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ABACE 2014 Highlights: Gulfstream Dominates, Airbus Unveils New Interior


Photo Courtesy: Gulfstream

The Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) is underway in Shanghai and so far, it seems like Gulfstream has dominated the show. This year, Asia's largest business aviation event is hosting almost 200 exhibitors and over 35 static aircraft displays. Here are the ABACE 2014 highlights so far:

G280 Speed Records (...again):
By now we know that Gulfstream doesn't like to fly anywhere without breaking a record. And they've done it again - this time, with the G280. The super-midsize, long-range jet had already set 45 city-pair speed records before it set two more on the way to ABACE this year, making stops in Germany, Dubai and Hong Kong before flying to Shanghai.

"The G280 flew 2,751 nautical miles/5,094 kilometers from Friedrichshafen Airport in Germany to Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates at an average speed of Mach 0.84 for a total flight time of 5 hours and 49 minutes," Gulfstream said in a statement on April 14th.

From Dubai, the G280 made the 3,449 mile flight to Honk Kong International Airport with a time of 7 hours and 7 minutes at Mach .82.

Minsheng Orders 60 Aircraft from Gulfstream:
In one of the largest business aviation deals ever, Minsheng Financial Leasing Company Ltd. ordered 60 aircraft from Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. The deal was made in the last part of 2013, but the partnership was announced and celebrated at ABACE on Tuesday, according to a statement by Gulfstream on Tuesday.

The order reportedly includes 40 firm orders and 20 options - totaling over $2.6 billion, according to AIN- and includes aircraft from across the Gulfstream product line, including the G280, G450, G550 and G650.

ACJ319 Interior Change:
While Gulfstream stole the show with speed records and heavy orders, Airbus announced a new version of the company's ACJ319 corporate jet called the ACJ319 Elegance.

The ACJ319 Elegance has a newly designed interior, giving customers more options when it comes to customizing their aircraft. In addition, the new design allows for a smooth transition in the event that a customer wants to upgrade to a new cabin in the future, according to Airbus.

The Elegance design offers different module choices for lounge, office, conference or dining needs. It has a bathroom and galley up front, and a bedroom with a bathroom in the back.

Business Aviation Growth in China:
ABACE 2014 headlines also include the general outlook of business aviation in Asia, which is strong according to the deputy administrator for the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Asian Sky Group (ASG) announced its 2013 Greater China Business Jet and Civil Helicopter Fleet Report at ABACE on Tuesday. According to the report, Gulfstream is dominating the general aviation market in China with almost 40 percent market share. Bombardier follows at 30 percent.


Image © Asian Sky Group

In 2013, the business jet market in China grew by 21 percent, with the largest growth seen by Embraer, Dassault Falcon and Hawker. The G-550 and G-450 are the most popular business jets in China, according to the report.

Finally, between 2007 and 2013, the business jet market in Greater China has grown at a rate of 34 percent, significantly higher than the global rate of five percent.

First Flyable A350 XWB 'MSN-001' Structurally Complete

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Aircraft Makes Its 1st Journey 'On Wheels'

Airbus has successfully completed the main structural assembly and system connection of A350 XWB ‘MSN-001’ – the first flight-test aircraft. The aircraft is shown here on its wheels for the very first time moving out of the main assembly hall (Station 40) at the recently inaugurated “Roger Béteille” A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse. It then entered the adjacent indoor ground test station (Station 30).

The assembly work performed in Station 40 included the successful electrical power-on of the aircraft's entire fuselage and wings. Soon work in Station 30 will start by testing the aircraft's hydraulic system, followed by the full electric and hydraulic power-on of the aircraft which will be completed by around the end of the year. This will mark the start of several weeks of comprehensive functional system testing.

After the A350 XWB MSN-001 exits station 30, the aircraft will go through a series of extensive production and certification / development tests, be painted and have its engines installed. It will then be delivered to the flight-line and be readied for its first flight in mid-2013.

(Image provided by Airbus)
FMI: www.airbus.com

Spring Expands CFM56-5B Fleet with $40 Million Engine Order

China’s Spring Airlines signed the agreement with CFM International for CFM56-5B engines to power two new Airbus A320 aircraft. The engine order is valued at $40 million U.S. at list price and the airline is scheduled to take delivery of the first aircraft in January 2014 and the second aircraft in July 2014.

“We very much appreciate the long-term support CFM has been providing us and we are very happy with the outstanding performance of the CFM56 engines,” said Mme. Zhang Xiuzhi, CEO of Spring Airlines. “We look forward to further strengthening this relationship in the future.”

