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Qantas Group announced (19-Jun-2019) an update to its existing order with Airbus for A320neo Family aircraft, to secure delivery positions on the A321XLR from FY2024 onwards. The carrier will order up to 36 A321XLRs, converting 26 existing orders for A321neos and adding another 10 orders. This takes the group's orders for A320neo Family aircraft from 99 to 109. Qantas stated the order includes significant flexibility for the Qantas Group to make adjustments to delivery schedules depending on market conditions. The announcement was made at the 2019 Paris Air Show. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the aircraft will be capable of operating routes such as "Cairns-Tokyo or Melbourne-Singapore, which existing narrowbodies can't" and this "changes the economics of lots of potential routes into Asia to make them not just physically possible but financially attractive. A decision on "which parts of the Group will use these aircraft" will be made closer to deliveries, "but there is plenty of potential across Qantas and Jetstar" said Mr Joyce. As announced in early 2018, the first deliveries from the Qantas Group's A320 family order will begin with 18 A321LR aircraft for Jetstar, arriving between mid-2020 and mid-2022. These will operate a mix of domestic and international routes. [more - original PR]

India's Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) reported (18-Jun-2019) the following domestic traffic highlights for May-2019:

Collins Aerospace announced (18-Jun-2019) it has recently been awarded more than USD1.5 billion in tailored agreements for components spanning its 'Power & Controls' and 'Aerostructures' business units. The orders are across multiple commercial platforms with global commercial customers and include:

  • Collins Aerospace's first MRO agreement with Ethiopian Airlines. The agreement, valued at approximately USD500 million over a 25 year period with Collins Aerospace's Power & Controls business, will enable the airline to service components such as heat exchangers, air management systems and fuel metering units for its fleet of 60 Q400 aircraft;
  • Collins Aerospace's Aerostructures business signed new long-term 'FlightSense Nacelle' agreements on Boeing 787 and A320 aircraft platforms, amounting to over USD900 million including options with multiple customers spanning over a 25 year period;
  • Two Asia Pacific airlines, including Japan Airlines, signed FlightSense agreements with Collins Aerospace. Japan Airlines signed a multi-fleet 'FlightSense Onsite Support' agreement allowing Collins Aerospace to manage its MRO supply chain, providing the airline with onsite inventory, competitive rates for parts and improved shop efficiency. Additionally, an undisclosed airline in the region has signed a 'FlightSense Predictable' agreement in its effort to improve reliability and reduce downtime with advanced exchanges during critical repairs to its 777 fleet. [more - original PR]

Eviation Aircraft announced (18-Jun-2019) details of its first full scale, all electric commuter plane, known as 'Alice', at the 2019 Paris Air Show. The company has also announced it will begin pre-sales of the aircraft. Key details include:

  • Design: Aircraft will seat nine passengers, and will be capable of speeds up to 240 knots and a range of up to 650 miles. Intended to operate high frequency 'middle mile' commuter routes such as Paris-Toulouse, Oslo-Trondheim and San Jose-San Diego;
  • Timeline: Start of manufacturing and first flight to be conducted in 2019. Aircraft certification expected in 2022;
  • Testing: AeroTEC, to lead Alice's flight tests and first flight at its Moses Lake, Washington location and serve as a partner for certification;
  • Partners: Honeywell (flight-by-wire systems), Siemens (electric power units), Hartzell (propellers), magniX (electric power units) and Magnaghi Aeronautica (landing gear);
  • Operating costs: Eviation Aircraft estimates cost reductions of up to 70% compared to existing, in service aircraft. [more - original PR]

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited announced (18-Jun-2019) it formally received type certificates for the entire Dash 8 aircraft programme, including the 100, 200 and 300 series and the in-production 400. The certificates were handed over at a ceremony at the 2019 Paris Air Show. The type certificate ceremony follows the launch of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited on 03-Jun-2019 with the completion of the transaction through which Longview Aviation Capital acquired the entire Dash 8 programme. De Havilland Aircraft of Canada COO Todd Young reported the Dash 8 turboprop programme "has momentum, including the introduction last [autumn] of the new 90 seat configuration of the 400 series". [more - original PR]

GKN Aerospace announced (18-Jun-2019) at the 2019 Paris Airshow that it has expanded its risk and revenue sharing partnership (RRSP) with Pratt & Whitney for the PW1500G and PW1900G engines. The expansion adds the fabricated fan case mount ring and the fan spacer for the engines to GKN Aerospace's workshare. This contract expands GKN Aerospace's involvement in for engines powering the Embraer E190-E2 aircraft and Airbus A220 and reinforces the company's role as a long-term supplier of engine components for Pratt & Whitney. The workshare expansion will see GKN Aerospace apply new additive manufacturing and composite technologies to the components. The fabricated fan case mount ring will be additively manufactured with a unique laser metal deposition process, minimising waste, costs and production lead time. [more - original PR]

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