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Udvar-Hazy talks to FlightBlogger on A350-1000, 787 schedule, profitability and performance, -10 prospects, 747-8 orders

SCOTTSDALE — Steven Udvar-Hazy, the most high-profile and influential man in aircraft leasing, gave journalists a lengthy interview immediately following the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) conference today. Because Udvar-Hazy shared his thoughts on so many topics, Runway Girl Mary Kirby and I have decided to break the lion’s share of the interview […]

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ILFC lets Pratt & Whitney score first in A320neo engine battle

In its first order since 2007, International Least Finance Corporation (ILFC) signed a memorandum of understanding for 75 A320neo and 25 A321neo aircraft, 60 of which will be powered by the Pratt & Whitney PW1133G engine. There are a lot of moving parts to this order, including the fact that ILFC has traded in its 10 A380 as […]

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Photo of Note: Superjumbo, Dreamjumbo, Superjumbo

This photo hit my inbox this morning and it was just too good not to share. This photo, believed to have been taken around November 28, shows the 747-400 LCF Dreamlifter (N780BA) sitting between Lufthansa’s first A380 (D-AIMA) and Qantas’s second A380 (VH-OQB) inside Lufthansa Technik’s Hamburg Frankfurt, Germany hangar.  To my knowledge, the last […]

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Qantas Flight 32: The view from the flight deck

Aviation journalist Tim Robinson, who serves as editor of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Aerospace International magazine, sat down with David Evans, who was one of the two check captains on board Qantas Flight 32 (in addition to the crew in command) when one of the A380 VH-OQA’s four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 exploded shortly after takeoff […]

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Back in the saddle: 787 ire, A350 production, Qantas, CSeries engines, ARJ21 and a Dassault mystery jet

First day back at my desk in DC since November 12 following China and Thanksgiving, and I’m a bit slow getting back up to speed today, but wanted to share some Monday news items to chew on: ANA says 787 delays are “a great disappointment” and the carrier is “pushing” Boeing to “present the detailed […]

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Airbus customer memo defends A380 redundancy

HONG KONG — In an customer memorandum dated Wednesday, November 17, Airbus’s Toulouse-based Flight Safety Department issued an incremental update to its findings on Qantas Flight 32. The brief memo is a clear, if not directly stated, defense of the A380′s redundancy following the QF32 investigation into the uncontained failure of the aircraft’s number two […]

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Front wing spar, wiring, fuel lines among damage sustained by QF32

Australian reporter Ben Sandilands has published an extraordinary visual and technical account of the damage sustained by VH-OQA when its number two Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine suffered an uncontained failure on November 4 six minutes after takeoff from Singapore’s Changi International Airport. Sandilands’ report originates from the preliminary Airbus assessment for the Australian Transportation Safety […]

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Trent 900 IP turbine in the spotlight as QF32 investigation unfolds

View Enlarged Graphic Five days into the investigation of the uncontained engine failure aboard Qantas Flight 32, several reports have focused attention around oil leaks in the intermediate pressure turbine inside the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 that flies under the wing of the the Australian carrier’s A380s.  The Trent 900s on Qantas’s A380s, which are officially […]

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Video: Qantas Flight 32 and A380′s hydraulic system redundancy

Twenty-four hours after the A380′s first major incident, a continuing question remains around the state of the aircraft upon touchdown in Singapore and to what extent the aircraft’s systems were impacted due to the uncontained failure of engine two. Commercial jetliners for years have been designed with multiple levels of redundancy to endure even the […]

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Qantas A380 fleet grounded following Trent 900 failure (Update2)

 This is a developing story and will be updated What do we know? An Airbus A380 VH-OQA operating as Qantas Flight 32 from Singapore to Sydney appears to have suffered an uncontained failure of the second of four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. The flight was operated with 440 passengers and 26 crew on board. The 450-seat […]

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