Aeromexico has committed to buying 100 single- and twin-aisle Boeing airplanes—a combination of 737 Maxs and 787 Dreamliners—in an agreement that will fuel the airline’s expansion beyond the end of the decade, the Chicago-based airframe maker announced today. The commitment by Mexico’s largest airline includes a mix of ninety 737 Max 8s and 9s, as well as ten 787 Dreamliners, seven of which it expects to take over the next three years.
A Chinese-registered Embraer E190 regional jet returned to Hotan Airport (ZWTN), China on June 29 after six people attempted to hijack the aircraft.
The hijackers, reportedly carrying explosives, were subdued by passengers and crew in fight after they attempted to break down the cockpit door to gain entry.
Dassault has begun cutting metal for its still-under-wraps Falcon super-midsize (SMS) business jet. The first parts reportedly are being manufactured for testing purposes at its Argenteuil factory northwest of Paris.
A cockpit subassembly will be used for bird-strike trials, and leading-edge slats will undergo de-icing tests. In addition, a testbed is being readied for the fuel system.
The National Transportation Safety Board issued four safety recommendations after its investigation into the January 27, 2009 loss-of-control crash of an Empire Airlines ATR 42-320 at Lubbock Airport (LBB), Texas. The NTSB said the flight crew failed to monitor and maintain a safe airspeed during an approach in icing conditions.
Airbus collected some $16.9 billion worth of business during last week’s Farnborough airshow, gaining firm orders for 54 airplanes and MOUs for another 61.
Robinson Helicopter enjoyed a robust first six months, producing 234 aircraft–76 R66 turbine singles and 156 R44s. Sales of the R66 have been particularly strong, even as the base price of that aircraft was raised to $822,000, effective July 1. In response to demand for the R66, Robinson plans to raise production of that aircraft from four to six per week by year-end, increasing Robinson’s total aircraft production to 13 per week from the rate of 10 per week at the beginning of the year and the current rate of 11 per week.
A two-year global consultation conducted by Airbus found that people still see a need to meet face-to-face despite the increased use of social media, a conclusion that bodes well for the future of air transport.
Bombardier Aerospace closed its Farnborough International Airshow order book last Thursday by announcing a firm order for six Q400 NextGen turboprops by Chorus Aviation of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the parent company of Jazz Aviation. The transaction, valued at $189 million, involved the conversion of six of 15 options taken by Jazz Aviation in 2010. The aircraft will be operated under the Air Canada Express banner.
Ontario, Canada-based aerospace structural, landing gear and engine components manufacturer Noranco sealed a five-year deal with Goodrich’s landing gear business this week at the Farnborough Airshow. The agreement calls for Noranco to supply Goodrich with complex titanium landing gear components for the Airbus A380.