Airbus SAS plans to lift the seat count on the A340 wide-body jet and cut maintenance costs in an effort to prop up the market value for its longest aircraft, which went out of production two years ago after slack sales.
CFM International, the General Electric Co. engine venture with Safran SA, plans to lift output by more than 10 percent by 2019 as it seeks to satisfy growing demand from Boeing Co., Airbus SAS, and China’s Comac.
Chaker A. Chahrour, executive vice president of CFM International, comments on Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd.’s C919, the nation’s first large passenger aircraft program. He spoke in Beijing yesterday.
United Technologies Corp. ’s Pratt & Whitney unit accused jet-engine maker Rolls-Royce Group Plc of unfairly using patent litigation to keep it from re-entering the biggest segment of the commercial-airline market.
South African Airways Ltd. said it’s seeking to upgrade the engines of its aging Airbus SAS A340 wide-body fleet to cut fuel costs while it decides between new long-haul models from the European manufacturer and Boeing Co.
Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China will delay the maiden test flight of the country’s first large passenger plane to 2015 from an earlier plan for next year, four company officials familiar with the plan said.