Monday, October 07, 2013

DTN News - AIRLINES NEWS: Airbus Clinches Landmark Jet Order With Japan Airlines

DTN News - AIRLINES NEWS: Airbus Clinches Landmark Jet Order With Japan Airlines
*Airbus And Japan Airlines Sign Their First Ever Order - Airbus
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources  Reuters & Airbus
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - October 7, 2013: Airbus (EAD.PA) clinched its first jet order from Japan Airlines (9201.T) on Monday, cracking a big national market long dominated by the European firm's main rival, Boeing (BA.N).

The U.S. planemaker acknowledged it had paid a penalty for the mechanically troubled debut of its 787 Dreamliner.

The landmark deal for 31 wide-body A350 jets with a combined $9.5 billion list price follows an intense battle between the two manufacturers as JAL and domestic rival ANA Holdings Inc (9202.T) seek dozens of new long-haul jets over the next decade.

The agreement, which is also likely to unsettle a Japanese aerospace industry that builds large portions of Boeing's jets, includes options for another 25 of the A350s.

"This is a huge win for Airbus and a big loss for Boeing," said aerospace analyst Scott Hamilton, managing director of Seattle-based Leeham Co.

"Airbus has been trying to break the wide-body monopoly of Boeing for decades and likewise Boeing has been wanting to keep Airbus out of JAL and ANA."

Shares in Airbus parent EADS rose 1.75 percent in Paris on the good news for the A350, a twin-engine plane designed to carry between 270 and 350 passengers.

First deliveries of the A350 are expected in about a year. JAL expects to start using the plane from about 2019.

Boeing has for decades seen off attempts by the European company to secure an order with JAL. The American firm has benefited from links with its own Japanese parts suppliers and deep political ties between Tokyo and Washington to maintain a share of the national market above 80 percent.

Delays to the 787 Dreamliner and its subsequent grounding after batteries overheated have, however, tarnished Boeing's image and cast doubt on its ability to deliver aircraft on time, industry experts said. Both JAL and ANA are major Dreamliner buyers.

News of the deal, confirming a Reuters report, dominated a major aviation gathering in Spain where Boeing sought to draw a line under recent problems besetting its prestige airliner.

"It's a heartbreak," Kostya Zolotusky, managing director of Boeing Capital Corp, told aircraft financiers in Barcelona.

Problems with the Dreamliner made it hard for JAL to stick with Boeing: "We recognize that we made it very challenging for them in introducing 787 and will work to correct that," he said.

Besides the 787's woes, bureaucratic and political influence over fleet purchases by JAL, which the Japanese government bailed out in 2010, has waned since it went public again a year ago and the Democratic Party that rescued it lost power.

In a sign of how JAL's once cozy government ties have become strained, the carrier on Friday complained that it was unfairly treated over landing rights at Tokyo's Haneda airport after ANA received twice as many new landing slots.


Airbus also showed its readiness to move in on Boeing's turf in the Japanese aerospace manufacturing industry, including cooperation in research and development.

"With this order, it gives us more momentum to look for potential joint R&D efforts for the future generation of aircraft," Fabrice Bregier, chief executive of Airbus, told a news conference in Tokyo with JAL President Yoshiharu Ueki.

Ambassadors from Britain, Germany and France and the European Union representative in Japan attended the briefing, each with national flags displayed before of them.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said significant European diplomatic efforts had gone into winning the deal.

Ueki did not say what JAL would actually pay for the A350s, which vie with Boeing's yet-to-be-launched 777X, but industry analysts said it would be typical to secure generous discounts in such a groundbreaking deal.

"This is seriously bad for Boeing. They need to do a little soul searching," said Richard Aboulafia, airline analyst with the Virginia-based Teal Group. The 787 problems, he said, "inevitably led to doubts about execution, resources and time".

Ueki denied problems with the 787 were a factor in the decision, however - but also repeated JAL's apologies to customers for disruptions to service caused by the Boeing's grounding in January.

He attributed Airbus's successful wooing of his company in part to timing: delivery for the A350, due to begin flying passengers next year, will ensure it is available when JAL needs it at the end of the decade, while the debut of the 777X is further out and less certain.

JAL's new Airbus aircraft, powered by Roll-Royce (RR.L) engines, will begin entering service in 2019, the companies said. Boeing says the 777X will enter service in 2020.

As part of Airbus's sales pitch, the aircraft maker invited Ueki to its base in the French city of Toulouse and gave the former pilot - who spent his flying career on Boeings - a chance to try out one of its A380 simulators.

Ueki said he found the Airbus side-mounted joystick control, which differs from the traditional central column found in Boeing cockpits, easy to use.


The battle between the two aircraft makers will now shift to ANA, which is looking for around 25 new jets to replace its aging fleet of long-haul Boeing 777s from 2020.

ANA is still gathering information on the 777X and the A350, Ryosei Nomura, a spokesman for the airline, said.

"This is Airbus's largest order for the A350 so far this year and is the largest ever order we have received from a Japanese airline," Airbus CEO Bregier told reporters.

Boeing, whose ties to Japan date back to the country's postwar reconstruction under U.S. occupation, said it was disappointed but respected JAL's decision.

"We have built a strong relationship with Japan Airlines over the last 50 years and we look to continue our partnership going forward," a company spokesman said via email.

If they chose Boeing's 777X, both JAL and ANA would have to commit to being a launch customer again for a new Boeing jet.

Delays to the 787, a third of which is built in Japan, and its subsequent grounding may have made JAL wary of buying an aircraft that Boeing has yet to officially commit to building. That gave Airbus a rare opening in Boeing's best market.

