Aviation News Releases – Wednesday, March 10, 2010

  • United Signs Firm Order for 25 A350 XWB aircraft
    Airline becomes 33rd customer for newest Airbus modelUnited has formalized a commitment originally announced in December 2009, signing a firm order for 25 A350-900 XWB aircraft, the newest twin-engine widebody from Airbus. The aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Deliveries of the aircraft will begin in 2016 and run through 2019.”This is the latest chapter in a very strong relationship that has spanned two decades,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer -…
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  • Airbus Foundation Coordinates Chile Relief in TAM A319 Ferry Flight
    Humanitarian supplies collected by the Red Cross and General Consulate of Chile in Hamburg lands in Chile at 10:30 p.m., March 9; LAN Airlines facilitates local logistics in SantiagoIn response to the devastating earthquake that struck Chile February 27, Airbus coordinated with Brazilian-based TAM Airlines and Chilean-based LAN Airlines to send three tons of aid to Santiago. The TAM A319 ferry flight filled with humanitarian supplies landed in Sao Paulo on March 9. TAM then transferred the…
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  • Donley: No JSF Alternatives Exist
    By Amy ButlerWashington Air Force Secretary Michael Donley says a major cost overrun in the multi-national F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is probable, and under the Nunn- McCurdy statute it would trigger a mandatory review of alternatives….
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  • Boeing Takes Second 787 To California
    By Guy Norris Boeing flew the second 787 (ZA002) from Seattle to Victorville, Calif., yesterday, the first time the new twinjet has left Washington state for a landing elsewhere….
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  • U.K. Approves Fourth Skynet 5 Spacecraft
    By Michael A. Taverna PARIS — The U.K. Ministry of Defense has decided to acquire a fourth Skynet 5 spacecraft and to extend the contract for supply of services from the Skynet constellation by two additional years, to 2022. The 400 million pound ($600 million) extension will bring the total value of the private financing initiative (PFI) to 3.6 billion pounds ($5.4 billion)….
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  • EU, MROs Challenge Proposed TSA Rules
    By Henry Canaday It is not just Congress that is, with certain provisions in FAA authorization bills, threatening international trade in MRO. The Transportation Security Administration has gotten into the act, proposing new requirements for security and security inspections of foreign repair stations, including off-airport facilities….
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  • NLOS-LS Team Plots New Path Forward
    By Bettina H. Chavanne After a disappointing test run earlier this year, the U.S. industry team pursuing the Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS) is mapping out a new path forward, according to Raytheon Missile Systems. Plans should be unveiled within the next 60 days….
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  • Boeing Delivers EGYPTAIR’s First 777-300ER for Long-Haul Fleet Upgrade
    SEATTLE, March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — EGYPTAIR and leasing company GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) took delivery Monday of the first Boeing (NYSE: BA) 777-300ER (Extended Range) commercial jetliner to join EGYPTAIR’s fleet. EGYPTAIR operates a fleet of five Boeing 777-200ERs, five 737-500s and 12 737-800s, with another eight 737-800s on order directly from Boeing. The Egyptian flag carrier is leasing the new 777-300ER from GECAS and will take an additional five 777-300ERs on lease…
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  • BA, American, Iberia Offer Antitrust Concessions
    British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia have offered to cede a number of lucrative trans-Atlantic slots in an attempt to ease competition concerns and gain EU approval for their alliance….
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  • Cathay Pacific Swings To Profit In 2009
    Hong Kong’s dominant carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways, reported its best half-year earnings in two years, beating forecasts and indicating improving market conditions for Asian airlines….
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  • Air Canada Takes Aim At Emirates’ Expansion Plans
    The chief executive of Air Canada accused Emirates on Tuesday of wanting to “flood” Canadian skies with airline seats so it can scoop up passengers and divert them through Dubai….
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  • US Weighs Helping Airlines With Air Traffic Upgrades
    The Obama administration is weighing help for US airlines to meet the costs of upgrading the air traffic control system, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said on Tuesday….
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  • We’re ‘Big Threat’ To Delta – Continental CEO
    Continental Airlines said its strength in Latin America, Asia and New York poses a “big threat” to its larger rival and former alliance partner Delta Air Lines….
