Vietnam Airlines orders Airbus Jets Worth $6.5 Billion

On September 6th 2016, Gregory Polek wrote an article for AIN Online discussing how Airbus announced a deal with Vietnamese Airlines that recently passed. The contract consisted of three different orders. The first order was for Vietjet for 20 Airbus A321s. Another order was for Jetstar Pacific for 10 Airbus A320s. Lastly, there was an order for Vietnam Airline for 10 Airbus A350-900s. In total, these orders have a combined potential value of around $6.5 billion at list price.

Vietnam Airline has been considered the first airline in the Eastern Asia region and the second in the world to operate the A350 XWB. In addition to this the Vietnam fleet consists of four of the Airbus A350-900s and will sum up to a total of fourteen after Airbus delivers on its deal.

Vietjet order for the Airbus A321 can be more specifically broken down into 10 of the current generation A321s and 10 of the Airbus A321 neos. Vietjet in specific uses airlines for mainly domestic and regional network.

Here is what Ain Online has to say about Jeststar Pacific.

 “…a joint venture between 70-percent owner Vietnam Airlines and Qantas marks the first direct purchase by the airline from Airbus. The aircraft will join an existing fleet of 12 leased A320-family aircraft flying on domestic and regional routes. Jetstar Pacific operates a total of 33 domestic and international routes as part of the larger Jetstar Group network, which includes Jetstar Airways (Australia), Jetstar Japan (Japan) and Jetstar Asia (Singapore)”

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Piper M600

Piper Aircraft is proud to present its latest aircraft model, the M600. After long extensive trials and errors Piper finally gets its M600 model approved by the FAA. In as little as month Piper gets its first order for the M600 from trusted proud owners Jerry and Jack Wardlaw. A ceremony was held for the Wadlaws at the Piper headquarters in Vero Beach, Florida where they were handed over the first M600 model ready to be sold. The brothers are owners of Jerry C Wardlaw Construction Company in Savannah, GA, Previous owners of the Piper Aircraft models such as the Piper Archer, the Saratoga, Meridian, and M500 model. The Wardlaws have planned to use their planes for both travel and business trips alone.

Piper as a company prepares to take their planes to the EAAs Air venture 2016 to display their options. The EAA holds a venue to be able to share and show off ideas in the airplane industry. Allowing different companies for innovative ideas to set forth newer and more advanced projects. Piper believes that there would be no better place on earth to display their first model of the M600.

Described as a milestone for Piper for future piper air crafts, President and CEO Simon Caldecott sets forth a message on their accomplishment.

“Today’s delivery marks another significant achievement in the M600 Program and our journey to bring new value to the single engine turbo prop market. We are excited to begin deliveries of the M600 less than one month after receiving Type Certification from the FAA, fulfilling Piper’s commitment to developing and manufacturing premium aircraft of exceptional value which consistently exceed our customer’s expectations.”

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Lockheed-Martin-Aeronautics

The Machinists union from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has recently approved of a new contract which will keep the mile long assembly line for the stealth F-35 joint strike fighter uninterrupted for the next six years.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 776 voted 1,496 to 372 to ratify a labor agreement that will hike their wages 16 percent and locks in healthcare coverage and pension benefits for employees until April 2022.

stated Max B. Baker from Star Telegram.

The union represents 2,600 workers at Lockheed’s plant west of Fort Worth as well as 300 at Edwards Air Force Base in California and Patuxent River, Md. It is the largest labor group at the plant, where about 14,000 people go to work every day.

The president of Machinists Lodge 776, Paul Black, suggested that after months of negotiation with Lockheed Martin, this deal was as good as it was going to get.

I feel like it was the best deal to be had.

said Black.

When we surveyed the membership, and in our monthly meetings, what we heard was that they wanted their healthcare choices maintained, they wanted their costs contained and we accomplished that.

