Japan will name a single prime contractor for the development of the country's next-generation fighter aircraft. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is considered a leading contender.
Virgin Galactic has unveiled its concept for a supersonic passenger jet capable of reaching Mach 3 and is enlisting Rolls-Royce for engine development. Rolls-Royce built the engines that powered the Concorde.
TUI has entered an agreement with BOC Aviation for the sale and leaseback of five new Boeing 737 MAX-8s, a deal that will provide much-needed cash to TUI amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. BOC has made similar deals for Boeing aircraft with Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.
Embraer has received a $97.2 working capital loan guarantee from the US Export Import Bank to help support 800 US jobs. "With [the] unanimous board action supporting 800 jobs, many of which are in Florida, Exim proudly reaffirms our dedication to American businesses and workers in overcoming the economic challenges posed by the unprecedented global pandemic," said Exim President and Chairman Kimberly Reed.
Boeing has received a $265 million contract from the Army for nine additional MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters to be flown by the Special Operations Aviation Command. Currently two dozen of this version are under contract with a total of 69 orders expects for special operations.
Canada is considering Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Saab Gripen E as its next fighter jet, with plans to field a fleet of 88 new aircraft. The vendor for the $14 billion program will be selected next year.
The $1.9 billion acquisition of the Collins Aerospace GPS unit by BAE Systems has been finalized, giving BAE entry into the encrypted GPS M-Code market. The Collins GPS business was divested by Raytheon Technologies.
Transport Canada has given type certification to the Pilatus PC-12 NGX, enabling deliveries of the model to commence in Canada. "Canada is now home to more than one hundred PC-12s, and we look forward to the NGX joining those ranks in short order," said Stan Kuliavas of Levaero Aviation.