u6-4uuTs. aI-
llouIl llo lvRo IU Pol EoTlIEaloF IP LuToRo
oilloISA.
WlIIolloioaoailohoIovioaIIslIcios-
oclsIoilloII-u6IamIIv.AvIauvIgaloIson-
lancou PS-uuA2 ovoiIanl Ioi llo Tu-
2u4SM Is hoIng ioosou Ioi a mouoinIsou
voisIonoIlloII-u6-8uu.O
UACs boss acknowledges
that the Tu-204 has suffered
from poor quality components
and inadequate support
Tu-204-100 Tu-214 Tu-204-300 Il-96-300 Il-96-400T
MTOW (t) 103 110.8 84.8/103 216 270
Seats/payload 196* 182* 166** 235*** 92t
Range (km) 4,900 4,800 9,250 7,500 5,700
SOURCE: Manufacturers *Two-class **One-class ***Three-class
RUSSIAN AIRLINER SPEC CHECK
Tu-204/214 Il-96
First ight 2 Jan 1989 28 Sep 1988
First delivery Feb 1996 1992
Orders (total/2009) 98/2 37/0
Deliveries (total/2009) 27/5 23/1
Backlog 71 14
SOURCE: Manufacturers
Order/delivery data Flightglobal ACAS database
RUSSIAN AIRLINER DATA CHECK
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Almost ready to go Boeing has hung the four GEnx engines on the first 747-8
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BooIngsIalosljumholassuIIoiou
asliIngoIuoIavs.vlIIoAIihusIs
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iouuclIonllioovoaison
Gigantic
problems
ULTRA-LARGE AIRLINERS
W
lonBooIngs747-1uuonloiousoivIcoIn
1u7u.ooialoisaiounullogIohoioaI-
IUoF uPRToEoFoPloF oIEIoPEIoU IP Uoal-Mm
cosls.iouucIngllocosloIvoiIuliavoIanu
hoIUloTIPI llo PaPEIaI hollom IIPo IoT aITIIPoU
anuIaloiIoiaIiIioIgllooialois.
HoYovoT. lloTo IU a IRUIFo lo llo lIIl-Ea-
RaEIlv EoIP: aITIIPoU vIPI llo Lumho LolU EaT-
iIoullohuiuonoIaloIlvooialIngcoslsII
llov YoTo Pol ahIo lo aFoSualoIv II uR llo
aIiciaIlvIllassongois.NoaiIv4uvoaisIaloi.
anuInllomIuuIooIagIohaIiocossIonllal
nov aoais lo ho hollomIng. llo samo uv-
PamIE aIIElU llo hII SuaFU. YlolloT IP RaU-
UoPIoT oT EaTIo EoPIuTalIoP.
LmITaloU looM FoIIvoTv oI IlU TUl oI 8 AIT-
hus A88us on oiuoi In JuIv 2uu8. anu uo-
Iovou llo 48u-soal suoijumho holvoon
DuhaI aPF 0oY YoTM -oPPoFv lo muEl IaP-
Iaio.onIvloiomovolloaIiciaIlIiomlloioulo
InMavoIllIsvoai.
Tlo DuhaI-hasou aIiIIno iouoIovou llo
lYo aITETaIl llal laF UoTvoF 0oY YoTM FaIIv lo
ToToPlo aPF BaPIMoM. malElIPI llo aITETaIl
vIllamoioaioiIaloIovoIoIuomanu.Bul
LmIialosuoosIanloioluinlloA88uloNov
YoTM hv ,uPo Poxl voaT. hv YlIEl lImo IlU ool
YIII lavo IToYP UuIEIoPlIv.
LaigoaIiciaIllavohoonahIolooIIoicon-
UoIIFalIoP oI IIllU aPF UIIPIEaPlIv ToFuEoF
ooialIngcoslsIoiagIvonavIoau.hulnoai-
omRlv Lumho aPF UuRoTLumho IIllU ImRoUo
lIgl cosls. Tlo coIIaso oI holl llo gIohaI
EaTIo maTMol aPF RTomIum-EIaUU lTavoI laU
UlIIloF llo EoUl huTFoP haEM lo oRoTaloTU. aPF
llIU laU TovoThoTaloF haEM lo llo RToFuElIoP
IannIngIoiAIihusanuBooIng.
InSolomhoi.lloInloinalIonaIAIiTians-
RoTl AUUoEIalIoP TovIUoF IlU IPFuUlTv PaPEIaI
Ioiocasluovnvaiu.iouIclIngllalassongoi
A380 747-400 747-8
First ight 27 Apr 2005 29 Apr 1988 Due Q1 2010
First delivery 15 Oct 2007 26 Jan 1989 Due Q4 2010
Orders (total/2009) 200/2 694/0 105/-1
Deliveries (total/2009) 19/6 692/6 0/0
Backlog 181 2 105
2009 monthly output <1 <1
SOURCE: Manufacturers
ULTRA LARGE AIRLINER DATA CHECK
The production challenges
were not brought about by
one single item, but rather the
accumulation of small issues
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Air France joins the still relatively exclusive A380 club this month
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aioiojoclouloIoso$11hIIIIonIn2uuu.$2
hIIIIonmoiollanoiIgInaIIvIoiocasl.
In AiII. llo soIlonIng uomanu Ioi caigo
aIiciaIlsIovouBooIngs747-8IioIglloiio-
FuElIoP TamR-uR. UIIFIPI llo TUl FoIIvoTv oI
llo747-8IassongoivaiIanlhvllioolosIxau-
uIlIonaImonllslolloIouillouailoioI2u11.
