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Rockwell Collins Sets Voluntary Retirement Guidelines

About 2,000 Rockwell Collins employees will be eligible for a voluntary retirement program intended to reduce the company's payroll by about 500 people. The Cedar Rapids company has a global workforce of roughly 20,000. Last week, it announced plans to trim 500 positions through a program tha...

Boeing Salt Lake Completes 787-9 Dreamliner Production Expansion

Boeing yesterday celebrated completion of its expansion projects in West Jordan and Salt Lake City and its first 787-9 Dreamliner horizontal stabilizer manufactured start-to-finish in Utah. "This is an exciting time for Boeing and our Salt Lake team," said Larry Coughlin, Boeing Salt La...


Airbus Wants A320 Suppliers To Cut Prices

Airbus is pressing suppliers on its A320 aircraft to reduce prices by at least 10 percent by 2019 in order to make the company's main earner more competitive. The enhanced efficiency plans echo Boeing's cost-cutting Partner for Success initiative, which has redrawn the relationship between suppliers and the plane maker as the industry gears up for record output. Airbus's cuts are...

Zodiac Faces Court Action Over Delivery Delays

French aerospace supplier Zodiac has confirmed it faces court action and the possible loss of some business from American Airlines over delays in aircraft seat production, but said it was seeking a negotiated solution. The company said American Airlines had filed a petition in the District Court of Tarrant County in Texas asking judges to allow it to share a contract to buy business class seats...

Airbus starts assembly of first A350-1000

Airbus began fuselage assembly of the largest member of the A350 family at its Hamburg and Saint-Nazaire plants. Germany-based subcontractor Premium Aerotec handed over the first complete front fuselage section for the first A350-1000 on Sept. 16 and it has now been delivered by air to Hamburg where it will be equipped before being flown to Saint-Nazaire on board one of Airbus’s...

Turbomeca inaugurates APU production facilities in San Diego

Microturbo, a subsidiary of Turbomeca (Safran), today held an inauguration ceremony to mark the grand opening of a new facility in San Diego, CA. dedicated to the production of auxiliary power units (APU) for commercial aircraft.  Pierre Yves Morvan, CEO of Microturbo an Rick Elgin, Microturbo VP/GM of Microturbo San Diego presided over the ribbon-cutting event attended by local officials...

Exclusive: Bombardier eyes final CSeries certification flight in November - sources

Canada's Bombardier Inc expects to complete the final certification testing of its smaller new CSeries narrow-body commercial jet by the week of Nov. 23, a key milestone toward the plane being certified, four sources briefed on the plan said. The Montreal-based manufacturer declined on Thursday to confirm the testing schedule, but said it still expects certification of the 110-seater CS100...

American Air Says It Is Cancelling Orders From Lie-Flat Seat Maker

American Airlines Inc. will replace Zodiac Aerospace as the supplier of premium business-class seats for its Boeing Co. 787-9 Dreamliners and some 777-200s because of delays in deliveries. “Zodiac is far behind schedule and continues to cause significant delays to our plans to improve the travel experience for our customers,” said Laura Nedbal, a spokeswoman for American. The carrie...

Boeing Opens Advanced Manufacturing Research Center in South Carolina

Boeing yesterday opened its research and technology center in South Carolina, which is devoted to current and next-generation technology development. Boeing leaders joined local dignitaries and employees for a ribbon cutting and tours of the 104,000-square-foot Boeing Research & Technology-South Carolina center, which leads the company’s research and development efforts in areas of ad...

Hangzhou YTO Express Becomes Launch Customer for Boeing 737-800BCF

China's start-up cargo carrier, Hangzhou YTO Express Airlines (YG) has signed a launch customer agreement (LCA) with Boeing Co. for 15 Boeing 737-800BCFs (Boeing Converted Freighter) on President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States. Following the signing of this LCA, YTO Express becomes the launch customer for the 737-800BCF. A group of Chinese companies signed Tuesday sev...

CTT Systems awarded humidifier contract for new crew rest on A380

CTT SYSTEMS, a market leader of humidity control products in aircraft, signed a contract to develop a humidifier for a new crew rest compartment on the A380 aircraft, to be introduced to customers in 2016. The humidifier will be offered in the A380 catalogue as a Supplier-Furnished-Equipment (“SFE”). CTT Systems already provides crew rest humidifiers for the A380 program (as tier-2). C...

Thales lands first Dual HUD order in China

Thales reported that China Southern Airlines has selected the Dual Head Up Displays (HUD) configuration across 30 of their new AirbusA320s, alongside the Thales Flight Management System and LRRARadio altimeter. With this order, Thales scores a double first in China. This represents the largest contract for HUDs and the first ever for a dual configuration system since the Civil Aviation Authority o...

