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FutureStarrRolls-Royce Boeing and GE Net Bumper Orders From Air India
Air India recently inked a record 470 aircraft order, comprising 220 Boeing jets and 250 Airbus planes. Additionally, this agreement includes the largest Trent XWB-97 engine contract ever signed worldwide.
Rolls-Royce recently received the largest LEAP order ever, to power Air India's narrowbody fleet of 210 Airbus A320/A321neo and 190 Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft. Furthermore, this deal included a multi-year CFM services agreement.
The 777X is the world's largest and most efficient twin-engine jet. Thanks to its advanced aerodynamics and engines, it consumes 10 percent less fuel, produces 10 percent lower emissions, and has 10 percent lower operating costs than comparable aircraft.
The 777X offers a spacious, wide cabin to meet the demands of today's passengers while offering industry-leading reliability and integration with Boeing's 777 and 787 Dreamliner families for greater versatility. Plus, it's built to last with next-generation avionics, long-life components, and custom architecture - making it the airplane of the future.
Boeing and GE are joining forces to provide multiple systems for the 777X, such as the Common Core System (CCS), Enhanced Airborne Flight Recorder (EAFR), and Remote Data Concentrators (RDCs). Referred to as the "central nervous system and brain" of an airplane, CCS houses all avionics and utilities functions inside one box that eliminates several boxes and hundreds of pounds of wiring.
Maintaining aircraft flight safety, efficiency and dependability during high-stress situations such as takeoff and landing is of the utmost importance. With real-time telemetry, the 777X will automatically alert pilots to any issues in flight or on land.
Another crucial feature of the 777X's design is its flight deck, featuring advanced touch screen technology. This will enable pilots to interact with their cockpit displays using just one hand, saving them from having to hold a tablet or laptop while flying.
Mallos notes that the 777X will feature a certified Network File Server, providing users with an advanced level of data acquisition and information management. He notes this system as essential for turning flight data into actionable intelligence for operators.
The Boeing 737 MAX is the newest member of Boeing's popular family of airplanes and will enter service in 2017. This aircraft boasts updated LEAP-1B engines from CFM International, modified fuselage and wings, as well as the company's Sky Interior design featured throughout.
Fuel efficiency and improved environmental performance, along with enhanced passenger comfort and lower operating costs are just some of the benefits offered by this single-aisle airliner. Furthermore, its seat miles per dollar ratio is 8% higher than other single-aisle airliners', giving it an edge in this department.
737 MAX can carry more passengers and luggage than its predecessors, thanks to its aerodynamic design that incorporates advanced technology winglets that improve stability, reduce drag, and maximize fuel efficiency. A larger engine fan can be accommodated within its airframe structure, while thickening at the tail cone helps avoid vortex generators on wingtips.
One of the more contentious issues surrounding the MAX is its new flight control system, MCAS. This was implemented to help prevent pitching up in certain circumstances like low speed flight or high angle-of-attack flight.
However, a recent audit by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has revealed that Boeing does not adhere to generally-accepted design practices when implementing MCAS. For instance, instead of using four angle-of-attack sensors like other aircraft models like the 777 and 787-8, the MAX only utilizes two.
MCAS can activate in response to data from just one sensor, contravening the standard for modern cockpit alerts which requires a comparison between at least three sensors in order to guarantee that data from one sensor does not trigger an alert.
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner and GE 747-8 both boast two of the world's most powerful and efficient engines: General Electric GEnx and Rolls-Royce Trent 1000. The GEnx is an advanced dual rotor, axial flow turbofan engine being produced by GE Aviation for use on their Boeing 787 and 747-8 aircraft.
The GEnx provides reliable performance for the 787, with superior efficiency and low nitrogen oxide release. Its advanced fuel injection systems also help keep air quality in check, making it suitable for both long-haul and regional flight operations.
GEnx engines are a key element of the 787 Dreamliner, boasting some of the highest reliability and utilisation rates among all wide-body jet engines currently in service. This helps airlines reduce fuel costs and cut carbon dioxide emissions.