LuIllansaiomaInslloonIvaIiIInocuslomoi
Ioillolvo.vIllanoiuoiIoi2uaIiciaIl.Boo-
IPI loIFU oTFoTU IoT UovoP 8I2-EoPIuToF
747-8IaIiciaIlasvoII.
RECESSION STUNTS SALES
Tlo iocossIon las vIiluaIIv slunlou saIos In
llIsmailolsogmonl.AIihuslasnolcloujusl
lvooiuoisIoilloA88uIn2uuu.vlIIolloio
lavohoonnonovoiuoisanuonocancoIIalIon
IoiBooIngs747-8.InauuIlIon.cuiionloiuoi
loIuoislavouoIoiiouuoIIvoivuuoloslai
uocIInosInuomanu.
Inllosloilloim.llooxloinaIIoicosvoIgl-
IngonlloIaigoassongoianucaigoaIiciaIl
mailol Ioi AIihus anu BooIng aio suIo-
monlouhvInloinaIIacloisaloaclcomanv.
YlIEl lavo UIIPIEaPlIv ElaIIoPIoF RToFuE-
lIonoIholllloA88uanu747-8.
Tlo TUl oI lYo 747-8I UoTvIEo-oPlTv UIIRU
announcoullIsvoaicamoInAiII.anuIoI-
Iovou a soiIos oI iouuclIon Issuos vIllIn
BooIngs suIv claIn anu uosIgn clangos
TUl TovoaIoF IP 0ovomhoT 2uu8. TloUo
RuUloF llo IPlToFuElIoP oI llo TUl oI 78 747-
8IsonoiuoihacllollollIiuouailoioI2u1u.
TlosoconuiosclouuIIngcamoInOclohoi
2uuu.vlonllouIvoisIonoIongInooiIngio-
souicoslollo787iogiammoIoulollo747-
8IoU TUl IIll UIIRRIPI lo oaTIv 2u1u.
anu soivIco onliv lo llo Iouill ouailoi oI
noxlvoai.
BooIng aIso ahsoihou a loIlv $1 hIIIIon
claigo.IoicInglloiogiammoInloaIosso-
sIlIon.IncioasouiouuclIoncoslsuuoloongI-
nooiIngclangosconliIhuloulo$64umIIIIon
oIllo$1hIIIIon.vlIIollohaIancooI$86u
mIIIIon vas alliIhulou lo llo sIovIng oI
iouuclIon causou hv llo coIIaso In llo
caigomailol.
Tlo iouuclIon claIIongos voio nol
hiougllahoulhvonosIngIoIlom.hulialloi
lloaccumuIalIonoIsmaIIIssuosllalauuou
ulolloIalosluoIavlolloiogiammo.
A88uiouuclIonaccoiuIngloonocus-
lomoiIsslIIIsuIIoiIngnIggIInguoIavs.anu
AIihusaImslouoIIvoi18llIsvoaionomoio
llanIn2uu8.TloaIiIiamoilanuouovoijusl
UIx A88uU FuTIPI llo TUl PIPo moPllU oI
2uuu. so musl slI sovon In llo Iasl llioo
monllsloaclIovoIlslaigolIncIuuIngllo
TUl lYo aITETaIl lo AIT ITaPEo.
Bv llo cIoso oI 2uuu AIihus slouIu lavo
uoIIvoiou26oI2uuA88usonoiuoiloIouio-
oialois AIi Iianco. LmIialos. Qanlas anu
SIngaoioAIiIInos.
Tlo2uuuuoIIvoivlaigollashooniogios-
sIvoIviovIsouuovnvaiulo18Iiomaonco
RIaPPoF 2 FoIIvoTIoU. a IuTo llal YaU To-
uucoulo21InMav2uu8.BvJanuaiv2uuu.
llal numhoi lau uioou lo 18. anu Il IoII
agaInlo14InMav.uuoloaIiIInouoIoiiaIs.
AIihus nov Ioiocasls Il vIII lanu ovoi
2u suoijumhos In 2u1u. laII oI llo 4u Il
IannoulohuIIuaccoiuInglollooiIgInaIio-
uuclIonIan.
TlIsvoaisavlloliansIlIonholvoonio-
uuclIonoIWavo1anuWavo2A88us.IuII
iouuclIon-slanuaiu vIiIng las ioIacou a
lanu-vIiIngiocoss.DosIlollIsslIIl.cahIn
EoPIuTalIoPU UoIoEloF hv PoY EuUlomoTU
lavocausouasIovIngoIiouuclIon.uuolo
lloongInooiIngcomIoxIlvoIInlogialIngllo
lIglIvcomIoxcahIns.
LvonvIllllocuiionlaInInllomailol-
IacouIscouiagIngmajoioxansIonsIncaigo
anu assongoi caacIlv. AIihus anu BooIng
conlInuolouIsagiooonlloIong-loimsIzooI
llovoivIaigoaIiciaIlmailol.
BooInglasiovIsouuovnvaiuIls2u-voai
IoiocaslIiomu8uIn2uu8lojusl74uunIlsho-
lvoon 2uuu anu 2u28. 4uu oI lloso
hoIngIioIgllois.
AIihusIoiocaslsasImIIainumhoioIIaigo
caigoIioIgllois.aiounu14.hulonvIsIonsa
mailolIoi1.818voivIaigoassongoiaIiciaIl
ovoillonoxl2uvoais.uIiom1.288oslImal-
ou2umonllsoaiIIoi.
