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  • Brazil to seek deal for A330 tankers

    12/09/2010 7:02:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Brazil to seek deal for A330 tankers After issuing a request for proposals in September, the Brazilian air force's KC-X tanker/transport procurement has taken an unexpected turn. Despite having initially forecast the participation of at least three bidders, sources in Brasilia indicate that Airbus Military's A330 multi-role tanker/transport might be selected before the end of the year. Launched earlier in the decade to replace the air force's four Boeing KC-137 (707) tanker/transports, the use of which has been hampered by low availability rates over the last few years, the KC-X programme was fast-tracked early this year. © Airbus Military Problems...
  • Analyst: Boeing's hopes fading for tanker win

    12/07/2010 1:45:21 PM PST · by crosshairs · 15 replies
    Wichita Eagle / Seattle Times ^ | 12/07/10 | Dominic Gates
    Following an inadvertent peek at Defense Department data, Boeing executives believe the Air Force is likely to award the long-awaited tanker contract to Airbus parent company EADS, according to a leading defense analyst with close ties to Boeing. That view of the feeling inside Boeing is confirmed by two congressional sources familiar with the $40 billion tanker competition. Citing conversations with several unnamed senior Boeing officials, Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute said the company's hopes faded when Air Force analyses of the two contending airplanes were accidentally leaked to both sides earlier this month. Those analyses confirmed Boeing's worst...
  • Brazilian Minister Views first P-3 Orion Modernised by Airbus Military

    12/07/2010 1:35:38 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 12/7/2010 | Defense Talk
    The first P-3 Orion aircraft modified by Airbus Military for the Brazilian Air Force was inspected today by Brazilian Minister of Defence, Nelson Jobim, during his official visit to Spain. The aircraft is the first of a fleet of nine which will undergo a complete systems modernization programme, including the installation of Airbus Military´s Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS). As well as FITS, the aircraft will benefit from a powerful new suite of mission sensors, communications systems, and upgraded cockpit avionics. The engines are being updated and, depending on the condition of each individual aircraft, the structures are being renovated...
  • Air Force Officials Continuing Source Selection for New Tanker

    12/02/2010 10:10:53 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 12//2010 | Defense Talk
    Air Force officials have said the KC-X source selection process will continue despite a mistake in November, where a limited amount of identical source selection information was provided to both KC-X offerors concerning their competitor's offering. Air Force officials are ensuring a level playing field with regards to the information actually accessed by one of the offerors. The information concerned was limited to a single page of non-proprietary data on a CD that did not include any offeror-proposed prices. "This clerical error does not affect our source selection schedule," said Lt. Gen. Mark Shackelford, the military deputy from the Office...
  • Air Force officials continuing source selection for new tanker

    12/01/2010 7:54:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 1+ views
    AFNS ^ | 12/1/2010 | AFNS
    Air Force officials have said the KC-X source selection process will continue despite a mistake in November, where a limited amount of identical source selection information was provided to both KC-X offerors concerning their competitor's offering. Air Force officials are ensuring a level playing field with regards to the information actually accessed by one of the offerors. The information concerned was limited to a single page of non-proprietary data on a CD that did not include any offeror-proposed prices. "This clerical error does not affect our source selection schedule," said Lt. Gen. Mark Shackelford, the military deputy from the Office...
  • USAF Sent Info on Opposing Bids to KC-X Rivals

    11/19/2010 7:47:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 11/19/2010 | Defense Tech
    What!?!?! Just when we thought this was going to be wrapped up soon, the Air Force has mistakenly given Boeing and EADS information on the other team’s respective bids for KC-X. Read the following from Defense News: “Earlier this month, there was a clerical error that resulted in limited amounts of identical source selection information being provided to both KC-X offerors concerning their competitor’s offer,” Air Force spokesman Col. Les Kodlick said Nov. 20. “Both offerors immediately recognized the error and contacted the Air Force contracting officers.” Kodlick said the service is analyzing the information that was inadvertently disclosed and...
  • Airlines: Rolls modified engine before blowout

