It is “challenging” selling BBJs in the present economic environment, Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor told reporters here in Geneva yesterday. Though the order book for this year is still open and looking for ink, Taylor was optimistic that negotiations begun at the 2012 ABACE show in Shanghai, China, in March would produce real orders before the year is out, if not at EBACE.
Performance-based navigation (PBN) flight paths, designed by General Electric Aviation, were validated last week at Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport (ZUJZ) in the Sichuan Province of China.
The design window “is closing” on the final configuration of the re-engined Boeing 737 Max narrowbody airliner.
Boeing unveiled a new “advanced technology winglet” design for the 737 Max on Wednesday, saying that it will provide up to an additional 1.5-percent fuel-burn advantage on top of the 10- to 12-percent improvement already advertised for the re-engined narrowbody.
An unnamed Greek aircraft maintenance engineer received a 10-year prison sentence this week from an Athens court for allegedly not resetting a cockpit switch following maintenance work on a Helios Airways Boeing 737‐300 done in 2005.
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes has received authorization from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to provide conventional and electrostatic painting, weighing and recalibration services for other companies’ aircraft in its maintenance center in Confins, Belo Horizonte. ANAC’s authorization covers the Boeing 737-700 and 737-800, identical to those of Gol’s fleet, as well as the 737-300.
Following an announcement yesterday from Boeing that revealed more details about the 737 Max airliner series, Boeing Business Jets confirmed in response to AIN questions that the BBJ1, BBJ2 and BBJ3 bizliners will be transitioning to the upgraded Max platform. For airline use, Boeing plans to develop the 737-8 Max first, then the -9 and finally the -7.
Boeing has made a series of design updates to the re-engined 737 Max to support performance requirements. The updates, announced April 11, involve the design of the aircraft’s aft body, engine installation and flight control system.
“China is the business jet market for the next decade,” Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor said here yesterday at ABACE. He predicted “steady growth” for BBJ orders and deliveries in China, fueled mainly by aircraft charter operator customers that–unlike in other parts of the world–are the dominant players for new business jets in the Asian country.