Aviation News Releases – Tuesday, March 16, 2010

  • Airbus Close On Re-Engine Decision For A320
    By Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.comORLANDO The Airbus board is marching toward a decision by the end of April on whether to re-engine its A320 family, said its chief salesman, Chief Operating Officer-Commercial John Leahy….
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  • Union Urges BA To Return To Talks To Avert Strike
    The Unite union on Tuesday asked British Airways to return to the negotiating table to try to avert planned strikes by the airline’s cabin crew….
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  • Air Berlin Reduces Boeing 787 Order
    Air Berlin, Germany’s second-biggest airline after Lufthansa, dropped about USD$1.7 billion worth of firm orders for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft to cut its financial obligations….
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  • Air Partner H1 Pretax Profit Slumps
    British private jet provider Air Partner reported a 76 percent fall in first-half pretax profit from continued operations, hurt by its private jet operating company unit….
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  • Spring Airlines To Delay Shanghai IPO
    Spring Airlines, a privately run Chinese carrier, is delaying a planned Shanghai initial public share offering until next year or the year after from this year, awaiting better market conditions, its chairman said….
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  • WestJet Chief Executive Durfy Resigns
    Canada’s WestJet Airlines on Monday said President and chief executive Sean Durfy will resign from the company and its board of directors on April 1, citing personal reasons….
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  • SAS Extends SEK5 Bln Credit Facilities
    Scandinavian airline SAS said on Monday it had extended maturities on credit facilities of SEK5 billion kronor (USD$707 million) to 2013 conditional on a planned rights issue….
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  • UK’s Brown Condemns British Airways strike
    Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Monday strongly condemned a planned strike by British Airways cabin crew, putting him on a collision course with his main union backers weeks before an election….
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  • SIA Engineering Renews USD$1.6 Bln Contract
    SIA Engineering said on Monday it has renewed an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul agreement with Singapore Airlines, worth SGD$2.2 billion (USD$1.58 billion) over five years from April 2010….
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  • Boeing-Airbus Aid Row Edges Towards Resolution
    The row between the United States and European Union about billions of dollars in subsidies for civil aircraft takes a step towards resolution this month with a confidential report from the WTO….
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  • Some F/A-18s Grounded Due to Cracks
    By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.com Earlier than predicted cracking in 104 F/A-18A-D Hornet airframes has prompted the U.S. Navy to ground the aircraft. The cracks were found in the aft wing shear attach fittings during inspections as part of the F/A-18A-D Service Life Assessment Program, according to Navy Lt. Nate Christensen, a service spokesman….
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  • Second Boeing 747-8 Freighter Completes First Flight
    EVERETT, Wash., March 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — A second Boeing (NYSE: BA) 747-8 Freighter, RC 522, successfully completed its first flight Sunday evening. The airplane took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., for a two-and-a-half-hour flight and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle. Captain Kirk Vining was at the controls for the flight, with Rick Braun operating as co-pilot and Joel Conard serving as systems operator. The airplane reached an altitude of 27,000 feet (8,230 m) and an …
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  • Settling A400M Contract Issues To Take Months
    By Robert WallParis Europe’s efforts to stabilize the Airbus Military A400M development and production program are far from finalized even though industry and the seven countries backing the program have agreed on a new financing scheme to cover several billion euros in cost overruns….
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  • NASA: Ending Constellation Will Cost More
    By Frank Morring, Jr. GREENBELT, Md. — The $2.5 billion in NASA’s Fiscal 2011 budget request to terminate the Constellation Program is probably “oversubscribed,” and will not cover all of the expenses expected to grow from shutting down the shuttle-follow-on effort….
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  • Boeing Readies GOL Airplane with Chrome-Free Paint for Reduced Environmental Impact
    SEATTLE, March 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) recently prepared a new GOL Airlines 737-800 for Boeing’s first-ever application of a chrome-free primer to a single-aisle airplane bound for revenue service. As part of Boeing’s life cycle approach to reducing environmental impact, and in response to requests from the Brazilian carrier and other customers, Boeing has introduced a chrome-free primer to complement chrome-free exterior decorative paint, which Boeing has used for…
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  • FAA Reauthorization Returns To Senate Flooor
    By Kerry Lynch The Senate last week finally renewed consideration of comprehensive FAA reauthorization legislation after a series of holds and other non-aviation issues held up consideration for nearly two years and forced a series of short-term extensions of the agency’s funding authority and the aviation excise taxes….
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  • Boeing A160T Proves Resupply Capability for US Marines
    ST. LOUIS, March 15, 2010 — The Boeing [NYSE: BA] A160T Hummingbird has successfully completed a cargo delivery demonstration under a U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory contract, proving the unmanned rotorcraft’s ability to resupply frontline troops in rough terrain. The Hummingbird met or exceeded all of the demonstration requirements during the tests, conducted March 9 – March 11 at the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. Boeing showed that the A160T can deliver at least…
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  • Boeing WGS Satellite Program Wins National Space Club Award
    El SEGUNDO, Calif., March 15, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has won the National Space Club’s 2010 Nelson P. Jackson Award for fielding the first three Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft, the highest-capacity military communications satellites in the U.S. Department of Defense arsenal. Boeing representatives accepted the honor March 12 at the 53rd annual Goddard Memorial Dinner in Washington, D.C. The National Space Club is a nonprofit organization that fosters excellence in space activities…
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  • Boeing, Qatar Emiri Air Force Laud C-17 Fleet’s Achievements
    DOHA, Qatar, March 15, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) celebrated Qatar’s deployment of C-17 Globemaster III airlifters during an Air Force Day ceremony held March 10 at Doha International Airport. “When the Qatar Emiri Air Force acquired two C-17s last year, we did so with every intention of supporting international disaster-relief and humanitarian missions around the world,” said Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Malki, head of Qatar’s airlift selection…
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  • Fourth 787 Joins Boeing Flight-Test Fleet
    EVERETT, Wash., March 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) has added the fourth 787 Dreamliner to its flight-test fleet with the completion of the first flight of ZA003. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 10:55 a.m. (Pacific time) and landed at 2:01 p.m. at Boeing Field in Seattle. Captains Ray Craig and Mike Bryan piloted the airplane on its three-hour-and-six-minute flight. ZA003 is the final 787 with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines to…
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  • Airlines, DOT Point Fingers On Delay Rule
    By Andrew Compart With about six weeks to go before the U.S. Transportation Department begins enforcing a new rule on tarmac delays, the airlines and the DOT are arguing about the new rule’s potential impact and pointing fingers over who would be responsible if the new rule leads to more canceled flights….
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  • USAF Testers Give Nod To C-5M, Lockheed Says
    By Amy Butler Lockheed Martin officials say the U.S. Air Force has declared the newly re-engined C-5, the C-5M, is “effective, suitable and mission capable,” following a series of operational tests….
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  • EADS Has Received No Word From US On Tanker
    Airbus parent EADS has received no word of any changes to a contest to supply aerial refueling tankers to the United States, the head of Airbus Military said on Monday….
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  • FAA Proposes American Air Fine Over Maintenance
    US aviation regulators have proposed a USD$787,500 fine against American Airlines for allegedly flying aircraft not in compliance with maintenance requirements….
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  • Air France Black Box Search To Resume On March 25
    The search for the wreckage and black boxes of an Air France (AIRF.PA) aircraft which crashed into the Atlantic last year killing all 228 people on board will resume on 25 March, newspaper Le Figaro said….
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