Virgin Adds Rolls-Royce To Supersonic Transport Study

By Guy Norris Aug 03, 2020
Virgin Galactic has unveiled the outline configuration of its ongoing high-speed air-breathing passenger transport study and announced Rolls-Royce as its propulsion partner for the Mach 3 design concept. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Safran Sees 50% Drop In Full-Year Engine Aftermarket Revenue

By Sean Broderick Aug 03, 2020
Safran is projecting a 50% decline in commercial engine aftermarket revenues in 2020, but cautions that airline balance sheets, closely linked to air travel demand, will have significant influence on how quickly the lucrative segment recovers.
Aircraft & Propulsion

What Are The Advantages And Challenges Of Electric-Powered Airliners?

By Graham Warwick Jul 31, 2020
Ask the Editors: There’s a way to go before propulsion electrification, but the type certification of aircraft begins to lay the bricks.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Russia Tests Demonstrator For PD-35 Turbofan

By Maxim Pyadushkin Jul 31, 2020
Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) has made a vital step in the development of the PD-35, its largest turbofan engine.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Ramp-Downs Highlight Latest Airframe Manufacturer Adjustments

By Guy Norris Jul 31, 2020
Airbus made major moves earlier this year, leaving Boeing to make large adjustments as the ramifications of COVID-19 become clearer.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: Why Boeing’s Biggest Problem Is Also Its Best Hope

By Sean Broderick Jul 30, 2020
The 737 MAX is the only Boeing commercial program slated to see its monthly production rate increase during the next few years. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Safran Fast-Tracks Cabin Interiors Business Restructuring

By Thierry Dubois Jul 30, 2020
Safran is taking the opportunity of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis to accelerate the reorganization of its cabin interiors activity, aiming at making it stronger than before the pandemic.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boom, Rolls-Royce Team On Overture Supersonic Study

By Guy Norris Jul 30, 2020
High-speed airliner developer Boom Supersonic and engine-maker Rolls-Royce have agreed to study propulsion system concepts for the Colorado-based company’s proposed Mach 2.2 Overture aircraft design.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Supply Chain Situation Manageable, Airbus CEO Says

By Thierry Dubois Jul 30, 2020
As production rates have decreased amid the COVID-19 crisis, Airbus’ suppliers are in a difficult but still viable situation, according to Guillaume Faury, the airframer’s CEO.
Aircraft & Propulsion

GE Aviation Finances Battered By Production, Services Slowdowns

By Sean Broderick Jul 29, 2020
GE Aviation saw 2020 second-quarter revenues decline 44% as the company absorbed more than its share of commercial aviation’s multiple crises, with lower global travel demand reducing both new-equipment and services revenues, while the 737 MAX slowdown continues to create headwinds for the CFM LEAP 1-B engine program.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Deepens Production Cuts, Delays 777X

By Guy Norris Jul 29, 2020
Facing another heavy quarterly loss of $2.4 billion, the COVID-19-triggered market downturn, and continued uncertainty over the timing of the return-to-service of the 737 MAX, Boeing is making further cutbacks to its commercial aircraft production rates, studying additional layoffs and delaying deliveries of the 777X until 2022
Aircraft & Propulsion

Early Q2 Data Underscores MRO Market’s Near-Term Uncertainty

By Sean Broderick Jul 28, 2020
Initial hard data on the scope of the aftermarket’s downturn suggests the immediate drop was less severe than expected, but the climb back to pre-pandemic levels may take longer than initially projected.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Raytheon Sees Commercial Recovery Taking At Least Three Years

By Sean Broderick Jul 28, 2020
Commercial aviation’s pandemic-driven downturn appears to have hit its low point during the 2020 second quarter (Q2), but signs point to a slow and unsteady recovery that will last until at least 2024, Raytheon Technologies Corp. (RTX) executives said. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Aerocircular, ELG Develop Carbon-Fiber Recycling Strategy

By Victoria Moores Jul 28, 2020
LONDON—UK-based carbon-fiber recovery firm ELG Carbon Fibre and Belgian aircraft-recycling specialist Aerocircular have formed a partnership to reclaim carbon fiber from end-of-life aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Operators Shuffling, But Not Canceling, MAX Deliveries

By Sean Broderick Jul 28, 2020
The demand dip is triggering delivery slowdowns and orderbook shuffling, but top U.S. carriers remain committed to Boeing’s narrowbody.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Will Spirit AeroSystems Pursue Its Deal To Acquire Bombardier Aerostructures Business

Jul 27, 2020
Ask the Editors: It is likely that Spirit AeroSystems will try to acquire Bombardier’s aerostructures operations—but for less money.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: Chinese Isolation Could Benefit C919—Or Not 

By Bradley Perrett Jul 27, 2020
Rising tensions in China’s international relations, especially with the U.S., raise questions about how Western airliner sales could be affected and the knock-on impact on the COMAC C919 program. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Regulators Order Inspections After Downtime Is Linked To 737 Engine Incidents

By Sean Broderick Jul 24, 2020
Storage-related corrosion of Boeing-supplied valves on certain CFM56 engines has been linked to four engine shutdowns, prompting regulators to order inspections before the 1,140 aircraft are returned to service after extended downtime.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Airbus To Increase Interest Payments In Bid To Resolve WTO Dispute

By Alan Dron Jul 24, 2020
Airbus has agreed to increase the amount of interest it is paying on launch aid from the French and Spanish governments for the A350 in a bid to end…
Aircraft & Propulsion

Swift Flies HALE UAV, Plans Commercial Service

By Graham Warwick Jul 24, 2020
Swift Engineering has flown the first in a planned family of commercial persistent stratospheric unmanned aircraft.
Space

UK’s Jet Zero Council Begins Zero-Carbon Long-Haul Flight Push

By Graham Warwick Jul 23, 2020
With the goal of demonstrating zero-carbon flight across the Atlantic within a generation, the UK government’s Jet Zero Council held its first meeting on July 22.
Emerging Technologies

Aegean Airlines Seeks Flexibility On A320neo Order, Citing COVID-19

By Kurt Hofmann Jul 23, 2020
Aegean Airlines has disclosed that although its Airbus A320/321neo order remains unchanged, it is seeking some “adjustments and flexibility” as management tries to shield the business from the COVID-19 crisis. 
Airlines & Lessors

Tech Talk: Val Miftakov, ZeroAvia Founder & CEO

By Graham Warwick Jul 23, 2020
Val Miftakov is the founder and CEO of ZeroAvia, which is developing a zero emission electric powertrain for regional aircraft that uses hydrogen fuel cells. Aviation Week's Executive Editor, Technology Graham Warwick speaks to him about the startup’s plans in this Tech Talk.
A&D Week Podcasts

Could Rolls-Royce And Pratt Join Forces Again?

Jul 23, 2020
Rolls’ need to fund UltraFan development drives speculation about renewed cooperation.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Should The A380 Fly With Fewer Passengers And More Cargo?

By Jens Flottau Jul 22, 2020
Ask the Editors: The A380’s competitive disadvantage is that airlines need a very high passenger load factor to make the economics work.
Aircraft & Propulsion

 

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