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Oman Air takes delivery of first Airbus A330

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15 September 2009
Adding long haul flights to the network

Oman Air has taken delivery of its first A330-200, becoming the newest operator of the aircraft, enabling the carrier to introduce long haul flights for the first time. The aircraft was acquired under a lease agreement with Dublin-based AWAS.

Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, the A330 will be configured in an ultra high comfort two class layout with 20 Business and 196 Economy seats. The aircraft will initially be deployed on long-haul routes from Muscat, Oman to London, Paris and Frankfurt as well as destinations in Asia.

Oman Air placed an order for seven A330s in 2007, five of which were directly from Airbus. The airline will take delivery of a further 6 A330 family aircraft in the coming years.

“We are looking forward to introducing the A330 on our rapidly expanding network,” said Peter Hill, CEO Oman Air. “Its outstanding economics and commonality with our existing fleet, will enable Oman Air to continue to expand our affordable and reliable services and further strengthen our market position.”

“The A330 has unbeatable reliability, economic efficiency and is a great platform for Oman Air’s continued expansion,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The delivery further strengthens confidence in the A330 and underscores the attractiveness of the aircraft within the financial community as a strong asset offering excellent returns on investment and high residual values.”

With a true wide-body fuselage allowing very high comfort standards, the A330-200 is able to accommodate seat and class configurations to suit the diverse customer requirements. It has a range of up to 6,750 nm / 12,500 km with a full passenger load. Highly reliable and efficient, it is optimized for the medium – to extended range market, offering the best balance between range and cost. Its proven record of economy and superior passenger comfort provides operators with a significant competitive advantage in the market today.

The twin engine A330 is one of the most widely used widebody aircraft in service today. Airbus has won more than 1,000 orders for the aircraft and more than 600 A330s are in operation worldwide with over 80 operators. The combined fleet has achieved almost 14 million flight hours and serves around 300 destinations worldwide.


Boeing F-15E Radar Modernization Program Receives New Designation

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ST. LOUIS, Sept. 15, 2009 — The Boeing [NYSE: BA] F-15E Radar Modernization Program (RMP) recently received the designation of AN/APG-82(v)1 from the U.S. Air Force. The addition of the Raytheon-built APG-82 radar will incorporate Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar (AESA) technology into the F-15E strike fighter, increasing radar reliability by almost 20 times as it also improves maintainability, sustainability and performance, and reduces support costs.

The AESA radar, coupled with a new wideband radar radome, will also improve detection capability and tracking of enemy targets.

“The F-15E RMP is one of the most significant modifications to the F-15E since its inception,” said Mark Bass, F-15 Program vice president. “The RMP will ensure the F-15E remains supportable and combat-ready well into the future.”

Other RMP modifications include the addition of Raytheon’s new Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Electronically Scanned Array antenna, which was developed for the F-15C APG-63(v)3 radar system, as well as new Radio Frequency Tunable Filters (RFTF) and an improved Environmental Cooling System (ECS).

The RFTF will enable the radar and the aircraft’s Electronic Warfare System to function at the same time, minimizing degradation to either system. The ECS will provide up to an additional 250 percent liquid cooling capacity, which is required for incorporation of the APG-82 radar.

The APG-82 is currently in the System Development and Demonstration phase. Raytheon will produce developmental and flight-test radar units to support integration of the APG-82 into the F-15E weapons system. Flight tests will begin in January 2010, and Boeing expects to achieve initial operational capability during fiscal year 2014.

GDATP-Marion Operations of Marion, Va., is developing the new F-15E wideband radome, while Microsource Inc. developed the modified RFTF in Santa Rosa, Calif. Honeywell provides the improved ECS from its facility in Torrance, Calif. Raytheon’s Towson, Md., facility provides the IFF system, and its El Segundo, Calif., facility produces the AESA radar.


Boeing Meets With Brazilian Industry, Reaffirms Super Hornet as Best-Value Solution

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SÃO PAULO, Sept. 15, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today kicked off a two-day conference with 140 potential partner and supplier companies in São Paulo, reaffirming its commitment to fulfill all of Brazil’s requirements with its Super Hornet solution to the F-X2 fighter competition.

“We are confident that our offer represents the best-value solution for Brazil, offering the most advanced technology, a proven superior logistics-support system and a price that is considerably lower than that of the Rafale,” said Bob Gower, vice president of the Boeing F/A-18E/F Program.

