Bulking up its military spending due to concerns over ISIS and Russia, the UK announced that it placed an order with Boeing for nine P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. In order to beef up Britain’s defense capabilities, Prime Minister David Cameron stated in his Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) speech that the British government expects to spend $270 billion on defense equipment over the next decade-$18 billion of which will be going towards purchasing aircraft such as the nine Boeing P-8 Poseidons.

“Boeing is far and away the biggest winner out of SDSR,”
said Sandy Morris, an analyst at Jefferies, of the $270 billion defense spending plan, which revealed a 7% increase on the Defence Equipment Plan released earlier this year.

The new batch of Boeing P-8 Poseidons will be used to protect the Royal Navy’s nuclear missile submarine and aircraft carrier fleets.

Based on the popular 737 airliner, the Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft completed its maiden flight in July 2011. With a fuselage based on the 737-800 and the wings of the 737-900, the P-8 Poseidon has greater gross weight dimensions than the 737-800. The wings are engineered with hardpoints for ferrying air-to-surface missiles and the internal weapons bay is located under the forward fuselage section.

Backed by two CFM International CFM56-7B27A high-bypass turbofan engines rated at 120 KN each, the P-8 Poseidon exhibits a cruising speed of 500 knots (926 kilometers/hour) and a loitering speed of 180 knots (333 kilometers/hour).

For sensors, the P-8 Poseidon is fitted with L-3 Communications Wescam’s MX-20HD digital electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) multispectral sensor turrets. The gyro-stabilized MX-20HD can house up to seven sensors, allowing for infrared, CCDTV, image intensifying, laser rangefinding, and laser illuminating capabilities.

The new British P-8 Poseidon aircraft will be designed and manufactured at Boeing’s Washington State facility with minor contributions from the UK. Redditch, England-based GKN Aerospace will supply the windscreens for the maritime patrol aircraft and Dorset, England-headquartered Cobham will supply electrical systems.

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Boeing introduced a new single-aisle 737 business jet also known as the BBJ Max. The BBJ is considered a modernized version of the 50-year-old twinjet. The four orders came from two companies. One of the companies is a Middle East operator who ordered three BBJ Max aircraft, while the other one is an Asian operator who ordered the remaining one.

David Longridge, the president of Boeing Business Jets, said,

2015 has been a really strong year for Boeing Business Jets. We have sold seven aircraft and we are not done yet. The BBJ MAX is doing really well with nine orders already on the books for both BBJ MAX 8s and BBJ MAX 9s. The 737 MAX program is on track for first flight scheduled in early 2016. We know the MAX will be a great airplane for our VIP customers.

In 1996, BBJ was created with the partnership of Boeing and General Electric. General Electric is considered the maker of the CFM-56 series of engines that is used on the newer 737’s. In 1996, customers would have over $36 million for an unfinished or “green” BBJ. Once furnished and customized to the customer’s liking, the pricing could go anywhere upwards of $50 million.

Currently, there are different variants of the BBJ Max: the Max 8 and Max 9. These are based on the BBJ2 and BBJ3 respectively. These have increasingly more range while being able to keep the same about of cabin size opposed to their predecessors. The BBJ Max 8 has a range of 6,325 nautical miles with a 14.6 percent increase compared to the BBJ 2. The BBJ 9 Max will have a range of 6,255 nautical miles with a 16.2 percent increase over the BBJ 3.

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At the 2015 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Gulfstream debuted its new G500 business jet. After a touchdown at Nevada’s Henderson Executive Airport, the G500 joined the G650ER, G550, G450, G280, and G150 in the manufacturer’s static display.

“Delivering on our promises is a tradition at Gulfstream, and we look forward to doing the same with our new generation of aircraft, the G500 and G600,”

said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream.

“The robust testing we accomplished on the ground and in the air since announcing the aircraft helped make this achievement possible. We are proud to give customers, the business aviation industry and the public a chance to see the G500 in person at NBAA.”

