Snippets heard in the hallways of the 2015 ISTAT annual meeting in Phoenix:
- The Rolls-Royce Advance engine intended for the Airbus A380neo appears to be heavy, causing Airbus to return to Engine Alliance to discuss how the GP7200 might be improved. But at best the engine probably could only gain perhaps 5% better fuel consumption, well short of the 10% goal set by Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, the largest A380 customer. This means Airbus would have to find 5%, more or less, from the airframe–a challenge.
- It’s still unconfirmed but appears highly likely that Swiss Airlines will be the first operator of the Bombardier CSeries. But Jon Ostrower of The Wall Street Journal beat us to the Publish button reporting the same, along with a first half EIS of the CSeries. We’ve previously estimated a 1Q2016 EIS with a slight chance of 2Q2016.