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New A330-200 Freighter takes to the skies

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A330-200F: Allowing freight operators to adapt to evolving markets

The new dedicated Freighter variant of the successful A330 Family took to the skies today during a four hour maiden flight over Toulouse. This milestone marks the start of a 180 hour flight-test and certification campaign, and paves the way for first delivery of the type to launch operator, Etihad Crystal Cargo, in the summer of 2010.

The new A330-200F will offer freight customers greater range and a higher maximum payload with much lower unit costs compared with its closest competitor. The aircraft has already gained 67 firm orders with nine customers. In addition to these orders, the aircraft has been selected by a tenth customer – Turkish Airlines – following the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for two A330-200Fs. Furthermore, there are other ongoing campaigns in progress where airlines are showing serious interest in the aircraft.

Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers, John Leahy said: “The efficient A330-200F is very well adapted to today’s market dynamics of rising fuel prices and increased pressure on yields.” He adds: “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.”

Airbus sees the need for over 3,400 freighters in the next 20 years to cater for a 5.2% average annual growth rate. In turn, this will require around 1,600 mid-sized freighters, of which the A330-200F will play an important role.

With a greater payload than initially anticipated, the A330-200F offers two operational configurations depending on the planned mission. The aircraft can carry more than 64 metric tonnes over 4,000 nautical miles / 7,400km, or more than 69 metric tonnes up to 3,200 nautical miles / 5,930km – 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.

Compared with the highly successful passenger A330-200, this new purpose-designed Freighter version has an increased maximum-zero-fuel weight (MZFW) of eight tonnes to allow for high-density cargo configuration transportation of 10lb/ft3. In addition, the aircraft features a reinforced fuselage plus new strengthened floor with a specially designed floor-grid for higher running loads.

The A330-200F is based on the proven, highly successful and technologically-advanced A330 platform, for which Airbus has received over 1,000 orders, and to date around 625 aircraft are in operational service.


Boeing and Air Force Receive DOD Excellence Award for Wideband Global SATCOM Program

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Nov. 5, 2009 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force have received a Department of Defense (DOD) “Top 5” excellence award for systems engineering on the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) program. WGS is the DOD’s highest-capacity communications satellite and provides assured, high-data-rate connectivity to U.S. warfighters and their allies around the world.

Members of the Air Force-Boeing WGS team accepted the award on Oct. 28 at the National Defense Industry Association’s (NDIA) Systems Engineering Conference in San Diego. Each year, the Department of Defense and NDIA recognize up to five defense programs that have demonstrated superior systems engineering practices that result in outstanding program performance.

“Boeing is honored to be part of the Air Force team that received this DOD program excellence award for WGS,” said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager, Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. “I congratulate the Air Force-Boeing team on their many accomplishments, including two satellites now in operation and a third scheduled to launch in November. Their tight teamwork and unwavering commitment have been extraordinary. This award is a testament to their dedication to delivering significantly improved communications to U.S. warfighters and allies around the world.”

“With its extraordinary increase in satellite communications capacity and flexibility, WGS helps our warfighters more effectively execute their missions on land, at sea and in the air,” said Brig. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Vice Commander of the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles. “The WGS team is performing superbly and setting the standards for getting these critical communications assets into space and into operational use.”

WGS satellites address the military’s growing need for high-bandwidth communications, ranging from transmission of full-motion video and sensor data gathered from unmanned aerial vehicles, to video teleconferencing among military leaders around the world, to provision of quality-of-life services such as e-mail, news, and special event broadcasts for deployed troops.

Boeing is currently under contract to build six WGS satellites for the Air Force. WGS-1 was put into operation over the Pacific Ocean in April 2008 and WGS-2 entered service over the Middle East in August 2009. Both satellites are meeting and, in some cases, far exceeding mission requirements. WGS-3 is scheduled for launch later this year.

 


Boeing: Brigade Combat Team Modernization Program Completes Production Readiness Review

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Nov. 5, 2009 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that the Increment 1 capabilities of the U.S. Army’s Brigade Combat Team Modernization program have successfully completed their Production Readiness Review. The review was conducted Oct. 27-29 at Boeing’s facility in Huntington Beach.

As the prime contractor, Boeing and Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] are responsible for the development and fielding of Increment 1. The capabilities are planned to be fielded to seven Infantry Brigade Combat Teams beginning in 2011.

