Boeing didn’t get much of a chance to savor its near-record year-end sales figures and 2012 rate-increase successes.
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With 12 jet deliveries to completion centers and another 12 outfitted bizliners handed over to clients in 2012, Boeing Business Jets is celebrating what it calls “a monumental year.” Company president Steve Taylor described last year as “terrific,” noting that the company met its goal of “12 [green] and 12 [completed deliveries] in 2012.” In addition, with the delivery of eight new 747-8s for completion, 2012 was a record year for Boeing Business Jets in terms of delivery value, totaling more than $3 billion last year.
Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aerospace responded Friday to a U.S. Air Force request for information (RFI) concerning possible replacement of the service’s 178 Beechjet 400-based T-1 Jayhawks with very light jets. This is the second time the USAF has put out feelers for VLJs, having issued a broader RFI for these small jets in November 2006.
Gulfstream Aerospace plans to hire approximately 100 more employees over the next year at its Appleton, Wis. facility to support growing volume in completions work for Gulfstream large-cabin aircraft, including the recently certified G650. The site currently has approximately 725 employees, including nearly 425 technicians. Gulfstream Appleton is home to a completions and service center. It has about 275,000 sq ft of hangar, shop and support space.
Pinnacle Airlines and its wholly owned subsidiaries have entered into a series of agreements that would provide a path forward for the company to emerge from bankruptcy under the ownership of Delta Air Lines or an affiliate, the company announced Thursday.
L-3 Platform Integration has received a second Boeing 747-8 for cabin outfitting at its Waco, Texas completion center. The company claims to be the first center to have two 747-8s in simultaneous completion, and with more than half a million square feet of hangar space it can accommodate multiple twin-aisle bizliner completion and refurbishment projects. Outfitting of the cabins on the two airplanes includes cabin management and in-flight entertainment systems, LED lighting throughout and a customized noise-dampening package.
Leaders from the Society of Professional Engineers in Aerospace (SPEEA) are meeting with engineers and technicians working at various “choke points” within Boeing Commercial Airplanes in the Seattle area and Portland, Oregon, in preparation for a strike as early as February.
Along with new aircraft and a new show site, MEBA 2012 is presenting a new exhibit area, the U.S. Pavilion, showcasing the goods and services of ten U.S. aviation companies, spanning a range of goods and services from inflight catering to aircraft manufacturing.
At MEBA 2012 (Stand 588), OnAir announced that it has selected PATS Aircraft Systems of Georgetown, Del., as an OnAir completion center. PATS specializes in Boeing BBJ completions and auxiliary fuel tank installations and is installing Mobile OnAir in a 737-900ER BBJ. “We are seeing a high demand from VIP jet operators for in-flight connectivity,” said John Eichten, PATS senior vice president of sales and marketing. “PATS prides itself on finding innovative and industry-leading ways to satisfy our customers’ requirements, and our partnership with OnAir is a good example of that.”
American International Group has agreed to sell up to a 90-percent stake in International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) to a group of Chinese investors led by Weng Xianding, the chairman of New China Trust Company, AIG announced today.