Flight International, June 2022
With the aerospace industry only starting to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, but still faced with high fuel costs and economic instability driven by the war in Ukraine, Airbus has taken the bold step of announcing a plan to increase output of A320neo-family jets to 75 per month. We assess whether the airframer’s global supply chain will be able to keep pace with its ambition.
Boeing, meanwhile, is trying to overcome an additional set of challenges being felt by its Commercial Airplanes unit. Expanded certification requirements now mean the first 777-9 will not be delivered until 2025, shipments of the 787 remain halted due to manufacturing defects, and a December deadline to secure approval for the 737 Max 10 is looming large.
Also this issue, we talk future programmes with Northrop Grumman, detail Sikorsky’s Future Vertical Lift preparations, analyse landing restrictions affecting the Gulfstream G500 and G600, report on Ampaire’s ‘Eco Caravan’ advance, and look ahead to Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet trials in India.
Plus: we preview the Aircraft Interiors Expo, and have an Environment & sustainability special report, covering hydrogen-powered research and eFuel production.
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