    11/18/2010 6:48:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    ap ^ | Thursday November 18, 2010, 7:06 pm EST | David Rising and Michael Weissenstein
    Airlines give strongest sign yet that Rolls-Royce knew of engine fault before 1 blew out
  • Global A380 fleet needs to swap 40 engines: Qantas

    11/17/2010 5:09:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/17/10 | Balazs Koranyi
    SYDNEY (Reuters) – The world's fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft will need to replace around 40 Rolls-Royce engines to ensure safety after one such engine broke apart in flight this month, Australia's Qantas said on Thursday. That would represent about half of all Rolls-Royce engines currently in service on A380 aircraft, the world's largest passenger plane with a list price of around $350 million each. "We've been talking to Airbus and Rolls-Royce and we understand that the number (of engines to be replaced) is around 40," Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce told reporters. "We've already replaced three and there could...
  • China's C919 Passenger Jet has 100 Orders (The "Capitalists" sold the rope...)

    11/16/2010 9:54:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    AP ^ | November 16, 2010 | Christopher Bodeen
    The Zhuhai air show is showcasing China's ambitions to create Asia's first successful commercial airplane business in a challenge to Airbus and Boeing's long-standing domination of the industry. Plane builder Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. is offering VIP flights on its 70- to 110-seat ARJ21 jet, for which it has 240 orders including options and plans to begin delivering to customers late next year after repeated delays. On Tuesday, the state-owned company, known as Comac, made a further splash with the announcement that its single-aisle C919 passenger jet had received 100 orders from Chinese airlines and an international customer,...
  • Rolls Outlines Trent 900 Modification Plan

    11/13/2010 7:24:55 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 8 replies
    Aviation Week ^ | 12 November 2010 | Max Kingsley-Jones
    Rolls Outlines Trent 900 Modification Plan By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.com LONDON Rolls-Royce says that last week’s uncontained failure of a Trent 900 on a Qantas Airbus A380 was caused by the malfunction of “a specific component” in the turbine area, which will be addressed by a modification programme across the fleet. Meanwhile Airbus boss Tom Enders has warned that the problem may impact A380 deliveries this year and next. Rolls says that the investigation and Trent 900 engine inspections launched in the wake of the QF32 incident on Nov. 4 has led it to draw two key conclusions. It confirms...
  • Qantas to keep A380s grounded indefinitely as report reveals details on suspected fault

    11/10/2010 10:15:54 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 11th November 2010 | Geoff Easdown
    INVESTIGATORS probing the A380 engine saga found an oil fire may have led to the mid-air engine explosion last week that seriously damaged a Qantas jet, the Herald Sun reported today. Details of what is believed to have occurred were revealed in an emergency directive by the European Aviation Safety Authority to all airlines which bought super jumbos fitted with the now suspect Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine. Singapore Airlines and German carrier Lufthansa are the only other airlines flying Rolls-Royce powered superjumbos. In today's directive, the European safety regulator said that a preliminary study indicated an oil fire may have...
  • Post Engine Rolls Royce Explosion, Qantas Airways Grounds Airbus A380s

    11/08/2010 3:35:33 AM PST · by Srirangan · 21 replies
    Australia's Qantas Airways has grounded its A380 fleet for at least another three days as it investigates oil leaks as a possible cause of the explosion which tore apart one of the super jumbo's engines last week. Qantas shares fell as its reputation as one of the world's safest airlines came under the spotlight and investors started counting the financial cost of grounding aircraft and compensating passengers.
  • Qantas plane in mid-air scare

    11/03/2010 11:42:07 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | 4 Nov 2010 | Matt Brown
    The airline says the Airbus A380 aircraft, with 433 passengers and 26 crew aboard, made an emergency landing and all on board are safe and well. -- snip -- Christopher Lee told ABC Radio's PM program that there was an explosion about 15 minutes after take-off. "After leaving Singapore there was an explosion, there was a loud bang followed by another one, and then a rattling of the cabin," he said. "Some of the passengers then alerted cabin staff to the fact that there was an explosion, there was smoke or something to that effect. "At that [point] we were...
  • RAAF to get new Airbus tanker, capable of carrying cargo, troops or refuelling

