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Airbus A318 Elite passes milestone of tenth delivery

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Airbus’ A318 Elite has successfully passed the milestone of its tenth aircraft delivery, highlighting the widespread and growing appeal of this new member of the family, which was launched less than four years ago, in November 2005.

The A318 Elite has won more than 25 sales in Asia, Europe and the Middle East – about a quarter of the 100-plus sales won by the Airbus ACJ Family to date.

Derived from the smallest member of the modern Airbus aircraft family, the A318 Elite is unique in bringing the space and comfort previously only associated with much larger jets, to a much broader market.

“Our A318 Elite is the new space-ship of corporate jet travel, because of the leap in comfort and space that it brings to a broad market,” comments Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “The A318 Elite is also a very affordable package, delivering value as well as comfort and space,” he adds.

The A318 Elite features an optimised cabin, produced in co-operation with Lufthansa Technik, offering attractive affordability and unmatched comfort.

Comlux of Switzerland took delivery of the first A318 Elite in 2007, and recently became the first to take delivery of a second for VVIP charter, which Airbus is displaying at this year’s NBAA show. The A318 Elite has met with great success on the VVIP charter market, and is currently available for charter from Global Jet Concept in Geneva, as well as Comlux Aviation in Zurich.

This A318 Elite on display at NBAA features further improvements, such as a domed ceiling that brings a refreshing new ambiance to what is already the widest, tallest and most spacious cabin in its class.

In essence, customers get even more of a feeling of being in a stylish home or office rather than an aircraft, which is, in Airbus’ experience, what most of them really want.

Airbus can offer the domed ceiling because the upper interior of its aircraft is relatively uncluttered, allowing the installation of concave panels that create a pleasing impression of light and space that is unique to its aircraft in this class.

The A318 Elite has a range of more than 4,200 nm/7,800 km, allowing it to fly coast-to-coast within the USA, and to fly non-stop between London and New York.

Total sales of the Airbus corporate jets now stand at more than 150, comprising over 100 of the ACJ Family, plus a further 50 or so Airbus widebodies for VIP and government use.


Boeing Delivers Cathay Pacific Airways 777-300ER in Oneworld Livery

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EVERETT, Wash., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to Singapore-based leasing company BOC Aviation and its customer, Cathay Pacific Airways, on Saturday. The airplane is painted in a special oneworld livery to highlight the commitment of Cathay Pacific, as a member airline, to the alliance’s 10th anniversary.

“The 777 has been a valuable asset for Cathay Pacific’s long-haul services, allowing us to maximize our operations in the most economic and efficient manner,” said Tony Tyler, chief executive, Cathay Pacific Airways.

“It is a fitting tribute to the success of the program that industry leaders such as BOC Aviation and Cathay Pacific are taking delivery of our 777-300ER,” said Rob Laird, vice president of Sales for China, East Asia and Southeast Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 777 continues to offer an unbeatable combination of efficiency, economics and passenger comfort that places it at the forefront of modern commercial aviation.”

The Boeing 777-300ER is 19 percent lighter than its closest competitor, greatly reducing its fuel requirement. It produces 22 percent less carbon dioxide per seat and costs 20 percent less to operate per seat. The airplane can seat up to 365 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km). The 777 family is the world’s most successful twin-engine, twin-aisle airplane. Fifty-seven customers around the world have ordered more than 1,100 777s.

The airplane is the 12th Boeing 777-300ER for Cathay Pacific and brings the airline’s 777 fleet to 29 airplanes, which includes 12 777-300s and five 777-200s. The airline also operates 22 Boeing 747-400 passenger airplanes.

The oneworld alliance has 11 member airlines and 21 affiliate airlines, serving 134 countries and 673 destinations, with 8,400 daily departures. Earlier this year, the alliance projected that its members and affiliates will carry 328 million passengers during the current year.


Boeing Rotorcraft Employees Ratify New 5-Year Contract

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RIDLEY PARK, Pa., Oct. 18, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and United Aerospace Workers (UAW) Local 1069 announced today that the 1,789 UAW-represented employees at the Boeing Rotorcraft Systems facility near Philadelphia have voted to ratify a new five-year collective bargaining agreement. The agreement, which was tentatively reached between Boeing and union leaders on Oct. 14, provides represented employees with outstanding pay, retirement and benefits packages while allowing the Boeing Rotorcraft business to remain competitive.

“This contract provides these dedicated and highly skilled employees with the outstanding compensation, retirement and health care insurance packages they deserve while allowing the Boeing Philadelphia site to continue producing the world’s most advanced military rotorcraft at competitive costs,” said Obie Jones, Philadelphia site leader and director of Rotorcraft Systems Operations.

Under the terms of the new five-year contract, represented employees will receive increases in total wages, cost-of-living adjustments, lump-sum payments and annual performance incentives. The agreement includes general annual wage increases of 3 percent in year one followed by 2 percent in year two, 3 percent in years three and four, and 4 percent in year five. Employees also will receive a lump-sum payment of $3,500 in year one, with additional lump-sum payments in years four and five of $1,500 and $2,000, respectively.