WIll llo uoIIvoiv oI llo 1ull A88u lo
IaunclcuslomoiSIngaoioAIiIInos.Solom-
hoimailouaclangIngoIlloguaiuoIsoilsal
llo aITIIPo. IlU A88u ool PoY oulPumhoTU IlU
747-4uus.giauuaIIvhoInglasououloIllo
ool hv llo oPF oI llo 2u1ul11 UEaI voaT.
5IPIaRoTo AITIIPoU TUl IPlToFuEoF llo 747
In1u72anulaslalonuoIIvoivoI7asson-
goivoisIonsoIllooiIgInaIjumho.Iusanau-
uIlIonaI18IioIgllois.malIngIlIoimoiIvono
oIlloIaigosl747ooialoisInllovoiIu.
0oxl voaT YIII Uoo aP ovoT IToYIPI PumhoT
oIA88usonloiIngsoivIco.IoiIlsail.BooIng
RIaPU lo hoIIP llo EoTlIEalIoP EamRaIIP IoT
llo noxl-gonoialIon 747-8 IioIglloi oaiIv In
2u1u.vlIIocomIolIngongInooiIngioIoasos
anucommoncIngiouuclIonoIllo747-8I.O
747-8F 747-8I A380-800
MTOW (t) 442.3 442.3 560
Seats (three-class)/payload (t) 140t 467 525
Range (km) 8,130 14,820 15,200
List price ($m) 303 300.5 327.4
SOURCE: Manufacturers
ULTRA LARGE AIRLINER SPEC CHECK
The A380s 2009 delivery
target has been progressively
revised downward to 13 from
a once planned 25 deliveries
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T
lIslasnoloxaclIvhoonasloIIaivoaiIoi
caigoconvoisIons.TlosloouovnluinIn
llocaigomailollascausouuomanuIoias-
songoi-lo-IioIglloi(P2I)convoisIonsloovao-
ialo.AsaiosuIllloacooIvoilonsovoiaI
P2I convoisIon IInos las sIovou lo a ciavI
anusomoIInoslavoalIoasllomoiaiIIvho-
comoInaclIvo.
IoT oxamRIo. oPIv vo BooIPI 747-4uu EoP-
voTUIoPU YoTo EomRIoloF FuTIPI llo TUl llToo
SuaTloTU oI llo voaT s llToo hv BooIPI al TaIMoo
(XIamon)AIiciaIlLngInooiIng(TALCO)anu
lYo hv IUTaoI AoToURaEo IPFuUlTIoUo BoFoM FI-
vIsIon.TloiouuclIonialoIsaIsosIovonllo
767 22I IIPoU al BoFoM aPF BooIPIoU RaTlPoT
SIngaoioToclnoIogIos(STAoio)asvoIIas
oP llo A8uulA81u IIPo al LAD5 LI9.
MoaPYlIIo. BooIPIoU DC-1ulMD-11 EoPvoT-
sIoniogiammo.vlIclSTAoioanuAoiona-
BRENDAN SOBIE SEATTLE
Boeings in-house 767-300 conversion (pictured) vies with IAI Bedeks offering
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anavIuIvoaihulvIllnov
iogiammoscomInganuuomanu
ToEovoTIPI. 2u1u UlouIF ho holloT
Hope
springs
CARGO CONVERSIONS
vaIIlavocounlouonIoivoais.lassIovouloa
liIclIoanuIsaioaclIngIlsonu.Tlonaiiov-
houvconvoisIonmailolaIsolashoonlIlhv
llo FoYPluTP. YIll ToFuEoF 787l77 oulRul
llIU voaT al BoFoM. 2omEo. 2ToEIUIoP CoPvoT-
sIonsanuAoionaulIcaILngInoois(ALI).
Bul lloTo IU loRo IP llo loTIzoP IoT EaTIo
convoisIoniovIuois.AIloiaImoslavoaioI
uPRToEoFoPloF lTaIE FoEIIPoU. llo aIT EaTIo
mailolsoomslohohollomIngoul.slIiiIngu
InloioslagaInIoiconvoisIons.Tlouovnluin
InlloassongoimailollasaIsouiIvonuovn
aIiciaIlvaIuosanuuiamalIcaIIvImiovoullo
IoousloclIoiconvoisIons.PoilasmoslIm-
oilanlIvlloioaionovP2Iiogiammos.mosl
PolahIv IoT llo AIThuU A88u aPF BooIPI 777.
vlIclcouIuiovIuoImoilanlnovhusInoss
IoisomooIlloconvoisIonslos.
777 BCF MOOTED
Tlo IPFuUlTv laU hooP YaIlIPI voaTU IoT a 777
convoilouIioIglloianuIlaoaisllolImolas
PaIIv Eomo. BooIPI CommoTEIaI AvIalIoP
SoivIcosvIco-iosIuonlIioIglloiconvoisIons
DoPPIU IIovF TovoaIoF al llo Cargo FactsaIi-
ciaIl svmosIum In mIu-Solomhoi llal Il
EouIF IauPEl a 22I RToFuEl IoT llo 777-2uu
aPFloT 777-2uuL4 aU oaTIv aU Poxl voaT YIll
oPlTv IPlo UoTvIEo IP 2u18 oT 2u14. pTlo oaTII-
oUl YooTo IooMIPI al IU TUl SuaTloT oI Poxl voaT
IoiIlhoIngoIIoiahIo.savsIIovu.