Competitors have been given until Sept. 18 to make further improvements to their offers, and Boeing is looking at all options.

Boeing delivered an offer to the Brazilian Air Force in August that included full technology transfer. The offer also includes the option of Super Hornet co-production in Brazil and the sharing of technology that would allow Brazil to integrate its own weapons.

The U.S. Department of Defense, Department of State, and Congress have fully authorized and approved the Super Hornet sale to Brazil.

“The U.S. government has taken unprecedented steps to support this opportunity, both in terms of accelerating the normal approval process and in supporting Brazil’s goals for national autonomy,” said Gower.

During the conference, Boeing Supplier Management leaders are meeting with representatives from Brazilian firms to discuss the requirements and certifications necessary to do business with Boeing, and to gain a better understanding of the particular standards and complexities of conducting international business in the aerospace industry.

“Boeing’s goal is to assemble a supply chain that represents the very best of industry, and we see promising opportunities in Brazil,” said Ron Shelley, vice president of Supplier Management & Global Sourcing for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. “Opportunities for companies in Latin America’s largest nation extend far beyond the F-X2 competition to all areas of Boeing’s business.”

Boeing has a 100 percent success rate in conducting industrial cooperation programs in nearly 40 countries. It has completed more than $31 billion of industrial obligations on time or ahead of schedule. Boeing currently has more than 45 active industrial programs worth an additional $13 billion in more than 17 countries, representing more than a dozen Boeing products.


Boeing’s 1st C-130 AMP Trainer for US Air Force Declared ‘Ready For Use’

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Sept. 14, 2009 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has completed delivery of the U.S. Air Force’s first simulator for the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) to Little Rock Air Force Base. The Weapon System Trainer (WST) passed government acceptance testing and was declared “ready for use” on July 20.

Boeing is scheduled to deliver a suite of trainers over the next several years to support the AMP training program at Little Rock. Each piece of training equipment offers a different level of instruction to train crew members in the operation of the new capability AMP will install in the aircraft.

“As a guard unit, our entire mission depends on exceptional training,” said Lt. Col. Domenic Sarnataro, 189th Airlift Wing Chief of Safety, Arkansas Air National Guard. “Ours is the only unit that will provide training for the C-130 AMP, so the sooner we can start using these simulators, the better prepared we will be when training begins late next year.”

The simulator is a full-motion, high fidelity simulator that is essential in training Air Force aircrews to fly the AMP-modified aircraft in an operational environment. An important feature of this training device is that it uses the same software as the C-130 AMP aircraft, which will make it easier for the Air Force to keep the simulator current with the aircraft. Any future modifications can be made to the aircraft and the training devices at the same time, so aircrews can train on any new capability in the simulator before they fly it in the aircraft.

Three C-130 AMP aircraft have completed initial flight testing and are undergoing additional evaluation flights with the Air Force before the AMP upgrade kits are installed on the fleet.

Boeing partnered with Tampa, Fla.-based subcontractor CAE USA to integrate the new AMP cockpit into the simulator and to perform similar modifications for other training devices in the suite.

“As the world’s most experienced provider of C-130 training systems and services, we are extremely pleased to partner with Boeing to deliver the first C-130 AMP Weapon Systems Trainer to the Air Force,” said John Lenyo, president and general manager of CAE USA. “This state-of-the-art simulator will play a key role in ensuring Air Force C-130 crews are well-trained and mission-ready with the modernized aircraft.”

Just as the training program is refurbishing old training devices, the AMP program will save the Air Force millions of dollars by modifying existing C-130s when compared with the cost of acquiring new aircraft.


Boeing Details Tanker Capabilities at US Air Force Association Conference

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2009 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] today unveiled additional details of the company’s potential offering in the U.S. Air Force KC-X tanker competition, saying the KC-7A7 will offer maximum capability at the lowest cost.

In a briefing at the Air Force Association’s 2009 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition outside Washington, Rick Lemaster, Boeing KC-X director and program manager, said Boeing has “been listening to our U.S. Air Force customer, and we appreciate their efforts in preparing for the next competition.”

“We are prepared to offer the best solution through the KC-7A7,” Lemaster continued. “Whether it’s the agile 767-based tanker or the larger 777-based tanker, Boeing is ready to deliver maximum capability at the lowest cost.”