Lockheed Martin’s general manager and vice president for Aeronautics Operations, Tom Simmons, said that they are pleased that the International Association of Machinist members made the decision to accept Lockheed Martin’s final and best offer. The two parties reached an agreement without any stoppage of work, which is a noteworthy accomplishments. Four years ago, there was a bitter strike which stopped work for around 10 weeks. Officials from the Pentagon said that they had emphasized the significance of upholding the promised production schedule.

We offered an industry-leading agreement that balances the affordability demands of our customers with rewarding our excellent workforce.

said Simmons in a statement.

Our employees perform a critical task for our customers and the nation through their work supporting critical aircraft production programs.

The production facility is expected to provide more than fifty stealth fighters in 2016. By the end of 2020, the plant is hoping to gear up to build 17 stealth fighters a month. Lockheed Martin is currently in the middle of a $1.2 billion upgrade of their facilities in order to make these plans possible. The company plans to hire on an additional 1,000 employees for assembly line work next year.


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airbus-gatelink-data-transfer

Airbus, the aircraft manufacturing giant has made history with the first ever successful “Gate-link” secure wireless data transfer. An Airbus A350 MSN02 test flight aircraft was used to demonstrate the ability for the aircraft to transfer large amounts of operational data between the A350 and the ground via the Gate-link network. About one gigabyte of data was moved via Gate-link which uses the WLAN or Local Area Network (LAN) technology which can transmit data wirelessly with high-bandwidth protocols from various destinations throughout the airport straight to a docked aircraft.

This marks the first time in history that an A350 has used the Wi-Fi Gate-link at CDG airport and the demonstration/test was facilitated on the ground side at CDG through Hub One and a specialist working in IT services for workplace and airport environments. Hub One is a subsidiary of Aeroports de Paris (Group ADP). The data transferred included operational and maintenance documentation, flight-folders and condition-monitoring (ACMS) data.

Traditionally, the only way data such as this could be transferred is through a ground staff connecting a laptop to an aircraft via a physical cable connector but through Gate-link this data can now be shared between maintenance operations and ground support, between aircraft and passenger terminals plus many other domains. With airlines increasingly advocating for wireless data-link systems in order to down-link aircraft diagnostic and operational data while simultaneously up-link data to the aircraft's on-board computers, in-flight entertainment systems and electronic flight bags, Gate-link will be prevalent and in common-use in the next several years.

Early concepts aimed at accomplishing this ranged from infrared control heads at the aircraft end of the gate and corresponding window/sensors below the aircraft door to physical data plugs that the ramp crews had to insert manually into the aircraft. The term Gate-link was introduced in the mid-1990s and it referred to the higher-bandwidth air/ground communications. Today it is more relevant to ground/ground use and can be used for various applications such as  permitting communications between ground facilities and either the cockpit or the cabin or both. Low-cost carrier Jet-blue Airways was the first to implement WADL which was first developed by Live-TV.


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Heavier-fleet-Germany

The Germany defense ministry is looking to replace their fleet of CH-53D Sea Stallions Heavy Helicopters. The Sea Stallions have served the Germans since the late 1960s when they were first introduced. Boeing and Sikorsky are top prospects for the prime supplier for these heavy duty helicopters. All a part of the German Heavy Transport Helicopter Program this deal has an estimated cost of €3 billion ($3.35 billion).

The Germans are looking for a fleet that in later years will be adequate for aerial refueling and completing search-and-rescue missions efficiently. Boeing is offering their CH-47F Chinook heavy extended helicopter. This model is equipped with enlarged fuel tanks and a refueling probe for in air fueling. The CH-47F is said to be a “low risk and proven capability“ since Germans neighbors and NATO countries already manage the same model.

Sirkorsky aircraft manufacturer has chosen to Promote their CH-53 helicopter for the German Ministry of defense. The CH-53 is also equipped with the aerial fueling probe and carries a huge reputation behind it. In the past they have sold about 200 Helicopters to the US Marines and hope to sell an additional 100 additional aircraft during their planned 11-year production time. The CH-53K large size means it would be able to accommodate several German armored vehicles, including the Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicle, as well as the Wiesel (Weasel) air-portable light tank, which is regularly transported on German CH-53s.” Sirkorsky has stated that would be well with working with the German industry as it has in the past for the CH-53 program.

