Lufthansa Technik is preparing to receive a second Boeing 747-8 for VIP conversion by the company’s completions facility in Hamburg, Germany. Those preparations include an intensive engineering planning phase, qualification programs and modifications to the hangar space to accommodate the aircraft. The first 747-8 arrived at the end of August and is now into its completion program. The second aircraft is scheduled to arrive later this month, following contract signature at the Dubai Air Show last year. Both of these 747-8s are due to be delivered to their customers in 2014.
Following up on Boeing’s recent bullish 20-year forecast for freighter aircraft demand, CEO Jim McNerney acknowledged that the market for freighters looks soft in the near term. Nevertheless, during the company’s third-quarter earnings call last Wednesday he noted that the company has “pretty much” filled all of next year’s delivery slots for its newest freighter–the 747-8F–and that, in the long term, the case for a robust freighter market remains “compelling.”
GE has so far found no further evidence of improper installation of low-pressure turbine stage-one nozzles in GEnx engines following its issuance last week of a service bulletin that called for a fleet-wide borescope inspection.
Amac Aerospace has been granted Boeing 747-400 and 747-8 Part 145 approval. It allows the MRO provider to offer base and line maintenance services for the aircraft with no restrictions. The company also recently announced Amac Aerospace Basel has received UAE CAMO approval authorizing it to provide continuous airworthiness management services on UAE-registered aircraft.
GE has finished the first round of checks on all in-service and spare GEnx turbofans ahead of the September 21 publication of a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness directive (AD) that calls for ultrasonic inspection of early-build engines’ fan midshafts every 90 days. GE has developed a field ultrasonic method to inspect the suspect area of the engines while they remain on the airplanes.
GE has finished the first round of inspections on all in-service and spare GEnx engines ahead of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s completion of an airworthiness directive (AD) now on public display at the Office of the Federal Regi
Boeing converted a tentative order for five 747-8 Intercontinentals from Air China to firm status on its Orders and Deliveries web site today, marking the end of a roughly year-and-a-half-long wait for Chinese government approval.
Lukewarm market reception and performance deficiencies that continue to fall short of the new 747-8’s original design specifications might have elicited a fair share of skepticism from various industry quarters, but they haven’t deterred Boeing from declaring that “prospects look quite good” for the stretched, re-engined and re-winged jumbo jet, now in passenger operation with Lufthansa Airlines and five cargo customers.
Sweden’s CTT Systems will provide Cair zonal drying equipment for two VIP Boeing 747-8s. The first is for a head-of-state Boeing 747-8 being completed by L-3 Platform Integration in Waco, Texas. The second is under a contract with Amac Aerospace of Switzerland. Both installations will be performed next year. The Cair system offers 20-percent humidified cabin air without creating condensation.
Last year commercial airline Volga-Dnepr had revenues of $1.741 billion and generated a net profit of $59.3 million. At the same time, its debts rose to $186 million and, by the company’s estimates, are expected to increase by a further $250- to $300 million during 2012 as Volga-Dnepr borrows more capital money for its Boeing 747-8F acquisitions.