Given the skyrocketing price of oil, the global financial crisis and gloomy forecasts from the travel industry, one might be forgiven for anticipating a message of gloom and doom from a manufacturer of a substantial proportion of the world’s aero engines.
Boeing and Airbus are still looking for the right balance in outsourcing, or at least for the right way to run the massively outsourced production organizations on which they base their latest airliner programs.
Air France Industries is set to deliver its first completed Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) this month, with a second aircraft to leave its Toulouse, France completions center during the first quarter next year. Both ACJs are for undisclosed customers.
Gore Design Completions (Booth No. 261), already a force in the narrow- and widebody completion and refurbishment industry, has just taken on what may be its biggest challenge to date–the executive/VIP outfitting of a head-of-state Boeing 777-200. The San Antonio, Texas-based company had previously done a 767 interior for the same central Asian customer and is working on the client’s Boeing 737-700 cabin.
The 2001 Paris Air Show was no epic in terms of new models unveiled and mega-developments launched. It was nonetheless an exceptionally businesslike event, achieving a record tally for announced sales of some $40 billion. Even so, this grand tally was somewhat down from the $52 billion sales bonanza at last year’s Farnborough Air Show and some chose to interpret this as evidence of the long-anticipated cooling in demand.
Lufthansa Technik is juggling a schedule that has interior completion and refurbishment projects rolling in and out of its Hamburg facilities with a frequency that threatens to wear out the hangar doors.
Gore Design Completions (Booth No. 261) is riding the crest of demand for narrow- and widebody interior completion and refurbishment with deliveries of four aircraft in 2008, even as the doors open to take in new projects.
Since January, the San Antonio, Texas-based independent completion and refurbishment center has delivered two green Boeing Business Jets. The first delivery was also Gore’s first BBJ and went to a U.S. customer.
Jet Aviation inaugurated a new hangar at its Basel completion facility on May 16, just days before the opening of EBACE. Capable of simultaneously accommodating an A380 and a B747, the facility covers more than 100,000 square feet. Another 100,000 square feet of office and shop space is to be added in the near future. The event was attended by 500 customers, suppliers, members of local authorities and the press.
Airbus recently passed the 100 sales mark with its Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) family and is now achieving breakthrough sales with its new larger VIP transports. The European airframer also has sold its first double-decked A380 “Flying Palace” and clinched a second commitment for the A350XWB Prestige, based on the A350XWB-900 airliner.
Boeing signaled its new resolve to target regional airline applications for its 100-seat 717-200 by putting an aircraft on static display at Salzburg Airport during the ERA assembly. This followed the U.S. airframer’s debut appearance at the annual ERA gathering in Athens, Greece, last year.