Lemaster highlighted the merits of the KC-7A7 — a range of tanker options the company first introduced in June at the Paris Air Show — by highlighting the full complement of capabilities of both aircraft.

“If the Air Force wants a flexible wide-body tanker that is well suited to operate in an austere, expeditionary environment, the Boeing 767-based tanker is a powerful and demonstrated solution,” said Lemaster. “And if the Air Force values more fuel, cargo and passengers, the Boeing 777-based tanker offers superior capability.”

Based on mission scenarios, the Boeing 767-based tanker can offload 20 percent more fuel, carry three times the cargo and transport five times the number of passengers compared with the Air Force’s current KC-135, within a comparable narrow-body footprint. The Boeing 777-based tanker is comparable in size to the Airbus A330, but delivers 23 percent more fuel and carries 44 percent more cargo and 42 percent more passengers than the A330 in a more reliable and technologically advanced airframe.

Boeing also announced the launch of a new Web site dedicated to KC-7A7: UnitedStatesTanker.com. “What better venue to launch UnitedStatesTanker.com than at one of the country’s largest gatherings of the Air Force community,” Lemaster said. “The UnitedStatesTanker.com Web site provides a public forum to communicate information about the Boeing KC-7A7 offering and updates throughout the competition.”

The site features a blog to encourage open dialogue and an exchange of ideas. It also highlights the capabilities of both platforms through a photo gallery, fact sheets and news links and will serve as the single Web-based point of contact for all Boeing information about its KC-7A7 offering.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world’s largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32 billion business with 70,000 employees worldwide.


Bombardier Celebrates Groundbreaking for New CSeries Aircraft Manufacturing Site

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September 15, 2009 — Montréal
Aerospace

Today marked a major achievement for the CSeries aircraft program as Bombardier Aerospace celebrated the groundbreaking of the first CSeries aircraft building in Québec, Canada. Located at Mirabel, 45 minutes north of Montréal, the Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA) is a testing and systems-proving facility that will house a virtual CSeries test aircraft. The CIASTA will test aircraft systems for reliability and functionality one year before the first prototype aircraft flies.

Attended by Bombardier’s employees, suppliers, partners, customers and the media, the groundbreaking lays the path for the new aircraft’s entry into service in 2013.

“It’s a red-letter day for the program and an important day for Bombardier Aerospace,” noted Guy Hachey, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace in his remarks to the assembled guests. “Today we begin work on the facilities that will be the site of the first CSeries test aircraft. Eventually we will erect a complex of buildings here that will total 860,000 square feet – that’s the size of 15 football fields – to produce the CSeries family of aircraft.”

The CIASTA will be constructed as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building, the first such building for Bombardier Aerospace in the world. LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The design and construction of the CIASTA is on track and is expected to be ready for test rig assembly next year. Wieland-Dafco Québec Inc. and Ghafari Associates LLC have been contracted to construct the building.

As part of Bombardier’s mandate to contribute to a more sustainable future for aviation, the company’s priority is to design and manufacture the most fuel-efficient aircraft with the lowest gas and noise emissions in their category. The mandate also extends to Bombardier’s manufacturing processes and facilities.  Making effective use of existing resources where possible, the CIASTA will be reconstructed from an existing fuel-flow building.

“We seek consistency and uniformity when it comes to being greener whether it’s our aircraft or the facilities in which they are tested and built,” said Mr. Hachey.

The CIASTA will house, among other things, the CSeries aircraft Integrated Systems Test and Certification Rig (ISTCR) or Iron Bird as it is usually called. This will be the first complete test vehicle enabling earlier product maturity.  Flight control systems, avionics, electrical and environmental controls will be tested one year ahead of the actual flight test program. Other test articles will include an Interiors Rig, a Systems Integration Test Stand (SITS), an Engineering Simulator (ESIM) and Flight Controls Integration Lab (FCIL).

Bombardier achieved another milestone for the CSeries aircraft program recently when the first test article – a fuselage test barrel – arrived ahead of schedule at its Saint-Laurent, Québec site from China on August 19, 2009. The test barrel is now being prepared for fatigue testing including pressure cycle testing representative of the life of the aircraft. The test barrel will be used to demonstrate manufacturing and engineering structural concepts before the CSeries aircraft’s final design phase begins in 2010.