    10/12/2010 4:18:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | October 08, 2010 | Mard Dodd
    RAAF to get new Airbus tanker, capable of carrying cargo, troops or refuelling Mard Dodd From: The Australian MILITARY certification has been given for the RAAF's new multi-role tanker, paving the way for the delivery of the Airbus aircraft under a $1.4 billion contract running a year late. The RAAF has provisionally accepted one of a five-aircraft order with two more of the advanced tanker planes to be delivered by mid-November, a spokesman for Australian Aerospace told The Australian Online. The wide-body aircraft have been specially modified for air-to-air refuelling and personnel transport. To be known as the KC-30A, the...
  • See-through planes of Airbus on anvil (Transparent fuselage)

    09/21/2010 3:08:30 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 26 replies · 2+ views
    International Business Times ^ | September 20, 2010 6:57 AM EDT | By IB Times Staff Reporter
    See-through planes of Airbus on anvil European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has come up with the idea to build a passenger flight with a completely transparent fuselage. The central body of the aircraft will allow passengers to the see the stars above and city lights below The planes of the future will offer an unparalleled, unobstructed view of the wonders of the five continents – where you will be able see the pyramids or the Eiffel Tower through the transparent floor of the aircraft,” Airbus said while unveiling the concept “The Future By Airbus” earlier this year. The company talks of...
  • Boeing Likely To Lose WTO Ruling [company received illegal subsidies]

    09/15/2010 11:17:34 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 21 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL WSJ.com ^ | Sep. 15, 2010 | Michaels, Daniel and Miller, John W.
    BRUSSELS—The World Trade Organization is likely to rule Wednesday that Boeing Co. received some illegal subsidies from the U.S. government, said people familiar with the case, fueling the debate with European rival Airbus and opening the door to negotiations on state support to plane makers. The preliminary, confidential WTO finding will come more than one year after the WTO ruled in a similar case that Airbus had benefited from illegal European subsidies. The European Union alleges that Boeing benefited from some $24 billion in tax breaks, research aid and export rebates from U.S. federal and state governments. Boeing officials say...
  • US appeals own win in WTO spat over EU Airbus aid (wants tougher condemnation of EU 'shenanigans')

    08/19/2010 7:29:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 1+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/19/10 | Bradley S. Klapper - ap
    GENEVA – The U.S. appealed on Thursday its own victory in a landmark trade ruling against European subsidies for planemaker Airbus, asking the World Trade Organization to toughen its condemnation of the EU's financial meddling in a market worth more than $3 trillion over the next two decades. Details of the appeal weren't immediately made public. But U.S. trade spokeswoman Nefeterius McPherson confirmed that Washington had joined Brussels in challenging findings from June's 1,061-page verdict, which found that Airbus gained an unfair advantage over U.S. competitor Boeing Co. through billions worth of low-interest loans, infrastructure provisions, and research and development...
  • Airbus slashes prices to win US military project

    07/12/2010 10:33:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | 7/12/2010 | AFP via Google News
    European aerospace giant Airbus has cut its prices in a bid to win a fight with US rival Boeing for a 40-billion-dollar US Air Force contract, a German business daily reported on Monday. Airbus has cut the proposed cost for the contract to build 179 aerial refuelling tankers by at least 10 percent from the level in a previous offer in 2008, the Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) reported, citing industry sources. Last week, the two competitors submitted their offers to Washington, setting the stage for a high-stakes transatlantic trade scrap. It will be the third time the contract has been...
  • WTO rules some EU subsidies to Airbus illegal

    07/01/2010 2:39:21 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    WSJ Marketwatch ^ | 7/1/2010 | Christopher Hinton and Aude Lagorce
    The World Trade Organization on Wednesday faulted the European Union for providing cheap loans to Airbus to help lower its cost for developing new airplanes and take market share from Boeing Co. It's a clear victory for the Chicago-based manufacturer, providing the company with precedence to disrupt similar funding for the up-and-coming A350XWB, which will compete with its 787 Dreamliner. It could also help the company to score a $35 billion U.S. contract to replace the military's aging aerial-refueling fleet. "The ruling shows the WTO works and it can understand the aerospace industry," said Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia, who...
  • WTO rules government aid for Airbus illegal

