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News Archive 5

Donghai Airlines finalises order for five 787-9 Dreamliners


1 November 2016


Donghai Airlines has finalised an order for five 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $1.32 billion

at current list prices. 


Shenzhen-based Donghai Airlines announced its intent to . . . 

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Magellan Aerospace signs agreement with BAE Systems for F-35 Lightning II assemblies


28 October 2016


Magellan Aerospace is to produce F-35 Lightning II horizontal tail assemblies under an agreement with BAE Systems. The agreement is the continuation of  . . . 


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Duval increases aerospace and landing gear precision grinding capabilities


26 October 2016


Duval Precision Grinding is adding new equipment to expand its capabilities in outer diameter (OD) and

jig grinding to accommodate growing demand for landing gear precision grinding and surface finishing.


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Raytheon chooses Mississippi for manufacture of Air Force jet trainer


25 October 2016


Raytheon Company plans to build the T-100 Integrated Air Training System on a shovel-ready site

in Mississippi. Should the US Air Force approve the company's proposal for the Advanced Pilot Training

program, Raytheon would . . . 


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Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems expands Kentucky facility


24 October  2016


Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems (MABS), a division of the UK-based Meggitt group, held a ribbon cutting

ceremony and facility tour attended by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and other dignitaries, to dedicate

a 66-job, $9.3-million expansion of its Danville manufacturing and distribution campus.


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Global training provider awards A320 Door Trainer order to EDM


21 October 2016


EDM, a global provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors, has won an

A320 Door Trainer order from a leading global training provider.


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Pratt & Whitney PurePower engine joins Spirit Airlines fleet


20 October 2016


Pratt & Whitney's PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine has entered passenger service with Spirit Airlines,

the first US carrier to fly the Airbus A320neo. The aircraft made its first passenger service flight from Detroit

to Los Angeles on . . . 


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US Navy awards Raytheon $255 million to complete next generation precision landing system


19 October 2016 


The US Navy has awarded Raytheon Company a $255 million contract for development and production

readiness of its next generation precision landing system. The Joint Precision Approach and Landing System

uses  . . . 


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Airbus delivers 10,000th aircraft


18 October 2016


The delivery of an A350-900 to Singapore Airlines marks the 10,000th aircraft supplied by Airbus

since the aircraft manufacturer’s initial delivery in 1974. The aircraft will be used to launch the airline’s

new non-stop services between . . . 


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Qatar Airways orders thirty 787-9 Dreamliners and ten 777-300ERs


17 October 2016


Qatar Airways has announced an order for thirty 787-9 Dreamliners and ten 777-300ERs, valued at

$11.7 billion at list prices. The airline also signed a letter of intent for . . . 


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Magellan Aerospace secures multi-year Boeing 777X & 787 Dreamliner contracts


14 October 2016


Canadian manufacturer Magellan Aerospace and The Boeing Company have signed new long-term contracts for the supply of complex titanium machined components for the 777X program. 


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Vector Space Systems locates manufacturing facility in Pima County, Arizona


13 October 2016


Vector Space Systems, a micro satellite space launch company comprising new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, is locating its manufacturing facility to the Pima County Aerospace, Defense and Technology Business & Research Park.  

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Ryanair to expand aircraft maintenance base in Lithuania


12 October 2016


Irish low cost carrier Ryanair is expanding its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) base

in Kaunas, Lithuania. 


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Atlas Air orders nine Boeing 767 passenger to freighter conversions


11 October 2016


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has ordered nine Boeing 767 passenger airplanes for conversion into Boeing converted freighters (BCF). Four of the orders were previously announced at . . . 


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ATEC selected to demonstrate innovative capability for future vertical lift helicopters


5 October 2016


The US Department of the Army has awarded a contract to the Advanced Turbine Engine Company

(ATEC) – a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney – for the development and demonstration

of advanced engine capabilities that could be applicable to a new fleet of future vertical lift combat helicopters.


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ACL Airshop opens four new hub stations and enhances another three 


4 October 2016


Since merging with Ranger Aerospace earlier this year, ACL Airshop, a provider of products and services

for the global air cargo industry, has opened four new international hub stations and enhanced several others. 


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Sterling Group forms new FBO with acquisition of Destin Jet


3 October 2016


The Sterling Group, a middle market private equity firm based in Houston, Texas, has acquired Destin Jet,

an FBO located at the Destin Executive Airport in Destin, Florida. The acquisition is the first location of a new

fixed based operator (FBO) network planned by Sterling Group.


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IAS launches Prestige Interiors to refurbish aircraft, boats and RVs


29 September 2016


Infinity Aircraft Services, an FAA 145 Repair Station, has launched Prestige Interiors,

an aircraft completions company offering interior soft and hard good refurbishment or

a complete replacement retrofit. 


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Wasaya Airways expands fleet with Bombardier Dash 8


28 September 2016


Canadian First Nations’ airline Wasaya Airways has added the Canadian built Bombardier Dash 8

to its fleet, augmenting its services to Northwest Ontario.


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S7 Group joins space industry with acquisition of Sea Launch


27 September 2016


S7 Group has signed an agreement with Sea Launch Group to acquire the assets of the Sea Launch complex.

