27 February 2015

A350 wiring made by women in Morocco.

Labinal Power Systems Morocco  (subsidiary of the Safran Group) has celebrated the 10th anniversary of its site at Aïn Atiq in Temara with an annual growth of 30% and 1.300 employees.



Safran CEO Jean Paul Herteman visited the Aïn Atiq site that currently is one of the most important factories for aeronautical wiring-manufacturing in the world.



"The social climate that prevails and energy that emanates leave me speechless," said Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of industry who took part in the ceremony.



Labinal Morocco has successively hosted the transfers of production of wiring systems and electrical furniture of the Airbus programs like A320, the A330 and the A400M, which had been originally developed in France.





The A350 wiring have been the first electric wiring system workpackage that has been industrialized in Labinal Morocco. Patrick Gaillard, Managing Director of Labinal-Morocco, noted that “the A350  wiring have been manufactured in Morocco with Moroccan managers and staff.”




“Morocco is our 4th country in the world after France, United States and Mexico” said Jean-Paul Herteman, Safran CEO. “Our growth targets for Morocco site are of around 5% every year. We will  open a new plant in Casablanca in the coming weeks, specializing in brain mechanisms for flight control, which is something highly technological.”






“We are also investing in the training because our requirements of employees are important. We are very pleased with the quality of our employees both engineers and operators.”



The site employs 1.300 people, including 91% women, more than half are graduates of higher education.


Based on the article “Labinal power systems monte la cadence” published in Les Eco

26 February 2015

A350 landed for the first time in Paris and in Munich.

The A350 flight test prototype MSN2 has landed today at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and Munich Franz Josef Strauss airport for the first time ever.



Source: What the flight


The aircraft has been used as shuttle for media guests travelling to the Airbus Group Annual Results conference taking place tomorrow 27/February at Munich.



Source: Airbus



The aircraft will return Toulouse, via Paris CDG on Friday after the press conference.

Source: What the flight



Based on the press release “Airbus A350 XWB makes its “première” in Paris”

25 February 2015

2nd A350 delivery to Qatar on Friday 27/Feb during Airbus Group press conference.

2nd A350 delivery to Qatar on Friday 27/Feb during Airbus Group press conference.



Airbus is preparing the second A350-900 (MSN7) for delivery to Qatar Airways on Friday


The airline got its first A350 on 22/Dec/2014 and started flying the daily Doha-Frankfurt route on 15/Jan/2015.



Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker said at the Frankfurt ceremony last month that he expected to take delivery of the 2nd aircraft within 3 weeks, but more than 6 weeks have passed since then.

A Qatar Airways official said on Monday that the aircraft is “on schedule to begin on the Frankfurt route on Sunday 1/March as indicated earlier.”




It is unclear what caused the current slippage, and Airbus & Qatar are not revealing details of the progress in the delivery process and why the aircraft has not been handed over earlier.

Qatar Airways has replaced a Boeing 787-8 on the Doha-Frankfurt route with its first A350 and it is making Frankfurt the initial destination for the 2nd aircraft.



Qatar Airways is currently lobbying for better access to the German market and has used the A350 to showcase what it perceives as its superior product compared to Lufthansa


Al Baker is in Berlin next week for the ITB, the world’s largest travel and tourism show. He is expected to reveal initial operating data for the A350 and to advertise the arrival of the MSN7.



Airbus also has an incentive to finalize the delivery this week, as Airbus Group, the company’s parent, holds its annual press conference on Friday 27/Feb. 


All pictures Source Airbus

Based on the article “Airbus Prepares Handover Of Second A350 This Week” published by Aviation Week.

24 February 2015

Titanium parts from USA for A350 XWB

Ducommun Incorporated has reported that it has been awarded its first direct contract from Airbus for the A350 XWB wide-body aircraft.




Ducommun will provide titanium components for titanium assemblies that will be installed on the aft fuselage section of the jet.




The components are already in production at Ducommun’s Coxsackie, N.Y. operations center, which specializes in forming technology for shaping titanium, steel and other hard metals for challenging aerospace requirements.



“This new contract establishes the baseline for Ducommun to continue expanding its support of Airbus in North America” said Anthony J. Reardon, chairman and chief executive officer.


Based on the press release “Ducommun Awarded First Direct Contract on Airbus A350 XWB”


23 February 2015

1.5m-diameter titanium 3D-printed part to be flight-test on A350-1000 engine.



Rolls-Royce will flight-test later this year a Trent XWB-97 engine fitted with what it claims is the largest component ever built using additive layer manufacturing (ALM).



