PIPs Planned for A220 to Improve Operating Costs
An announcement might be made at the Paris Air Show in June.
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January 17, 2019 - by Scott Hamilton for Leeham News
An announcement might be made at the Paris Air Show in June
Airbus is planning performance improvement packages for the A220, intended to shave operating costs off an airplane that already beat performance promises.
Sylvain Faust Note: Remember from Fliegerfaust July 2018: Remember what Rob Dewar vice-president CSeries at Bombardier said here? It's coming! "That upgrade package is still being planned, says Dewar , "and Bombardier needs to complete a 'mini-conceptual design phase' with suppliers before committing to the exact gains it will deliver. The improvements will come "roughly half/half between the engine and the airframe – a little bit more on the aircraft side", he says.
"It's kinda normal things – aero clean-up, bigger winglets and some other performance improvements that we don't want to share. The 'objective' is for most or all the package to be retrofitable," adds Dewar. "It will be a big percentage" More https://www.fliegerfaust.com/the-global-7000-warmi...
The PIPs, as the upgrades are known, are common among all airliners. In this case, the PIPs were under study by Bombardier long before Airbus acquired a 50.01% stake in the C Series program last year.
While financially-strapped Bombardier may have been able to find the money to execute, giant Airbus has no problem doing so...