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Airbus, Boeing poised for major programme decisions
Airbus and Boeing are set to make decisions
this year on the long-term future of a number
of their programmes, including possible re-
engining of the Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737.
Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers John
Leahy says the European manufacturer will decide
this year whether to re-engine the A320 family, with a
decision ideally coming in time for July’s Farnborough
Air Show in the UK. The manufacturer would aim to
achieve 15 percent lower fuel burn per seat with the
re-engined aircraft, which would be available by the
end of 2015.
The Toulouse-based company is looking at the
CFM International Leap-X engine and a proposal
from International Aero Engines (IAE). A re-engined
A320 family would push any new A30X single-aisle
a ircraft to 2024.
Meanwhile, Randy Tinseth, Boeing ’s vice-
president of marketing says re-engining the 737 is an
option and is feasible, but the manufacturer will take
its time making a decision, based on what is best for
the company and its customers.
Bob Keady, senior vice-president of sales at Pratt
& Whitney (P&W) says the company has been
working with Airbus and Boeing on their re-engining
options. The US engine maker would like to tackle
the re-engining market through its IAE consortium
with Rolls-Royce, Japanese Aero Engines and MTU
Aero Engines. However, P&W also has “an effective
installation” of its own geared turbofan.
Tinseth says decisions on possible improvements to
the 777 are becoming more urgent, “as we get closer
to deliveries of the A350”. Under consideration is
a possible stretch and a 4 percent efficiency boost
through changes to the airframe, wingspan and
Meanwhile, the manufacturer conceded at the
Singapore show that the short-range 787-3 has no
future. The variant was designed for the Japanese
market for very short routes, with winglets and a
shorter wing span. Following the switch of orders
by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines from the
787-3 to the long -range 787-8, Boeing is left with no
orders for the -3. Tinseth says Boeing is still reviewing
the programme, but it is “far-fetched” to believe the
manufacturer will proceed with it.
Airbus came to the show with its new A330-200
Freighter, fresh from cold-weather testing in northern
Cana da . After the show, the aircraft performed tests
in hot and humid conditions in Singapore. The
A330-200F has a rang e of up to 4,000nm and a
70-tonne payload. The manufacturer is on track for
deliveries starting in the middle of this year, with
Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Tom
Enders predicting the A330-200F will be “g reat for
this region”. ●
Singapore joins ASPIRE with SIA demonstration flight
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
(CAAS) has joined the Asia and Pacific
Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE)
initiative, with Singapore Airlines (SIA) conducting
the first multi-sector demonstration flight in the
programme on 31 January.
The ASPIRE agreement was signed by Airservices,
Airways NZ and the US Federal Aviation
Administration in Febr uary 2008, with the aim of
accelerating the development and implementation
of operational procedures to reduce aviation’s
environmental footprint. In 2008, three trans-Pacific
demonstration flights were conducted , by Air New
Zealand, Qantas and United Airlines, to demonstrate
and measure the emission reductions and fuel saving s
achievable through the use of efficienc y procedures.
A Japan Airlines flight followed in October 2009
after Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau joined. CAAS
signed the ASPIRE agreement at the show on 1
As with previous ASPIRE demonstrations, the
SIA flight employed best practices in air traffic
manag ement and flight operations procedures.
Unlike previous ASPIRE ser vices, the SIA flight
covered multiple sectors – the route was from Los
Angeles to Singapore via Tokyo, and was operated
by a Boeing 747-400.
The best practices resulted in a flight-time
reduction of 30 minutes, a fuel saving of 10,686kg
6 percent less than normal – and a 33,769kg
reduction in carbon emissions. Initial expectations
were a saving of 10,000kg of fuel and 31,300kg of
carbon emissions, according to SIA.
The flight involved collaboration between
CAAS, the JCAB and the FAA, allowing the flight
to operate in optimum air traffic conditions in all
phases of flight – from departure to cruise to arrival,
says the CAAS.
The operation employed the processes and
techniques used in previous ASPIRE flights. Before
departure, the aircraft under went a sp ecial engine-
wash programme for all four engines to optimise
fuel efficiency, while the airframe was polished to
minimise drag. At departure, the aircraft received
priority clearance and an unimpeded takeoff.
In the cruising phase, user-preferred routes and
dynamic airborne reroute procedures were employed,
which accounted for the bulk of fuel savings, along
with performance-based navigation procedures.
For the arrival phase, optimised profile descent
techniques were used, including continuous descent.
CAAS says it will now work closely with its
airline customers on how ASPIRE procedures and
techniques can be applied to more flights . ●
The A330-200F followed up the show with tests in Singapore’s hot and humid conditions.
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