The review involved representatives from the Army, Boeing, SAIC, industry partners and other government agencies, including the Department of Defense. It was the culmination of individual system production readiness reviews conducted over the past year and involved input from more than 20 key suppliers. The production areas that were reviewed included management, production processes and integration, facilities tooling and test equipment, and product assurance for all Increment 1 capabilities.

“The Production Readiness Review demonstrated that our industry team is ready to enter Low-Rate Initial Production,” said Derek McLuckey, Increment 1 project manager for Boeing. “We are looking forward to the Milestone C production decision in December.”

Simultaneously, Boeing, SAIC, and their industry partners plan to submit a Low-Rate Initial Production contract proposal to the Army for Increment 1.

Developed under the Future Combat Systems program and now a key element of the Army’s Brigade Combat Team Modernization program, Increment 1 will provide soldiers with enhanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, as well as increased survivability and lethality. Initial capabilities include:

  • Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle: a robotic system capable of reconnaissance missions in dangerous or difficult situations such as entering buildings, caves and tunnels
  • Class I Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV): a small, soldier-operated UAV that can hover for reconnaissance and surveillance while providing target acquisition
  • Unattended Ground Sensors: multi-mode surveillance sensors for target detection, location and classification, with an imaging capability for identification
  • Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System: an unmanned missile system capable of extended range targeting and precision attack
  • Network Integration Kit: an integrated computer system that hosts the latest communications and radio systems and battle command software, providing the initial network connectivity needed to transfer sensor and communication data.

SAIC is a FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health. The company’s approximately 45,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. Headquartered in McLean, Va., SAIC had annual revenues of $10.1 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2009. For more information, visit www.saic.com. SAIC: From Science to Solutions®

 


Boeing Delivers Final Deeper Maintenance Program F-111 to Royal Australian Air Force

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AMBERLEY, Queensland, Nov. 4, 2009 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today delivered F-111 A08-135 to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at a ceremony at RAAF Base Amberley. The jet is the 28th and final F-111 serviced by Boeing under the Deeper Maintenance program.

“Today is exceptionally historic because we are delivering A08-135 from the same Hangar 278 where Deeper Maintenance work on the first F-111 began 35 years ago,” said John Duddy, vice president and managing director, Boeing Defence Australia. “We take pause to honor and recognize every RAAF serviceperson and Boeing employee who has contributed toward maintaining this platform. Because of you, the F-111 today remains the fastest and longest-ranging combat aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region.”

The Deeper Maintenance program began in 1974 with the RAAF and transitioned to Boeing in 2001 for a total 500,000-plus work hours. The RAAF will retire the F-111 at the end of 2010 to make way for 24 replacement Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets.

“The maintenance systems introduced with the F-111 aircraft have been a mainstay of defense and industry’s high-tech support capabilities for well over 35 years,” said Air Commodore Roy McPhail, Director General of Aerospace Combat Systems, RAAF. “Today’s completion of the F-111 Deeper Maintenance program will ensure the F-111 fleet remains fully capable until the replacement F/A-18F Super Hornets come on line.”

Boeing is contracted to perform light maintenance activities until the F-111 fleet’s withdrawal from service.

“Although this is the end of Boeing’s F-111 Deeper Maintenance activities, fortunately, it’s not the end of a great partnership,” said Group Capt. Peter Lloyd, Officer Commanding – 82 Wing, RAAF. “Boeing’s technical and engineering expertise will remain fundamental to 82 Wing’s ability to generate F-111 air combat power.”

Deeper Maintenance was performed on F-111s after 525 hours of flight time. It included activities such as removal of wings, engines, the undercarriage and other major components for servicing and/or replacement as required.

Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company and a business unit of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, is a leading Australian aerospace enterprise. With a world-class team of nearly 2,000 employees at 13 locations throughout Australia and two international sites, Boeing Defence Australia supports some of the largest and most complex defense projects in Australia.

 


EMBRAER PHENOM 100 JET ON ASIA-PACIFIC FLYING DEMO TOUR

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Company will begin to showcase the entry level executive aircraft in India

São José dos Campos, November 4, 2009 –
Embraer will begin a flying demo tour of
the entry level Phenom 100 executive jet
in the Asia-Pacific region. The first stop is
India, where the jet will visit seven cities
in November: Delhi, Indore, Mumbai,
Bangalore, Madurai, Chennai, and
Hyderabad. After India, the Phenom 100
will be exhibited in Singapore and Australia.

