Recaro marks 2016 with 100K deliveries Seat maker Recaro announced that during 2016 the company delivered more than 100,000 aircraft seats, which was record production for its four sites. The company was tabulating exact figures, which would be available in May when its financial statements were finalized. Recaro has made a number of investments in its sites. At the end of this year, it will open is 6,000 square meter logistics center built at a cost of €13.5 million. Last year, its Qingdao, China facility produced 10,000 seats. Recaro expects the output in China to double this year. Recaro is moving ahead with its CL6710 “intelligent seat” that can digitally transmit operating status to cabin crew and ground staff. An app for the seat can be used by passengers for seat setting, inflight entertainment programming. Light and ventilation can be controlled from a smartphone or tablet. The company said several orders have been received for the CL6710 that will be first delivered this year. The new 3530Swift economy class seat, developed together with Airbus as Supplier Furinished Equipment (SFE) went to market in 2016. Recaro was able to book orders for more than 100 aircraft by mid-year. The first ship sets were delivered in the middle of July. Thanks to the predefined and precertified Airbus layouts, time-consuming, individual product approvals can be avoided. “An outstanding year for Recaro and its employees has come to an end. New products, new customers and numerous new orders successfully drove business development in 2016. The full order books are ideally matched to the workforce and capacity expansion we have undertaken in recent years,” said Dr. Mark Hiller, Chief Executive Officer and Shareholder at Recaro Aircraft Seating, in a recent announcement.
Recaro has received several orders for its CL6710 seat for front cabin
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AviIT and Bluebox now one company AviIT Ltd. and Bluebox Avionics Ltd. have been combined under a new company — Bluebox Aviation Systems Ltd. — with AviIT leadership assuming full management and operational responsibility for the new company. The Bluebox brand, products and IP will be owned and represented by Bluebox Aviation Systems Ltd. “This new operational structure will help us meet our ambitious growth plans over the coming years, building upon Bluebox’s 10 years of IFE market success which we celebrated last year, and AviITs rich history of airline industry software innovation,” said Kevin Clark, who has been appointed CEO of the newly combined business. “I’m looking forward to leading this new stage of growth through innovation, sales and customer service, so here’s to celebrating a new year and a new decade, with a new corporate platform.” “We have an increasing flow of product innovations that we are bringing to market and need to do so in a way that ensures customers benefit quickly,” said David Brown, founder of AviIT, who will lead the strategic development of the new company as Business Development Director. “Refocusing all of our product development under one organizational structure, helps us strengthen our core software development business, enhance our ability to differentiate our products, and allows us to engage more effectively in the kinds of partnerships that bring the best parties together to meet customer demand.” “Bluebox already has long-standing relationships with all major content providers to deliver early window content on our systems and a range of highquality IFE products that are easier to deploy and upgrade at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems,” added Clark. “This new corporate platform streamlines our ability to respond to market requirements much more rapidly than the previous Bluebox joint venture structure allowed, and provides greater flexibility in how we engage with partners in the creation and delivery of joint offerings.”
RJ and Turkish Technic sign cooperation agreement Royal Jordanian and Turkish Airlines Technic, Inc. sealed an agreement in February that will allow the airline to receive Line Replaceable Units (LRU) components pool support and spares for V2500 engines installed on RJ’s A320 family aircraft. The services and spares that will be provided within the framework of the agreement will be based in Turkish Technic’s Istanbul base and supply stations throughout the world. The LRU components will be serviced in the state-of-the-art facilities of Turkish Technic at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport. Royal Jordanian operates the V2500 engine The contract will also serve to enhance the from IAE International on its A320 family strong business relationship between the two parties and will be a sustainable step for Turkish Technic in the Middle East region. Emphasizing the trust in the services provided by Turkish Technic, Royal Jordanian President/CEO Captain Suleiman Obeidat said: “We are pleased to cooperate with a pioneer MRO company in the region, Turkish Technic. We believe their contributions and technical services will back our endeavors to provide a continued on-time, efficient operation, all for an enhanced passenger satisfaction.” “We are glad to be reaping the fruits of our labor with this winwin cooperation model. Turkish Technic has reached a fleet size of about 800 aircraft in the component pool market with the signing of this agreement,” Ahmet Karaman, CEO of Turkish Technic.