The Boeing 747-8 will achieve its pre-delivery guarantees on fuel burn “in a year or two,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Jim Albaugh told attendees at the company’s May 15 Investors’ Conference in St. Louis.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the the failure of a Rolls-Royce RB211 engine on a Qantas Boeing 747-400, which occurred during climbout from San Francisco International Airport on Aug. 30, 2010, was caused by a fatigue fracture of a single-stage, low-pressure turbine blade.
CTT Systems of Nyköping, Sweden, recently scored two large-scale orders for its CTT Cair cabin air system, one for a Boeing 747-8 being outfitted by Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, Germany, and the other for an Airbus ACJ319 to be completed by Amac Aerospace of Basel, Switzerland.
It is the sixth Cair package to be installed by Lufthansa in executive versions of single- and twin-aisle airliners. The A319 represents the fourth Cair system to be installed by Amac.
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) will establish a completions center in Asia, “sooner rather than later,” the company told an ABACE show press conference yesterday. “In the medium term the Chinese market is very interesting,” said Walter Heerdt, the company’s senior marketing and sales vice president. “We have to be here, otherwise we will not get the best share we can out of this market.”
With Chinese customers having expressed a clear preference for larger private aircraft, it is little wonder that Boeing Business Jets has proved popular in greater China. Of the 10 BBJs sold so far, four are already in service–two with DeerJet in mainland China, one with MetroJet in Hong Kong and another with a private owner in Taiwan.
The first Boeing 747-8I VIP variant rolled off the assembly line on Tuesday and is expected to enter service with an unidentified Middle East head-of-state operator in 2014, following installation of an executive interior by Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, Germany.
GE Aviation is to expand its manufacturing and R&D capacity in the U.S. with three new facilities to open by 2013, the company announced Tuesday. It expects its production rates to grow from 3,000 commercial and military engine deliveries in 2011 to 3,400 deliveries in 2012 and 3,800 deliveries in 2013, requiring $580 million in plant, equipment and tooling during the 2011-2012 time frame across its network of 55 U.S. operations.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based Alsalam Aircraft was at the Dubai Air Show in November featuring a growing capacity for high-end cabin completion work on larger business jets, from the Airbus ACJ series through the Boeing 747 series.
The company has already done a number of interiors for Saudi Royal Flight, and in December announced a partnership with MAZ Aviation, also of Riyadh, for new-aircraft design work.
When Boeing 747-8F launch customer Cargolux postponed delivery of its first two airplanes in September, pundits almost immediately began tossing about theories that Qatar Airways boss and Cargolux director Akbar al Baker was behind the sudden move for various ulterior motives.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is achieving faster growth on the civil side of its business than on the military side, for which it is arguably better known. The group’s recently published results for the first half of 2011 show civil sales up by 29 percent over the same period in 2010, accounting for $492 million out of total sales of $1.8 billion, which represented an 11-percent increase over last year’s results.