Facing 75-knot headwinds during its journey from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, the Gulfstream G500 arrived at NBAA 2015 in 4 hours and 36 minutes. This 1,360 nautical mile (3,018 kilometer) journey was achieved at speeds of Mach 0.85 at an altitude of 45,000 feet (13,716 kilometers).

The G500 is distinct for being the first Gulfstream aircraft to not be backed by Rolls-Royce engines. Instead, the all-new G500 will be powered by twin PW814GA engines. Providing 15,144 pounds of thrust, the FAA-certified PW814GA engines possess 50-inch, single-piece, wide-chord-blade fans and high bypass ratios.

For avionics, the Gulfstream G500 is integrated with the manufacturer’s new Symmetry flight deck. Derivative of Honeywell’s Primus Epic avionics suite, the flight deck sports civil aviation’s first active side stick touch screens, a standard HUD, EVS III, and high-resolution, wide-screen standby instruments integrated in the glareshield.

On paper, the Gulfstream possesses a top operating speed of Mach 0.925-identical to the manufacturer’s G650 and G650ER. The G500 can fly 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 kilometers) at Mach 0.85. For journeys of 3,800 nautical miles (7,038 kilometers), the aircraft can fly at a higher Mach 0.90. The G600 can ferry passengers 6,200 nautical miles (11,482 kilometers) at Mach 0.85 and 4,800 nautical miles (8,890 kilometers) at Mach 0.90.

Gulfstream expects the G500 to be certified by 2017, with entry into service in 2018.

Gulfstream operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics out of Savannah, Georgia.

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Airbus released a statement about how IAG is planning to convert two of its A330-200s, two of its A330-300s, and fifteen of its A320neo aircraft into solid orders. If this order was combined with the total amount of Airbus aircraft that IAG operates, this would bring the total to almost near 470.

Iberia will be in charge of the two A330-200 aircraft while Aer Lingus will be in charge of the two A330-300 aircraft. As for the other fifteen aircraft, they will be spread among the two groups.

John Leahy, the Chief Operating Officer of Airbus, commented:

Between them, the airlines in IAG operate or have on order our full range of Airbus aircraft. IAG is one of our most prestigious customers and these new repeat orders for A330s and A320neos confirm again the high added value and superior productivity of our widebody and single aisle aircraft.”

The A330 is one of Airbus’ most popular aircraft. The A330 is used by over 100 operators. This aircraft has one over 1,500 orders alone. To boost its popularity even more, Airbus is planning to invest many hundreds of millions of Euros per year to enhance everything about the A330 to ensure that is will have the latest and greatest in terms of innovative systems.

Not only is the A330 getting upgraded, the A320neo is as well. Airbus is planning to reduce the amount of fuel consumption by over 15 percent. This will allow for longer range capability. Not only are they working on becoming more fuel efficient but they are also planning to reduce maintenance costs as well.

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Aircraft maker Bombardier announced that Latvian carrier airBaltic will be the first client to operate CS300 aircraft when it takes delivery of the plane in the latter part of 2016. The Latvian national airline has 13 firm orders for the CS300 and retains options for seven others.

“Bombardier’s CS300 airliners are integral to the execution of airBaltic’s business development strategy and fleet optimization plan. As the airline increases its network potential, we will do so by replacing older jet aircraft,” said Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer, airBaltic. “The CS300 aircraft has exceeded our expectations in terms of its noise and emissions footprint, aligned with airBaltic’s low environmental impact vision. Additionally, it will offer airBaltic passengers a widebody, unparalleled in-flight passenger experience, perfectly complementing our modern fleet of 12 Bombardier Q400 turboprops.”

The airline’s CEO, Martin Gauss, has long been a proponent for the delayed Canadian narrowbody as a replacement for its Boeing 737-300s and -500s. At the show, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (BCA) president Fred Cromer told journalists that the flight test process for the regional jet was now virtually complete.

“Just a couple more flights and a few more days and we’ll make the announcement,” Cromer said.

