How much is a new airliner? Airbus release 2015 aircraft price list

Jan 29, 2015

Have you ever wandered how much a new airliner is? Well now you can see how much it would cost to get your our plane as the latest Airbus Aircraft price list, for 2015, has been released by the aircraft manufacturer.

Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by 3.27 per cent across the product line. The new pricing is effective from January 1st 2015. The 3.27 per cent price increase has been calculated according to Airbus’ standard escalation formula over the January 2014 to January 2015 period, and enables Airbus to continue to enhance its profitability.

“Our new 2015 pricing reaffirms the value of Airbus’ modern, comprehensive and fuel-efficient aircraft family,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.
Airbus aircraft range

Airbus A350 Aircraft

“We continue to see strong demand for Airbus’ modern, innovative product family in all size categories. This demonstrates our customers’ satisfaction with the winning combination of minimum operating costs and maximum passenger comfort they deliver.”
Airbus continues to be the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer of passenger airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats.

How Much Is An Airliner?

Airbus Aircraft TypeAverage List Price (million USDs)
A330-200 Freighter232.2

(Price depends on design weights, engines choice and level of selected customisation)

Airbus champions innovative technologies and offers some of the world’s most fuel efficient and quiet aircraft. Airbus has sold over 15,000 aircraft to almost 380 customers worldwide. The company is also pro-passenger with its drive to increase economy seat sizes for long haul travel. Almost 8,900 Airbus aircraft have been delivered.
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Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft ready for demonstration Flights

Jan 26, 2015

The  (MSA) program has completed the baseline ground and flight testing of the aircraft mission systems. The aircraft is now ready for customer demonstration flights,

Flights for prospective customers around the world are scheduled to begin in the coming months. The mission system testing followed last year’s airworthiness and certification testing.

“The mission systems flight test program proved the functionality and performance of the onboard sensors and was a huge accomplishment for the MSA team,” said David Utz, MSA demonstrator flight test manager.

Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

The testing included hundreds of scenarios to confirm performance of the Automatic Identification System, radar, Electro-Optical Infrared camera, communications radios and data links, Communications Intelligence System and the Electronic Support Measures.

MSA is a multi-intelligence maritime surveillance platform that leverages investments in the P-8A Poseidon and the Airborne Warning and Control System Block 40/45 aircraft mission systems to provide a high capability, low-risk intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solution in a mid-size business jet.

The aircraft’s potential missions include anti-piracy, immigration patrols, Economic Exclusion Zone enforcement, coastal and border security and long-range search and rescue.

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Germany Force to get the latest advanced Police Helicopter

Dec 12, 2014

Six Police Helicopter versions of the EC145 T2  have been ordered by Germany’s Landespolizei Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia Police Force), becoming the latest law enforcement customer for this enhanced member of Airbus Helicopters’ twin-engine EC145 family. Deliveries of these helicopters are planned in 2016-2017.

As one of the largest of Germany’s 12 state flying police forces, the Landespolizei Nordrhein-Westfalen serves North Rhine-Westphalia – the country’s most populous state, which includes the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund and Essen.

Advanced Police Helicopter

“The EC145 T2 is well suited for the Landespolizei Nordrhein-Westfalen’s broad range of missions, providing capabilities that come with the world’s most modern law enforcement helicopter,” explained Thomas Hein, Airbus Helicopters’ Vice President – Head of Western Europe.

EC145 T2 Police Helicopter

EC145 T2 Police Helicopter

“We developed the EC145 T2 with police forces in mind, working closely with pilots and officers to meet their operational needs.”

The Landespolizei Nordrhein-Westfalen is the second such German customer, joining the Landespolizei Baden Württemberg (Baden Württemberg Police Force), which launched the EC145 T2’s police helicopter version with an order for six police helicopter aircraft.

The EC145 T2 is the latest member of the Airbus Helicopters’ EC145 family, incorporating new Arriel 2E engines. It also has the company’s Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, along with upgraded main and tail rotor gearboxes, as well as the innovative new digital avionics suite Helionix® with 4-axis autopilot.

