British air-taxi operator startup FlairJet yesterday announced plans to enter service next May with a pair of Embraer Phenom 100s. It will lease the very light jets from an undisclosed Embraer customer in Europe that has 10 Phenom 100s on order. FlairJet has placed an order for one Phenom 100, as well as an option for another, and is due to receive this airplane in 2012. It has an option to lease further Phenom 100s beginning in 2010.
Airbus presented to its unions today a plan for new cost-cutting measures designed to add €650 million ($928 million) in savings to the €2.1 billion ($3 billion) target prescribed by the Power8 restructuring program. Called Power8 Plus, the initiative extends the existing Power8 program from 2010 to 2012, accounting for €350 million ($500 million) in savings.
Spirit AeroSystems said yesterday that it would take “immediate action” to cut production volumes on Boeing products in response to the strike by 27,000 members of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) at several Boeing factories. Boeing’s machinists walked off the job Saturday after a 48-hour emergency bargaining session failed to produce a settlement.
Heralding a new generation in passenger travel to the U.S., Emirates Airline’s first Airbus A380 arrived at New York’s JFK International Airport at approximately 4:40 p.m. on August 1, concluding the mega jetliner’s first commercial flight to the U.S.
Germany’s DC Aviation, in a bid to become Europe’s largest operator of private jets, last month took delivery of a new Gulfstream G450, bringing its fleet to 31 business jets, ranging from the Learjet to the Airbus A319 ACJ. Delivery of the G450 follows the Stuttgart-based company’s May announcement that three Airbus A319 ACJs will join the fleet within 12 months. A total of 12 new aircraft will be added to the fleet this year.
Boeing faces a tough decision, now that the Pentagon has confirmed that bigger is better in the KC-X tanker competition. “We’ve now revised the language to make it unambiguous that we intend to provide consideration above threshold for fuel offload,” said U.S. director of defense procurement and acquisition policy Shay Assad. He spoke at a press briefing on August 6, to introduce the draft revised request for proposals (RFP).
European Aerospace and Defense Systems (EADS) is the world’s second-largest aerospace and defense company (after Boeing).
With the exception of Raytheon Aircraft and Embraer, jet manufacturers suffered significant delivery losses in this period. Shipments of new business jets in the first half of this year tumbled nearly 37 percent compared with the first half of last year, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
Airbus has inked a contract with Honeywell to upgrade the wingtip navigation lights on the A320 family with light-emitting diode (LED) technology. Intended to last 40 times longer than standard halogen lighting, the LEDs will be added to the production line starting next March. Honeywell’s LED wingtip bulbs last about 20,000 hours each, compared with 500 hours for a halogen bulb.
A new aftermarket support organization has been formed as a recommended solutions supplier for Airbus Spares Support and Services. Called the Blue Sky Alliance, the new group brings together Netherlands-based Avio-Diepen, Germany’s Interturbine Logistik and Satair of Denmark, which can provide a single point of contact for aftermarket space in all consumable material, expendables and standard hardware materials.