SINGAPORE—Bombardier plans to boost its presence in Asia-Pacific, a move that comes after arch-rival ATR came perilously close to locking Bombardier out of the region's fast-growing turboprop market. At the same time, ATR plans to establish a global MRO network, similar to what Airbus, another EADS company, has done.
ATR in recent years has won the lion's share of new orders for turboprops.
SINGAPORE—Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) firms are set to benefit from a wave of new start-up carriers in Asia.
Carriers are preparing to launch operations in an effort to capitalize on the next travel boom, but because these start-ups are small, each will be relying heavily on outside parties for line and heavy maintenance.
With its relentless push towards driverless cars, intelligent-highway data links, fuel-efficient aerdynamics and low-cost composite bodies, the automotive industry appears to be on a course of technology convergence with aerospace. What can automotive manufacturers learn from aviation’s long experience with safety-critical systems and leaning position in unmanned technologies? And what could aerospace gain from automotive’s low cost targets, fast development cycles and mass production processes?...More