    06/30/2010 9:58:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/30/10 | Eliane Engeler - ap
    GENEVA – The World Trade Organization ruled Wednesday that European governments gave planemaker Airbus illegal subsidies in its battle with U.S. competitor Boeing Co., in a first key ruling on a long-running dispute between the European Union and Washington. Made public three months after it was delivered to U.S. and EU trade officials, the WTO's decision runs 1,061 pages over the question of whether the European Union unfairly abetted Airbus' rise to world No. 1 planemaker. Interpreting the ruling isn't easy, because the governments and companies have had months to prepare statements that cite different parts of the decision, with...
  • Emirates in record $11 billion order for A380s

    Airbus called the unexpected vote of confidence the largest commercial aircraft order by dollar value ever. It came as EADS showed off the capabilities of its embattled A400M military transporter plane and as it faces a dispute with German military bosses over problems with two of its new helicopters. Emirates' EMIRA.UL order would be worth just over $11 billion at a list price of $346.5 million per plane, though airlines typically receive discounts for large orders. It brings the airline's total A380 order to 90 planes. Emirates Chief Executive Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum said he expected all 90...
  • Airbus Military reveals work on SIGINT A320

    05/30/2010 6:05:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 246+ views
    FlightGlobal ^ | 5/28/2010 | Craig Hoyle
    Airbus Military has begun bench testing systems for a signals intelligence variant of the A320, as part of a drive to expand its offering of military derivatives of Airbus commercial platforms. Equipment is being tested at one of the company's facilities near Madrid under a self-funded feasibility study, says Miguel-Angel Morell, senior vice-president engineering and technology. He confirms that applications being tested "are electronic,communications and signals intelligence". Senior vice-president commercial Antonio Rodriguez-Barberán says: "We have initiated preliminary conversations with some potential customers with regard to an application of this type. We will do this with the same philosophy as our...
  • Crashed Libyan A330 had logged just 1,600 hours

    05/12/2010 9:15:39 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 522+ views
    Flightglobal ^ | 5/12/2010 | David Kaminski-Morrow
    Airframer data for the crashed Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330-200 shows that it had accumulated just 1,600 flight hours before the accident. Airbus has confirmed the carrier's identification of the airframe as serial number 1024, adding that it had conducted some 420 flights since delivery in September. "Preliminary reports indicate that the aircraft crashed short of the runway threshold during approach," it adds. There is no information on the level of experience of the cockpit crew. Afriqiyah confirms that a child was the sole survivor from among the 93 passengers - mainly Dutch nationals - and 11 crew on board. Video...
  • First torpedo launched from Airbus Military C295 MPA

    05/10/2010 7:46:48 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 560+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 5/10/2010 | Defense Professionals
    Airbus Military successfully conducted the first torpedo launch from one of its C295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). This represents an important milestone in the development of the antisubmarine version of the C295 MPA. It is also a significant entry for Airbus Military into the market of Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) aircraft, currently dominated by veteran aircraft such as the P-3 Orion and the Atlantique. The C295 MPA/ASW includes two under-wing pylons for the installation of torpedoes and other external loads. It also incorporates a Store Management System (SMS), integrated with the Airbus Military Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS), to control...
  • Breakthrough in Air France crash black box search

    05/06/2010 2:17:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 721+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/06/2010 | Reuters
    France has found what could be the first concrete clues to the location of black boxes missing from last year's Atlantic jet disaster, but warned on Thursday there was no guarantee the breakthrough would lead to their recovery.The defense ministry said the boost had come through detailed follow-up analysis of sonar readings taken in the first few weeks after an Air France jet crashed into the Atlantic killing 228 people on June 1 last year. Finding the black boxes is seen as essential to help crash experts and relatives understand exactly what caused flight 447 to plunge into a remote...
  • LA bound Airbus A300 cargo plane crashes near airport in northern Mexico; several dead

