Boeing will resume flight-testing of its Model 777F cargo aircraft “as soon as possible,” the manufacturer said after the freighter’s first flight on Monday was curtailed by problems unrelated to aircraft performance.
Private Nigerian operator Arik Air confirmed here it is a previously unidentified customer for seven Boeing 737-800s that will bring its fleet to 17 aircraft, of which three will be longer -900 variants. Arik Air also has on order five Boeing 777-300ERs and seven 787-9s (for which deliveries are being renegotiated to a
later date than the previously agreed 2013).
Boeing has begun flight-testing the AH-64D Block III, the latest variant of the Apache gunship helicopter. The first flight occurred at Mesa, Arizona, on June 27. The Block III modernization initiative moved forward in response to the cancellation of the RAH-66 Comanche, and uses funds and technology redirected from that program.
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways announced here yesterday orders for 100 Airbus and Boeing aircraft nominally worth $20 billion. The contracts include options on another 55 jetliners and purchase rights covering an additional 50 machines (see table). If the airline converts all options and purchase rights to firm orders, the value of the overall package would reach about $43 billion in 2008 catalogue prices.
New United Arab Emirates low-cost carrier FlyDubai kicked off firm order announcements at this year’s Farnborough International yesterday morning with a $4 billion purchase of 50 CFM56-7B-powered Boeing 737-800s. It also plans to lease an additional four machines from Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management. Under the terms of the contract, FlyDubai may convert orders for the aircraft to 737-900ERs.
PrivateSky Aviation Services is building an expanded facility on an additional 15 acres at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Fla. The new building will triple the size of the current operation and enable the company to service up to 12 Gulfstreams simultaneously.
Despite the prospective onset of possible economic recession triggered by the credit crunch and record-high oil prices, demand for new jetliners remains robust, according to Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Scott Carson. He sees present circumstances as offering airlines a double-edged sword. “We expect present oil price trends to continue.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes forecasts a $3.2 trillion requirement for some 29,400 commercial jetliners with capacity for more than 29 passengers from 2008 to 2027, driven by increasing demand for new efficient designs.
The hundreds of billions of dollars worth of airliner orders now on the books will help insulate aerospace manufacturing companies from the industry crisis now facing U.S. airlines, according to an aerospace manufacturing trade group based near Washington, D.C.
After regaining profitability for the first time since 2000, the world’s airlines are heading for another downturn, predicts U.S.-based analyst Forecast International in its latest long-term outlook for the industry.