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Boeing & Saab unveil their T-X trainer

Boeing and its partner Saab revealed their entry in the US Force’s T-X competition on Tuesday 13 September. The Boeing T-X is an all-new aircraft designed for training mission and according to the design team incorporates the latest technologies, tools and manufacturing techniques. An afterburning F404 engine provides power.

The Boeing T-X aircraft has one engine, twin tails, stadium seating and an advanced cockpit with embedded training. The system also offers state-of-the-art ground-based training and a maintenance-friendly design for long-term supportability.

Both Boeing and Saab will use the two production T-X aircraft, revealed today, to show the U.S. Air Force the performance, affordability, and maintainability advantages of their approach. “Our T-X is real, ready and the right choice for training pilots for generations to come,” said Boeing Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Leanne Caret.

“It’s an honor to build the future of Air Force training,” said Saab President and CEO Håkan Buskhe. “We have created the best solution thanks to great cooperation and a clear strategy since day one.”

The T-X will replace the Air Force’s aging T-38 aircraft. Initial operating capability is planned for 2024. Other entries into the competition are the Lockheed Martin/Korea Aerospace Industries T-50, Leonardo/Raytheon T-100 (based on the M-346) and the Northrop Grumman T-X design.

Thirty CRJ900s plus 60 E175s to American Airlines / Eagle

Embraer E175 in American Eagle livery (Image © Embraer)
Embraer E175 in American Eagle livery (Image © Embraer)

American Airlines has placed a firm order for 30 Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen airliners, and taken options on an additional 40. The AA-aircraft will be the first to receive an enhanced engine and more weight reductions and upgraded avionics.

According to Bombardier the aircraft will use 5.5 per cent less fuel compared to the first generation of CRJ900s. The deal with American Airlines is worth US$ 1.42 billion and may run up to 3.38 billion dollar if the 40 options are converted into firm orders. The CRJ900s will have 12 First Class, 32 Main Cabin Extra and 32 Main Cabin seats, and the firm order of CRJ900 aircraft will be operated on behalf of American by PSA Airlines, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways. American expects to begin taking delivery of the CRJ900s in the second quarter of 2014.

With the American Airlines ordered included, Bombardier has now 1,812 CRJ Series aircraft ordered, including 339 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGens.

American also has firm orders for 60 Embraer E175 type aircraft with options for up to 90 more. They will feature 12 First Class, 20 Main Cabin Extra and 44 Main Cabin seats, and American expects to begin taking delivery in the first quarter of 2015. During 2013, including this order from American Airlines, Embraer has received firm orders and options for more than 700 E-Jets from U.S. airlines for both current-generation and the E-Jets E2s.

Both the CRJ900 and the E175 will fly in the American Eagle livery. Both the CRJ900 and the E175 are powered by General Electric CF34-8 engines.

Source: Bombardier / American Airlines / Embraer

Artist impression of the new CRJ900 in American Eagle livery that has been purchased trough the American Airlines Group (Image © Bombardier)
Artist impression of the new CRJ900 in American Eagle livery that has been purchased trough the American Airlines Group (Image © Bombardier)

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