    04/13/2010 11:54:10 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 19 replies · 1,250+ views
    Wire Update ^ | April 13, 210 | WireUpdate.com
    MEXICO CITY (BNO NEWS) -- A large cargo plane crashed near Monterrey International Airport in northern Mexico on late Tuesday, killing at least several people, reports said. The Airbus A300 belonging to AeroUnion went down shortly after 11 p.m. local time and crashed near the airport, causing a major traffic chaos. The Milenio newspaper reported that five crew members were believed dead. The newspaper reported that most of the aircraft crashed on the grounds of the airport, although a turbine and wing fell off and landed on a highway near the airport. There were conflicting reports on if there were...
  • Pentagon officials may extend tanker bid deadline

    04/01/2010 9:05:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 267+ views
    AFMS ^ | 4/02/2010 | Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
    Defense Department officials here March 31 informed companies interested in bidding on the KC-X aerial refueling tanker contract that if the European Aeronautics Defense and Space Co. formally expresses an intention to compete, the bidding deadline would be extended 60 days, the Pentagon press secretary said March 31. "We are committed to a fair, open and transparent competition in order to get the best airplane to our warfighters at the best value to the taxpayers," Geoff Morrell announced in a late-afternoon news conference here. Officials announced the final request for proposals, the Air Force requirements for the refueling tanker and...
  • Pentagon to extend bidding deadline for $35B tanker contract

    03/31/2010 4:26:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies · 534+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 31, 2010 | Roxana Tiron
    The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that it would extend the bidding deadline for the Air Force's new refueling aircraft by 60 days if EADS North America formally notifies the Defense Department that it wants to compete.
 The move, announced by Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell, could essentially allow EADS North America to compete for the lucrative contract against Boeing. EADS is a European conglomerate that serves as the parent company of Airbus, which is headquartered in France. The Pentagon's announcement comes a day after President Barack Obama addressed the tanker competition in a press conference with his French counterpart Nicolas...
  • Airbus to decide on US tanker bid in 2-3 weeks

    03/29/2010 10:59:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 449+ views
    France 24 ^ | 3/29/2010 | France 24
    European plane-maker Airbus will decide in two to three weeks whether to compete for a US military contract to build an aerial refuelling tanker, its chief said in an interview published Monday. Airbus's parent company, EADS, and its US partner Northrop Grumman dropped a joint bid for the contract earlier in March as the companies alleged that the Pentagon's requirements were skewed in favour of US aerospace giant Boeing. "The Pentagon has asked us to decide if we would like to participate, but this time as the main contractor," Airbus chief executive Thomas Enders told the Financial Times Deutschland. "It...
  • Airbus Naughty, Says WTO

    03/23/2010 9:25:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 33 replies · 885+ views
    DOD Buzz ^ | 3/23/2010 | Colin Clark
    Boeing’s biggest supporters roared out of the gate Tuesday after the World Trade Organization issued a final ruling that Airbus enjoyed unfair subsidies from European governments. “Enough is enough. For too long, workers in Washington state have had to fight an uphill battle. Instead of competing just with Airbus, they’ve been forced to compete with the deep pockets of European governments that supply Airbus with illegal launch aid,” Sen. Patty Murray of Washington said in a statement. Then she aimed straight at the tanker competition. “It’s clear that the A330, the very plane Airbus would offer our military, has received...
  • EADS urges 90-day extension on tanker jet tender: US

    03/21/2010 2:44:59 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 245+ views
    AFP ^ | 3/19/2010 | AFP
    European airspace giant EADS has called for a 90-day extension to the tendering process for a multi-billion-dollar deal to supply the US air force with tanker jets, a Pentagon official said Friday. "They've indicated to the department that they would like to see us extend the time frame 90 days," spokesman Bryan Whitman said. The tendering process is due to close around mid-May. "We would consider reasonable extensions," Whitman said, adding that the "next step is for them to give us some specifics in terms of what they need the additional time for." He confirmed that EADS could put in...
  • EADS tells Pentagon it might still vie for tanker deal

    03/18/2010 8:41:44 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 249+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/18/2010 | Reuters
    Europe's EADS has told the Pentagon of its possible interest in continuing to vie for a multibillion-dollar contract for a new U.S. aerial refueling fleet despite the end of a trans-Atlantic partnership formed to bid, the Pentagon said on Thursday.The Defense Department would welcome an EADS bid and would consider a "reasonable extension" to the May deadline for bids if necessary, said Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary, in an emailed statement. Absent a bid involving Airbus parent EADS , rival Boeing Co is poised to win a sole-source contract to build up to 179 refueling planes and compete for...
  • Latest AF447 wreckage hunt set to start in days

