Quick News – Paris Airshow June 2017 Edition

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Airbus and Safran to market an “eTaxi” electric taxiing system for A320 Family

Following the completion of an extensive R&T phase, an electric taxiing solution, called “eTaxi”, has received ‘Authorisation To Market’ approval by Airbus and Safran, for application on the A320 Family. Depending on the airline feedback, the actual program could subsequently be launched in the near future. eTaxi’s electric motors in the main landing gear, powered by electricity from the APU (auxiliary power unit), would allow an aircraft fitted with it to taxi without using its jet engines or requiring airport tractors or tugs. eTaxi would provide airlines with a sustainable solution which combines savings on operating costs (including a reduction of around four percent in fuel costs, equal to several hundred thousand dollars per aircraft annually), independent movement on the ground (saving around two minutes of time on pushback), as well as ecological advantages such reduced carbon and NOx emissions, and less noise during taxiing.

EFW secures second A330-300P2F conversion contract from DHL Express

DHL Express has ordered an additional four firm and 10 optional A330-300 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between ST Aerospace and Airbus. This follows the launch contract for four similar A330-300P2F conversions that was also awarded by DHL Express in July last year. The first aircraft under the launch contract is currently undergoing conversion at EFW’s Dresden-based facilities, and is on track to be redelivered by the end of 2017. The A330P2F conversion programme, launched in 2012, is a collaboration between ST Aerospace, Airbus and EFW. ST Aerospace, as the programme and technical lead for the engineering development phase, is responsible for applying for the supplemental type certificates for the freighter conversions, from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the US Federal Aviation Administration. Aircraft OEM Airbus contributes to the programme with OEM data and certification support, while EFW leads the industrialisation phase and marketing for the freighter conversion programme.

Airbus selects Rockwell Collins for “FOMAX” program to digitally connect A320 aircraft and operators

Rockwell Collins has been selected by Airbus for the flight operations and maintenance exchanger (FOMAX) program on the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. FOMAX is a compact connectivity unit which collects aircraft maintenance and performance data and automatically sends it to ground-based operations and also to mobile applications used by flight crews. The unit also sends data automatically into efficiency applications such as weather, flight planning, logbooks, maintenance prediction and performance calculators, all of which bring improved new levels of productivity and value to airline operations. The FOMAX architecture facilities the Wi-Fi network for secure crew connectivity on the aircraft, as well as the cellular and terminal Wi-Fi equipment and interfaces with all major SATCOM connectivity types. FOMAX is a key airborne component of Airbus’ Skywise aviation data platform, launched at Le Bourget.

Airbus and Inmarsat partner for European Aviation Network broadband deployment

Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, has signed a collaborative agreement for its new European Aviation Network (EAN) inflight broadband service with Airbus. Under the strategic partnership, Airbus will offer airlines a specialist retrofit solution to deploy EAN – the world’s first integrated satellite and air-to-ground network dedicated to providing a true in-flight broadband experience for the European aviation industry – on the entire A320 family of aircraft. The Airbus retrofit solution consists of modification kits with all cabin network equipment required for EAN deployment. It also includes service bulletins (SBs) that detail the tasks and materials needed for installation and also certify the airworthiness of related modification work.

Malaysia Airlines signs two Flight Hour Services (FHS) Components support agreements with Airbus for its A350 XWB and A330 fleets

Malaysia Airlines has selected Services by Airbus to provide Flight Hour Services (FHS) Components support for its new fleet of six A350 XWB and existing fleet of 18 A330s. These long-term agreements cover guaranteed spare parts availability through an extensive scope of A350 XWB and A330 Line Replaceable Units (LRUs), maintenance and logistics services at Malaysia Airlines’ main base and selected outstations. To ensure continuously the highest level of operational performance, Malaysia Airlines will fully benefit from the FHS pool located in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, managed by Airbus.

