GE Aviation is to expand its manufacturing and R&D capacity in the U.S. with three new facilities to open by 2013, the company announced Tuesday. It expects its production rates to grow from 3,000 commercial and military engine deliveries in 2011 to 3,400 deliveries in 2012 and 3,800 deliveries in 2013, requiring $580 million in plant, equipment and tooling during the 2011-2012 time frame across its network of 55 U.S. operations.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based Alsalam Aircraft was at the Dubai Air Show in November featuring a growing capacity for high-end cabin completion work on larger business jets, from the Airbus ACJ series through the Boeing 747 series.
The company has already done a number of interiors for Saudi Royal Flight, and in December announced a partnership with MAZ Aviation, also of Riyadh, for new-aircraft design work.
When Boeing 747-8F launch customer Cargolux postponed delivery of its first two airplanes in September, pundits almost immediately began tossing about theories that Qatar Airways boss and Cargolux director Akbar al Baker was behind the sudden move for various ulterior motives.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is achieving faster growth on the civil side of its business than on the military side, for which it is arguably better known. The group’s recently published results for the first half of 2011 show civil sales up by 29 percent over the same period in 2010, accounting for $492 million out of total sales of $1.8 billion, which represented an 11-percent increase over last year’s results.
Boeing announced today that it will deliver the first 747-8 Freighter to launch customer Cargolux on September 19 at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Cargolux plans to take delivery of its second airplane on September 21. The carrier has ordered a total of 13 of the new airplanes.
Boeing received FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for the new 747-8F Freighter on August 19. Certification of the 747-8F paves the way for first delivery to launch customer Cargolux early next month.
The Boeing 747-8F Freighter gained FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification last Friday, paving the way for first delivery to launch customer Cargolux early next month. “Over the last several years, this team has overcome challenge after challenge,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Jet Aviation has signed another BBJ2 cabin completion contract with an unidentified customer, even as the Basel, Switzerland-based center gears up to meet growing demand for single-aisle and twin-aisle airliner reconfigurations.
BedekAviation Group is strengthening its relationship with two Chinese companies to cater better for its growing freighter conversion business. The company is the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary of Israeli Aerospace Industries, and a sizeable slice of its revenues come from its passenger-to-freighter conversion line, which it says has grown in 2010 over 2009.
SR Technics, best known for its maintenance, repair and overhaul business of 80 years, is expanding into the private aviation cabin completion and refurbishment business.