ANA's boss, Shinichiro Ito, told Reuters last month that his airline would consider possible delivery delay risks when choosing replacements for its older long-haul 777 jets.

With the world's biggest fleet of Dreamliners and being the first airline to fly the innovative carbon composite plane, ANA has been most affected by delays. The aircraft's grounding this year has resulted in millions of dollars of losses.

Japanese suppliers including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (7011.T) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (7012.T) are expected to join the 777X construction programme, although Boeing has yet to say how much of the work it will pass their way.

(Additional reporting by Natalie Huet and Brian Love in Paris, Alwyn Scott in New York and Siva Govindasamy in Singapore; Editing by Edmund Klamann, Dean Yates and Alastair Macdonald)

Airbus And Japan Airlines Sign Their First Ever Order - Airbus
Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options for a further 25 aircraft. This is JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft.* It is also the first order Airbus has received from Japan for the A350 XWB, confirming its continuing success with world leading airlines across the globe. JAL and Airbus aim for entry into service from 2019, with the airline’s A350 XWBs gradually replacing its ageing fleet approximately over a six year period.

“We will utilize the A350 XWB to maximum, which offers high level of operational efficiency and product competitiveness, while positively catering to new business opportunities after slots at airports in Tokyo are increased,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines. “In addition to improving profitability with advanced aircraft, we always aim to deliver unparalleled services to customers with the latest cabin and steady expansion of our route network.” 

"Japan Airlines is well known as one of the most preferred airlines in the world providing its passengers with an excellent flight experience. We sincerely welcome Japan Airlines as a new Airbus customer and feel honored by this first ever order from Japan for our all-new A350 XWB,” said Fabrice Bregier, President and CEO of Airbus. "It fills us with pride to see a leading Japanese airline start a new chapter with us. This highlights a very bright and flourishing future for both of us, JAL and Airbus.”

In a typical three-class layout the A350-900 comfortably seats more than 300 passengers on routes as long as 8,100 nautical miles (nm). The A350-1000 is the largest member of the A350 XWB Family, seating 350 passengers on even longer missions up to 8,400 nm. 

All A350 XWB models are equipped with the new Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.  
Over 70 percent of the A350 XWB’s weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials combining composites (53 percent), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys. 

In addition to innovative materials, the A350 XWB brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies and provides significant improvement in fuel efficiency compared with competing models.

To date, the A350 XWB MSN1 has completed around 300 flight test hours out of the campaign’s total 2,500 hours which are to be achieved by five flight test A350’s over the next 12 months. Entry into commercial service of the A350-900 is scheduled for the second half of 2014. With this latest commitment, Airbus has recorded more than 750 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 38 customers worldwide.

* Before the merger by Japan Airlines and Japan Air Systems (JAS), JAS ordered Airbus aircraft. 

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*Link for This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources Reuters & Airbus
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DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: US May Intervene on Sale of Chinese Missile System to Turkey

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: US May Intervene on Sale of Chinese Missile System to Turkey
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources Want China Times
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - October 7, 2013: The United States may intervene to stop Turkey buying the FD-2000, the export version of China's HQ-9 surface-to-air missile, Burak Ege Bekdil wrote in Defense News on Oct. 3.

Turkey selected the FD-2000 for its new air defense system on Sept. 26, rejecting other options including the US Patriot system, Russia's S-300 and the European Aster 30. It will be used by the Turkish air force as a long-range air and anti-missile defense system to defend the airspace over the country's interior, while Patriot missiles deployed by NATO are guarding the country's border with war-torn Syria.

However, concern from the United States and other NATO members has arisen as to what extent the Chinese missile system can be integrated with the Patriot air defense system along the border, according to Bekdil. As China Precision Machinery Import-Export Corp has been named the contractor for Ankara's first long-range air defense architecture, Washington is also worried about the proliferation of nuclear techonology into Turkey.

The Beijing-based company is currently under US sanctions for violations of the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act. "We are concerned about that Chinese company, and its role as a nuclear weapons technology proliferator in the world," Francis Ricciardone, the US ambassador to Turkey, told Defense News. "This is not a NATO system. China is not a member of NATO. This is one of the issues."

Turkey's loyalty as a NATO member has also been called into question by the organization over fears that the integration of the two systems could lead to classified information regarding the Patriot system being leaked to China. "How could Turkey, protected by NATO assets, ignore the alliance's concerns and opt for an air defense system to be built by a non-friendly country?" asked a NATO defense attache.

A Turkish official stated that the FD-2000 was selected based on considerations of price, technology, local work share, technology transfer and credit financing terms.

"The Chinese bid is perfectly in compliance with our terms and conditions," said Murad Bayar, head of the Ankara-based Undersecretariat for Defense Industries. "As part of this program, a Turkish defense company will be tasked with integrating the air defense system into a network operated by the Turkish Air Force." Even though some Chinese techonology may be used, Bayar sought to assured the Defense News that the missile will be a Turkish missile, not Chinese.

Meanwhile, experts and analysts have questioned whether the FD-2000 will be allowed to be integrated with other NATO missile defense systems. "NATO has the technical capabilities to isolate the Turkish air defense architecture by denying Ankara the interface data necessary for any integration," said a Western defense official. This will eventually leave the FD-2000 system useless and give the United States a pretext to block the contract, as it has done in the case of Israel in the past.

*Link for This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources Want China Times
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*This article is being posted from Toronto, Canada By DTN News ~ Defense-Technology News