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Aircraft News - Europe.

Sep 17, 2007

EU lawmakers admit carbon trading is politically expedient. Members of the European Parliament admitted Sept. 12 that emissions trading may not be the best way to lower aviation emissions, but that public opinion is driving a push in that direction. U.K. MEP Brian Simpson said climate change is an emotional issue in the EU and "there is a perception, correct or incorrect...that the U.S. does not care about climate change." FAA environmental regulator Carl Burleson responded that the U.S. is committed to the issue but believes energies should be focused on research into alternative fuels. Sep 14, 2007

UAV geared for naval and border patrol use. The Polish Air Force Institute of Technology has unveiled a prototype ship-launched tactical unmanned air vehicle with the Polish navy and border. Sep 10, 2007

Airbus

A power battle at the top of Airbus would undermine efforts to turn round the planemaker, weeks after politicians intervened to restore order at Franco-German parent EADS, analysts say. The statement made by Airbus chief Tom Enders appeared to be an olive branch to Bregier, whose departure would overshadow his own efforts to settle into Airbus, but could also be seen as an attempt to corner the Frenchman into staying by pre-empting the higher EADS decision. Airbus said Bregier would stay in charge of Power8 and run operations, engineering, procurement and the A350 program. Sep 13, 2007

Airbus

Airbus secured 713 gross orders in the first eight months of 2007, although cancellations reduced the net number to 656, according to the manufacturer's cumulative order data. This compares to Boeing's eight-month gross of 773 with a net figure of 763. However, since Aug. 31 Boeing, which posts its orders weekly, has lifted its tally to 851 gross and 841 net. Those numbers are certain to change significantly before year end with large orders expected from British Airways and Emirates. Sep 13, 2007

Airbus

All bidders for the Airbus factories at Meaulte and St Nazaire-Ville in France must also apply for risk-sharing contracts on the future A350 jet, meaning they will need to invest in the A350 on top of the factory purchase price in return for a share of profits in the EUR10 billion aircraft program. Sep 13, 2007

Airbus

European planemaker Airbus Tom Enders re-appointed his number two with broad control of operations on Wednesday, but it remained unclear whether the move had defused another potential row over top management jobs. Airbus has been unsettled by fears that Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Bregier might quit following attempts by Enders to unseat him from the powerful executive committee at parent EADS, according to industry sources who asked not to be named. Enders, who took over Airbus after French and German leaders stepped in to reorganize EADS and end chronic in-fighting in July, proposed he should be the sole representative of Airbus on the EADS executive committee under the simpler new structure. Sep 13, 2007

Airbus

The new Airbus executive team will comprise nine instead of the previous 12 members, the planemaker said. Also confirmed in their jobs are top salesman John Leahy, and Tom Williams, who heads Airbus programs. Hans Peter Ring continues to run finances at both Airbus and EADS. The management changes are the first of a trio of big decisions awaiting Airbus as it tries to bounce back against a resurgent Boeing, which took back leadership of global aircraft orders with its 787 Dreamliner last year. Airbus chief Tom Enders' management team in place, Airbus will be under pressure to push forward negotiations with French and German unions over 10,000 job cuts in its Power8 restructuring plans. It also aims to choose buyers by October for five of the six factories it has put up for sale in a further effort to cut costs and share the burden of investing in composite materials. Sep 13, 2007

Airbus

Airbus will outsource 53 percent of is upcoming A350 aerostructure. A source familiar with its strategy said it hoped factory sales would create a new tier of European suppliers with sales of between EUR1 billion and EUR1.5 billion and capable of supporting new investments. But critics say it was Airbus's relentless pressure on its suppliers that damaged the very firms it is now asking for help. Sep 10, 2007

Airbus

Completing the trio of big decisions, Airbus aims to choose buyers by October for five of the six factories it has put up for sale. They will continue to work for Airbus as it boosts production. The sale of a sixth at Laupheim, Germany, has not started and of the five plants already on sale, three require heavy investment in new composite technology for Airbus's next model, the A350. In return buyers will get a "risk-sharing" stake in the plane. Latecoere and OHB's MT Aerospace are bidding for Meaulte in France and Nordenham in Germany respectively, but both need a capital boost to take part. In Britain, GKN wants the third A350 plant at Filton in western England. In a surprise move in Germany, family engineering firm Voith emerged last month as a challenger for Nordenham and sister plant Varel on condition it can add Augsburg to the list. This is an EADS military site, though its biggest customer is Airbus. Spirit Aerosystems of the United States is mounting another strong challenge for the five main plants being sold despite union doubts over its origins as an ex-Boeing operation. Sep 10, 2007

