Independent cabin completion specialist Greenpoint Technologies (Booth No. 4345) is at NBAA in a big way with Aerolift and Aeroloft elevator and loft concepts for Boeing’s new 747-8.
Head-of-state and VVIP completions centers are awaiting two new Boeing widebodies–the 747-8 and the all-composite 787. Both aircraft, which have suffered from well-publicized program delays, are currently in flight test and customer deliveries should begin next year.
Boeing has revised its 10-year forecast for the Asia-Pacific air transport market, and its new figure reflects a 37-percent increase over the previous total. Boeing’s original figure of 670 aircraft has been upped to 920, with a corresponding increase in value to $120 billion.
Timco Aviation Services plans to begin widebody operations at its Macon, Ga., facility early next year, according to CEO Kevin Carter. “We’ve had requests from customers to expand our widebody capacity, which has been offered only at our Greensboro, N.C. facility,” Carter told AIN.
Boeing Business Jets has already sold a dozen of its new 787s for configuration as private aircraft, and the independent completion centers are climbing the learning curve required to install interiors in an all-composite fuselage.
It was an airshow planned and prepared for during the worst of the past two years of economic downturn and yet Farnborough International 2010 ended up delivering gladly received evidence that a recovery is gathering momentum in the aerospace industry.
Boeing is deep into preparations for its first “green” 787 BBJ delivery in 2012 and is confident it can avoid the myriad early completion problems that plagued the first 737-based BBJs more than a decade ago.
First came the Middle East carriers on Monday, then yesterday it was the turn of Asian and Latin American airlines to keep the Farnborough airshow cash registers ringing with deals done covering roughly $6.5 billion in new business for Airbus.
In the U.S. Air Force KC-X competition size matters, but not much else, according to a Boeing briefing here. The company refused to discuss how its NewGen Tanker could be “combat ready” when substantial development work must be done. Citing competitive reasons, Boeing gave no technical details on the new cockpit, the new refueling boom, or even which version of the 767 it was based on.
In its latest current market outlook published last Thursday, Boeing projects a near-term increase in airline traffic growth, with global economies expected to regain lost ground in the next two or three years as they recover from the latest worldwide recession.