Sir Ralph Robins, formerly executive chairman of Rolls-Royce, has joined the board of Gama Group as a non-executive chairman. “This comes at a time of significant expansion and I am very much looking forward to working with him,” said Marwan Khalek, CEO of Gama Group. “Sir Ralph’s unique blend of aerospace, international business, corporate governance experience and know-how will ensure that we deliver even better value to our customers, employees and investors.”
Bombardier Flexjet launched an 11-city tour to showcase the Learjet 85, which will be the next aircraft type addition to its fractional fleet. Besides being able to view the Learjet 85 cabin mockup, attendees will also be able to test drive Rolls-Royce Phantom and Ghost autos and play a World Championship golf course in a Full Swing Golf simulator.
Aviall Services has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Rolls-Royce for parts, modules and tooling for the RR300 turboshaft used on the Robinson R66. Deliveries of the R66 have already passed the 150 mark; the helicopter manufacturer expects deliveries to peak at several hundred per year, with annual flight hours reaching nearly 900,000 by 2020.
Engine maker Rolls-Royce (Stand 348) plans to increase its global network of authorized service centers for corporate aircraft engines and strengthen its relationship with existing centers. The company is expected to announce the appointment of additional service centers here at EBACE this week.
Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Cadorath Aerospace has added 15 new Bell helicopter repairs to its list of services. The company’s design and engineering department has an ongoing program to develop approved repairs for the Bell product line and is nearing almost 800 repairs now available.
The new Rolls-Royce factory in Singapore could be producing half of the company’s large commercial engines by the middle of this decade. The 1.65-million-sq-ft campus at Seletar Airport has cost more than $450 million to build, with some of the funding coming from the island republic’s Economic Development Board. Rolls-Royce managers expect to assemble engines and make fan blades more efficiently here than in the UK, thanks to the clean-sheet, all-under-one-roof building designs.
Eurocopter AS350B2 buyer Saul Maia has selected Uniflight’s Grand Prairie, Texas, maintenance and completions facility to perform a VIP completion on the helicopter. Maia’s AS350B2 was delivered to Uniflight last month. “I looked at a variety of completion houses,” Maia said. “There are many out there to choose from. I talked to industry people who I trust. I really did my homework. In the end, Uniflight was the obvious choice for me. I am very confident in the staff that I met there and their capability to give me the aircraft I imagine in my mind.”
Rolls-Royce has introduced the first of a two-phase performance improvement for the Trent 900 engines that power the Airbus A380 airliner. Turbofans now being delivered to A380 operators have a one-percent improvement in specific fuel consumption compared with the initial units.
Rolls-Royce has won an order from Saudi Arabian Airlines to provide Trent 700 engines and TotalCare support for four Airbus A330s that the Middle Eastern carrier has on order. It also covers four options, should they be exercised. The deal could be worth up to $500 million.
The announcement of the new joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney was hardly a statement of marriage, but the vows made by the two aero-engine giants on October 12 nevertheless marked the securing of their long-term future in the huge market for mid-sized aero-engines up to 2030.