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DELTA AIR LINES ORDERS ADDITIONAL CFM56-5B ENGINES TO POWER 37 A321CEO AIRCRAFT
Friday, April 29, 2016

Source: CFM International

WEST CHESTER, Ohio - Delta Air Lines has selected CFM International’s CFM56-5B engine to power 37 additional A321ceo (current engine option) aircraft ordered April 29 and scheduled to begin delivery in 2017.

The order also includes a five-year Material Support Agreement (MSA) for the CFM56-5B/-7B engines in the Delta fleet.

These A321 will join the other 126 CFM-powered A319 and A320 aircraft Delta current operates. The airline recently took delivery of its first Airbus A321 and is using the aircraft to gradually replace less-efficient domestic aircraft that are being retired from its fleet.

Delta was actually CFM International’s first customer and launched the product into commercial service on April 24, 1982 when it flew the very first McDonnell Douglas DC-8-71 aircraft powered by CFM's CFM56-2 engine on a flight between Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia. Today, the airline has in service or on order more than 410 Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 family aircraft powered by the CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines, respectively.

Source:  CFM International
Associated URL: http://www.cfmaeroengines.com/press/delta-air-lines-orders-additional-cfm56-5b-e
Source Date: April 29, 2016
Posted: 05/03/2016

 
 
AIRBUS HELICOPTERS HANDS OVER FIRST TWO H145M TO ROYAL THAI NAVY
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Source: Airbus Helicopters

DONAUWÖRTH, Germany - Airbus Helicopters has handed over the first two of five lightweight military multi-role H145M helicopters to the Royal Thai Navy. This marks an important milestone in the H145M program on its way to the final acceptance and entry into service in Thailand at the end of 2016.

The H145M is the military version of the civil H145 that entered service in mid-2014 and has recently reached the milestone of 15,000 flying hours in customer operations. With a maximum take-off weight of 3.7 tons, the H145M can be used for a wide range of military operations including naval, utility, reconnaissance, search and rescue, medical evacuation and armed scout. The Royal Thai Navy H145M is equipped with Multi-Purpose Pylons incl. aerodynamic fairings, cargo hooks, hoists, HF system for SAR operations, weather radar, internal long range fuel tank system and fixed provisions for future special operations upgrade.

These two H145M helicopters will stay in Germany for pilot training at Airbus Helicopters’ Training Academy. All helicopters are scheduled for delivery in Thailand by September 2016.

Designed as a true military multi-role helicopter, the H145M offers a single platform, which is able to perform day and night missions in harsh weather conditions and difficult terrain. Its large mission equipment range, depending on the customer configuration, increases mission flexibility for military operators. The helicopter’s Helionix digital avionics suite - incorporating the in-house developed 4-axis autopilot - is designed to reduce crew workload while providing high levels of safety and improved situational awareness.

The H145M is powered by two Turbomeca Arriel 2E equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC). Its low acoustic footprint makes the H145 the quietest helicopter in its class.

Source:  Airbus Helicopters
Associated URL: http://www.airbushelicopters.com/website/en/press/Airbus-Helicopters-hands-over-
Source Date: April 28, 2016
Posted: 05/03/2016

 
 
AIRBUS GROUP REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2016 RESULTS
Friday, April 29, 2016

Source: Airbus Military

AMSTERDAM - The Airbus Group reported stable first quarter 2016 revenues of EUR12.2 billion, up slightly from revenues of EUR12.1 billion in the first quarter of 2015. Net income was EUR399 million for the quarter, down about 50 percent from net income of EUR792 million in the year ago period.

"2016 turns out to be the challenging year we anticipated. Overall, we expect a stable financial performance but deliveries, cash and earnings will be heavily loaded towards the end of the year. And that already shows in our first quarter performance," said Tom Enders, Airbus Group Chief Executive Officer. "Operationally, we continue to focus on the production ramp-ups of our Airbus A350 and A320 programs and on the change-over to the new engine versions of the A320 and A330. On the military side, we are now facing a serious challenge for production and customer deliveries of the A400M due to new, unexpected issues on the engine propeller gearbox. It’s very frustrating but we’ll have to work through this with our engine partners. So, in a nutshell, despite these challenges we maintain our 2016 guidance and also our earnings and cash growth story for the coming years based on our strong commercial order backlog and the robust, well-resourced production ramp-ups underway."

Group order intake in the quarter was EUR7.2 billion (Q1 2015: EUR21 billion), with the order book value totalling EUR957 billion as of 31 March 2016 (year-end 2015: EUR1,006 billion).

INDUSTRY SEGMENTS

Commercial Aircraft

Despite lower deliveries of 125 aircraft (Q1 2015: 134 aircraft), revenues of EUR8.67 billion (Q1 2015: EUR8.57 billion were stable at Commercial Aircraft supported by the strengthening average U.S. dollar rate. Commercial Aircraft’s EBIT before one-off totalled EUR407 million (Q1 2015: EUR569 million), driven mainly by the back-loaded profile of deliveries and A330 rate adjustment but partly compensated by lower research and development (R&D) costs.

Airbus received 10 net commercial aircraft orders (Q1 2015: 101 net orders) with gross orders of 32 aircraft including 14 A330neos and two A380s for Emirates Airline. Fourteen of the 22 cancellations in the quarter were CEO (current engine option) to NEO (new engine option) conversions for the A320 and A330.

Helicopters

Helicopters’ revenues declined 10 percent to EUR1.16 billion (Q1 2015: EUR1.28 billion), reflecting lower deliveries of 56 units (Q1 2015: 62 units) and an unfavorable mix. Helicopters’ EBIT before one-off declined to EUR33 million (Q1 2015: EUR52 million), mainly reflecting lower volumes and an unfavorable mix.

Airbus Helicopters received 51 net orders (Q1 2015: 86 units), including 38 Ecureuil light rotorcraft.

Airbus Defence and Space

Defence and Space reported that revneues fell three percent to EUR2,53 billion (Q1 2015: EUR2.60 billion). Defence and Space’s EBIT before one-off increased 21 percent to EUR109 million (Q1 2015: EUR90 million), supported by program execution, portfolio focusing and efficiency measures.

Order intake by value rose five percent at Airbus Defence and Space, driven mainly by earth observation satellites and defense contracts.

Source:  Forecast International Government & Industry Group
Associated URL: www.airbusgroup.com
Source Date: April 29, 2016
Author: R. Pettibone, Gov't & Industry  
Posted: 05/03/2016

 

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