Earlier this year, the CSeries aircraft program officially transitioned from the Joint Conceptual Definition Phase (JCDP) to the Joint Definition Phase (JDP). The latter phase will bring with it greater product definition and is expected to close with the preliminary design freeze.

Since launching the CSeries family of aircraft at the Farnborough Air Show in July 2008, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 50 CS100 and CS300 aircraft from Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Lease Corporation International Group. The CSeries aircraft which are optimized for the longer range, single-aisle 100- to 145-seat market will deliver the lowest operating costs in their class, exceptional operational flexibility, widebody comfort and an unmatched environmental scorecard.


EMBRAER SERVICE CENTERS IN THE U.S. RECEIVE EASA CERTIFICATION

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European Aviation Safety Agency certifies Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Mesa, AZ centers

São José dos Campos, September 15, 2009 – Embraer’s European Executive Jets customers
have two company-owned service centers in the United States certified by the European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA): one in Mesa, Ariz., and the other in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The two facilities were inaugurated last year – September 15 and October 27, respectively –
and are able to perform non-routine maintenance services on the Phenom 100 and Legacy 600
jets registered in Europe.

“EASA’s Part 145 certification of two Embraer wholly owned-and-operated service centers
enhances our capacity to better respond to our European customers, giving them more
flexibility when flying in the United States,” says Scott Kalister, Embraer Vice President,
Customer Support USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean – Executive Jets.

In addition to supporting existing Legacy 600 and Phenom 100 customers based in Europe,
Embraer stands ready to support Phenom 100 deliveries en route from Brazil to their new
European bases. For more about Embraer Executive Jets customer support, visit
http://www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com.

About the Fort Lauderdale and Mesa Service Centers

Located at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int. Airport, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the 55,500-square-foot (5,160-square-meter) state-of-the-art facility provides full-service care for Embraer’s Phenom 100, Legacy 600 and, in the future, Phenom 300, Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 executive jets.

The 45,000 square-foot (4,180-square-meter) facility at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, in
Mesa, Ariz., is authorized to service the same aircraft.

The two company owned-and-operated executive jet service centers consist of a hangar,
workshops and office space. They offer full aircraft service, including scheduled and
unscheduled maintenance, 24/7 technical assistance and parts, airframe, engine, avionics, and
other system repairs, Aircraft On Ground (AOG) mobile rescue teams, and an inventory of
expendable and repairable parts.


EMBRAER HOLDS EXECUTIVE OPERATORS CONFERENCE IN LAS VEGAS

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Company will host open discussions about executive jets for the seventh consecutive year

São José dos Campos, September 15, 2009 – Embraer has invited all Legacy 600
customers, operators, and suppliers from the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean to
attend the traditional Embraer Executive Operators Conference (EEOC) at the Four Seasons
Hotel, in Las Vegas, Nev., U.S., September 15-17. The conference is designed to cover
technical issues through panel discussions and updates on all executive aviation products, as
well as to provide customers with the best ownership experience in the industry.

“From the very beginning of the Legacy 600
program, Embraer has been committed to building a
community of Embraer Executive Jet operators and to
providing them with an annual opportunity to meet
with the Company and each other to discuss topics of
mutual interest,” says Scott Kalister, Embraer Vice
President, Customer Support and Services, USA,
Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean – Executive Jets.

Kalister’s welcome message at the event’s official website stresses that, in today’s economic
climate, the Embraer executive jets team believes these times require closer contact with
customers, adding value in every way to their relationship with the Company. Therefore, this
event reaffirms Embraer’s commitment to an annual Legacy 600 operators conference, as
promised at the first one, in 2002. The meeting also explores more ways to make 2009 EEOC –
USA even more valuable from both maintenance and flight operations perspectives.

New Features of 2009 EEOC – USA

This year, Embraer is adopting a new format that will include more time for a customer-supplier-Embraer representative interface. Service desks will be available for the Embraer Executive Careand Warranty programs, and for the Embraer Maintenance Tracking and Planning Service(EMTPS), as well as a FlyEmbraer station that did not exist last year. The focus on operations hasbeen expanded with presentations by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) on“Next Generation AirTrans” and “Air Traffic Management”, and a keynote address by Ed Bolen,President of the NBAA.