“We are thrilled to confirm that airBaltic will be the first airline in the world to operate the CS300 aircraft. As one of Europe’s leading innovative airlines, airBaltic is successfully reshaping its business plan and expanding network capacities on the backbone of the C Series aircraft – which will provide the perfect fusion of performance, technology and comfort.”

The unrivaled cabin living space offered by the CS300 aircraft will allow airBaltic to optimize its extra capacity seating offerings without comprising passenger comfort, together with world-class flying experience. Bombardier has previously said that interest in the program has grown in recent months as potential clients – notably since the Paris Air Show in June, where it was in the flying display – have seen the aircraft in the flesh and the end of the certification process has neared. Deliveries to Swiss will start in the first half of 2016, with the CS300 entering service six months later.

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Air New Zealand has signed and agreed to buy a fleet of ATR72-600s for $373m. These ATR72-600 are used to replace the existing ATR72-500. Fifteen of these will be bought and delivered approximately in the late 2016s. This purchase will replace 11 of the old ATR 72-500s.

According to Air New Zealand’s chief executive Christopher Luxon, the ATR aircraft has a number of upgrades:

“The extra four 69 seat ATR 72-600s that we are adding to our fleet will enable us to operate up to an additional 600,000 seats into the New Zealand regional market annually. This latest investment will further allow us to maintain our low fare price and high frequency leadership. They're just perfectly designed for New Zealand. We believe the ATR product is the way forward for us. The aircraft are economical to operate, and provide our customers with a modern, bright and comfortable cabin space.”

As a result of this, Air New Zealand will be able to lower its regional airfares across the board. In April of this year, there were major cuts ending Air New Zealand’s services to different locations such as Kaitaia, Whakatane, and Westport. To elaborate, Palmerston North to Nelson, Taupo to Wellington, and Whangarei to Wellington routes have all be ceased. On top of this, Air New Zealand plans to end the Hamilton to Auckland route in February of next year, 2016.

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Airbus announced that China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (also known as CAS) has signed a General Terms Agreement for 130 Airbus aircraft. Of the 130 Airbus aircraft, 30 are A330 family aircraft and 100 are A320 family aircraft.

The President and CEO of CAS, Li Hai, along with the President and CEO of Airbus, Fabrice Bregier, signed the General Terms Agreement in Beijing. The Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were also in Beijing to witness the signing of the General Terms Agreement.

Here’s what Airbus CEO Bregier had to say about the agreement:

“We are grateful to CAS, one of our longest standing customers, for its continued confidence in Airbus and in the versatile A330 Family as well as the best-selling A320 Family. With these 30 A330 options now firmed up, CAS’ total number of orders for the popular Airbus wide body is this year 75 aircraft. This strong demand in China for the A330 has been the key driver behind our decision to set up an A330 Completion and Delivery Centre in Tianjin, China, next to the A320 Family final assembly line and delivery center in Tianjin, which has assembled and delivered more than 240 Airbus single-aisle aircraft. This will enable us to be even closer to our customers and to take our long-standing mutual beneficial partnership with China to a new height.”

In Tianjin, China, the first agreement was signed by the Airbus and Chinese partners in March 2014. This agreement was witnessed by the Chinese President Xi Jinping and the French President Francois Hollande. Another agreement was signed in October 2014 with Tianjin Free Trade Zone and Aviation Industry Corporation of China for a Letter of Intent. For this deal, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were also there for the signing.

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General Electric Aviation is getting ready to construct two new factories, designed to mass-produce silicon carbide (SiC) materials used to manufacture ceramic matrix composite components (CMCs). The factories will be built on one-hundred acres of land in Huntsville, Alabama, which will also make it the first operation of its kind in the United States. Construction will cost over $200 million for the pair. It will begin sometime in the middle of next year, and is expected to be complete within two years of that. SiC-based power devices are trending upward, and look like they will take over for silicon-based chips that are currently used for numerous applications. With a higher demand for SiCs and CMCs, officials at GE Aviation felt the need to mass-produce them domestically in order to fulfill their requirements.