In its law enforcement configuration, the EC145 T2 Police Helicopter can be equipped with a modern mission management system that facilitates the multi-role capabilities in police missions. Its primary role for observation and surveillance is supported by forward-looking infrared (FLIR) and daylight cameras, controlled by an operator who also handles communications and data exchange with ground-based police resources.

The Landespolizei Nordrhein-Westfalen currently has a police helicopter fleet consisting of EC155 and BK117 aircraft, both of which are to be succeeded by the EC145 T2. Police forces throughout the country will soon be operating all-Airbus Helicopters fleets.

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Airbus report predicts China needs over 5,300 new aircraft in the next 20 years

Dec 12, 2014

Airbus has forecast that China will need more than  5,300 new passenger aircraft and freighters from 2014 to 2033, with a total market value of US$ 820 billion. It represents 17 per cent of the world total demand for over 31,000 new aircraft in the next 20 years.

According to the Airbus’ 2014-2033 Global Market Forecast, new deliveries of passenger and freight aircraft for China will be 5,363 over the next 20 years, including 3,567 single aisle aircraft, 1,477 twin-aisles and 319 very large aircraft.
China will become the leading country for passenger air traffic, for both domestic and international markets as the passenger traffic in China will grow well above the world average.
Domestic air traffic in China will become the world’s number one within 10 years. China will overtake the United States of America in 2023, in terms of the number of passengers and in 2027, in terms of RPK (Revenue Passenger Kilometre). In the next 20 years, the forecast average annual growth rate for the domestic Chinese market is 7.1 per cent but will grow even faster over the next 10 years at 8.3 per cent on average per year. By 2033, the domestic Chinese market will remain the largest flow, representing 11.9 per cent of world traffic in terms of RPK.
During the period between 2013 and 2023, the average annual growth rate for international traffic from/to mainland China will be 8.1 per cent. Four out of the 20 largest flows (RPK) will be from/to PRC. The average annual growth rate for markets between emerging Asian countries and PRC is 7.5 per cent, for routes between PRC and the USA is 6.6 per cent, while the routes between Western Europe and PRC is 5.6 per cent.
“Domestic passenger traffic in Mainland China has more than quadrupled over the last 10 years, and it will become the world’s number one aviation market within the next 10 years,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “Airbus’ share of the in-service fleet of aircraft over 100 seats on the Chinese mainland has reached 50 per cent in 2013. In the next 20 years, the greatest demand for passenger aircraft will come from China.” he added.
Drivers of China’s dynamic air transport growth include the country’s long-term economic development. The average annual economic growth in China is forecast at 7.4 per cent between 2013 and 2023. China will become the world’s biggest economy in 2023, with its GDP accounting for 19 per cent of the world’s total.
“Airbus has the most complete product line from 100 to over 500 seats and we will contribute to the long-term sustainable development of China’s air transportation by providing Chinese airlines with the right aircraft at the right moment and the strongest support” Mr Leahy said.
The urbanisation of China is one of the major driving forces for the country’s economic growth. The urban population in China’s mainland was 711 million in 2013, representing 54 per cent of the total population. The urban population will grow to 1.014 million in 2033, representing 71 per cent of the population.

Average wages in China have increased five-fold in the past decade and they will continue to rise in the years ahead and fuel higher levels of disposable income and private consumption, which is expected to account for 41 per cent of Chinese GDP in 2023.

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Airbus’ first enhanced EC135 T3/P3 helicopter enters service in high-altitude rescue operations

Dec 10, 2014

Airbus Helicopters’ first enhanced EC135 T3/P3 enters service with Aiut Alpin Dolomites in high-altitude rescue operations.

The world’s newest light-weight twin-engine rotorcraft is now in service with the operational start-up of Airbus Helicopters’ upgraded EC135 T3/P3 of Aiut Alpin Dolomites – a northern Italy-based Alpine mountain rescue service.

