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Gulfstream G280 Adds Another Speed Record to Books, G650ER and G450 at Paris Air Show Today

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Gulfstream at Paris Air Show

Gulfstream G650ER is at Paris Air Show

The Gulfstream G650ER and G450 will be on display at the 2015 Paris Air Show, June 15 through 21.

Gulfstream G450 is at Paris Airshow

Gulfstream G280 Adds Another Speed Record to Books

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that the Gulfstream G280 recently added to its growing list of city-pair records, this time linking Paris with Abu Dhabi.

Gulfstream G280 sets record

On April 24, the super mid-sized aircraft traveled from Paris-Le Bourget Airport to Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. The distance of 2,908 nautical miles/5,386 kilometers was covered in 6 hours and 16 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.82.

Pending approval by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association, the G280’s 51st city-pair mark will be sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for consideration as a world record.

Gulfstream G280

“It’s a testament to the G280’s many attributes that we’ve delivered more than 60 of these aircraft to operators in 11 countries,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “The G280 had the best range, speed, fuel efficiency and cabin comfort in its class when it entered the marketplace in November 2012, and nothing has changed. It is also one of the most reliable aircraft in the industry.”

Originally projected to fly 3,400 nm/6,297 km, the G280 surpassed expectations by 200 nm/370 km, resulting in more city-pair connections, excellent fuel efficiency and lower operating costs for customers. The aircraft has tremendous performance capabilities and a superior cabin with the Gulfstream-designed cabin management and high-definition entertainment systems, industry-leading sound levels, 19 super-sized windows and in-flight access to the baggage compartment.

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Airbus Ties Up Air France-KLM, Singapore and Sri Lankan on A350s at Paris Air Show

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

by Julian Moxon

Airbus notched up firm orders for a further 55 examples of its now-flying A350 XWB airliner yesterday here in Paris, with Air France-KLM and Singapore Airlines signing major deals. The European airframer now has 668 firm orders for the A350. And, for good measure, Airbus also managed yesterday to close a major fleet-upgrade MoU with Sri Lankan Airlines.

The Air France-KLM Group signed for 25 firm and 25 optioned Airbus A350-900s, marking the first time a joint order has been placed by the group. Singapore Airlines, meanwhile, firmed up an order for 30 A350-1000s, with 20 options that can be converted to firm orders for either the -900 or -1000 model. Being the third order placed by the airline for XWBs, it takes its firm orders with Airbus’s new widebody to 70. “We are pleased to announce this latest order…as the A350 XWB flight test campaign begins,” said John Leahy, Airbus COO-customers.

The $7.5-billion Air France/KLM order had been much delayed because of a long-running dispute over who would maintain the Rolls-Royce engines. Rolls-Royce, the sole engine supplier on the A350, wants airlines to sign up for its TotalCare maintenance package, but Air France, which has never ordered R-R engines for its widebodies, insisted on being able to carry out its own maintenance and be free to outsource it through its vast Air France Industries maintenance network.

KLM president and CEO Peter Hartman said the joint order with Air France kicked off a “new chapter for the group. This aircraft introduces major environmental advances and will contribute to our ambitious targets for noise and carbon reduction.”

Sri Lankan’s MoU is for complete replacement of its fleet of A330-200s and A340-200s with A330-300s and A350-900s. John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer-customers, said the deal would be firmed up “within a month.” In the $2.6 billion sale, Sri Lankan will purchase six Airbus A330-300s and four A350-900s directly from Airbus and will lease a further three A350s. Deliveries of the A330s will begin in October 2014 and of the A350s in 2017. The A340s would, said Sri Lankan CEO Kapila Chandrasena, be returned to the lessor as the new aircraft arrived.