IouLxLxiossIsaIioauvacuslomoiIoillo
PoY-huIIF 777I aPF aIT oRoTalIoPU FIvIUIoP
vIEo-RToUIFoPl RIaPPIPI aPF RoTIoTmaPEo 4oh-
oTl 4aEloT UavU llo EaTIo EaTTIoT IU ovaIualIPI
holl aITETaIl. YIll llo 777-2uuBCI UooP aU a
RoloPlIaI ToRIaEomoPl IoT IlU DC-1u-1uU aPF
llo 777-2uuL4BCI UooP aU a RoloPlIaI ToRIaEo-
moPl IoT IlU DC-1u-8uU.
IoFLx ElIoI oxoEulIvo DavIF BToPEzoM EaIIU
llo 777 pa RoTIoEl RIaPo IoT uU aU a RToFuElIoP
IioIglloianuasaconvoilouIioIglloianusavs
llocaiiIoiIsIoolIngalmalIngauocIsIonon
llo 777 BCI pUomolImo Poxl voaTq.
BooIPI UooU llo 777 EoPvoTloF IToIIlloT
comIomonlIng ialloi llan comolIng vIll
llo 777I. aU llo RToFuElIoP aITETaIl IU haUoF oP
llo IaTIoT 777-2uu.4l8uuL4. Tlo 777I laU a
847.8uuMI (766.uuuIh) maxImum laMo-oII
YoIIll aPF TovoPuo RavIoaF oI aTouPF 1u8l.
YlIEl EaP ho EaTTIoF uR lo u.2uMm (.uuuPm).
Tlo 777-2uuL4BCI YIII lavo aP oUlImaloF
MT19 oI 2u.1uuMI aPF a TovoPuo RavIoaF oI
aTouPF 7u.l llal EaP ho oYP uR lo 7.4uuMm.
Tlo 777-2uuBCI YIII lavo aP oUlImaloF
247.8uuMI MT19 aPF TovoPuo RavIoaF oI
aTouPF 68l al a TaPIo oI 4.62Mm.
BooIPI RIaPU lo laMo llo IoaF IP maTMolIPI
llo 777BCI aPF uUo oulUIFo UloRU IoT llo aE-
luaIconvoisIon.IoIIovInglloslialogvIllas
uUoF IoT llo 747-4uuBCI aPF 767-8uuL4BCI
RToITammoU. p1uT IPloPl IU lo Fo Il aU a BooIPI
ConvoilouIioIglloiconliaclouIiomus.savs
IIovu.
TALCOanuSTAoioaioohvIouscanuIualos
lo RaTlPoT BooIPI oP llo 777BCI. hul llo maP-
uIacluioiaIsomavsoaialoIvsoIIlIlsloaIi-
IInosllallavolloIiovnconvoisIoncaahIII-
lIos IIlo Il las uono vIll Koioan AIi anu
5IPIaRoTo AITIIPoU oP llo 747-4uu. Tlo RToUI-
uonloISTAoiosMohIIoAoiosacoLngInooi-
Ing(MAL)suhsIuIaiv.JosolNg.savsSTAoio
pYIII EoTlaIPIv hIF IoT llo EoPvoTUIoPUq.
TloolonlIaIIauncloIaP2IconvoisIon
IoT llo 777 EomoU LuUl aU AIThuU RToRaToU lo
IauPEl a UImIIaT RToFuEl IoT llo TIvaI A88u. A
22I EoPvoTUIoP IoT llo A88u-8uu IU aIToaFv
hoIngoIIoiouanuAIihusIioIglloiConvoisIon
vIco-iosIuonloImailolInganusaIosMIclaoI
IuoislsavsInloiosllashoonsosliongllallo
IU EoPFoPl a IauPEl oTFoT YIII ho UoEuToF hv
lloonuoIllIsvoai.
Tlo A88u-8uu22I YouIF lavo a RavIoaF oI
aTouPF u-6ul aPF IU UooP aU RoloPlIaIIv Eom-
RolIPI aIaIPUl llo 777-2uuBCI lo ToRIaEo DC-
1uU. DC-8U. A8uuU. A81uU aPF olloT IPlTa-EoP-
lInonlaIIioIgllois.AIihussooslloconvoilou
IioIglloi suIomonlIng llo lIgloi avIoau.
IoPIoT-TaPIo A88u-2uuI. YlIEl IU UEloFuIoF
loonloisoivIconoxlAugusl.
The 777 is a perfect plane for
us as a production freighter
and as a converted freighter
DAVID BRONCZEK
IouLxLxiossclIoIoxoculIvo
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IuoislsavsIlIsImoilanlAIihusIauncl-
oslloA88u-8uuP2IllIsvoaihocausoIllas
somocuslomoisInloioslouInacomhInalIonoI
lloA88uP2IanuA82uP2I.TloA82uP2IIs
novsclouuIouloonloisoivIcoInoaiIv2u12.
llosamovoaiuoIIvoiIosoIlloA88u-8uuP2I
couIuhogInIIaIaunclcuslomoiIssocuiou.
YIll llo TUl A82122I lo IoIIoY al llo hoIIP-
nIngoI2u18.
TloA82u/A821P2IvasIaunclouIaslvoai
vIllanoiuoiIoi8uconvoisIonsIiomIossoi
AoTCaR. IuoTUl IU EoPFoPl a EommIlmoPl
ITom llo TUl A82u22I oRoTaloT YIII ho IP
Iaco hv llo onu oI llIs voai. Ho savs llo
IaunclooialoivIIImoslIIloIvhoIiomAsIa
as lloio aio Ioui InuIan caiiIois anu sovoiaI
ClInoso caiiIois nov ovaIualIng llo lvo.
Iuoisl savs ClIIo-hasou LAN aIso las ox-
iossouInloioslInlloA82uP2I.
