Aviation News Releases – Monday, March 8, 2010



  • Airbus A380 flies the flag for the International Year of Biodiversity 2010
    Leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus is showing support for the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity by featuring the official logo on its largest passenger aircraft – the A380.In addition to pioneering greener flight, to which the flagship A380 pays testimony, Airbus is using its global outreach to back the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Green Wave initiative, designed to educate young people about the importance of biodiversity, its role in…
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  • Boeing and Turkish Airlines Finalize Order for 20 Next-Generation 737s
    Airplanes to be fitted with 737 Boeing Sky Interior SEATTLE, March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Turkish Airlines have finalized an order for 20 Next-Generation 737 airplanes. The order includes 10 737-800s and 10 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The 737-900ER will be the latest 737 family member to join the Turkish Airlines fleet. The order is valued at $1.6 billion at current list prices. Turkish Airlines currently operates a fleet of 66 Boeing airplanes, including 58…
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  • China Plans To Buy 218 Aircraft This Year
    China plans this year to buy 218 aircraft, including jumbo jets and regional planes, to meet surging demand, the head of the country’s civil aviation agency said….
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  • Fire Breaks Out At Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport
    A fire broke out at a power generation unit at Istanbul’s main Ataturk Airport on Sunday evening, state run news agency Anatolian reported….
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  • Air China Exec Named Shenzhen Air President – Report
    An Air China vice president has been named president of Shenzhen Airlines, raising the chances of a takeover of the privately-run airline, the China Securities Journal said on Monday….
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  • Iran Gives Russian Pilots Two Months To Leave
    Iran has given Russian commercial pilots working in the Islamic Republic two months to leave the country as it has no need for them, Transport Minister Hamid Behbahani was quoted as saying on Saturday….
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  • Boeing Transfers US Portions of International Space Station to NASA
    HOUSTON, March 5, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today officially turned over the U.S. on-orbit segment of the International Space Station (ISS) to NASA with the signing of government form DD-250 at the conclusion of an Acceptance Review Board meeting in Houston. Often referred to as “handing over the keys,” the DD-250 is equivalent to a final bill of sale that formally transfers ownership. Through today’s review board, NASA and Boeing verified the delivery, assembly, integration and activation of…
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  • Boeing’s 3rd GOES Satellite Sends 1st Signals From Space
    EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 5, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received the first on-orbit signals from the third Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) built by Boeing for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The satellite, GOES-P, is healthy and ready to begin thruster firings to move to its on-orbit test location. GOES-P is a Boeing 601 satellite that will provide enhanced Earth-observation and weather-monitoring services. GOES-P launched on a…
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  • Boeing, Somon Air Announce Order for Two Next-Generation 737-900ERs
    SEATTLE, March 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Dushanbe, Tajikistan-based Somon Air today announced an order for two Next-Generation 737-900ERs (Extended Range). The order is valued at $163 million at list prices. The order represents Somon Air’s first direct purchase of airplanes from Boeing. “The Boeing Next-Generation 737 has proved to be a reliable and profitable component of our fleet,” said Sherali Kabirov, board member of Somon Air. “With these additional airplanes we…
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  • Boeing to Offer NewGen Tanker to US Air Force
    ST. LOUIS, March 4, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that it will offer the Boeing NewGen Tanker in the competition to supply the U.S. Air Force with a multi-mission aerial refueling aircraft that will meet all the warfighter’s mission requirements for the next several decades. Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said the Boeing NewGen Tanker will satisfy all mandatory Air Force requirements and offer an American-made tanker that…
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  • EMBRAER DELIVERS TWO EMBRAER 170 JETS TO GULF AIR
    Aircraft offer comfort and convenience with dual-class layout and entertainment systemSão José dos Campos, March 4, 2010 – Embraer delivered two EMBRAER 170 jets to GulfAir, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today, at its headquarters in São José dosCampos, Brazil. These aircraft are subject to a lease agreement signed by Embraer and GulfAir just after the Bahrain International Airshow, last January.“The delivery of these EMBRAER 170 jets to Gulf Air is a significant milestone…
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  • NASA Briefing Highlights Education Outreach During Next Shuttle Flight
