High-speed wind tunnel tests for the Boeing 777X started last week at the company’s transonic wind tunnel in Seattle, Boeing announced Wednesday.
A particularly productive month of December for both Airbus and Boeing helped the world’s dominant airframe makers surpass commercial targets for 2013, leaving each with unfilled order totals of well over 5,000 airplanes.
Greenpoint Technologies, a Kirkland, Wash.-based aircraft completions center for Boeing Business Jets, signed a second private Boeing 787 completion contract. It won its first 787 completion contract, for an undisclosed customer, last month. The center has been preparing for its first 787 interior outfitting project for the past seven years, sending teams to attend Boeing symposiums and to study the aircraft’s systems and composite fuselage structure.
Associated Air Center (AAC) has been awarded the interior completion contract for a green Boeing 787-8 BBJ. The aircraft interior is already under full design review. AAC has also kicked off detailed planning, staffing and training in anticipation of delivery of the green aircraft from Boeing in the middle of this year. The aircraft offers 2,404 sq ft of cabin floor area and a range of 9,590 nm; the larger 787-9 BBJ offers 2,762 sq ft of cabin space and a range of 9,950 nm.
Boeing’s machinists voted last Friday to accept some steep contract concessions in return for management’s promise to build the 777X in the Puget Sound region of Washington state, finally succumbing to corporate pressure to relinquish their defined benefits pension plan for a 401k-style arrangement. The vote hardly reflected any sort of consensus, however, and highlighted a rift between workers willing to stand on a principle and those who claim a responsible sense of pragmatism.
Boeing set a company record in 2013 for the most commercial airplanes delivered in a single year with 648, the company announced Monday. Its unfilled commercial orders stood at 5,080 at the end of the year, also a new Boeing record.
Bell Helicopter will build its new short light single (SLS) helicopter at Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana, the company announced last month.
Odyssey Aerospace Components, a cabinetry and interior components manufacturer for Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Gulfstream business jets, has been contracted to provide interior work for a Boeing Business Jet customer.
The project includes cabinetry and other interior components for a stateroom, galley, lavatory and other cabin zones. The Denton, Texas-based center, a Greenpoint Technologies property, plans to deliver all elements this year.
General Dynamics made some changes to its subsidiary leadership. Jason Aiken, previously senior v-p and CFO of Gulfstream, has been promoted to General Dynamics CFO. He replaces L. Hugh Redd, who is retiring. Daniel Clare, formerly president of Jet Aviation, succeeds Aiken. Robert Smith was promoted from Jet Aviation’s CFO to president.
The Russian parliament was presented with legislation last week to allow Russian airlines to begin hiring foreign pilots to meet an expected shortfall in experienced crews. Currently only Russian citizens may fly Russian airliners. The move comes just a month after the crash of a Boeing 737 at Kazan Airport, 450 miles southeast of Moscow, in which it appears the pilots lost control of the aircraft, killing all 50 people on board. Shortcomings in crew qualifications have already been cited as possible factors in that accident.