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REGIONAL AIRCRAFT MARKET STABILIZING; LONG-TERM GROWTH PROJECTED
Friday, September 23, 2016
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CSeries regional jet

Source: Bombardier Aerospace


CSeries regional jet

Source: Bombardier Aerospace


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NEWTOWN, Conn. - Forecast International has issued a new study on "The Market for Regional Transport Aircraft" that projects that 3,817 regional aircraft will be produced from 2016 through 2025. This total includes both regional jets and regional turboprop airliners. The value of this production is estimated at $135.2 billion in constant 2016 U.S. dollars.

According to the Forecast International study, the regional aircraft market is stabilizing following a period of several years of erratic swings in yearly production. The study predicts that annual output will remain relatively flat in 2016 and 2017 at just over 340 units each year. The longer-term outlook, though, is more bullish, as annual production is projected to reach more than 420 units by the year 2025.

This growth will be fueled by the production ramp-ups of such new regional jetliner models as the Bombardier CS100, the Embraer E2 family, and the Mitsubishi MRJ90. According to Forecast International senior aerospace analyst Raymond Jaworowski, "Overall demand in the regional jet market is already moving toward larger-capacity aircraft, but the overall potential of the segment continues to be hampered by scope clause restrictions in the U.S. market."

With a minor exception for a few pre-existing 86-seaters flown by American Airlines partners, scope clauses at all three U.S. legacy carriers prohibit their regional partners from operating any aircraft larger than 76 seats. Relaxation of the size and weight restrictions in U.S. scope clauses will have to wait until pilot contracts begin to come up for renewal or amendment toward the end of this decade. Jaworowski noted, "The weight restriction is even more critical than the seating limit." Aircraft are currently limited to a maximum takeoff weight of 86,000 pounds or less. While they can be configured with 76 seats, certain of the new jetliners now in development nevertheless exceed the 86,000-pound limit.

Even with the current scope clause restrictions in place, though, the market for 90-seat and larger regional jets is hardly moribund. Regional jets of this size will be acquired in quantity by regional airlines unencumbered by scope clause, low-fare carriers, and even major airlines.

Meanwhile, the persistence of low fuel prices has started to impact the turboprop market, softening demand for these fuel-efficient aircraft. Oil prices have increased somewhat since early 2016, though, and can be expected to continue to gradually rise, thus helping to buoy this segment of the regional aircraft market.

The Forecast International study also includes manufacturer market share projections. Based on unit production, Embraer, ATR, Bombardier, and Mitsubishi are projected to be the leading regional aircraft manufacturers during the 2016-2025 forecast period. Embraer is projected to build 959 regional jetliners during the timeframe. ATR is expected to produce 783 regional turboprops. Bombardier, which produces both jets and turboprops, is forecast to build 591 regional aircraft. Mitsubishi is projected to produce 437 regional jets.

Source:  Forecast International Aerospace Group
Associated URL: forecastinternational.com
Source Date: September 23, 2016
Posted: 09/26/2016

 
 
MTU MAINTENANCE SIGNS EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT WITH SKY REGIONAL AIRLINES
Monday, September 26, 2016
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Source: GE Aviation


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LUDWIGSFELDE, Germany - MTU Maintenance has signed an exclusive 10-year agreement with Canadian carrier Sky Regional Airlines for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the airline’s CF34-8E engines for its Embraer E175 fleet.

The agreement between MTU Maintenance and Sky Regional Airlines covers all shop visits, on-site repairs and lease support as part of its Total Engine Care (TEC®) program. The activities will be coordinated or carried out by MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg, the MTU Maintenance group’s specialists for the CF34 family. The contract is valued at approximately $250 million over a 10-year time frame.

On-site services include work on high-pressure turbine modules and can also be carried out at MTU Maintenance’s locations in Dallas, Texas (US), and Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). Since 2003, MTU Maintenance has carried out nearly 900 shop visits for this engine family (CF34-1/-3, -8C/E, -10E). In 2015 the company was the second-largest provider of CF34 services worldwide.

Sky Regional Airlines is one of Canada’s leading airlines and operates domestic and transborder flights on behalf of Air Canada under the Air Canada Express banner. It operates a mixed fleet of Embraer E175 and Bombardier Q400 aircraft.

Source:  MTU
Associated URL: www.mtu.de
Source Date: September 26, 2016
Posted: 09/26/2016

 
 
SCHIEBEL AND DIEHL STRENGTHENING TEAMING DEAL TO CAPTURE SHARE OF GERMAN MARKET
Monday, September 26, 2016
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Source: Schiebel


Source: Schiebel


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VIENNA - The cooperation between Schiebel, manufacturer of the world's most capable VTOL UAS, the CAMCOPTER S-100, and Diehl Defence has been strengthened recently.

"Celebrating a milestone like the 10th anniversary of the CAMCOPTER S-100 with more than 300 units sold is a good moment to reflect on where we are today and where we will go in the future. Today we are the world’s leading producer of unmanned helicopters and we plan on further strengthening our position," explains Hans Georg Schiebel, owner of the Vienna-based company.

"The renewal of the teaming agreement is the result of the longstanding cooperation between Diehl Defence and Schiebel. We consider Schiebel a highly competent partner and believe the CAMCOPTER S-100 is the best possible product for all remotely piloted aircraft operations of the German Navy," says Helmut Rauch, member of the Division Board of Diehl Defence.

Schiebel and its partner Diehl Defence represent a strong and complementary team, ideally positioned to meet the demanding requirements of the German customer. Diehl Defence possesses broad know-how in the integration of different defense systems and surveillance equipment into German Navy vessels while Schiebel produces the UAS.

With an impressive track record of supporting maritime customers, the CAMCOPTER S-100 system has meanwhile been successfully proven on over 30 different vessels on all the world's oceans, demonstrating its outstanding capabilities day and night, in all weather conditions, a proven track record that is unmatched. It is currently deployed with a number of important naval clients in conventional littoral reconnaissance roles; however, the CAMCOPTER S-100 has likewise proven to be hugely successful in the Search and Rescue role. Working with the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) in the Mediterranean, around 25 000 migrants have been found and rescued since 2014.

In 2008, Schiebel completed extensive flight trials onboard the German Navy's K130 Class Corvettes Braunschweig and Magdeburg in the Baltic Sea. The S-100 completed more than 130 takeoffs and landings in a total flight time of just 20 hours, achieving results well in excess of expectations and trial requirements.

Source:  Schiebel
Associated URL: https://schiebel.net
Source Date: September 26, 2016
Posted: 09/26/2016

 

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