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