    03/15/2010 11:41:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 506+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 3/15/2010 | David Kaminski-Morrow
    Resumption of the search for the flight recorders from crashed Air France flight AF447 has been delayed, but French investigators expect a US detection vessel to arrive in Brazil next week. The Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses states that the vessel, the Anne Candies, is predicted to reach Recife around 24 March. Its departure for the scene had been held up by "administrative and technical difficulties", says the BEA, as well as poor weather conditions. Recovery teams are planning to use deep-water search equipment in a bid to find the wreckage of the Airbus A330 which came down in the South...
  • Boeing unveils a new B767 Derivative 'NewGen Tanker' for U.S. Air Force Competition

    03/08/2010 10:12:44 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 29 replies · 341+ views
    Defense Update ^ | 3/4/2009 | Defense Update
    Boeing has unveiled today the 'NewGen Tanker', the aerial refueling aircraft being proposed for the U.S. Air Force KC-X tanker competition. According to Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, the Boeing NewGen Tanker will satisfy all mandatory Air Force requirements and offer an American-made tanker that will be capable, survivable, and combat-ready at the lowest cost to the taxpayer.
  • Investigators Criticize Airbus for Inadequate Pilot Manuals

    03/04/2010 9:12:06 AM PST · by lowbuck · 16 replies · 720+ views
    Spiegel Online (English) ^ | 4 March 2010 | Gerald Traufetter
    The 132 passengers aboard Lufthansa Flight LH 044 had experienced the fright of their lives by the time their plane rolled up to the gate at the Hamburg airport in Germany. But they weren't yet aware of just how much danger they'd been exposed to. snip. . . The cause of the incident was a quirk in the Airbus A320's flight computer.
  • Air Force reopens tanker bidding, but Northrop may bow out

    02/24/2010 7:54:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 28 replies · 572+ views
    Miami Hearld ^ | 2/24/2010 | Les Blumenthal
    Air Force launched a new competition Wednesday for a contract to begin replacing the nation's aging fleet of aerial tankers, but it's not clear whether Northrop Grumman and its European partner will bid against Boeing for the $35 billion deal. The initial contract is for 179 new tankers, but the deal eventually could be worth $100 billion as the Air Force replaces its fleet of about 600 Cold War-era tankers in what could be one of the largest Pentagon purchases ever. There apparently were few major changes from an earlier "request for proposals" that drew sharp criticism from the Northrop...
  • Terms on US tanker bid due Wednesday: officials

    02/24/2010 12:13:26 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 404+ views
    Space War ^ | 2/23/2010 | AFB
    The US Air Force will release on Wednesday the final terms for a 35-billion-dollar competition to replace the country's aging fleet of aerial refueling tankers, a US defense official said. The move marks the latest attempt by the Pentagon to build new tanker aircraft in a project marred by controversy and scandal dating back to 2001. The final request for proposal was expected to be issued on Wednesday after the close of US markets, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP on Tuesday. The lucrative competition pits Airbus parent EADS and its partner Northrop Grumman against arch-rival...
  • EADS: USAF can buy 118 A400Ms with savings from C-130, C-5 retirements

    02/20/2010 8:27:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 162 replies · 3,734+ views
    Flightglobal ^ | 02/19/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    EADS North America has offered a plan for the US Air Force to purchase 118 Airbus A400Ms using savings from retiring most Lockheed Martin C-130Hs and all C-5As. The EADS proposal was submitted last year to the Air Mobility Command (AMC) upon their request, says Neil F. Smith, director of A400M programme for EADS NA. The concept proposes to stand-up about eight squadrons of A400Ms within the US mobility force structure, Smith says. "We get a very good reception" at AMC, Smith says. EADS has been seeking to introduce the A400M in the US market for several years, arguing that...
  • Chinese planes challenge Boeing and Airbus

