Abu Dhabi’s Royal Jet, the commercial luxury private-jet operator, is to issue an RFP for the replacement of six Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) aircraft within the next two months, as it seeks to expand regional charter operations in the Middle East, Africa and beyond.
With initial running of the new Leap-1 engine on schedule in September, CFM International (CFMI) has embarked on an “unprecedented” level of testing that should involve 20 developmental units by the end of next year and seven of the remaining eight planned examples before 2016 (when a final powerplant will take part in a short exercise–possibly a Leap-1C blade-out check).
FL Technics Jets has become the first authorized service center for Tronair’s ground support equipment in Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS. FL Technics Jets was also appointed an official distributor of Tronair’s GSE products for the entire region. Under the new partnership, FL Technics Jets will be providing maintenance, repair and overhaul services for various lifting, air conditioning, de-icing, hydraulic power, fueling and landing gear equipment as well as other ground handling inventory.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued an airworthiness directive requiring inspections and possibly modifications to the Airbus A380, stating that cracks discovered during fatigue testing could “reduce the structural integrity of the wing.”
Lufthansa Technik (LHT), in conjunction with the Fiber Force research project, has developed methods for load transmission into carbon fiber composite (CFC) aircraft fuselage structures.
Boeing said it has completed aerodynamics, engine and weight audits that together have given it a clearer picture of the future operating performance of the new 737 Max. The manufacturer now says the re-engined narrowbody will burn 14 percent less fuel than today’s 737-800NG, one percent better than it previously estimated.
Airbus cited sleep-study results in calling on airlines to set an 18-inch minimum seat width standard for long-haul flights. Organizations representing the airline industry said seating options should be left to individual carriers.
Completion and maintenance provider Comlux America is expanding into the widebody VIP market. The company will be handling the Airbus ACJ330/340/380 and Boeing 767BBJ/777BBJ/747BBJ. Comlux has focused solely on narrowbody aircraft in the four years since it received the approval from both OEMs as an authorized completion facility. The MRO has already handed over several aircraft completions including an ACJ319, ACJ320, BBJ, BBJ3 and Boeing 757. An ACJ321 is currently in the works.
In what might seem a 180-degree heading change, Airbus confirmed the possibility of a second stretch of its A350XWB that could help fill a gap between the largely composite-bodied twinjet and the A380 superjumbo.