Aviation News Releases – Thursday, March 4, 2010



  • Heathrow and Singapore Airlines launch fuel saving
    Departure procedure for Airbus A380Heathrow, NATS*, Singapore Airlines and Airbus have launched an improved departure procedure for the Airbus A380, saving even more fuel, emitting even less CO2 and remaining within the airport’s strict noise procedures. This new procedure saves an additional 300kg of fuel per flight, equating to one metric tonne of emissions of CO2 on a flight to Singapore, as well as reducing NOx emissions.The companies worked together over the last year to develop the new…
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  • Boeing Awards Harpoon Launch Structure Contract to Danish Aerotech
    KARUP, Denmark, March 4, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has awarded a contract valued at nearly $1.5 million to civil defense and aerospace company Danish Aerotech A/S to provide the Aluminum Launch Support Structure (ALSS) for ship-based deployment of the Harpoon weapon system. “Danish Aerotech is very proud to be awarded this contract following a global competition with other competent companies,” said Danish Aerotech CEO Jan Jørgensen. “Boeing is a market…
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  • British Airways to Feature Airplane Health Management on Its Boeing Twin-Aisle Fleet
    Real-time fault management module to help airline optimize operations SEATTLE, March 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and British Airways today announced that the airline will feature Boeing’s Airplane Health Management (AHM) system to monitor the in-flight condition of more than 100 Boeing twin-aisle jetliners. AHM will be used on the airline’s current 777 and 747-400 fleets and future deliveries, including 787 Dreamliners. Through the MyBoeingFleet.com portal, British Airways…
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  • Boeing Delivers First 777 Freighters to Southern Air
    EVERETT, Wash., March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) has delivered two 777 Freighters to Southern Air Holdings, Inc., the first 777s to join the Norwalk, Conn.-based cargo carrier’s fleet. The addition of these two airplanes makes Southern Air the world’s first aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) operator to feature the 777 Freighter. “We are thrilled to take delivery of our first two Boeing 777 Freighters, the most advanced aircraft of its kind, offering unmatched…
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  • Boeing Statement on NASA’s Win of 2009 Collier Trophy
    HOUSTON, March 3, 2010 — The National Aeronautic Association today named NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) program the recipient of the 2009 Collier Trophy. The Boeing Company issued the following statement from Joy Bryant, Boeing ISS vice president and program manager, regarding the honor: “Boeing congratulates NASA and the entire International Space Station team on being named the recipients of the 2009 Collier Trophy. As NASA’s prime contractor for the International Space Station,…
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  • Air China to Expand Boeing Airplane Health Management Coverage
    Air China Cargo is included in coverage of Boeing 777 and 747-400 fleets SEATTLE, March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA), in conjunction with Air China and Air China Cargo, announced today that the airlines will expand the use of Boeing’s Airplane Health Management (AHM) system to monitor the in-flight condition of the carriers’ Boeing 777 and 747-400 fleets. The new agreement adds 42 in-service and on-order airplanes to a previous agreement to monitor 117 Air China 737s that are…
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  • Boeing Begins 737 AEW&C Maintenance Training for Royal Australian Air Force
    RAAF BASE WILLIAMTOWN, New South Wales, March 3, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has launched the first maintenance training program conducted under the five-year In-Service Support (ISS) contract for Project Wedgetail, Australia’s 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) program. Training began on Feb. 15 with five Boeing Defence Australia instructors and 32 students from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No. 2 Squadron. The 147-day program, held in the AEW&C Support Centre at RAAF…
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  • 3rd Boeing-Built WGS Satellite Passes On-Orbit Tests; Air Force Accepts Control of Spacecraft
    EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 2, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that the U.S. Air Force accepted control of the third Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) military communications satellite on March 1, after the spacecraft passed several weeks of rigorous on-orbit tests. WGS is the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest-capacity satellite communications system. WGS-3 completes the initial constellation of three spacecraft, which will provide broadband communications to every theater of operation…
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  • Boeing Receives Contract for US Navy Direct Attack Moving Target Capability
    ST. LOUIS, March 2, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has been awarded an $11.4 million contract to supply Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions (Laser JDAM) to meet the U.S. Navy’s Direct Attack Moving Target Capability (DAMTC) requirement. The initial contract, which calls for the delivery of 23 munitions for testing and evaluation, is expected to lead to a production contract in 2011. With follow-on options, total DAMTC deliveries could reach 11,000 units and the…
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  • Bombardier to Open New Regional Support Office in Mumbai