Airbus

European planemaker Airbus faces a triple decision over factories, jobs and management in coming weeks that could determine the success of its efforts to hit back at rival Boeing and attract outside investment. First up are management announcements expected this week from new chief executive Tom Enders, with the aerospace industry waiting to see whether number two Fabrice Bregier will stay following another dispute over senior jobs at Airbus' parent EADS. Sep 10, 2007

Airbus

With Airbus's chief executive Tom Enders' management team in place, Airbus will be under pressure to push forward negotiations with French and German unions over 10,000 job cuts in its Power8 restructuring plans. A French newspaper reported recently the job cuts may be scaled back. Airbus says cost cuts are needed to counter a weak dollar and stay competitive against a resurgent Boeing. Highlighting pressure to reform, France said on Monday Airbus's A400M military plane would be delayed by some months. Sep 10, 2007

Airbus, EADS

Backed by Airbus parent EADS chief executive Louis Gallois, Bregier insisted on keeping the committee post he had held since running EADS helicopter unit Eurocopter and called for a clear division of his and Enders' roles, the industry sources said. An Airbus statement set out broad responsibilities for Bregier effectively handing him control of the planemaker's operations including its next major project, the A350, regarded as crucial for Airbus's future rivalry with Boeing. But it left a question mark over whether it had been decided to leave Bregier in place on the EADS executive committee. Sep 13, 2007

Airbus, EADS

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host a meeting of EADS shareholders on Sept. 18 to discuss Airbus's Power8 restructuring program, a German government spokesperson told media. DaimlerChrysler, which owns a 15% stake in EADS, will be a key player at the meeting, which is expected to focus on Airbus's German plants at Nordenham, Laupheim, and Varel and EADS' plant in Augsburg, all sites that EADS/Airbus is considering selling outright or turning over in part to investors. The fate of those sites has been a contentious political issue in Germany, where concerns have been expressed about possible job cuts and foreign ownership. Sep 11, 2007

Airbus, EADS

Airbus's Fabrice Bregier, who spearheads a restructuring seen as crucial to Airbus's recovery from losses and currency problems, is seen at odds with Enders over places on the EADS executive committee. Chief executive Tom Enders has made a move to represent Airbus alone on the panel, where Bregier sits as a former chief of sister company Eurocopter and a top figure at Airbus, industry sources said. But Bregier sees the post as a pre-requisite for staying and wants a clear division of roles, industry sources added. Talks continue but Enders may prefer to avoid further disruption as Airbus recovers from delays to its A380 superjumbo. Bregier is backed by EADS Chief Executive Louis Gallois, sources said. Airbus officials declined to comment. Sep 10, 2007

Aviation Capital Group, Airbus

Aviation Capital Group signed a firm contract with Airbus for six A319s, 15 A320s and four A321s collectively valued at $1.8 billion. The lessor already had 96 A320 family aircraft in its portfolio or on firm order. MD and CEO Stephen Hannahs said the decision to order more was based on "high customer demand." No delivery dates or engine choices for the new orders were announced. Sep 11, 2007

Blue1, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Bombardier

SAS Scandinavian Airlines' Finnish unit Blue1 said a domestic flight from Helsinki to Kuopio in eastern Finland turned back on Friday after problems with the hatch of the landing gear. The incident followed two crash-landings this week involving the landing gear of SAS Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 aircraft. The Nordic carrier has grounded its fleet of the Canadian-made planes, which make up 10 percent of its aircraft. Blue1 said Friday's incident involved a different type of plane -- an Avro regional jet. "There was no danger for the 17 passengers and 4 crew on the board," Blue1 spokesman Tom Christides said. An SAS turboprop made by Canada's Bombardier made an emergency landing on Wednesday in Lithuania. Another SAS DHC-8-Q400 crash-landed in Denmark on Sunday in a similar incident. Sep 14, 2007

Bombardier, SAS Scandinavian Airlines

Details of September 12's incident are still emerging, but SAS Scandinavian Airlines has revealed that one of its Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 aircraft, operating as flight SK2748 from Copenhagen to Palanga in Lithuania, "experienced technical difficulties and the crew decided to divert to Vilnius." On landing, "the right main landing gear collapsed." All 48 passengers and four crew were evacuated, but no injuries have been reported. Monday's incident followed the crew of flight SK1209 operating from Copenhagen to Aalborg, also experiencing a problem with the main landing gear and making an emergency landing. Five out of 69 passengers were what SAS describes as "lightly injured." Transport Canada and the Danish Accident Investigation Board are examining the incidents, while a Bombardier Air Safety representative has been sent to the second site to provide help to the authorities. Bombardier has declined to speculate on the nature of the incidents. A spokeswoman for SAS in Stockholm said that further details were expected this afternoon. Sep 12, 2007

