Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® Engines Successfully Power Embraer’s E-Jet E2 First Flight
Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engines are now powering four aircraft platforms after today’s successful maiden flight of Embraer’s E-Jet E2 in Brazil. Pratt & Whitney congratulates Embraer on this pivotal milestone and looks forward to powering more successful E2 flights in the future. Embraer selected Pratt & Whitney as the exclusive engine provider for their E-Jets E2 family of aircraft in 2013. The GTF engine is currently powering the Airbus A320neo, which is flying passengers on two continents, the Bombardier C Series, and the Mitsubishi Regional Jet.
Boeing, Air Austral Celebrate Delivery of Airline’s First 787 Dreamliner
SAINT-DENIS, Reunion Island, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Air Austral are celebrating the delivery of the carrier’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The newest addition to the Air Austral long-haul fleet will touch down at Roland Garros Airport in Saint-Marie, Reunion Island tomorrow following a 10,500-mile (16,898-kilometre) delivery flight originating from the Boeing Everett Delivery Center in Everett, Wash.
“The state of the art 787 Dreamliner’s unique capabilities enable us to launch the Dzaoudi to Paris Charles de Gaulle route,” said Marie-Joseph Male, executive chairman and chief executive officer, Air Austral. “This airplane is the most advanced in the world, with superior operating economics all while providing our passengers an unrivalled on-board experience.”
The 787 is a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 will provide Air Austral with unmatched fuel efficiency and environmental performance, using 20 to 25 percent less fuel and with 20 to 25 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.
RNP Avionics in Australia
The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is requiring all aircraft operating under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) to be equipped with Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) avionics meeting (E) Technical Standard Order (TSO) C129, C145, C146 or C196a specifications, according to a January 2016 report on CASA released by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). ICAO’s Required Navigation Performance (RNP) 1 and RNP N2 Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) specifications are applicable beginning May 26, 2016, for terminal area Standard Instrument Departure (SID) and Standard Terminal Arrival Route (STARs) operations, as well as continental enroute operations, according to IBAC. “The RNP 1 and RNP 2 ICAO PBN specifications are applicable from May 26, 2016 for terminal area (SID and STARS) and continental enroute operations in Australia,” IBAC notes.