The Bahrain International Airshow was abuzz with news on Thursday about Gulf Air’s order for 17 Airbus A321neos and 12 Airbus A320neos. Appearing alongside Bahraini government officials and Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier, Gulf Air CEO Maher Salman Al Musallam made the order announcement and spoke about simplifying the airline’s fleet structure with the procurement of these additional aircrafts. The airline’s current fleet consist of 6 A330-200s and 22 A320s and the acquisition of 29 new aircrafts are meant to fit seamlessly into this fleet. In his statement concerning the deal Al Mussallam went on to state that

“This restructured order meets Gulf Air’s future fleet requirement and our network expansion plans,” and in addition to that “As a result, I now look forward to furthering Gulf Air’s fleet modernization process while supporting our network and overall passenger experience enhancement strategies.”

The restructuring exercise at Gulf Air originally began in 2012, when in an attempt to increase revenue and compete with the long haul services provided by Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, Gulf Air replaced an order for 20 A330s with a different one for 8 A320ceos and 16 A320neos. The airline’s long-haul service plans are now centered on using Boeing Dreamliners and just prior to its announcement concerning the Airbus order, Gulf Air confirmed that it had changed delivery orders for 16 787-8s and replaced them with orders for larger 787-9s instead. Gulf Air has also made plans to provide more services throughout states in the Gulf Cooperation Council. These services will focus on narrow-body aircrafts and the airline is currently in negotiation with Bombardier for 10 C Series jets.

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Honda recently announced that it has begun deliveries of the HondaJet, the worlds most advanced lightweight jet. Honda Aircraft Company made a ceremonial delivery of its first aircraft at its world headquarters in Greensboro, NC. This milestone comes after a December announcement that the company was awarded a type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration for the HondaJet an aircraft which Honda claims is that fastest (at 483mph) and most fuel efficient in its class. The company credits the HondaJet's performance and efficiency to its configuration, with engines mounted over natural-laminar flow wings and fuselage made from lightweight composite materials. The jet also includes an “Over The Wing" Engine Mount design that has enabled it to achieve high speeds, superior fuel efficiency, and a more spacious cabin over conventional aircraft in its class.

“We are very excited to commence deliveries of the HondaJet, fulfilling Honda’s commitment to advancing human mobility through innovation,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “Honda Aircraft has now extended this commitment skyward with the delivery of our first aircraft, and I hope we soon will begin to see many HondaJets at airports around the world.”

The HondaJet will be manufactured by Honda Aircraft Company at its world headquarters in Greensboro, NC and the aircraft will be available for sale in North America, South America and Europe through the HondaJet dealer network. Honda Aircraft has also developed a robust worldwide dealer network in 11 territories, to help support HondaJet customers. HondaJet dealers are ready to support aircraft admittance into service, together with a 90,000 square-foot customer service facility in Greensboro that will support the dealer network with heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul (renovation) capabilities.

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Virgin Atlantic Airways is poised to announce a deal with Airbus Group for 12 A350-1000 jets. The list price of this deal will be approximately $4.3 billion and through this deal Virgin hopes to strengthen its wide-body leisure fleet. Virgin will probably purchase nine of the twin-engine planes directly from Airbus while leasing three from leasing firms, whatever the case the U.K. based airline has its sights set on having more fuel efficient jets such as the Airbus A350 or the Boeing 777 replace the four engine Boeing 747s jumbos that currently form the core of its long-haul leisure fleet.

2014 saw Virgin Atlantic return to profitability after previous less than successful business endeavors. The airline’s comeback was bolstered by a partnership with Delta Airlines and its increase in profitability has been made possible by changes to its transportation routes with Virgin refocusing its transportation routes on trans-Atlantic routes. According to Erik Varwijk, Virgin Atlantic’s Executive Vice President, the airline is hoping to have new jets by late 2018 or early 2019 a couple of years after Airbus plans on beginning deliveries for its A350-1000 model meaning that the A350-1000 model may be the aircraft chosen by Virgin. Boeing’s 777x model doesn’t come out till 2020 but that doesn’t disqualify the US based Airline Manufacturer and Virgin may still look at picking up some of Boeing’s current 777 jets. Throughout the years Virgin has been working on trimming cost by eliminating four-engine planes such as the Airbus A340-300 and the A340-600. Plans are also in the works to eliminate Boeing 747s.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft closes out the year with a great deal with China Express Airlines. The Airlines increases their purchase of CRJ900 Jetliners with 10 more jetliners which brings them to a total 38 to service the Chinse Express Airlines. Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has successfully delivered 20 of the CRJ900 jetliners up to date. The value of this purchase will approximately cost the Chinese Airlines 462.6 million US. Dollars.

