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AIN Farnborough Airshow News Day 2 7-10-12 Issue

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  • Cheaper, Cleaner Taxis Titanium Titan Greater UAV Firepower XWB Engines Advance

    Four Farnborough show exhibitors are vying to bring down the cost and environmental impact of taxiing airliners to and from runways. Page 6

    Russias VSMPO-AVISMA has turned around its fortunes with aggressive expansion in the growing market for using titanium in aerospace structures. Page 12

    Missile maker MBDA is rolling out its Vigilus concept for expanding the capability of both manned and unmanned aircraft. Page 38

    Rolls-Royce is stepping up efforts to ready the Trent XWB engines for a planned first flight of the new Airbus XWB widebody in mid-2013. Page 48

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    SSJ crash: data reveals no hint of technical faultby Gregory Polek

    The Black box flight recorders retrieved from the wreckage of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 that crashed in Indonesia on May 9 have so far revealed no hint of technical fault, United Aircraft Corp. president Mikhail Pogosyan reported during a Farnborough airshow press con-ference yesterday afternoon.

    The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorderfound about a kilometer (0.62 miles) from the accident site near Mount Salak, some 60 miles south of Jakartasur-vived the collision essentially

    undamaged, said Pogosyan, who added that his company had seen analysis of data retrieved by Indonesias Investigation Commission of the National Committee for Transport Safety (KNKT), and has shared the information with customers.

    We work in close contact with the national safety commit-tee and the investigation board, which is conducting the investi-gation of the Superjet accident, and we have access to the anal-ysis of the data, Pogosyan said through an interpreter. So based

    Air Lease signs for 75 B737 MAXs

    Air Lease Corp. (ALC) opened the sales race between the worlds big commercial air-frame makers here yesterday with a firm order for 75 Boeing CFM Leap-1B-powered 737 MAXs. The contract, valued at $7.2 billion at list prices, calls for delivery, first, of sixty 737 MAX 8s, followed by deliveries of fif-teen 737 MAX 9s, which would run through 2022.

    The deal, which includes options for another 25 aircraft, represents the first order by a Signing the lease documents for 75 B737 MAXs are: left to right, Kevin McAllister, GE

    Aviation; Ray Conner, Boeing; Steven Udvar-Hazy; and John Plueger, Air Lease Corp.

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    Chinese White Knight Set To Buy Hawker

    Late last night, Hawker Beechcraft announced that China- based Superior Aviation Beijing Co. has signed an exclusivity agree-ment to buy the whole U.S. aircraft manufacturer, minus its defense busi-ness. Hawker Beechcraft filed for U.S. Chapter 11 reorganization in May and just last week outlined a framework to exit this protection by year-end. Part of this plan included a potential sale, which is now the likely outcome.

    Should the transaction be com-pleted, Superior intends to maintain Hawker Beechcrafts existing oper-ations while also investing substan-tial capital in the company and its business and general aviation prod-uct line in Wichita, Kansas, and Little Rock, Arkansas. Due to U.S. defense restrictions, the transaction with Su-perior would not include Hawker Beechcraft Defense Co., which would remain a separate entity. HBDC will continue to manufacture T-6 trainers and pursue certification of its AT-6 light attack aircraft. C.T.

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  • Airbus A 380

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    The world loves the aircraft that takes better care of the environment.lovea380.com

    Less noise. Lower emissions. When will your airline grow more sustainably with the A380?

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  • Airbus A 380

    . Love at fi rst fl ight.

    The world loves the aircraft that takes better care of the environment.lovea380.com

    Less noise. Lower emissions. When will your airline grow more sustainably with the A380?

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    Airbus_ASN_Flowers_1007.indd Pg1 Mundocom UK 29/06/2012 16:36

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    FarnboroughAirshow NewsTM A330 gets an upgrade

    at customers requestby Ian Goold

    Increased range and pay-load for the Airbus A330 twin-aisle twinjet, announced by the European manufacturer here at the Farnborough Inter-national airshow yesterday, will be welcomed by Malaysia Airlines (MAS), whose brand-new A380 very large airliner also opened the weeks flying-displays. After requests from owners and operators, Airbus is offering the enhanced per-formance, which will permit A330s to fly between Malay-sian capital Kuala Lumpur

    and Paris among other poten-tial new city-pair services cited by Airbus chief operating offi-cer for customers John Leahy.

    The new variant will be available at a maximum take-off weight (mtow) of about 529,200 pounds, up from earlier increased mtow of 518,175 pounds chosen by six airlines, including three in Asia, and about 524,790 pounds selected by at least six Asia Pacific operators.

    MAS said recently it is awaiting details of Airbus A330 product-development plans before deciding on a widebody-fleet rationaliza-tion. The Asian carrier oper-ates more than 20 A330-200s and -300s, previously ordered another 15 A330s and has been considering whether t