Airliner

August 17, 2012 - 8:30am
ACJ318 at LABACE

At LABACE 2012, easily the biggest “footprint” on the aircraft static display line is the imprint of the ACJ318 bizliner from Airbus.

“When it comes to business jets, it’s what you offer in the cabin that counts,” said Airbus COO for customers John Leahy.

August 1, 2012 - 4:05am
An elevator designed and fabricated by L-3 Platform Integration is unique in that it includes a stop in the baggage bay.

L-3 Platform Integration, one of the premier cabin outfitters of widebody bizliners, had “a great year” last year, and with contracts in hand to do the interior completion on two new Boeing 747-8s, this year and beyond look bright as well.

Ken McKelton, v-p of head-of-state programs at the Waco, Texas-based center, pointed out that the shop has done green completion and major refurbishment work on no fewer than a dozen widebody airliner conversions in its 40-year history.

July 31, 2012 - 3:17pm
Embraer E-Jet Production

While today’s announcement of a firm order for six E190s from Venezuela’s Conviasa Airlines might have helped buoy Embraer’s general outlook, the deal hardly assuaged concerns among financial analysts over an airliner backlog that at the end of the second quarter has shrunk to nearly half its peak value of $21.6 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2008.

July 23, 2012 - 8:00am

In February 2011 the FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive calling for removal of chemical oxygen generators from airplane lavatories, or emptying the generator and restowing the masks. (By the way, no one told the passengers that there was no longer any supplemental oxygen supply in the bathrooms.) While security wasn’t mentioned in the AD, apparently there was a safety problem. Or as the FAA so confoundingly put it in the new final rule, which rescinds the 2011 AD, “This AD was prompted by reports that the current design of the oxygen generators presents a hazard that could jeopardize flight safety. We are issuing this AD to eliminate a hazard that could jeopardize flight safety and to ensure that all lavatories have a supplemental oxygen supply.”

July 17, 2012 - 3:35pm

Embraer delivered 55 jets in the second quarter, composed of 35 airliners and 20 executive jets. Of the business jets, Embraer shipped 17 light jets and three large jets. Total deliveries for the first six months reached 89 aircraft–56 commercial and 33 executive jets–13 more than for the same period last year.

July 11, 2012 - 1:20am

Airliner manufacturers aren’t mind readers, so it isn’t easy for them to work out what passengers will request beyond the current generation of cabin services. To find out with more certainty, Airbus has surveyed more than 10,000 people who could be passengers four decades from now to learn their preferences.

July 11, 2012 - 1:10am

Airbus is producing a “final fix” to strengthen parts of the A380’s wing structure that have developed cracks on early examples of the very-large airliner. Aircraft now in production will be modified and the changes will be retrofitted to in-service aircraft. The cracks occurred on wing-rib feet that fasten skin panels to internal wing ribs.

July 10, 2012 - 1:20pm

It seems that much discussion is still under way at Bombardier as to whether or not it should launch a stretched, 90-seat model of its Dash 8 Q400 Next Gen turboprop.

July 9, 2012 - 7:05pm

Forecast International is questioning whether component suppliers will manage to keep up with the demand from Airbus and Boeing as they prepare to raise production rates of commercial airliners over the next 10 years.

July 9, 2012 - 4:00pm

Zodiac Aerospace (Hall 1 Stand A15k) announced at the Farnborough International airshow on Monday that it has signed two contracts with Irkut (Hall 1 Stand E8) to supply equipment for the Russian manufacturer’s in-development MC-21 narrowbody airliner. Under the first deal, Zodiac subsidiary ECE will provide the primary power distribution system. Another new contract, with cabin specialist Zodiac C&D, is for the MC-21’s interior.

 
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