Aiut Alpin Dolomites’ operations benefit from Airbus Helicopters’ enhancements incorporated in this latest variant of the versatile EC135 family, which include significant power reserves for increased safety margins during flight and while maneuvering; an improved flight envelope, especially in hot-and-high environments; and an increased maximum takeoff weight of 2,980 kg.

The upgraded EC135 is available in two versions with its corresponding upgraded engine options: Turbomeca’s Arrius 2B2 “Plus” for the EC135 T3; and Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PWC 206B3 for the EC135 P3.

“The EC135 T3/P3 represents Airbus Helicopters’ commitment to the continual improvement of our products, further improving a helicopter family that already is the worldwide reference for airborne emergency medical services, law enforcement and other critical missions,” said Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Germany, which builds the EC135 at its Donauwörth industrial facility.

Aiut Alpin Dolomites – a voluntary mountain rescue association performing some 700 air rescue operations annually, often in difficult and challenging conditions – selected the EC135 T3 configuration. The association currently operates an EC135 T2, which is deployed on the steep slopes and ski areas of the Dolomite mountains. Aiut Alpin Dolomites is also called upon to provide emergency and medical services at special events such as auto racing.

Improved EC135 T3 / P3Helicopter

“The EC135 T3’s improvements are impressive,” commented Raffel Kostner, one of the founders of Aiut Alpin Dolomites, after a demonstration flight in the association’s new helicopter today.

EC135 T2 Helicopter

EC135 T2 Helicopter

“It provides the rescue teams with tremendous power reserves and augmented performance for the high-altitude missions that are an integral part of our operations.”

Enhancements to the EC135 T3/P3 helicopter range from an enlarged main rotor and modernisation of the FADEC full-authority digital flight control software to a cockpit with fully integrated avionics for navigation and communications. Among the most visible changes are the elimination of horizontal stabilizer endplates utilized on other EC135 versions, the integration of lateral engine air intakes and the use of a new mini tail bumper.

Aiut Alpin Dolomites’ EC135 T3 also is equipped with Airbus Helicopters’ new optional multifunctional floor, which is specifically tailored for emergency medical services (EMS) missions and replaces the need for a second floor – thereby saving weight.

Airbus Helicopters has delivered nearly 1,200 EC135s to customers around the globe, which have logged more than 3 million flight hours. One-quarter of this total fleet is deployed for EMS duties.

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To Fly is to Inspire – Anyone can fly!

Nov 21, 2014

Look what DJI have come up with now!

We’ve used the Phantom, it is a great drone to fly but now DJI have launched the Inspire 1 which provides everything you need to get the best from your aerial footage.

Inspire 1

This new drone redefines what it means to take to the sky, film and fly. It is the most advanced ready-to-fly system for anyone to use. You get a compact drone that is packed with the latest technology in photography, videography, and flight, this all-in-one platform empowers you to create stunning footage for any use.

You can see all around you with a full, unrestricted 360⁰ view of the world around you to create images like never before. This is made possible with the 4K camera. With you can shoot up to 4K video and capture 12 megapixel photographs. The lens consists of 9 separate elements, including an ‘aspherical element’ for extreme clarity, while Adobe DNG RAW support gives you the power to make every shot a masterpiece.

We can’t wait to give it a go and if you have taken any footage with the new Inspire 1 then do let us see it!

Visit the Inspire 1 website here.

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Boeing presents original Flight Test 787 Dreamliner ZA003 to Museum of Flight

Nov 11, 2014

Boeing and its employees joined the Puget Sound community today in celebrating the donation of one of the original 787-8 Dreamliner flight test aircraft to the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

“Boeing is committed to supporting and giving back to the communities where our employees work and live,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner.

Boeing presents original Flight Test 787 Dreamliner ZA003 to Museum of Flight

Boeing presents original Flight Test 787 Dreamliner ZA003 to Museum of Flight

“By placing this airplane in the Puget Sound area, members of the Boeing team and their families will see it displayed locally, and it will hopefully inspire a new generation of aviation enthusiasts here in Washington state.”


