Aviation News Releases – Thursday, April 1, 2010



  • Boeing Statement on Potential Extension of Deadline for Submission of KC-X Tanker Proposals
    ST. LOUIS, April 1, 2010 — The U.S. Department of Defense on March 31 said it will extend the deadline to receive proposals in the U.S. Air Force KC-X Tanker competition from May 10 to July 9 if European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) makes a formal request for an extension. The Boeing Company today responded with the following statement: “We are deeply disappointed with EADS-Airbus efforts to further delay this vital warfighting program and tilt the U.S. procurement process in its…
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  • Boeing Names Chang to New Boeing Commercial Airplanes China Position
    BEIJING, March 31– The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today named Ian Chang, vice president – China Operations and Business Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The posting, effective immediately, underscores the company’s long-term commitment to China. Chang will report to Ray Conner, vice president and general manager of Supply Chain Management and Operations for Commercial Airplanes as well as providing support to Lou Mancini, senior vice president of Commercial Aviation Services. He…
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  • Bombardier Customer Services Ready to Support World Cup Fans
    ExecuJet South Africa poised to support Bombardier Customer Services team Bombardier Customer Services, in collaboration with ExecuJet South Africa, announced today that it will have a comprehensive team on site in South Africa from June 6 to July 16, 2010 to support all Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft operators attending the 2010 FIFA World Cup (June 11 to July 11, 2010). “The FIFA World Cup will bring a large volume of private aircraft into South Africa, and…
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  • NASA And NOAA Mark 50 Years Of Weather Watching From Space
    WASHINGTON — Fifty years ago, the world’s first weather satellitelifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., opening a new and excitingdimension in weather forecasting. Leaders from NASA and the NationalOceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, hailed the milestoneas an example of a strong agency partnership and commitment to flyingthe best Earth observation satellites today and in the future.The first image from the Television Infrared Observation Satellite,known as TIROS-1, was a fuzzy…
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  • Telesat Plans New Broadcasting Satellite
    By Michael A. Taverna PARIS — Telesat of Canada says it has signed up an anchor customer that will enable it to purchase and launch a new direct-to-home spacecraft. The customer, Canadian digital TV service provider Shaw Direct, will lease 16 extended Ku-band transponders for the full, 15-year life of the new satellite, which will be inserted at a slot at 107.3 W. Long …
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  • Lufthansa, Pilots Near Mediation
    By Jens Flottau Lufthansa and its pilots are now likely to try to resolve their long-standing dispute with the help of a mediator. Industry sources tell The DAILY that pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) is close to accepting a proposal made by the airline. The union leadership was in meetings all day on Wednesday discussing the latest …
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  • Italy Pressuring U.S., Lockheed Over JSF Work
    By Andy Nativi GENOA, Italy — The Italian ministry of defense is increasing the pressure on both the U.S. government and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter prime contractor Lockheed Martin to win better terms for technology transfer and local industry involvement. Guido Crosetto, the undersecretary of defense charged with crafting the deal, says he is confident …
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  • American, JetBlue Poised For Tighter Links
    By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON American Airlines and JetBlue are considering forging even tighter links in the wake of a new interlining and slot-swap agreement the two carriers announced March 31. The interline deal covers certain New York Kennedy and Boston Logan domestic and international routes, allowing the airlines to sell tickets for connecting …
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  • Obama Cites Green Hornet Test in Announcement
    By Graham Warwick and Michael Bruno The U.S. Navy’s “Great Green Fleet” goal grabbed a bit more attention today when President Barack Obama used a so-called “Green Hornet” as a backdrop to his announcement over offshore drilling. Navy officials already had announced their intent to fly the Boeing F-18F supersonically, burning a 50:50 blend of conventional jet fuel and biofuel, on April 22 …
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  • Discovery To Help Prep ISS For Research
