Last week, Airbus hosted a group of international media for a series of briefings on the European aircraft-maker's coming A320neo, whose entry into service has been moved up to October 2015. Today's Movie Monday puts you in the briefing, thanks to Addison Schonland at Innovation Analysis Group.
The first part, which runs a little bit over 44 minutes, is presented by the airframer's chief operating officer customers, John Leahy, covering the New Engine Option's product overview. Also included in Leahy's presentation is the company's thinking on what engine technology it will take to replace the A320, bringing the A30X to market no earlier than 2030.
The second part, running 20 minutes, is presented by Tom Williams, Airbus executive vice president programmes who takes you through how Airbus is approaching the engineering and industrialization focusing on the development of the Leap-X and PW1100G, as well as the sharket. According to Williams, Airbus may be building only A320neo aircraft by 2018 as it ramps up production.
Note that Williams discusses the plug-and-play sharklet-ready aircraft, which will incorporate the wing and center wing box design modifications this year ahead of the sharklet certification. This will allow the sharklets to be installed on A320s as a retrofittable package along with an additional software change.
I'm sure there are those who won't be happy for me posting this verbatim, but think of this as a good way for all the strategy and competitive intelligence practitioners at Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer to hear the presentations as if they were in the room.
Also, I look forward to posting the 737 Replacement/Y1/New Light Twin market and technical industrialization briefing for Movie Monday here as well when/if it happens. Enjoy!