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Spares Providers Tout Rising Demand For Used Parts 

A growing acceptance and availability of used parts is helping to drive down overhaul costs, say leading engine maintenance specialists.

However, the leasing sector is less receptive to the concept, due to concerns over asset values.

CTT Awaits First 787 Deliveries, Targets A350 Customers 

CTT Systems faces a crucial six months as it prepares finally to begin generating revenue from Boeing 787 deliveries and aims to land its first deals with Airbus A350XWB customers for its cabin humidity systems.

Rolls Rejects Single-Aisle Market, Faces Pressure From GE On A350XWB 

Rolls-Royce’s decision not to participate in the A320NEO, either through its International Aero Engines partnership or in its own right, will effectively eliminate the U.K. engine maker from the single-aisle marketplace for at least a decade.

High Taxes Force Low-Fare Airlines To Rethink Business Strategies 

Growth prospects in Russia’s low-fare airline sector aren’t what they used to be.

The sector suffered a blow after one of the key players, Avianova, was forced to reduce the seating capacity of its aircraft by more than 10% due to a loophole in the country’s new import regulations. Meanwhile, rival Sky Express is changing its business model after a year of problems.

Airbus A320 Reengining Alters Narrowbody Balance Of Force 

Airbus may be pitching its strategy to reengine the A320 family as the “minimum change approach,” but the potential consequences for it and its supply chain and rivals could be anything but that.

But for those on the sidelines of the A320NEO (New Engine Option), like Bombardier and Rolls-Royce, the competitive landscape looks far worse. Rolls faces big questions about its product strategy (see p. 29) and Bombardier’s CSeries, already hurting for orders, faces a new rival with far greater market pull.

MTU Touts Benefits Of Dry-Ice Engine Cleaning Process 

MTU Aero Engines is developing an on-wing engine cleaning process using carbon dioxide, or “dry ice,” meaning that it can penetrate deep into the engine without leaving residue unlike other cleaning systems.

“We are currently testing the process with airline partners, and so far the tests are extremely encouraging,” says Stefan Weingartner, CEO of commercial maintenance at MTU.

Pratt Speeds Technology To Boost A320NEO GTF Efficiency 

Pratt & Whitney is accelerating the introduction of new technologies on the PW1000G geared turbofan powering the A320NEO, which will increase the efficiency over initial versions of the powerplant.

GE Engine Could Aid Airbus A350-1000 Performance Boost 

Airbus is coming under pressure from a key A350XWB customer to boost the capability of its largest variant, which could be the opening for GE to return to the program and rival the incumbent Rolls-Royce Trent XWB with a more powerful engine.

Emirates, whose orders for 70 A350s include 20 for the 350-seat -1000 variant, wants Airbus to boost the payload/range to enable the aircraft to operate comfortably between Dubai and Los Angeles year-round in its specification. This route is currently served by the ultra-long-range Boeing 777-200LR.

BA Shareholders Clear Way For Iberia Merger 

The merger of British Airways and Iberia has moved a step closer to reality, following overwhelming approval by BA shareholders yesterday.

Both carriers held shareholder meetings on Nov. 29 to seek approval for the merger, and more than 99% of BA shareholders voted in favor. The result of the Iberia shareholder vote is yet to be released.

Etihad Aims To Step Closer To Sustained Profitability In 2010 

Etihad Airways has underlined its intent to become fully profitable within two years after announcing that its EBITDAR earnings will be in the black for the first time in 2010. “With only a month to go, we are well on track for profitable EBITDAR [earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation, amortization and rentals] for 2010, marking an important milestone in the commercial development of the airline,” says James Hogan, CEO of the Abu Dhabi-based network carrier.

Lack Of Resources May Halt Airbus Reengining Program 

Airbus’s long-running debate about whether it will have sufficient resources to develop its New Engine Option (NEO) upgrade for the A320 centers on the quality of engineering skills available, rather than quantity.

The completion of this evaluation, due within weeks, is all that is stopping the aircraft manufacturer from launching the multibillion-dollar program by year-end, says Airbus CEO Tom Enders, as the business case is “convincing.”

AerCap Signs For 15 737s, Sees It As Formidable Re-Engining Rival 

Leasing company AerCap has signed its first deal directly with Boeing for 737s, stating that the twinjet, with its latest enhancements, can offer serious competition to any re-engined narrowbody.

The Netherlands-based lessor has signed a letter of intent for up to 15 737s, covering 10 firm orders and five purchase rights.

“While AerCap’s portfolio of lease assets already contains a large number of Boeing aircraft, this is the first time that AerCap will buy directly from the manufacturer,” says CEO Klaus Heinemann.

NG To Launch F-100NG, Reveal Engine In Early 2011 

NG Aircraft aims to formally launch its Fokker 100 revival project and reveal the identity of the new powerplant once contract negotiations are completed early next year.

TAM A320 Completes Latin America’s First Jatropha Biofuel Flight 

TAM and Airbus have made the first flight of an airliner powered by Jatropha-based biofuel in Latin America.

One of the airline’s CFM International CFM56-powered Airbus A320s operated the 45 min. roundtrip flight on Nov. 22 from Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão Antonio Carlos Jobim International airport with 20 TAM and Airbus people on board. In its fuel tanks was a 50% blend of locally sourced Brazilian Jatropha-based bio-kerosene and conventional aviation kerosene that was processed by UOP, a Honeywell group.

Air China To Take 10 Airbus A350s From CASC 

Air China will take the 10 Airbus A350 XWBs ordered by China Aviation Supplies Holding Co (CASC) on Nov. 4, as well as 10 A330s.

CASC’s recent deal with Airbus for 102 aircraft comprised 66 new orders--10 A350s, six A330s and 50 A320 family aircraft.

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