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Spirit Readies for Higher 787 Production with Facility Expansion

Spirit AeroSystems is preparing for higher production rates on the Boeing 787 by expanding the building where it produces the airplane's forward fuselage. Construction is underway on Spirit's Composite Fuselage Facility to add 100,000 square feet. The building, visible from K-15 and 47th...

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 Lake general manager. "Our recent progress sets the stage for Boeing Salt Lake to become a major...

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...

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Three Airbus H135s ordered by Romanian Ministry of Interior for air medical services

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