The contract was signed today on the sidelines of the IAC 2016, the International Astronautical Congress

taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico.


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Xiamen Airlines rolls out new service: Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle


26 September 2016


Xiamen Airlines launched its Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle service on 26 September, creating an air bridge

connecting two of China's major special economic zones and an economic heavyweight on the US West Coast. 


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Air Canada begins construction on a new hangar at its Toronto Pearson global hub


23 September 2016


Air Canada has broken ground on a new $90-million aircraft hangar project at Toronto Pearson Airport

that will support the airline's ongoing expansion of its Toronto global hub.

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Avcorp awarded multiple production contracts from Boeing


22 September 2016


Canadian components manufacturer Avcorp Industries has been awarded production contracts from

Boeing for a range of complex metal bond and multi-material structural assemblies. The new contracts

include . . . 


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Ethiopian Airlines’ $100m Aviation Academy fitted with EDM training simulators


21 September 2016


EDM, a global provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors, announced today

that Ethiopian Airlines’ new Aviation Academy is fitted out with a range of its cabin crew training simulators.


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FAA approves merger to create Infinity Aircraft Services


20 September 2016


B. Coleman Aviation's MRO (maintenance, repair, overhaul) division and Mobile Aircraft Services

have joined forces to create Infinity Aircraft Services, a new aircraft MRO and AOG (aircraft on ground)

support services company.


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BAE Systems reaches milestone in F-35 program


19 September 2016


BAE Systems celebrated last week the production and delivery of the 250th electronic warfare (EW) suite for

the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft program. The EW suite protects the F-35 with advanced technology for  . . . 


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Aircastle delivers Airbus A330-200 to Aerolíneas Argentinas


13 September 2016


Aircastle Limited has delivered one Airbus A330-200 aircraft on long-term lease to Aerolíneas Argentinas,

the first of two deliveries which will support Aerolíneas' fleet modernization. 


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WHI announces strategic combination of three manufacturing companies


12 September 2016


WHI Global has effected the strategic combination of three companies, Crow Precision Components,

M&M Precision Components and Arlington Precision Components, to create a vertically integrated

manufacturer of complex metal parts and assemblies for the aerospace, defense and industrial markets.


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Southern Research acquires Houston-based aerospace firm Curved Skies


9 September 2016


Southern Research has acquired the assets of Houston-based aerospace professional services company

Curved Skies LLC, increasing the Houston presence of its Engineering Division. 


The acquisition also expands the division’s capabilities in . . . 


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TransDigm to acquire Young & Franklin and Tactair Fluid Controls


7 September 2016


TransDigm Group is to acquire valve and actuator manufacturer Young & Franklin Inc and its subsidiaries,

including Tactair Fluid Controls Inc.


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Joe Sutter, the father of the Boeing 747, dies at 95 years old


6 September 2016


Joe Sutter, the man known as the ‘Father of the 747’, has died aged 95. Sutter's team of 4,500 engineers

famously took a mere 29 months to design and build the first Boeing 747 jumbo jet, earning them the

nickname ‘the Incredibles’. 


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Embraer signs colorful sales agreements with two Chinese airlines 


5 September 2016


Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica (Embraer) has signed a contract with

China's Colorful Guizhou Airlines for up to five E190s, valued at $249 million at current list prices. 

In a separate deal, Embraer also confirmed the sale of two Phenom 300 executive jets . . . 


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Airbus Corporate Jets to show ACJ319 at Jet Expo in Moscow


2 September 2016


Airbus Corporate Jets is exhibiting an ACJ319, operated by MJet on VVIP charters, at the
Jet Expo show in Moscow. 


The Eleventh International Business Aviation Exhibition Jet Expo 2016 will be held at the

Centre of Business Aviation Vnukovo-3 from 8 to 10 September 2016 . . .

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Hybrid airships to do heavy lifting in Alaska


1 September 2016


Hybrid Enterprises, the exclusive worldwide reseller of Lockheed Martin's hybrid airships,

has announced a strategic partnership between PRL Logistics and UK-based hybrid airship

owner and operator, Straightline Aviation.

The partnership intends to introduce the world's first heavy-lift hybrid airship – the LMH-1.


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Dassault’s Falcon 8X makes LABACE debut


31 August 2016


Dassault is introducing its Falcon 8X business jet this week at the Latin American Business

Aviation Convention and Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil.

The long-range jet will enter service in Brazil . . . 


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Rolls-Royce wins $1.5 billion Trent 700 order from China Eastern Airlines


29 August 2016


Rolls-Royce has won an order worth $1.5 billion from China Eastern Airlines for Trent 700 engines

to power 15 Airbus A330 aircraft. The airline already operates 51 Trent 700 powered A330s.

The latest order also includes . . . 


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Airbus delivers world’s first A330-300 Regional to Saudi Arabian Airlines


22 August 2016


Saudi Arabian Airlines has taken delivery of its first A330-300 Regional, making it the launch customer

for this new member of the versatile A330 family.


