Boeing completed extended twin-engine operations (Etops) testing on the 787 Dreamliner on Sunday, company vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth revealed today on his blog, Randy’s Journal. The team reached the milestone during a test flight of Dreamliner ZA102, the ninth 787 built and the same airplane that flew the longest flight for the type to date at just over 18 hours.
Just two years out of the box, Comlux America has delivered its first executive completion of an Airbus A320 Prestige. The twinjet was designed by Comlux Creatives and has joined the charter fleet of Zurich-based Fly Comlux.
As Airbus prepares to put together the first A350 XWB, the European manufacturer acknowledges the stiff task it faces to open the final assembly line (FAL) by the end of this year and to fly the aircraft within 12 months thereafter. It says significant challenges remain to start the FAL by year’s end with “an appropriate level of quality to prepare the ramp-up.”
The first production-conforming Nextant Aerospace 400XT will make its public debut next month at EBACE in Geneva. The 400XT–a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP with Williams FJ44-3AP engines, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and a zero-timed airframe complete with new paint and interior–has better fuel specifics and a greater 2,005-nm range than a base airplane. Winglets will be offered as an option in the near future.
Pats Aircraft Systems has announced the signing of a major refurbishment contract for the new owner of a Boeing Business Jet based in the Asia-Pacific region. Work is already under way at the independent completion and refurbishment center.
Boeing won't consider submitting the 787 Dreamliner for certification in the third quarter without Etops capability, notwithstanding differences in qualification testing the FAA has instituted since the 777 earned its FAA ticket–complete with Etops approval–in 1995, CEO Jim McNerney said during the company's January 26 fourth-quarter earnings call.
Airbus in-house cabin completion provider Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC) has just delivered its sixth aircraft, an A320 Prestige for an unidentified Middle East customer.
The big-cabin bizliner is particularly well equipped, with an en suite lavatory, satellite-direct television, high-speed Internet access and OnAir in-flight personal mobile phone access.
The newest Boeing 787–designated ZA102–flew for the first time yesterday, a Boeing spokesperson confirmed. The airplane took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 3:53 p.m. local time and landed just over an hour later at the same location, per plan. ZA102 will serve as a temporary member of the flight-test fleet, tasked with helping to demonstrate 787 extended twin-engine operations (Etops) and complete function-and-reliability testing.
Boeing won’t consider submitting the 787 Dreamliner for certification in the third quarter without Etops capability, notwithstanding differences in qualification testing the FAA has instituted since the 777 earned its FAA ticket–complete with Etops approval–in 1995, CEO Jim McNerney said during the company’s January 26 fourth-quarter earnings call.
Airbus has discovered a lucrative niche for its Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) family, and charter operators are happy with the OEM's executive/VIP contribution to the market. In a press conference yesterday, Airbus announced that 10 charter providers representing seven countries are now operating a total fleet of 15 aircraft from the ACJ family; a mix of A318 Elites, ACJs (A319s) and A320 Prestiges. Francois Chazelle, v-p of worldwide sales