Nuggets of information coming from OEMs at this year’s Singapore Airshow give us a big insight into future-focused programs, including engine decisions for the joint Sino-Russian widebody, Boeing’s new midsize airplane, design freeze of the 737 MAX10, and the continued ramp-up of production rates.
Elbe Flugzeugwerke has secured a launch contract from Luxembourg-based Vallair Solutions Sàrl for its Airbus A321 P2F/passenger-to-freighter conversions.
The civil helicopter market in China is less skewed toward the oil and gas sector than Southeast Asia’s helicopter market, and last year posted the strongest fleet growth in the region.
Aircraft lessor BOC Aviation has selected Pratt & Whitney geared turbofans to power its order for 12 total Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft.
Focus is on the GE90 that powers the Boeing 777-300ER and 777-200LR, and the GE9X selected for the 777X.
Russia’s United Engine Corporation hopes to supply its future PD-35 engine for the Russo-Chinese CR929 widebody airliner. The contract calls for the engine to meet both Russian and Chinese airworthiness and certification requirements.
Embraer has not yet received a proposal from Boeing for a possible combination of the manufacturers, Embraer Commercial Aviation President and CEO John Slattery said at the Singapore Airshow.
Bombardier and Airbus could have a final assembly line in the U.S. up and running within a year of a go-ahead, but it remains undecided where Delta C Series jets ordered will be produced.
The PD-14 turbofan engine secured its place under the wing of the Irkut MC-21 narrowbody airliner. Russia’s largest carrier, Aeroflot, plans to equip half of its future MC-21 fleet with the Russian powerplants.
Flight testing of the Mitsubishi Aircraft MRJ has addressed the areas of greatest risk, the company said.