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Rolls-Royce at a transitional altitude

To issue a group profit warning during your first week of joining is no easy task, but that was exactly what Warren East, Rolls-Royce’s new chief executive, had to do. Earlier last month, East, the former chief executive of Arm Holdings – which manufactures microprocessors for Apple – issued the company’s fourth profit warning in 18 […]

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A320neo: Airbus’s new star

The A320neo (new engine option) is Airbus’s update of its popular A320 narrowbody jet, used for medium and short-haul flights by carriers across the globe. Aerodynamic improvements featuring a sharklet that slashes block fuel burn by up to 4%, an updated cabin interior, are key selling points of this modernisation programme. In a nutshell, the A320neo […]

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Boeing NSA/MOM launch timing hinges on 737 MAX progress

CFM Leap-1B engine misses SFC spec by 4-5%; -1A 2% Valve modulating HPT cooling failed more than once; nacelle showing heat damage 737 MAX total COC per seat advantage narrows from 8% to 3-4% A320neo Space-Flex’s 3 extra seats further reduce differential to 1-2% 737 MAX 9 range drops to 3,415nm; MAX 8 to 3,439nm […]

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Boeing eyes 2018 launch for New Small Airplane

2018 launch, 2024/25 entry into service: internal target CFM, Rolls-Royce & Pratt & Whitney started work: sources “No moonshots”: CNRP not an option, CFRP fuselage eyed Out-of-autoclave (OoA) technology key enabler for NSA 4,000nm, 200-seat mission for NSA 737 MAX 9’s 286 orders lag A321neo’s 709; 737-900ER’s 515 lag A321ceo’s 1,545 737 MAX has 2,412 […]

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Breaking the ‘curse’ of good to achieve greatness

This guest column is written by William C. Kircher, vice president (VP) of Singapore overhaul & repair, and president of UTC Aerospace Singapore. The opinions expressed here are the authors’ own only. Aspire Aviation has no financial connection to the companies involved in this guest column and we welcome other guest columns to foster industry […]

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Boeing’s NSA could feature game-changing technologies

A320neo outsold 737 MAX by 9.3% at same stage Advanced Technology winglet reduces fuel burn by 1.8% on 3,000nm mission A320ceo with Sharklet narrows market value gap with 737NG 737 MAX still leads A320neo in COC narrowly DLR: Difficult to make small twin-aisle work Avolon: average seat count rising to 198 seats by 2032 Open-rotor […]

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Boeing to make up lost grounds on all fronts

The debut of the Airbus A350 XWB (extra widebody) was a far cry from that of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the difference between the two could not have been more stark. Without much fanfare, Airbus’ US$15 billion answer to both the lightweight 787 Dreamliner and the larger 777 rolled out from the paint hangar in the European plane-maker’s headquarters

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Boeing in no rush to fast-track future widebody strategy

Since the European plane-maker Airbus inaugurated its sprawling 74,000m² final assembly line (FAL) factory for the US$15 billion A350 XWB (Extra Wide Body) aircraft programme in Toulouse, France on 23rd October, the potential competitive response from its transatlantic arch-rival Boeing has captured widespread media attention. As Airbus makes progress in manufacturing the first A350-900 flight test aircraft ahead of its

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Boeing chooses largest wingspan for 777X

As Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing heads into the future following a better-than-expected 2012 second-quarter net profit of US$967 million, or US$1.27 per share versus the Wall Street consensus of US$1.12 per share, it continues to map out its future widebody strategy that will see new members being added to its popular large twin-engine, long-haul 777 as well as the carbon

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Boeing 737 MAX ups the ante in dogfight with A320neo

At last year’s Paris Air Show, there were blue skies and the airline industry managed to stay relatively healthy despite soaring oil prices and an anaemic global economic recovery, with a year-end industry-wide profit of US$7.9 billion, according to Geneva-based industry body International Air Transport Association (IATA). Fast forward 12 months and the global economy was in a very different

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