Daily Archives: Jan. 10, 2013

Hawker Beechcraft to start rolling furloughs for 240 employees

Hawker Beechcraft plans to put into place rolling furloughs for about 240 employees working on T-6 and AT-6 production, the company said.

Hawker Beechcraft Defense Company continues to build and deliver T-6 military trainers to the U.S. government as part of the Joint Primary Aircraft Training Systems contract, it said.

It’s currently in negotiations with the government for the next lot of airplanes.

“To allow this negotiation process to be completed and synchronize output to customer demand, the company is initiating a rolling furlough on its T-6/AT-6 production line in Wichita. They will be scheduled throughout the year and include approximately 240 hourly employees,” Hawker Beechcraft spokeswoman Nicole Alexander said in an e-mail.

The schedule is still being determined, Alexander said.



Boeing completes first 777 built at increased production rates

Boeing has rolled out the first 777 airliner built at the increased production rate of 8.3 planes per month, the company said Thursday.

The plane, a freighter, will be delivered to Korean Air in February.

Increased production began in October when the first parts entered Boeing’s Everett, Wash., plant, it said.

Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita produces parts of the 777 and has increased production to meet Boeing’s increased rates.

In the last 31 months, Boeing has increased 777 production twice — from five to seven plans per month in 2011, and now to a record high of 8.3 per month, the company said.


Cessna’s Grand Caravan EX earns type certification

Cessna Aircraft’s more powerful Grand Caravan EX has earned Federal Aviation Administration type certification and outperformed its initial targets, the company announced Thursday.

The plane will have a 38 percent improvement in the rate of climb over the Grand Caravan, it said. The company originally expected a 20 percent improvement.

Cessna also has said that the version will have a 350-foot reduction in takeoff roll and a 10-to-12 knot cruise speed improvement.

The plane will be powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 engines.

Cessna has delivered four Grand Caravan EX airplanes.