Home' Asian Aviation : AAV February 2011 Contents South Korea's Asiana Airlines
has become the latest
customer for the Airbus
A380, the world's largest
jetliner, placing a firm order
for six aircraft.
Deliveries are scheduled
to begin in 2014, with the
airline planning to operate
the aircraft in an all-premium
layout on key European and
US routes. Airbus says the carrier will make an
engine selection in the near future.
"The significantly reduced operating costs
and fuel efficiencies afforded by the aircraft
will enable us to enhance our productivity
and reduce our carbon footprint," says Yoon
Young-Doo, Asiana's president and chief
executive officer. "This is in line with our
policy to operate one of the most modern and
environmentally-friendly fleets in the world."
According to John Leahy, Airbus's chief
operating officer customers: "The order is a
further endorsement of the A380 as the most
efficient tool to meet demand on the world's
most heavily travelled routes, especially out
of the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region. With
Boeing announced in early January that it
delivered 462 commercial aircraft in 2010,
meeting its estimate of approximately 460
deliveries for the year.
The US manufacturer also gained 530 net
commercial orders for the year, as airlines
shifted from recovery-mode in the wake of
the global recession, to fresh expansion. The
company adds that it "maintains a strong
order base of 3,443 unfilled orders".
"With 376 deliveries in 2010, the Next-
Generation 737 set a company delivery record
for the second consecutive year," says Jim
Albaugh, president and chief executive officer
of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The single-
aisle 737 "is the industry's most in-demand
airplane, with 486 net orders as carriers
continue to rely on its superior economics,
versatility and continuous performance
enhancements," he adds.
The company's 777 model was the leader
among twin-aisle programmes, with 74
deliveries and 46 net orders in 2010 as the
airplane continues to rank at the top of
operator, investor and frequent traveller polls
for its efficiency and passenger comfort.
Boeing announced a series of production
rate increases throughout last year, to meet
increasing airline demand for new aircraft.
The monthly production rate for the Next-
Generation 737 will increase to 35 in early
2012 and 38 in the second quarter of 2013.
Monthly 777 production will rise from five
aircraft to seven in mid-2011, rising further to
8.3 per month in the first quarter of 2013.
The first 747-8 Freighter is slated for delivery
in mid-2011, while first delivery of the 747-8
Intercontinental passenger variant will take
place late in the year. Boeing says it expects to
provide guidance for 2011 commercial aircraft
deliveries when it releases its annual earnings
on 26 January. -- Andrzej Jeziorski
Boeing meets 2010 delivery targets
Asiana Airlines places order for six A380s
Aerospace will be one of the precision-
engineering sectors in the spotlight at the
MTA2011 conference and exhibition at the
Singapore Expo on 23-26 March.
As manufacturing industry recovers in
Singapore and across Asia, the conference
organisers say they expect that industry
professionals and business visitors from
South-East Asia, India and China will form the
majority of attendees.
"Seizing new opportunities in manufacturing
clusters such as aerospace, oil and gas, and
medical technology, MTA2011 will focus on
these verticals by grouping technologies and
applications under them," says organiser
Singapore Exhibition Services. "This enables
buyers from specific industries to better
navigate as well as explore new applications
for their businesses."
Exhibitors are being encouraged to bring
state-of-the art machines specifically for these
industry sectors, in addition to those that serve
the traditional precision-engineering base.
"Confidence has returned to the
manufacturing sector, following strong
rebounds in industry and economic
performances in 2010," the Singapore
Exhibition Services says.
Singapore's manufacturing activity soared
by about 58.6 percent year-on-year in May,
while Malaysia's industrial sector produced
14.1 percent more goods in March that a
year earlier, the strongest year-on-year growth
since 2004. In Indonesia, economic growth
accelerated in the first three months of 2010
to the fastest pace since the third quarter of
2008, expanding 5.7 percent from the year-
According to the conference organisers, the
industry has understood that reliance on mass
production of uncomplicated components and
standardised products must be reduced.
"It is clear that moving up the manufacturing
value chain into high-value sectors is
imperative to long-term growth," says William
Lim, project director for Singapore Exhibition
Services. "The time is right for industry
players to step up their efforts to grow
their manufacturing capabilities. -- Andrzej
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the A380 in its fleet, Asiana will be able to
increase its share of international traffic and
reinforce its well-deserved status as one of
the world's premier carriers."
Airbus says that the A380, which burns
less than 3 litres of fuel per passenger per
100km flown, has already given operators
higher than average load factors and
Typically seating 525 passengers in a three-
class layout, the A380 can fly 8,300 nautical
miles (15,300km) non-stop, enabling direct
service from Seoul to Europe and the US,
the manufacturer says. Total firm orders for
the aircraft stand at 240 from 18 customers
worldwide. -- Andrzej Jeziorski
A380 deliveries to Asiana will begin in 2014.
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