Bombardier Aerospace has named Fernando Lacerda Da Silva as sales director of new aircraft for Brazil. Lacerda joins Bombardier with 25 years of previous aircraft sales experience, nearly half of which was in Latin America. “The Brazilian market continues to evolve as business aviation grows in the region,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft regional vice president of sales in Latin America Fabio Rebello.
Airbus plans to start building a new A320-family assembly plant in Mobile, Ala., next summer, the European airframer confirmed today, marking yet another expansion of its narrowbody production ambitions. Scheduled for completion at the beginning of 2016, the plant will produce between 40 and 50 A319s, A320s and A321s annually and employ 1,000, estimates Airbus.
Boeing and Embraer announced an extension of their April collaboration agreement on commercial aviation to the KC-390 airlifter program. The pair said they would “share some specific technical knowledge and evaluate markets where they may join their sales efforts for medium-lift military transport opportunities.” Boeing may help sell the KC-390 to “potential customers that had not been considered [as] initial market prospects,” they added.
An extremely positive outlook for the commercial aerospace industry is driving strong mergers and acquisitions activity, according to Michael Richter, managing director of the aerospace and defense group at financial advisor and asset manager Lazard.
Aircraft components manufacturer Liebherr-Aerospace has expanded its customer service facility in Saline, Mich., by 33,000 sq ft to meet an increasing demand for landing-gear overhauls of Embraer and other aircraft operating in North and South America. The company said the expansion will help accommodate future service on Bombardier C Series and Airbus A350XWB landing gear.
For the uninitiated, China can be a scary place to consider establishing a manufacturing operation. Tales abound of product designs being copied, many well documented and ranging from high-end golf clubs to industrial fittings, movies, books and even electronic components.
Joseph Hough has joined Dallas Airmotive as program manager for its HTF7000 service and support operations. Hough will handle sales as well as customer service on existing HTF7000 accounts and will be based in the Phoenix area. Hough joins the company from CTS, where he had been employed since 2009 and had 19 years’ experience before that in engineering and program management functions for Honeywell Aerospace, AlliedSignal Aerospace and Garrett Engines. He is Six Sigma Green Belt certified.
Bombardier Aerospace recently opened a new office in Shanghai. It is home to the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft teams working with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Bombardier Aerospace’s supply chain organization in China, and it also serves as the headquarters for the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft sales and marketing team for China and North Asia.
Marshall Aerospace has appointed Steve Jones as managing director of Marshall Business Aviation (MBA) and Marshall Executive Aviation (MEA). Before joining MBA/MEA, business units within Cambridge, UK-based Marshall Aerospace, Jones was general manager of three general aviation airports in the United Arab Emirates. Before that he was managing director at Oxford Airport in the UK. Marshall Business Aviation is currently gearing up to pursue new business opportunities for business jet and general aviation maintenance repair and overhaul.
Seca has launched its Global Engine Management Service (Gems), which is designed to support business aviation operators with services ranging from simple powerplant support to MRO, on-site consultation and maintenance, rental engines, and even purchase and sales support. Contracts for Gems can be pay-by-the-hour, by-the-event or time-and-materials–the operators decide what works best for them, said the company.