Additional contract details, including information on retirement and benefits packages, are available online at www.boeing.com/ids/negot/uaw.

With more than 5,400 employees, the Boeing Philadelphia site serves as the company’s Rotorcraft Systems division headquarters and the manufacturing center for the CH-47 Chinook tandem-rotor helicopter and the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. More than 11,000 current and retired Boeing employees reside in the Philadelphia region, and the company spends more than $364 million annually on goods and services from 830 companies across Pennsylvania.


Bombardier Aerospace Establishes First Company-Owned Service Center in Europe

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Customers to benefit from Bombardier’s technical and maintenance expertise for Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft in the region

Bombardier Aerospace today announced that it will open its first wholly owned European aircraft service center at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This new addition to Bombardier’s company-owned aircraft service center network, currently consisting of six facilities in North America, will enable the company to better support its growing fleet of over 550 Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft in the region. The European aircraft service center is expected to begin operation in early 2010.

“The Bombardier Aircraft Service Center network has been offering the highest quality of support to our customers in North America for over 28 years and today we are pleased to bring that experience and expertise to our customer base in Europe,” said Michael McQuay, President, Bombardier Aircraft Service Centers. “The new aircraft service center, coupled with our LBAS joint venture facility in Germany and Frankfurt super-warehouse, strengthens our services in the region by providing greater access to Bombardier’s high-quality maintenance support and certified Bombardier parts pre-cleared at customs.”

The facility will feature 4,240 sq. meters (45,639 sq.feet) of hangar space, will include a staff of approximately 50 technicians and will be equipped to perform a variety of light to heavy maintenance tasks.

“The creation of a European aircraft service center is key to our strategy of expanding our customer services offering into new regions of the world and of providing faster, easier access to support for our growing international customer base,” said Andy Nureddin, vice-president, Bombardier Customer Services and Support. “This announcement builds on our comprehensive customer services offering in the region, ranging from training facilities to our PartsExpress delivery service and mobile response teams for rapid on-site support.”

Bombardier Aircraft Service Center Network
Bombardier currently operates six Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) aircraft service centers in North America and a European joint venture facility in Germany. Each of its six FAA Diamond Award-Winning aircraft service centers offers extensive capabilities to accommodate aircraft maintenance, refurbishment and modification for business and commercial aircraft. Bombardier-trained technicians deliver a complete range of after-sale services, from scheduled maintenance, inspections and refurbishment to fly-in repairs, mobile repair parties and Aircraft-On-Ground support. Bombardier’s aircraft service centers are also complemented by an extensive network of 42 Authorized Service Facilities and Line Maintenance Facilities located in 21 countries and on six continents around the world. This combined coverage gives Bombardier aircraft operators access to one of the most comprehensive service and maintenance networks in the industry.


Bombardier Aerospace Selects Lufthansa Technik for the Development of its Learjet 85 Aircraft Cabin Management System

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Bombardier Aerospace today announced that Lufthansa Technik has been selected to develop the new all-composite Learjet 85 aircraft’s state-of-the-art cabin management system (CMS).

The digital, Ethernet-based CMS and in-flight entertainment system will integrate all passenger entertainment and cabin environment management functions in a single system.

“We are committed to offer our Learjet 85 aircraft customers an unmatched cabin experience backed by leading-edge quality components,” said David Coleal, vice-president and general manager, Learjet.

The Learjet 85 aircraft’s customized version CMS will feature a high-capacity Ethernet network with a digital amplifier to feed the high-fidelity speaker system and an interface to support the aircraft cabin environment including as lighting and temperature control. The system’s open architecture also allows for easy integration of third-party equipment and new applications, such as High Definition features.

The new Learjet 85 aircraft – redefining the midsize business jet class
Launched on October 30, 2007, the new Learjet 85 aircraft will be the first Bombardier Aerospace jet to feature an all-composite structure and will be the first all-composite structure business jet designed for type certification under U.S. Federal Aviation Administration FAR
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An extraordinary advancement in next-generation flight, the Learjet 85 aircraft’s all-composite structure will allow Learjet aircraft designers to maximize cabin comfort while minimizing drag and improving performance.

Building on legendary Learjet aircraft performance
True to its legendary heritage, the Learjet 85 aircraft is set to deliver the extraordinary performance, superior technology and exceptional value Learjet aircraft owners expect.
The jet is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307B engines, each boasting 6,100 pounds of take-off thrust each at sea level 86°F (30°C) and low noise levels, while the advanced low NOx emission combuster offers reduced environmental impact. The Learjet 85 aircraft targets a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental range of up to 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 km)*.

The new Learjet 85 aircraft flight deck combines advanced technology with superior design elements for a cockpit environment unlike any other midsize jet. The latest in technological advancements from Rockwell Collins – the new Pro Line Fusion avionics suite – is paired with superior design aesthetics to create the ultimate Learjet aircraft flight control environment.

Learjet is the first name in corporate aviation. Since acquiring Learjet Inc. in 1990, Bombardier Aerospace has carried forward the brand’s proud legacy by launching eight high-performance and fuel-efficient Learjet aircraft.