Several U.S. aviation companies are set to head to the Paris Air Show, which kicks off next week at Le Bourget Airport in France. Spirit AeroSystems, Textron Aviation and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft all plan to have a presence at the show, and a number of aircraft executives and economic development officials from Wichita, Kan., also plan to attend.
Boeing is considering building a Dreamlifter Operations Center at the airport in Wichita, Kan., which is home to supplier Spirit AeroSystems. The center would modify 747s with 787 forward fuselages built by Spirit. "We want to keep the production of the 787 fuselage in Wichita at Spirit by providing them a home for the operation," said Victor White, director of airports for Wichita Airport Authority.
Maj. Gen. Robert Abrams, the top Army general at Georgia's Fort Stewart, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's top military assistant. Abrams, who will be promoted to lieutenant general, recently returned from leading international forces in Kandahar and other Afghanistan provinces.
Facilities at Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kan., were damaged in a storm Saturday. Both companies have suspended operations to assess the damage. The damage could affect the production of Boeing's 737 program, analysts say.
Spirit AeroSystems and the union representing its engineers have reached tentative agreement on a labor contract. "We believe the proposal agreed to at the negotiating table is fair and competitive, and one that allows us to build an even stronger future together," company spokesman Ken Evans said.