Category: Manufacturers & MRO

Gulfstream G500 Makes NBAA Debut

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s all-new Gulfstream G500 made its first cross-country trip for the 2015 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2015). The flight test aircraft arrived at Henderson Executive Airport on Nov. 13 to join the G650ER, G550, G450, G280 andG150 in Gulfstream’s static display. The G500 flew from Savannah/Hilton Head International […]

TAP Portugal Signs Major Airbus Order

Portuguese national carrier TAP Portugal has signed a firm order with Airbus for 53 aircraft from the European manufacturer, it announced Nov. 13. The deal will see TAP Portugal taking 14 A330-900neo plus 39 A320neo family models, consisting of 15 A320neos and 24 A321neos. The carrier is already an all-Airbus customer, with a current fleet […]

Chromalloy Unveils New Gas Turbine Engine Component Machining Facility in Guaymas, Mexico

At a grand opening ceremony and tour in Guaymas, Mexico, Chromalloy announced that its new state-of-the-art gas turbine engine machining facility is operational and producing first article test production on aircraft engine components. “Chromalloy’s new 36,000 ft² manufacturing center is a dedicated precision machining facility for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) new engine components,” said Thomas […]

Mitsubishi Regional Jet Completes First Flight

Mitsubishi has successfully completed the first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), the first commercial plane to be developed in Japan since the 1960s. The MRJ took off from Nagoya Airport on November and completed a 1.5 hour flight. “Operational performance of the MRJ was far better than expected. We had a significantly comfortable […]

MRJ Suffers Further Setback to Inaugural Flight, Now Set for Nov. 11th

It was at the 47th Paris Airshow that Mitsubishi unveiled its plans for the first Japanese plane to be built since the NAMC YS-11 in the 1960s, an aircraft that never actually became profitable. The development has been subject to a number of delays, including those in the procurement of the Pratt & Whitney engines. […]

Etihad Airways Takes Up Option on Two Freighters

Etihad Airways announced yesterday at the Dubai Air Show 2015 it will take delivery of two Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft. The decision to exercise the option on the freighter conversions, which were part of the carrier’s $67 billion mixed fleet order for 199 aircraft in 2013, was unveiled on the opening day of the event. […]

Asia-Pacific Region To Have Biggest Fleet Size, MRO Value

SINGAPORE—Within a decade, the Asia-Pacific region will surpass others in fleet size and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market value. Chris Doan, a Cavok vice president, forecasts the Asia-Pacific fleet to reach 11,687 commercial aircraft in 2025—compared to 8,142 in North America, and 8,096 in Europe. The region’s commercial MRO market will be valued at […]

Indonesia Lacks Certified MROs Despite Large, Growing Market

Indonesia only has one internationally certified MRO provider, even though the country is the largest airline market in Southeast Asia. The country had 58.9 million domestic and 13.7 million international passengers last year, representing year-on-year growth of 6% and 5%, respectively, according to Indonesia’s central bureau of statistics. The Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) database […]

MROs Find Better Ways to Use Mined Data

As the promise of using reams of data to improve processes and guide maintenance events grows more viable, some operators are breaking new ground by leveraging current data-driven programs in a quest for safer, more efficient operations. But while so-called Big Data’s vision depends on proactive measures, today’s analytics-enhancement efforts often focus on what is […]