JetSMART becomes Services by Airbus’ first FHS-TSP customer in Latin America

JetSMART, a new Chilean low cost airline based in Santiago, has signed a Flight Hour Services – Tailored Support Package (FHS-TSP) contract with Airbus for the provision of full components support and fleet technical management services for its brand new A320 family aircraft. This five-year FHS-TSP contract guarantees spare parts availability through an extensive scope of A320 line replaceable units (LRUs), components repair, transportation and expendables provisioning together with fleet technical management (FTM) services where JetSMART will benefit from Airbus’ experience and expertise to optimise their aircraft maintenance and engineering operations. This latest selection by JetSMART marks an important step in Airbus’ FHS strategy to deploy engineering expertise in Latin America. Airbus FHS contracts have now been selected to cover more than 372 aircraft from operators of A320, A330, A380 and A350 XWB. JetSMART is the Chilean-based, ultra-low-cost carrier that was developed this year by private equity investment firm Indigo Partners LLC. Indigo has over 15 years of experience in global aviation. Currently, it has investments in Wizz Air (Europe), Volaris (Mexico) and Frontier Airlines (United States).

Interjet becomes customer of “Maintenance Mobility” and “Predictive Risk Management” services

Interjet has become customer for Airbus’ “Maintenance Mobility” including electronic Job Cards and “Predictive Risk Management” services following a contract recently signed with Airbus. Maintenance Mobility with electronic Job Cards allows the airline mechanics to have all of the technical information they need on iPads as well as full electronic job cards with electronic signature, hence effectively eliminating paper in maintenance operations. “Maintenance Mobility” and “Predictive Risk Management” are part of several services in the Smarter Fleet™ cloud-based services platform developed by Airbus. The agreement with Interjet covers the integration of the services into the airline’s information systems, including the maintenance information system (MIS), as well as the software and data hosting. The deployment will be accomplished step-by-step with Airbus experts working on-site with Interjet in order to spread the integration and manage change gradually.

Airbus supports the pilot training partnership between ENAC and Institut MERMOZ

French aviation school ENAC, together with Institut MERMOZ are partnering to provide a single theoretical ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot Licence) offer, for phases 1 & 2 of a cadet’s flight training curriculum, a major part of the flight training. The agreement supersedes their previously individual ATPLs textbooks collections with one brand new collection, taking the best practices from both. ENAC and Institut MERMOZ will also offer fully fledged e-learning services for theoritical ATPL. Airbus provides its aircraft images, logos and schemas within this ATPL, and has demonstrated its support by allowing them to state ‘in co-operation with Airbus’ and use the Airbus logo on the cover.

Airbus recognises suppliers for excellent in-service performance

On the occasion of the annual Airbus Suppliers Awards ceremony at the Paris Air Show, Airbus distributed Awards and Certificates to Systems & Equipment suppliers. Five suppliers obtained the top award: Airbus (avionics), Rockwell Collins (avionics), Thales avionics, Airbus (cabin electronics) / Kid-Systeme and Crane Aerospace. Their respective high performances were identified through Airbus’ annual Supplier Support Rating process, which this year captured in-service feedback from over 150 Airbus customers. Airbus takes the rating feedback as a basis to drive the suppliers’ support improvements by ensuring dedicated actions are launched by the suppliers. This benefits the operators of Airbus fleet all over the world. The next rating cycle will be launched in January 2018.

Services by Airbus now accessible via online portal and apps

Services by Airbus has launched a new dedicated portal designed for customers, available from any devices at the following address: services.airbus.com. Complementing Services by Airbus’ portfolio of products and services and the latest news, the portal allows customers to request a booking of a dry Full-Flight Simulator session or e-training. In the future the portal will also offer a private function to optimise services delivery by enabling eCommerce and a dashboard capacity.

NAVBLUE partners with Flightradar24 to launch N-tracking and Airbus digital eco-system is initiated

With the upcoming ICAO mandate leading to full Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) capability by 2021, NAVBLUE, the Airbus Flight Ops and ATM services company, reinforces its partnership with Flightradar24, following the last two years successful collaboration together, to provide aircraft operators with an innovative flight tracking solution, called N-Tracking. N-Tracking integrates different sources of information to track aircraft in the world based on the Flightradar24 ground receivers and ACARS. The solution will provide alerts in case of critical aircraft operations and a collaborative decision making information system for dispatcher to manage airport congestions, delays and turnarounds. NAVBLUE offering and all the industry will benefit in the near future from the Airbus collaboration with Spire and Flightradar24 to develop a surveillance digital eco-system fusing space and ground data to provide near real time global data.

