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|25 September 2009|
|More Airbus freighters ordered for future expansion
MNG Airlines, the largest Turkish all-cargo operator, has placed a follow-on order with Airbus for two more A330-200Fs to support its expanding cargo operations. These aircraft are in addition to the two firm orders for the A330-200F which the carrier placed in 2007, bringing its total orders for the type now to four aircraft and reaffirming its confidence in the type to expand its network as the freighter market gradually rebounds.
Established in February 1996, MNG Airlines initially began to provide scheduled cargo services in November 1997 to Hahn (Germany) and Stansted (UK). Today, MNG Airlines has a fleet which includes nine Airbus A300Fs. Moreover, the new A330-200Fs will enable MNG Airlines to supplement its A300s while expanding operations on its trunk routes with lower cost-per-tonne, not only within Europe, but also to Middle East, Asia, China and USA.
“We are pleased to add to our previous order for the A330-200F, so we can start implementing our growth strategy when the worldwide freighter market recovers from the recession,” said Mehmet Nazif Günal, founder and Chairman of MNG Companies Group. “We are fully convinced that the A330-200 Freighter aircraft, the newest member of the A330/A340 family, is the right aircraft to contribute to achieving our goals, and allow us to operate the most modern and efficient fleet of cargo aircraft in Turkey.”
Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers, John Leahy said, “The A330-200F is the right aircraft at the right time. We are at the eve of a market recovery, and now is the time for airlines to prepare for future freight growth.”
With a superior payload than initially anticipated, the A330-200F offers two operational configurations depending on the planned mission. The aircraft can carry up to 64 metric tonnes over 4,000 nautical miles / 7,400 km, or more than 69 metric tonnes up to 3,200 nautical miles / 5,930 km – non-stop. These range and payload capabilities will enable operators to grow their business by opening up or extending cargo routes they currently operate. Thanks to an optimized fuselage cross-section, it has the interior flexibility to carry a wide variety of pallet and container sizes for maximum interlining capability, offering 30 per cent more volume than any freighter in its class.
Programme on Track
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ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 25, 2009 — The Boeing Company today received the Draft Request for Proposal document for the KC-X Tanker competition from the U.S. Air Force, and released the following statement:
“Our next step is to conduct a detailed review of the document. We want to understand how requirements will be defined and prioritized and how the proposals will be evaluated. That information will help us decide which plane to offer or whether to offer both planes. We appreciate that there will be frequent, open discussion with the U.S. Air Force as we go forward. Both the Air Force and the American taxpayer will benefit from the tanker options we can offer. Boeing has a KC-7A7 ‘family of tankers’ available to meet the warfighter’s requirements. Whether it’s the agile, flexible 767-based tanker or the large 777-based tanker, Boeing will deliver a combat-ready tanker with maximum capability at the lowest cost.”
More information on the KC-7A7 is available at www.unitedstatestanker.com.
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 24, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has received two separate contracts from the U.S. Air Force to support modernization of the service’s fleet of 365 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. The contracts, which have a total value of $4.2 million, consist of several tasks ranging in duration from three to 18 months.
The first contract, which will be performed by Boeing and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), provides engineering services for the A-10 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP). The program centers on updating and aligning modern structural analysis tools, processes and standards for the A-10 fleet.
The second contract, which will be performed by Boeing and industry team partners Raytheon Technical Services and BAE Systems Platform Solutions, is for a Trade Study Analysis and Operational Assessment/Proof of Concept for the Upgraded Data Transfer Unit (UDTU). The goal of this contract is to update the aircraft’s avionics architecture to improve memory and data capability.
The ASIP and the UDTU contracts are two of many that will be awarded as part of the $1.6 billion A-10 Thunderbolt Life-Cycle Program Support (TLPS) contract. A-10 TLPS is designed to support the sustainment of the A-10 and integration of current and future requirements. In June, Boeing was selected as one of three contractors to fulfill several A-10 TLPS task and delivery orders for the Air Force.
