Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wide Body Report - September 22, 2015

September 22, 2015

The burned-out GE90 engine that caught fire on board a 777 in Nevada has been delivered to GE's Evendale facility for tear-down and inspection.  Officials have noted that there was an FAA Airworthiness Directive issued in August 2011 after cracks were detected in a compressor spool of another GE90, but that engine was of a different configuration than the one involved in the most recent incident.

The extended range options afforded by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has allowed airlines to open up new, direct routes, connecting destinations that previously had to rely on intermediate stop-overs between congested hubs to connect them.  In Boston, for example, a dozen new routes have been announced in the past three years, half of them operating the 787 Dreamliner.  Similar increases in destinations have been reported in San Diego, San Jose, and Denver.

Due to slower manufacturing rates, long-time Boeing supplier Triumph has announced it will no longer supply parts for the 747 program.  Boeing will be in-sourcing work for the making of fuselage panels to its Macon, GA plant, and will be putting other Triumph components out for bid.

British Airways has announced a refurbishment plan to extend the life of their 747 fleet.

Vietnam Airlines has received its second Airbus A350 this past weekend.

The first Airbus A350 for TAM Airlines rolled out of the Toulouse paint shop this past week.  TAM is scheduled to be the first airline in America to operate the A350.  The first aircraft are scheduled for delivery in December.

The first Airbus A350 to be operated by a European carrier - Finnair - made its first flight this past week.  Finnair has a total of 19 A350s on order.

Airbus has released the first stastics on its new Beluga XL transport, which will be 4.3 m longer than the A330-200 airframe from which it was derived.  The Beluga will be used to ferry aircraft components between Airbus facilities for final assembly.  A total of five are expected to be built.

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