NAVBLUE appointed by Aviolinx as exclusive resell partner for its Airline Management System

NAVBLUE has signed a MoU with Aviolinx, a Swedish-based company specialised in software, communications and services to the airline industry, to appoint NAVBLUE as an exclusive resell partner for its solution called “RAIDO” – an airline management system. RAIDO covers aspects of airline management processes and handles the entire end-to-end planning and operation process in one single application using multi source of information and one database. RAIDO caters to types of airline business models, from national to low cost carriers, enabling airlines to efficiently manage operations and crew resources in both the long and short term. With RAIDO as a complement to NAVBLUE’s crew and flight-planning applications, NAVBLUE offers the state-of-the-art applications for Operation Control Centers to manage efficiently operations and giving operators the edge over the competition.

NAVBLUE partners with OpenAirlines on fuel-saving analytics solution

NAVBLUE has signed a MoU with OpenAirlines, a Toulouse-based company, to become a reseller partner for its solution called Skybreathe, a comprehensive fuel preservation solution for airlines. Skybreathe uses Big Data algorithms and automatically analyses the large amount of available data in flight data recorders to assess flights’ efficiency. Results of the analysis are displayed into an intuitive interface accessible from desk computer, laptops, tablets and mobile. Skybreathe will constitute the Optimize module of the Analytics by NAVBLUE suite, which will help operators to save more than two percent of fuel.

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Airbus presents the A380+

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Focus on efficiency and cabin comfort enhancements for Airbus A380 and A320 Family

A developmental study for an enhanced A380 with even better economics and improved operational performance was unveiled at the start of this week’s Paris Air Show, where Airbus also announced the extension of its “Airspace” cabin brand to the A320 Family.

These steps underscored Airbus’ commitment to the continuous evolution of its product line with improvements for both airline operators and the passengers they fly.

The A380plus developmental study involves five enhancement elements: aerodynamic improvements for a reduction in fuel burn; an increase in the number of available seats in the upper and lower deck cabins; improvements to onboard systems; changes to the maintenance schedule; and a higher maximum take-off weight.

“We’ve spoken to our existing customers and have received positive feedback on the improvements envisioned for the A380plus,” said Frank Vermeire, Head of A380 Marketing at Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

A wide range of enhancements for A380plus

New winglets and other aerodynamic refinements to the wing are expected to result in up to 4 per cent reduction in fuel burn. These new winglets – shown for the first time on an A380 at the Paris Air Show – would be larger than the wingtip fences used today, but their design ensures the A380’s overall dimensions remain within the 80 x 80-meter envelope developed from the start by Airbus for the jetliner’s compatibility with airport infrastructure.

Recently-announced “cabin enablers” offered for A380s – including redesigned access stairs between decks, sidewall stowage removal, and new seating configurations – could be combined with a maximum take-off weight increased by three tonnes for the A380plus. This enables up to 80 additional seats to be fitted while maintaining the A380’s current flight range of 8,200 nm. – bringing total capacity up to 575 passengers. Alternatively, the aircraft’s range could be extended by 330 nm. at today’s passenger capacity.

Improvements to system components proposed in the A380plus configuration range from a fourth-generation passenger in-flight entertainment system to fuel pumps with high-slip induction motors derived from A350 XWB jetliner, which have simplified electronics for enhanced reliability. A new flight management system (the specialized computer that assists the flight crew in navigating the aircraft) also is offered in the A380plus definition.

Staying ahead of the competition with A380plus

Lastly, a modified maintenance calendar for the A380plus would enable the aircraft to spend more time aloft earning revenue. “By extending the maintenance intervals, an A380plus could produce $1 million net-present-value savings over 15 years,” said Vermeire.  What’s more, he added, “every year, an A380plus would spend an average of six additional days flying instead of in a maintenance hangar – resulting in approximately $27 million in additional revenue.”

All told, these improvements add up to a 13 per cent operating cost-per-seat reduction for an A380plus compared to the current A380. “The market around the A380 is constantly moving,” concluded Vermeire. “We see the improvements in the A380plus as a great step to make the A380 even more efficient, ensuring it stays well ahead of the competition, while still offering passengers a unique flying experience in the best cabin in the sky.”

