Lockheed Martin has recommended to the FAA that the agency upgrade to Airworthiness Directives a series of service bulletins developed over the past 18 months for the L-329 JetStar, one of the first U.S. business jets, to ensure compliance.
The air-traffic community gathered in the Netherlands last month to discuss the continually evolving options for modernizing ATC. The process is both helped and hindered by technologies that don’t seem to stand still long enough for decisions to endure, but the participants are learning to keep up with this rapid pace of advancement and deal with the slowly gelling cultures of Europe’s main players.
Aircraft cushion specialist Celso says interest is rising for its Soly’t lightened cushion. Thanks to its presence in the cabin of the new Airbus A380 airliner, the small French company is gaining market exposure. Here at the Paris Air Show, it is exhibiting its newest product in Hall 2 Stand I5b.
Brisbane, Australia-based Virgin Blue placed a firm order last month for three Embraer E170s and 11 E190s, along with options on another six airplanes, giving the Brazilian airframe maker its largest-ever sale on the continent.
Boeing says it can squeeze another 600 nm of range out of the new 777-200LR by adding three fuel tanks, giving the world’s longest-range commercial airliner the ability to fly in revenue service as far as 10,000 nm.
With the new Airbus A380 expected to begin operations in little more than ten months’ time, service-support companies are beginning to position themselves to offer maintenance and spares provision for the giant airliner.
Three years had passed since Boeing sold any passenger-carrying 747s when the company surprised the pundits last November by launching the 747-8 on the strength of a pair of orders from two cargo carriers.
Boeing subsidiary Alteon Training and Australian flag-carrier Qantas plan to offer third-party training services under a letter of intent signed here yesterday. The training will be offered at the two companies’ training centers in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Qantas expects the arrangement will permit it to make better use of its facilities and simulators in the latter two cities.
Pressure from a growing chorus of free market proponents has Qantas scrambling to prepare for a likely “phased” introduction of open skies with Singapore. But Australian prime minister John Howard’s apparent sensitivity to the flagcarrier’s concerns about government subsidies has no doubt buoyed spirits as it engages in a war of words with Emirates Airline over that Dubai-based carrier’s designs on more access to Australia.
Boeing employees who remember the sorry state of the airline industry and, frankly, their company during the last Asian Aerospace exposition in 2004 should savor this moment. A more rapid and complete recovery from the depths of fiscal malaise and corporate disfunction seems hard to imagine.