“Embraer is proud to showcase its successful entry level Phenom 100 in the Asia-Pacific
region,” said José Eduardo Costas, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Asia
Pacific – Executive Jets. “In less than one year of operations, our Phenom 100 executive jet
has shown itself to be a comfortable, reliable and versatile platform, and it is constantly being
improved. I am sure that our customers in the region are benefiting from the jet’s
characteristics and its growing support network.”

The Phenom 100 deliveries began in December
2008. On September 30, 2009, the jet had
logged more than 3,000 flight hours, with a
total of 45 aircraft delivered, worldwide.

Embraer has several important Phenom family
customers in India. Among them are Aviators
India Pvt. Ltd., the first client in the region,
with two Phenom 100 jets; and Invision
Projects Pvt. Ltd., which holds the largest order
for Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 jets in India,
at 20. To support the operations of the growing
number of Phenom and Legacy 600 customers
in the country, Embraer recently appointed
Indamer Company Pvt. Ltd. as an authorized
service center.

Despite the aircraft’s high acceptance, Embraer continues working to improve the Phenom 100, in light of the challenges of a dynamic business jet market. Throughout 2009, Embraer has developed enhancements to increase passenger comfort and satisfaction. New and stylish seats were designed, offering ergonomically improved cushions and greater aisle width, due to retractable armrests. A new cabin divider offers passengers an optional solid lavatory door, substituting the curtains, increasing privacy, and helping reduce overall cabin noise levels. An enhanced In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system includes such features as XM radio, ambient sound system, the option for passengers to listen to Air Traffic Control (ATC) communications, an interface for portable media players, and a panel that allows cabin temperature control.

About the Phenom 100 executive jet

Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers of
the Phenom 100 best-in-class jet. The aircraft offers pilots and passengers unprecedented
comfort and style in its category. Developed in partnership with BMW Group
DesignworksUSA, the innovative interior design and relaxing ambience are enhanced by
large windows and the most ample cabin in its class.

The pilot-friendly cockpit and docile flying qualities of the new aircraft enable single-pilot
operation. Drawing on Embraer’s engineering experience, the Phenom 100 was designed for
high utilization and availability. For added safety and reliability, the jet offers a standard antiskid
brake-by-wire system.

The Phenom 100 was introduced by Embraer, in 2005, and is the most comfortable business
jet in the entry level category, accommodating four passengers in the club seat configuration.

The rear baggage compartment has a capacity of 53 cubic feet (1,501 liters), which is
sufficient for transporting golf and ski bags and equipment. Additional storage space in the
aircraft nose and interior wardrobes adds up to another 16 cubic feet (453 liters), totaling 71
cubic feet (2,010 liters) throughout the jet.

Based on Garmin’s all-glass, fully-integrated avionics suite, the Prodigy® flight deck offers
Phenom jet operators more advantages than any other avionics suite on today’s market. The
cockpit features three interchangeable 12-inch displays – two Primary Flight Displays (PFD) and
one Multi-Function Display (MFD). The system integrates all primary flight, navigation,
communication, terrain, traffic, weather, engine instrumentation, and crew-alert data, and presents the composite information on these three brilliant, sunlight-readable color high-definition screens.

Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F-E engines power the jet, with 1,695 pounds of thrust
each. Its range with four occupants is 1,178 nautical miles (2,182 kilometers or 1,356 miles)
with NBAA IFR reserves (35 minutes of holding and 100 nautical mile alternate). The aircraft
is capable of flying at 41,000 feet (12,497 meters), attained by a direct climb, even when fully
loaded. In addition, the Phenom 100 is designed to perform short-field takeoffs or landings and
to fly at a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.70, or 390 knots True Air Speed (TAS). These
characteristics allow customers to fly nonstop from New York to Miami, in the U.S.; from
London to Rome, in Europe; or from Brisbane to Melbourne, in Australia.

The jet received the IF Award, in Germany, as the best product, in 2006, and the best
interior, in 2007, as well as the Good Design Award, in China, for the best project, in 2006.

In May 2008, the editors of Robb Report magazine, in the U.S., voted the Phenom 100 the
“Best of the Best Business Jet”.

Under January 2009 economic conditions, the baseline configuration of the Phenom 100 is
priced at US$ 3.60 million for FAA certification (USA), US$ 3.65 million for ANAC
certification (Brazil) and US$ 3.68 million for EASA certification (European Union).