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After 50 years it has made Heroic Entry in Commercial Aircrafts.

After 50 years it has made Heroic Entry in Commercial Aircrafts.

 

Japan’s first domestically-built airliner in 50 years, and Launch was started by Taiko traditional drummers to pound away in a cavernous hanger is one way to create a loud noise to showcase in Global aviation industry. But Mitsubishi Aircraft, an aerospace firm, it already had the world’s attention long before it unveiled the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ),

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Japan is made to set its mark in the skies with its first new commercial jet in more than 50 years, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, or MRJ. Since Japan’s last commercial passenger plane was flying routes across the nation, the country has upgraded the world in high-speed rail and established a significant aerospace industry in Japan — but it’s taken a back seat when it comes to original aircraft development. That’s set to change with the narrow-bodied MRJ.

 

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It was rolled out and made its press meet appearance at Saturday’s launch event, complete with a stirring taiko drum performance at the Komaki Minami plant in Nagoya, where one of Mitsubishi’s most famous aircraft was developed: the A6M “Zero” World War II fighter plane.

The last commercial Japanese plane to operate was Mitsubishi’s YS-11, a turboprop aircraft built between 1962 and 1972. It had been hoped the YS-11 would revive the Japanese aviation industry, but only 180 were sold, 99 of them in Japan.

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The project to develop the MRJ began in 2008. Speaking at the event, Hideake Omiya, chairman of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, said numerous problems and impediments had to be overcome during the plane’s development. “We had to be prepared to bear the risk that could jeopardize our company’s foundation. Going forward this jet will fly to every corner of the world. This is the moment of dreams come true.”

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Composites are used in the construction of the MRJ, which will be powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW1200G engines. The jet will be available in two iterations, the 70-seat MRJ70 and 90-seat MRJ90. It has a pointed nose that wouldn’t be out of place on a bullet train. ANA is the launch customer for the four-seats-abreast plane, with 15 firm orders. At the rollout event on Saturday,

 

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Shinichiro Ito, president and CEO of ANA, has mentioned the company is “determined to help ensure the MRJ becomes an aircraft loved and appreciated by our passengers.” Five MRJs will begin test flights in the second quarter of 2015, with commercial operations set to launch in 2017. Going up against Embraer and Bombardier in the narrow-bodied-jet sector, Mitsubishi says six airlines have more than 400 MRJ planes on order or with options to purchase: ANA, JAL, Air Mandalay, Sky West, Trans States, and a relaunched Eastern Air Lines.

Japan Airlines Limited said it has reached a basic agreement with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation to purchase new 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jets (MRJ) as the next-generation regional jets for our fleet (for JAL Group). We plan to deploy them on domestic routes from 2021, operated by J-AIR of JAL Group. JAL president said “I visited the factory where it is currently being developed. On seeing the new Japanese passenger aircraft with my own eyes, my heart beated fast and I was confident that it would be the perfect next-generation regional jet for our company.

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This will be the first time for JAL Group to own a Japanese passenger aircraft since the times the former JAS Group operated the YS-11. In addition to deploying the MRJ, we will provide overall support using our know-how as an airline operating regional jet, and thus contribute to the birth of a Japanese passenger jet which we can boast about to the world.

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MRJ president said As you may know, the MRJ is a regional jet developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation as the first Japanese passenger aircraft. Delivery of the first MRJ is scheduled in 2017. The MRJ is installed with new engines, which is going to be offer high economic performance and greater fuel savings than aircraft of the same dimensions. We will use the MRJ as the flag fleet for JAL Group’s regional network route operations.

 

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The first test flight is planned next spring, and development is going smoothly for the delivery of the first MRJ in 2017. I believe that we can take our first delivery of the MRJ in best conditions in 2021.JAL group was announced
Mitsubishi has already received 230 orders for the new aircraft. Mitsubishi has long built parts for Boeing and assembled American military aircraft under contract. But some analysts have questioned Mitsubishi Aircraft’s ability to design and build a whole plane by itself. Much has been made of the fact that it once made the legendary Zero wartime fighter, but that was over seven decades ago. Japan was banned from having anything to do with aviation after the second world war and took until 1962 to develop the NAMC YS-11 regional airliner, a project that eventually failed due to spiralling costs.

That is possible. Unlike the messy consortium of independent-minded firms that built the last attempt, a single company is responsible for the MRJ project. And a great deal of national prestige has been invested in it. The government has contributed several billion yen toward the plane’s research and development, Toyota is a partner and All Nippon Airlines was first to order. The hopes and prayers of a lot of companies are invested in the project. That makes failure difficult to contemplate.

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Report courtesy : Mitsubishi press , Economist , CNN

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Picture courtesy : app Gatty images , Japan.

 

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Four Airbus A380 Superjumbos lined up to be scrapped

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In a strategic move aimed at reclaiming valuable resources from the iconic Airbus A380 aircraft, VAS Aero Services and Dr. Peters Group have announced a significant collaboration.

This partnership marks a milestone in aviation logistics and aftermarket services, with four of these colossal planes slated for teardown and redistribution of used serviceable material (USM).

