Saturday, July 14, 2018

Week in review (7/8 to 7/14)

Representatives from the Gulf Coast who will be attending the July 16-22 Farnborough Air Show in England have a lot more to boast about then in years past. There's a lot more recognition of this region, and it may lead to attracting more companies.

During the week we learned that the Bombardier CSeries jetliner that will be built by a joint Airbus-Bombardier company has been given a new name. It will be the A220-100 and A220-300, the 300 model the one with the longer fuselage for more seating.

The new name, complete with a new paint scheme, was unveiled at a ceremony held at its Henri-Ziegler Delivery Center near Toulouse, France. The aircraft are for the 100 to 150 seat market and complement Airbus' existing A320 family.

Airbus is a majority holder in the partnership, which will lead to a new assembly line in Mobile, Ala., directly north of the current A320 series assembly line. (Post)

That rebranded model also got its first customer under the new name. JetBlue, which is also the first customer to take delivery of a U.S.-built A320, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 60 firm orders for A220-300 model.

The airline also converted 25 of its current orders for Airbus A320neo into orders for the larger A321neo. The company’s A321neos and A220-300s will be powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.

Airbus manufactures, markets and supports A220 aircraft under the recently finalized "C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership" (CSALP) agreement. (Post)

Speaking of Airbus, it is partnered with logistics giant DB Schenker on a logistics plan to use waterways to transport components to the Airbus A320 final assembly line in Mobile. The plan reduces the use of roads for transport.

Using a new roll-on/roll-off terminal, its barge, and a newly-dredged section of river, Airbus can use larger vessels to transfer components by water. Larger ocean going vessels are now being used for the international transport of four complete “ship sets” per month. The new logistics plan includes a refurbished pier at the production plant and construction of a new hangar. Airbus first used the new logistics setup for a shipment in May. (Post)

OK, job-seekers, listen up.

GKN Aerospace has hired 40 people to work at its new manufacturing facility at the airport near Panama City and is actively recruiting and training more new employees, officials said early in the week at a press conference at the Advanced Manufacturing Facility at Gulf Coast State Community College.

GKN has partnered with the college to help train employees.

The building at Venture Crossings is completed and equipment is being moved into the facility. By next year, officials say they will hire 172 people and be producing aircraft component parts.

GKN has invested $55 million in the facility and equipment. Kim Bodine, executive director for CareerSource Gulf Coast, said more than 900 people since last August have applied for the jobs on the CareerSource page taking applications. (Post)

On the subject of jobs, you may want to put in the back of your mind that in October, the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter will have a special, larger issue that will focus on the education and training options for folks interested in getting involved in the region's growing aerospace/aviation field. It promises to be a keeper whether you're a parent, student, worker or company official.

Air show
The Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team is performing in two shows close to home over the next couple of weeks. The first one, at Pensacola Beach, Fla., is this weekend and the second one will be in Biloxi, Miss., next weekend. The team, which uses F/A-18 jets, is headquartered at Naval Air Station Pensacola. (Post)

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $41.2 million modification to an order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This modification increases the ceiling and extends the period of performance on the delivery order to provide test, maintenance and logistics support services to sustain MQ-4C Triton unmanned air system (UAS) air vehicles, mission control and operator training systems. Work will be performed in Maryland, California, Florida and Guam and is expected to be completed in March 2019. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. Northrop Grumman does fuselage work on Global Hawk variants, including Triton, in Moss Point, Miss.

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