Boeing once again lowered its forecast for deliveries of the 787 and 747-8 this year, to between 15 and 20 aircraft, after previously projecting an output of between 25 and 30 units. The 747-8F will account for roughly two thirds of those deliveries, said Boeing, meaning that it won’t ship more than seven 787s this year. It has so far delivered two 787s to Japan’s All Nippon Airways.
Duncan Aviation announced that a new 45,000-sq-ft paint shop at its Lincoln, Neb. facility will be in service next spring. It is designed to accommodate aircraft as large as the Gulfstream G650, Bombardier Global Express and Dassault Falcon 7X. The $10.5 million facility incorporates down-draft airflow, automatic monitoring and alarms.
In a $280 million deal AAR has acquired Telair International and Nordisk Aviation Products.
Bombardier Aerospace announced yesterday that Global 7000 and 8000 aft fuselages will be built at its site in Queretaro, Mexico. The Mexican site already produces the aft fuselage of the Global 5000 and 6000, as well as the Learjet 85 aircraft’s major composite structures. Final assembly of Global 7000s and 8000s will take place at Bombardier’s Toronto, Ontario plant.
Bombardier expects to complete all the so-called data sets for the C Series airliner by year-end, as the Canadian company continues its deliberate march toward a second-half 2012 first flight of the 100- to 125-seat CS100.
France’s Sagem announced that the infrared-guided version of its Armement Air-Sol Modulaire (AASM, also known as Hammer) has been fielded by both the French air force and navy, and that it has been used operationally over Libya.
Rolls-Royce introduced the first of a two-phase performance improvement for the Trent 900 engines that power the Airbus A380 airliner. Turbofans now delivered to A380 operators have a 1-percent improvement in specific fuel consumption, compared with the initial units. Second-phase improvements due to enter service during 2013 will deliver a further 0.8-percent reduction in fuel burn.
FACC AG delivered the first set of winglets for a Falcon 2000LX to Dassault Aviation yesterday. The company signed a contract with the French aircraft manufacturer for delivery of OEM winglets for the Falcon 2000LX and 900LX in April.
Gulfstream Aerospace will expand its service center at Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield, Mass. The $20 million project will add a 100,000-sq-ft maintenance facility to the complex.
Jet Aviation Hong Kong has received Hong Kong Civil Aviation Authority approval to perform line maintenance on the Dassault Falcon 2000EX EASy/LX.