Bombardier, SAS Scandinavian Airlines

SAS Scandinavian Airlines is reeling after two successive incidents in three days that have seen the carrier ground its entire Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 Dash 8 fleet. This morning's, September 12, accident at 01:36, that saw a Q400 divert to Vilnius in Lithuania, comes hard on the heels of Monday's incident that saw another SAS DHC-8 make an emergency landing at Aalborg in Denmark and its right main landing gear collapse. The Canadian manufacturer is urging all DHC-8-Q400 operators - whose aircraft have 10,000 landing cycles or more - be grounded until routine inspection is carried out, while SAS (23 DHC-8s) and partner carrier, Wideroe (four DHC-8s), have stopped all operations of the type. Sep 12, 2007

CSA Czech Airlines, Airbus, Boeing

CSA Czech Airlines announced the conversion of eight Airbus A319 options stemming from its 2004 order for delivery in 2011-12. CSA, which is replacing its Boeing 737s, already has taken delivery of six A320s and two A319s. Four more A319s will arrive in 2008. Sep 13, 2007

CSA Czech Airlines, Airbus, Boeing

CSA Czech Airlines said it had decided to retain a long-haul fleet, and may add the twin-aisle Boeing 767 or Airbus A330 planes to its portfolio if it finds affordable ones with the desired configuration on the market. CSA, a member of the Sky Team alliance which also includes Air France-KLM , Delta Air Lines and Alitalia, operates a fleet of 50 mostly medium-haul aircraft. Sep 13, 2007

Eastern Airways, Saab

Eastern Airways took delivery of a fifth Saab 2000 and will add a sixth next week, supporting expansion of its scheduled route network further into continental Europe. Aircraft also will be used on private charter services. Sep 13, 2007

Latecoere

Aerospace firm Latecoere is shielded from takeover by a core shareholder group holding 25 percent of its shares, buttressed by double voting rights for long-term investors staying over four years. Its balance sheet is currently split between EUR259.4 million in equity belonging to shareholders and an equal amount of debt, giving it a higher than average gearing of 100 percent.Latecoere's net profit fell 20 percent in the first half partially under the weight of increased debt charges. Its offer assumes the Airbus plants will come with neither debt nor cash. Latecoere said it expected the factory auction to be completed at the end of this year or early next. Sep 13, 2007

Latecoere

Aerospace firm Latecoere will seek fresh equity investment worth around EUR300 million if it succeeds in the bid, which it says will propel it into the top rank of Airbus suppliers and forge a "national champion" in one of France's prized sectors. The 90-year-old firm once built boatplanes and pioneered air-mail. Its name is synonymous in France with aviation history. Latecoere Chief Executive Francois Bertrand said the company was in talks with potential investors including state bank Caisse des Depots to take up a reserved part of the share offer which he declined to quantify. Sep 13, 2007

Latecoere

French aerospace firm Latecoere announced plans to double its equity capital to help buy Airbus factories in France, and said a French state bank could inject part of the EUR300 million euros (USD$417 million) it hopes to raise. Latecoere is competing with Spirit Aerosystems of the United States, a company more than 18 times its size, to buy Airbus factories at Meaulte and St Nazaire-Ville in France as the planemaker sheds both factories and jobs to cut costs. Spirit is also competing for plants in Germany and Britain. Sources close to the auction have said the government would prefer to keep the 1,300 jobs at the French plants under French control. But doubts have been raised over Latecoere's ability to finance the deal without a significant cash boost. Its expansion mirrors efforts by German firms such as OHB's MT Aerospace and privately owned Voith to create a national supplier of parts and structures to Airbus, a unit of EADS whose activities are dotted across four countries. Sep 13, 2007

Lockheed Martin

Lack of spares dogs Polish F-16s. The Polish air force has integrated the mission control software and improved the availability rate of its Lockheed Martin F-16 fleet Sep 10, 2007

