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FLYNAS ORDERS 60 AIRBUS A320NEO FAMILY AIRCRAFT
Monday, January 16, 2017
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TOULOUSE, France - Flynas, Saudi Arabia’s leading low-cost carrier, has signed an agreement with Airbus for 60 A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement was announced in Riyadh at a press conference on January 16.

In addition to the 60 aircraft, Flynas has converted 20 A320ceo from a previous order to A320neo bringing the airline’s total firm order to 80 A320neo. The deliveries are scheduled to take place during 2018-2026.

Flynas, an all Airbus operator, currently has 26 A320ceo in service. Launched in 2007, the airline has successfully operated over 260,000 flights and carried more than 30 million passengers in the last ten years.

In 2016, Flynas set a new record by carrying 6.3 million passengers contributing to a 14 percent year-on-year increase. The A320neo will provide Flynas unbeatable efficiency and comfort in both high-density domestic segments as well as thinner routes.

Source:  Airbus
Source Date: January 16, 2017
Posted: 01/16/2017

 
 
MTU AERO ENGINES RAMPS UP NEW ENGINE PRODUCTION
Monday, January 16, 2017
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PW1000G

Source: Pratt & Whitney


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NEWTOWN, Conn. - MTU Aero Engine is well positioned for years of solid profitability, thanks to the healthy status of its commercial engine production operations and an increasing emphasis on MRO activities. Business remains brisk in both these sectors.

MTU is ramping up production of the new Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engine used to power the Airbus A320neo. This program is a milestone for the company: MTU will be manufacturing three out of every 10 of these new engines for Airbus. (Pratt & Whitney’s operations in the USA will manufacture the rest.) MTU is expected to ramp up production from about 16 engines this past year to 100 in 2017, reaching a peak of 250 a year by 2020.

The company’s other programs will continue moving steadily forward. MTU provides a variety of engine components for its partners around the world - including such giants as GE, Rolls-Royce, and Safran Aircraft Engines. Most recently, MTU was selected to produce the turbine center frame for General Electic’s GE9X, which will power Boeing’s upgraded 777X.

Perhaps most importantly, MTU’s various collaborations put the company in a strong position to introduce additional operations and services where it has established a foothold. The company is expanding its reach, with new partnering arrangements in China and Saudi Arabia announced. The effort in China looks to build upon the company’s success there as an MRO provider by transitioning into engine manufacturing. The move into Saudi Arabia is aimed at strengthening the firm’s MRO operations in the Middle East. Meanwhile, MTU has not neglected its traditional markets, achieving FAA certification for a facility in the U.S. and adding a new repair center in Canada to its roster.

MTU’s global MRO facilities can provide commercial operators with support on engines such as the V2500, CF6, and CFM56. With thousands of these engines in service, MRO is expected to remain a lucrative focus for the firm in the years to come.

While commercial operations are enjoying a boom, defense is in the midst of what will likely be a long downturn. For the most part, MTU’s military engine production focuses on the Eurojet EJ200 for the Eurofighter Typhoon. Production of the EJ200 is slowing as government spending on Eurofighters declines. Fortunately, the company has a counter to that program’s decline - the TP400-D6 engine that powers Airbus Defence and Space’s A400M, production of which is ramping up. MTU will also see some MRO gains in supporting the Panavia Tornado’s RB199 engines.

All told, MTU Aero Engines appears to be well diversified across the spectrum of aviation engines. This market presence, coupled with strong and growing worldwide MRO operations, will provide solid returns for the company in the years ahead.

Source:  Forecast International Government & Industry Group
Associated URL: www.mtu.de/
Source Date: January 16, 2017
Author: R. Pettibone, Gov't & Industry  
Posted: 01/16/2017

 
 
BOEING, SPICEJET ANNOUNCE DEAL FOR UP TO 205 AIRPLANES
Friday, January 13, 2017
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NEW DELHI - Boeing and SpiceJet announced a commitment for up to 205 airplanes during an event in New Delhi.

Booked at the end of 2016, the announcement includes 100 new 737 MAX 8s, SpiceJet's current order for 42 MAXs, 13 additional 737 MAXs which were previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website, as well as purchase rights for 50 additional airplanes.

"The Boeing 737 class of aircraft has been the backbone of our fleet since SpiceJet began, with its high reliability, low operation economies and comfort," said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet. "With the next generation of 737 and the 737 MAX we are sure that we can be competitive and grow profitably."

SpiceJet, all-Boeing jet operator, placed its first order with Boeing in 2005 for Next-Generation (NG) 737s and currently operates 32 737 NGs in its fleet. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

The new airplane will deliver 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s and the lowest operating costs in its class - 8 percent per seat less than its nearest competitor.

Source:  Boeing
Associated URL: boeing.com
Source Date: January 13, 2017
Posted: 01/13/2017

 

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