If start-ups are indicators of a healthy completion and refurbishment industry, there is cause for optimism in an industry that has been hard hit over the last several years. Recent months saw the creation of new centers, designers, vendors and consultancies as well as expansion by existing MRO facilities to include cabin outfitting.
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As I flew home amid the screaming babies in the back of a packed 767 from Charles de Gaulle Airport to New York’s JFK, something struck me as different about this Paris Air Show, apart from the exceptional number of orders and so-called commitments the world’s civil aircraft manufacturers had managed to collect for broadcast at Le Bourget.
New Boeing analysis of future passenger- and cargo-capacity requirements confirms the trend toward ever-bigger jetliners, although its perception of global demand for large aircraft (400-plus seats) continues to oscillate. And the forecast sees only slight growth among regional jets, which have declined in number almost continually over the past 10 years. Overall, the U.S.
GE Aviation Systems has been quietly making the most of the downturn to plan an assault on aerospace markets dominated by other companies.
Sanguine projections for equipment demand by the air transport industry suggest good times ahead for the likes of Boeing and Airbus, and increasing production levels by both of the world’s major airframe OEMs would seem to reflect a level of optimism not seen in quite some time. But for Adam Pilarksi, senior vice president with U.S.
It seems clear now that Boeing will not announce a decision on a successor to the 737NG at this Paris Air Show. But even the extent to which it will deliver on its promise to provide more “clarity” about its deliberations remained something of a mystery as the salon was set to open.
Aluminum giant Alcoa (H5 F220) is here exhibiting a fuselage section manufactured with advanced aluminum-lithium alloy sheet that was stretch-formed on existing tooling by Spirit Aerosystems’ factory in Wichita, Kansas. U.S.-based Alcoa is targeting the next generation of single-aisle aircraft (with a clear focus on Boeing’s expected decision this year) as the potential first applications.
As mixed signals continue in the business jet market, JPMorgan North American Equity Research says in its latest industry update that a “decisive recovery [remains] elusive.” The investment firm notes positive trends such as “solid” first-quarter business jet orders announced by Bombardier last week, as well as declining pre-owned aircraft inventories.
Talco Aviation and DRB Aviation have formed a “strategic partnership” that will provide a broad range of completions and refurbishment project supervisory and management services.
In cooperation with DRB Aviation Consultants, Talco will cater to owners and operators of single- and twin-aisle Boeing and Airbus aircraft being converted to executive/VIP use.