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It is unclear how surprised Bombardier and
Pratt & Whitney (P&W) might have been
by Qatar Airways' non-commitment to the
Canadian aircraft manufacturer's CSeries jetliner
programme at Farnborough.
Qatar Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker
revealed that "sensitive commercial issues" with
the airliner's P&W PW1000G geared turbofan
(GTF) engine prevented his placing an order for
as many as 90 aircraft.
The official, who said the issue had nothing
to do with Bombardier, is understood to be
unhappy with the engine's maintenance costs.
Al Baker is hopeful the matter can be resolved
"soon", although any extended delay could see
either or both of Airbus and Boeing offering
re-engined versions of their respective A320 or
737 single-aisle jetliner families -- an option not
altogether ruled out by the airline boss.
"If [either of them] bring an aircraft superior
to the CSeries in seat-mile, maintenance, and
fuel [costs], we'd think about it." he said.
For its part, P&W believes a thorough analysis
of all engine costs, including maintenance
and operations, will come out in its favour.
"We're talking to [the carrier] and Bombardier
and work[ing] to see if we can bring the order
Bombardier claims the CSeries has won
50 percent of net orders in the 100- to
149-passenger market over the past two years.
Following transition from the project's joint-
definition phase to its detailed-design phase
(DDP), the manufacturer is releasing drawings to
fabrication and production departments.
Ultimate-load testing of the composite
demonstrator wing has been successfully
replicated, with wing production scheduled
to begin early next year in Bombardier's
new factory in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The
aluminium-lithium fuselage test barrel has
completed 60,000 fatigue cycles. Development
wind-tunnel (WT) tests also are complete and
final production WT tests will be conducted in
Since announcing the programme at
Farnborough two years ago, Bombardier has
taken orders from Lufthansa, Lease Corporation
International, and Republic Airways for 33
CS100s and 57 larger CS300s, alongside
options for 90 additional aircraft.
Farnborough Show Report
Helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland
showed no fewer than four new rotorcraft,
all of which had made their first flights in
the preceding year: the AW169, intended
for commercial, parapublic and government
use, the civil Grand New, and the military
AW159 Lynx Wildcat and AW149 models.
The Grand New represents the first in-
service use of synthetic vision in a light-twin
helicopter, according to AgustaWestland.
Already certificated in Europe and with US
approval to follow "soon", the helicopter
has a four-axis autopilot and new avionics.
Some 50 examples are said to have been
The twin-engine, 4,500kg AW169 fits
in between the Grand New and AW139
models and is offered with an eight- to ten-
seat cabin, convertible to several roles. The
heavy-duty AW169 was developed from the
XX9 project, discussed by the manufacturer
for the past two or more years.
Detailed specifications of the Pratt &
Whitney Canada PW210-powered machine
have yet to be confirmed and should be
finalised before next March's US Heli-Expo
show. AgustaWestland aims to have
European and US certification in time for
service-entry in 2014 or 2015. Other engines
may also be offered.
Superjet International, the Sukhoi/Alenia
joint venture, expects Russian certification
of its Superjet 100 regional jet in October
-- one month later than its previous target.
The company says it remains confident
of delivering the first aircraft to Aeroflot
and Armavia later this year. New
agreements, potentially covering more
than 100 aircraft, were also announced at
Having suffered several previous delays,
the Superjet's SaM146 engine design
received European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA) certification in June, with Russian
approval following later in mid-August.
Formal EASA airworthiness approval for
the aircraft is expected in mid-2011.
The four flight-test Superjet 100s, one of
which appeared at the show, have logged
over 1,750 hours in the air.
Superjet poised for October certification
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) expects to
run the core demonstrator of a new turboprop
regional-aircraft engine in the second half of
Launched at Farnborough as a replacement
for the 1,800shp to 5,000shp PW100, the
powerplant will be "at least" 10 percent more
Demand for a "double-digit" fuel-burn
improvement can be met using technology in
use in the company's latest turbofans, including
the PW1000G geared turbofan, says P&WC
President John Saabas. The manufacturer has
completed advanced studies but has not set a
date for service entry.
"There will always be a demand for [such
engines] in the high-utilisation class working
400- to 500-nautical-mile sectors," according
to Saabas, who sees potential applications
on future Bombardier Dash 8 and ATR 42/72
variants, as well as aircraft being developed for
emerging markets, especially in Asia.
P&WC has not given details of the features of
the new engine, which is expected to be linked
to new propeller technology being developed by
fellow United Technologies subsidiary Hamilton
The PW100 entered service more than 25
years ago. Over 6,000 have been built, and the
family has accumulated more than 100 million
P&W to run new
turboprop in 2011
Qatar Air holds off on Bombardier CSeries
Bombardier says its CSeries has won half of net orders in
the 100- to 149-seat jet market over the past two years.
AgustaWestland displays new helicopters
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