October 13, 2015
Updated findings released last week by the National Transportation Safety Board indicate that the GE90 engine that caught fire aboard a British Airways 777 in Las Vegas last month failed out of the eighth stage of the ten-stage high pressure compressor (HPC) spool. GE Aviation has revealed that the spool was one of the first ever made for that particular engine model. About 400 engines of this type are still flying. GE has announced that it is voluntarily inspecting 38 HPC spools of similar pedigree.
Ethiopian Airlines has announced plans to buy 15 to 20 Boeing 777X aircraft.
Officials at Qantas have announced that the extended range of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make non-stop flights from Perth, Australia to London possible, as well as flights from Melbourne to Dallas. Qantas has eight 787-9 aircraft on order.
Singapore Air plans to restart its longest duration routes with the delivery of the Airbus A350-900ULR in 2018. These include routes between Singapore and New York as well as Los Angeles. The routes were previously suspended as unprofitable when flying larger, four-engine aircraft.
Both Airbus and Boeing are expected to lose orders with the pending bankruptcy of Russia's largest carrier, Transaero. This includes orders for four A380s and commitments for the A330 NEO, as well as orders for four 747-8 passenger jets.
Lufthansa Technik has delivered the first of three Boeing 747-8 aircraft that are expected to be refitted by the airline for VIP service. The conversion process lasted over two years. Each VIP luxury transport is expected to be unique, featuring custom accomodations as ordered by the individual customers.