China Express was established in the year 2006 and now services over 62 cities in China to the middle and lower classes.

“China Express is committed to providing air services to people in Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities in Chin. Our mission is to improve the connectivity by air for those communities,"

said Wu Longjiang, President, China Express Airlines.

“The CRJ900 is the right aircraft for our cooperation with major airlines on code sharing and connecting flights, as well as cooperation with cities. It offers excellent economics and reliability and is well liked by our passengers. We continue to expand our fleet with these fine aircraft to serve both current and future demand and destinations.”

With this great purchase it leaves Bombardier with 409 confirmed orders for the CRJ900 aircraft alone. CRJ series aircrafts as a whole is at a total of 1883 firm orders and now services over 90 operators domestic and internationally. Bombardier has developed the CRJ900 aircraft immensely compared to its earlier models leaving the CRJ900s fuel burn reducing by 5.5 per cent and operating in over 20 Airlines which is clearly seen by many.

“Our 2015-2034 Commercial Aircraft Market Forecast expects delivery of some 900 60 to 100 seat airlines to China during the forecast period and the CRJ900 regional jet is proving to a perfect fit in that market segment”

said by Vice president of Sales, China and North Asia, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

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A couple of weeks after having received an order for a crewed mission into space by NASA, Boeing is busy ramping up production of its CST-100 Starliner space capsule. This is the second crewed mission that NASA has ordered from Boeing and the aircraft company is working hard to help bring the U.S. space agency one step closer to launching astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil.

The CST-Starliner is currently under development at the company’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility located at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with additional rocket parts being made in Alabama and installation of flight simulators being performed at Boeing’s facilities in St. Louis, Missouri. With Boeing’s Starliner having a maximum of seven astronauts per trip, as opposed to the Russian Soyuz which can only carry three passengers at a time, NASA hopes to increase its capabilities and begin launching astronauts to low earth orbit and the International Space Station in less than two years.

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Emirates, an airline based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has recently decided to retire over 50 aircraft within the next three years, as part of its modernization plan. Next year in 2016, the company will retire 26 airplanes, which include one Boeing 777-300ER, two Boeing 777-300s, six Boeing 777-200ERs, one A340-500, four A340-300s, as well as 12 A330-300s. In order to replace these retired airplanes, Emirates will be adding 36 new aircrafts in 2016, which include 16 Boeing 777-300ERs and 20 Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

The modernization plan for the Emirates fleet is intended to improve the airline’s passenger comfort as well as their environmental performance. These newly acquired aircraft, the 777-300ER and A380, are among the quietest and most fuel efficient commercial airplanes available to this market, as they release less than 12% CO2 compared to other similar aircraft.

"Emirates has a global footprint as the world's largest international airline, and we have a responsibility to our customers, the communities we serve, and the planet. We are fully committed to flying a modern fleet that is better for the environment, and provides our customers with a superior level of comfort and safety,” said Tim Clark, the president of Emirates Airline. "With the retirement of older aircraft and the introduction of new, more fuel efficient aircraft in 2016, Emirates will continue to lead the industry in reducing the age of our fleet, while at the same time defining new levels of service that our customers have come to expect."

Through the replacement of older aircraft with more modern options, Emirates’ average fleet age will be roughly 5.6 years, which is far younger than the global average. The 26 aircraft retiring next year will have reached the average age of 15.7 years, which is substantially less than the industry average retirement age of 25 years.

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The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner is the latest and longest member in the Boeing 787 family of commercial aircraft. It was officially launched at the 2013 Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France, in June 2013. Boeing has finalized the detailed design for the forthcoming 787-10, the company said Wednesday.

With the detailed design completed, Boeing can now release for fabrication or procurement the information needed to build parts and aircraft assembly tools. It expects to begin major assembly of the 787-10 next year, followed by first flight in 2017 and first delivery in 2018.

The new Dreamliner can reach a distance of 12,964km, covering more than 90% of the world's twin-aisle routes. It is expected to be 25% more fuel efficient compared with other aircraft of similar size. The 787-10 is a stretched, shorter-range but higher-capacity version of the Dreamliner: 224 feet long, it seats around 330 passengers and has a range of about 7,400 miles.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) placed a $1.4bn order for three 787-10 Dreamliners in January 2015. GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), meanwhile, placed a $2.9bn order for ten aircraft in September 2013. Ninety-five percent of the design and build of the 787-10 and 787-9 will be identical, Boeing said.

