The UK formally accepted the first F-35 Lightning II for an international customer on July 19. “Having taken decisions on the final designs of our new aircraft carriers and balanced the MoD’s budget we can now proceed confidently to regenerating our carrier strike capability with these cutting-edge stealth combat aircraft,” said British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond.
Airbus will delay first flight and entry into service of the A350XWB by another three months to address a manufacturing glitch at its Broughton, UK, wing production facility, EADS executives revealed during today’s half-year earnings briefing. Already a year behind schedule, the A350-900 now won’t reach the market until at least the second half of 2014.
With sales of $1.6 billion, up 16 percent from the same period last year, General Dynamics’ aerospace group was a bright spot in the company’s second-quarter 2012 financial report, released yesterday morning.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support opened a factory-owned aircraft maintenance facility last week at New Castle County Airport in Wilmington, Del. The Part 145 repair station offers airframe, engine, avionics and mobile service support for the company’s entire product line, from the Bonanza to the Hawker 4000.
Embraer Executive Jets named Jay Beever as vice president for interior design at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. Beever has extensive experience in high-end luxury interior work in the business aviation and automotive industries. Previously, he worked as an interior design manager for the G650, G450 and G550 in the new-product development department at Gulfstream. He was also responsible for overseeing the design and construction of a new design studio for the company. Before that he developed several design enhancements for automobiles at Ford.
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.
Zenith Jet has issued a mid-year update for its annual business aviation forecast. The Montreal-based business aviation services company forecasts delivery of 736 business jets this year, a number that, if accurate, would represent an increase over the 703 handed over last year and the first year-over-year improvement in deliveries since 2008. Zenith views this as the start of a five-year recovery run that will see deliveries grow at a compound average rate of 17-percent each year, with a peak of 1,392 deliveries anticipated in 2016.
A Skywest pilot on administrative leave took his own life after stealing a company Bombardier CRJ200 at Saint George Municipal Airport (SGU), Utah, on July 17. He was wanted by police in connection with the death of his girlfriend in Colorado Springs
Development of the Airbus A350XWB could lag by another month amid questions about problems with a machine in Broughton, UK, used to drill holes in the airplane’s composite wings.
Lockheed Martin executives contend that a new Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) that will provide long-term maintenance support for the F-35 Lightning II is evolving in line with the fighter. The ALIS was cited among F-35 program risks in a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.