Embraer’s quest for a complete business jet portfolio took a major step forward in March with the start of taxi tests of Legacy 500 serial number 001 at the Brazilian OEM’s São Jose dos Campos plant.
Flight Display Systems of Alpharetta, Ga., has introduced Select CMS Platinum, a “significant upgrade” of the previous Select CMS.
According to Flight Display president David Gray, the original Select CMS has already been installed as an aftermarket item in more than a dozen different aircraft types. Among them is an MD-81 recently outfitted and delivered by Pentastar Aviation of Waterford, Mich., a project that includes Flight Display’s Blu-ray player, seven-inch widescreen in-seat monitors, and two-button Oled controllers.
The first-time delivery of an executive aircraft completion project in February by SR Technics was also an on-time delivery that went to an undisclosed Middle East customer.
A spokesman for the Zurich, Switzerland-based executive cabin outfitter declined to name the model or make of the airplane but said it was reconfigured from a conventional widebody airliner layout. As part of a major modification, the interior was equipped with a cabin management system, in-flight entertainment package and such amenities as a VIP lounge and meeting room, and concierge facilities.
Italy’s parliament passed proposed changes to the aircraft luxury tax today, according to NBAA.
Embraer and Beijing-based ICBC Financial Leasing signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) today on aircraft financing and leasing for the sale of Embraer airliners and business jets in China and other markets. Under the MoU, total program support could amount to as much as $2.5 billion over the next five years.
CTT Systems of Nyköping, Sweden, recently scored two large-scale orders for its CTT Cair cabin air system, one for a Boeing 747-8 being outfitted by Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, Germany, and the other for an Airbus ACJ319 to be completed by Amac Aerospace of Basel, Switzerland.
It is the sixth Cair package to be installed by Lufthansa in executive versions of single- and twin-aisle airliners. The A319 represents the fourth Cair system to be installed by Amac.
Crediting “unprecedented growth,” Aerospace Technologies Group unveiled a new 65,000-sq-ft corporate headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., on March 5.
The new headquarters is the workplace for 130 manufacturing, administrative, research and development personnel and functions as the site for the group’s various production lines.
ATG was founded in 1998 and designs and produces window shade systems for both business aircraft and airliners. Business aviation customers include OEMs Airbus, Boeing, Cessna, Dassault Falcon Jet and Gulfstream.
Airbus logged its first corporate jet sale in Japan this week, adding a new customer and building its presence in the Asia-Pacific market. The aircraft, an Airbus ACJ318, will go to a customer whose identity remained undisclosed. “Our first Airbus Corporate Jet sale in Japan builds on the growing presence of our modern airliner family, as well as encouraging greater use of business jets to help grow what is, today, the world’s third-largest economy,” said Airbus COO for customers John Leahy.
While Embraer will continue to do the interior installations on the Lineage 1000 bizliner at its São Jose dos Campos facilities, Austrian interior components supplier List Components & Furniture will provide high-end cabinetry for the cabin.
The Lineage 1000 is an executive variant of the Embraer E190 airliner and can accommodate up to 19 passengers in a five-zone cabin of modular design. The interior, designed by Priestman Goode of London, offers “hundreds of layout combinations [and] differentiated modules and cabinets,” according to Embraer.
The Airbus A380 has had its share of problems both before and since deliveries began in late 2007. On the same day last week, Tuesday, two airlines suffered flight-terminating mechanical problems with the world’s largest passenger airliner.