Discussion in 'Airbus Jet' started by Jet News, Apr 23, 2013.
Airbus ACJ319 D-ALXX taking off from Bern
Airbus A320NEO with Pratt & Whitney engines gains certification
ACJ319 delivered by ACJ to Gov't Client
A refurbished Airbus ACJ319 has been delivered to the Ivory Coast Government. The aircraft had C-Check done and upgrade of the craft's systems and had a few modifications. Communication systems as well as the in-flight entertainment (IFE) media of the ACJ319 executive jet were overhauled and updated. ACJC installed a dual-broadband internet system, using an Inmarsat connection. This will now give all 19 passengers with an unrivalled 1.2 Mbps speed and top-notch internet access. This powerful connectivity is strengthened by two new Satcom antennas installed by ACJC during the refurbishment. As said before there was a modification done to the jet’s external fuselage.
The first Airbus A321NEO test bed took off for the first time yesterday (Tuesday 10th February). The aircraft is fitted with the new CFM Leap-1A engines and performed well on the 5 and-a-half hour maiden flight. The first customer A321NEO is anticipated to be delivered with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines towards the end of the year.
Yesterday Airbus delivered the first U.S-built Airbus A321 to its customer. The new jet, first of the type to be entirely assembled on United States soil was delivered to U.S carrier jetBlue. With the A320-family manufacturing plant being located in Mobile Alabama, it is sort of appropriate that the jetBlue aircraft bear a name that signifies that and in typical jetBlue fashion, the name chosen was "BluesMobile". Airbus inaugurated the Mobile A320 facility in September 2015, and JetBlue’s A321 made its first flight in March. The airframer plans to deliver four aircraft a month by the end of 2017 from Mobile. Deliveries will transition to the A320neo family in late 2017.
Airbus announces a VIP variant of the A350XWB... naturally that will be called the ACJ350XWB. More to come on this.
Some trouble brewing for Airbus perhaps...
Airbus Group says it has been told by the Serious Fraud Office that a criminal inquiry has been opened into the allegations of “fraud, bribery and corruption” in its civil aviation business. The company says it “continues to co-operate” with the authority.
Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) nabbed another order for an Airbus ACJ320neo recently. This now brings the total orders for (reengined-neo family ACJ) aircraft to eight. 6 ACJ320neos and 2 ACJ319neoss are on order for various clients around the world. John Leahy, chief operating officer, customers of Airbus said: “The ACJ320neo Family further improves a proven and successful design, allowing customers to take more of their lifestyles to even more of the world.”
A look at Air Caraibes first Airbus A350XWB fresh out of the paint shop.
Timelapse of the painting of the first Airbus A330neo
A look at Air Caraibes first Airbus A350 XWB going through its paces
Airbus is having a bit of troublesome time with regard to their A320neo that are powered by the PW option. These issues still have not been ironed out and is forcing the airframer to have to park multiple engineless units. Fabrice Bregier acknowledges that Airbus will have to continue parking engineless A320neo jets while the technical snags affecting Pratt & Whitney-powered aircraft are being resolved. "If I could deliver 60 per month now, I'm sure I would find customers," he says, pointing out that Airbus still has a backlog of over 5,000 A320neos alone following lessor GECAS's order for 100 at the show. But he says that "only" 48 were delivered over the first five months of this year, and that the company needs to deliver "twice as many" per month, for the remaining six or seven months, to reach its target of 200.
A look at when Airbus flew the first test aircraft of the A340 model with 'BLADE' wings. These wings are aimed at testing laminar flow. The successful maiden flight for the EU-sponsored Clean Sky “Blade” project. The aircraft, dubbed “Flight Lab”, took off from the Tarbes aerodrome in southern France at local time 11:00, on September 26th 2017 and after a series of successful tests it landed at Airbus’ facilities in Toulouse Blagnac. The overall flight time was 3hrs/38mins.
The Airspace interior from Airbus for the A320 line or aircraft.
Airbus looking to have the first flight of the A330neo by October 19th, in two days. Of course, it is a tentative date but it all is still dependent on the weather as well. The A330neo was supposed to have gone into service entry by the end of this year but engine development issues with the Rolls Royce Trent 7000 engines kept pushing back the maiden flight.
The Airbus A330neo has finally taken to the skies today as Airbus tentatively said (19th). It left the ground at 09:57 local time in France from the Blagnac Airport in Toulouse. The aircraft flew for around 4 hours and 13 minutes before making its way back to the airport. The delayed program is expected to accumulate 1,400 test hours before gaining type certification... this is 1,100 hours for the A330-900neo. The slightly smaller variant, the A330-800neo perhaps will need about 300 hours of testing later on for certification in 2019. The 900 model should gain certification in mid-2018 once no issues arise. Three aircraft are expected to be used and then one with a production interior to validate the new AirSpace interior. TAP Portugal is currently inline as launch customer.
Video showing the lead up of the first test flight for the Airbus A330neo.
For those who are interested in the 2017 financial results for Airbus, this is the full Press Conference.