The aircraft is the first of the 20 A330-300 Regional aircraft ordered at the 2015 Paris Airshow,

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Boeing awarded $2.8 billion for initial production of KC-46A tanker 


20 August 2016


The US Air Force has awarded Boeing $2.8 billion for initial production of the KC-46A tanker.


The award includes . . . more . . .

AGI Holdings acquires Aircraft Appliances and Equipment Limited


19 August 2016


AGI Holdings LLC, an investment affiliate of JF Lehman & Company, has acquired

Aircraft Appliances and Equipment Limited through one of its wholly owned subsidiaries.


Headquartered in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, AAE supplies . . . more . . .



Beijing Capital Airlines to fly to Vancouver International


18 August 2016


Beijing Capital Airlines (BCA) will begin service between Vancouver and Hangzhou,

via Qingdao on December 30, 2016.

The new, thrice-weekly service marks the first time Beijing Capital Airlines will fly to any destination

in North America.

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Raytheon receives first contract to build Naval Strike Missile launchers in Kentucky


17 August 2016


After announcing in July its intention to produce Naval Strike Missile launchers in the United States,

Raytheon Company has received its first contract for the Norwegian-developed weapon system from Kongsberg Defence Systems.


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Lockheed Martin opens Advanced Pilot Training facility in Greenville, South Carolina


16 August 2016


Lockheed Martin has officially opened its Advanced Pilot Training facility in Greenville, South Carolina

with a celebration and traditional ribbon cutting event.


The newly refurbished building will house the Ground Based Training System, . . . more . . .

Cebu Pacific selects Rolls-Royce engines for new A330 aircraft


15 August 2016


Cebu Pacific has ordered Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines to power two new Airbus A330 aircraft.


The Philippines-based airline already operates six of the aircraft, all powered by the Trent 700.


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CPI Aerostructures expands relationship with Embraer


12 August 2016


CPI Aerostructures has been selected by Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer

to supply structural components used in the manufacture of engine pylon fairings

for the Embraer E175-E2 aircraft, one of the members of the second generation of its

E-Jets family of commercial aircraft, the E-Jets E2. 

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Bombardier delivers first Challenger 650 aircraft for German customer


11 August 2016


Bombardier Business Aircraft has delivered its first Challenger 650 aircraft to be operated from Germany.


In service since 2015, the Challenger 650 jet builds on the legacy of the Bombardier Challenger aircraft series,

which has . . . more . . .

Iberia signs up with Sheorey Digital Systems 


10 August 2016


Spanish flag carrier Iberia has chosen Sheorey Digital Systems (SDS) for its Aviation ERP system.


Iberia, a member of International Airlines Group (IAG), has decided to go with ARMS V2 (Aviation Resource Management System) . . . more . . .

Lockheed Martin finalizes contract for NASA lunar imaging CubeSat


9 August 2016


Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with NASA to deploy SkyFire, a 6U CubeSat planned

to launch to the moon in 2018 with Orion’s Exploration Mission-1. . .  

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XTI Aircraft selects Honeywell Aerospace engines for TriFan 600 prototype


8 August 2016


XTI Aircraft Company has made a preliminary agreement with the Aerospace division of

Honeywell International to supply its HTS900 engine for use in XTI's first prototype,

a two-thirds piloted subscale of the TriFan 600 vertical take-off airplane. . . .

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Vector Space Systems successfully completes first sub-orbital launch


4 August 2016


Vector Space Systems, a micro satellite space launch company, has successfully launched its P-20 rocket, a sub-scale test vehicle for the Vector 1, in advance of orbital launches in 2018. 


The test, conducted on 30 July in Mojave, California, also carried a customer payload through a partnership with Finnish-based Iceye . . . more . . . 


Boeing to upgrade and modernise F-15 fighter


3 August 2016


The Boeing Company is to be awarded a contract by the US Air Force to upgrade and modernise the F-15,

one of the country’s most reliable and successful fighter jets.


Boeing was named in a pre-solicitation notice filed by the Air Force on,

a procurement website used by businesses to submit tenders for government contracts over $25,000 . . .

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US airline transitions to an all-Airbus fleet


2 August 2016


Las Vegas, Nevada-based Allegiant Travel Company has signed a purchase agreement for

12 Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft.


This deal marks the first time the low-cost airline has purchased new aircraft from any manufacturer.

Each will be powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International. . . more . . . 

Infinite RF Holdings announces merger with L-Com


2 August 2016


Infinite RF Holdings, Inc, an urgent needs supplier of engineering-grade radio frequency,

microwave and millimetre-wave components and cable assemblies, is to acquire L-Com, Inc,

a manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity solutions with significant custom manufacturing capabilities.


Headquartered in North Andover, Massachusetts, with global manufacturing, sales and distribution operations,

L-Com serves the wireless engineering community . . . more . . .


Web Industries prepares for significant growth in aerospace formatting


1 Aug 2016


Web Industries, Inc, a specialist in formatting prepreg composites for aerostructure fabrication,

has announced infrastructure additions and storage expansion at its plant outside Atlanta, Georgia.


The largest and most advanced composites formatting facility in the world, Web Atlanta produces

precision composite slit tape and ply kits and provides vendor managed inventory services . . . more . . .

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