Aerospace Industry

News and issues concerning aerospace companies, including formations, acquisitions, mergers and financials; and announcements of significant aircraft sales, delivery statistics and personnel appointments.

October 20, 2013 - 12:30am
Solid Concepts is making aerospace components, [including this FAA-approved air duct for a DC-10,] using the 3-D printing technique.

Solid Concepts has produced multiple 3-D printed components for aerospace applications that it is highlighting at NBAA 2013 (Booth No. N2011).

The company, based in Valencia, Calif., provides rapid prototyping, digital manufacturing, tooling and injection molding to the aerospace, automotive, industrial design and medical industries. It has more than two decades of experience in 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing technologies, producing parts from prototypes to production components by accurately “printing” layers of material until a 3-D form is created.

October 14, 2013 - 9:44am

The second flying prototype of the Airbus A350 XWB took to the air for the first time Monday morning and landed at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France shortly after 2:30 p.m. local time.

October 9, 2013 - 9:57am

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration inspectors responsible for clearing airplanes for delivery returned to work this week at Boeing’s Charleston, South Carolina 787 plant following a nearly weeklong furlough due to the partial federal government shutdown, Boeing confirmed in a statement to AIN on Tuesday.

October 7, 2013 - 3:33pm

In a serious blow to Boeing, Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a purchase agreement covering 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s worth $9.5 billion at list prices. The deal, which also includes options on another 25 of the mostly composite widebodies, marks the first order from Japan for the A350 and Airbus’s first-ever order from JAL.

October 7, 2013 - 3:20pm

Emirates Airline has worked for more than two years to assist Boeing in the design of the 777X, the new airplane expected to begin replacing the phenomenally successful 777-300ER at the end of the decade, according to Emirates president Tim Clark.

October 1, 2013 - 2:30pm

The Teal Group released a 10-year rotorcraft market forecast that shows civil turbine helicopter deliveries slowly recovering and exceeding their 2008 peak in 2018 before reaching a demand plateau. Overall, Teal predicts that 10,300 new civil turbine helicopters worth $60.3 billion will enter service between 2013 and 2022.

According to the forecast, Eurocopter will stay in the number-one position in terms of billings, with AgustaWestland hot on its heels. Bell, in the number-three spot, is anticipated to outsell Sikorsky.

October 1, 2013 - 11:26am

ATR has reached an agreement to place as many as 35 ATR 72-600s with Garuda Indonesia, the Franco-Italian turboprop manufacturer announced Tuesday. The deal involves firm orders for 25 airplanes, some of which will come via lease through Denmark’s Nordic Aviation Capital. The parties expect deliveries to start in November and extend over a period of three years.

September 25, 2013 - 10:39am

Airbus announced firm orders, purchase agreements and memoranda of understanding Wednesday at Aviation Expo China in Beijing covering 160 A320-family narrowbodies from four separate customers.

September 25, 2013 - 9:44am

Airbus announced plans for a new lower weight variant of its A330-300 widebody specifically designed for use on domestic and regional routes in high-growth markets with large populations and concentrated traffic flows, the company announced Wednesday at the Aviation Expo China show in Beijing.

September 23, 2013 - 11:20am

A pair of first flights last week carried big stakes for each of the respective airplanes’ North American airframe makers. But while the maiden mission of the Boeing 787-9 meant a return to “business as usual” in Everett, Washington, the first flight of the Bombardier CSeries outside Montreal, in Mirabel, Quebec, marked the climax of a project on which the Canadian company has bet its future.

 
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