Archive for the ‘Boeing’ Category

Aircraft makers vie for Indian aviation pie

February 27, 2007

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus and US-based Boeing, which have already together secured orders worth Rs 45,000 crore from state-run Air-India and Indian Airlines, apart from huge orders from other Indian airline operators in the past two years, are both fine-tuning their business strategies to penetrate further into the Indian aviation market.

For one, the two companies are highlighting new innovations in their aircraft to woo customers. Dinesh Keskar, senior vice-president of sales, Boeing, said, “We will be launching 747-Intercontinental, an aircraft which guarantees fuel efficiency. Our customers, especially Indian operators from whom we expect more orders, will be benefited.” He added that the aircraft, equipped with modern technology, can land even at airports devoid of modern infrastructure, as is the case with many airports in India. Airbus’ innovation pertains to lower training period and transition time. Aircraft from the A320 family are designed in such a way that a pilot transitioning from an A320 family aircraft to the larger A330 and A340 needs only eight working days for cross-crew qualification (CCQ) instead of the 25 working days for a full type rating training course. “The annual savings in training and from the reduced transition time can be up to $500,000 for each new Airbus aircraft to be added to the fleet,” Sanjay Kumar, a senior analyst with Airbus, said.

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Yet to zero in on MRO location in Nagpur: Boeing

February 21, 2007

The row over Boeing demanding 80 acres of land for its $100 million maintenance, repair and overhaul base (MRO) in the proposed special economic zone (SEZ) here and the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) questioning the requirement, has ended with Boeing saying that it has not yet made any specific request to the MADC.

Vice-president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Dinesh Keskar, denied any controversy and said Boeing was yet to decide on where to locate the project at Nagpur.

Vice-chairman and managing director of MADC, R C Sinha had, during an interaction with the media here recently, expressed surprise over Boeing wanting 80 acres of land when similar facilities elsewhere in the world were being operated on 35 to 40 acres.

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Global airplane makers bullish on Indian skies

February 15, 2007

With the central government poised to hold a mega conference with the states on developing around 300 unutilised airstrips across the country, airplane makers are raising the projections for jets required for regional connectivity.

Apart from the big boys – the US-based Boeing and Europe’s Airbus – Embraer (Brazil), Bombardier (Canada), Sukhoi (Russia), ATR (France) and BAE System (UK) are gearing up to tap the emerging regional jet market in the country.

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Boeing Offers F/A 18 with AESA Radars

February 12, 2007

After offering to co-produce the F-18 Super Hornet in this country if it wins an Indian Air Force (IAF) order for 126 combat jets, US aerospace major Boeing yesterday upped the ante by committing itself to equipping the aircraft with the latest-generation radar that greatly enhances its capabilities.

And, in keeping with current “Network-centric warfare” doctrine of the Indian Armed Forces, Boeing says the F-18 is more than equipped to put this concept into practice by coordinating operations in the air and on the ground.

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Boeing Pitches $600 Million Helicopter Deal To Indian Air Force

February 12, 2007

As the largest global aircraft manufacturer by revenue and the second-largest defense contractor in the world, Boeing is seeking to make inroads into what is seen by many as the fastest growing aviation marketplace in the world.

Boeing is negotiating a $600 million deal with India’s air force helicopter fleet that includes the sale of 12 Chinook CH-47 military transport helicopters, along with support and training, reported the Associated Press.

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India’s richest military deal set to take off

February 12, 2007

India’s biggest air show has set the clock ticking for the subcontinent’s richest military contract: an order for 126 fighter planes potentially worth $9 billion.

Five contenders scrambled to press their case at the event ending Sunday, showing off the capabilities of their machines and enlisting the support of their governments before India formally invites bids for the deal.

US giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing are in the race with the Russian Aircraft Corp, France’s Dassault Aviation, Sweden’s Saab and the Eurofighter consortium. Each wants to clinch what a Boeing official said would be the world’s biggest fighter plane contract in 15 years. This is the first time India will buy combat aircraft after evaluating rival bids through a global tender.

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L&T in tie-up with Boeing’s defence arm

February 12, 2007

At a time when the government has allowed private participation in research, production and maintenance in the defence sector, US-based The Boeing Company on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) for jointly exploring business opportunities in India’s defence sector. The signing ceremony took place at the Aero India Aerospace show held in Bangalore.

The $32.4-billion Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, part of The Boeing Company, is one of the world’s largest space and defence businesses, and provides network-centric system solutions to its global military, government and commercial customers.

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Combat champions

February 7, 2007

Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) is interested in India’s upcoming contract for 126 multi-role combat aircraft and up to 12 helicopters. Even as the US aircraft manufacturer’s activity in the civil aerospace sector consolidates its position here, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) is just entering the Indian market.

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Soaring into Greater Heights

February 7, 2007

The phenomenal growth in the Indian aviation market has made the market-savvy US aircraft manufacturer, The Boeing Company, reinforce its commitment to the market here with a vengeance. Last December, it delivered the first of 18 Next-Generation 737-800s to Air-India Express, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India. The delivery marked the first airplane delivered to Air India following the airline’s order for 68 Boeing jetliners, the largest commercial airplane order in India’s civil aviation history. The order, placed in December 2005, is valued at more than $11 billion at list prices.

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Boeing eyes $10-15 bn worth defence order

February 7, 2007

Boeing Integrated Defence Systems (IDS), a unit of Boeing Company, is pitching for defence orders worth $10-15 billion over a period of 10 years from the Indian armed forces.

In a bid to increase its focus on the country, the company has set up an Indian subsidiary.

This is to leverage the existing aerospace market through partnerships with public and private industries, and also to take on board a few Indian companies to expand their global supply chain.

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