Airbus A380 customers flying the Engine Alliance GP7200 are seeing high reliability rates even though the turbofan has only been in service for 18 months. Departure reliability has now reached 99.9%, with no inflight shutdowns, says the General Electric/Pratt & Whitney joint venture.
So far, nine GP7200-powered aircraft are in operation with Emirates—the largest A380 customer—and Air France, Europe’s first A380 operator. Air Austral, Etihad, International Lease Finance Corp. and Korean Air also are GP7200 customers.
The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More