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Air France receives its first A380

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Air France has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380. The French carrier is the first European airline to fly the all-new double-deck aircraft on scheduled services. The aircraft is the twentieth A380 delivered by Airbus. The aircraft was handed over in a delivery ceremony today in Hamburg, Germany, to Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, Chief Executive Officer of Air France KLM and to Jean-Cyril Spinetta, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Air France KLM, by Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO, and in the presence of James Moravecek, Engine Alliance President.

At the ceremony Air France unveiled its spacious and comfortable cabin, featuring 538 seats in a three class configuration (nine First, 80 Business and 449 Voyageur Economy). The cabin features innovative mood lighting with several different lighting scenarios to create a calm atmosphere and environment for its passengers.

“Each A380 will enable Air France to save 12 to 15 million euros a year, which, in today’s depressed economic climate, provides the Company with the means to withstand the crisis” said Pierre-Henri Gourgeon Chief Executive Officer of Air France KLM.” Air France will therefore be able to offer customers even greater comfort, while keeping costs under control. Furthermore, the performance of the A380 is in line with our environmental commitments”, he added.

“This delivery marks another milestone in the longstanding history and partnership between Air France and Airbus,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO. “It fills us with great pride that our first ever aircraft customer is now also the first European airline to operate the A380.We are convinced the A380 will greatly contribute to Air France’ continued success.”

The aircraft is powered by four Engine Alliance GP7200 engines delivering up to 72,000 lbs of thrust each. The A380 has an unmatched fuel efficiency, consuming less than three litres per 100 kilometres per passenger. Thanks to excellent aerodynamic performance, the A380complies with today’s strictest noise limits, and also makes it the quietest large aircraft flying today. The all new double deck aircraft generates only half as much noise on take-off and landing as the previous largest passenger aircraft. The A380 provides also vital extra passenger capacity without increasing the number of flights, and is therefore part of the solution for sustainable growth at congested airports

The aircraft’s efficient performance and industry leading technology result in higher operational flexibility and outstanding operational economics. With a range of more than 15,000 km/8,000 nm and seat-mile costs 20 per cent lower than its closest competitor.

Air France ordered 10 A380s in June 2001 and added another two in 2007.

Air France’s first A380 will start its commercial service with inaugural flights on the 20th and 21st November on the Paris – New York – Paris route. As the largest Airbus operator in Europe with a fleet of 183 aircraft, the airline currently operates 34 A330 and A340 aircraft as well as 149 A320 family aircraft. Air France took delivery of the first Airbus aircraft in 1974 and was also the first carrier in the world to operate aircraft from the entire Airbus Single-Aisle A320 Family.

The new Air France A380 is the 20th A380 delivered by Airbus – 10 are already flying with Singapore, five with Emirates and four with Qantas. These aircraft are connecting four continents on 13 major international routes. Today 12 major international hub-airports around the world regularly welcome the A380 including: Auckland, Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto.

Up to now, the A380 fleet has accumulated over 75,000 revenue flight hours in over 7,900 commercial flights. Over 2,5 million passengers have already enjoyed flying the A380.

Airbus has won 200 firm A380 orders from 16 customers worldwide, including Air France.

Airbus partners with Tianjin Free Trade Zone to establish a Logistics Centre in Tianjin

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Logistics Centre to support on-going Airbus’ industrial cooperation programmes in China

Airbus signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tianjin Free Trade Zone (TJFTZ) on the establishment of a Logistics Centre in Tianjin to optimise the supply chain management for all Airbus’ industrial cooperation projects in the country.

The MoU was signed by Bruno Gutierres, Head of Airbus Transportation and William Wei, Vice President of Tianijn Port Free Trade Zone Administrative Committee, in the presence of Louis Gallois, CEO of EADS, Airbus’ parent company, He Lifeng, Deputy Party Secretary of Tianjin and Wang Zhiping, Vice Mayor of Tianjin.

Airbus intends to organize its supply chain based on modern and efficient methods that have been deployed and tested in Europe and the USA in order to sustain the growth of its industrial activities in China. The Logistics Centre will serve as a hub to manage the transportation to and from China of all goods that are needed for the success of Airbus industrial projects in China.

According to the MoU, the project has been divided into three phases. In the first phase, both parties will jointly establish the logistics and customs processes as well as any other action necessary to launch the project. As early as January 2010, the logistics centre will start operation in a temporary location in the TJFTZ Comprehensive Bonded Area. The first step enables simple logistics operations for the Wing Equipping project in Tianjin with XAIC and the Manufacturing Centre with Hafei in Harbin.

In the second phase, a joint working team comprising Airbus, TJFTZ and Tianjin Customs will develop a Feasibility Study on the complete implementation of the project. A permanent location of the Logistics Centre will be decided during this period.

Finally, in phase 3, which is expected to be launched in March 2010, the Logistics Centre will be fully operational in the permanent location. The services of the Logistics Centre will be extended to cover all Airbus industrial packages in China, including the FALC.

