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FIRST SERIAL H160 MAKES INITIAL FLIGHT
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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H160

Source: Airbus Helicopters


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MARIGNANE, France -- The first serial Airbus Helicopters H160 made its first flight on December 14. The helicopter then performed a flight demonstration on December 17 in front of Airbus Helicopters' H160 team. The helicopter is to be delivered to launch customer Babcock in 2020.

This first serial H160 is to join the three H160 prototypes in the final steps of the flight test campaign. The prototypes have already accumulated more than 1,000 flight hours.

The last stages of flight testing are geared toward confirming that modifications introduced into the serial configuration have no impact on the H160's handling qualities.

Source:  Airbus Helicopters
Source Date: December 18, 2018
Posted: 12/18/2018

 
 
AIR ASTANA TAKES DELIVERY OF FIRST E190-E2 AIRCRAFT POWERED BY P&W GTF ENGINES
Friday, December 14, 2018
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ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. joined Air Astana in celebrating the delivery of the airline's first Embraer E190-E2 aircraft. The E190-E2 is powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The delivery was commemorated in a celebration attended by officials from Air Astana, Embraer and Pratt & Whitney at Air Astana's Aviation Technical Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Air Astana is the first airline to operate the GTF engine on two aircraft platforms, currently operating 4 GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft and with an additional 13 aircraft on order. The airline also operates three PW4000-powered Boeing 767 aircraft and 12 V2500-powered A320ceo family aircraft.

In addition to being selected as the exclusive engine for the E2 commercial aircraft, Pratt & Whitney's APS2600E auxiliary power unit (APU) is the sole-sourced APU for the E2 family. The APS2600E APU gives airlines greater flexibility, by increasing the altitude ceiling for ETOPS and other operations, and providing a significant increase in electrical power delivery, to meet the needs of today's airlines.

Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine family has delivered on its promised ability to significantly reduce fuel burn, NOx emissions and noise footprint.

Source:  Pratt & Whitney
Associated URL: newsroom.pw.utc.com
Source Date: December 14, 2018
Posted: 12/18/2018

 
 
EMBRAER AND BOEING APPROVE MERGER AND SEEK BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT APPROVAL
Monday, December 17, 2018
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KC-390

Source: Embraer


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SAO PAULO -- Embraer and Boeing have approved the terms of a strategic partnership that would position both companies to accelerate growth in global aerospace markets.

The approved terms define the joint venture comprising the commercial aircraft and services operations of Embraer, in which Boeing will hold an 80 percent ownership stake and Embraer will hold the remaining 20 percent. The transaction remains subject to approval by the Government of Brazil, after which Embraer and Boeing intend to execute definitive transaction documents. The closing of the transaction will then be subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

Under the terms of the proposed partnership, Boeing will acquire an 80 percent ownership stake in the joint venture for $4.2 billion. The partnership is expected to be neutral to Boeing's earnings per share in 2020 and accretive thereafter. Estimated annual pre-tax cost synergies of approximately $150 million are anticipated by the third year of operations.

Once the transaction has closed, the commercial aviation joint venture will be led by Brazil-based management, including a president and chief executive officer. Boeing will have operational and management control of the new company, which will report directly to Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and chief executive officer. Embraer will retain consent rights for certain strategic decisions, such as transfer of operations from Brazil.

The companies have also agreed to the terms of another joint venture to promote and develop new markets for the multi-mission medium airlift KC-390. Under the terms of this proposed partnership, Embraer will own a 51 percent stake in the joint venture, with Boeing owning the remaining 49 percent.

The transaction is subject to approval by the Government of Brazil, ratification by the Embraer Board of Directors and its further authorization to execute the definitive transaction documents. Once the parties have executed the definitive transaction agreements, the strategic partnership will then be subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals, as well as other customary closing conditions. Assuming the approvals are received in a timely manner, the transaction is intended to close by the end of 2019.

Source:  www.boeing.com
Associated URL: www.embraer.com
Source Date: December 17, 2018
Posted: 12/18/2018

 

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