    02/03/2010 5:08:44 AM PST · by Abathar · 30 replies · 1,221+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 2 February 2010 | Juliana Liu
    The biggest potential threat to the dominance of Western aircraft makers has been unveiled at the Singapore Air Show. China's answer to Boeing and Airbus is showing a slender, blue-and-white model of the Comac C919 aircraft for the first time outside the mainland. Its introduction was low-key, a move consistent with how Chinese firms prefer to operate overseas. The aircraft, designed and built entirely in China, will compete directly against industry stalwarts A320 and Boeing 737 after completing flight trials in four years. It should be available commercially by 2016. "That's our plan," an official from the Commercial Aircraft Corporation...
  • 'Hudson miracle' plane departs for US auction (make an offer. Engines not included.)

    01/22/2010 10:19:37 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 1,151+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/22/10 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – For sale: second-hand Airbus. Condition: total wreck with possible traces of goose feathers. The US Airways plane that Captain Chesley Sullenberger landed safely in the Hudson River a year ago after smashing into a flock of geese is on the auction block. Insurers AIG are hosting online bidding until March 27 for the Airbus A320, which is stored in a shed in New Jersey. Pictures on the website of the AIG subsidiary handling the sale show the intact fuselage, spooky rows of empty blue seats and the hastily abandoned cockpit. Engines are not provided and a...
  • Pilot error blamed for Emirates near disaster at Melbourne Airport

    12/19/2009 2:00:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 33 replies · 1,256+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19th December 2009 | Ben Packham and Geoff Easdown
    A NEAR disaster involving an Emirates jet at Melbourne Airport was the result of human error by two apparently alert pilots, air safety investigators believe. The March 20 scare, when an Airbus A340 struggled to get airborne, was caused by an "inadvertent" keystroke on a flight computer. The error meant the Dubai-bound aircraft was flown on the basis that it was carrying 100 tonnes less than it actually was, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said. Its tail hit the runway five times during a botched takeoff. The ATSB's interim report said the first officer "inadvertently inserted a takeoff weight of...
  • Air France Flight 447:BEA Interim Report No. 2

    12/17/2009 12:27:19 PM PST · by luckybogey · 18 replies · 1,531+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | December 17, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    Since the publication of the first Interim Report on 2 July 2009, the investigation has continued, still in close association with foreign investigation organisations and the companies involved and in coordination with those responsible for the judicial investigation. The working groups have continued their work of gathering and analyzing information useful to the investigation. Their activity has focused on * the elements of wreckage recovered, * the meteorological situation, * the maintenance messages transmitted by ACARS, * the certification and the continuing airworthiness of the Pitot probes, * events where speed inconsistencies were encountered in cruise. This second interim report...
  • Boeing 787 first flight a key milestone, not end of road

    12/15/2009 6:49:58 AM PST · by skeptoid · 38 replies · 979+ views
    Seattle P I ^ | December 14, 2009 7:00 p.m. | Aubrey Cohen
    Boeing released the first artist's conception of what it then called the 7E7 on Jan. 29, 2003. The company's board green-lighted the project that December and Japan's All Nippon Airways placed the jet's launch order on April 26, 2004, with first deliveries expected in 2008. Boeing now has orders for 840 787 Dreamliners -- a record for a new aircraft. And Tuesday's scheduled first flight is key to showing the composite jet is on track for delivery to All Nippon Airways in the fourth quarter of 2010 and other customers soon after that. That delivery date, however, depends on an...
  • Airbus/Northrup Threat Revealing

    12/14/2009 11:26:44 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 62 replies · 1,476+ views
    Human Events ^ | 12/04/2009 | George Landrith
    Airbus/Northrop Threat Revealing by George Landrith Human Events, 12/04/2009 The Air Force has issued a preliminary Request for Proposal (RFP) specifying how companies can bid on the $35 billion contract to build the next fleet of air refueling tankers. A final RFP is due out soon. The two bidders reviewing the preliminary RFP are Chicago-based Boeing, and a team made up of Airbus, based in Toulouse France, and Northrop Grumman, based in Los Angeles. Boeing has proposed building a tanker on its medium-sized B-767 commercial jetliner platform, while Airbus and Northrop have proposed building a tanker on Airbus’s larger A-330...
  • ZA001 stretches its legs

