Boeing delivered the first 737NG with the new Sky Interior cabin to FlyDubai on October 27. It was the airline’s 10th 737NG of a firm order for 50.
When it comes to mockups, Altitude Aerospace has taken it to a new level with the Boeing Business Jet Pounamu cabin that was on display last month at NBAA 2010.
Project Pounamu was formed late last year, the child of a collaboration of skilled business jet interior specialists, partially funded by the New Zealand government, with a grant from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
When it comes to creating mockups, Altitude Aerospace has taken the art to a new level with the Boeing Business Jet Pounamu cabin on display here at NBAA 2010 (Booth No. 1213).
Project Pounamu was formed in late 2009, the child of a collaboration of skilled business jet interior specialists, partially funded by the New Zealand government and with a grant from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
CFM International, the GE/Safran partnership that developed the CFM56 high-bypass turbofan, is celebrating its 36th anniversary with a record 500 million engine flight hours in service. The CFM56 powers Boeing BBJs and Airbus ACJs as well as thousands of Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s and A340s. CFM International has delivered more than 21,000 engines since the first entered service in 1982.
Head-of-state and VVIP completions centers are awaiting two new Boeing widebodies–the 747-8 and the all-composite 787. Both aircraft, which have suffered from well-publicized program delays, are currently in flight test and customer deliveries should begin next year.
The multi-role business jet cabin has come of age as several companies step in to serve a growing market for such interiors. Altitude VIP Completions of Auckland, New Zealand, announced its BBJ-C cabin last fall, and partner Rainsford Mann Design (RMD) is already creating cabin concepts with modules for as many as five distinctively different roles.
Supporting India's growing fleet of business aircraft has been the core activity for Indian maintenance, repair and overhaul group Air Works. Last year, the company became the country's first independent MRO to achieve certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Jet Aviation Basel recently signed agreements with undisclosed clients for the executive completions of two A319 ACJs and a BBJ3. Jet Aviation says its in-house interior studio will design the cabin interiors of two of the three aircraft. Layouts for all three aircraft include living and dining areas and private bedrooms with en suite bathrooms.
The U.S. FAA and Europe’s EASA jointly certified CFM International’s new CFM56-7BE engine for the Boeing 737 family last Friday.
CFM expects the engine to begin Boeing 737 flight testing during the fourth quarter and enter service in mid-2011, in time to coincide with Boeing Next-Generation 737 airframe improvements.
Swedish company CTT Systems has been providing its Cair aircraft humidification system to completion centers of large VIP aircraft for several years, but it has now taken a leap into the major leagues. For the first time, the Cair system has been installed by an aircraft manufacturer, with Airbus leading the way in the first-class cabins on Lufthansa’s new A380 double-decker.