New research from Price Waterhouse Coopers stresses the need for a different kind of mindset to deal with the “intensity” of pressure on aerospace and defense companies to deliver across the board. The new report titled, A New Intensity: Programs Under Pressure, underscores the need for companies to excel in more than one discipline, as opposed to past approaches toward choosing one of three areas: solutions leadership, operational excellence or customer intimacy.
Air Lease Corp. (ALC) opened the sales race between the world’s big commercial airframe makers here yesterday with a firm order for 75 Boeing CFM Leap-1B-powered 737 MAXs. The contract, valued at $7.2 billion at list prices, calls for delivery, first, of sixty 737 MAX 8s, followed by deliveries of fifteen 737 MAX 9s, which would run through 2022.
GKN Aerospace has been awarded a contract for the design, development and production of transparencies for Bombardier’s Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets. Initial test items will be delivered in 2013.
The contract includes both the cockpit and passenger cabin windows that will incorporate GKN’s CrystalVue I abrasion resistant coating for the ultra-long-range business jets. Design and production will take place at the GKN facility in Garden Grove, California.
PPG Aerospace Transparencies group has started full-scale commercial production of its Opticor advanced transparency material at its Sylmar facility in Los Angeles. Opticor is being used for the outboard surface of the cabin windows for the soon-to-be-certified Gulfstream G650 corporate jet (a G650 window is on display on the company’s stand here at the show, at Hall 4 Stand B10).
International Aero Engines (IAE) announced new business and confirmed changes to its management structure on Monday at the Farnborough Airshow, following the departure of Rolls-Royce from the consortium.
Forecast International is questioning whether component suppliers will manage to keep up with the demand from Airbus and Boeing as they prepare to raise production rates of commercial airliners over the next 10 years.
Esterline CMC Electronics (Hall 1, Stand B11), a provider of cockpit systems integration and avionics solutions worldwide, has appointed Christian Olivier as its vice president, operations. He will be responsible for operations, supply chain management, master planning, facilities management and IT across all three of the company’s facilities.
Tactair Fluid Controls is developing a new electromechanical uplock system for doors and landing gears. Compared with traditional mechanical systems, the new uplock offers airframe manufacturers an opportunity to introduce significant weight-savings as well as design flexibility.
Embraer Defense and Security has selected L-3 Aviation Products’ GH-3900 electronic standby instrument system, cockpit voice and data recorder and micro- quick access recorder for its military transport aircraft, the Embraer KC-390, which is due to enter service in 2016.
Raytheon says tapping into Asia’s urgent need to update its air traffic management (ATM) infrastructure to handle rapid growth in air traffic is one of its key priorities. The company recently responded to a request for proposals from Vietnam and Thailand, and opportunities are surfacing in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, said the U.S. company.