AIRSHOW BRIEFS

Debis Airbus deal

Dutch-based aircraft leasing firm Debis Air Finance this week ordered 30 Airbus A320 variant aircraft worth $1.5bn. Its order is for 15 A320s, 10 A319s and five A321s.

Harrier engine job

Rolls-Royce has won a £30m five-year support contract to repair and overhaul Pegasus turbofans, which power the RAF’s Harrier GR7s and the Royal Navy’s Sea Harrier FA2s. The work includes conversion of engines to the Mk106 standard.

Helicopter venture

A new Anglo-Italian helicopter joint venture, HT Hydraulic Technologies, was launched at the Paris Air Show, linking Somerset-based FHL with Italy’s Mecaer. Both firms will supply the hydraulics for the main and tail rotor actuators for the new Agusta AB 139 helicopter.

Saudi radar order

Alenia Marconi Systems this week announced a multi-million pound order from the Oman air force for new long-range radars, control and reporting centres and an associated communications network.

Business jets boom

Analysts at the US Teal Group say that 4,887 business jets worth $62.4bn will be built between 1999 and 2008. This year’s deliveries, at a predicted 539 jets, worth $7.9bn, will be better than 1998’s 511 aircraft, worth $6.7bn.

Lucas buys SAMM

Lucas Aerospace has bought French flight systems supplier SAMM, a subsidiary of the PSA Peugeot Citroen group. The acquired company had sales of £42.5m and a £5.6m operating profit in 1998.

Quiet cabin retrofits

Ultra Electronics said this week that Sweden’s Golden Air will buy the `UltraQuiet’ cabin for retrofit to its Saab 340 airliners. The active noise control system is used on Saab 2000 airliners.