As predicted, most airliner makers went home from last week’s Paris Air Show with yet longer backlogs of orders. Factoring in all the provisional sales (those covered by options, letters of intent or a memorandum of understanding), manufacturers announced something like $170 billion in new aircraft and engine business at Le Bourget.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced new features on the sensors available for the Predator/Reaper series. The company’s Lynx Block 20A multimode radar now has a “VideoSAR” software system and the ability to auto cross-cue to an EO/IR sensor.
On its third test flight, the Airbus A350XWB flew past President Francois Hollande this afternoon on the final business day of the 2013 Paris Air Show. After two hours of cruise flight tests, the new aircraft made a curving descent toward Runway 27 for a single flyby.
At the Paris Air Show this week, Viking Air sold four Twin Otter Series 400s to Aerostar Leasing and an another seven to existing customer Vityaz Avia of Russia. The combined deals are worth approximately $70 million.
The Farnborough International airshow facilities will soon see almost $39 million in upgrades, the show organizer announced this week at the Paris Air Show. These upgrades will be accomplished in two phases–the first of which includes building a permanent Chalet Row A and the latter involving erecting a permanent Hall 1.
International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has been busy announcing a procession of airframe and engine deals here in Paris. On Tuesday, the company announced it had signed for CFM International Leap-1A engines to power a further 20 Airbus A320neo jetliners. That brought the total backlog to 60 shipsets. With the aircraft scheduled to begin deliveries in 2016, the new order is valued at $510 million.
At its annual meeting last week, the Florida Aviation Trades Association decided to changed its name to Florida Aviation Business Association to better describe exactly who the organization is and what it represents. Now FABA, its members include FBOs, aircraft dealers, aviation insurers, charter operators, industry consultants and aircraft manufacturers, among others. During the meeting, the association also elected Deric Dymerski of Atlas Aviation as its president and Signature Flight Support’s Mike French as its vice president/secretary/treasurer.
Rockwell Collins has signed a series of contracts to supply the Bristow Group, SunExpress Airlines and Iberia Airlines with various avionics equipment. This includes TCAS for Bristow’s 44 Sikorsky helicopters and a package to allow the airline customers to comply with Eurocontrol’s Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) requirement.
European turboprop manufacturer ATR and German maintenance specialist Rheinland Air Service (RAS) on June 10 signed a service and collaboration agreement appointing RAS as a new member of ATR’s network of partner maintenance centers. Rheinland’s facility in Monchengladbach specializes in the heavy maintenance of ATR airframes.
ATR operators in Europe now number about 60. RAS concentrates on versions of the ATR 42 and the ATR 72, while also offering services on the Boeing 737, Airbus A319 and Bombardier and Fokker models.
ST Aerospace announced that it has been awarded an exclusive component maintenance-by-the-hour contract worth $28 million by Spring Airlines Japan. This contract involves component repair management support for 22 of Spring Airlines Japan’s Boeing 737-800s.
Under the agreement, ST Aerospace will provide support for component repair and warranty management, as well as consignment and pool access to its global rotables inventory pool. It expects the new contract to take effect in the second half of 2013 and stretch over eight years.