With its ACJ318 on a demonstration flight and on the display line for the opening of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, Airbus unleashed a considerable first-time presence at the show in São Paulo, Brazil.
Korean Air has converted a letter of intent covering 10 CS300 airliners to a firm order, Bombardier Aerospace announced today. The transaction also includes options on 10 CS300s and purchase rights on another 10. The larger of the two CSeries models, the CS300 can hold as many as 145 passengers, assuming a seat pitch of 30 inches.
Lufthansa has placed a firm order for 25 Airbus A320neos and five A321neos, all powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G turbofans, the European manufacturer announced this morning. This contract follows the selection by the Lufthansa supervisory board of the A320neo family in March this year. This latest order by Lufthansa Group raises its order total to 443 Airbus airplanes.
Having Lufthansa Technik show up at an aviation trade show is a bit like having Santa Claus show up at the company party with a bag of toys, and this year’s Ebace was no exception.
There are growing signs that business aviation is entering a recovery period, and reports from the completion and refurbishment side of the house suggest that cabin outfitting is shaking off the effects of a prolonged recession.
Independent completion and refurbishment specialist Lufthansa Technik will be providing cabin outfitting on a new Boeing Business Jet destined for corporate service with the new Beijing Airlines, a subsidiary of Air China.
Lufthansa Technik’s VIP and Executive Jet Solutions Division is now offering what it claims is a new standard in sleep comfort in the form of its Flexidreamer mattress for executive aircraft. The claim is based on Lufthansa Technik proprietary and patented development and “not only sets new standards in comfort but also satisfies all aviation authority requirements.”
Lufthansa Technik has begun construction of a new maintenance hangar at the future Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER). The Hamburg-based company is investing $23 million in the new hangar, which will be able to accommodate up to five short-haul and medium-haul aircraft or alternatively one widebody as large as an Airbus A340. Completion of the 72,000-sq-ft facility is anticipated to be in the first half of next year.
Sunaero (Hall 4 Stand B133), a French company specializing in the detection and prevention of fuel leaks in aircraft, has come to the Paris Air Show convinced that its niche activity will carry it on a wave of business growth over the next decade. The Lyon-based firm claims that the process it has developed since 1992 provides the most reliable way of protecting against leaks while minimizing aircraft downtime.
British airline group bmi has signed two new agreements with Lufthansa Technik. Under the terms of the first agreement Lufthansa Technik will continue to supply base maintenance services for 41 aircraft of the complete bmi and bmibaby fleets, which include 25 Airbus A320s, two A330s and 14 Boeing 737s. The contract calls for more than 200 C checks to be performed over the next seven years.