Today, six Chinese aviation companies are directly involved in manufacturing parts and components for Airbus aircraft. These companies are located in different cities including Harbin, Shenyang, Tianjin, Xi’an, Chengdu and Shanghai, and each supply chain is organised separately.

“As Airbus is expanding its industrial activities in China, a logistics centre will help us optimize the supply chain for all our projects in a more streamlined way, while reducing costs and increasing efficiency. There were many reasons why we selected Tianjin as the location for our new Logistics Centre; among them, its geographic advantages as a major sea port, its proximity to several Airbus cooperation projects in China, FALC, and soon Wing equipping, and its excellent infrastructure,” said Laurence Barron, Airbus China President.

“Following the success of the various Airbus industrial cooperation projects in Tianjin, we are pleased to welcome Airbus Logistics Centre Tianjin. The success of the Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line China project has attracted more and more international as well as domestic aviation companies to Tianjin. The establishment of the Airbus Logistics Centre will further promote the development of Tianjin as one of the country’s major aviation cities,” said He Lifeng, Deputy Party Secretary of Tianjin.

Boeing to Upgrade CV-22 Trainer With Virtual Reality Enhancements

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ST. LOUIS, Oct. 30, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], with partner Bell Helicopter, has received a contract from the U.S. Navy to upgrade the CV-22 Cabin Part Task Trainer (CPTT) with modifications including an Aircrew Flight Simulation (AFS) that deploys a fused reality system that fuses video images with virtual reality. The upgrade will be delivered to Air Force Special Operations Command, 58th Training Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, N.M. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The CPTT is a full-fuselage device that is used to train flight engineers on the CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The AFS process integrates real and virtual environments in an image processor. This enables the student to view both the interior cabin environment and the simulated outside world in a composite picture sent to the student’s helmet-mounted display.

“This is an innovative approach that allows students to train on ‘real time’ cargo air drops, parachute drops and emergencies, including wing fires, hydraulic leaks and engine smoke,” said Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president of Training Systems & Services. “This modification opens the door to future upgrades that could enable simulated mission operations with separate cockpit flight simulators, where the CPTT could ‘fly’ with the cockpit simulator on a common mission.”

The team’s latest effort is part of an ongoing development program for the CV-22 CPTT, which also includes trainer concurrency, providing on-budget, on-schedule, tactically relevant training to the warfighter.

The V-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft manufactured by Boeing Rotorcraft Systems and Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. [NYSE: TXT] company. Bell and Boeing are teamed in a Strategic Alliance Agreement for the design, production, and sustainment of the V-22.

Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell’s global work force serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries. More information is available at www.bellhelicopter.com.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.



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São José dos Campos, October 29, 2009 – Embraer (BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3;
NYSE: ERJ), the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 120 seats,
recorded net sales of US$ 1,246.0 million in the third quarter of 2009 (3Q09), and net
income of US$ 57.7 million, equivalent to basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$

In 3Q09, Embraer delivered 57 jets to the commercial aviation, executive aviation and
defense segments, compared to 48 jet deliveries in the third quarter of 2008 (3Q08). The
Company’s firm order backlog on September 30, 2009, totaled US$ 18.6 billion.

Despite a higher number of deliveries, net revenues for 3Q09 totaled US$ 1,246.0
million, or a 19.4% decrease from the US$ 1,546.0 million in net revenues of 3Q08,
basically due to 3Q09 product mix, that included 22 Phenom 100 jet delivered.

The gross margin for 3Q09 totaled 18.8% or a decrease over the 21.7% gross margin of
3Q08, mainly due to the product mix, and the reduction in revenues which caused a
lower dilution of fixed costs.

Income from operations totaled US$ 68.0 million in 3Q09, a 32.3% decrease compared
to US$ 100.5 million recorded for the same period of last year. The decrease is due to a
lower gross profit in the quarter. The operating margin was 5.5% in 3Q09, or a decrease
over the 6.5% operating margin for 3Q08. On an accumulated basis, the operating
margin of 2009 is 7.0%, higher than 5.8% margin accumulated in 2008.

After a US$ 13.0 million income tax benefit, net income attributable to Embraer was US$
57.7 million in 3Q09, an stable figure compared to the same number in 3Q08. The net
margin was 4.6% in 3Q09 better than the 3.7% in 3Q08.


Embraer celebrated a four-decade history in August 2009. Throughout this period, the Company designed more than 20 different aircraft models for the commercial, executive and defense markets. Since the Bandeirante, to the recent program for developing the KC-390 cargo and refueling plane, Embraer has delivered around 5,000 airplanes on five continents.

Embraer Executive Jets Service Center in Le Bourget – France received, in July, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification to perform maintenance services on the Phenom 100 jet.

Embraer delivered the first EMBRAER 190 jet, in July, to Mozambique flag carrier LAM – Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique, the deal was announced in October 2008 and includes firm orders for two EMBRAER 190s, plus two purchase rights. In September, the first EMBRAER 170 jet was delivered to British Airways, the deal was announced in December 2008, and includes firm orders for six EMBRAER 170 and five EMBRAER 190 jets, plus options for another three airplanes of the same model. Also, in September the first EMBRAER 195 jet was delivered to Lufthansa, to 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.