Other A-10 contracts Boeing has received include a services contract that provides the Air Force with on-site engineering support and 3-D models of the A-10 wing, and a contract for fuselage lofting (transfer of a scaled-down plan to full size). The $2 billion A-10 Wing Replacement Program, which Boeing received in June 2007, plans to manufacture up to 242 enhanced wing assemblies. Work remains on schedule as Boeing continues to develop the 3-D models that provide the engineering foundation for production of the new wings. The models allowed the Air Force to quickly resolve wing-crack issues that temporarily grounded the A-10 fleet last year.
“We are honored to continue supporting the Air Force and the A-10 fleet,” said Bill Moorefield, A-10 program manager for Boeing. “We are committed to the standard of excellence we have exhibited on the A-10 Wing Replacement Program, and we look forward to delivering the same outstanding level of customer satisfaction and performance on this contract.”
The A-10, also known as the Warthog, was introduced into the Air Force inventory in 1976. The twin-engine aircraft provides close-air support of ground forces and employs a wide variety of conventional munitions, including general-purpose bombs. The simple, effective and survivable single-seat aircraft can be used against all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles. The aircraft is supporting warfighters in Afghanistan and Iraq today.
September 25, 2009 — Hamburg
Bombardier Customer Services is offering a new enhanced overhaul capability for the V2500-A5 engine nacelle at its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities in Belfast and Dallas, it was announced today at MRO Europe, a major exhibition which brings together operators and aircraft service providers. Bombardier is exhibiting its range of maintenance, repair and overhaul services for commercial and business aircraft customers at Stand No 354.
Describing the new service, Stephen Addis, Director, Bombardier Customer Services, Belfast, said: “We have a long experience of manufacturing and supporting high-quality components for the V2500-A5 engine nacelle. Our enhanced capability offers an innovative repair solution for operational damage to nacelle panels. Rather than replacing complete components, we can now restore panels to their original specification while still maintaining their acoustic properties.”
The nacelle’s inlet cowl acoustic panels comprise a composite sandwich structure covered by steel wire mesh. The panel is stripped back to the backing tray and built up again using a process which ensures the component’s structural and acoustic integrity is restored, and the panel is fully functional again at a fraction of the cost of replacing it
“We are delighted to offer an enhanced service to customers to help reduce their expenditure on spares and maintenance”, added Mr. Addis. “This durable repair solution was engineered using our considerable product experience in designing and manufacturing engine nacelles. It is the latest in a series of developments designed to deliver optimum value to our customers, which has included extending our repair and overhaul services at Belfast and opening a new facility in Dallas to more closely serve our US customers.”
São José dos Campos, September 24, 2009 – Embraer announces that it plans to offer in the
global capital markets a series of notes due 2020 (the Notes) through its wholly-owned
subsidiary Embraer Overseas.
The net proceeds of this offering will be used for general corporate purposes, which may
include the repayment of short-term debt. The notes will be senior unsecured and
unsubordinated obligations of Embraer Overseas, and Embraer will unconditionally guarantee
Embraer Overseas’ payment obligations under the Notes and the indenture. The guarantees will
constitute direct, senior unsecured obligations of Embraer.
The Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley are acting as book-running underwriters. The offering
will be made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement. A preliminary prospectus
supplement with further information about the proposed offering has been filed with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Before investing, the preliminary prospectus
supplement and other documents that Embraer and Embraer Overseas have filed with the SEC
(available at http://www.sec.gov) should be read for more complete information about Embraer,
Embraer Overseas, and the offering. For further information, please contact Embraer’s Investor
Relations by telephone, at (55-12) 3927-4404, or email: email@example.com.
This communiqué may include declarations about Embraer’s expectations regarding future
events or results. All declarations based upon future expectations, rather than historical facts,
are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Embraer cannot guarantee that such declarations
will prove to be correct. These risks and uncertainties include factors related to: (a) the markets
in which Embraer operates; (b) the global economy; (c) capital markets; (d) the aircraft
production business and its dependence upon the global economy, which is cyclical by nature;
and (e) the high degree of global competition in the markets in which Embraer operates. To
obtain further information on factors that may give rise to results different from those forecast
by Embraer, please consult the reports filed with the Brazilian Comissão de Valores Mobiliários
(CVM) and with the U.S. SEC, including Embraer’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F,
as well as its reports on Form 6-K.
