Boeing unveiled a new “advanced technology winglet” design for the 737 Max on Wednesday, saying that it will provide up to an additional 1.5-percent fuel-burn advantage on top of the 10- to 12-percent improvement already advertised for the re-engined narrowbody.
Boeing signed over the first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airliner to Lufthansa today, ahead of a May 1 flight to its Frankfurt base. The manufacturer has now delivered three Intercontinentals, including two VIP airplanes, and 14 freighter variants to another five customers.
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.”
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.
In response to increased demand for its VIP interior products, Boeing Business Jet completions specialist Greenpoint Technologies has bolstered its staff, adding Tim Pahls, previously v-p of sales with B/E Aerospace, as v-p of programs; and Ken Kummerow as senior director of engineering. The Washington state-based company also promoted Jim Baltrukovicz from program manager to director of program management. He will head Greenpoint’s current 747-8 VIP completion project.
The FAA has issued Boeing certification for the 747-8 Intercontinental, the company’s newest and largest passenger airplane, clearing the way for first delivery to launch customer Lufthansa “early next year,” the company announced this afternoon.
Boeing and Lufthansa on December 6 plan to begin pre-delivery testing of the first 747-8 Intercontinental at the airline’s main operations base at Frankfurt Airport. Scheduled to last until December 9, the testing will help ensure a smooth integration of the newest 747 into Lufthansa’s operations, according to Boeing.
Emirates SkyCargo set a company record this past summer when it carried 52.87 metric tons of freight in the belly hold of one of its Boeing 777-300ERs on a flight from Karachi to Dubai. Indeed, the load, consisting mainly of dense perishable meat products and vegetable produce, marked a significant achievement for Emirates during a period of sagging fortunes in the air cargo business.