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  • Discord disrupts Airbus shake up

    News | 27 Feb 2007 00:00 | Helen Massy-Beresford

    <H2><FONT size=3>National wrangling delays power8 restructuring plan</FONT></H2> <P>The future of many Airbus production facilities remained in the balance last week as discord between parent company EADS's national shareholders, keen to protect high technology jobs in their respective home countries, prevented any immediate consensus over the airframer's restructuring plan. </P> <P>Airbus chief executive Louis Gallois was all set to reveal details of the Power8 plan designed to cut costs, improve efficiency and combat a weak dollar until Franco-German wrangling over the future of high value-added composite technology work led to the announcement being shelved until agreement is reached. </P> <P>Gallois himself stresses the need to overcome national sensitivities - and quickly. "I made proposals which I deem balanced, both from an industrial and a technological point of view, and which serve our objective of economic competitiveness," he says, adding: "I wish that they can lead to the
  • Composites work may bypass UK

    News | 30 Jan 2007 00:00 | Max Kingsley-Jones

    <P>The UK's lack of experience in the production of large composite structures may see it lose key work on the Airbus A350 XWB to sister divisions in Germany and Spain, warns a senior Airbus executive.</P><P>Under the plan for the old A350, Airbus UK was expecting to produce the large carbonfibre sections for the wing and work had begun on the installation of a large autoclave at the Bristol Filton site. That plan is now on hold as part of the evaluation of Airbus work distribution for the XWB, but Airbus UK still aims to produce the composite rear spar and bottom wing "cover" (or skin) for the new twinjet.</P><P>Airbus executive vice-president programmes Tom Williams says that the UK's relative lack of experience in composites means that there is now "a risk, without a doubt" that the work could go elsewhere.</P><P>Williams, a former head of Airbus's UK factories, says that the "industrial discussion" currently under way over the production plan for the A350 is evaluating "what the ri
  • A380 wings tested to limit

    News | 15 Feb 2005 00:00

    <p>Airbus says that limit-load wing bending trials undertaken on the A380 static test airframe in Toulouse earlier this month went &quot;very well&quot; and data is now being evaluated by engineers at Airbus UK's Bristol Filton plant. Limit load is the maximum load that the aircraft is expected to experience during its service life. During the second test, the loading condition was held for approximately 45-min, while functional tests of spoilers and ailerons were undertaken.</p>
  • British European to boost BAe 146 work as overhaul business expands

    News | 13 Feb 2001 00:00

    <p>Max Kingsley-Jones/EXETER </p> <p>The maintenance arm of UK regional airline British European is gearing up for a larger slice of the BAe 146/Avro RJ market as it undertakes a major expansion of its Exeter facilities. The move comes amid a major review of in-house maintenance activities by BAE Systems. </p> <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=5145' /></p> <p>Rob Thomas, managing director of British European Aviation Services (BEAS), says the company's recently approved five-year plan is to become Europe's leading regional overhaul centre. "A new hangar will be completed next year, boosting our capacity to five 146 bays plus a turboprop bay," he says. This will probably be extended in 3-4 years' time with two bays to handle Boeing 757-size aircraft. </p> <p>BEAS parent British European operates 17 BAe 146s, and the engineering arm sees maintenance of the type as its core market. "We maintain 27% of the 208 BAe 146s operating in Europe, but we aim to drive it to 40%," says
  • Airbus floats novel plan to ship A3XX sub-assemblies

    News | 12 Dec 2000 00:00

    <p>Max Kingsley-Jones/BRISTOL</p> <p>Airbus Industrie is finalising plans to transport A3XX components from partner sites to the Toulouse production line, which will see large sub-assemblies travelling by barge, ship and truck. </p> <p>The French site was selected as the location for A3XX final assembly in June, and preparations are being made to construct the plant, which will reportedly be known as the Aeroconstellation complex. </p> <p>Airbus has decided that major A3XX components would not use air transportation as is the case with the other aircraft in the range, and the company has been working through the complex task of establishing a fast and efficient way of transporting sub-assemblies from the other Airbus sites across Europe by land and sea. </p> <p>Airbus is completing a scheme, which is expected to be approved by the end of January, to move components from German and UK plants to the French port of Bordeaux using purpose-built ships leased by Airbus. A3XX sub-assembli
  • Converted A300F lands in Paris with FAA approval

    News | 17 Jun 1997 23:00

    <p>British Aerospace Aviation Services (BAeAS) has received US Federal Aviation Administration approval for its Airbus A300B4 freighter conversion, some six months later than originally targeted. </p> <p>Meanwhile, C-S Aviation Services, which is BAe's major customer for the conversion, has announced its first lease-placements, with the confirmation of two aircraft for HeavyLift Cargo Airlines (Flight International, 11-17 June). The first is at the show. </p> <p>The conversion was engineered by Flight Structures of the USA, which as the design authority holds the US Federal Aviation Administration supplemental type certificate. UK Civil Aviation Authority certification has shadowed that of the FAA, and is expected soon. This will clear the way for the launch customer Channel Express to introduce its &Igrave;rst aircraft into service in July, initially on wet-lease to British Airways. </p> <p>Two A300s have now been converted by BAe at its Bristol Filton plant for London Stansted-bas