Aircraft Programmes

Flying with the innovative ones

With launch customer, Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) making some very satisfied comments about the performance of the Bombardier CS100, Bombardier flies on with the delivery of the sixth CS100 aircraft to the European airliner.

Creating comfort for the long-haul

Cathay Pacific recently introduced the Airbus A350 XWB to its fleet. Ed Hill discovers how the airline and OEM worked together to create an improved passenger experience.

On track with metals

Alcoa’s metallic components can be found in many areas of the 787 Dreamliner. Ed Hill hears how its long legacy with Boeing has evolved to become a successful partnership with the OEM.

Fighting fit!

Adrian Wilson charts the expanding role of GKN in the on-going and often controversial development of Lockheed Martin's US fighter aircraft programme.

A320neo demand flexes the chain

Dafydd Evans, managing director in the Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) Advisory Practice at Duff & Phelps looks at the trends and considerations affecting the Airbus A320neo supply chain.

Partnership spreads its wings

Paul Rogger, technical director at JR Technology (JRTL), explains how a partnership with two companies led to the development of a solution to add material to four large automated fibre placement (AFP) mandrels

Laying down the fibre – fast!

Mindful of the increase in aircraft ramp up rates, MTorres' new generation of ATL/AFP machines are helping Airbus improve productivity and reduce material waste on its A350 XWB aircraft programme. Mike Richardson reports.

Plug and play production

James Careless discovers how Bombardier's 'PC build' approach to aircraft manufacturing is enabling it to focus on its core activities and eliminate a number of problems on the factory floor.

Re-inventing the drawing board

Dassault Systèmes explains how the use of its PLM software in the 787 programme led to a transformation of how commercial aircraft are produced. Ed Hill reports.

Winged words from the West

Barry Warburton, Aerospace and Advanced Engineering Sector Specialist for Invest Bristol & Bath looks at what made this project a success and how the industry must continue to innovate if it is to repeat this success story.