FIRST A320 IDENTIFIED
MoaPYlIIo. llo TUl A82u IoT AIThuUoU EoPvoT-
UIoP lo laU hooP IFoPlIoF aPF povoTvllIPI IU
ioaiouIoivoillohogInInJanuaiv2u11al
LADSLIWInDiosuon.savsIuoisl.Hosavs
LI9 IU Fuo lo EoPvoTl llo TUl UovoP lo oIIll
aIiciaIlInllonoviogiammoanucomIoloa
majoiIlv oI llo convoisIons unlII 2u1. al
vlIcl oInl llo voil vIII ho slaiou on a
u/uhasIsvIllRussIanailnoiInIlouAIi-
ciaIl (IAC). Bul lo savs LIW Is caahIo oI
RIEMIPI uR llo UIaEM II 7ACoU ITMul uPIl. YlIEl
las hoon IoolIng al clangIng llo sIlo Ioi Ils
convoisIons.moolsanvuoIavsInsooIIngu
IlsIIno.
WIll ovoi 4.uuu A82us iouucou lo ualo
IuoisloxoclsasloauvIoousloclanuIncioas-
InguomanuasanoslImalouuunaiiovhouv
IioIgllois vIII noou lo ho ioIacou ovoi llo
noxl2uvoais.AIihusaIsosooslloA82uP2I
moolIngaIoomIngioouIiomonlIoigiovllaIi-
ETaIl aU EaTIo lTaIE IU oxRoEloF lo hoIIP ToEov-
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Type Vendor Status
Airbus A300/A310 Airbus In service
Airbus A320 family Airbus/UAC Launched
Airbus A330-300 Airbus Offered
Boeing 737-200 AEI In service
Boeing 737-300/400 IAI Bedek In service
Boeing 737-300/400 Pemco In service
Boeing 737-300/400 AEI In service
Boeing 737NG Boeing Study
Boeing 747-400 Boeing In service
Boeing 747-400 IAI Bedek In service
Boeing 757-200 Precision In service
Boeing 757-200 Alcoa-SIE In service
Boeing 757-200 ST Aero (Boeing) In service
Boeing 767 Boeing In service
Boeing 767 IAI Bedek In service
Boeing 777-200/200ER Boeing In development
Boeing MD-11 Boeing In service
MDC DC-10 Boeing In service
SOURCE: Manufacturers, excludes regional jets
CARGO CONVERSION ROUND-UP
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launching two new conversion programmes
with announcements expected before the end
of this year.
ST Aeros Ng also sees increasing demand
for 757 conversions. He says ST Aero, which
has three 757 conversion lines in Alabama and
one in Singapore that are now dedicated to
converting aircraft for FedEx, says it is receiv-
ing enquires from potential new customers,
mostly in Europe and some in Asia. He says
ST Aero already has the tooling to open a sec-
ond 757 line in Singapore if there is demand.
ST Aero has completed 14 757s for FedEx
and is now turning out aircraft at a rate of
about one a month. FedEx is already commit-
ted to converting another 73 757s at ST Aero
and Rachor says the carrier is considering ex-
panding the programme to include additional
aircraft.
As Cargo Conversions president Rick Hat-
ton points out, the 757s ST Aero is converting
for FedEx is probably the most active pro-
gramme going on now and is the exception in
an otherwise dreary market.
Two years ago I was saying if we had feed-
stocks and slot positions we were rocking and
rolling. Two years later those are no longer is-
sues. Its better to characterise todays market
as no demand and absolutely no money, Hat-
ton told the Cargo Facts symposium.
While the cargo conversion providers are
hopeful the market is now starting to show
some signs of recovery, the pace of the recov-
ery could be slow. Guggenheim Aviation chief
executive Steve Rimmer points out that weve
never seen this quantity of freighters before in
the desert and warns that this time we wont
see the market pick up fast because theres a lot
of good quality aircraft in the desert.
DVB Bank managing director aviation in-
dustry research Bert van Leeuwen predicts it
will be two to three years until airlines will
again be chasing converted freighters. He
says DVB remains committed to converting six
747-400s at Bedek, but adds it is not com-
pletely clear when the bank will be ready to
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was originally scheduled to be converted ear-
lier this year.
Demand is now an issue but that will
change, van Leeuwen says. Medium term
we think demand for the 747 converted
freighter will be there. O
SEVERAL CARGO conversion
providers have been hit hard
by Boeings new policy to
charge for technical support
for aircraft converted at shops
that are not licensed by the
manufacturer.
A large group of aircraft
owners, including some of the
biggest leasing companies,
operators and conversion
shops have protested vehe-
mently against the new charg-
es since they were introduced
in April. But Boeing says it has
no plans to change the policy,
which includes a $150,000
annual charge for narrowbod-
ies and a $250,000 annual
fee for widebodies.
Conversion shops say the
charge is hitting demand dur-
ing an already tough period for
the industry, causing existing
customers to consider cancel-
ling orders and scaring away
some potential customers.
They say so far no operators
have agreed to pay the fees
despite the consequences of
potentially being denied sup-
port from Boeing should a
problem arise. But this has yet
to become an issue because
there have been only a couple
of re-deliveries since its intro-
duction.
Several of the affected own-
ers and operators are hoping
the conversion shops will
reach a compromise with
Boeing, perhaps by negotiating
a one-off payment. The largest
non-Boeing supported conver-
sion shop, Israel Aerospace
Industries Bedek division,
claims it is talking to the man-
ufacturer about such settle-
ment. Were hopeful about
fnding a solution with Boeing
to beneft the customers,
says Bedek corporate vice-
president and general man-
ager of marketing and
business development Jack
Gaber.