Boeings CH-47F has other attributes to offer but might have an issue with cabin space needed for armed vehicles to fit precisely. Boeing claims the Chinook can also carry the Wiesel internally, but has not tested this ability. Several other vehicles would have to be carried externally due to limited cabin space.


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vietjet-air

Vietjet purchases 100 Boeing Aircraft to add to their collection of US planes to their Airlines. Behind the billion-dollar deal, the airlines wish to amplify to new frontiers. Expanding the Asian tourism and increasing the traveling market with plenty more passengers. The deal approximately cost 11.3 Billion US dollars being Vietnam's largest purchase of aircraft in Vietnamese history. The purchase of 100 737 MAX 200 jets will add to Vietjets collection making them owners of over 200 Boeing aircraft. The approximate delivery time of the 737 MAX 200 jets to Vietjet would be between the years 2019 – 2023.

Back in Chicago, Boeing turns its focus on building their large order of 737 MAX 200 jets. In result of the focus shifting and Boeing being a bit more financially elevated because of this large order, they had said to cut production of its 747-8 jet due to its weaker demand.

The US and Vietnamese relation was taken to a new level with the closing of this deal. Madam Nguy?n Th? Phuong Th?o, VietJet's CEO goal with this purchase was to speed up the process of Asia’s nations aviation industries development along with relations with the US. Boeing is very content with this deal because they continue to provide a quality service and manufacture to quality customers. Not only does Vietnam see this deal bettering relations but Boeing on the US side as well.

Incorporating the latest design and technology features, the highly efficient 737 MAX 200 will provide VietJet's growing network with market-leading economics, a superior passenger experience and contribute significantly to their future success.

said by Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner.

In recent years, relations between the US and Vietnam have increased and try to promote a well stable relation appose to ones like one they have with China that are cancerous.


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world-fastest-helicopter-X3-model

Airbus has managed to astonish once again with its soon to be world fastest helicopter. As of April, the United States Patent and Trademark Office go forth with Airbus’ very own Axel Fink, Ambrosius Weiss, and Andrew Wink-worth application for a new compound helicopter. The design of the drawings (patent) is based on Airbus’ revolutionary X3 testing prototype that was first flown in 2010.

While testing the X3 it reached a high speed of 293 mph. Since the X3 is the base model to the new patent it will be the fastest “non-tilt “chopper in the world. The “non-tilt “is possible due to the side wings engines in addition to the traditional conventional main rotor. The goal is to mimic the flying style of a V22 Osprey, which is able to take off like a helicopter but flies easily like a normal aircraft when it is at a horizontal cruise.”

The concept is also part of Airbus Helicopters' (formerly known as Euro-copter) high speed, long-range, hybrid helicopter (H3) initiative.” The patent will have propellers mounted on back of the wings appose to the front, like on the X3 prototype. The reason for the switch of direction of the propellers is purposely for vibration and noise minimization. The reduction of noise and vibration also improves lift and passenger safety upon departure.

The patent is estimated to top the X3 speed maximum speed due to the installation of the Turbojet engine that it would carry on board. Airbus Helicopters had mentioned the evolution of the X3 prototype in 2014 to which they called it the Low Impact Fast and Efficient Rotor Craft. Although the patent is a legitimate drawing and has prospects of being initiated, it is still unsure if it will be produced anytime in the near future.


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bell-v-280-valor

Bell Helicopter has teamed up with Lockheed Martin to develop the V-280 Valor for the US Army’s FVL (Future Vertical Lift) program. Bell has just linked the airplane’s body to the wings and nacelles of the V-280 Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) jet.

This V-280 tilt-rotor comes with a cost-effective design, intended to be have a huge payoff in terms of agility and speed performance. It can launch quickly due to its vertical takeoff and landing capabilities, and has a 280kt expected cruising speed. It is also able to hover at low-speed due to its helicopter-like fixed wings range.

