Standing at 88 orders so far this year, regional turboprop manufacturer ATR’s order book may well break the previous record of 90 in 2005, a confident Stéphane Mayer, the company’s CEO, said here yesterday during a press conference.
N3 Engine Overhaul Services–a joint venture between Rolls-Royce (Stand W206) and Lufthansa Technik (Stand C518)–opened officially in September. It is the latest in a global network of Trent engine overhaul facilities.
Emirates Airline launched a new era in air travel last month when it flew its first Boeing 777-200LR from Dubai to São Paulo, Brazil. The trip marked the first time any carrier has linked all the world’s permanently inhabited continents with nonstop service from one hub.
Embraer’s executive jet division comes to Dubai in bullish form with announcements for more than $200 million of new business and forecasts for strong growth in the sector, particularly in light and very light jets.
Royal Jordanian Airlines has opted to take two 72-seat E-175 jetliners in lieu of two of seven 100-seat E-195s it ordered last year. The first of the E-175s is to be delivered in May 2008 and will feature a cabin with 60 economy-class seats and a 12-seat first-class section.
As if fully autonomous UAV operations didn’t present enough of a challenge, Saab Aerosystems is developing one of its unmanned systems to operate at sea. The Skeldar M is a version of the company’s V-150 Skeldar (shield) rotary-wing UAV intended for operation from a variety of vessels.
Mubadala Development Company has changed the name of its Gulf Aircraft Maintenance (GAMCO) subsidiary to Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies. The Abu Dhabi government-owned Mubadala (Stand W300) aims to grow its annual revenue from a current $300 million to $800 million by 2012.
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