The Dreamliner Boeing donated to the museum is known as ZA003, the third 787-8 produced. The airplane has a unique past, first as part of the 787 flight test and certification program and later circumnavigating the globe several times in 2011 and 2012 during the Dream Tour, which introduced the 787 to more than 68,000 visitors in 23 countries.

“This revolutionary airplane caps the museum’s collection of historic commercial airplanes, beginning with our 1932 Boeing 247, which was the first all-metal, modern airliner,” said Doug King, president and CEO, Museum of Flight.

787 Vice President and General Manager Larry Loftis (right) hands the ceremonial keys over to The Museum of Flight President and CEO Doug King

787 Vice President and General Manager Larry Loftis (right) hands the ceremonial keys over to The Museum of Flight President and CEO Doug King

“It was followed by our 1969 prototype 747, the first jumbo jet, and now with the first composite airliner, the 787. It’s an incredible addition to our comprehensive display.”

The celebration at the Museum of Flight included several Boeing employees whose work over the years played a role in the design, build and test of the 787 Dreamliner. Each person disembarked the airplane and presented a special artifact tied to the history of the airplane to museum docents and students from local high schools.

The artifacts given by employees ranged from a commemorative cachet carried aboard the 787’s first flight, to early artist renderings of the 7E7. Those artifacts will now be housed at the Museum of Flight.

ZA003 is the first of three flight test 787-8 aircraft that Boeing plans to share with museums around the world, the aviation community and future generations of employees and aeroplane enthusiasts (#avgeeks).

About The Museum of Flight

The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, attracting more than 500,000 visitors annually. The Museum’s collection includes more than 160 historically significant air- and spacecraft, the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Company, and the world’s only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer.

Museum visitors waiting to tour Boeing 787 Dreamliner test aircraft ZA003

Museum visitors waiting to tour Boeing 787 Dreamliner test aircraft ZA003

The Museum’s aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 130,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum’s on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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First year a success for Cessna China Caravan aircraft venture

Nov 11, 2014

The joint venture between Cessna and China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company (CAIGA) has seen its first year of operations as a success according to the US plane manufacturer. The Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Shijiazhuang) Co., Ltd. assembles and delivers Caravan utility turboprop aircraft for the Chinese market.

A Grand Caravan EX is one of four Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft at the Textron Aviation static display this week during Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai.

“The joint venture with CAIGA has been an efficient way to provide solutions to the marketplace as business aviation continues to expand in China,” said Bill Harris, vice president, Sales in the region.

“The reliability and versatility of the Cessna Caravan make it particularly well suited for growing global markets like China. We’re seeing customers order configurations for executive travel, hauling freight, aerial survey and tourism.”

Cessna-AVIC Aircraft

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) granted approval for the Cessna Grand Caravan EX to operate on floats in China in March of this year resulting in an increase in orders for amphibian models.

Previously unannounced orders for Grand Caravan EX Amphibian aircraft include Meiya Air for aerial sightseeing in Wuzhizhou Island of Sanya and Joy Air, which recently started charter tourism flights among Shanghai, Zhoushan and Shengsi Islands.

Caravan Utility Turboprop Aircraft

In addition, earlier this year the joint venture announced an order for 10 Cessna Grand Caravan EX Amphibian aircraft from Reignwood Group to expand its aircraft services and operate tourism flights in the southeast part of China.

“We’re seeing a tremendous floatplane trend in the region as the number of operators increase to meet demand from tourists here,” Harris said.

First year a success for Cessna China Caravan aircraft venture

First year a success for Cessna China Caravan aircraft venture

“We are holding the first Floatplane Operator Conference in December at our Shijiazhuang joint venture facility to help build a community among current and prospective operators. We’re interested in supporting the long-term growth of the floatplane industry in China and general aviation as a whole, as our joint venture activity shows.”

