October 28, 2014 - 10:15am

United Airlines began flying the world’s longest regularly scheduled Dreamliner route on Sunday with its launch of nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne with its first Boeing 787-9. The route keeps the newest Dreamliner model airborne for some 15 hours, 45 minutes westbound, and 14 hours, 35 minutes eastbound. Carrying 252 passengers, United’s 787-9s fly the service six times a week, competing directly against Qantas Airbus A380s. United’s entry into the Los Angeles-Melbourne market follows almost immediately after Virgin Australia’s withdrawal.

October 25, 2014 - 8:15pm

Operators of aircraft equipped with the Honeywell Primus Epic and Primus Apex avionics suites now have fewer thumb drives to worry about, thanks to a new cloud-based navigation chart update service. Developed in partnership with Englewood, Colo.-based chart provider Jeppesen, the Integrated Navigation Data Service (INDS) Data Manager (IDM) for Windows speeds and simplifies the data delivery and downloading process and reduces the possibility of update errors.

October 25, 2014 - 2:15pm

Two of Cobham Satcom’s most successful high-gain satcom antennas have racked up significant sales figures, with the business jet-optimized Aviator HGA-6000 passing the 1,000-unit milestone. Meanwhile, the Aviator HGA-7001 has surpassed 2,000 sales in the commercial airliner sector.

October 22, 2014 - 6:00pm

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.”

October 22, 2014 - 12:57pm

Oil prices would have to drop far below $70 a barrel before OEMs feel any effect on demand for 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.

October 22, 2014 - 9:36am

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.  

October 21, 2014 - 8:10pm

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.

October 21, 2014 - 2:12pm

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.

October 20, 2014 - 7:15pm

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.

October 20, 2014 - 7:00pm

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 [10] 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.