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  • US Airlines See Recovery Signs, Shares Rise
    Demand for air travel among business customers is rising and major US airlines said on Tuesday they would consider charging additional fees while cutting costs to increase their profits….
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  • UAV Could Be Battlefield Ambulance
    By David EshelTel Aviv The Israel Defense Forces medical corps is looking at procuring an innovative unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that will evacuate critical casualties directly from the battlefield to the hospital. This would get more wounded to the hospital within the “golden hour,” the critical time in which a medical evacuation has the best chance of saving a wounded soldier’s life….
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  • A320 Reengining All But Certain
    By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comPARIS Although Airbus has yet to firmly commit to reengining the A320 narrowbody family, EADS CEO Louis Gallois suggests that the aircraft maker is unlikely to reverse course….
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  • Boeing 787 Begins First Flight-Test Operations Outside of Washington
    VICTORVILLE, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The second Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787 Dreamliner, ZA002, landed at 10:53 a.m. local time today in Victorville, Calif. This marks the beginning of the first flight-test operations outside of Washington state for the program. The airplane will be stationed at Victorville for approximately three weeks. The crew will conduct ground effects testing among other activities. During ground effects testing, the pilots fly the airplane very close to the…
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  • Boeing Receives Phase 1 of Contract for US Air Force QF-16 Drone
    ST. LOUIS, March 9, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a U.S. Air Force contract worth approximately $69.7 million for the initial engineering, manufacturing and development of QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Targets to replace the QF-4 fleet. Under the terms of the remainder of the contract, expected to be awarded in coming years, up to 126 QF-16 drones will deliver beginning in 2014. Boeing engineers and support personnel will convert retired F-16 aircraft into QF-16s for use as aerial…
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  • NASA Extends Johnson Safety and Mission Assurance Contract
    WASHINGTON — NASA has exercised a $60 million, one-year extensionoption for a contract with Science Applications InternationalCorporation of Houston to provide support to safety and missionassurance activities at the agency’s Johnson Space Center.The Safety and Mission Assurance Support Services contract helpsensure safety, reliability, maintainability and quality in theInternational Space Station, space shuttle and Constellationprograms.The cost-plus-award-fee contract option that has been…
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  • Shannon Customs Pre-Clearance Opens Slowly
    By George Larson george_larson@bellsouth.net While U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance procedures are in effect at Ireland’s Shannon Airport as of March 1, restricted hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. may be limiting the traffic through the process, officials at Universal Weather Aviation and Signature Flight Support told Aviation Week yesterday….
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  • No Solo KC-X Bid for EADS
    By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comPARIS EADS will not mount a solo bid for the U.S. Air Force KC-X tanker program, ending the company’s highest profile effort to grow its footprint in the U.S. market….
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  • NASA Launches Interactive Simulation of Satellite Communications
    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA today unveiled an interactive computersimulation that allows virtual explorers of all ages to dock thespace shuttle at the International Space Station, experience avirtual trip to Mars or a lunar impact, and explore images of starformations taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.In an effort to excite young people about space and NASA’s missions,the agency has launched the online Space Communication and Navigation(SCaN) simulation, designed to entertain and educate….
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  • Hawaiian orders one more A330-200 for long-haul operation
    Adds eco-efficiency to the fleetHawaiian Airlines, which becomes a new Airbus operator this spring, has placed a firm order for an additional A330-200 aircraft. The purchase joins an existing Hawaiian order for six A330-200s and six A350 XWB-800s from Airbus, as well as three leased A330s that will be operated by the airline.The newly ordered aircraft will be delivered in 2011 and will transport 294 passengers in a comfortable two-class configuration. All of the A330 aircraft operated by the…
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  • Airbus to increase A320 Family production rate
    2010 total deliveries to match previous year’s record levelAirbus will increase the monthly production rate for its single-aisle A320 Family from the current rate of 34 to 36, starting December 2010. The production rate for the long-range A330/A340 Family will be maintained at the current level of eight per month.Airbus’ decision to raise its single-aisle production rate is driven by the continuing demand for its eco-efficient aircraft and a record backlog in excess of some 2,300 A320 Family…
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  • Hi-Res Imagery Shows Some Mars Dunes Move
    By Staff Detailed images collected over time from Mars orbit are giving scientists more clues to work with as they decipher what’s happening on the active surface….
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