Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Farnborough and BHX update!

So it's been a while since I've last posted and a lot has happened at Birmingham airport in that time, of course this week is the Farnborough airshow week so there will be plenty of news from that too.

Firstly, a summary of the big news at Farnborough so far this year:

  • Airbus have launched the A330neo (A330-800neo and A330-900neo), replacing the A330-200 and -300. These aircraft will have new RR Trent 7000 engines and some aerodynamic tweaking of the wings to deliver a ~14% fuel burn reduction. The A330neo will fill the need for a widebody aircraft smaller than the A350 and 787 lines.
  • Bombardier's C-Series is picking up pace gaining orders from Chinese carrier Loong Air and leasing company Falko amongst others.
  • Mitsubishi's MRJ is also doing well with around 300 orders now. The first flight is due in 2015.
  • The A320neo is selling well, with British Airways ordering 20 units, and Air Asia buying 50. 
Of course next weekend, the big airshow itself will be held. Other big announcements from a while back include Emirate's cancellation of all the A350 it had on order (not as a big a blow to the programme as you might think) and the shock decision from Monarch to order 30 737max for fleet renewal! 

Closer to home at BHX, Thomas Cook have announced they are to replace their 3 strong 757 fleet with 3 A321  and 1 A320 from next summer, while Thomson Airways are to upgrade their 767 operation from BHX to a 787 as of this week. 

PIA 777-300ER AP-BHW on the recently opened taxiway sierra...

...and an EK 777-300ER landing on the recently extended runway 33!

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