Engineers at Cessna are finishing architecture and layout planning for the Wichita OEM’s largest jet, the fly-by-wire Columbus, and the company revealed new details about vendors and facilities. The Columbus will be assembled at new facilities in Wichita, and Cessna plans to break ground on the factory later this year.
Boeing announced today it has closed on the deal to acquire Vought Aircraft Industries’ interest in Global Aeronautica, the South Carolina fuselage subassembly maker for the Boeing 787. Under the terms of the transaction, Global Aeronautica becomes a 50-50 joint venture between The Boeing Company and Alenia North America, a subsidiary of Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica.
Making its first appearance at a global aerospace exhibition since being acquired by Boeing last September, equipment and parts distributor Aviall (Hall 5 Stand A17) is promoting key elements of its range of general aviation, airline and military product lines. Exhibits here include Goodyear aircraft tires, Keddeg and PTI filtration products, Otto Instruments turbine engine wiring harnesses and batteries from Teledyne Battery Products.
The deal to sell Raytheon Aircraft to the investment duo GS Capital Partners and Onex Partners for $3.3 billion in cash was finalized March 26 after slightly more than three months of negotiations and legal hurdles. It marked the end of the OEM’s more than 25 years as a relatively small part of a $20 billion public corporation and the beginning of Hawker Beechcraft, a name strong on the company’s history and brands.
It took some deep pockets, but Raytheon Company has found a buyer for its Raytheon Aircraft subsidiary.
Late last year, Raytheon announced “a definitive agreement” that will turn Raytheon Aircraft over to Hawker Beechcraft Corp., newly formed by Onex Partners of Toronto and GS Capital Partners (an affiliate of New York-based Goldman Sachs).
AIN has confirmed that the Carlyle Group, a Washington-based global private equity firm, is one of three bidders for Raytheon Aircraft. The other potential buyers are Cerberus Capital Management, a New York-headquartered investment firm, and Toronto, Canada, holding company Onex.
Spirit AeroSystems of Wichita, Kansas, and Infosys have agreed to jointly establish a new engineering center at the Infosys campus in Bangalore, India. According to Spirit (Stand A1000), the center will concentrate on high-end engineering services including product development, design and analysis of airframe structures, engineering change management and stress engineering support.
Boeing adopted the mantle of systems integrator in a big way with the 787, calling on a group of international partners to produce complete subassemblies for an aircraft that it will assemble in days. It also took the bold step of opting for a composite primary structure throughout, with advantages including lower maintenance costs, increased airframe life and significantly reduced weight.
Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita last month announced it is acquiring BAE Systems’ aerostructures division. To be known as Spirit AeroSystems Europe, the enterprise will produce structural components for Airbus and Boeing airliners, as well as for the Raytheon Hawker 800XP.
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