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AIN Farnborough Airshow News 7-22-10 Day 4 Issue

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  • An independent publication, solely owned by The Convention News Co., Inc., Midland Park, N.J.

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    Slimmer engine woos A380 customersThe Engine Alliance GP7200turbofan engine is in the middle ofa weight-reduction program thatmay further help sales. The GeneralElectric-Pratt & Whitney jointventure says the engine has lost150 pounds since entry intoservice two years ago. Page 9

    Americas Avenger UAVcould be UKs ScavengerAs flight testing of General AtomicsPredator C Avenger progresses,observers see it as a key contender forthe UKs MALE UAV, if the UK does notpursue a European solution. Page 12

    Zephyr shows real staying powerAs you read this, Qinetiqsremarkable solar-powered UAV couldbe still airborne somewhere overArizona, having launched on July 2.When it finally comes back down toearth, it will have annihilated allprevious records. Page 16

    Diamond Aircraft polishes future plansWhile it is flying a DA42 here thatsrunning on algae-based biofuel,Diamond is planning to develop anaerobatic, two-seat military jettrainer of the D-Jet that will haveejection seats and cost under $3million. Page 17

    Halving helo fuel burnEADS is slashing helicopter fuelburn with a new diesel-electricengine. Page 20

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    by Chris Pocock

    The Royal Air Force (RAF) will emergefrom the current UK Strategic Defence and Se-curity Review (SDSR) with only two types ofairlifter, two types of fighter and two types ofhelicopter. That much was confirmed here Tues-day when Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dal-ton, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), spoke tojournalists after delivering a presentation onCombat ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, tar-get acquisition, and reconnaissance). A fewhours earlier, British defense secretary Dr. LiamFox told his Farnborough audience, The cur-rent defense program is entirely unaffordable.

    These comments are bound to generate afresh round of chalet chatter on the last tradeday of this years Farnborough show. Will thegovernment dare to cancel the A400M airlifterin favor of the RAF retaining both the C-130Jand the C-17? If not, when exactly will the C-130Js be retired? The two fighters must surelybe the Eurofighter Typhoon and the F-35 JointStrike Fighter in the long term. But will theHarriers be chopped immediately, and whatabout the Tornado GR.4 force? The helicopterchoice is already made: the RAFs Merlins willbe transferred to the Royal Navy, leaving theservice with Chinooks and upgraded Pumas.

    We cannot afford the luxury of multiple sup-ply chains and the associated training and infra-structure costs, said Fox. With only two types,well save money upfront and ongoing, whilepreserving capabilities, said ACM Dalton.

    Fox echoed the sober conclusion of a reportinto defense procurement that was commis-sioned by the last British government. Theresno doubt that there has been a culture of mutualover-optimism on costs, timing and perform-

    Mubadala Aerospace is posi-tioning itself as a tier-one sup-plier of large compositestructures to Airbus or Boeingfor future single-aisle aircraft aspart of its continuing drive to be-come a top player in the globalaerospace industry. Were look-ing at a stake of up to 20 percentin the composites content of anynew aircraft, executive director,aerospace unit, Homaid AlShemmari, said yesterday.

    Al Shemmari has also re-vealed the company intends to

    build a business jet-sized air-craft, with a 2018 target date.We will design, manufactureand support this aircraft, he toldAIN. The move followsMubadalas purchase of a 35-percent stake in Piaggio in 2006.The Italian manufacturer is aspecialist in composites and will,said Al Shemmari, be a majorcontributor to the design of thenew aircraft.

    The moves are all part ofMubadalas drive to create ahigh technology, knowledge-in-

    tensive aerospaceindustry for AbuDhabi, reflecting thegovernments desirefor the country tocement its industrialfuture by diversify-ing into high-valueindustries throughpartnerships with in-ternational aero-space companies.

    At Farnborough,Mubadala signed deals withGoodrich, Honeywell and Siko-rsky, further expanding its main-tenance, repair and overhaul(MRO) presence. Al Shemmarisaid Mubadala intends to be-come the worlds third biggestMRO company by 2020, afterLufthansa Technik and KLM En-

    gineering and Mainte-nance. In 2009 the com-pany increased its stakein SR Technics from 40percent to 70 percent. Italready has a majorMRO operation in theMiddle EastAbu DhabiAircraft Technologies.Al Shemmari confirmsthe company is lookingfor other MRO partner-ships in the U.S. and

    Asia. The USA is a must andwe have to be involved in South-east Asia as well, but we have notdecided which should be first.