The joint venture results from the agreement signed in 2012 with CAIGA, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The joint venture began officially operating when its business license was approved in September 2013 by the Ministry of Commerce. Cessna’s Wichita, Kansas, operations provide components and parts manufacturing and sub-assemblies for the Caravan aircraft sold by the joint venture.

The joint venture operations in Shijiazhuang include final assembly, paint, testing, interior installation, customization, flight testing and delivery of the Cessna Caravan to in-country customers.

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Final assembly of 242 tonne take-off weight A330 begins at Airbus

Nov 7, 2014

The final assembly of Airbus’ first A330 with the new 242 tonne maximum take-off-weight (MTOW) capability is underway at the A330 Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is currently completing its structural assembly before the cabin integration phase and will then be used for certification flight trials. A second aircraft is being assembled in parallel which is destined for entry in service in Q2 2015 with launch customer for the new weight variant, Delta Air Lines.

Patrick Piedrafita, Airbus’ Head of the A330 Programme said: “I am very proud to see the first 242 tonne A330 at the final assembly stage only two years after launch. This newest, enhanced variant of our popular A330 Family is the basis for the future A330neo and is a concrete example of Airbus’ incremental innovation strategy in action.”
First Airbus A330 with new 242 tonne take off weight begins assembly

First Airbus A330 with new 242 tonne take off weight begins assembly

He added: “Airlines operating the new 242 tonne A330 will be able to carry additional payload on longer routes, while at the same time enjoying a very high operational reliability of 99.4 percent.”

Launch Customer Delta’s A330  Also In Build

Delta to be launch customer for Airbus A330 with new 242 tonne take off weight

Delta to be launch customer for Airbus A330 with new 242 tonne take off weight

242 tonne A330-300

Thanks to an aerodynamic package reducing aircraft drag and the latest engine improvements, the 242 tonne MTOW offers an extended range of up to 500 nautical miles and up to two percent reduced fuel consumption. The 242 tonne A330-300 is capable of flying missions up to 13 hours and 15 hours for the 242 tonne A330-200.
What's new on the 242 tonne A330

What’s new on the 242 tonne A330

So far, nine customers worldwide have already selected this option since the launch in November 2012.
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Western Power Distribution increases Airbus Helicopter fleet with EC135 P2 order

Oct 31, 2014

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus Helicopters UK for a new EC135 P2e . This new rotary aircraft will join WPD’s current fleet of four EC135 P1s, making it one of the largest, independent fleets in the UK.

Robin Tutcher, WPD’s Helicopter Unit Manager said: “Augmenting the existing fleet has become a necessity because our helicopters play a major role in assisting with the fault diagnosis, maintenance and the management of the WPD electricity network. This additional aircraft will help us to increase our current annual flying levels from 2,800 to 3,500 hours.”

“With a proven track record, minimal downtime and limited maintenance input which is complemented by ongoing support from the Airbus PBH and Pratt and Whitney FMP programmes, the selection of the EC135 P2 as our fifth aircraft was a straightforward decision.”

This new EC135 P2e meets WPD’s tough requirements thanks to its extended range and simple, multi-purpose design which allows for fast and easy maintenance and optimal dispatch reliability. The helicopter is due to be delivered in March 2015.

Western Power Distribution Airbus Helicopter

Western Power Distribution increases Airbus Helicopter fleet with EC135 P2 order

Western Power Distribution inspecting an electricity pylon with Airbus Helicopter

“The increased capability EC135 P2e provides WPD with an aircraft to meet their most critical mission requirements, directly supporting them to keep their 7.8 million customers on line,” said Colin James, Managing Director at Airbus Helicopters UK.

“As the UK’s premium rotorcraft supplier, it is very important for us to be supporting our country’s infrastructure providers where we can. We will ensure that WPD continues to benefit from an aircraft and a support service which guarantees the very highest levels of availability.”

With a recent order by another customer for two EC135 T3 for Air Ambulance roles, the selection by WPD strengthens Airbus Helicopters position as the market leader in National Resilience with 70% of the market.

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