New Technical Director for Air Berlin Group

Wolfgang Kurth will be joining the board of directors at Air Berlin PLC on June 1st 2008. He will be responsible for the entire technical area of the Air Berlin Group, an area that has been brought together under the umbrella of “Air Berlin Technik Ltd.” From July 2007 to March 2008 Kurth was managing director at the Munich-based airline dba and played an instrumental part in that company

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Honda Aircraft Company begins European sales of HondaJet

Honda Aircraft Company began European sales of the HondaJet advanced light jet at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) by introducing its first customer in the region – F-1 racer and business entrepreneur, Jenson Button. To provide sales and service support to its customers in Europe, the company announced that it will establish a new European network of three HondaJet-exclusive sales and service centers. Honda Aircraft Company will partner with TAG Aviation SA to establish HondaJet U.K. & Northern Europe at Farnborough Airport, U.K., with Rheinland Air Service GmbH to establish HondaJet Central Europe in Frankfurt, Germany and Read more

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Sikorsky Aircraft signs contract to develop enhanced rotor blades

Sikorsky Aircraft announced an agreement with the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate to develop a new, integrated solution for enhanced helicopter rotor durability and capability. Under the $11.4 million, 42-month program, Sikorsky will research and provide a solution that increases rotor blade life in erosive environments, provides a reliable and maintainable ice protection system, and includes an improved methodology for assessing and repairing battle damage. The program could yield significant cost savings as well. The contract was signed late in the first quarter 2008, and Sikorsky has teamed with the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) to investigate potential solutions Read more

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Jet Aviation celebrates opening of wide-body completions hangar

Jet Aviation inaugurated one of the largest hangars in Europe for the completion of wide body aircraft. Located at Basel’s EuroAirport, the new 9,600 sq m (103, 333 sq ft) wide-body hangar is large enough to house an Airbus A380 and a Boeing 747-8 simultaneously, as well as a number of mid-size aircraft. With a total investment of CHF 65,0 million, the hangar was completed within a record time of only seven months. Jet Aviation also announced during EBACE 2008 that it has signed a letter of intent with Kemp Development, Inc. of Ogden, Utah to open a new Midcoast Read more

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Design Q and BAE Systems to offer innovative interior designs

Design Q and BAE Systems are teaming up to provide modern, contemporary and stylish interior designs for the Avro Business Jet (ABJ). The RJ70 currently being completed by Inflite Engineering Services at London Stansted for Hemus Air of Bulgaria is the first with a Design Q-inspired interior. It features a modern, innovative mood-lit cabin with a double club 4 executive seating and dining and divan area, with a separate 12-seat business class seating cabin for company support staff.

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