Honeywell TFE731 maintenance shops at Harrods Aviation in Farnborough, UK, and Sweden’s Volvo Aero have signed a service agreement combining their offerings. The result is a one-stop, heavy maintenance and overhaul team fully supporting the popular turbofan. Honeywell has designated Harrods’ engine shop a major service center, while Volvo Aero has offered heavy maintenance on the TFE731 Classic, -20, -40 and -60 variants.
Virgin USA has launched Virgin Charter, an online marketplace for charter operators and customers.
Saudi Arabia and the UK have already concluded the huge contract for 72 Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets that has been in negotiation for 18 months, informed sources told Aviation International News yesterday. The deal will be worth about $16 billion for the airframes alone.
The UK is wheeling out the big guns at the show this year, led by chief of the air staff, air chief marshall Sir Glenn Torpy. Alan Garwood, head of the Defence Export Services Organisation, and air vice marshal Gavin Mackay, senior military adviser to DESO, are joining him here in Paris.
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft reports a “major service expansion” this year at London City Airport, where 44 percent of daily departures involve its BAe 146 or Avro RJ regional jets, which also account for 62 percent of each day’s seats.
“A guide to aircraft fuel contents testing” is the title of a paper to be delivered by Tony Moore, technical director of Cirencester, UK-based BCF Designs, at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Technology Theatre here at the airshow. Moore has led the BCF team working to improve fuel test safety for nearly two years.
The UK aerospace industry is well represented at Paris once more, and it continues to thrive as the second largest in the world after the U.S., directly employing some 124,000 people and supporting a total of more than 276,000 jobs, according to the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC).
As the Paris Air Show opens, UK-based BAE Systems, amidst ongoing allegations of corruption regarding its dealings with Saudi Arabia, has taken steps to open itself to investigation by an independent committee while in the U.S. Congressional committees recently lifted blocks on some arms transfer requests by BAE North America.
Does the recent sale of its Inertial Products business signal a round of sell-offs by BAE Systems? A statement accompanying the move noted that the company’s strategy is to expand as a developer and integrator of systems and “de-emphasize its role as a components provider.”
Shell Aviation (Booth No. 420) is preparing to offer its Shell Card to clients in Germany, France and Austria beginning later this year and is looking at what else it can do to boost the benefits its customers can derive through advanced information technology (IT) in the purchasing process.