Los Angeles-based private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners finalized its acquisition of ground support equipment manufacturer Tronair yesterday. The Holland, Ohio-based company makes more than 1,000 products–including towbars, electric tugs, tripod jacks, de-icer carts, lavatory servicing equipment, potable water carts and engine inlet covers–for more than 300 business aircraft, military aircraft and airliners.
Aircraft window shade manufacturer Aerospace Technology Group (ATG) officially opened its new 65,000-sq-ft headquarters and production facility in Boca Raton, Fla., yesterday. Founded in 1998, ATG designs and manufactures electronic window shade systems for airliners and corporate aircraft. Boeing, Airbus, Gulfstream, Cessna and Dassault install ATG’s products on their business jets. Meanwhile, Emirates, Lufthansa and Qantas, among others, have installed ATG’s electronic shades in their business-class and first-class cabins.
Southeast Asia, rather than the behemoth economies of China and India, provided the bulk of the sales impetus for the 2012 Singapore Airshow. More specifically, it was from Singapore’s neighbor Indonesia that the latest wave of airline fleet modernization came when Lion Air confirmed a massive order for 201 of Boeing’s new 737Max-9 narrowbodies, plus 29 of the existing 737-900ERs.
A “Program for Development of the Aircraft Industry by 2025,” drafted by Russia’s Ministry for Industry and Trade, calls for investment of 1.7 trillion roubles ($56 billion) in various national aviation projects.
ST Aerospace has begun construction on an expansion to its facility at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park. It will include a general aviation hangar, simulator center for pilot training, facilities for aviation technical training and a VIP facility for air charter customers. ST Aerospace expects to complete the project by year-end. The 42,600-sq-ft hangar will double current capacity to service business jets, helicopters and light aircraft.
Fokker Services Asia has agreed to join ATR’s maintenance, repair and overhaul network. The company has just opened a new facility in Singapore and will use this to support Southeast Asian operators of ATR’s twin turboprop regional airliners.
ATR has some 250 aircraft operating in the Asia Pacific region and another 80 on order. It is expected to announce more new business from the region at the Singapore Airshow today.
Bombardier Aerospace (Chalet CD61) is to open a company-owned and operated business aircraft service center at Singapore’s Seletar Airport in 2013. The new regional center will offer light maintenance tasks for all Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft, and will be the OEM’s customer services hub for the Asia Pacific region. The facility forms part of Bombardier’s future customer service strategy.
AIN contributing editor Liz Moscrop asked Francois Chazelle, Airbus vice president of commercial jets, to describe the special features in the Al Jaber Aviation ACJ318 parked on the Singapore Airshow static ramp.
Speaking to the Chinese media during his visit to Beijing last October, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia and China have much to gain from jointly developing a widebody airliner. He called for more joint Sino-Russian projects in space and aeronautics, as well as other high-technology spheres, stating that these may produce “huge economic effect for development of both countries.”
Airbus Military has embarked on a major program to assist the Indonesian aerospace industry expand its capabilities and to put the plane-maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI - Indonesian Aerospace) back on its feet after suffering heavy losses accumulated after the Asian economic crisis in the late 1990s. In October the two companies signed a teaming agreement defining the initiatives of the initial 18-month phase of the recovery plan, following a strategic collaboration agreement signed last July.