U.S. civil aircraft sales will increase by 7.7 percent, to $67 billion, this year, providing the only growth within an aerospace sector that will see overall flat results. Total aerospace sales, including sales of military aircraft, missiles, spacecraft and related products and services, will total $220 billion, down about $2 billion from 2012, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) estimates.
A busy couple of weeks for the executives heading Boeing’s 777X production site search perhaps overshadowed other significant developments, including an announcement last week that the company will help build a new full-service training facility in Russia and the revelation of plans to restructure its research and technology organization (BR&T) through the establishment of research centers in Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington state.
Greenpoint Technologies, a completion center specializing in Boeing cabin completion work, has won a contract for the interior completion of an executive version of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Boeing has delivered the first 747-8 with performance-improved GEnx-2B engines as part of the airplane’s performance improvement package (PIP), the company announced Wednesday. A Cathay Pacific Airways 747-8 Freighter was the first of the jumbo jets delivered with the PIP engines.
The captain who lost control of a Boeing 737 that subsequently crashed in Kazan, Russia, on November 17 may have been operating with a false pilot certificate, according to Associated Press reports on the investigation. The aircraft was executing a go-around when it entered a near-vertical dive before the impact that killed all 50 people on board.
No sooner did Boeing begin evaluating bids from 22 U.S. states to build all or part of the new 777X last week when it re-entered talks with its machinists union, suddenly brightening the prospects for the incumbent, Washington state. By Thursday, however, it seemed the sides had gained little or no ground in their efforts to strike a deal for a contract extension, as union leaders quickly rejected Boeing’s most recent “best and final” offer.
Airlines will continue to enjoy ready access to financing for new aircraft acquisitions, as funding sources such as bonds grow in importance as options for financial support, according to Boeing’s seventh annual aircraft finance market forecast. The report, released in London on December 10, said that while export credit agency funding will decline in significance in the coming years, the industry will see a more even balance among carriers’ use of bonds, leases and loans from banks and capital markets.
Boeing and Saab signed a joint development agreement for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X jet trainer requirement. They join three other industry teams offering aircraft for the T-X competition, which is expected to begin with a request for proposals (RFP) in 2016.
Boeing on Wednesday won FAA type inspection authorization (TIA) for the 787-9, marking the start of a new phase of flight testing in which agency personnel join the company’s engineers in Washington state’s Puget Sound region to gather the data required for certification.
Kaunas, Lithuania-based FL Technics is implementing a $15 million MRO development plan that will create almost 300 new jobs, including more than 200 aircraft mechanics, engineers and other aviation technical personnel supporting commercial and business aviation customers. The company is focusing on operators from Europe, the CIS and Asia-Pacific.