Home' Asian Aviation : AAV July August 2011 Contents Airbus and Rolls-Royce jointly announced at
an EADS event just before the Paris show
that they would develop a more ambitious
version of the A350-1000, with 97,000lb thrust Rolls-
Royce Trent XWB engines, to meet customer demand.
e aircra will o er customers 4.5 tonnes more
payload capability or 400 nautical miles of additional
range than the original concept. Airbus Chief
Operating O cer Fabrice Bregier said the jetliner
could now match the capabilities of the 777-300ER,
but with 25 percent greater e ciency.
However, to achieve the increased performance,
Airbus has pushed back the entry-into-ser vice date
of the aircra by two years, to mid-2017, increasing
its price by US$9 million. e -800 will also enter
ser vice later.
Many customers have transferred their orders from
the -800 model to the -900, although Airbus insisted
at the show that the -800 still has a future. Not all
airlines were satis ed with the decision, however,
with Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker
calling for even better performance from the aircra
his company has ordered.
Following the Airbus-Rolls announcement, Boeing
discussed possible enhancements to the 777, which
would open up the performance gap once again. On
the table are such upgrades as the as the 777+, with
extended wings, and two other possibilities dubbed
the -777-8 and -9X.
e US company is also planning an upgraded 787,
known as the 787-10X, which would be 15 percent
larger than the 787-9, according to Nicole Piasecki,
Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice-president of
Boeing also said at the show that the 787 has
completed 97 percent of its ight-test programme --
ZA102 (the second production aircra ) will be used
to complete testing, covering systems and extended
operations. -- Ian Sheppard
Paris Show Report
Rain did not quite stop play at the Paris
show, although for a while it looked as
though it might block one visiting star from
Strong winds for most of the show meant that the
Solar Impulse solar-powered aircra was grounded
until the last day of the show. Although most trade
visitors had long departed on Sunday, the throngs
gathered at Le Bourget for the weekend s flying
display were treated to the spectacle of the pioneering
aircra taking o from the famous runway.
Underscoring the point that green aerospace
technology is blooming, another eco-friendly
favourite also flew that weekend. On 25 June,
Hugues Duval set a new world speed record for an
electrically powered aircra , reaching a top speed of
283kmh in a modi ed Colomban Cri-Cri, powered
by two Electravia electric propulsion systems, each
generating 35hp, driving two E-Props high-speed
propellers. e motors were powered by Kokam
Lithium-Polymer batteries, weighing 24 kg.
Both projects epitomise a recurring theme of
this year s show -- that of sustainable aviation.
e generally accepted statistic is that aviation is
responsible for some 3 percent of global carbon
dioxide emissions, which the industry is determined
to drive down.
Two years ago, Le Bourget hosted a debate led
by Boeing that analysed the possibilities of ying
commercially on sustainable fuels. is show upped
the ante with two large airliners arriving partly
powered by biofuels, an entire pavilion and mini
conference dedicated to alternative fuels and plenty
of eco-friendly technologies on display.
San Diego, California-based Sapphire Energ y
kicked o the biofuels conference with a presentation
of its new environmentally friendly technologies.
Sapphire aims to produce about 67 barrels (2,800
gallons) of its algae-derived fuel per day by 2014. e
rm is now talking with re neries in the US to help
Another energy saving highlight was a team-up
between Honeywell and Safran on electric taxiing.
e companies signed a preliminary agreement to
deliver a new electric taxiing system, which could be
available on new aircra and as a retro t, beginning
in 2016. e system is designed to save operators up
to 4 percent of their total fuel consumption, by using
the aircra s Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) to power
electric motors that would drive the aircra s m a i n
wheels during ground operations. -- Liz Moscrop
Airbus raises bar for A350-1000
Green technology takes the spotlight at Paris show
20 AsianAviation | JULY-AUGUST 2011
The upgraded version of the A350-1000 will
offer similar performance to Boeing's 777-
300ER, but with 25 percent more efficiency.
The Solar Impulse long-range, solar-
powered aircraft took to the skies over
Le Bourget on the show's final day.
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