Airbus A350 orders at Paris Air Show

Boeing Launches the 787-10, Its Largest Dreamliner at Paris Air Show

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

by Gregory Polek

Boeing fired the starting pistol on the much-anticipated launch of the 787-10 here yesterday, in the process collecting order commitments for 102 airplanes from five customers across Europe, Asia and North America. Air Lease, United Airlines, GE Capital Aviation Services, British Airways and Singapore Airlines form the group of launch customers.

Appearing yesterday with Boeing CEO Jim McNerney and Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner, Air Lease boss Steven Udvar Hazy commended the manufacturer for its work on the maximum takeoff weight and range of the airplane, set now at 553,000 pounds and 7,000 nm. “Our concern was that if the maximum takeoff weight was the same as the -9, the range would be a little bit restricted,” said Hazy. “We’ve been able to work out an arrangement where the [engine] thrust would be increased and Boeing is coming out with some changes to the airplane that would strengthen the structure in some key areas, and as a result the takeoff weight for our airplanes will be a little bit higher than the -9.”

Air Lease’s most recent order, which Hazy said he would sign in the coming weeks, covers 30 787-10s as well as another three 787-9s, increasing its order count for the -9 to 15. He said first delivery is anticipated in mid-2019. United’s contract for 20 787-10s, the first of which Boeing plans to deliver in 2018, includes an “incremental” order for 10 airplanes and a conversion of 10 existing -9 orders, and raises its total order count to 65 Dreamliners. Gecas has committed to 10 airplanes, British Airways 12 and Singapore Airlines 30.

Under study by Boeing for at least two years, the -10 has already reached a considerable level of maturity, given the manufacturer’s work with international partners and several customers on the design ahead of yesterday’s launch. A pair of fuselage plugs–one toward the front of the fuselage and one near the rear–extends the 787-9’s fuselage by 18 feet, allowing for a 15 percent increase in passenger capacity, enough for 40 passengers. According to Boeing, the standard 7,000 nm range of the -10 covers more than 90 percent of the world’s twin-aisle routes while seating between 300 and 330 passengers, depending on interior configuration.

Speaking before the launch announcement yesterday, Boeing Commercial Airplanes v-p of airplane development Scott Fancher attempted to discredit the popular notion that so-called double stretch airplanes don’t succeed in the market. “It kind of depends on what you are stretching and to where,” he said. This airplane’s 7,000 nautical mile range covers more than 90 percent of the widebody routes operated by airlines around the world, and does it with efficiencies up to 25 to 30 percent better than the in-service competition (A350 excepted). “That sounds like a double stretch that’s going to work to me,” concluded Fancher.

Boeing Launches the 787-10 at Paris Air Show

Boeing and Airbus Have Good First Day at Paris Le Bourget

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Despite the torrential rain at Le Bourget yesterday, Airbus and Boeing both notched up some key commitments at the Paris Air Show. While the latter edged closer to being able to launch the 787-10X, with interest from Gecas, its rival across the Atlantic also courted the world’s leading lessors, with ILFC ordering even more A320neos; and Doric placing an order for A380s.

Even as leasing company GE Capital Aviation Services (Gecas) made a commitment to order 10 Boeing 787-10Xs equipped with GEnx engines, Tokyo-based Skymark Airlines became the first Japanese airline to order the 737 Max, with a total of four. It is likely the carrier will look at replacing its fleet of 737-800s with the Max in future.

“The 787 and A350 are too expensive [for us],” said Skymark president and CEO Shinichi Nishikubo. “The 737 has helped us become a big company.” Of the six Airbus A380s that Skymark has ordered, Nishikubo told AIN, “I will fly the first to New York and the second to London. And the third, I am thinking [about].” The carrier also has 10 Airbus A330s, “with no plans to buy more.”

Tough economic times are telling. Gecas president and CEO Norman Liu said, “This [787 order] has been a conservative figure given the world we live in.” However, he was confident that with 777s and A340s globally moving out of service, the 787-10X would be an ideal replacement, as a strong airplane for transatlantic and inter-Asia travel. “With a 5,000 nautical mile range, it will cover 95 percent of the world.”