Embraer has reached a significant milestone in September, 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.

Embraer officially delivered the first EMBRAER 190 jet to the Brazilian Government in September, in a ceremony held at the Brasília’s Air Force Base in Brazil’s capital. The aircraft is especially configured for missions involving the President of the Republic and will be operated by the Special Transportation Group (Grupo de Transporte Especial – GTE) of the Brazilian Air
Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB).

Embraer received the 2009 Transparency Award in September, at the 13th Anefac – Fipecafi – Serasa Experian Awards. The ceremony was held in São Paulo, in public acknowledgement of the best financial statements published in Brazil in 2009. This recognition and also the award “Top 100 Best Company to Work 2009”, from Época Magazine, in partnership with Great Place
to Work Institute(GPTW); and “Top 150 Best Company to Work”, from Você S/A and Exame Magazines, also received in 3Q09, strongly demonstrate the Company’s commitment with its employees, shareholders and general society.

Embraer has offered US$ 500 million in 10 year bonds through its subsidiary Embraer Overseas Ltd. The transaction was successfully priced on October 1st with a yield of 6.50% p.a., and the resources will allowed Embraer to extend the average maturity of its indebtedness.

NASA Invites Reporters to Tranquility Node Ceremony at Kennedy

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WASHINGTON — The European Space Agency, or ESA, will transfer
ownership of the Tranquility node to NASA on Thursday, Nov. 19.
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will host a commemorative
ceremony at 3 p.m. EST.

Tranquility is a pressurized module that will provide room for many of
the station’s life support systems. Attached to the node is a cupola,
a unique work station with windows on its six sides and top. The
module will be delivered to the station during space shuttle
Endeavour’s STS-130 mission, targeted for launch Feb. 4, 2010.

Tranquility is the last element of a barter agreement for station
hardware. ESA contributed the node in exchange for NASA’s delivery of
ESA’s Columbus laboratory to the station. Thales Alenia Space in
Turin, Italy, built the module.

NASA, ESA, Thales and Boeing managers involved in building and
processing the node for flight will be available for a
question-and-answer session after the ceremony. Media representatives
planning to attend must arrive at Kennedy’s news center by 2 p.m. for
transportation to the Space Station Processing Facility. Participants
must be dressed in full-length pants, flat shoes that entirely cover
the feet, and shirts with sleeves.

Reporters without permanent Kennedy credentials should submit a
request online at:


Foreign journalists must apply for credentials by 4:30 p.m., Nov. 4,
and U.S. reporters must apply by 4:30 p.m., Nov. 17. For more
information on the space station, visit:


NASA Gives Go for Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch on Nov. 16

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s space shuttle Atlantis is targeted to
begin an 11-day flight to the International Space Station with a Nov.
16 launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff is
scheduled for 2:28 p.m. EST.

Atlantis’ launch date was announced Thursday at the conclusion of a
flight readiness review at Kennedy. During the meeting, senior NASA
and contractor managers assessed the risks associated with the
mission and determined the shuttle’s equipment, support systems and
procedures are ready.

The Nov. 16 target date depends on the planned Nov. 14 launch of an
Atlas V rocket from nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The
Atlas has reserved the Eastern Range on Nov. 14 and 15. If the Atlas
launch is delayed to Nov. 15, the shuttle’s liftoff will move to no
earlier than 2:02 p.m. on Nov. 17.

The STS-129 mission will focus on storing spare hardware on the
exterior of the space station. The flight will include three
spacewalks and install two platforms on the station’s truss, or
backbone. The platforms will hold spare parts to sustain station
operations after the shuttle fleet is retired.

Commander Charlie Hobaugh and his crew of five astronauts are
scheduled to arrive at Kennedy at approximately 5 p.m. on Thursday,
Nov. 12, for final launch preparations. Joining Archambault on
STS-129 will be Pilot Barry Wilmore and Mission Specialists Leland
Melvin, Randy Bresnik, Mike Foreman and Bobby Satcher. Nicole Stott,
an astronaut who currently resides on the station, will return home
with the Atlantis crew after living in space for more than two
months. Her return on the shuttle is slated to be the final time it
is used to rotate space station crew members.

STS-129 will be Atlantis’ 31st mission and the 31st shuttle flight
dedicated to station assembly and maintenance. For more information
about STS-129, visit:


Mission Specialist Bobby Satcher, an orthopedic surgeon, now is
sending updates about his training to his Twitter account,
Astro_Bones. He can be followed at:


For more information about the space station, visit:


British Work To Boost ISR In Afghanistan

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By Douglas Barrie


The U.K. Defense Ministry is once again deploying the BAE Systems Herti unmanned aerial vehicle in Afghanistan, and the latest operational trials could lead to a purchase of the tactical system….



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IG Report Faults NY Delay Initiative

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By Adrian Schofield


The FAA is only seeing benefits from a fraction of the initiatives an advisory group proposed two years ago to ease congestion in the New York region, but this lack of progress is partly due to the long-term nature and impracticality of some of the recommendations….


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