“Spring Airlines is a great customer,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. “And we are honored that this airline has again put it trust in the CFM56 product line. Our promise is to continue earn that trust every day.” 

Shanghai-based Spring Airlines, established by Spring Travel in 2005, is China’s first low cost airlines. Its entire fleet consists of 33 CFM56-5B-powered Airbus A320 fleet. The airline boasts one of the youngest fleets in the world today and operates more than 50 routes across China. Spring Airlines is also the first private carrier to operate international routes and currently serves destinations in Japan and Thailand, in additional to Hong Kong and Macau. 

The two new A320 aircraft of Spring Airlines will be powered by the CFM56-5B Performance Improvement Package engine, which has been the production configuration since October 2011. The PIP improvements, which provide a 0.5% improvement in fuel burn, include hardware changes to the core, including new high-pressure turbine blade, as well as manufacturing changes to the fan and compressor blades and vanes to improve performance retention. The engine also features fewer parts to help lower maintenance costs.

CFM56-5B engines (cfm56.com) are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group) and GE. CFM, the world’s leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, has delivered more than 24,200 engines to date. The CFM56-5B engine powers every model of the Airbus A320 family and has been chosen to power nearly 60 percent of all A320 aircraft in service or on order.

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A380 Wins 'Prestigious' UK Award

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Noise Abatement Society Award Recognizes Aircraft For Reduced Noise

The UK’s national noise reduction charity, the Noise Abatement Society, presented the Airbus A380 with one of its top award at their annual award ceremony Tuesday night ... recognizing the aircraft for its reduced noise signature around airport communities.

There will be 10 daily A380 flights to Heathrow by the end of the year, which has the strictest noise regulations of any airport worldwide and is the benchmark on which noise measurement for aircraft is based.

At a special event held at the House of Commons in London, the Society presented Airbus with the John Connell Silent Approach Award for the A380 and its innovations in quiet technology. Presented by Sir Bob Russell MP, the award recognizes local authorities, industry, organisations and individuals judged to have been outstanding in their efforts to reduce the impact of noise nuisance, or seeking to pioneer practical and innovative solutions to noise pollution and the enhancement and management of the soundscape.

“The NAS was immensely impressed with the reduced external noise emissions of the A380 compared to typical equivalent aircraft and with its quiet and peaceful interior acoustics," said Lisa Lavia, Managing Director of the Noise Abatement Society. This proves that with commitment and engineering excellence noise pollution need not be the inevitable by-product of progress. And that traditionally noisy operations and equipment can be made quieter for the benefit of all.”

“The A380 has been in service with airlines for over five years and is the quietest long-haul aircraft for the foreseeable future - generating only half the noise on departure of some other large long haul aircraft and up to four times less noise on landing while carrying 40% more passengers," said John Roberts, Airbus in the UK A380 Chief Engineer. "The A380 is also recognized as having made a step change in passenger comfort by the huge reduction of noise levels within the cabin, making long haul flying a more enjoyable experience."

Typically seating 525 passengers in three classes, the aircraft is capable of flying 8,500 nautical miles non-stop. To date, Airbus has recorded 257 firm orders for the A380 from 20 customers.

(A380 stock photo provided by Airbus)
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Airbus in 2050: transparent fuselage and self-cleaning seats?

We missed this when it first came out of Farnborough this summer, probably just as we began our own preparation for EAA Airventure. Other outlets apparently did as well, however, and we thought it was too interesting not to pass up a second time.

German outlet Der Spiegel’s online version recently sat down with Airbus research director Axel Krein to discuss what its jetliners might look like by mid century.

Included among the possibilities listed in Airbus’s 2050 concept plane: a ceramic fuselage that can turn transparent, giving passengers a view of the world’s wonders below and the constellations above; self-cleaning seats that can shape shift to fit a passenger and sterilize themselves after use; an airframe skin that can detect cracks and repair itself with nano-capsules much like our own skin when cut; and holographic scenes of a bedroom or spa in a passengers’ in-flight, private cabin.

Wired Magazine noted that such concepts are common among commercial aircraft manufacturers, just as they are among automobile manufacturers.  If anything, such visions allow us a look at what we may see in coming years.

Such a trend supports greener, quieter aircraft that offer more efficiency to users and more flexibility to passengers. If anything, we can look forward to industry advancements in the next several decades that are just exciting as those we have seen in past decades of aviation.

Read the Der Spiegel interview here.

Check out Wired’s analysis from July here.

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