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.
Lufthansa Technik has won a contract to do the first interior for an executive version of Boeing’s new 747-8. The owner, whose identity has not been disclosed, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Hamburg, Germany-based interiors shop early last month. Lufthansa Technik expects the job to require as much as 18 months. This will be the company’s 16th 747 executive completion project.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries yesterday said it will establish a wholly owned subsidiary to produce commercial aircraft components in Hanoi, Vietnam. Plans call for the new division, dubbed MHI Aerospace Vietnam Co., Ltd. (MHIVA), to begin assembling metal aircraft components by the spring of 2009, starting with flaps for the Boeing 737.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its third-quarter shipment and billings report, showing good news for business aviation OEMs that already have record backlogs. As the industry adapts to a market where for the first time, more aircraft orders come from outside the U.S.
After less than three years as a stand-alone company, MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) has doubled its workforce to more than 400 and expects revenues of at least $150 million this year.
Jeppesen introduced the follow-on version to its CD-ROM FliteCrew DLS training program for pilots. Consisting of eight computer-based modules, the software includes individual sections covering weather, aircraft performance, airport operations, regulations (Part 91 and 135), AIM procedures, human factors, charts and navigation and recurrent medical training, the latter developed with partner MedAire.
Eclipse Aviation signed a contract with Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) of Japan for the manufacture of complete wing assemblies for the Eclipse 500 very light jet. As part of the long-term agreement, Eclipse also licensed its friction-stir welding process to FHI for use in the wing assemblies, as well as other potential applications within FHI’s manufacturing operations.
The first four years of the 2000s have been a trial for aviation. While the decade got off to a heady start in 2000 with the high times of the late-1990s boom still going strong, by the spring of 2001 the industry’s fortunes were taking a southerly course.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise made good on a promise to challenge the aerospace industry’s established aircraft leasing giants by committing to orders for 200 new Airbus and Boeing jets worth more than $27 billion.