But Boeing says there are
no such negotiations and the
only option for conversion
shops is to pay a licensing fee
or support the aircraft on their
own. The shops say the licens-
ing fee, which would require
them to pay Boeing a portion
of their intake for every conver-
sion, would erase the cost ad-
vantage they have over
Boeings own products and kill
demand. Shops say Boeing
has underestimated the long-
term impact on the policy,
which potentially includes de-
creased values for their air-
craft and more business for
rival Airbus. They are instead
looking for a short-term mon-
ey grab.
At the Cargo Facts aircraft
symposium in September, Cliff
Duke chief executive Bedek
747-400 conversion partner
Eolia Trading complained
that Boeing was refusing pub-
licly to even discuss the new
policy, calling it a very unfair
attack on non-OEM suppliers.
Boeing Commercial Aviation
Services vice-president freight-
er conversions Dennis Floyd
responded that Im not aware
of any change in that policy
and said Boeing would ad-
dress Dukes issues privately.
Sources say Boeing is not
offering Duke a resolution and
the manufacturer is standing
frm. Two conversion providers
attending Cargo Facts called
the policy extortion and
share Dukes view that it is as
an attack on their cheaper so-
lutions.
Boeing says the policy is in
response to an increase in
service requests it has re-
ceived over the past decade
and the manufacturers sup-
port desk is typically called
after an aircraft is converted.
But the conversion shops say
when their customers have
problems they call the shops
rather than Boeing.
Some of the shops expect
their customers will continue
to refuse to pay the new fee
and question whether Boeing
will carry out its threat to not
support the affected aircraft,
especially when the aircraft is
owned or operated by some of
the manufacturers largest
customers.
SUPPORT CHARGES
BOEING POLICY CLOUDS THIRD-PARTY OUTLOOK
Airbus expects to land a launch operator for the A320P2F by year-end
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STEVE RIMMER
Guggenheim Aviation chief executive
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EMAIL recruitment.services@rbi.co.uk CALL +44 (20) 8652 4900 FAX +44 (20) 8652 4877
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COME AND MEET YOUR
FUTURE!
OPEN HOUSE INTERVIEWS IN NY, USA (MARRIOTT HOTEL LA GUARDIA
AIRPORT) ON NOV.21st FROM 10:00AM TO 17:00PM TEL: +1-718-565-8900
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR CAPTAINS: 1,000 HRS ON TYPE
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR FIRST OFFICER'S: 300 HRS ON TYPE
CAPTAINS & F/O'S
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B-747-400, B-767 and B-757 Captains current on type can apply as NTR B-777 Captain
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Interested candidates are to forward a detailed CV with clear copies of their License,
Medical and Passport to: aeroconsulting.pilotrecruitment@gmail.com or to
apply in person during the pilot job fair organized by FlightOps.
Must be current with 1,000 hrs PIC on type for Capt's and 300 hrs for F/O's.
Any ICAO License accepted.
CAA Nominated Post Holder Position
Ground Operations Director
Jet2.com is one of the Norths fastest growing leisure airlines, with a eet of 737 and 757 aircraft. We have bases and
stations in the UK and other European destinations, with over 300 ground staff. Our growth is impressive and we are now
looking for a Ground Operations Director to lead us into our next phase of expansion.
This key position operates at the heart of our business and really impacts on all areas of the Airline. You will be responsible
for driving relationships with Airports, Handling Companies and other Airlines. In addition you will be responsible
for identifying and increasing revenue streams, whilst ensuring that our customers receive a seamless
customer experience before they step on our aircraft. Our Safety First culture will be of utmost
importance as you ensure our airline continues to be an efcient and protable operation.
Already a strong leader, you will manage and inspire your multi-based team. You must
have proven expertise in Ground Operations and Customer Service within a fast
paced Aviation environment. You will have experience of leading change
programmes whilst having the ability to really get under the skin of
any issues as they arise. This role is diverse and exciting.
You will be integral in achieving our friendly low fares by
working across all levels of the business.
Join us at this exciting time of our continued growth,
and help us y.
If you are interested in this fantastic opportunity,
then please visit www.jet2.com/jobs and
apply online.
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Experienced Bell 204B Helicopter
Pilots/Engineers
required for ongoing West Africa contract.
Please send CV and licence copies to
ops@direct-aviation.com
fax: +44 1285 771498
FBHeliservices is the main company in a group of joint ventures
between the Bristow Group and the Cobham Group (a FTSE 100
Company). Specialising in the provision, operation and support
of helicopters and associated services for military and
government applications worldwide.
The Company is now actively recruiting suitably qualified
personnel for the following posts:
Deputy Chief Pilot
To support and manage the flying activities of the Operations
function at RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley.
It is essential that the successful candidate is an ex-military
qualified A2 QHI with preferred experience as staff of CFS (H)
or a military flying standards organisation. Also qualified
AS350, Bell 212/412 and experience of simulator training would
be an advantage.
Previous aviation managerial experience, commercial aviation
experience and a civil licence is desirable.
Deputy Quality Manager
To support the Quality Manager this position is based at our
Head Office in Basingstoke. Previous quality and auditing
experience in a senior role within a Part 145 and Part M
aircraft maintenance environment is essential. Knowledge of
Safety Management Systems (SMS) and Quality Management
Software such as Q-Pulse is desirable.
To apply e-mail your CV with a brief summary of your career
and salary expectations to recruitment@fbheliservices.com
Further details of this vacancy can be found on our website
www.fbheliservices.com
Closing date: 13 November 2009
Rockwell Collins is a worldwide leader in the design,
production and support of communication and aviation
electronics for commercial and government customers.
