Ever since automaker CEOs went private jet-in-hand to Washington seeking bail-out bucks in 2008, business aircraft have become the political pinata of choice for certain members of the elected, who mistakenly see attacking executive contrails as surefire re-election rhetoric.
Lufthansa’s supervisory board has approved the purchase of two more Airbus A380s, four A320s and one A330-300, the manufacturer announced today. Already the biggest Airbus operator in the world, Lufthansa carries an order backlog that now includes 85 A320-family jets, nine A330s and nine A380s. Its order book also includes 20 Boeing 747-8s Intercontinentals, first delivery of which it expects early next year.
Lufthansa Technik Sofia is expanding its single-aisle hangar capacity by adding two new bays for heavy checks. The company also has plans to build a separate smaller hangar for line maintenance operations and lighter checks. The addition nearly doubles the company’s maintenance, repair and overhaul capacity for the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 series to four aircraft side-by-side.
Boeing made its plans to re-engine the 737NG official on August 30, when it announced board approval to proceed with development of a CFM Leap-1B-powered version of the world’s best selling commercial airplane, dubbed the 737 MAX. However, the company has yet to decide where it will build the new family of airplanes.
Boeing delivered the first of four modified 737-700IGW airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft to South Korea, the second nation after Australia to receive the airborne radar platform. The first E-737 ordered under South Korea’s Peace Eye program arrived August 1 at Gimhae air force base, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing the Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).
Boeing delivered the first 737NG powered by CFM56-7BE turbofans–a 737-800–to China Southern Airlines at Boeing Field in Seattle last week. The new engines, now standard on all new 737s, includes improvements to the high-pressure compressor, a new outlet-guide-vane diffuser, fewer high-pressure-turbine blades and an “optimized” low-pressure turbine.
American Airlines signed a pair of “landmark agreements” to place orders for 460 narrowbody jets from Boeing and Airbus, the airline announced today. Plans call for American to order 260 A320-family aircraft and 200 Boeing 737s, scheduled for delivery starting in 2013 and continuing through 2022.
Independent completion and refurbishment specialist Lufthansa Technik will be providing cabin outfitting on a new Boeing Business Jet destined for corporate service with the new Beijing Airlines, a subsidiary of Air China.
Jet Works Air Center is the product of the merger of Jet Works Aviation and Denton Business Air Center, combining the former’s avionics repair capabilities with the latter’s aircraft paint, interior refurbishment and completions center abilities. The FAR Part 145 repair station offers airframe maintenance, engine line maintenance, avionics service and installation, exterior paint and interior refurbishment.
Dutch engineering and maintenance firm Fokker Aircraft Services (Hall 2B G91) has handed over its first head-of-state, VIP-configured Airbus A320 to Masterjet, a charter company based at Le Bourget Airport. Certified by the U.S.