United Continental Holdings announced that the first of its 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order entered the final assembly phase at Boeing’s factory in Everett, Wash., yesterday. United expects to become the first North American carrier to take delivery of the Dreamliner in “early 2012.”
Ocean Sky has its three new Spanish FBOs up and running in Ibiza, Menorca and Valencia and is planning to add more facilities in Spain. Meanwhile, the Italian element of the expansion plans it unveiled at the Ebace show in May has been delayed, but the company still hopes to open an FBO at an undisclosed airport in Italy next year.
British air-taxi operator start-up FlairJet last month announced plans to start operations next May with a pair of Embraer Phenom 100s. It will lease the very light jets from an undisclosed Embraer customer in Europe that has 10 Phenom 100s on order. FlairJet has placed an order for one Phenom 100, which is scheduled for delivery in 2012. The company also has an option for another.
Monarch Airlines of the UK has ordered CTT Systems’ (Stand A131) zonal-drying systems for its 27-strong fleet. Monarch will equip its Airbus A300s, A320s, A321s and Boeing 757s and 767s by the end of next year.
According to engineering manager Adrian Vaughan, rapidly increasing oil prices means airlines must focus on fuel-saving initiatives.