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.
No one likes to endure the sticky feeling of excess humidity, but lack of humidity in aircraft cabins at altitude can be a major cause of discomfort and travel fatigue.
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) claims that general aviation, still struggling through a stalled economy, is facing “unfair international competition. Some foreign governments are heavily subsidizing–sometimes illegally–their domestic aircraft industries,” he said in a statement last week. He singled out Embraer in particular, claiming that the Brazilian OEM is now responsible for about 14 percent of all global sales of business aircraft.
As the bizliner business continues to grow, Washington, D.C.-based Bizliner Aviation formed to specialize in client and vendor support of owners and operators of airliners reconfigured for executive use. Rodney Cook, director of aviation for the new firm, estimates there are more than 200 bizliners in service worldwide, with existing orders for some 60 more.
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) could enter the regional turboprop segment as early as next year, if it proceeds with the launch of a 90-seat aircraft it is currently evaluating. The company had rejected the idea of a regional jet due to the crowded market already existing with segment leaders Embraer and Bombardier being joined by new aircraft from Mitsubishi, Sukhoi and AVIC.
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.
People generally leave major international airshows exhausted after a week spent traipsing around vast sites trying to get an unrealistic amount of work done.