Lufthansa Technik has signed a contract to do its first cabin completion on an executive version of the new Boeing 747-8. The four-engine airplane is scheduled to arrive at the company’s Hamburg, Germany completion center in early 2011 and will be delivered to the unidentified customer 18 months later.
Boeing 747-132, over Lake Michigan, Oct. 20, 2004–The Safety Board attributed the separation of the cargo 747’s number-one engine from its mounts to the uncontained separation of a portion of the second-stage turbine disk rim after the second-stage turbine vanes contacted the disk, due to the operator’s inadequate inspection of the high-pressure turbine module and the improper repair of the module.
Rockwell Collins said last month that it has completed the purchase of the SkyLink broadband terminal product line from Arinc for its relaunched eXchange data offering. Collins will sell and support the product line to large business jet operators and OEMs, while Arinc will continue to provide SkyLink Ku-band satellite services.
On December 17 a C-17 Globemaster III heavy airlift airplane touched down at McGuire AFB in New Jersey, completing the type’s first transcontinental flight using a synthetic fuel blend. The flight, which carried an AIN editor on its last leg from McGuire to Andrews AFB, is a crucial step in the Air Force’s plan to certify its entire fleet on synthetic fuel by 2011.
AMAC Aerospace is preparing to open as a new completions, refurbishment and maintenance provider for business aircraft in August. The Swiss start-up company is being founded by former Jet Aviation CEO Heinz Köhli and will be based at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, near Jet Aviation’s completions center. In late October, AMAC signed a 35-year lease on a 452,000-sq-ft site at the airport.
For the better part of a year, Airbus has been referring to the executive version of its A380 as the Flying Palace, so it seemed appropriate that the first customer should be royalty–Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud.
Since reopening its FBO at Sydney International Airport, Australia, early last year, Hawker Pacific Flight Centre’s business has expanded significantly. The company credits its strong relationships with flight-planning organizations Jeppesen, Air Routing and Base Ops for fueling its growth. Hawker Pacific completed a half-million-dollar refurbishment of the passenger terminal in April that includes:
An integrated class-3 electronic flight bag developed by Boeing for airliners will now be offered for retrofit in the Boeing Business Jet and BBJ2.
Boeing Commercial Airplane’s Long Beach, Calif. site vice president and general manager, Pat McKenna, told ERA attendees that two prospective customers could sign deals for 10 to 15 Boeing 717s, and another pair of airlines could commit to “two or three” each before the end of the year.
Showing off the company’s latest electronic database delivery capability, Jeppesen last month marked a noteworthy milestone by sending an entire worldwide JeppView chart update to an aircraft using an onboard wireless Internet connection.