Associated Air Center named Chip Fichtner as vice president of engineering. Fichtner previously served as director of production, engineering and program management for Gore Design Completions, where he led the engineering, operations and program management effort on multiple single-aisle and widebody executive completions.
After a period of strong bizliner sales in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Airbus Corporate Jets has somewhat lowered its expectations for the region. Speaking today on the eve the opening of Jet Expo 2011 at Vnokovo 3 in Moscow, Airbus Corporate Jets vice president of worldwide sales Francois Chazelle attributed this shift to the worldwide economic crisis, which has hit Russia harder than some other countries.
Bombardier Aerospace might well have secured its place in the Russian airline market during the Moscow Air Show (MAKS 2011) this week, when the country’s largest airplane lessors signed a memorandum of understanding covering up to 30 C Series jets.
While Airbus and Boeing padded their already bulging backlogs with billions of dollars worth of deals during June’s Paris Air Show, manufacturers traditionally involved in the regional airliner market walked away from Le Bourget with some rather impressive order and commitment tallies of their own.
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.
Embraer yesterday bypassed an opportunity to firm up its intentions in the widening campaign to challenge the dominance of Boeing and Airbus in the single-aisle airliner sector. But the Brazilian airframer also passed a major milestone here in Paris with announcements of 37 orders and options that will take total orders for the E-Jet family over the 1,000-aircraft mark.
For the first time in the 36-year history of the RAA a sitting DOT Secretary visited the association’s annual convention, as Ray LaHood made the trip to Nashville last month to deliver one of the most upbeat keynote addresses heard by delegates to the spring get-together in several years.
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.
Two of the new breed of big regional jets from the Eastern Hemisphere reached some long-awaited milestones recently, namely the Russian certification of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and the signing of the first firm order for the Mitsubishi MRJ by an airline based outside Japan.
Swiss aircraft services company Jet Aviation claims to have won the first contract for cabin completion of Boeing’s new 747-8. The Basel-based center’s in-house interior design studio was retained to design the cabin interior.