    12/14/2009 8:55:58 AM PST · by skeptoid · 13 replies · 740+ views
    FlightBlogger ^ | December 12, 2009 11:10 PM | Jon Ostrower
    Boeing's busy day on the ground kicked off at 6:30 AM with a flight readiness review that finalized receipt of the Experimental Airworthiness Certificate from the FAA. This regulatory clearance now puts the 787, with clearance to operate Part 91 operations, the same regulatory category as aircraft like the Cessna 172. Once the Experimental Airworthiness Certificate had been obtained, the aircraft was cleared for final taxi tests.
  • It flies! Airbus' hulking A400M has maiden flight

    12/11/2009 5:12:45 AM PST · by wolf78 · 61 replies · 3,253+ views
    The Associated Press / AP hosted by Google ^ | Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 | Emma Vandore
    SEVILLE, Spain — The A400M military transport plane that has been causing Airbus and European defense ministers budgetary and logistical headaches finally took to the skies for its maiden flight on Friday. But even as the hulking gray airlifter took off from the Spanish city of Seville, defense officials are meeting on the sidelines of the event to decide how to continue with the much delayed and over budget project. Louis Gallois, head of Airbus parent EADS, said he found the takeoff "more moving than I expected. It's enormous. We've been waiting a long time." [...] The 127 ton (140...
  • United Airlines places $10 billion plane order (1/2 to Airbus)

    12/08/2009 10:34:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies · 371+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 8, 2009 | Kyle Peterson and Tim Hepher
    Taking advantage of down market prices, United Airlines said on Tuesday it placed a $10 billion-plus order for 50 wide-bodied jetliners divided between Airbus and Boeing Co, in a bid to slash fuel costs and emissions. United, a unit of UAL Corp, has letters of intent to order 25 of Boeing's 787 Dreamliners and the same number of A350 planes from its European rival Airbus, part of EADS, following a six-month contest. The carrier also has future purchase rights for 50 of each aircraft.
  • Rep. Murtha: Possible Northrop withdrawal 'blow' to tanker deal

    12/02/2009 1:56:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies · 1,015+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 2, 2009 | Roxana Tiron
    Northrop Grumman’s potential withdrawal from a competition to build Air Force refueling aircraft would be a “blow” to the program, according to the House’s top defense appropriator. “I can’t imagine they can do it without competition,” said Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), the chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee. Murtha said he is scheduled to meet with Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter on Thursday to discuss several issues, including Northrop’s threat to pull out of the tanker competition. If Northrop pulls out, Boeing would be the only company bidding for the contract. That would run afoul of congressional preferences for...
  • Northrop may drop out of tanker bidding

    12/01/2009 8:19:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies · 1,060+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | December 1, 2009 | Staff
    Northrop Grumman has warned it won't bid for the massive Air Force refueling tanker program unless the Pentagon's draft request for proposals is rewritten. Northrop CEO Wes Bush wrote to Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter on Tuesday that since the Pentagon has declined to alter the request for proposals (RFP), "I must regrettably inform you that, absent a responsive set of changes in the final RFP, Northrop Grumman has determined that it cannot submit a bid." ~snip~ Bloomberg News quoted an e-mail from Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman stating that "the Department regrets that Northrop Grumman and Airbus have taken themselves...
  • Dubai Crisis Threatens Airbus and Boeing, Too

    11/28/2009 6:37:00 AM PST · by ricks_place · 41 replies · 1,676+ views
    BusinessWeek ^ | November 27, 2009 | Carol Matlack
    As if Airbus and Boeing didn’t have enough to worry about already, the looming debt crisis in Dubai has cast a shadow over a backlog of aircraft orders, worth more than $60 billion, from Dubai, Inc. The biggest – but by no means the only – example is Emirates, Dubai’s government-controlled carrier. It has more than $30 billion worth of planes on order from Airbus, including 53 of the double-decker A380, for which Emirates is by far the largest customer. Emirates also has placed 70 orders for Airbus’s forthcoming A350 widebody. And Airbus has outstanding orders from state-controlled leasing outfit...