Lufthansa Technik is offering a new executive shuttle VIP interior concept for Airbus and Boeing narrowbodies that offers configurations varying from 20 to 52 passengers for the A320 family and 20 to 56 passengers for the Boeing 737. The company has developed 20 different cabin layouts for both aircraft families, from “an all-business/first-class configuration to more sophisticated versions with sleeping options, meeting and dining areas or private rooms.”
Oil prices would have to drop far below $70 a barrel before OEMs feel any effect on demand for commercial airliners, notwithstanding speculation that precipitous price declines could discourage airlines from committing to more efficient jets at a time when replacement demand accounts for half of all orders for new airplanes, according to Boeing analysis.
Airbus is discussing with airlines the possibility of building an extended-range version of the A321neo narrowbody airliner that would offer a replacement for the Boeing 757, which is no longer in production. An Airbus spokesman confirmed the outreach effort, which is at an early stage.
Boeing and China’s Comac on Wednesday opened a demonstration facility for turning waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as gutter oil in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel. Experts in the field estimate that China generates enough gutter oil to produce 500 million gallons of biofuel annually.
Jeppesen (Booth 1298) announced that it will supply navigation and flight data to support the InSight integrated flight deck from Universal Avionics, which is expected to be certified in the second quarter of 2015. The company will supply digital terminal chart data with own-ship position capabilities, airport moving map data, nav data, cultural data and obstacle data on a global basis. All of it will be updatable through the Jeppesen distribution manager.
Boeing held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday to mark the start of construction of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the company’s Everett, Washington campus. The company gained permits for the new 1 million-square-foot facility some seven weeks earlier than anticipated, allowing for an accelerated start to construction.
In December the Comlux group is set to begin the expansion of the completions hangar at the Indianapolis, Ind. headquarters of its Comlux America division. The investment, announced at last year’s NBAA show, represents a leap of faith on the part of a company that believes rising demand for VIP completions of larger Airbus and Boeing aircraft will offset the relatively sluggish narrowbody sector.
Steve Taylor, president of Seattle-based Boeing Business Jets (Booth 1598 and static display), had a lot of solid news about sales and deliveries for NBAA attendees. “We've seen double-digit sales  this year for the first time since 2008,” he said during a press conference Monday at the NBAA show.
The sales included four BBJ 737s, three 777-300ERs, one BBJ 787 and two BBJ Max 8s. The company has brought a customer’s 2008-vintage BBJ to the static display at Orlando Executive Airport. “Our customer has a new aircraft on order, and this one is for sale,” he said.
Boeing Business Jets has seen a double-digit sales increase–10 aircraft–this year for the first time since 2008, company president Steve Taylor said today at NBAA 2014. These sales included four BBJ 737s, three 777-300ERs, on(407) 932-1795
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Taylor is optimistic that sales will continue to increase and is confident that several MOUs will be in hand by the start of December’s Middle East Business Association meeting in Dubai. “I hope these orders are a sign that the market is turning a corner,” he said.
Honeywell Aerospace (Booth 2000) announced that its Ovation Select cabin management system has been selected by PATS Aircraft Systems (Booth 4285) for installation on a Boeing BBJ2. According to Honeywell, the system is the “ultimate solution” for onboard high-definition entertainment, business productivity and connectivity.
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