More details finally emerged about Boeing’s plans for the 737 MAX during a review of the third quarter by Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh at the November 3 Goldman Sachs Industrials Conference in Boston.
Comlux The Aviation Group will be the launch customer for the first Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ), an executive version of the Superjet 100 regional airliner.
Gulfstream Aerospace announced that the final performance specifications for the super-midsize G280 will exceed the capabilities originally announced when the aircraft was launched in 2008.
The U.S. Air Force will proceed with a service life extension program (SLEP) and avionics upgrade of 300 to 350 F-16 Fighting Falcons to compensate for an expected two-year slip in operational readiness of the F-35A Lightning II, service leaders told the U.S. Congress on November 2.
China has ordered 250 AI-222-25F turbofans from the Ukraine to power production versions of the Hongdu L-15 advanced jet trainer.
The first five P-3C Orion antisubmarine warfare (ASW) and maritime surveillance aircraft modified with enhanced networking capability have been delivered to the U.S. Navy.
Gulfstream Aerospace expects to receive provisional type certification (PTC) of its wide-cabin G650 this year–possibly by the end of this month–followed by issuance of the full type certificate early next year. Deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2012 “as we said years ago,” said Gulfstream president Larry Flynn.
NBAA is praising the Senate for passing an appropriations bill containing language that would reinstate the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program. The FAA dismantled the aircraft tail-number blocking privacy program in August. H.R.2112 was passed on Tuesday by a 69 to 30 vote.
Eclipse Aerospace announced at last month’s NBAA Convention that it is resuming new-build production of its iconic very light twinjet, newly dubbed the Eclipse 550. At the show, Eclipse began taking orders for the new jet, which sells for $2.695 million (2011 $). The company expects to produce 50 to 100 Eclipse 550s per year once production resumes in 2013.
Hawker Beechcraft today reported revenues of $518.8 million for the three months ending September 20, a decrease of $75.9 million from the year-ago period. Third-quarter revenues at the company’s business and general aviation segment fell 15.9 percent, to $283.2 million, year-over-year, though operating losses decreased to $75.4 million, versus $124.5 million last year.