Airbus and Chinese government and industry officials are considering the case for setting up an assembly line in China for A320 airliners and expect to make their decision by next month. China has long been a supplier of airframe parts and assemblies to both Airbus and Boeing. Shanghai, Tianjin, Xi’an and Zhuhai are reported to be candidate sites for the new factory.
Avio-Diepen (Stand A1236) has joined Boeing’s integrated materials management program under which the airframe manufacturer and certain partners hold an inventory of maintenance supplies, including spare parts, that are provided as needed by an airline. The 60-year-old Dutch company is a leading commercial aerospace distributor offering individual supply programs, kit packages and related services.
Boeing 787 launch customer All Nippon Airways will take its first airplane in the second quarter of 2008, the program’s vice president of sales, marketing and product support, Marty Bentrott, confirmed here yesterday.
Two Indian airlines have between them chosen General Electric CF6-80E1, GEnx and GE90-115B engines worth more than $2.5 billion to power new Boeing aircraft while a third has opted for GE/Snecma CFM56-5Bs to power its new Airbus A320s.
Since Snecma dropped the idea of taking a share in General Electric’s GEnx turbofan program the two long-time partners now find themselves competing in the regional jet engine arena.
The recently unveiled Spectrum 33 business jet can be categorized as “very light” in terms of weight and yet its cabin is roomier than that of a Cessna Citation CJ2, which would not be categorized in the very light jet (VLJ) class. The new airplane’s composite airframe and its additional electric systems are no strangers to this paradox. The first prototype built by U.S.
Boeing is here at EBACE floating the idea of adding another new member to its Boeing Business Jet family. The BBJ C would have the same airframe as the original BBJ (that is, based on the 737-700 fuselage and the -800 wing), but what would set it apart is a large cargo door in the side of the main deck. This would allow operators to use the aircraft for carrying bulky items such as cars, horses or equipment loaded in pallets.
Business aviation devotees are increasingly tapping into the expertise of other industries catering to the high-end marketplace to find news ways to improve their products. One of the latest examples of this is here at the EBACE show, in the form of 1:25-scale mockups of Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus 350 cabin interiors at Jet Aviation’s exhibit.
Boeing’s booming airliner programs are boosting the stock values of its suppliers and making them much more visible. As a consequence, first and second tier suppliers are increasingly likely to find themselves takeover targets, according to mergers and acquisitions expert Michael Richter.
International Lease Finance Corporation has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines worth a potential $600 million to power up to 20 Boeing 787s from 2010. Lessees of the aircraft will be offered comprehensive “lifetime” TotalCare engine service-support agreements. Another U.S. leasing firm, Pegasus Aviation Finance Co., has acquired six Trent-powered 787s.