Airbus COO for customers John Leahy remains optimistic, even when faced with no increase in deliveries of new aircraft in 2010; one man’s zero growth is another’s stable marketplace. Airliner shipments have climbed steadily since 2002 as the European manufacturer’s order backlog (and that of U.S. competitor Boeing) soared on the back of the past economic cycle.
Boeing's decision to re-engine the existing 737 will depend not only on the actions of arch-rival Airbus, but whether or not the Chicago-based airframe maker concludes that it could bring to market a good enough replacement airplane by 2020, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney told analysts and investors at last week’s Sanford C. Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference in New York.
Airbus did its best to show a brave face during the May 19 ceremony marking the delivery of the first Lufthansa Airlines A380. For despite the festive atmosphere and the fact that Lufthansa had become the fifth airline to accept delivery of the superjumbo, the struggles the program has experienced couldn’t go completely ignored.
The aerospace industry has been more resilient than expected to the impact of the financial crisis and, as a consequence, the long-anticipated steep downturn in airliner output has not materialized and probably will not materialize. This was the uncharacterically bullish perspective of GKN Aerospace CEO Marcus Bryson, who since 2008 has been warning of a decline in output and income and bracing the aerostructures maker for impact.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-26A, Princeton, Ky., April 3, 2010–The Part 91 personal IFR flight ended with the turboprop twin substantially damaged, when the pilot was unable to maintain directional control on landing rollout at Princeton-Caldwell County Airport. The pilot told investigators that as the airplane began to veer to the right side of the runway toward a ditch he added full power in an attempt to fly over it.
Bombardier Aerospace has embarked on an aircraft service program in which it will invest some $35 million over the next five years to structure a worldwide service and maintenance network centered on three major hubs. The Canadian airframer last month officially opened its new wholly owned service center at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, where some $8 million has already been invested.
Maria Sastre was appointed COO of Signature Flight Support’s global operations. Previously she headed the charity organization Take Stock in Children and was v-p of operations with Royal Caribbean Cruises.
In its latest monthly business jet market report, JPMorgan North American Equity Research said demand for new business jets is “still in the doldrums.” As proof, the firm said Cessna Citations aren’t even 70 percent sold out this year, while Embraer “has seen little pickup in demand” for its executive jets.
Bombardier Aerospace has opened its third commercial aircraft service center in the U.S. The facility, located in Macon, Ga., and operated by Bombardier Customer Services, joins two pre-existing Bombardier-owned commercial aircraft service centers located in Bridgeport, W.Va., and Tucson, Ariz. The facility will perform heavy maintenance on the Bombardier CRJ100/200/700/900.
Silentium Air Presents the Quiet 300
Silentium Air (Booth No. 688) has announced the market introduction of its Silentium Air 300 series, a customized noise-reduction kit developed uniquely for Bombardier’s Challenger 300.