Boeing CST 100

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 Trent 7000

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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Boeing 737

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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Cessna Citation Hemisphere Jet

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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Boeing P-8 Poseidon Surveillance Aircraft

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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BBJ MAX 8

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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Gulfstream G500

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 A330-200s

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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