Aviation News Releases – Monday, April 19, 2010



  • Europe’s Air Travel Crisis Enters Fourth Day
    Air travel across much of Europe was paralyzed for a fourth day on Sunday because of a huge cloud of volcanic ash, but Dutch and German test flights carried out without apparent damage seemed to offer hope …
    Apr-18 – 2010 | More ->
  • Space Shuttle Crew Set to Return to Earth Monday
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-membercrew are expected to return to Earth on Monday, April 19, after a14-day mission. NASA managers will evaluate weather conditions at theKennedy Space Center in Florida before permitting Discovery to land.Monday landing opportunities at Kennedy are at 8:51 a.m. and 10:26a.m. EDT. If Discovery is unable to land Monday, additionalopportunities are available at Kennedy on Tuesday at approximately7:33 a.m. and 9:08 a.m., and at backup…
    Apr-18 – 2010 | More ->
  • Southwest Plans To End WestJet Pact
    Southwest Airlines said on Friday it has told WestJet Airlines that it will end a partnership agreement that would have given the low-cost US carrier a foothold in the Canadian market (photo: Into The Blue) …
    Apr-17 – 2010 | More ->
  • Canada’s Porter Airlines Files For IPO
    Porter Airlines, an upstart challenger to Canada’s big listed carriers, said on Friday it planned an initial public stock offering to raise cash for new aircraft for its expanding route network …
    Apr-17 – 2010 | More ->
  • US Airlines Set To Post Losses
    US airlines, which are set to report quarterly losses starting next week, also are poised for a stronger 2010, helped by an economic rebound that bolsters traffic, fares and the chances for an industry-wide merger frenzy …
    Apr-17 – 2010 | More ->
  • Airports And Airspace Closed By Ash Cloud
    Large parts of Europe enforced no-fly rulings for a third day on Saturday because of a huge ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano that has caused the worst air travel chaos since the Sept. 11 attacks. Here is a list of countries affected as of 1235 GMT on Saturday: …
    Apr-17 – 2010 | More ->
  • Iceland Ash Cloud Chokes Asian Airports, Hotels
    The air travel chaos caused by a huge ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano has blown through to Asia, with hotels from Beijing to Singapore straining to accommodate thousands of stranded passengers …
    Apr-17 – 2010 | More ->
  • Ash Cloud Over Europe Deepens Travel Chaos
    Europe’s air travel chaos deepened on Saturday as a huge cloud of volcanic ash spread further across the continent, halting nearly three in four flights and stranding thousands of passengers worldwide …
    Apr-17 – 2010 | More ->
  • Economic Impact Of Volcanic Ash Cloud – Factbox
    The volcanic ash cloud making much of northern Europe a no-fly zone has caused chaos on a scale not seen since 9/11. Here is an outline of the impact of the eruption …
    Apr-17 – 2010 | More ->
  • Flights Grounded Across Much Of Europe
    A huge ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano spread out across Europe on Friday causing air travel chaos on a scale not seen since the September 11 attacks …
    Apr-17 – 2010 | More ->
  • Pelton Urges GA Action On Environment
    By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com General aviation needs to focus even more on environmental issues, says Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack Pelton in a speech April 15 to accept this year’s Lindbergh Foundation. In his remarks at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., Pelton was proud to acknowledge the names of Cessna operators and many who have used general aviation aircraft in their environmental efforts. “Terry and Mary Kohler…
    Apr-17 – 2010 | More ->
  • U.S. Looks Abroad For Space SAR Needs
    By Amy ButlerWashington The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has emerged as the government-wide manager of a new service, providing commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images from spacecraft. But despite all of the resources and ingenuity the U.S. government and industry have put into space, not a single American company is alone capable of providing this service …
    Apr-16 – 2010 | More ->
  • Italy, Netherlands See JSF Plans In Flux
    By Andy Nativi and Robert Wall Italian workshare demands are adding to the Pentagon’s list of headaches regarding the F-35 Joint Strike ­Fighter, just as the U.S. is trying to come to terms with a major program restructuring aimed at dealing with development delays and cost overruns. In an effort to extract more work from prime contractor Lockheed Martin or other F-35 partners, the Italian government is—at least briefly—blocking plans to set…
    Apr-16 – 2010 | More ->
  • Southwest Ends WestJet Code Share Plan
    By Darren Shannon darren_shannon@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Southwest Airlines, as expected, has terminated its planned code share with WestJet, citing problems with contract revisions proposed by the Canadian carrier. Southwest’s decision ends a ground-breaking arrangement that could have linked the Canadian and American low-fare carriers with Mexican peer Volaris. At one point Southwest even privately discussed the possibility of an antitrust…
