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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...