The aerospace and transportation systems division of the Liebherr Group represented only 11 percent of the multinational group’s 2011 turnover of €8.3 billion ($11.5 billion). And its customer service facility in Saline, Michigan, a city of 9,000 people near Detroit, is a long way from Liebherr’s headquarters in the picturesque town of Bulle, Switzerland.
The first Bombardier C Series CS100 will fly before the end of this year, asserted Mike Arcamone, president of the Montreal-based airframer’s commercial aircraft division, at a briefing last week at the company’s headquarters ahead of next month’s Farnborough International Airshow.
Bombardier Aerospace “is confident in the strong, long-term potential of the business aircraft industry” and, in its latest 20-year forecast for the business aircraft market, released today, it predicts deliveries of 24,000 business jets (excluding very light jets and bizliners) worth $648 billion from 2012 to 2031. Broken down in 10-year increments, the forecast anticipates 9,800 business jet deliveries worth $266 billion from 2012 to 2021 and 14,200 deliveries worth $382 billion from 2022 to 2031.
Aircraft components manufacturer Liebherr-Aerospace has expanded its customer service facility in Saline, Mich., by 33,000 sq ft to meet an increasing demand for landing-gear overhauls of Embraer and other aircraft operating in North and South America. The company said the expansion will help accommodate future service on Bombardier C Series and Airbus A350XWB landing gear.
Pratt & Whitney signed a definitive agreement with Russia’s Irkut on Tuesday to supply the PurePower PW1400G turbofan for Irkut’s planned MC-21 narrowbodies. The contract secures the PurePower engine—formerly known as the Geared Turbofan—as the only Western powerplant offered on the 150- to 210-seat series of jets.
For the uninitiated, China can be a scary place to consider establishing a manufacturing operation. Tales abound of product designs being copied, many well documented and ranging from high-end golf clubs to industrial fittings, movies, books and even electronic components.
Pratt & Whitney Canada expects to assemble and ground test the first PW800 demonstrator “some time this year,” P&WC president John Saabas told AIN during Pratt & Whitney’s “Media Day” event, held last month in Hartford, Conn. The PW800, which had won a place on the now defunct Cessna Citation Columbus in 2008, lost its only application when the program was suspended in 2009.
Bombardier Aerospace recently opened a new office in Shanghai. It is home to the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft teams working with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Bombardier Aerospace’s supply chain organization in China, and it also serves as the headquarters for the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft sales and marketing team for China and North Asia.
Pratt & Whitney Canada claims to have improved turnaround times for customers by 20 percent through a number of advances and innovations. For example, its online diagnostic tool enables customers using its PW300 turbofan, PW100 turboprop and PW200 turboshaft engine families to diagnose their engine issues quickly.
Here at the EBACE show, the engine maker is introducing a new product called flight acquisition storage transmission (FAST). This automatically acquires, stores and transmits engine and aircraft flight data for analysis for planned maintenance.
Bombardier Aerospace has strengthened its alliance with Fokker Services to increase the availability and reduce the cost of spare parts for operators of its out-of-production Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300. Under the agreement Fokker Services has secured more than 2,600 part numbers from Bombardier for worldwide distribution. Bombardier will also continue to market and sell Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300 parts to operators worldwide.