Aircraft refurbisher Goderich Aircraft has broken ground on a 43,000-sq-ft hangar at its Huron Park, Ontario (Canada) facility. When completed, the new structure will have space for two Boeing Business Jets, and back shops to support heavy maintenance, modifications and installation of avionics and refurbished interior components, as well as a customer lounge, conference rooms and an interior design center.
Boeing Business Jet
Remote medical care provider MedAire (Booth No. 1075) yesterday renewed its contract
with Boeing Business Jets to supply medical services and equipment on board each BBJ the manufacturer delivers. Boeing has also extended the service to include 747-8 and 787 VIP-configured jets.
Business aviation support company Arinc Direct and Rockwell Collins have been awarded a contract for the installation and certification of the Rockwell Collins eXchange satellite broadband communication system on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ).
Few segments of the completion and refurbishment industry are as busy as that of narrowbody and widebody cabin finish work, and Gore Design Completions (Booth No. 2289) is rapidly filling its interiors dance card.
Lufthansa Technik, one of the world’s largest centers for interior completion and refurbishment of narrow- and widebody aircraft is expanding in a move designed to increase its capacity in the face of growing market demand.
At a press conference here yesterday, chairman August-Wilhelm Henningsen went into some detail regarding Lufthansa Technik’s recent growth in the U.S. and Switzerland.
Call it the super-sizing of the large-cabin business jet. Orders for executive-configured airliners are far exceeding manufacturers’ projections.
“We’ve seen quite a jump in orders for these aircraft,” said David Velupillai, marketing director for Airbus’ executive and private aviation division. “We’ve sold a lot more than we expected.”
Greenpoint Technologies, like most of the narrowbody and widebody completion centers, is dealing with growing demand. The Kirkland, Wash.-based independent completion center (Booth No. 948) specializes in Boeing Business Jet interiors. It is scheduled to deliver one this month and will be replacing it with another in the first quarter of next year.
Boeing’s first BBJ3 is nearing completion at DeCrane Aircraft in Georgetown, Del., which is installing long-range fuel tanks and a head-up display. Once this work is done and the fuel system is certified, the first BBJ3 will undergo interior completion at an undisclosed completion center of the customer’s choice. The auxiliary fuel tank system allows the BBJ3 to fly 4,725 to 4,535 nm, depending on passenger load.
DeCrane Aerospace was founded 19 years ago by Jack DeCrane with the idea of assembling under a single umbrella all aspects of aircraft interior completion and refurbishment. Here at NBAA (Booth No. 268), DeCrane has pulled together all its interior products divisions more closely, under a more centralized marketing strategy, to offer a “single-source solution” to the executive/VIP cabin.
The comment period closed last month on an FAA notice of proposed policy making on airport weight-bearing restrictions (www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html “search line” number 15495). The proposal drew most of its response from those opposed to the FAA setting such standards.