Comlux Aviation placed the first-ever order for an Airbus ACJ321 at the Dubai Air Show yesterday, expanding the Airbus Corporate Jet offerings.
When Yankee Pacific president and CEO Ken Goldsmith says his sprawling company of cabin completion subcontractors started small, he isn’t being disingenuous.
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.
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.
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.
Embraer will decide on whether to develop a new five-abreast narrowbody aircraft some time by the end of this year, company CEO Frederico Curado said today during his company’s fourth-quarter earnings call.
Comlux America, the Indianapolis-based completion and refurbishment center affiliate of The Comlux Group (Booth No. 3851), has signed a contract to outfit a new Boeing Business Jet. Comlux America was approved earlier this year by Boeing as a center for completion and refurbishment of its BBJ line. It is the fourth order received by Comlux for a narrow-body executive/VIP completion since the center was opened two years ago.
Bizliner Aviation has been formed to specialize in client and vendor support for owners and operators of bizliners, namely Boeing and Airbus single-aisle and widebodies, as well as others such as the Embraer Lineage. Currently there are more than 200 bizliners in service worldwide, with existing orders for more than 60 new aircraft, according to Bizliner Aviation’s director of aviation, Rodney Cook.
Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut signed a memorandum of understanding with Ilyushin Finance at Farnborough for the sale of 50 MC-21 airliners, Irkut’s first announced orders, albeit MOUs. MOUs don’t strictly count until they become firm orders backed by substantial deposits, but it’s a start. Before the airshow, Irkut reported only interest from Russian and Western airlines.