In addition to the Legacy 600 conference, Embraer will hold the first Phenom Forum on the
afternoon of Thursday, September 17, for all Phenom 100 owners, operators and position holders.

In keeping with Embraer’s commitment to involve customers in every new program, the Companywill also organize a Maintenance and Service Advisory Roundtable for the Legacy 450 andLegacy 500. For more on EEOC 2009, visit http://www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com/eeoc2009-las-vegas.


EMBRAER DELIVERS 600th E-JET PRODUCED TO LOT POLISH AIRLINES

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European carrier becomes region’s largest E-Jet operator

São José dos Campos, September 15, 2009 –
Embraer has reached a significant milestone,
today, with the delivery of its 600th E-Jet – an
EMBRAER 175 – to LOT Polish Airlines, in a
ceremony held in Poland, just five years after
the very first E-Jet was delivered, in March
2004. Only a few other commercial aircraft
programs have achieved such high production
levels in an equivalent period of time in air
transportation history.

“The delivery of the 600th E-Jet is a great
achievement for Embraer, and we are especially
proud that it goes to one of the launch customers
of this aircraft family,” said Mauro Kern,
Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline
Market. “This important milestone takes place
just five years after the EMBRAER 170 entered
service in Europe with LOT, which is our largest
E-Jet operator on that continent.”

LOT’s EMBRAER 175 is configured with a comfortable cabin layout of 82 Elite seats. The
new jet will complement the airline’s existing Embraer fleet of ten EMBRAER 170s and six
EMBRAER 175s. Together with six ERJ 145s, LOT is able to further expand its European
route network, where it competes, in most cases, with conventional narrowbody jets. This
delivery is the first of the second contract, announced in January 2008, for an order of an
additional 12 EMBRAER 175 jets, plus two options and ten purchase rights.

“It’s a great honor for LOT to take part in this special achievement of our friends from
Embraer, receiving the 600th E-Jet,” said Sebastian Mikosz, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines. “We
are also celebrating our 80th anniversary, as we proudly receive the new E-Jet. It is the right
aircraft to achieve our strategy of network development.”

LOT was the first operator of the E-Jets family in Europe. The airline started revenue service
with the EMBRAER 170 out of its Warsaw hub, in March 2004. The fleet of 16 E-Jets has
achieved a consistent and respectable schedule reliability of 99.4%, as well as a sustained
completion rate of 99.9%, showing the excellence of the E-Jets’ modern design, the aircraft’s
high level of maturity, and LOT’s effective maintenance organization.

About LOT Polish Airlines

LOT Polish Airlines is one of the oldest airlines in the world, connecting Poland to the rest of
the world since 1929. Now, planes in LOT’s livery fly to over 50 destinations in Europe, the
Middle East and North America. In 2008, it carried nearly 4 million passengers. Since 2003,
the airline has been a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers 17,000 flights every
day to 916 airports in 160 countries, worldwide.

About the EMBRAER 170/190 Family of E-Jets

The EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-Jets consists of four commercial jets with 70 to 122
seats, featuring advanced engineering design, efficient performance, outstanding operating
economics, low emission levels and a spacious cabin.

The E-Jets have a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.82, can fly at 41,000 feet (12,497 meters), and have ranges of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 km). The high degree of commonality among the four aircraft – EMBRAER 170, EMBRAER 175, EMBRAER 190 and EMBRAER 195 – results in exceptional savings for carriers, in terms of crew training and costs of spare parts and maintenance. Another key feature of the E-Jets is the state-of-the-art fly-by-wire technology, which increases operating safety, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.

The EMBRAER 170/190 family provides superior comfort with its double-bubble fuselage
design, which includes two main passenger entrances and two service doors that minimize
aircraft turn-around time. The E-Jets offer much more space for passengers, in a single or
dual-class layout, than other aircraft with similar seating capacities.

The E-Jets have achieved outstanding success, with nearly 900 firm orders logged, worldwide.

This proven family is helping airlines to rightsize low load factor narrowbody routes, to replace
older, inefficient airplanes, and to develop new markets with lower operating costs, greater
efficiency, and outstanding passenger comfort. For more information about Embraer’s
commercial jets, visit http://www.EmbraerCommercialJets.com. To better understand the benefits of
these aircraft, when substituting older jets, visit http://www.eforefficiency.com.