ANALYSIS: Marenco adds Swiss precision to helicopter market

Martin Stucki, the boss of start-up Marenco Swisshelicopter, is not like other chief executives, but then the manufacturer is also markedly different than most others in the sector. Stucki, an engineer, commercial rotorcraft pilot, and long-time helicopter enthusiast, arrives at our meeting in jeans, polo shirt and trainers, and sports a small earing in the lobe of one ear. There is nothing wro...

P&W expects influx of F119 overhauls as Raptor unsheathes talons

Pratt & Whitney could soon be prying open boxes of Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor engine manufacturing equipment and tooling to support an increase in depot overhauls of the thrust-vectoring, supercruise F119 turbofan engine due to increased operational use. After the 187th production aircraft rolled off the Lockheed final assembly line in Marietta, Georgia, in 2011, the US Air Force plac...

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First ACH160 order in Southeast Asia

A new customer in the Philippines ordered ACH160, becoming the launching customer for this model inthe Southeast Asia and Pacific region. It will be used for private and business flights wit...

First A330neo operator in the Asia-Pacific - Lion Air

Indonesian carrier Lion Air took the delivery of its first A330-900, becoming the first airline from the Asia-Pacific region to fly the A330neo. The aircraft is on lease from BOC Aviation and is...

Korean Air Orders 20 787 Dreamliner Airplanes

Korean Air has finalized an agreement with Boeing to order 20 787 Dreamliner airplanes – including 10 each of the 787-10 and 787-9 models – valued at $6.3 billion according to list prices....

Happy centenary to GKN Fokker!

On 21 July, GKN Fokker marks its centenary. Exactly 100 years ago, aviation pioneer Anthony Fokker registered the ‘’Nederlandsche Vliegtuigenfabriek’’ which led to the formatio...

Single engine TH-119 helicopter obtains FAA IFR certification

TH-119 became the first and only IFR certified single engine helicopter in decades, congratulations! Now pilots to operate the aircraft safely in low visibility and challenging weather conditions...

New Heights in the Heart of the Swiss Alps

A landing of the largest business jet in Gstaad’s Saanen airport, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, is it possible? With Global 7500 aircraft the answer is quite clear - yes. This is one...

The acquisition of Aersud Elicotteri helps strengthen Airbus Helicopters local footprint

One more step to help strengthen Airbus Helicopters local footprint in Italy has been made - the acquisition of its distributor and 50-year partner Aersud Elicotteri. The comp...

300 deliveries milestone for Challenger 350 Aircraft

Faster than Any Other Medium or Large Jet in History  Challenger 350 have reached an amazing milestone - 300 deliveries! This landmark comes as the Challenger 350 jet was r...

Airbus expands its aircraft deliveries using sustainable jet fuel blends

One of main problems all possible sides are discussing - how to minimize air transportation impact on environmental. Main manufacturers have confirmed their commitment to work on this cause during lat...

Qatar Airways $1 billion order for 18 Gulfstream aircraft

Qatar Airways announced a significant order for 18 Gulfstream aircraft during a ceremony at the White House on 9 July 2019 that was witnessed by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir...

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First ACH160 order in Southeast Asia

A new customer in the Philippines ordered ACH160, becoming the launching customer for this model inthe Southeast Asia and Pacific region. It will be used for private and business flights wit...

First A330neo operator in the Asia-Pacific - Lion Air

Indonesian carrier Lion Air took the delivery of its first A330-900, becoming the first airline from the Asia-Pacific region to fly the A330neo. The aircraft is on lease from BOC Aviation and is...

Happy centenary to GKN Fokker!

On 21 July, GKN Fokker marks its centenary. Exactly 100 years ago, aviation pioneer Anthony Fokker registered the ‘’Nederlandsche Vliegtuigenfabriek’’ which led to the formatio...

Korean Air Orders 20 787 Dreamliner Airplanes

Korean Air has finalized an agreement with Boeing to order 20 787 Dreamliner airplanes – including 10 each of the 787-10 and 787-9 models – valued at $6.3 billion according to list prices....

Get ready For Launch of Lightweight Pathfinder Prop

Hartzell Propeller is developing and launching the lightweight Pathfinder composite three-blade constant speed propeller, in close cooperation with CubCrafters and Lycoming Engines. CubCrafters i...

Single engine TH-119 helicopter obtains FAA IFR certification

TH-119 became the first and only IFR certified single engine helicopter in decades, congratulations! Now pilots to operate the aircraft safely in low visibility and challenging weather conditions...

300th Jet ConneX System installed for Customer Satisfaction

300th aircraft with Jet ConneX... it is a milestone, an achievement, a reason to celebrate and to talk more about that revolutionary inflight broadband service. According to Inmarsat, own...