Aircraft is part of an order for 30 E-Jets placed by Lufthansa for its regional partners
São José dos Campos, September 24, 2009 –
Embraer delivers the first EMBRAER 195 jet,
today, to Germany’s Lufthansa at the
Company’s headquarters in São José dos
Campos, Brazil. The aircraft will be operated
by Lufthansa CityLine, the wholly owned
regional partner of the German carrier and one
of the five partners in the Lufthansa Regional
family. The original deal was announced in
June 2007, with the confirmation of 30 firm
orders for the EMBRAER 190 jet, including
options to take any model of the E-Jets family.
“It’s a great honor to see our E-Jets sporting the colors of such a renowned airline as
Lufthansa,” said Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market. “We´re
proud to have been selected as the backbone for the renewal of the Lufthansa regional fleet,
and our satisfaction is even greater, because we have recently achieved the outstanding
milestone of 600 E-Jets operating with 49 airlines in 34 countries.”
Lufthansa CityLine’s EMBRAER 195 is configured for 116 passengers in a dual-class
layout, with a moveable divider. The new aircraft joins the modern and efficient regional
fleet Lufthansa has come to depend upon for its European routes and feeder flights to its longhaul network. Based at the carrier’s hub in Munich, the E-Jets will develop new routes and
expand Lufthansa’s regional outreach, offering passengers more comfort and safety,
without the undesirable middle seat.
“We are very happy to receive our first state-of-the-art E-Jet,” said Klaus Froese,
Managing Director of Lufthansa CityLine. “I believe it will be the ideal aircraft to renew
our ageing fleet and to develop new routes, as we continue to enhance our service to our
“Lufthansa is very proud to take delivery of the first EMBRAER 195 for CityLine,” said Nico
Buchholz, Lufthansa Senior Vice President, Corporate Fleet. “With a total of 20 E-Jets for
CityLine and ten already delivered to Air Dolomiti and Augsburg Airways, Lufthansa will
continue its strive to further upgrade its fleet to offer its customers an unrivalled premium
product on its regional network, with exceptional levels of comfort.”
The EMBRAER 195 is the biggest and newest of the four members of the EMBRAER 170/190
E-Jets family. It entered commercial operations in September 2006. On June 30, 2009, the E-Jets family had logged 882 firm orders and 794 options, a significant milestone for a commercial aviation program in such a short time. With more than 600 aircraft delivered, the family of E-Jets is about to complete 3 million flight hours, having carried over 130 million passengers.
About Lufthansa CityLine
Lufthansa CityLine (www.LufthansaCityLine.com) is a wholly owned company of Deutsche
Lufthansa AG and one of the five partners in the Lufthansa Regional concept. In addition to
providing nonstop services between regional airports, the group offers smooth connections –
via key hubs in Frankfurt and Munich – to Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline network.
Lufthansa CityLine has 2,444 employees – 711 flight deck crew, 866 cabin crew, and 867
people on the technical and administrative staff – and carries 7 million passengers per year.
PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed
frozen water hiding just below the surface of mid-latitude Mars. The
spacecraft’s observations were obtained from orbit after meteorites
excavated fresh craters on the Red Planet.
Scientists controlling instruments on the orbiter found bright ice
exposed at five Martian sites with new craters that range in depth
from approximately 1.5 feet to 8 feet. The craters did not exist in
earlier images of the same sites. Some of the craters show a thin
layer of bright ice atop darker underlying material. The bright
patches darkened in the weeks following initial observations, as the
freshly exposed ice vaporized into the thin Martian atmosphere. One
of the new craters had a bright patch of material large enough for
one of the orbiter’s instruments to confirm it is water ice.
The finds indicate water ice occurs beneath Mars’ surface halfway
between the north pole and the equator, a lower latitude than
expected in the Martian climate.