GE Aviation's GEnx-1B engine is the world's fastest-selling high-thrust jet engine, having been installed on over 2,700 jets worldwide. They power all major airline fleets and are the preferred engine choice for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, making it a globally ubiquitous power source.
In addition to offering a reliable, energy-saving and sustainable power source for aircraft, GEnx engines are highly adaptable. They require minimal servicing and can be retrofitted within days to meet airline needs regardless of the type of aircraft they are installed on.
GEnx-1B engines, despite their capabilities, must undergo proactive maintenance and repair procedures developed over their lifespan. These include line maintenance as well as module level repairs for the GEnx-1B engines used to power the Boeing 787.
India's national carrier, Air India, has placed a net order for 40 aircraft from UK-based manufacturers across various models. These new jets will replace Air India's ageing fleet and enable it to expand operations.
This contract will be worth around PS2 billion, creating 450 new jobs in the UK as GE Aviation takes over aircraft engine manufacturing there.
GE Aviation's GE9X is the world's most powerful, fuel-efficient and quietest commercial jet engine ever created. Its unique combustor design boasts the lowest NOx emissions in its class - 55% below current regulatory limits.
Fuel efficiency is achieved with the engine's higher bypass ratio design, improved combuster and cooling system. Furthermore, the GE9X has a debris rejection system which prevents harmful foreign particles from entering the core of the engine.
Another key technology used to manufacture the GE9X is low-friction composite material. These materials offer superior durability and wear resistance, as well as being lightweight and compact - making the engine more efficient overall.
The GE9X also boasts fewer fan blades than its predecessors, an innovation GE has been gradually rolling out across their products. This design allows it to spin faster and provide greater thrust than its predecessors did.
In addition to these advantages, the GE9X has been engineered with new fuel-air mixers and fuel injectors to reduce NOx emissions and enhance performance. Furthermore, GE has developed a high-temperature coolant that will enable it to work in hotter environments than its predecessors.
The GE9X will be the largest and most powerful commercial aircraft jet engine ever produced, capable of producing a maximum thrust of 134,300 pounds. Furthermore, it promises to be fuel-efficient with an improvement of 10% over its predecessors' models in fuel burn efficiency.
Air India has placed an order for 800 CFM LEAP engines to power its new fleet of Airbus A320/A321neo and Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft. The firm order includes 420 LEAP-1A engines, 380 LEAP-1Bs and spares at a value of $992 million U.S.
CFM International (a 50-50 joint venture between GE Aviation and Safran Aircraft Engines) developed and produced the LEAP (Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion), a high-bypass ratio turbofan engine that replaces the successful CFM56. This engine competes against Pratt & Whitney PW1000G for powering narrow body aircraft.
This engine boasts advanced fuel-saving technologies and a lower specific fuel consumption (SFC) than its predecessors, cutting aircraft operating costs. Furthermore, its design includes an efficient combustor, high-performance blades, and low duct loss that translate to improved cruise performance - particularly in the -1B model.
Another key advantage of the LEAP is its higher thrust-to-weight ratio, enabling heavier aircraft with the same power output. This allows aircraft like the 737 MAX to fly at higher speeds and consume less fuel per kilometer.
In the current market, the LEAP engine is seeing strong adoption as airlines opt for its superior fuel-efficiency and higher payload capacity. Furthermore, its design is more durable than that of its rivals and certified to operate in most global airspace, giving it a distinct edge over other engine options.
Furthermore, the LEAP is capable of running on low-sulfur fuels and meets all emissions standards. Compared to its predecessor, the CFM56, the LEAP is more environmentally friendly and requires less upkeep - making it a green choice for airlines.
Furthermore, the LEAP is more cost-effective than its rivals due to its higher power-to-weight ratio and efficient combustor. Furthermore, its engine offers lower specific fuel consumption than previous models - another major reason for its current popularity in the market.