Boeing CEO Jim McNerney today revealed a further delay of the 747-8 Intercontinental, from the second quarter of 2011 to the fourth quarter of that year. Speaking during the company’s first-quarter earnings call this morning, McNerney blamed the estimated six-month delay on the “softening freighter market and the resulting decision to delay a planned increase in 747 production.”
Boeing has completed major assembly of the first set of wings for the 747-8 Freighter, the company announced today. The 135-foot, 3-inch wings–thicker and wider than those they replace on the 747-400–incorporate new aerodynamics and allowances for different pressure distribution and bending moments.
Demand for VIP conversions of new widebody airliners, much of it emanating from this region, has impelled Germany’s Lufthansa Technik (Stand No. 410) to increase capacity both at its Hamburg base and at other sites on both sides of the Atlantic, according to Walter Heerdt, the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) group’s senior vice president, marketing and sales.
Lufthansa Technik, one of the world’s largest centers for interior completion and refurbishment of narrow- and widebody aircraft is expanding in a move designed to increase its capacity in the face of growing market demand.
At a press conference here yesterday, chairman August-Wilhelm Henningsen went into some detail regarding Lufthansa Technik’s recent growth in the U.S. and Switzerland.
Amid rumors that the new Gulfstream G650 already has attracted more than 500 “letters of interest” and that production of the widebody is sold out through 2021, a company spokesman would confirm only that interest in the new airplane has been “overwhelming.”
Private Nigerian operator Arik Air confirmed here it is a previously unidentified customer for seven Boeing 737-800s that will bring its fleet to 17 aircraft, of which three will be longer -900 variants. Arik Air also has on order five Boeing 777-300ERs and seven 787-9s (for which deliveries are being renegotiated to a
later date than the previously agreed 2013).
Lufthansa Technik is juggling a schedule that has interior completion and refurbishment projects rolling in and out of its Hamburg facilities with a frequency that threatens to wear out the hangar doors.
Airbus continues to consider stretched, longer-range and cargo versions of its A380 very large airliner, but is no longer studying shortbody or combination passenger/cargo variants, according to Richard Carcaillet, head of A380 marketing.
Lufthansa Technik has signed a contract to do its first cabin completion on an executive version of the new Boeing 747-8. The four-engine airplane is scheduled to arrive at the company’s Hamburg, Germany completion center in early 2011 and will be delivered to the unidentified customer 18 months later.
Lufthansa Technik has won a contract to do the first interior for an executive version of Boeing’s new 747-8. The owner, whose identity has not been disclosed, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Hamburg, Germany-based interiors shop early last month. Lufthansa Technik expects the job to require as much as 18 months. This will be the company’s 16th 747 executive completion project.