“This ice is a relic of a more humid climate from perhaps just several
thousand years ago,” said Shane Byrne of the University of Arizona.
Byrne is a member of the team operating the orbiter’s High Resolution
Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE camera, which captured the
unprecedented images. Byrne and 17 co-authors report the findings in
the Sept. 25 edition of the journal Science.
“We now know we can use new impact sites as probes to look for ice in
the shallow subsurface,” said Megan Kennedy of Malin Space Science
Systems in San Diego, a co-author of the paper and member of the team
operating the orbiter’s Context Camera.
During a typical week, the Context Camera returns more than 200 images
of Mars that cover a total area greater than California. The camera
team examines each image, sometimes finding dark spots that fresh,
small craters make in terrain covered with dust. Checking earlier
photos of the same areas can confirm a feature is new. The team has
found more than 100 fresh impact sites, mostly closer to the equator
than the ones that revealed ice.
An image from the camera on Aug. 10, 2008, showed apparent cratering
that occurred after an image of the same ground was taken 67 days
earlier. The opportunity to study such a fresh impact site prompted a
look by the orbiter’s higher resolution camera on Sept. 12, 2009,
confirming a cluster of small craters.
“Something unusual jumped out,” Byrne said. “We observed bright
material at the bottoms of the craters with a very distinct color. It
looked a lot like ice.”
The bright material at that site did not cover enough area for a
spectrometer instrument on the orbiter to determine its composition.
However, a Sept. 18, 2008, image of a different mid-latitude site
showed a crater that had not existed eight months earlier. This
crater had a larger area of bright material.
“We were excited about it, so we did a quick-turnaround observation,”
said co-author Kim Seelos of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Laboratory in Laurel, Md., “Everyone thought it was water ice, but it
was important to get the spectrum for confirmation.”
The Mars orbiter is designed to facilitate coordination and quick
response by the science teams, making it possible to detect and
understand rapidly changing features. The ice exposed by fresh
impacts suggests that NASA’s Viking 2 lander, digging into
mid-latitude Mars in 1976, might have struck ice if it had dug four
The Viking 2 mission, which consisted of an orbiter and a lander,
launched in September 1975 and became one of the first two space
probes to land successfully on the Martian surface. The Viking 1 and
2 landers characterized the structure and composition of the
atmosphere and surface. They also conducted on-the-spot biological
tests for life on another planet.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena manages the Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in
Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver built the
spacecraft. The Context Camera was built and is operated by Malin.
The University of Arizona operates the HiRISE camera, which Ball
Aerospace & Technologies Corp., in Boulder, Colo., built. The Johns
Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory led the effort to build
the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer and operates it in
coordination with an international team of researchers.
To view images of the craters and learn more about the Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter, visit:
WASHINGTON — NASA scientists have discovered water molecules in the
polar regions of the moon. Instruments aboard three separate
spacecraft revealed water molecules in amounts that are greater than
predicted, but still relatively small. Hydroxyl, a molecule
consisting of one oxygen atom and one hydrogen atom, also was found
in the lunar soil. The findings were published in Thursday’s edition
of the journal Science.
NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper, or M3, instrument reported the
observations. M3 was carried into space on Oct. 22, 2008, aboard the
Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. Data
from the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer, or VIMS, on NASA’s
Cassini spacecraft and the High-Resolution Infrared Imaging
Spectrometer on NASA’s EPOXI spacecraft contributed to confirmation
of the finding. The spacecraft imaging spectrometers made it possible
to map lunar water more effectively than ever before.
The confirmation of elevated water molecules and hydroxyl at these
concentrations in the moon’s polar regions raises new questions about
its origin and effect on the mineralogy of the moon. Answers to these
questions will be studied and debated for years to come.
