Greenpoint Aerospace has acquired Jet Works Air Center, a business aircraft completion, refurbishment and MRO facility at Denton (Texas) Municipal Airport. Greenpoint plans to perform interior refurbishment and executive completion work, exterior paint, avionics repair and installation and MRO work at the new location. .
Hong Kong-based Asian Sky Group recently closed four “high-level contracts to provide corporate sales and service work for important Asian-based clients,” it announced today. The transactions included the outfitting acceptance on schedule for a new ACJ318 completed by Lufthansa Technik for a Japanese client; an agreement to oversee and manage an ACJ319 from green delivery through to its redelivery from the Airbus Corporate Jet Center for a Chinese client; the sale of a pre-owned ACJ319 to a Chinese client; and the green delivery of a new BBJ1 from Boeing for a Chinese client.
Boeing and Airbus will share in the spoils of a massive investment by Lufthansa Group involving orders for 59 widebody airplanes worth $18.7 billion at list prices, the German airline announced Thursday.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) opened an additional hangar at its home base at Berlin-Schoenefeld and added 12 jobs, including 10 mechanics, bringing the number of staff currently employed at LBAS to 183. The additional capacity means the MRO can handle one aircraft in the Bombardier Global series and four aircraft up to the size of a Challenger 850. The hangar has been expanded to include a battery shop and a wheel reconditioning workshop, along with offices and recreation rooms.
Lufthansa Technik is seeking and training new technicians. Recently 137 students began either traditional or dual-study training programs at Lufthansa Technik Group sites in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Alzey, Munich and Arnstadt. The new class brings to 668 the total number of young people at Lufthansa Technik on their way to professions in technical aircraft services.
For the second consecutive year, Airbus has selected Lufthansa Technik as the “best VIP cabin outfitter” for the interior work done at its completion center in Hamburg, Germany, and at BizJet International, its U.S. subsidiary in Tulsa, Okla.
The award recognizes the best of the Airbus-approved outfitting centers in 2012. In accepting it, Dr. Hans Schmitz, Lufthansa Technik senior v-p of VIP and executive jet solutions, made a point of thanking all employees “within our VIP business for their permanent engagement and discipline.”
Honeywell and Safran said they have completed the first major phase of testing of their electric green taxiing system (EGTS), which is installed on an Airbus A320 that will conduct daily demonstrations at the Paris Air Show through Friday. On Monday, the companies announced a memorandum of understanding with Air France to further develop the system. The agreement “will enable Air France to analyze the potential technical, operational and financial benefits of the EGTS,” according to the companies.
Lufthansa has firmed up on its order for 100 Airbus A320s and International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has added a further 50 A320neos to its previous order for 100 aircraft.
The German carrier will take a mixed fleet of 35 A320neos (new engine order), 35 A321neos and 30 A320ceos (conventional engine order), with Sharklet wingtips. It says the aircraft will meet future growth and fleet renewal needs and will “contribute significantly to reducing noise and emissions.”
Despite the torrential rain at Le Bourget yesterday, Airbus and Boeing both notched up some key commitments. While the latter edged closer to being able to launch the 787-10X, with interest from Gecas, its rival across the Atlantic also courted the world’s leading lessors, with ILFC ordering even more A320neos; and Doric placing an order for A380s.
The oft-critiqued Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental (747-8I) program appears finally to have found its stride following a series of development delays and struggles with performance shortcomings. Needing to adjust to soft demand in the very-large widebody market, however, Boeing (Chalets A324 and B321) recently cut 747-8 production rates from two to 1.75 per month and its 20-year projection for the large widebody market segment by 4 percent, leading to inevitable questions about the long-term viability of the latest iteration of the Queen of the Skies.