Airbus has decided to raise the production rate for its A330 family to 10 aircraft a month starting in the second quarter of 2013, the company announced today. The company now builds eight A330s a month and plans to first increase the rate to nine early next year before reaching double digits in 2013.
Swiss aircraft services company Jet Aviation claims to have won the first contract for cabin completion of Boeing’s new 747-8. The Basel-based center’s in-house interior design studio was retained to design the cabin interior.
Lufthansa Technik is busy and expects to become busier. The Hamburg, Germany-based MRO and completion and refurbishment company is currently working on an A318 for a Middle East customer, a BBJ for a Far East client and two A340-400s for the German government.
Airbus entered 2011 with a clear perspective on its main challenges and opportunities. In the start-of-year press conferences staged by both the European airframer and its EADS parent during January, executives identified the overriding challenge as the continuing battle to control costs.
A late surge in new airliner orders during December took Airbus’s sales tally for 2010 to 644 aircraft (compared with 574 in 2009), just edging out rival Boeing’s total orders for 625 airliners last year.
The single-aisle and widebody bizliner completion business is gaining traction on a global scale, and with new-aircraft sales by Airbus and Boeing on the rise, available slots for the highly specialized task of outfitting these large private aircraft could fill quickly, leaving some owners with a green airplane and no place to have it completed.
Jet Works Air Center of Denton, Texas has won a “multi-million-dollar contract” for re-configuration of an MD-87 to an executive role.
The MD-87 will be outfitted for 24 passengers and will include “a leading-edge entertainment system [and] Wi-Fi, high-speed Internet access and air-to-ground communications.”
Amac, the Swiss MRO company founded in 2007, opened a 90,500-sq-ft widebody hangar at Euro Airport Basel on December 2. The new building stands next to the company's initial 45,000-sq-ft hangar, which is capable of accommodating two single-aisle airliners. Plans for another large hangar are already in the pipeline.
Airbus now projects that the airline industry will need almost 26,000 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at $3.2 trillion between 2010 and 2029, according to the company’s most recent Global Market Forecast (GMF).
Jet Aviation Basel is the first completions center to sign a contract for a private Boeing 747-8 interior completion. The contract is with an undisclosed Middle Eastern client. The company’s in-house interior design studio also won the contract to design the cabin interior. A spokesman for Jet Aviation said the aircraft is slated to arrive in Basel early next year and will take about 24 months to complete.