Lisa Atheron, Bell Helicopter’s EVP of Military Business Development stated the aircraft is scheduled to launch for its first flight by September 2017. So far, there has been no delays in the building process which builds confidence for the set date. The flight test will allow Bell to enter into the Engineering Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase completely.

The next deadline to meet will be the installment of the T64-GE-419 engine and gearboxes this following November.


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AW609-aircraft

Helicopter Press Release uploaded a web log entry to Vertical Magazine talking about how ground run testing will become soon. There is a third prototype, coined the A/C3 of AgustaWestland that will finish its ground run at the company’s facilities in Cascina Costa, Italy. This is considered a huge milestone for the company in terms of advancement in testing and research for its flight activities.

When doing the testing, the AW609 A/C3 had all its engines and systems at full operational capacity. This test was done with the intentions of receiving FAA certification which will allow for the aircraft to be deemed as air worthy.

In terms of specifications, the AW609 has the ability to have cruising speeds up to 275 knots at an altitude of 25,000 feet. This aircraft also has the capabilities to travel at a range of 1,000 nautical miles which makes this aircraft proficient in the civil aviation realm of aerospace. The wingspan of this aircraft is 38 feet with a length of 44 feet. The weight of this aircraft is 10840 lbs. This aircraft carries a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6. The aircraft can also carry 2480 lbs of fuel.

The AW609 was made by AgustaWestland which is owned by Finmeccanica S.p.a. AgustaWestland was founded in 2000 with headquartered in Rome, Italy. There are over 12,000 employees that work for the company. AgustaWestland mainly works within the helicopter industry. Bell Augusta Aerospace also worked in conjunction with AgustaWestland. This company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.


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Space-Satellite

Space exploration and studies continue to enhance human life by becoming the world’s eye from above. Accountable for one third of the space operations is the United States of America. The first satellite was launched into space in February 1958. U.S satellites are mostly operated for electronic, intelligence, weather, technology, surveillance, missile detection, and communications.

The CSA (Canadian Space Agency) is Canada Space Organization which operates fleets of satellites as well as hybrid and micro aircraft. Canada does not own a launch system as of date and relies on the US, India and Russia to launch their aircraft.

China has advanced technology worldwide in all aspects, but it comes to only have the second largest fleet of spacecraft’s that orbit the globe. The Chinese Space organization goes by CSNA (The Chinese National Space Administration). China also has an additional state owned space program that specializes in the design and development of the launching vehicles, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

The DLR (the German Aerospace Center) became worthy to the world with their successful launch of their satellite: AZUR. The DLR launched several spacecraft for telecommunications, navigation and earth observation satellites and other missions involving the moon and other planets.

Frances Aeronautic program is a state owned company, Center National d'Etudes Spatial (CNES). The CNES is in charge of developing and execution of space activity programs in the scientific community. They are also a big part of the ESA (European space agency) with the headquarters stationed in Paris.

India Space Research Organization (ISRO) began to launch spacecraft’s in 1975, and have launched over 80 plus to date. They operate earth observation, communication, and IRNSS using the India’s own INSAT and GSAT series satellites.

The Beginning of Japan's launching began in 1970, by launching Osumi making it the fourth country to have the capability to launch a space craft. The Satellites are currently using for communications, earth, Meteorological and astronomical observations.

Reigning Supreme, Luxembourg continues to be one of the leading operator of communicating and remote sensing satellites. It is home to SES (Société Européenne des Satellites) and Intelsat the world’s leading telecommunications satellite operators.

Russian Federation: Russia’s space program is now the third largest aerospace fleet to operate. Russia’s space program goes back to 1957 when the Soviet Union launched “Sputnik 1 “in 1957.

United Kingdom: The United Kingdom is one of the larger contributors to the ESA also owning a space program of their own: The United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA). Their first launch was in 1962 with the launch of Ariel 1 being third after the US and the USSR.


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