“With the 787-10, we are building upon our experience and the 787-9 design itself to create this newest member of the super-efficient 787 family,” said Ken Sanger, Boeing vice president of 787 development. “We have optimized the design for the needs of the market and are excited as we look forward to production.”

The Boeing 787-10 will be powered by either Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 or GE Aviation GEnx-1B engines. The Trent 1000 engine will generate a maximum thrust of 78,000lbf, whereas the GEnx-1B will provide a maximum take-off thrust of 76,100lbf. 787-10's wing structure, made of composite materials such as carbon laminate and carbon sandwich, provides a higher aspect ratio, which, combined with efficiency-enhancing raked wing tips, enables the aircraft to achieve a maximum cruise speed of up to Mach 0.85 with less fuel consumption.

The new Dreamliner is currently being designed at the Everett facility in Washington and final assembly is scheduled to begin in 2017 in North Charleston, South Carolina, US. First delivery is expected in 2018.

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Rolls-Royce has a long history in the aircraft engine business, going as far as 1906. Today, it is the second-largest manufacturer of aircraft engines. The Rolls-Royce family expands by adding the Trent 7000, their seventh generation of the Trent family of engines. Introduced at the Farnborough Airshow in 2014, the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 has successfully completed its first test run on a test bed in Derby, UK.

The engine will exclusively be used by Airbus for its new A330neo series of aircraft. The Trent 7000 will complete its maiden flight in the beginning of 2016, while its commercial inauguration could be expected in 2017.

The Trent 7000 incorporates the latest Trent 1000 architecture and Trent XWB technology. Some of the improvements in performance when compared to Trent 700 include the 68-72,000 pounds of thrust that the Trent 7000 will deliver, its reduced fuel consumption by 10%, reducing half the noise, and double the bypass ratio. The engine has become the customer’s first choice in the modern market for its reliability and extended hours/experience than any of the other large gas turbine family.

Chris Davie, Rolls-Royce, Program Director - Civil Large Engines, said:

“This is a great moment for everyone at Rolls-Royce – we have achieved an important program milestone on the journey to deliver our latest Trent engine. We are working closely with Airbus to ensure the Trent 7000 brings a step change in performance and economics.”

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BOC Aviation announced that it placed an order with Boeing for 22 737 aircraft. These 22 737’s will be delivered throughout the span of 2018 to 2021. These 22 737’s consist of 11 Boeing Next Generation 737-800’s and 11 Boeing 777 MAX 8’s.

This order is worth a retail value of $2.27 billion based off of Boeing’s list prices.

Robert Martin, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BOC Aviation, said,

“This order demonstrates our continued confidence in the Next Generation 737 aircraft for its proven high performance, reliability, and asset value.”

Martin also goes on to talk about what BOC Aviation’s customers think of the 737:

“The Next Generation 737 economics are very attractive to our customers. With the 737 MAX, we are investing in new technology aircraft to meet our customers’ long-term fleet planning requirements.”

Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific and India Sales under the Boeing Commercial Airplanes department, talked about the order:

“This new order, on top of the 2014 order for 80 737s, is proof of BOC Aviation’s leading position in the leasing market, providing its customers with the most reliable and fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes.”

In a previous deal in August 2014, BOC Aviation orders 82 Boeing jets for $8.8 billion based off of Boeing’s list prices. The 82 jets consist of 50 737 Max’s, 30 737-800’s, and two 777-300ER wide body jets.

BOC Aviation is a leader in global aircraft leasing, owned by Bank of China, based in Singapore. The company has offices in Dublin, London, Seattle, and Tianjin. In terms of aircraft, the company has 253 aircraft that are operated by 59 airlines within 29 countries.

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Textron Aviation is expanding its product line. At this year’s National Business Aviation Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, Textron announced the newest member of the Cessna Citation family, the Citation Hemisphere. The new Citation Hemisphere is the biggest and longest-range Citation jet. It is expected to take its first flight in 2019.

When deciding on what was next for Cessna, Textron Aviation President and CEO Scott Ernest took into account customer feedback. He stated,

As we looked at that market, we originally announced the Latitude and Longitude, then we stood back and got a lot more customer feedback. Hey, we’ve got to belly up here and do something different.

It is designed to have low operating costs but still maintain class-leading operational performance. The large cabin jet is expected to cost between $30 million and $33 million. Their intent is to break into the market with a larger cabin and longer-range aircraft, demonstrating that this new aircraft is designed to transform this segment by offering their customers the latest technology and widest cabin in its class.

The specifications of the Citation Hemisphere are as follows:

  • Range: 4,500 nm (8,334 km)
  • Diameter: 102 in
  • Multi-zone cabin
  • Clean Sheet Design
  • Flat Floor

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