In March, CTT Systems of Nykoping, Sweden, received an order for its CTT Cair cabin humidification system to be installed in a Boeing 777 executive aircraft for an unidentified client.
The Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) celebrated its 15th anniversary last month at Ebace. To date, 207 BBJs have been sold and the backlog of 37 airplanes is worth $5.4 billion. This includes firm orders for eight VIP 747-8s and orders for “about a dozen” VIP versions of the 787-8 and 787-9. Deliveries of the VIP 747-8s will begin in the fourth quarter, with VIP 787s shipments to commence in 2013.
General Electric and Boeing are collaborating on a program to offer their 747-8I BBJ/VIP customers optional “loaner” GEnx-2B engines to ferry their aircraft to completion centers. Called the GE Pusher Program, it would use engines from flight-test aircraft for the ferry flight. Those engines would then be removed at the completion center and shipped back to GE.
GE and Boeing are collaborating on a program to offer their 747-8I BBJ/VIP customers optional “loaner” GEnx-2B engines to ferry their aircraft to completion centers. Called the “GE Pusher Program,” it would use engines from flight-test aircraft for the ferry flight. Those engines would be removed at the completion center and shipped back to GE.
The first passenger version of the Boeing 747-8, the 747-8 Intercontinental, took to the air for the first time today from a chilly and windy Paine Field in Everett, Wash., in front of thousands of Boeing employees, company managers and media. The largest passenger airplane ever built by Boeing took off at about 9:58 a.m.
Air China became the third airline to commit to the passenger version of the Boeing 747-8 since the launch of the program in 2005 with the signature of an “agreement” covering five 747-8 Intercontinentals. The agreement remains contingent on Chinese government approval, at which time Boeing will post the contract in its firm order book.
At Boeing’s colossal plant in Everett, Wash., the February 13 gathering of some 10,000 employees, government officials and customer, partner and supplier reps served not only as a chance to celebrate a long-overdue “unveiling” of the 747-8 Intercontinental, but as a reminder of a painful legacy left by top management a decade or more ago.
Boeing plans to fly the 747-8 Intercontinental for the first time next month, in time for certification and initial deliveries in the fourth quarter.
Swiss aircraft services company Jet Aviation claims to have won the first contract for cabin completion of Boeing’s new 747-8. The Basel-based center’s in-house interior design studio was retained to design the cabin interior.
Amac Aerospace Switzerland has expanded its maintenance and completion facility at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. The new hangar and production facility will allow the MRO to maintain and do completions on widebody aircraft. The 90,400-sq-ft hangar can accommodate a Boeing 747-8i, Airbus A330 and BBJ/A320 simultaneously and is large enough to accommodate an Airbus A380.