    Mubadala Aerospace willcomplete the first phase of con-struction of its new Strata com-posites manufacturing facility at

    UK defense cuts will be deep but smart

    Mubadala targets tier oneand a new bizjet for 2018by Julian Moxon

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    Airbus Militarys A400M will yhome from Farnborough, havingimpressed show-goers with itsperformance, but it still needs toconvince cash-strappedgovernments like Britains that it is a must-have item in the futuredefense inventory.

    Mubadala exec directorHomaid Al Shemmari

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  • airbus.com Airbus, its logo and the product names are registered trademarks. New Standards. Together

    Its greener in more ways than one.The Airbus A380 has earned its reputation as the worlds greenest long-haul jet. But its been earning hard

    dollars at the same time. The moment it entered service, its sheer popularity, combined with the lowest cost per

    passenger of any large aircraft, has meant more profit, much quicker. Giving its operators a competitive edge in

    tough times. Simply by introducing A380s on long-haul routes, operators can save millions of dollars a year in

    cash operating costs, while creating thousands of extra seats. The most exciting plane in the sky is also a proven,

    working aircraft, making real money, day after day. Airbus A380. See the bigger picture.

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  • airbus.com Airbus, its logo and the product names are registered trademarks. New Standards. Together

    Its greener in more ways than one.The Airbus A380 has earned its reputation as the worlds greenest long-haul jet. But its been earning hard

    dollars at the same time. The moment it entered service, its sheer popularity, combined with the lowest cost per

    passenger of any large aircraft, has meant more profit, much quicker. Giving its operators a competitive edge in

    tough times. Simply by introducing A380s on long-haul routes, operators can save millions of dollars a year in

    cash operating costs, while creating thousands of extra seats. The most exciting plane in the sky is also a proven,

    working aircraft, making real money, day after day. Airbus A380. See the bigger picture.

    53475_009_Aviation_IntN_Dollar_july.indd Pg1 Mundocom UK 05/07/2010 14:12

  • Indonesian national airline Garuda hasordered six long-range A330-200s fordelivery from 2012s fourth quarter. Thetwinjets will join six A330-300s and fourrecently delivered leased A330-200s.

    Configured in a two-class layout forservices to Asia Pacific, Europe and theMiddle East, the new aircraft will be pow-ered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines andare nominally valued at $1.1 billion. Airbushas taken firm orders for more than 1,000A330s, of which more than 700 have beendelivered to 80-plus operators.

    Also yesterday, Kuwait-based AviationLease and Finance Co. (ALAFCO), whichspecializes in Sharia-based commercial air-craft leasing, has upgraded its 2007 order for12 A350-800 XWBs to the larger A350-900variant. The -900 will be the first of the A350family to enter service when the new wide-body enters service in about three years.

    The A350-900 is best suited to meet[future customer] needs, said ALAFCO

    chairman Ahmad Al Zabin. Typically, themodel accommodates about 40 more seatsthan the smaller -800 variant. A350 ordersexceed 530 from over 33 customers.

    Germania holding company SAT hasconverted its recent memorandum ofunderstanding (MoU) covering fiveCFM56-powered A319s into a firm con-tract, thus becoming a new Airbus operatoras it begins to replace its current fleet. TheA319s will be laid out in a high-density,150-seat configuration.

    Berlin-based Germanias business encom-

    passes aircraft charter, leasing and seat sales,with a route network serving more than 30international destinations in Europe, theMediterranean region and the Middle East.Deliveries are scheduled to begin next year.

    Thai Airways International has signed anMoU for seven A330-300s, together worth anominal $1.48 billion if the deal is con-verted to an order (as Airbus expects willhappen within the next couple of months.The aircraft would be delivered from late2011 to join TAIs 20 other A330-300s serv-ing points across the Asia-Pacific region.

    Mitsubishi Aircraft remains bullish aboutthe prospects for its new MRJ regional jetdespite failing to add to its order book so farhere at the Farnborough air show.

    In June, All Nippon Airways finallysigned firm orders for fifteen 92-seatMRJ90s with options for 10 more, but theletter of intent with U.S. airline group TransStates Holdings for 50 firm aircraft plus 50options has yet to be converted into a firmorder, but could be close to conclusion.Nevertheless, the manufacturer said ithopes to sell up to 1,000 aircraft into a mar-ket that Mitsubi

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