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Farnborough Show Report
Embraer stole the regional-airliner headlines with
a huge contract from Britain's Flybe for up to 140
E175 jets, nominally valued at US$5 billion.
The UK carrier, which already flies 14 larger
E195s, agreed at the show to order 35 aircraft,
take options on a further 65, and acquire
purchase rights to 40 more. The machines
will have an 88-passenger, single-class
configuration, with deliveries set to begin in the
second half of next year.
Separately, Brazilian low-cost carrier
Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras will take
early delivery of five E195s it ordered at
Farnborough. The airline disclosed that
the availability of the aircraft later this year
matches its requirement for additional
capacity, but the previous customer for those
production slots was not identified.
Meanwhile, Embraer has decided its next
product development should be a larger, all-
new airliner or re-engined versions of its current
line of E-Jets -- or perhaps both -- with a decision
by year's end, says Chief Executive Officer
The manufacturer has dropped a third
option -- developing a new turboprop --
after concluding that the market is not big
enough to support another Western supplier
of such aircraft to compete against ATR and
CFM International expects to establish a
Chinese line for final assembly of the Leap
X1C engine, following the decision by
China's Commercial Aircraft Corporation
(Comac) to mount the powerplant on its
168-/190-passenger C919 airliner.
CFM Executive Vice-President Chaker
Chahrour claims the decision was unrelated
to CFM's bid to power the aircraft: "It had
absolutely nothing to do with it. It's our own
initiative to optimise the assembly process."
On the eve of the Farnborough show,
Comac revealed that many C919 systems
will come from joint ventures with Western
A GE Aviation Systems/China Aviation
Industry (AVIC) partnership will develop the
avionics core processing, display, and on-board
maintenance systems. Rockwell Collins and
China Electronics Technology Avionics will
jointly produce communication and navigation
equipment, while Eaton and Shanghai Aircraft
Manufacturing will produce the C919's fuel
and hydraulic conveyance systems.
Parker Aerospace also has won valuable
systems business from Comac. Parker will
develop C919 primary flight-control actuation,
remote electronic units, all hydraulics, and fuel-
inerting systems. It has set up a joint venture
with AVIC Systems to develop and support the
The C919 will be the first airliner to fly with
an integrated propulsion system (IPS) that
combines engines and nacelles for higher
overall efficiency. Nexcelle, a joint venture
between GE Aviation's Middle River Aircraft
Systems and the Safran group's Aircelle, is
developing the IPS concept, which is expected
to reduce fuel burn by 1.5 percent and weight
by over 200lb per engine.
The extra efficiency is obtained by ensuring
that the pylon engine mount is positioned
to minimise compressor distortion and by
using military-aircraft based "O-duct" thrust
reversers. The IPS will include electric anti-ice
equipment and a composite nacelle intake.
Mitsubishi Aircraft has contracted Canada's CAE
to develop and implement an MRJ regional-jet
training programme for flight and cabin crew,
maintenance engineers, and dispatchers.
Training for customers will begin after European,
Japanese, and US certification of the aircraft.
The MRJ was launched more than two
years ago, since when the first flight and
delivery schedules have slipped by a year from
the original 2011 and 2013 targets. In June,
Mitsubishi and All Nippon Airways (ANA)
signed a "definitive agreement" covering 15
aircraft (plus ten options), but the US Trans State
Holdings group has not yet converted its letter
of intent covering 50 MRJs (with options on a
further 50) into an order.
A cabin mock-up at the show demonstrated
the additional space arising from design changes
that include the adoption of a deeper, circular
fuselage -- which permits more headroom above
passenger seats and in the aisle, increased
elbow space and larger overhead storage bins.
CAE to develop MRJ
Embraer wins US$5 billion jetliner order from Flybe
CFM eyes Chinese Leap X1C production
General Electric Aviation (GE Aviation) Chief
Executive Officer David Joyce says the company
does not yet see "a business case to launch
a competing engine" against the Rolls-
Royce Trent XWB, which will power Airbus's
The engine maker was to have provided a
variant of its GEnx powerplant for the original
A350, which was broadly based on the current
A330 jetliner, before Airbus re-launched the
programme as the wider and heavier A350
XWB four years ago.
GE previously wanted to power the smaller
A350-800 and -900 variants, but was inhibited
from addressing the larger -1000 model that
competes directly against the Boeing 777-
300ER on which the GE90 is exclusive engine.
The A350-900 thrust requirement later grew
to 83,000lb, which is beyond the reach of the
"So I have to consider an all-new engine for
all three A350[s] and I can't make a business
case for that," says Joyce.
GE sees no case for Trent XWB rival
Brazil's Azul ordered five E195
jetliners for delivery later this year.
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