Airbus has collected net firm orders for 1,378 airplanes so far this year, according to the company’s just-released November orders and deliveries report.
Gore Design Completions is on a roll with a full shop and new contracts for an Airbus ACJ320-200 and a larger Airbus ACJ330-200.
This is on the heels of delivery of the San Antonio-based completion center’s first Boeing 777, a -200LR for an Asian head of state. The aircraft was finished in 12 months and delivered ahead of schedule.
Gulfstream International Airlines has reached an agreement with Saab Aircraft Leasing to buy six 34-seat Saab 340Bplus turboprops, the Fort Lauderdale-based airline announced in late October. It plans to deploy all the airplanes on its Florida/Bahamas routes, where they will replace 19-seat Beech 1900Ds.
Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC), a specialist in Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) cabin completion and associated services, has signed executive cabin completion contracts with Aviation Link Company of Saudi Arabia for two Airbus ACJ319s.
Orders for hundreds of Boeing and Airbus narrowbodies stand subject to revision following AMR Corporation’s Chapter 11 filing last week. However, both manufacturers remained sanguine about the extent to which the reorganization of the company and its American Airlines subsidiary might affect their respective contracts.
India’s Kingfisher Airlines is attributing the grounding of 15 aircraft and de-leasing of another two to “rationalization” of its network to counter deep financial losses. “The airline industry in India is going through a tough period due to high costs and lower yields,” said Kingfisher Airlines CEO Sanjay Aggarwal. “We are no exception. We are taking steps to improve our financial performance and are rationalizing network, dropping unprofitable flights and expediting fleet reconfiguration.”
Shortly after Piper Aircraft posted billboards in Wichita advertising for engineers, the company suspended further development of the single-engine PiperJet Altaire, “following a review to align the company’s business goals with the light jet market outlook, investment strategies and overall economic forecasts.”
The rules for aircraft registered in the European Union require that technicians perform database updates on aircraft that weigh more than 6,020 pounds. Pilots are allowed to update databases for instrument panel-mounted navigation systems on privately owned aircraft (including helicopters and gliders) that weigh less than 6,020 pounds, and the pilot must own or be joint owner of the aircraft, according to regulation 2042/2003 Part M.
While the trend of declining worldwide aircraft deliveries didn’t stop in the third quarter of the year, its pace did slow, according to statistics released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
Hawaii’s highly changeable, localized weather could be a factor in the fatal crash of another air-tour helicopter. The NTSB is investigating the November 10 crash of a new Eurocopter EC130B4 EcoStar on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. The EcoStar was operated by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, the launch customer for the EcoStar in 2001, and was owned by a Nevada leasing company.