Boeing to boost 737 production rate to 42 airplanes per month in 2014

Boeing will increase the production rate for its Next-Generation 737 to 42 airplanes per month. Once implemented in the first half of 2014, the 737 program expects to build on average two 737s each workday and nearly 500 airplanes each year. Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh said the market outlook for single-aisle jetliners is strong and growing. “Customers are demanding our Next-Generation 737 at an unprecedented rate,” Albaugh said. “New performance improvements and enhanced passenger comfort features have driven home the value equation for our customers.” Albaugh emphasized the popularity of Boeing’s new passenger comfort features, noting Read more

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P&WC launches enhanced PW308C engine for Dassault's Falcon 2000S

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has launched an enhanced PW308C engine for Dassault’s new Falcon 2000S business jet. The engine upgrade, which will bring improved environmental performance for the PW308C, is currently undergoing validation testing in preparation for certification in 2012.  The enhanced PW308C’s first engine run took place in February 2011 and the emission targets were achieved with margin. Certification is slated to take place within the next year. With product improvements to the combustion and fuel delivery systems, the enhanced PW308C engine will have best-in-class engine smoke and emissions performance.

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Boeing to build 10 C-17 Airlifters for Indian Air Force

India’s Ministry of Defence has signed an agreement with the U.S. government to acquire 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifters. The Foreign Military Sale — approved by the U.S. Congress in May 2010 — establishes India as the C-17’s largest international customer. According to the agreement, India will take delivery of its C-17s in 2013 and 2014. Boeing will support India’s C-17 fleet through the C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership, a proven multinational Performance-Based Logistics program. The GSP “virtual fleet” arrangement ensures mission readiness by providing all C-17 customers — with varied fleet sizes — access to an extensive support Read more

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Virgin America launches LEAP engine with $1.4 billion order

Virgin America launched CFM International’s advanced LEAP engine with an order to power 30 new Airbus A320neo aircraft.  The airline also announced that CFM’s CFM56-5B will power 30 current technology A320s.  The 60 airplanes were announced in January of this year and the engine orders have a combined value of approximately $1.4 billion U.S. at list price.  Both the LEAP and CFM56-5B engines are products of CFM International (CFM), a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group) and GE.  The new airplanes will begin delivery in 2016.

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Avinco places and sources 12 aircraft so far this year

Avinco, the specialist remarketing and leasing advisor based in Monaco and Dublin, has successfully placed five 737s and three A340s so far in 2011 as well as sourcing four A320 family aircraft on behalf of a new Chinese lessor. The 737s included two new surplus 800s sold on behalf of Air Europa, one early production 800 leased to Jet2.com (UK) and two classics sold on behalf of Air Austral (La Réunion). The A340s are owned by a US based fund and placed on long term lease to a South American carrier, due to be delivered later this year.

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Piedmont Aviation Component Services signs APU maintenance agreement with Alliance

Piedmont Aviation Component Services (“Piedmont”), has signed an APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) maintenance Agreement with Alliance Airlines covering Alliance Fokker 100 fleet GTCP36-150 model APU. The value of the contract is estimated around  $1.5 million -$2 million over a five year term. Piedmont has been an authorized repair center for APUs for more than 15 years, among which are the Honeywell 36, 85, and 331 series, which allow the company to serve fleets all over the world.

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HAESL officially opens its $50 million Component Repair Centre

Hong Kong Aero Engine Services Limited (HAESL) celebrated the official opening of its Component Repair Centre of Excellence – Phase V – a 13,500 square metre expansion to its existing engine repair and overhaul facility. HAESL has invested $ 50 million in the new Phase V expansion to meet the rapid growth in worldwide demand for component repair capability. This is in response to the predicted growth in the aviation industry over the next decade and beyond. It will also expand Hong Kong’s capabilities as a regional aviation hub to serve the fast-growing aviation market in China. The new facility expands HAESL’s Read more

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Lufthansa Technik to provide technical support for SunExpress

The newly founded SunExpress Deutschland GmbH has engaged Lufthansa Technik to provide all-round technical support for its entire fleet of six Boeing 737-800 aircraft. SunExpress Deutschland commenced operations on 8 June with three aircraft. Three further airplanes are due to be delivered in the winter. The Total Technical Support (TTS) contract extends from line maintenance to full provisioning with components and materials, including logistics and engine maintenance. Lufthansa Technik will provide line maintenance support at the Frankfurt and Stuttgart stations and for this purpose stocks of components, wheels, brakes and other materials required for maintenance and repair purposes are to Read more

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FL Technics signs agreement with Russian carrier Donavia for full Engine Maintenance support

FL Technics, integrated aircraft Maintenance and Repair Organisation, signed an exclusive full-scope engine service provision agreement with the Russian carrier Donavia. The agreement, worth $11 million over the period of 12 months, covers full management of six CFM56-3 engines, including maintenance facility selection, shop supervision during engine maintenance, handling of spare parts supply, engine lease and legal support services. Donavia, the largest carrier in Southern Russia, has been a long-standing strategic partner of FL Technics. The co-operation between two companies started in mid 2007, with the scope of services expanding each year.

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Air Lease Corporation signs lease agreements for 25 additional aircraft

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has signed lease agreements for 25 additional aircraft. TRIP Linhas Aereas (Brazil) and ALC have entered into long term lease agreements for six new ATR 72-600s and six new Embraer 190LRs, delivering between July 2011 and October 2012. Bulgaria Air is leasing four new Embraer 190s from ALC, deliveries are set for March, April, June, and November 2012. ALC is leasing an additional new Airbus A330-300 to Asiana Airlines (Korea), for delivery in September 2012.  Garuda Indonesia Airlines signed a 12 year lease agreement with ALC for a new Airbus A330-200. Furthermore ALC delivered a Boeing 737-800 (MSN 32919) on a long term Read more

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