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The venture between VAS Aero Services, renowned for its expertise in aircraft dismantlement, and Dr. Peters Group, a prominent Germany-based investment fund management firm, underscores a commitment to sustainable aviation practices. This isn’t their first foray into scrapping A380s; their successful partnership has already seen the dismantlement of these aircraft, making them pioneers in this niche.

Under the agreement, the latest consignment brings the tally to eight A380s entrusted to VAS by Dr. Peters Group. Managing Director Christian Mailly of Dr. Peters Group emphasized the trust placed in VAS, citing their unparalleled capabilities in dismantlement and aftermarket sales network. It’s a strategic move in response to the growing demand for quality USM parts, particularly with the resurgence in reliance on the A380.

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Notably, the teardown process will be carried out at various locations, optimizing the positioning of harvested parts to cater to different markets. While some parts will be positioned in Europe to support operators in the region and the Middle East, others will remain in the Asia-Pacific region. This meticulous strategy ensures efficient access to spare parts, benefiting MROs and airlines across these markets.

The decision to retire these A380s comes at a time when operators are reassessing fleet strategies amidst evolving market dynamics. Despite initial plans for quick retirement due to the emergence of more fuel-efficient alternatives, factors such as a rebound in long-haul demand and delays in new widebody deliveries have prompted operators to reconsider. The A380, with its unique capacity and capabilities, presents a practical solution for short-term capacity management.

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Rolls-Royce Launches Test Flights for Revolutionary Pearl 10X Engine

Rolls-Royce Launches Test Flights for Revolutionary Pearl 10X Engine
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Rolls-Royce reports that the company’s dedicated Boeing 747 flying testbed has seen the successful start of the Pearl 10X, their newest aero engine designed for the business aviation industry.

Dassault, a French aircraft manufacturer, has decided to use this engine only to power their newest flagship, the Falcon 10X. As stated at last year’s Capital Markets Day, the commencement of flight testing represents a significant milestone for both Rolls-Royce and the Pearl 10X programme as the company concentrates on expanding in the business aviation industry.

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The first Rolls-Royce engine to power a Dassault business jet is the Pearl 10X, the newest engine in the state-of-the-art Pearl engine family. The Pearl 10X was chosen by the French aircraft manufacturer as their new flagship model, demonstrating even more of Rolls-Royce’s dominance in the business aviation engine market.

Over the next few months, pilots and flight test engineers from Tucson, Arizona, USA, will put the engine through its paces. The flight test programme will comprise testing of the nacelle’s anti-icing system, in-flight relights, engine performance and handling checks at various speeds and altitudes, and fan vibration tests at various altitudes.

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The new auxiliary gearbox, which enables higher additional power extraction, and the ultra-low emissions ALM combustor, which is compatible with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), have undergone extensive testing as part of the ground-based development programme thus far. The engine will be the most potent business aviation engine in the Rolls-Royce lineup. It exceeded its intended thrust levels during the very first test run. With over 2,300 testing hours successfully completed on the Pearl 10X engine configuration as well as the Advance 2 demonstration, the programme is moving forward at a rapid pace.

With the most economical engine core available for business aircraft, the Advance2 engine, coupled with a high-performance low-pressure system, gives the Pearl 10X an exceptional thrust of over 18,000 lbf. With a 5% increase in economy over the previous generation of Rolls-Royce commercial aviation engines, the Pearl 10X

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Indian HAL delivered two Dornier-228 Transport aircraft to Guyana Defense Force

Indian HAL delivered two Dornier-228 Transport aircraft to Guyana Defense Force
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India celebrates a significant milestone as its first domestically produced aircraft makes its international debut, elevating the reputation of Indian aviation on the global stage.

This achievement reflects India’s determined efforts to penetrate the aerospace industry, building upon its established presence in the automotive sector, which ranks as the world’s third-largest in automobile manufacturing.

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For years, India has strived to establish its aerospace companies globally, aiming to tap into international markets. While endeavors such as the Tejas fighter jet and various helicopter projects have been in pursuit of international customers, success has remained elusive until now.

The recent triumph comes in the form of Indian-built Dornier Aircraft securing its inaugural international order. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) fulfilled the delivery of two Dornier-228 Transport aircraft to the Guyana Defense Forces, marking a significant milestone in India-Guyana bilateral relations.

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This transaction, facilitated by a loan from India, underscores the growing collaboration between the two nations.

The Indian Dornier 228, also recognized as the HAL Dornier 228, is a versatile twin-turboprop aircraft manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited under license from Dornier GmbH, formerly part of RUAG Aviation in Germany.

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Renowned for its adaptability, this aircraft serves a multitude of roles, from passenger and cargo transportation to maritime surveillance and military operations, cementing its significance in India’s aviation landscape.

In civil aviation, the Indian Dornier 228 plays a pivotal role in regional connectivity, commuter transport, and air ambulance services. Furthermore, its deployment in maritime surveillance operations showcases its capabilities in safeguarding coastal territories, assisting both the Indian Coast Guard and Navy in reconnaissance missions.

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With a versatile configuration and short takeoff and landing capability, the Dornier 228 excels in operating within confined spaces, bolstered by advanced avionics for enhanced operational efficiency and control.

Its robust design ensures longevity, complemented by fuel-efficient turboprop engines that offer extended endurance, facilitating prolonged flights and sustained operations over vast areas without frequent refueling.

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