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Visitors to Dubai Air Show 2017 had the opportunity to explore the world's only private Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The jet is operated by Deer Jet and managed by UAS International Trip Support, and features a main lounge that accommodate 16 guests, two large dining tables, an enclosed master bedroom, and fully fitted bathroom.

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Duncan Aviation begins work on US$70m Utah maintenance facility

Duncan Aviation has begun construction on a new US$70m business aircraft maintenance, modifications and paint complex in Provo, Utah, in the USA. The company will add nearly 275,000ft² of buildings, with a 222,000ft² maintenance and modifications center and a 53,000ft² paint facility.

23rd October 2017

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Textron Aviation introduces Cessna Citation Longitude to super-midsize market

Textron Aviation has rolled out the first production unit of the Cessna Citation Longitude, the company’s latest super-midsize business jet design.

Ron Draper, senior vice president for integrated supply chain at Textron Aviation, said, “We’re incorporating a number of new fabrication and assembly techniques that will improve processes, reduce the number of parts and provide quality and precision that will aid in the overall maintainability of the aircraft.”

The Longitude production program takes advantage of new technologies such as monolithic machining, where major assemblies are milled from a single piece of metal rather than assembled from smaller pieces, reducing the number of parts, and resulting in more precise tolerances for easier assembly.

Textron Aviation has also employed and expanded vertical tooling on the assembly line of the Longitude. First utilized on the Citation Latitude midsize jet, the vertical tooling stations provide enhanced ergonomics for employees and make more efficient use of factory space. 

Draper added, “Careful attention to detail, combined with advanced manufacturing techniques results in a production process that greatly benefits our customers. We are able to move more quickly from concept to delivery with a high-quality product that we know will exceed the expectations of our customers.”

The aircraft will join the company’s demonstration fleet this summer and will travel the world to showcase its capabilities, with it expected to enter the market by the end of the year.

By Felicity Butcher

June 16, 2017


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