“Establishing the new GE factories in Alabama is a very significant step in developing the supply chain we need in order to produce CMC components in large volume,”

said Sanjay Correa, Vice President, CMC Program at GE Aviation.

Robert J. Bentley, the governor of Alabama, joined them for the announcement that took place at the state capital. The plans look to be a huge boost for the state’s economy.

The first plant constructed will produce the SiC ceramic fiber. Currently, the only large-scale producer of this product is in Japan – NGS Advanced Fibers, which is a joint company of Nippon Carbon, GE, and SAFRAN of France. The other factory will use the SiC to create the unidirectional CMC tape that is needed to fabricate the CMC components.

Production will begin soon after construction of the facilities with a staff of approximately three-hundred employees. They have already begun hiring the technical team that will transfer to the location, and they plan to hire the hourly workforce sometime next year.

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Philippine Airlines has major plans to allocate up to $700 million for the acquisition of new aircraft and spare parts in 2016. According to PAL President Jaime Bautista, the budget is estimated to be anywhere between $500 to $700 million. The budget includes a previously announced order for five Airbus A321 aircraft and two Boeing 777 aircraft, which are due to arrive in the coming year. Bautista noted that some of the aircraft would be leased, while others are purchased. The company is also evaluating a plan to purchase new aircraft to replace its Airbus A340s as the planes consume more fuel and are costlier to maintain with Bautista maintaining that PAL would want to make a decision on whether to get the A350 or Boeing 787 to replace the A340s by year-end.

When pressed if the company will raise funds for next year, Bautista only said the financing of the airplanes will not be a problem.

There are many companies who will be willing to finance us, said Bautista as he stressed that financing comes easy for profitable airlines. And although Bautista declined to specify the company’s total capital expenditure for next year, which includes general working capital, he said it should “definitely” be higher than the company’s allotment this year.

[It will be higher] because this year, we only took delivery of five airplanes; then next year, it will be seven, he further said. PAL has revealed in the past that it is interested in working with an established foreign carrier that could acquire up to 40 percent of the national flag carrier.

"We still prefer a strategic partner," said Bautista, noting that the carrier would like to grow its network and possibly enter an alliance. The company is involved in expanding its international destinations. By the end of this year, it plans to fly to Port Moresby, Cairns, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.

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Norwegian Air Shuttle AS agreed to buy 19 Boeing Co. 787s worth more than $5 billion at list prices, doubling the size of the Dreamliner fleet that it’s counting on to make long-haul discount flights profitable. Norwegian Air will first order 19 of the 787-9 planes, with delivery between 2017 and 2020, and will have an option to order an extra 10, as it expands into long-haul services offerings and adds to its fleet of eight 787-8 and 90 737MAX jets. Norwegian Air has expanded rapidly and is trying to take market share from traditional flag carriers. In April of last year, it suspended talks on buying 20 Dreamliners from Boeing because of a delay in receiving U.S. backing for its long-haul plans.

Our calculations are clear, Chief Executive Officer Bjoern Kjos said in an interview in Oslo. You have to fly new planes. The low-cost carriers that make money fly only new planes, not old ones. This is just the start."

Norwegian Air is pursuing one of the industry’s most ambitious growth plans as it bets that the 787 will allow it to thrive in a long-haul market where no-frills predecessors such as Laker Airways have failed. Shares of the carrier, which competes with Ryanair Holdings Plc in short-haul flights, fell 8.9 percent after it posted earnings that below analyst estimates.

Norwegian Air CEO Bjørn Kjos said:

"This order of 19 new Dreamliners is a major milestone and enables Norwegian to offer a wide range of new routes to consumers worldwide. After two years of operating low-cost long-haul flights, our load factors have averaged in the nineties, which proves the demand for affordable flights between Europe and the US and Europe and Asia. Future growth and competiveness in the long-haul market depends on the fuel-efficient, state-of-the art 787 Dreamliner. Not least, the Dreamliner offers the best passenger experience. The order is also essential to further strengthening the company in the global competition.

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