Bombardier has already thrown its hat into the more-than-100-seats jetliner ring with its C Series design and Embraer is considering its response to perceived market requirements (see box). But industry leaders Airbus and Boeing have been markedly reticent to reveal more of their thinking on the characteristics needed in designs to replace their A320 and 737, respectively, in the 150-passenger class by the end of the next decade.
If it didn’t become immediately apparent when Boeing began alluding to time frames that implied a replacement of the 737 might not materialize until 2020, the company’s recent revelations of new set of design enhancements certainly erased any doubts that a direct replacement will have to wait until designers and engineers squeeze all the efficiency and comfort available from the existing narrowbody family.
Project Phoenix, the Dubai-based entity behind the Phoenix 200 executive VIP conversion of Bombardier CRJ200 airliners, has enlisted Spectrum Aeromed of the U.S. to develop an air-ambulance version of the airplane. Offered as a dedicated transport or with a quick-change interior, the aeromed Phoenix CRJs will be outfitted in Fargo, North Dakota, where Spectrum Aeromed is based.
Boeing Business Jet (Booth No. 7051) expanded its product line of ultra-large business jets with modifications targeted at the smallest and largest of its models–“smallest” being relative only to airliner-size business aircraft.
Boeing Business Jets announced at EBACE today the retirement of current president Steven Hill and the promotion of chief pilot Steve Taylor to succeed him. Hill had a 35-year career with Boeing, most of it in sales. Taylor told AIN one of his first tasks is to find a new chief pilot for BBJ, probably one from within the Boeing production pilot ranks.
Air New Zealand subsidiary Altitude Aerospace Interiors (Booth No. 1333) has crossed the globe to be here to meet both customers and suppliers as it builds up its share of a VIP conversion and refurbishment market that shows no sign of slackening.
Earlier this year, AMAC Aerospace started operating from its new hangar at Euro Airport near Basel, Switzerland. The new business aviation services group has been able to implement initial plans exactly as announced a year ago at EBACE’08.
Under the terms of a Memorandum of Agreement signed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. and CFM International, the two will work toward the development of a new CFM56 maintenance training center at Rajiv Gandhi Airport in Hyderabad. The center is envisioned to mirror CFM facilities operating in France, the U.S.
Boeing yesterday announced a series of planned improvements to its 737 line the company says will result in a 2-percent decrease in fuel burn and a marked upgrade in cabin comfort and utility.
The first revenue flight of an American Airlines Boeing 767-300ER equipped with Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets left Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Sunday night at 8:35 p.m. with 204 passengers on board and arrived ahead of schedule at London Heathrow Airport this morning at 10:26 a.m. local time.