Airbus | May 21, 2020
A new chapter in the development of Airbus’ U.S. production capabilities has begun with inauguration of the completed A220 commercial aircraft final assembly line (FAL) in Mobile, Alabama.
Airbus announced plans in October 2017 for the addition of A220 manufacturing at Mobile which is situated on the edge of Mobile Bay along the Gulf of Mexico..
Airbus’ production team in Mobile, Alabama also marked another milestone, welcoming the first component assemblies destined to become an A220 for JetBlue.
This 270,000-square-foot facility – which can produce both the A220-100 and A220-300 versions – houses five primary assembly stations where major airframe component assemblies come together for a completed aircraft.
An A220 first for JetBlue
Airbus’ production team in Mobile, Alabama also marked another milestone, welcoming the first component assemblies destined to become an A220 for JetBlue. This low-cost carrier will be the second airline customer receiving U.S.-built A220s when the aircraft is delivered in late 2020.
The team is excited to start working in their new facility and to welcome a new customer
~ Paul Gaskell, president of A220 USA and Head of A220 Program in Mobile
“It’s a strong endorsement from JetBlue in this challenging time.”
An expanded U.S. industrial footprint
Airbus announced plans in October 2017 for the addition of A220 manufacturing at Mobile – which is situated on the edge of Mobile Bay along the Gulf of Mexico.
The company began producing A220s at Mobile in August 2019 using space in an existing Final Assembly Line hangar for U.S.-built A320 Family aircraft, and in newly-constructed support hangars. With the start of operations in the dedicated A220 final assembly line, Airbus’ production site in Alabama has now officially doubled in size.
“The expansion of our commercial aircraft production in Mobile – from the A320 Family to the A220 – further solidifies Airbus’ standing as a truly global aircraft manufacturer, and confirms that Airbus remains an important part of the American manufacturing landscape,” added Gaskell.
Mobile, Alabama is the second assembly site for the A220, which is Airbus’ latest addition to its product line of single-aisle commercial aircraft. The A220’s primary production facility and program headquarters are located in Mirabel, Canada, where dedicated functions – including engineering expertise and support functions – also are situated.
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GA Telesis | January 21, 2022
GA Telesis, LLC (“GAT”), the pioneering leader in integrated aviation services, announces its MRO Services Group has expanded the scope of its on-site field support Turbo Team™.
In 2021, GAT experienced an increase in requests for on-site technical and maintenance support for a greater volume of aircraft models and systems as the airlines ramped up their flight schedules. The MRO Services Group considers itself an extension of the airline's maintenance functions; Turbo Teams™ are quickly dispatched to support grounded aircraft (AOG) in urgent need of on-site maintenance. These teams are composed of elite technicians and engineers that travel and troubleshoot, providing the necessary repairs and approvals for aircraft on-site. The team's support encompasses rapid response for maintenance, mirroring the MRO Services suite of capabilities.
"Once again, our team rose to the challenge and provided immediate support to our airline customers, Our solutions offer the airline customer solid results, cost savings, and prompt return to service. We differentiate ourselves by providing our customers access to the GA Telesis Ecosystem™, which includes simultaneous component and engine support,”
-Pastor Lopez, President of MRO Services.
Turbo Team™ has a dedicated email, firstname.lastname@example.org, where customers can quickly communicate their urgent needs as well as receive updates on the status of the work. The teams also have dedicated toolboxes and test equipment that can be checked on any passenger flight and can depart from GA Telesis facilities within six hours after receiving notification of an AOG. In addition, GAT is consolidating its traveling teams from the different divisions into one operational unit.
As recently announced, the MRO Services Group had a stellar year in 2021. The group exceeded 2019 sales and earnings by a double-digit percentage. Additionally in 2021, GAT reported an extension and expansion of the Honeywell agreement through the end of 2028, signed landing gear agreements and secured a two-year contract with a major US carrier, and several customers awarded MRO Services Group new part numbers, expanding the content of existing contracts.
The MRO Services Group focuses on performance by deploying lean processes and eliminating waste from daily activities. GA Telesis can deliver OEM quality material at lower prices to its customers while enhancing the OEM's market channels. The MRO Services Group was formed to streamline the decision-making process and create a single customer interface and quality experience among the companies in the group.
About GA Telesis
GA Telesis is the leading provider of integrated services in the commercial aviation industry. Through the GA Telesis Ecosystem™, the Company is distinctly positioned, across six continents, to leverage its resources to create innovative solutions for its customers. Consisting of global operations encompassing Component Solutions, Leasing/Financing, Logistics Solutions, and MRO Services business units for landing gear, component/composite, and turbine engine repair, as well as digital solutions, the GA Telesis Ecosystem™ provides an unparalleled resource to airlines. The Company’s core business is its mission to ensure “Customer Success,” built from a reputation for unsurpassed excellence and integrity.
DEFENSE AND SPACE
Spirit AeroSystems Inc. | October 18, 2021
Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. [NYSE: SPR] held a grand opening event and ribbon cutting ceremony for its National Defense Prototype Center (NDPC), a joint project with Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). This new research center will significantly expand Spirit’s capabilities and production efficiencies in the defense and space market.
NIAR has been a tremendous partner in the development of the National Defense Prototype Center and enabling Wichita as a center for defense growth, The NDPC provides a secure space for high temperature materials testing, as well as development, prototyping and industrialization capabilities to support Spirit’s growth strategy targeting $1 billion of defense revenue by the mid-2020s.
- Duane Hawkins, Spirit AeroSystems executive vice president; president, Defense and Space.
The research center comes soon after Kansas earned its designation as one of 11 Defense Manufacturing Communities by the Department of Defense (DoD). The Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program will encourage long-term community investments to strengthen national security innovation and expand the capabilities of the defense manufacturing industrial ecosystem.
The National Defense Prototype Center encompasses more than 125,000 square feet of manufacturing and lab space with processing and characterization capabilities, including high temperature testing, furnaces for fabricating and processing materials, multi-method non-destructive inspection, robotic automated fiber placement technology and a large autoclave. The center promotes the capacity to sustain broader and maximum throughput capabilities to support a high-priority national defense program.
The more knowledge that can be generated and disseminated about high temperature materials, the more these materials can be used, optimized, and designed for specific objectives. This leads to reliable and safe products that enable the industry to go further, push faster, and break through current design limitations. Not only is this a first for the state of Kansas, but for the nation in terms of testing capacity at these temperatures.
- John Tomblin, Wichita State’s senior vice president for Industry & Defense Programs and NIAR executive director.
The research center is the first of its kind with the ability to attract new aviation, defense, and space programs with a focus on high-temperature materials, such as hypersonic missiles, that can withstand temperatures of 2,500-5,000°F. The NDPC offers distinctive capabilities and research technology that will spur the development of new high temperature materials and ultra-competitive composites.
About Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial airplanes, defense platforms, and business/regional jets. With expertise in aluminum and advanced composite manufacturing solutions, the company’s core products include fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons, and nacelles. We are leveraging decades of design and manufacturing expertise to be the most innovative and reliable supplier of military aerostructures, and specialty high-temperature materials, enabling warfighters to execute complex, critical missions. Spirit also serves the aftermarket for commercial and business/regional jets. Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit has facilities in the U.S., U.K., France, Malaysia and Morocco.