“Water ice on the moon has been something of a holy grail for lunar
scientists for a very long time,” said Jim Green, director of the
Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This
surprising finding has come about through the ingenuity, perseverance
and international cooperation between NASA and the India Space
From its perch in lunar orbit, M3’s state-of-the-art spectrometer
measured light reflecting off the moon’s surface at infrared
wavelengths, splitting the spectral colors of the lunar surface into
small enough bits to reveal a new level of detail in surface
composition. When the M3 science team analyzed data from the
instrument, they found the wavelengths of light being absorbed were
consistent with the absorption patterns for water molecules and
“For silicate bodies, such features are typically attributed to water
and hydroxyl-bearing materials,” said Carle Pieters, M3’s principal
investigator from Brown University. “When we say ‘water on the moon,’
we are not talking about lakes, oceans or even puddles. Water on the
moon means molecules of water and hydroxyl that interact with
molecules of rock and dust specifically in the top millimeters of the
moon’s surface. ”
The M3 team found water molecules and hydroxyl at diverse areas of the
sunlit region of the moon’s surface, but the water signature appeared
stronger at the moon’s higher latitudes. Water molecules and hydroxyl
previously were suspected in data from a Cassini flyby of the moon in
1999, but the findings were not published until now.
“The data from Cassini’s VIMS instrument and M3 closely agree,” said
Roger Clark, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist in Denver and member
of both the VIMS and M3 teams. “We see both water and hydroxyl. While
the abundances are not precisely known, as much as 1,000 water
molecule parts-per-million could be in the lunar soil. To put that
into perspective, if you harvested one ton of the top layer of the
moon’s surface, you could get as much as 32 ounces of water.”
For additional confirmation, scientists turned to the EPOXI mission
while it was flying past the moon in June 2009 on its way to a
November 2010 encounter with comet Hartley 2. The spacecraft not only
confirmed the VIMS and M3 findings, but also expanded on them.
“With our extended spectral range and views over the north pole, we
were able to explore the distribution of both water and hydroxyl as a
function of temperature, latitude, composition, and time of day,”
said Jessica Sunshine of the University of Maryland. Sunshine is
EPOXI’s deputy principal investigator and a scientist on the M3 team.
“Our analysis unequivocally confirms the presence of these molecules
on the moon’s surface and reveals that the entire surface appears to
be hydrated during at least some portion of the lunar day.”
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., manages the M3
instrument, Cassini mission and EPOXI spacecraft for NASA’s Science
Mission Directorate in Washington. The Indian Space Research
Organization built, launched and operated the Chandrayaan-1
For additional information and images from the instruments, visit:
For more information about the Chandrayaan-1 mission, visit:
For more information about the EPOXI mission, visit:
For more information about the Cassini mission, visit:
CLEVELAND — NASA is inviting student teams to experience microgravity
science by designing and building experiments to be conducted in a
NASA drop tower. Dropping In a Microgravity Environment, or DIME, is
a competition for high school students. Students in grades 6-9 can
compete in What If No Gravity?, or WING.
Both competitions are open to teams from any state, the District of
Columbia and Puerto Rico. Teams may be formed from a science class or
club, group of classes, scout troop or similar organization. Each
team must have an adult advisor, such as a teacher, parent or
To enter the competitions, teams must develop a concept for a
microgravity experiment, and prepare and submit a proposal to NASA’s
Glenn Research Center in Cleveland by Monday, Nov. 2. A panel of
engineers and scientists at Glenn will evaluate and select the
top-ranked proposals for both DIME and WING by Dec. 10. For
information about entering NASA’s DIME and WING student competitions,
The top four DIME teams will be invited to Cleveland in April 2010 to
conduct their experiments in Glenn’s 2.2-Second Drop Tower and review
the results with NASA personnel. They also will tour Glenn facilities
and participate in other activities. All DIME participants visiting
NASA must be U.S. citizens.
Several additional DIME teams and up to 50 WING teams will be invited
to ship their experiments to Glenn to be drop-tested by NASA staff.
These experiments and the resulting data will be returned to the
teams so they can prepare reports about their findings.
These and similar education programs help NASA attract and retain
students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics —
disciplines critical to the agency’s future missions.
NASA’s student drop experiment competitions are sponsored by the
Teaching From Space Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The office manages education opportunities that use the unique
environment of human spaceflight.
For more information about NASA’s education programs, visit:
For information about NASA’s Glenn Research Center, visit: