Aerospace Industry

News and issues concerning aerospace companies, including formations, acquisitions, mergers and financials; and announcements of significant aircraft sales, delivery statistics and personnel appointments.

November 17, 2013 - 8:15am
Mubadala Aerospace

Mubadala, Abu Dhabi’s investment diversification catalyst, will launch a new combined Aerospace, Communications Technology and Defense Services (ACTDS) portfolio, a merger of business units designed to maximize intra-unit synergies, at this year’s Dubai Airshow.

Some 21 businesses in the ACTDS portfolio incorporate international industry leaders and emerging domestic players with more than 10,000 global employees. Together, the ACTDS businesses contributed almost 40 percent of Mubadala’s revenues in the first half of its 2013 fiscal year.

November 17, 2013 - 7:00am

Honeywell Aerospace has signed two dealership agreements with Middle East-based companies to improve business and general aviation operators’ access to sales and services, the company announced.

November 17, 2013 - 6:17am

Airbus has “done really well with [A350-900] flight test [and] in the first phase has gathered a lot [of information],” according to executive vice-president and program head Didier Evrard. By the beginning of November, the first two A350-900 twin-aisle twinjets had logged more than 100 flights and over 500 hours of testing.

November 17, 2013 - 6:16am

Airbus has signaled that it could drop the A350-800, the smallest member of the new family.

November 17, 2013 - 6:15am

Airbus faces several major steps in bringing the A350XWB, which flew in June before appearing at the Paris Air Show, into service in the second half of 2014, said executive vice-president and A350 program head Didier Evrard. The manufacturer is working hard to progress the five-aircraft flight-test campaign in order to deliver a mature design at entry into service (EIS).

November 17, 2013 - 5:00am
With airspace constraints looming, Middle East nations are looking to regional cooperations to improve capacity and efficiency.

The Middle East needs to prepare to handle increased air traffic congestion over the next few years, especially in the Gulf region; however, forming a central body to coordinate the necessary changes and harmonization is proving difficult.

November 17, 2013 - 3:10am

U.S. ambassador to the UAE Michael Corbin will participate in a ceremonial ribbon cutting at noon today to officially open the U.S. International Pavilion at Stand 2358. Luminaries appearing with Corbin include U.S. ambassador to Qatar Susan Ziaheh; regional senior commercial officer for the Gulf and counselor for commercial affairs John Simmons; Robert Bannerman, U.S. consulate general for Dubai; and Tom Kallman, principal commercial officer and president and CEO of U.S. Pavilion organizer Kallman Worldwide. This year’s U.S. contingent includes 45 exhibitors representing 13 U.S.

November 17, 2013 - 2:45am

This Dubai Airshow marks the last time EADS will exhibit at any major aerospace show before it officially changes its name to the Airbus Group on January 1, 2014. Fittingly, two of the company’s highest-profile Airbus-branded products–the A380 and A400M military airlifter–are participating daily in the show’s flying display, while an Egyptair A330-300 sits on static display and an A350XWB cockpit mockup graces the Airbus stand in the exhibit hall.

November 17, 2013 - 1:45am

Italy’s Piaggio Aero Industries (Stand 1906) announced before the Dubai Airshow that India’s Tata group is now its largest shareholder, with 44.5 percent of the company’s new equity.

November 16, 2013 - 2:05pm
New Dubai Airshow venue

This year’s Dubai Airshow marks the start of a new era in the event’s growth as one of the key dates in the aviation calendar. Having been under development for several years, the move to a new site here at Dubai World Central/Al Maktoum International Airport has been accomplished seamlessly. The move not only provides the show with a purpose-built facility with expanded road access, but also frees the former location at the busy Dubai International Airport from the burden of having to shut down airline operations during the daily flying display.

 
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