Cabin innovation: “Airspace by Airbus” comes to the A320 Family

The “Airspace by Airbus” concept for innovation in jetliner cabins, originally tailored for the widebody A350 XWB and the upcoming A330neo, is now available for the A320 Family – bringing market-leading comfort, innovation and design to the company’s single-aisle product line.

“By expanding the design language of Airspace by Airbus to our A320 Family, we will create a real family feel among these three aircraft types,” explained Paul Edwards, the Head of Design and Brand Management at Airbus Commercial Aircraft. “The Airspace cabin brand is built around four key pillars: comfort, ambience, services and design, which together create a more comfortable, relaxing and attractive environment for passengers, while providing a platform for airline operators to promote their brand.”

Edwards said Airspace already is equipped on more than 80 in-service A350 XWBs, with extremely positive passenger feedback.

New overhead bins for the A320 Family with Airspace

Passengers on A320 Family jetliners in both the NEO (New Engine Option) and CEO (Current Engine Option) versions will be able to enjoy Airspace’s unmatched comfort experience from 2020.

Among the cabin features specifically for Airspace-equipped A320 Family aircraft are completely new overhead stowage bins. Developed in a fixed configuration rather than the tilt-down bins widely used today, they accommodate bags as large as 24 x 16 x 10 inches and provide 40 per cent more volume. This simple-but-stylish solution offers unprecedented space for luggage while enhancing the boarding experience for passengers and cabin crewmembers alike.

New welcome lighting in the entrance area and iconic ceiling lighting complement the full-colour RGB mood lighting system, helping to create a unique mood, ambience and atmosphere.

In addition, A320 Family lavatories are updated to match the Airspace features developed for the A330neo and A350 XWB – including ambient sound, aroma dispensers and antibacterial surfaces – further enhancing this area. Careful interior arrangement and clever design provides improved spaciousness as well.

Edwards said the lavatory enhancements are considered by Airbus as an important element for the enhanced in-flight experience with Airspace, adding: “other than the passenger seat, this is one the area aboard an aircraft that is visited by almost everyone while airborne.”

Giving “every single millimetre” to passengers

For the A320 Family’s Airspace cabin, Airbus has placed an emphasis on personal space. “We’ve increased the width of the cabin by approximately an inch in the important head and shoulder areas,” Edwards said. “The designers worked very closely with engineers, and found every millimetre we could to give back to the passenger.”

Further boosting the personal space are new ergonomic sidewalls that also improve visibility thanks to improved window surrounds with shades that fully retract when in the raised position.

Airbus makes Paris Air Show headlines on opening day

In addition to announcing the expansion of “Airspace by Airbus” and introducing the A380plus developmental study, Airbus opened the Paris Air Show with two commercial order announcements from leasing customers.

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the aviation leasing and financing arm of GE, signed a firm order for 100 A320neo Family jetliners, to be powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines. This order increases the total number of Airbus jetliners ordered by GECAS to almost 600 – of which 220 are members of the A320neo Family.

“The feedback from our customers [on the A320neo] has been extremely positive in terms of fuel efficiency and noise abatement,” said Alec Burger, President and CEO of GECAS at a press conference in the Airbus pavilion at Le Bourget Airport. “This contract is a continuation of a great relationship with Airbus, and we look forward to the road ahead.”

Separately, Air Lease Corporation placed a firm order for 12 additional A321neo aircraft, raising the overall number of Airbus jetliners which it has received, or are on order, to 279 – of which 209 are from the single-aisle A320 Family and the other 70 are widebodies.

Airbus also welcomed a very important guest today to the Paris Air Show, with French President Emmanuel Macron arriving in the morning for his official visit and exhibit tour aboard an Airbus A400M military airlifter operated by the French Air Force.

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During the inbound flight, Macron watched the A400M’s flight crew in action – riding in a cockpit jump seat. After landing at Le Bourget Airport, the French president was accompanied by Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders for a walkaround of the company’s aircraft on display.