    By Frank Morring, Jr.Washington NASA’s workhorse space shuttle orbiter Discovery is set to deliver a load of science racks and other gear to the International Space Station (ISS) for long-term operations, as assembly gives way to research on the orbiting laboratory. Discovery will carry the Italian-built Leonardo pressurized logistics module …
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  • Forecasts Show MRO At A Crossroads
    By Lee Ann Tegtmeier The commercial aviation aftermarket is approaching a crossroads, a turning point. The market that rolled downhill through the recession has reached flat ground, so now it’s time to pass through the intersection and start preparing for a slow, steady climb up. It’s not going to be an easy climb, however, so start building your endurance …
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  • Pratt Considers More Chinese JVs
    By Lee Ann Tegtmeier leeann_tegtmeier@aviationweek.comEAST HARFORD, Conn. Pratt & Whitney President Dave Hess says the company is looking for other joint ventures in China, where the engine maker and service provider employs more than 900 people. He says Pratt & Whitney would consider both manufacturing and aftermarket options …
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  • Virgin Blue To Buy Up To 105 Boeing 737s
    Australian budget carrier Virgin Blue said on Thursday it has formally signed an agreement with Boeing to buy up to 105 new 737 aircraft …
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  • Pentagon Would Extend Tanker Deadline If EADS Bids
    The Pentagon will extend the deadline for bids on its refuelling aircraft contract by 60 days if EADS formally pledges to bid against Boeing …
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  • Taag To Renew Fleet After EU Eases Ban
    Angolan state-run airline Taag said on Thursday it was ready to renew its fleet after the European Union eased a safety ban on flying into the 27-nation bloc …
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  • Man Rams Car Into Parked Plane In Nigeria
    A man who claimed to have been sent by Jesus to punish sinners rammed his car into a parked Arik Air plane at an airport in southeastern Nigeria, an aviation spokesman said on Thursday …
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  • China Raises Jet Fuel Price To Airlines
    China National Aviation Fuel (CNAF) will raise its quarterly jet fuel prices to domestic airlines by 10 yuan per tonne from April 1, an industry official said on Wednesday …
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  • Four Guilty In Heathrow Heist Trial
    Four men were found guilty on Wednesday of carrying out a GBP£1.75 million pound armed robbery at London’s Heathrow Airport following Britain’s first ever criminal trial to be heard without a jury …
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  • Pratt & Whitney Head Sees Bottom For Biz Jet Sales
    United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney unit expects global industry sales of business jets to bottom out this year and begin to recover in 2011, said a senior executive of the engine maker …
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  • Air Canada, Asiana May Bolster Alliance
    Air Canada said on Wednesday it is exploring a closer alliance with South Korea’s Asiana Airlines to take advantage of growing business between the two countries …
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  • AMR, JetBlue Enter New York, Boston Partnership
    JetBlue Airways’ passengers will be able to connect with one ticket to American Airlines’ international flights from New York and Boston under a partnership the two carriers announced on Wednesday …
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  • TAM To Create Holding Company; Focus On Efficiency
    TAM, Brazil’s largest air carrier, plans to create a holding company that will separately manage its airline and mileage units in a bid to sharpen its focus and enhance cost efficiency, chief executive Libano Barroso said on Wednesday …
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  • Unpaid Spanish Flight Attendants Strip In Protest
    Flight attendants owed up to nine months’ wages by a grounded Spanish airline have posed nude for a calendar to draw attention to their plight, one of the cabin crew turned models said on Wednesday …
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  • Chairman Says SAS Could Be Sold In 1-4 Years
    Scandinavian airline SAS could be sold or merged with another airline within the next few years, Chairman Fritz Schur said in the Wednesday edition of Danish daily newspaper Politiken …
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  • Lufthansa Calls On Pilots Not To Strike
    Lufthansa has proposed holding mediated talks with its pilots in an attempt to avert a four-day strike that would take the cost of strikes this year to more than EUR€100 million euros (USD$134 million) …
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