Lufthansa’s supervisory board has approved the purchase of two more Airbus A380s, four A320s and one A330-300, the manufacturer announced today. Already the biggest Airbus operator in the world, Lufthansa carries an order backlog that now includes 85 A320-family jets, nine A330s and nine A380s. Its order book also includes 20 Boeing 747-8s Intercontinentals, first delivery of which it expects early next year.
Court hearings will start December 2 in the lawsuit filed by NBAA and AOPA that seeks to overturn the FAA’s dismantling of the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program early last month. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear arguments from the associations and FAA.
The FAA has proposed a $2.425 million civil penalty against Cessna Aircraft following the in-flight separation of portions of skin on the wing of a Corvalis piston single.
Cessna announced a new twinjet derivative yesterday to serve as a step-up for Mustang owners or as a higher entry-level Citation between the Mustang and CJ2+. Called the M2, the new entrant revives the CJ1+ airframe but with a Garmin G3000 avionics suite, 1,965-pound-thrust Fadec Williams FJ44-1AP-21 engines, subtle winglets and, compared with its predecessor, higher-quality interior furnishings and greater speed.
China’s airliner fleet is set to grow more than three-fold over the next two decades, rising from 1,506 in 2010 to 5,118 in 2030, according to the latest “China Market Outlook for Civil Aircraft 2011-2030” published during last week’s Aviation Expo show in Beijing by the Aviation Industries of China (Avic).
Airliner fleet replacement in mature markets, along with dynamic growth in emerging economies and strong continued business in established North American and European economies, are the principal factors driving 20-year requirements for new equipment.
Embraer has selected Constant Aviation’s Cleveland facility to become an authorized service center for the Phenom 100 and 300. Under the terms of the agreement the MRO will be able to provide complete maintenance and avionics services as well as modifications, composite repairs, Airworthiness Directives and Service Bulletins on both types of aircraft.
While the first-ever appearance of Sukhoi’s T-50 stealth fighter led the list of awe-inspiring spectacles during last week’s Moscow Air Show, the mundane business of commercial transactions made more headlines, as Airbus, Bombardier and local manufacturers busily collected new orders from a growing Russian commercial aviation market. Perhaps the most surprising deal of all involved Moscow-based Transaero, which signed for eight Airbus A320neos.
One can only speculate about whether or not Rupert Murdoch had any role in or opinion about the vigor with which his Wall Street Journal has launched into tabloid-style exposé of high-ranking executives’ personal use of corporate aircraft at companies other than his own now globally infamous News Corp.
There are growing signs that business aviation is entering a recovery period, and reports from the completion and refurbishment side of the house suggest that cabin outfitting is shaking off the effects of a prolonged recession.