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Boeing Highlights Analytics Capability with Customer Orders, New Name

Boeing AnalytX recognizes aerospace industry’s most comprehensive suite of data-driven solutions

LE BOURGET, France, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today launched Boeing AnalytX, bringing together the work of more than 800 analytics experts across the company, who are focused on transforming data into actionable insights and customer solutions.

Boeing AnalytX unites existing analytics services and products across Boeing’s commercial, defense and services businesses, its research and information technology capabilities and its family of companies.

“The amount of data created today is unprecedented. But it’s not about the data on its own, it’s what you do with it,” said Ted Colbert, chief information officer and senior vice president of Information & Analytics at the Paris Air Show. “Through the products Boeing AnalytX powers, we are applying scientific processes to data to solve our customers’ most pressing problems today while creating a world of limitless possibilities for the future.”

As part of the launch, Boeing announced five agreements to provide customers with solutions powered by Boeing AnalytX. Agreements announced today include:

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  • AirBridgeCargo signed an agreement to deploy Fuel Dashboard services across its entire fleet. Fuel Dashboard helps airlines reduce fuel consumption with total savings opportunities averaging over 4 percent. The tool is currently used on more than 1,500 airplanes around the globe.

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  • China Airlines renewed a contract to provide Airplane Health Management’s analytics-based predictive alerts on its fleet of 737NG and 747 freighters. China Airlines utilizes AHM analytics in taking predictive maintenance actions that help them improve efficiency and lower operating costs.

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  • Delta Air Lines signed a contract to use AHM on its Boeing 717 fleet. This agreement expands Delta’s use of AHM’s analytics-based predictive alerts to encompass Boeing airplanes across its 737, 747, 767 and 777 fleets.

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  • Korean Air signed an agreement with Boeing to provide AHM on its 787 and 777 fleet. Korean uses AHM’s predictive analytics alerts to reduce delays and cancellations by scheduling maintenance in a controlled manner, avoiding schedule disruptions.

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  • Turkish Airlines has added Jeppesen Fatigue Risk Management and Boeing Alertness Model tools through a new contract, to improve flight safety and working conditions for the airline’s pilots and cabin crew members.

“Boeing has been working with its customers for decades to turn data into real-world tools that transform their business, saving them time and money and improving passenger experiences,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Global Services.

“Around the world there are more than 4,300 airplanes covered by Boeing’s Airplane Health Management, sending data direct from the airplane to airlines’ operations and maintenance teams. For government customers we are reducing maintenance costs and increasing aircraft readiness through having the right information available at the right time. And our scientists are working every day to create the next product that turns data into deliverable solutions,” Deal added.

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Virtual solutions provide real benefits for Airbus’ Beluga XL development

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As Airbus continues development of its next-generation oversize cargo transporter – the Beluga XL – the company has devised innovative solutions that are advancing this particular program and will be used to benefit others in the future.

The Beluga XL was launched during November 2014 based on the versatile A330 wide body jetliner. Beginning in mid-2019, it will gradually replace the existing five-member, A300-derived Beluga fleet – which is used for carrying complete sections of Airbus aircraft from different production sites around Europe to the final assembly lines in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany.

Among the innovation solutions is a new method for systems installation design that leverages 3D technology and virtual reality. As the existing A330 Family digital mock-up (DMU) only included the aircraft’s structural definition in some sections and not its systems, François Rouyre – who is Airbus’ head of DMU and structure, systems and cabin integration – had an interesting idea. “We decided to scan the physical aircraft with its system installation to check the DMU and give us complete visibility on its systems.”

Rouyre used a 3D laser scanner to produce a highly-detailed, 360-degree image. As this large file would be difficult to manipulate in computer-aided design software, he added it into the DMU in virtual reality – inside a full-scale virtual reality room so designers could then work on it directly.

“You can design about 20 metres of electrical bundles in an hour with virtual reality, whereas for CAD software, one metre takes four hours,” Rouyre added. “This method could be used by other programs to quickly change a definition, answer a concession or a design query note.”

Reporting Centre, a data management solution that was used for A350 XWB development, also has been adapted to include internal and external suppliers’ metadata. “We have all the data linked together, accessible from one software program,” Rouyre said. “Soon it will also be connected to the DMU.” This solution is now ready to share with the rest of Airbus.

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