A nearly four-month-old strike at Vought Aircraft’s plant in Nashville ended last month with the ratification of a new contract by members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers. The settlement means Vought will not move ahead with its threat to hire permanent replacement workers and move Citation Columbus wing production from Nashville to Grand Prairie, Texas.
Vought Aircraft Industries planned to meet again tomorrow with leaders of the striking International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 735 in Nashville, Tenn., in hopes of “a quick contract resolution” after threatening to use permanent replacement workers for the nearly 1,000 employees who walked out in September.
Engineers at Cessna are finishing architecture and layout planning for the Wichita OEM’s largest jet, the fly-by-wire Columbus, and the company revealed new details about vendors and facilities. The Columbus will be assembled at new facilities in Wichita, and Cessna plans to break ground on the factory later this year.
Boeing announced today it has closed on the deal to acquire Vought Aircraft Industries’ interest in Global Aeronautica, the South Carolina fuselage subassembly maker for the Boeing 787. Under the terms of the transaction, Global Aeronautica becomes a 50-50 joint venture between The Boeing Company and Alenia North America, a subsidiary of Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica.
Gulfstream’s new G650 ultra-long-range jet will feature a wing built by Spirit AeroSystems. Gulfstream awarded a contract worth more than $1 billion to Spirit to design, produce and integrate the flight-ready G650 wing. The G650 will be the fastest civil airplane, with a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925, and will offer 7,000-nm range at Mach 0.85 and 5,000 nm at Mach 0.90.
Boeing announced today it has agreed to acquire Vought Aircraft Industries’ interest in Global Aeronautica, the South Carolina fuselage subassembly facility for the 787 Dreamliner. Upon completion of the transaction, Global Aeronautica will become a 50-50 joint venture between Boeing and Alenia North America, a subsidiary of Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica–a Finmeccanica company.
Curtiss-Wright Controls (CWC) (Stand No. R81) has agreed to supply the mechanical systems for the Boeing 787’s large cargo door under a contract with door supplier Saab Aerostructures. The deal reflects the U.S. company’s desire to expand its footprint in motion control systems for commercial aerospace.
According to Alenia Aeronautica, it is meeting its commitments as a supplier for the Boeing 787 and has not contributed to the delays the program is suffering. The Italian company delivers complete composite fuselage sections to Global Aeronautica, its joint venture with Vought in Charleston, South Carolina, which subsequently adds components to the structures before shipping them to Boeing’s final assembly line in Everett, Washington.
For more than a decade Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica dreamed of joining Airbus only to have its advances rejected by the group’s French, German and British shareholders. So the subsidiary of the diverse Finmeccanica group has taken to courting partnerships in other countries such as Russia, Greece and Turkey, while increasing its commitment to serving as a Tier 1 supplier to Airbus’ rival Boeing.
The future of both the aero-structures and structural engine component businesses belongs to an elite group of so-called Super Tier 1 suppliers/strategic partners.