    HOUSTON — NASA will highlight the educational activities planned onthe next space shuttle mission during a news briefing at 12 p.m. CDT,Tuesday, March 9. The briefing will originate from NASA’s JohnsonSpace Center in Houston and be carried live on NASA Television andthe agency’s Web site. Reporters will be able to ask questions fromparticipating NASA locations.Astronaut and former school teacher Ricky Arnold will be joined byCindy McArthur from the Teaching from Space Office to…
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  • NASA and NOAA’s GOES-P Satellite Successfully Launched
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The latest Geostationary OperationalEnvironmental Satellite, or GOES-P, lifted off Thursday aboard aDelta IV rocket at 6:57 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 37 at theCape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The new National Oceanic andAtmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite joins four other similarspacecraft to improve weather forecasting and monitoring ofenvironmental events.Approximately four hours and 21 minutes after liftoff, the spacecraftseparated from the…
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  • Student Teams Ready to Battle Lunar Terrain at NASA’s 17th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race
    WASHINGTON — More than 100 student teams from around the globe willdrive their specially crafted lunar rovers through a challengingcourse of rugged, moon-like terrain at NASA’s 17th annual GreatMoonbuggy Race in Huntsville, Ala., April 9-10.Some 1,088 high school, college and university students from 20 statesand Puerto Rico, Canada, Germany, Bangladesh, Serbia, India andRomania are expected to participate in the race at the U.S. Space andRocket Center.Students begin to prepare for the event…
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  • Spec Ops Needs Faster Helos
    By Richard WhittleArlington, Va. The Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment is feeling the need for speed to contend with the sprawl of Afghanistan, the unit’s commander, Col. Clay Hutmacher, told an Assn. of the U.S. Army aviation symposium here in January….
    Mar-06 – 2010 | More ->
  • JetBlue Asks For Tarmac Rule Delay At JFK
    By Andrew Compart andrew_compart@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON JetBlue is asking the U.S. Transportation Dept. to waive its new tarmac delay rule for as long as seven months at New York’s Kennedy Airport because of the runway closure there….
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  • US Airports Expand Full-Body Screening
    Airport officials on Friday showed off new X-ray scanning machines they will use to screen more passengers with full-body imaging as called for by security advocates, a step that has alarmed civil libertarians….
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  • Aircastle Q4 Profit Falls 7 Percent
    Aircraft leasing company Aircastle reported a 7 percent decline in quarterly profit, hurt by lower lease rental and maintenance revenue….
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  • Aer Lingus Cabin Crew Reject Cost Cutting Plan
    Aer Lingus cabin crew rejected on Friday a cost savings plan recommended by their union and proposed by the Irish airline to stop it burning through its cash reserves….
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  • Wife Of British Airline Bomb Plotter Cleared
    The wife of the British ringleader of a suspected al Qaeda plot to blow up transatlantic airliners in mid-flight using liquid bombs was found not guilty on Friday of failing to alert police….
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  • China Studies Moon Rocket
    By Bradley Perrett perrett@aviationweek.comBEIJING China is studying the design of a Moon rocket in the class of the Saturn V, as the Obama administration proposes canceling the U.S. successor to the Apollo launcher, Ares V….
    Mar-05 – 2010 | More ->
  • Thayer Aerospace Founder Vies For Congress
    By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com Former Thayer Aerospace founder Mike Pompeo has won personal endorsements from top executives at four out of five of Wichita’s OEMs in the race to fill the 4th congressional district seat being vacated by Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kans.)….
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  • Boeing Starts C-17 Rate-Reduction Process
    By Guy NorrisLos Angeles Boeing hopes to minimize the impact of job cuts on the C-17 line following its decision to slow the airlifter production rate by a third, but acknowledges that some losses are inevitable….
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  • European Parliament Mulls Delaying PNR Vote
    By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON Rather than risking a “no” vote on the proposal to plan to share Passenger Name Record (PNR) data with the U.S. and Australia, a group in the European Parliament is recommending holding off on a vote to buy time to devise a more uniform standard on sharing PNR information….
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  • Mars Science Lab Overcomes Actuator Woes
    By Jefferson Morris NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) has successfully completed a set of rigorous actuator tests, which agency managers hope is a sign that the problem-plagued rover mission has finally turned a corner….
    Mar-05 – 2010 | More ->



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