Dassault Quickly Replaces Falcon 5X with Larger, Longer-Range Falcon 6X

By Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace AnalystForecast International.

Dassault Falcon 6X. Source: Dassault Aviation

Dassault moved quickly to replace its canceled Falcon 5X business jet with the new Falcon 6X, a larger and longer-range aircraft targeted at roughly the same portion of the market that the 5X had been.  In December 2017, Dassault canceled development of the 5X, and began the process of terminating its contract with Safran for the supply of Silvercrest engines to power the aircraft.  At the same time, still seeing a market need for a new aircraft in this niche, Dassault announced a new, then-unnamed Falcon business jet.  In February 2018, this new aircraft received the name Falcon 6X. Continue reading

Babcock International Awarded Contract by Italy for Airborne Firefighting Service

by Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Analyst, Forecast International.

CL-415 fire fighter drops water on flames

Europe and North America both experienced devastating wildfires in 2017, part of a current trend that pits suburban sprawl against hazardous fire-prone geography. Airborne firefighting platforms such as the CL-415 are often vital to firefighting responses following a major fire outbreak.

Continue reading

Spirit AeroSystems Set to Expand Fabrication and Defense Portfolio

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

With its restructuring a resounding success, Spirit AeroSystems is investing in growing its core operations to meet demand.

As Spirit AeroSystems’ fortunes mirror those of Boeing (which accounts for about 80 percent of its revenues), the current production ramp-ups are good news.  Backlog remains high at Boeing, and the announced production rate increases on such aircraft as the 737 will only funnel more work to Spirit.  In addition, Boeing’s decision to pursue the 737 MAX – in which Spirit will play a significant role – will continue to add to the backlog. Continue reading

Airbus Navigates through a Challenging Year and Lands with a More Stable Outlook

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

A380. Source, Airbus

Airbus had quite the tumultuous year, with corruption investigations, aircraft delivery delays due to engine issues, doubts over the A380’s future, and financial penalties associated with its A400M airlifter.  Despite the difficulties, the company did score a major win during the year with its surprise acquisition of a majority stake in Bombardier’s CSeries program. The year ahead looks to be one of transition as management changeover at the top level continues apace. Continue reading

World General Aviation Aircraft Shipments Up 5% in 2017 – Revenues Slip

U.S. Manufacturers Deliver 529 Aircraft in Fourth Quarter – Up 20 Units from Q4 2016

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

In 2017, for the fifth consecutive year, Gulfstream was the largest general aviation aircraft manufacturer in the world by revenues. The company delivered 120 business jets worth a total of $6.6 billion. Photo: Gulfstream Aerospace Corp

According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), in the fourth quarter of 2017, manufacturers worldwide reported higher deliveries than in 4Q 2016, but on lower revenue. Fixed-wing general aviation aircraft manufacturers delivered 792 aircraft worldwide in Q4 2017, up 4.6 percent from 757 in Q4 2016. Revenues declined 3.0 percent to $7.3 billion, mainly due to lower revenues reported by Bombardier and Embraer. Continue reading

Airbus and Boeing Report February 2018 Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

Rare Orders for 747-8s and A380s the Highlights of the Month

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

On February 1, 2018, UPS ordered 14 747-8 Freighters and four 767-300Fs. The company currently has a fleet of 16 747s and 61 767s and operated a total of 241 jets at the end of 2017. Photo: The Boeing Co

 

Boeing and Airbus delivered 49 and 38 commercial jets in February 2018, respectively, compared to 51 and 49 deliveries during the same month last year. Given that Airbus and Boeing expect major delivery hikes this year, it is surprising that both companies are trailing last year’s figures. In 2017, Boeing delivered 763 jets (748 in 2016), in line with company expectations, while Airbus surpassed its delivery target of 700 jets by handing over 718 aircraft during 2017 (688 in 2016). Continue reading

Deliveries of Cirrus SF Family Aircraft Jump in 2017

by Douglas Royce, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International.

The Cirrus SR22T (piston).  Photo Courtesy of Cirrus Aircraft

Cirrus Aircraft, a subsidiary of China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co since 2011, announced that new customer aircraft deliveries for the company’s SR family of piston singles jumped to over 350 aircraft in 2017, up from 317 aircraft in 2016. Continue reading

Airbus, Boeing January Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries & 2018 Forecast

Both Companies Report Weak Numbers As Expected Following Wild December Surge

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

On February 13, the Airbus A321LR marked a new milestone by completing a nonstop Paris-New York flight – demonstrating its ability to serve new markets and operate on North Atlantic routes. The A321LR has the longest range of any single-aisle commercial aircraft and is able to fly 4,600 miles nonstop. Photo Courtesy of Airbus SAS

Boeing and Airbus delivered 44 and 27 commercial jets in January 2018, respectively, compared to 44 and 25 deliveries during the same month last year. Following the traditional December deliveries surge, weak delivery figures were expected last month. In 2017, Boeing delivered 763 jets (748 in 2016), in line with company expectations, while Airbus surpassed its delivery target of 700 jets by handing over 718 aircraft during 2017 (688 in 2016). Continue reading

Airbus, Boeing Report December and Full-Year 2017 Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

Boeing Wins by Deliveries as Airbus Takes Orders Crown in Wild Year-End Finish

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

A record order for 430 A320neo family jets announced at the Dubai Air Show in November 2017 – and firmed up after Christmas – helped Airbus win the orders race in 2017. Photo: Airbus SAS

Boeing and Airbus delivered a record 83 and 127 commercial jets in December 2017, respectively, compared to 67 and 111 during the same month last year. In all of 2017, Boeing delivered 763 jets (748 in 2016) in line with company expectations, while Airbus surpassed its delivery target of 700 jets by handing over 718 aircraft during 2017 (688 in 2016). Continue reading

MTU Aero Engines Capitalizes on Production Boom, Looks to MRO Expansion

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Work on the Engine Alliance (EA) GP7000. Source: MTU Aero Engines

Like a finely tuned machine, MTU Aero Engines continues to steadily motor on.  While the order boom in civil aviation has subsided from its record run, MTU Aero Engines has increased production not only to meet current demand, but also to provide for future maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) opportunities. Continue reading