The titanium structure is a 1.5m-diameter and 0.5m-thick front bearing housing containing 48 aerofoils, manufactured using the ALM technique, also known as 3D printing.

The UK propulsion giant has already ground-tested several XWB-97s – the sole engine for the in-development Airbus A350-1000 – containing the tractor-tyre-sized part, but no engine including such a large ALM component has ever powered an aircraft in flight, said Rolls-Royce.




Although production XWB-97s will not contain the ALM component – at least not initially – the Derby-based company says the project is a key step towards proving the industrial viability of the process, which it says could trim 30% from "like-for-like manufacturing lead time".




"It is ideal for prototyping. Shortening the manufacturing time by almost a third gives us more time to design, which is always a benefit," said Alan Newby, chief engineer for future programs and technology. "We are also able to produce designs that we wouldn't otherwise be able to do."





Rolls-Royce is not new to ALM – a technique by which metal powder is melted by electron beam and built ultra-thin layer by layer into complex shapes – having used it to repair components for at least five years. "We are using this knowledge now to build up to bigger components," said Newby.

 All pictures Source: VadeAviones.com

Based on the article “Rolls-Royce to fly Trent XWB with largest-ever 3D-printed part” published in FlightGlobal.

22 February 2015

Air Caraïbes will order 3+2 additional A350 XWB


In the context of the purchase of Corsair, Dubreuil group has decided to increase its commitments on the Airbus A350.

Jean-Paul Dubreuil, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Group and Air Caraïbes, has announced last week that it has planned to acquire 3 additional A350-900 and 2 additional A350-1000.


Source: Airbus


The initial order in 2013, was for 3+3 A350 XWB.

Three A350-900 (with 389 seats in a high-density seat configuration) leased from ILFC (absorbed by AerCap) to be delivered between 2016 and 2018.

Three A350-1000 acquired by Air Caraïbes, for deliveries between 2020 and 2022.

Source: Liberation



The new order for 3+2 aircraft will be as follows:

Additional 3 A350-900s will be again leased and deliveries are scheduled between 2017 and 2019.

Additional two A350-1000 are conversion of options form the 2013 order done by Air Caraïbes. Air Caraïbes is trying to get earlier delivery dates that for the time being are planned for 2023 and 2024.

Source: Les Echos


In 2024, Air Caraïbes and Corsair should operate 11 A350 XWB on the Caribbean and Reunion Island, "where they will be terribly effective", according to Marc Rochet, Chairman of Air Caraïbes.


Based on the article “Air Caraïbes étoffe sa commande d’Airbus A350” published in Le Journal De L'Aviation

21 February 2015

Innovative & easy-to-use non-destructive testing device for A350 customer support.

Airbus Group Innovations’ structural health engineering capabilities have been deployed in coordination with Airbus and TESTIA to prepare an easy-to-use, non-destructive testing (NDT) device in support of the A350 XWB’s commercial service entry.



The Line Tool – developed with Airbus Group Innovations’ “smart NDT” expertise – provides a straightforward “go” or “no-go” decision for airline maintenance personnel in the event of an impact to a composite component.





“When exposed to impacts, composite materials are subject to delamination – the loss of cohesion between constitutive layers – which can cause a significant reduction in mechanical strength with surface indications barely visible,” explained Sébastien Rolet, Head of Airbus Group Innovations’ Structure Health Engineering Department. “In support of the A350 XWB’s entry into service, Airbus identified a need for efficient testing of areas on the aircraft that are potentially exposed to impacts, such as the fuselage skin near doors for loading passengers, baggage or cargo.”

 


Once the possible-impact area identified, water is sprayed onto the area of the aircraft to be inspected. Water acts as a coupling medium to ensure the efficient transfer of ultrasound waves from the sensor to the test material and back. Finally, the Line Tool’s wheel probe is rolled over the composite section to be inspected, sending ultrasound waves through the material.




The Line Tool interprets ultrasonic signals to determine both the reliability of the diagnosis and the presence (red) or absence of delamination. In case a red “no-go” signal, further assessment from a certified NDT expert is required to study the delamination.



Able to be operated by airline maintenance personnel, this innovative non-destructive testing device saves time and money compared to previous non-destructive testing protocols that required a certified expert.



“After a successful development phase, the first production units were assembled in late 2014.  Airlines already have had the opportunity to test our prototype, and they were very impressed with its ease-of-use and the speed with which it can deliver a diagnosis,” added Sébastien Rolet.

Based on the press release “Airbus Group Innovations’ expertise supports development of a non-destructive testing tool for the A350 XWB”