    Fifth new regional office to consolidate company’s existing regional presence Bombardier Aerospace today announced that it will open a new Regional Support Office (RSO), in Mumbai, India – further strengthening its support for customers in this country. This will be the company’s fifth new support office to open in the past three years worldwide and is expected to begin operation in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010/11. The new RSO in Mumbai will align Bombardier Aerospace’s…
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  • Robot vs. Robot: Live In Washington and Across the Nation
    WASHINGTON — NASA, in cooperation with local technology firms andsponsors, launches a nationwide series of high school roboticscompetitions that begin March 5 and 6 at the Walter E. WashingtonConvention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place N.W., in Washington. Thetwo-day event runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. It is free andopen to the public. NASA Television will carry opening ceremoniesstarting at 9 a.m. March 5.The student competition is called “For Inspiration and Recognition ofScience and…
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  • NASA’s International Space Station Program Wins Collier Trophy
    WASHINGTON – NASA’s International Space Station Program has won the2009 Collier Trophy, which is considered the top award in aviation.The National Aeronautic Association in Washington bestows the awardannually to recognize the greatest achievement in aeronautics orastronautics in America.The association says it selected the station “for the design,development, and assembly of the of the world’s largest spacecraft,an orbiting laboratory that promises new discoveries for mankind andsets new…
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  • ILFC Alters A380 Plan, Eyes Aircraft Sales
    By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON International Lease Finance Corp. says it is currently evaluating concrete proposals for aircraft sales, and also reports new delays in plans to take its Airbus A380s….
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  • China’s International Passenger Traffic Up 59 Pct
    Chinese airlines’ international passenger traffic grew 59 percent in February from a year earlier, the head of the civil aviation authority said on Wednesday….
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  • WestJet February Load Factor Dips Slightly
    WestJet Airlines, Canada’s second-biggest carrier, said on Wednesday it flew only slightly emptier planes in February as it increased capacity and traffic, and that it expects first-quarter revenue per available seat mile to dip by less than 3 percent….
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  • Air China Says 2010 Performance Better Than 2009
    Air China’s financial performance this year will be better than last year, its chairman said on Thursday….
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  • Air Berlin Pilots Call Off Strike To Hold Talks
    Pilots at Air Berlin, Germany’s second-biggest airline after Lufthansa, have called off a warning strike to hold wage talks with the company, averting possible travel chaos for passengers….
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  • Child’s Play At NY ATC Tower Sparks Inquiry
    Two young children were allowed to direct air traffic, apparently under adult supervision, at John F Kennedy Airport last month, the Federal Aviation Authority said on Wednesday….
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  • Anti-Terrorist Police Arrest British Airways Worker
    Police said on Wednesday they had arrested a British Airways reservations agent in northern England on suspicion of raising funds for terrorism….
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  • Continental To Charge For Extra Legroom
    Continental Airlines will charge customers for seats with extra legroom on its flights worldwide starting March 17….
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  • New York’s ‘Miracle On Hudson’ Pilot Retires
    The pilot who spectacularly landed a crippled US Airways passenger jet in New York’s Hudson River last year is retiring, the airline said on Wednesday….
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  • BA Aims To Sign Iberia Agreement By End March
    British Airways hopes to sign its merger agreement with Iberia by the end of this month, and said a potential strike by its cabin crew had not impacted forward bookings….
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  • U.S. Defense Budgets And Plans Collide
    By David A. FulghumWashington While U.S. military acquisition and program officials continue to say they have stretched and innovated to win both conventional and irregular conflicts, they express a lack of direction when it comes to the day-to-day information war. Evidence of this poorly understood conflict is often most visible in the form of constant cyber-probes and attacks that cannot be traced to any government….
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  • U.S. Tail-Number Ruling Shakes BizAv Industry
    By James E. Swickard james_swickard@aviationweek.com Operators in NBAA’s Northeast region are “extremely concerned” about a court decision to make previously confidential tail numbers, which have been sequestered by FAA under the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, available through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, the organization’s regional representative told Aviation Week this morning….
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  • Chandrayaan-1 Data Show More Lunar Ice
    By Staff Newly published findings from the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) on India’s Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter suggest there are at least 600 million metric tons of water ice preserved in the permanent darkness at the bottom of an array of small craters at the moon’s North Pole….
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