Following an announcement yesterday from Boeing that revealed more details about the 737 Max airliner series, Boeing Business Jets confirmed in response to AIN questions that the BBJ1, BBJ2 and BBJ3 bizliners will be transitioning to the upgraded Max platform. For airline use, Boeing plans to develop the 737-8 Max first, then the -9 and finally the -7.
Boeing has made a series of design updates to the re-engined 737 Max to support performance requirements. The updates, announced April 11, involve the design of the aircraft’s aft body, engine installation and flight control system.
“China is the business jet market for the next decade,” Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor said here yesterday at ABACE. He predicted “steady growth” for BBJ orders and deliveries in China, fueled mainly by aircraft charter operator customers that–unlike in other parts of the world–are the dominant players for new business jets in the Asian country.
Jet Aviation Basel has added a tail and wing dock certified for the 737-based BBJ and Airbus A320 to its widebody hangar. This new dock platform will help to shave up to six weeks off aircraft downtime during 12-year inspections by providing access to all areas of the tail on all four levels, as well as access for full structural inspection of the wings.
Mumbai-based Air Works India Engineering’s Delhi facility has become the first independent general aviation MRO organization in India to be awarded EASA Part 145 approval for general aviation aircraft. Nick White, Air Works vice president of general aviation, said, “This will allow us to release Hawker aircraft from 750s to 900XPs to European operators, but it is just the beginning. We will quickly add more aircraft types.” The 60-year-old company’s EASA-approved facility near Bangalore maintains the Airbus A320, Boeing 737 Classic/NG and ATR 42/72 series.
India-based low-cost carrier SpiceJet has selected SR Technics to provide engine repair and overhaul services on the CFM56-7Bs that power its Boeing 737-800/900ERs. Under the 10-year agreement (effective immediately), the services will be rendered at the Mubadala company’s workshops in Zurich, Switzerland.
China Eastern has selected Honeywell to provide a variety of its products and services for its fleet of Boeing 737 NG and Airbus A320 airliners. It will supply wheels and brakes for the 737 NGs to improve performance and reduce operating costs, for both new-build aircraft and as upgrades to the existing fleet. It also will provide 131-9 auxiliary power units for the 50 A320s that China Eastern has on order.
Irkut has brought a full-scale mockup of its nascent MC-21 short- to medium-range midsize airliner to Singapore, giving visitors their first chance to see up-close the shape of things to come in the design of Russian civil aircraft.
Honeywell Aerospace is to supply the avionics for the 19 new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft Air China has on order. The Honeywell avionics suite includes IntuVue 3-D, an advanced weather system that offers pilots a more complete picture of weather systems than traditional 2-D offerings. The agreement also includes traffic collision avoidance system with mode-S transponders, plus flight and cockpit data recorders.
In the back, cabin enhancements include a deal for satcom capability using SwiftBroadband.