Since Aviation Partners announced in October that it would begin accepting orders for its drag-reducing blended winglets for the Dassault Falcon 900 series, the Seattle-based modification specialist has tallied firm commitments to equip at least 10 aircraft. Award of the STC is expected next month. Once approved, the $575,000 modification can be retrofitted to existing Falcon 900s.
Visitors to the MEBA static display will see some Dassault Falcon business jets equipped with Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) Blended Winglets. And more models of the Falcon family will sport API winglets as regulatory approvals come through early next year for upgrades to the 900 and 50 series.
Airbus launched a new engine option yesterday for A320-series airliners, and an Airbus Corporate Jetliner spokesman confirmed to AIN that the option (costing $6 million when specified for the airliner variant) will also be available for all A320-based ACJs except the A318 Elite. Dubbed A320neo, the project offers two new engine choices–the CFM Leap-X or Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G.
BLR Aerospace has named Heritage Aviation of Burlington, Vt., an authorized dealer for its King Air winglets. Under the terms of the agreement Heritage may sell and install BLR’s certified winglets for the King Air line. Heritage has equipped its four King Air C90s with winglets.
Hawker Beechcraft finally revealed firm plans for the long-expected new King Air 250 at the NBAA Convention in October and announced the rebranding of the Premier line as the Hawker 200 as well as a major upgrade program for the Hawker 400XP.
Cessna didn’t resurrect the canceled large-cabin Columbus at the NBAA Convention in October but did unveil a major upgrade to its largest and fastest jet, the Citation X. Dubbed the Citation Ten, the new jet promises to up the ante in the race to field the fastest business jet. That title is currently held by Gulfstream’s G650 with an Mmo of Mach 0.925, but Cessna promises that the Ten’s Mmo will exceed that number.
Boeing’s path for further development of the 737 series doesn’t necessarily include replacing the jet’s CFM56 engines, although that remains an option, according to John Hamilton, 737 chief project engineer. Meanwhile, 737 production continues at escalating rates, and Boeing is adding incremental aerodynamic improvements, as well as the new Sky Interior to keep the line fresh.
BLR Aerospace has named Heritage Aviation of Burlington, Vt., an authorized dealer for its King Air winglets. Heritage Aviation, a 79,000-sq-ft green FBO with maintenance and avionics capabilities, joins a global network of 21 dealers with service facilities in 35 locations.
Boeing and Indian budget carrier SpiceJet announced an order for 30 Next Generation 737-800 with winglets in the presence of U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday in Mumbai. The contract, valued at some $2.3 billion at list prices, came as part of $10 billion worth of trade deals announced during the President’s visit. SpiceJet currently operates a fleet of 24 Boeing 737-800s and 737-900ERs.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) announced the rebranding of its Premier light jet as the Hawker 200 and introduced the King Air 250, a replacement for the King Air 200GT, at the NBAA Convention. The company also announced an upgrade program for the Hawker 400XP that will include new engines.
The Premier/Hawker 200 re-branding is one result of customer surveys and usage analysis Wichita-based HBC recently conducted.