To expand our regional sales and support team in
Amsterdam, the Netherlands we are looking for a
Customer Service Engineer
Working as an integral part of an international world class
customer services team the primary role will be to provide
exceptional customer service to our commercial customers
in Central and Eastern Europe: timely and professional
resolution to technical issues and problems. This will include
but not be limited to on site technical support, trouble
shooting, problem resolution, technical presentation
preparation and delivery, relationship management and
development of customer loyalty. Also when necessary you
may be called upon to provide support for other customers
or CSEs in special support projects.
You will be the single point of contact for technical matters to
airlines and business aircraft operators located in central
Europe.
The right candidate should hold a bachelor's degree in
applicable engineering or science field or equivalent, a
minimum of seven years of related experience and good
interpersonal skills. The job requires travelling for
approximately 50% of time.
To apply please send your covering letter and cv to
hoofddorp@rockwellcollins.com. For more information
on our company you can visit rockwellcollins.com.
www.fightglobal.com/jobs
Non Type Rated Interviews, PIC & F/O
A330 & B777
Captain Vacancies
First Officer Vacancies
A330, B777 & B744
A320/A340 to A330 or B757/B767/B744 to B777
PIC: 2000+ PIC hours on qualifying type
F/O: 1000+ F/O hours on qualifying type
Operated on qualifying type within 3 months
300 hrs F/O on type, 1000 Airline Hrs
Current PIC Rating on type, max joining age 57
All Commuting 5 year contracts
UK and worldwide bases available
Excellent terms and conditions
Cambridge Communications Limited
Isle of Man, British Isles
Email: KAL@cclaviation.com
Web: www.kal-ccl.com
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Line lilots
Sa|ary: circa 45k olus attractive benefits
wurk satisfactiun
kef: 6klP1009
lucatiun: Iuint he|icunter 6ummand l|yinu Statiun, A|deruruve
Jhe lolice Service of horthern lreland are lookino for Line lilots who will flv an LC13b and/or LC14b
helicooter as reouired bv the Air Suooort unit. Jhe successful candidates will comolete flvino duties
in line with a lolice Air 0oerators Certificate under \isual llioht kules in dav and nioht conditions.
lf vou have a valid Commercial lilots Licence and at least 2000 hours flvino exoerience olease visit
www.thesunnurtteam.uru to aoolv online or contact 0845 3666 699 to reouest an aoolication oack.
ueadline for comolete aoolications: bom. 6th hovember 2009.
Jhe lShl is committed to havino a workforce reoresentative of the communitv it serves.
we are also committed to eoualitv of oooortunitv and welcome aoolications to all vacancies
and oostinos from anv suitablv oualified candidate.
Aoolications are oarticularlv welcome from females and Catholics as thev are currentlv
under-reoresented in this area.
State of Qatar
Civil Aviation Authority
The State of Qatar Civil Aviation Authority has immediate requirements in the Air Safety Department for
1. Flight Operations Inspector for Commercial Air Transport Aeroplanes:
Required Qualifications:
Flight Operations Inspector (Large Aeroplanes) Qualifications
Holder of an ATPL (A)
Minimum of 5000 flying hours on large aeroplanes
Type rated on a type used by one of the States operators (Airbus aircraft family A320, A330, A340, or
Boeing B777)
Minimum of 5 years experience in operational/training departments with a public air transport operator
or with Civil Aviation Authority, and including 3 years of practical experience in oversight functions
Adequate knowledge and familiarity with ICAO SARPs, Joint Aviation Requirements and national
regulations
Has completed an ICAO approved course related to flight operations oversight and accident/incident
investigation techniques
Adequate experience in the aviation training field and the use of relevant visual and audio training aids
and flight simulators
Adequate experience in practical accident/incident investigation
Adequate level of English language understanding, speaking and writing
General working knowledge of the use of computer systems.
Preference will be given to applicants holding
- current type rating on at least one of Airbus family aeroplane/B777
- TRE/Examiner and/Instructor qualifications and
- who possess high degree of proficiency in technical English report writing
2. Flight Examiner
Required Qualifications:
Holds a valid ATPL license, with instructor rating,
Have held a similar position with a minimum of 3,000 hours of which 1,500 hours are of instructional
experience, in a supervisory position, with a recognised Flight Training Organisation.
Have valid type/class ratings for the same types/classes they require to conduct their supervisory
duties on.
Be conversant with ICAO/JAA/FAA regulations.
Be computer literate.
Highly proficient, efficient, flexible, goal and team-oriented.
Enthusiastic, creative with positive personality.
Benefits:
1. Competitive tax-free salary
2. Free furnished accommodation or equivalent
3. Free medical care (local)
4. 45 Days annual leave
Suitable applicants should send their respective current comprehensive CVs together with copy of
passport and 2 photographs to:
The Civil Aviation Authority, Air Safety Department, PO Box 3000, Doha
State of Qatar
Fax: (+974) 4654761
e-mail: safety.department@caa.gov.qa
When it comes to strategic supply chain management,
youre in a class of your own. So youll be in good company
at Virgin Atlantic. Were looking for a procurement and
logistics pioneer who can secure best value for our
business, so we can continue to impress our customers.
With direct control over a 40m budget and influence
over 200m youll have a say in anything and everything
to do with aircraft maintenance procurement; so itll be
hard to overstate the impact youll have, both on our
engineering division and the wider business.
In return, theres a fantastic package on offer that
includes a superb concessionary travel scheme and a
money purchase pension scheme.
