Boeing Business Jets announced at EBACE today the retirement of current president Steven Hill and the promotion of chief pilot Steve Taylor to succeed him. Hill had a 35-year career with Boeing, most of it in sales. Taylor told AIN one of his first tasks is to find a new chief pilot for BBJ, probably one from within the Boeing production pilot ranks.
Air New Zealand subsidiary Altitude Aerospace Interiors (Booth No. 1333) has crossed the globe to be here to meet both customers and suppliers as it builds up its share of a VIP conversion and refurbishment market that shows no sign of slackening.
Earlier this year, AMAC Aerospace started operating from its new hangar at Euro Airport near Basel, Switzerland. The new business aviation services group has been able to implement initial plans exactly as announced a year ago at EBACE’08.
Under the terms of a Memorandum of Agreement signed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. and CFM International, the two will work toward the development of a new CFM56 maintenance training center at Rajiv Gandhi Airport in Hyderabad. The center is envisioned to mirror CFM facilities operating in France, the U.S.
Boeing yesterday announced a series of planned improvements to its 737 line the company says will result in a 2-percent decrease in fuel burn and a marked upgrade in cabin comfort and utility.
The first revenue flight of an American Airlines Boeing 767-300ER equipped with Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets left Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Sunday night at 8:35 p.m. with 204 passengers on board and arrived ahead of schedule at London Heathrow Airport this morning at 10:26 a.m. local time.
Prosecutors in Brazil are appealing the dropping of some accusations in the 2006 midair between a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 and an ExcelAire Embraer Legacy 600. Judge Murilo Mendes recently dismissed charges that the American Legacy pilots, Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino, were negligent in not taking emergency steps for communications loss, ruling that nothing suggested an emergency situation.
A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed into a muddy field while on approach into Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport at around 10:30 a.m. local time February 25, killing at least nine of the 134 occupants and injuring dozens more. News cameras showed rescue crews surrounding the scene, where the airplane lay in three pieces alongside a highway, roughly a half mile from the intended runway threshold.
AMAC Aerospace officially opened for business in early February at the EuroAirport in Basel, Switzerland. The new company was founded by Heinz Koehli, former CEO of Jet Aviation. Despite the economic downturn, AMAC has been able to implement initial plans as announced a year ago and has completed an impressive 45,000-sq-ft hangar on schedule.
European low-cost carrier Ryanair has entered “early negotiations” to order 200 to 300 new Boeing 737-800s or Airbus A320-series airliners in the coming two years. The equipment, which includes replacement capacity, would support continued expansion during the 2012 to 2017 timeframe, with Ryanair potentially benefiting from any decline in aircraft prices during the current recession.