Bombardier Aerospace’s facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been selected to develop and produce the composite wing skin panels and spar components for the Learjet 85. Final assembly of the wings will take place at Bombardier’s production plant in Querétaro, Mexico, as previously announced.
A late surge in new airliner orders during December took Airbus’s sales tally for 2010 to 644 aircraft (compared with 574 in 2009), just edging out rival Boeing’s total orders for 625 airliners last year.
Airbus launched a new engine option last month for A320-series airliners, and an Airbus Corporate Jetliner spokesman confirmed to AIN that the option (costing $6 million when specified for the airliner variant) will also be available for all ACJs based on the A320 series except the A318 Elite. Dubbed A320neo, the project offers two new engine choices–the CFM Leap-X or Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G.
The single-aisle and widebody bizliner completion business is gaining traction on a global scale, and with new-aircraft sales by Airbus and Boeing on the rise, available slots for the highly specialized task of outfitting these large private aircraft could fill quickly, leaving some owners with a green airplane and no place to have it completed.
Amac, the Swiss MRO company founded in 2007, opened a 90,500-sq-ft widebody hangar at Euro Airport Basel on December 2. The new building stands next to the company's initial 45,000-sq-ft hangar, which is capable of accommodating two single-aisle airliners. Plans for another large hangar are already in the pipeline.
It should go without saying that private jet passengers generally enjoy more space, more comfortable seats and more advanced cabin systems than their airline counterparts. But the benefits of all these luxuries can be badly undermined by inadequate humidity levels in the cabin that can make the VIP traveler as weary as an economy-class pauper at the end of a long flight.
As airline traffic continues to recover from the global recession, airframe and engine manufacturers continue to develop new models and consider follow-on products. Several companies provided updates at the European Regions Airline Association assembly in Barcelona in late September.
BAE (Booth No. 8237) is moving heavier into aircraft remarketing, according to Stewart Cordner, vice president of the company’s Avro Business Jet (ABJ) unit.
Embraer arrived at this year’s NBAA convention buoyed by delivery of its sixth Lineage 1000 and with a record Lineage flight covering 4,015 nm in the company log. The sixth Lineage delivered went to the Al Habtoor Group of Dubai in early September. An executive/VIP version of the company’s E190 airliner, it is being managed and operated by Royal Jet, based in Abu Dhabi.
A new market forecast by the Moscow-based Central AeroHydroDynamics Institute predicts that the number of Russian-registered business aircraft could exceed 600 by around 2023 to 2025. Today, many aircraft owned by Russian individuals and companies are registered offshore to avoid the bureaucratic and tax restrictions that would be imposed if they were registered in Russia.