If you can combine a talent for inspirational leadership
with the intellect to think through the implications of your
decisions and the resolve to challenge the tried and tested,
find out more and apply at www.virginatlantic.com/careers
and search using reference 63447.
From the bigger picture
to every last detail
General Manager Supply Chain
negotiable Crawley
www.virginatlantic.com/careers
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On behalf of our client
Our client is based in sub-Saharan Africa and is establishing a new airline with international as well as national destinations. Lufthansa Consulting has been commissioned to make all
necessary preparations for starting operations of the airline in 2010.
As part of the overall consulting project, we are looking for suitable candidates for the following positions, to build the Executive Management Team of this new venture:
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Executive Officer
The Chief Executive Officer reports to the Supervisory Board. The CEO represents the new airline at various levels and is responsible for the overall success of the airline. The CEO has also got
the functional responsibility for the Commercial area.
The CEO should have at least ten years of progressive management experience in diverse areas of an airline and should be committed to developing the start-up airline from the beginning and
achieving its success.
Chief Financial Officer
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer is a member of the Executive Management Team with responsibility for all financial aspects of the airline including
Purchasing.
The CFO should have at least ten years of progressive hands-on experience in the airline industry or in the financial industry specializing in the airline business.
Chief Operating Officer
The Chief Operating Officer is a member of the Executive Management Team and is the Accountable Manager with the overall responsibility to plan and direct the companys activities
according to the tasks and authorities granted. He is responsible for ensuring a safe and timely operation of the aviation related services, at the defined level of quality.
Ideally, the successful candidate should have at least 10 years aviation experience in various management functions, including an excellent track record in flight operations management.
The Executive Management Team
Since the quality of the composition of the Executive Management Team forms the basis for the overall success of the company, the following qualifications of each team member are essential:
University Degree, preferably with as post-grad degree, such as an MBA or PhD
Minimum of 10 years experience in the aviation industry, five of which in management positions
In-depth knowledge of necessary regulatory, commercial, financial and operational aspects of running an airline
Knowledge of designing and improving relevant airline related processes
Effective interpersonal, coaching, consulting, process and project management skills
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to work well under pressure
Excellent communication and presentation skills
Language requirements: French or English
For further information about each of the three positions, please consult the Lufthansa Consulting website: http://www.lhconsulting.com/en/career/vacancies.html or contact Mr. Sascha
Krone, Senior Consultant, Lufthansa Consulting GmbH, Von-Gablenz-Str. 2 - 6 , D-50679 Cologne, Germany, Phone: +49 (0)221 826-8184
First interviews with suitable candidates will be held at the end of November 2009 throughout Europe.
We are looking forward to your application (rsum and cover letter stating desired salary and earliest starting date) which should be sent to the following e-mail address:
aviationjobs@lhconsulting.com
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Lt Cdr Jonathan Wells joined the Royal Navy as a direct entry pilot and few Sea Kings in the Falklands war. He
has been an instructor and squadron executive offcer and is now the maintantnce test pilot at RNAS Culdrose
Do the checks, dont look back
WORK EXPERIENCE JON WELLS
Wells: everyone makes mistakes but dont make the same one twice!
In training the
students
performance is the
great unknown and in
maintenance test
ying its the aircraft
Did you join the navy for the
navy or the ying?
My background was from a farm-
ing community situated on the
edge of a disused Second World
War US air force base in Hert-
fordshire, UK. So from an early
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of The Battle of Britain at nearby
Duxford (as a very impressiona-
ble eight-year-old riding on a
combine harvester).
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quickly became apparent anoth-
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quired and I looked seriously at
the military. At the same time the
TV programme Sailor (based on
HMS Ark Royal) showed an
opening sequence of a Buccaneer
low level I wanted some of
that! Sadly the demise of large
aircraft carriers came too soon
the year before I joined the Fleet
Air Arm.
Why helicopters?
You dont get a choice! Based on
performance/personality and
your skill set you get graded for
your optimum aircraft. I was
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havent looked back.
What are the key differences be-
tween front-line ying and ight
instruction?
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ed second line. You mainly work
to a set syllabus and timetable to
get the students through. Front-
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Apart from the operational task-
ing you are more likely to be op-
erating off a ship somewhere in
arduous weather conditions. Of
course, there is also the added
risk of someone shooting at you.
In terms of skills and
temperament, how compatible
are training and test ying?
The short answer is; very similar.
Both require high standards of
airmanship and of spare mental
capacity. In training the students
performance is the great un-
known and in maintenance test
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Maintenance test ying sounds
dangerous how does it
compare with other navy ying?
In theory it shouldnt be any
more dangerous than normal op-
erations. Training standards are
high and engineering standards
and practices conform to strin-
gent regulations. In practice there
is always the added risk of un-
serviceable aircraft components.
As a pilot and naval ofcer,
whats been your biggest
success? And biggest mistake?
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think that you cannot measure
your own success. As for mis-
takes I dont think a day goes by
without making an error of some
kind. The criminal one would be
to make the same one twice.
Once as a junior instructor I
was teaching Sea King malfunc-
tions and did not see an aircraft
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each other by a good margin but
there was a risk. As it happened,
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received an interview request
without coffee.
Careerwise, what next?
Hopefully more of the same. I
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the doc will let me.
Whats your advice to young
people starting out?
Dont look back. Take every op-
portunity that comes your way.
Develop an enquiring mind. Un-
derstand why we do things that
way it pays dividends when
teaching as there is always some-
one smarter than you. And al-
ways, always learn your checks
until they are second nature. Ca-
reer-wise, do what you want
not what others want you to do.
If it stops being fun, go and do
something that is fun.O
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