With more than 340 exhibitors signed up by late February, organizers of the fifth Aircraft Interiors Expo 2004 (scheduled to be held from March 30 to April 1 in Hamburg, Germany) expect this show to be the biggest yet, “at least 35 percent bigger than last year.” This year’s show will be highlighted by an interior mockup of the Boeing 7E7 cabin.
Can an airline ever realistically hope to match the level of service and intimate environment a private jet offers? Silverjet Aviation thinks it can, and in January it launched what it calls Silver Service between London and New York with a dramatically modified Boeing 767-200. It might not be a private jet, but in terms of cabin comfort and amenities, it isn’t far from it, and on price it’s more than competitive.
Lufthansa Technik is offering total landing-gear support (TLS) from aircraft purchase through resale. TLS covers the landing gear over its entire life and assumes full responsibility from the moment the aircraft is purchased, including AOG support, overhaul, exchange gear, leasing and loans, through to resale.
Since Connexion by Boeing was announced four years ago, the service has matured from tantalizing possibility to in-service reality.
Lufthansa Airbus A340-300s and -600s are already providing the service on the carrier’s Munich-Tokyo and Munich-Los Angeles routes, and the first Connexion-equipped All Nippon Airlines and Scandinavian Airline System (SAS) aircraft should be in service this fall.
It’s really, really big, and as an executive transport, the giant Airbus A380–unveiled in Toulouse, France, last month– will be the biggest and most complex challenge ever to roll into an independent completion center hangar to be outfitted for executive or personal use.
The Airbus business aircraft juggernaut keeps rolling, and independent completion centers are happily enjoying the result.
Battle lines are being drawn as Boeing Business Jets, which saw sales of its BBJ series slow to a trickle over the past couple of years, now faces the serious challenge of an aggressive competitor in a reviving economic environment.
The opening rounds came at the NBAA Convention in October when Boeing Business Jets and archrival Airbus traded barbs.
Yankee Pacific, created four years ago to “invest in aviation-related businesses and provide business development services to an aviation company client base,” recently expanded its mid-America presence by buying the Tulsa, Okla.-based Lufthansa Technik Completion Engineering (LTCE) assets of its German partner.
When DeCrane Aircraft Holdings bought PATS in 1999, the newly acquired company’s primary focus was on the installation of auxiliary fuel tanks, and in particular an exclusive contract to provide auxiliary tank systems for the Boeing Business Jet. At the time, DeCrane CEO Jack DeCrane noted that the Georgetown, Del.-based company had “significant growth prospects.”
Lufthansa passengers can now book NetJets Europe aircraft to fly them to and from the German flag carrier’s main long-haul hub at Munich. The new Lufthansa Private Jets service, which was set to begin at the start of the summer airline schedule on March 29, will offer passengers fast and direct connections between the Lufthansa airliners and their chartered business jet.