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Airline order avalanche bests previous recordsby Charles Alcock
The 2014 edition of the Farnborough International Air- show has beaten its own record for aircraft and engine orders, with organizers announcing a $130 billion running tally af-ter the first three of the five trade days. Factoring in all
provisional orders, AINs own analysis puts the estimate at just above $155 billion.
Qatar Airways dominated commercial proceedings at the Farnborough International Air - show yesterday, signing con-tracts with Boeing for its 777Xs
that could be worth up to $37.7 billion, plus another $2.4 billion deal for four 777 freighters.
Boeing also announced that it is close to finalizing a pur-chase agreement for Chinas Hainan Airlines to buy fifty 737 Max 8 aircraft, powered by the CFM International CFM Leap-1B engines. Assuming the pro-visional deal gets the blessing of the Chinese government, it would be worth approximately $5.1 billion for the aircraft and $3.7 billion for the engines. Continued on next page u
F-35 Wont ShoW UpDespite hopes that the Lockheed Martin F-35 would ultimately come to the 2014 Farnborough Airshowat least for the public days at the weekendthe engine fire on June 23 and subsequent ongoing investigation means that it will not make the show at all. The U.S. Department of Defense issued a statement late Tues-day confirming that in concert with our partners in the UK it has decided not to send the Marine Corps and UK F-35B aircraft across the Atlantic to participate in the Farnborough Air Show. It concluded: Safetyas alwaysremains our top priority. C.P.
BUILDInG GooD tIMESThe aviation industry has weathered its storms. But participation in shows like Farnborough feeds confidence that the hard work is bearing fruit, at last.
Surveillance Industry Helicopters Avionics Military
Boeing Shows Lite PatrollerWith its P-8 Poseiden platform in service, Boeing has developed a more affordable maritime patroller. Based on the Bombardier Challenger 604 airframe, the MSA demonstrator is here. Page 6
Rafael ReorganizesIsraeli defense electronics giant Rafael has reorganized into three dedicated business groups. The company is also refocusing its attention to enhance customer service. Page 10
Bell Looks to Europe as Major MarketWith four helicopters on display here at Farnborough, Bell Helicopter is committed to the European region. Company CEO and president John Garrison said Europe is the second largest market for Bell. Page 12
L-3 Here to Help with NextGenFor operators in a quandry on how to strategize for re-equipping for NextGen mandates, manufacturer L-3 Aviation Products is poised to provide guidance and products for the transition. Page 16
Patriot Draws a Bead on EuropeRaytheons Patriot missile defense system is seeing a resurgence of interest, and several European countries are potential customers for the American weaponry. Page 18
CAE is located in the Canadian Pavilion in Hall 4, Booth C18-D at the Farnborough Airshow www.cae.com/civil-aviation
Training is our World
Thundering success for UKs Taranis UCAVby Chris Pocock
The all-British Taranis UCAV demonstrator has flown in fully stealth mode during a second phase of flight testing, BAE Systems revealed at the Farnborough Airshow this week. The flights took place last winter from Woomera, South Aus-tralia. Officials declined to elaborate further. The over-all achievements and objec-tives of the Taranis program remain highly classified, Chris Garside, engineering director BAE Systems told a media briefing.
By contrast, officials re - sponsible for the pan-Euro-pean Neuron UCAV demon-strator have been much more forthcoming. The Neuron has flown 50 times, Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation,
told AIN here Tuesday. It is due to drop a weapon in the next flight test phase, to take place in Sweden, he confirmed.
However, Garside did say the 185 million Taranis had been a triumph and the most complex air system ever built in the UK. It was designed and built by BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, the sys-tems division of GE Aviation, and QinetiQ, working with MoD scientists and staffers.
Modified R-R AdourConrad Banks, chief engi-
neer for R&T, Rolls-Royce, declared that all objectives relating to the powerplant integration had been met.
These included fully embed-ding and insulating the mod-ified Adour Mk951 turbofan
inside the unmanned aer-ial vehiclethe engines stan-dard application is on the BAe Hawk jet trainer.
The second-phase trials included a demonstration of a realistic operational sce-nario, according to Garside, who added that the Tara-nis system could create its own flight path to the target (It seeks approval accord-ing to MITL considerations, despite the high levels of autonomy, he said).
The air vehicle is now back
in the UK, Garside confirmed. We are currently discussing options for more flight trials with the MoD.
Dassaults Eric Trap-pier paid a flying visit to the show earlier this week, for the signing of the Anglo-French Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS) agreement. This will take forward the work done on the Neuron and Tara-nis demonstrators and could lead to a common configura-tion for the UK and France, he confirmed. o
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CFM reported that it has logged $21.4 billion in engine sales at this weeks show.
Leasing group MG Avi-ation placed a $499 million order for two additional 787-9 Dreamliners. The company previously ordered two other -9s in 2006.
Air Algerie was announced as the client for a $152 million order placed in May for a pair of Next Generation 737-300C