American Airlines signed a pair of “landmark agreements” to place orders for 460 narrowbody jets from Boeing and Airbus, the airline announced today. Plans call for American to order 260 A320-family aircraft and 200 Boeing 737s, scheduled for delivery starting in 2013 and continuing through 2022.
Independent completion and refurbishment specialist Lufthansa Technik will be providing cabin outfitting on a new Boeing Business Jet destined for corporate service with the new Beijing Airlines, a subsidiary of Air China.
Jet Works Air Center is the product of the merger of Jet Works Aviation and Denton Business Air Center, combining the former’s avionics repair capabilities with the latter’s aircraft paint, interior refurbishment and completions center abilities. The FAR Part 145 repair station offers airframe maintenance, engine line maintenance, avionics service and installation, exterior paint and interior refurbishment.
More than a dozen so-called working teams from Pratt & Whitney, Airbus and various suppliers continue their evaluation of the integration challenge the companies face as orders mount for geared turbofan-powered versions of the Airbus A320neo airliner, with the airframer looking to advance entry into service by six months, to October 2015.
Major orders for the new CFM International Leap-X turbofan engine are due to be announced during the first four days of the Paris show, intensifying the battle with Pratt & Whitney to power the Airbus A320neo. “We’re set for this to be one of our best shows ever,” said the company.
The Airbus A320neo (for “new engine option”) is “the fastest selling aircraft in history” and the manufacturer set itself the target of accruing “over 500” commitments by this week’s Paris Air Show, according to chief operating officer (customers) John Leahy. By early April, the company had booked more than 330 orders and “commitments” and this prompted it to accelerate the program by six months.
Business aviation cabin components specialist Starling Aerospace (SAI) has undertaken a project to design, build and certify a stateroom/lavatory in kit form for installation in a 757 configured for executive/VIP use.
The development will include variants for installation as standard in the Boeing Business Jet and Boeing 737, as well as 757s in a variety of locations within the cabin.
News broke today at EBACE about the ExcelAire pilots being found guilty by a Brazilian court for causing the fatal September 2006 midair over the Amazon jungle. The collision of the ExcelAire Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 resulted in the deaths of all on 154 aboard the airliner, though the U.S. pilots were able to land their damaged business jet.