On a separate note, TUI Travel and CFM International celebrated a commitment to purchase 60 Boeing 737 Max 8s and Max 9s with 120 CFM Leap-1B engines.

Meanwhile, Lufthansa has firmed up on its order for 100 Airbus A320s and International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has added a further 50 A320neos to its previous order for 100 aircraft.

The German carrier will take a mixed fleet of 35 A320neos (new engine order), 35 A321neos and 30 A320ceos (conventional engine order), with Sharklet wingtips. It says the aircraft will meet future growth and fleet renewal needs and will “contribute significantly to reducing noise and emissions.”

ILFC CEO Henri Courpron said the latest order, bringing its neo order tally to 150 aircraft, “allows ILFC to offer a single-aisle aircraft family that delivers a significant reduction in fuel consumption and the widest, most comfortable cabin in its class.”

Neither customer has yet decided between the CFM56 Leap engine or Pratt & Whitney Pure Power geared turbofan offerings. Lufthansa ordered PurePowers for its previous 30 neos, saying it had “spent a lot of time with Pratt & Whitney to thoroughly understand the geared turbofan architecture.”

ILFC split its order between the two, opting for Leaps for 40 aircraft and the rest PurePower engines. Delivery of the Lufthansa aircraft is set to begin in 2015 for the A320ceos and 2019 for the neos. ILFC will begin taking its neos in 2015.

Paris AirShow 2013

50th Paris Airshow Opening on Monday June 17th

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

The 2013 Paris AirShow–the 50th since the biennial event started in 1909–opens on Monday with its exhibitor count at a 10-year high of 2,200 companies from 44 countries. Much of the pre-show excitement this week has been built on expectations that Airbus might take the opportunity to give its new A350XWB airliner a high-profile public debut. The new wide body will not be among the 130 aircraft on static display at Le Bourget Airport, but it is set to make its first flight on Friday from Airbus’s Toulouse, France, headquarters, raising expectations that it might surprise show visitors with a fly-past at some point next week. If it does, the appearance would trump Boeing’s confirmed plans to display two 787 Dreamliners. The main points of interest among the somewhat limited business aviation contingent will be the appearance of Eurocopter’s X3 hybrid helicopter and a Paris show debut for Gulfstream’s new wide-cabin G650. Pilatus will be looking to build interest in the new PC-24 jet it launched last month at the EBACE show, bringing the mockup for the new twinjet to the Paris show.

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Airbus Logs Record Number of Orders at Paris Show

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The 2011 Paris Air Show currently under way has smiled on many manufacturers but on none so benevolently as Airbus, which set a record for the number of new airplane orders announced at any airshow ever: 730 aircraft from 16 customers worth $72.2 billion. The commitments comprise firm purchase orders for 418 aircraft worth $44 billion and MOUs for another 312 aircraft worth $28.2 billion. Slot availability for Airbus aircraft ordered today is as follows: A320, 2014; A320neo, late 2018 to early 2019; A330, 2014; A350, late 2018 to late 2019; and A380, 2015.

Paris air show

Anticipation Builds for Major Orders at Paris Air Show

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Anticipation of a substantial flow of new airliner orders is building as the 2011 edition of the biennial Paris Air Show prepares to open on Monday, June 20. Airbus and Boeing sales teams are battling for at least half a dozen major new contracts, all of them with airlines based in the fast-growing Asian market. Whichever airframer comes out on top in the airshow orders sweepstakes, Boeing likely will steal the spotlight from its European rival by displaying both of its new widebody contenders: the 787 and the 747-8. Other highlights include the Solar Impulse solar-powered experimental aircraft, the Russian Superjet SJ-100 and Eurocopter’s new X3 compound helicopter. On the first day of the 2011 show, HyperMach Aerospace Industries is set to give details of an audacious program to develop a Mach 4 supersonic business jet just a few feet from where a retired Concorde SST is on display.