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.
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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.
There is “uneven progress” toward recovery, JPMorgan said in its latest business jet market update.
Amac Aerospace (Stand 1079) has decided to expand its business aircraft maintenance and completion activity into the widebody VVIP segment. The Basel, Switzerland-based company has signed a contract for the completion of a VVIP Boeing 747-8 cabin interior and is building an 88,000-sq-ft hangar and preparing to hire more staff.
The case for a “re-engined” Boeing 737 appears as weak as, if not weaker than at any time since the Chicago-based aerospace giant began exploring the prospect long before Airbus launched the A320neo, judging by the comments of Boeing CEO Jim McNerney at Thursday’s Cowen Aerospace & Defense Conference in New York.
Starling Aerospace Interiors in the UK has already designed and built executive interiors, delivered in kit form, for installation in RJ70s being converted to private or business aviation use. Now the London-based center is undertaking a project to design, build and certify a stateroom and lavatory kit for installation in a Boeing 757.
Republican lawmakers and conservative pundits claim that an April 20 National Labor Relations Board complaint against Boeing for building a 787 plant in South Carolina–a so-called right-to-work state–somehow arose out of the Obama Administration’s desire to punish the company for behaving in its own best interest.