Qinetiq

Unmanned solar plane flies through two nights. An unmanned, solar-powered plane has flown for a record-breaking 54 hours, according to UK defense firm Qinetiq. Researchers say that the plane, called the Zephyr, is believed to be the first to fly straight through two nights. The flight will not be officially recorded as a record, however, because the company did not notify the world air sports federation about the test. Sep 10, 2007

Saab

Saab to fly Future Gripen by late 2008 Saab, meanwhile, expects to fly a two-seat demonstrator for an increased-size Future Gripen by late 2008, with risk-sharing partners. Sep 10, 2007

Saab

Saab to produce maritime version of Skeldar UAV Saab to fly enlarged maritime variant of developmental Skeldar unmanned air vehicle in late 2008. Sep 10, 2007

Selex Communications

Italy clears obstacle avoidance system for aircraft integration. Selex Communications' laser obstacle avoidance and monitoring (LOAM) system has been cleared for integration with Italian military and government. Sep 10, 2007

Superjet International, Sukhoi Aircraft, Alenia Aeronautica

Alenia Aeronautica is waiting for Russian President Vladimir Putin to sign a decree allowing the Finmeccanica subsidiary to take a 25%-plus-one share in Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. Non-Russian companies are allowed to take only 25% in certain strategic industries, including aviation, and a special presidential decree is necessary for the Italian company to acquire the extra share. Sep 12, 2007

Superjet International, Sukhoi Aircraft, Alenia Aeronautica

At June's Paris Air Show, a general agreement was signed between Alenia Aeronautica and Sukhoi Holding for the 25.1% shareholding, paving the way for Finmeccanica to realize its longstanding ambition to be involved in a regional jet program. It currently is a 50% shareholder through Alenia Aeronautica in turboprop manufacturer ATR, with EADS holding the other half. It is widely known that Finmeccanica would like to take over EADS' shareholding in ATR. Sep 12, 2007

Superjet International, Sukhoi Aircraft, Alenia Aeronautica

Sukhoi does not intend to follow the example of Airbus with its A380 or Boeing with its 787 and stressed this week in Venice that its SSJ program is proceeding according to schedule. The prototype Superjet 100 is in final assembly at Komsomolsk and rollout of the 95-seat variant is scheduled for Sept. 26. First flight will take place by year end and first delivery to Aeroflot is expected in November 2008. Delivery to the first Western customer, ItAli Airlines, is planned for December 2009. Sukhoi GM Mikhail Pogosyan said the company will take a decision on the development of a shorter or stretched version "in a short time." Sep 12, 2007

Superjet International, Sukhoi Aircraft, Alenia Aeronautica

The Russians are coming, bad news for other regional jet makers Bombardier and Embraer. The multi-national Superjet International joint venture, which is intended to market and support the Sukhoi-developed and built Superjet 100-seat regional jet, has been formally set up. The venture, in which Alenia Aeronautica holds 51% and Sukhoi 49%, will have Alessandro Franzoni as CEO, with the company board led by Amedeo Caporaletti the venture partners decided yesterday in their first formal meeting of the Venice-based company. Sukhoi will retain the lead in some markets, in particular in former Soviet states, China, India the Middle East and Southeast Asian markets, while Superjet International will be charged with sales efforts in Europe, Africa, North and South America and Japan. The Italians, in particular, are supposed to provide credibility to the in-service support packages, drawing on their involvement in the ATR turboprop joint venture with EADS. There had been concern with Superjet 100 stake holders that without a western firm providing its after-sales support, western airlines would be reluctant to buy the regional jet. Sep 12, 2007

Superjet International, Sukhoi Aircraft, Alenia Aeronautica

Alenia Aeronautica and Sukhoi unveiled their new Superjet International joint venture, which will concentrate on after-sales support and marketing and sales of the Superjet 100 regional aircraft family in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Oceania and Japan. Alenia holds a 51% share of the new company, with 49% held by Sukhoi. Amedeo Caporaletti was named chairman and Alessandro Franzoni is CEO. The venture will be headquartered in Venice. Sep 11, 2007

TAM, Airbus

Brazilian carrier TAM has taken delivery of its first two Airbus A321s which will seat 220 passengers in a single-class layout. Sep 12, 2007

Thales, Elbit

Watchkeeper system may lead to more Thales-Elbit cooperation. Thales UK expects to secure its first export orders for the British Army's Watchkeeper unmanned air vehicle system from 2009. Sep 10, 2007

Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic spaceship designer reveals changing ideas. Virgin Galactic's suborbital rocket glider SpaceShipTwo (SS2) could have a low wing and its carrier aircraft. Sep 11, 2007

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