Airbus unveiled here at NBAA 2014 a new VIP widebody cabin concept, Summit, for the A330-200, featuring a floor plan with an executive configuration in the front of the cabin and airline style seating in the rear. The Summit is intended to appeal to customers, such as governments, that need to transport both a few passengers in VIP accommodations along with a larger group, such as a trade delegation and journalists. However, Airbus (Booth 5099, static display) believes Summit may also be popular with private buyers in the Middle East who often travel in a similar manner.
Associated Air Center (AAC) delivered its first green Airbus A330-200 VVIP widebody completion last month. The project for a prominent, undisclosed customer included a fully customized cabin with full front and rear galleys and a stand-up shower. The equipment installed at the company’s Dallas facility included a high-speed connectivity satcom, high-definition in-flight entertainment, sound insulation throughout the cabin and a complete zonal drier and humidification system.
Airbus won another big endorsement for its single-aisle series—potentially the biggest in its history—by securing a memorandum of understanding from India’s IndiGo covering 250 A320neos, the company said Wednesday.
Airbus announced European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification of the A350-900 widebody on September 30. The manufacturer said U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certification should follow shortly.
The unveiling of a new livery on Thursday of Etihad Airways’ first A380 at Airbus’s Hamburg factory signaled the start of a new era for the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, as it prepares to launch its first services with the superjumbo in December.
Airbus predicted that the airline industry will need to spend $4.6 trillion on some 31,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years in its latest market forecast, released Wednesday.
GA Telesis has signed a long-term agreement with Boeing to sell aircraft and engine material through the Boeing Part Page. GA Telesis is providing overhauled, repaired and new surplus material through a new section of the Boeing Part Page called Part Page Marketplace.
Almost eight years have passed since the Airbus A380 widebody completed certification and entered service. Airbus engineers continue to handle multiple product development tasks for in-service types, and the very first A380 prototype continues to support their efforts with frequent flight testing.
Boeing is forecasting continued strong growth in demand for commercial aviation maintenance technicians and pilots as the global fleet expands over the next 20 years. Boeing’s 2014 Pilot and Technician Outlook also projects that between 2014 and 2033 the world’s aviation system will require 584,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians and 533,000 new commercial airline pilots.
Boeing’s 2014 commercial pilot and mechanic demand forecast, released today, reflects a 7-percent increase in pilot demand over last year’s projections and a 5-percent increase in the outlook for mechanics. In all, the world’s aviation system will require 533,000 new commercial airlines pilots and 584,000 new commercial airline mechanics over the next 20 years, according to Boeing.
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