    Apr-16 – 2010 | More ->
  • Boeing Launches 787 Maintenance Services
    By Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.com After a two-year wait from the first official expression of interest, Boeing has launched its GoldCare lifecycle management services system for 787s. The order covering 13 787-8s by leisure travel specialist TUI Travel is an outgrowth of talks initiated by First Choice, now part of TUI. The aircraft will each be covered for 12 years from time of their individual deliveries. TUI will deploy its 787s …
    Apr-16 – 2010 | More ->
  • Boeing Statement on President’s Remarks and the Need for Immediate Development of a Heavy-lift Vehicle
    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., April 16, 2010 — Speaking at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on April 15, U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled proposed changes to the administration’s fiscal year 2011 budget submission for space exploration, including a crew rescue vehicle and a decision on a heavy-lift rocket in 2015. The Boeing Company responded today with the following statement: “The president’s enthusiasm for space exploration was encouraging. We are pleased that the president remains…
    Apr-16 – 2010 | More ->
  • Company To Focus On Small Space Payloads
    By Guy Norris COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Andrews Space has formed a service company focused on providing routine, low-cost space access for small payloads. SpaceFlight Services is kicking off its business venture by signing an agreement with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to manifest payloads using excess capability on upcoming Falcon 9/Dragon missions. SpaceFlight says that under this deal customers will have access to multiple …
    Apr-16 – 2010 | More ->
  • NASA Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Earth Day Nationwide
    WASHINGTON — NASA centers across the nation invite journalists andthe public to see and hear about the agency’s contributions toexploring and protecting our home planet during this year’s Earth Daycelebrations. A highlight of this year’s activities is a weeklongseries of exhibits and talks on the National Mall in Washington.Begun in 1970, Earth Day is the annual celebration of the environmentand a time to assess work still needed to protect the naturalresources of our planet. NASA maintains…
    Apr-16 – 2010 | More ->
  • Aigle Azur takes delivery of its first brand new Airbus A319
    Growing an all Airbus eco-efficient fleetThe French private airline Aigle Azur has received its first directly purchased brand new Airbus A319 at a delivery ceremony in Hamburg yesterday.This new aircraft will join Aigle Azur’s fleet of ten A320 Family aircraft, comprising three A319s, three A320s and four A321s.The new A319 will be powered by CFM-56 engines from CFM International and will benefit from the latest aircraft design and technological improvements contributing to a better…
    Apr-16 – 2010 | More ->
  • Boeing Long Beach Building Receives ENERGY STAR® Certification
    EPA award celebrates energy, efficiency, environmental protection LONG BEACH, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and the City of Long Beach joined today to celebrate the prestigious ENERGY STAR® certification of the aerospace company’s Building 800 in Long Beach by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). City and company officials unveiled a commemorative plaque at Building 800 in Boeing’s Douglas Center to acknowledge reductions in annual energy…
    Apr-16 – 2010 | More ->
  • Bombardier Q400 NextGen Turboprop Airliner on Demonstration Tour of The Bahamas
    Advanced, fuel-efficient airliner ideally suited to the region Bombardier Commercial Aircraft will today showcase its Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner in Nassau and Freeport, The Bahamas. The fuel-efficient, lower-emission aircraft, which was manufactured in Toronto, Ontario and configured with 76 seats, will be flown on demonstration tours for representatives of the government of The Bahamas, Bahamasair (the national airline), the media and other stakeholders. …
    Apr-16 – 2010 | More ->
  • China Eastern To Join SkyTeam
    By Bradley Perrett perrett@aviationweek.comBEIJING China Eastern has signed a preliminary agreement to enter the SkyTeam airline alliance by the middle of 2011, giving the alliance two of the three main carriers in China, including China Southern. By joining, China Eastern could be set up for closer cooperation with China Southern, making it easier for the two to potentially merge in the future. The agreement was signed and announced April 16 …
    Apr-16 – 2010 | More ->
  • Gaps In Cyber-Policy Confound Congress
    By David A. Fulghum The ability to operate in cyberspace — in particular to attack networks — has “outpaced the development of policy, law and precedent to guide and control those operations,” says Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “This policy gap is especially concerning because cyber-weapons and attacks [could] be devastating, approaching weapons of mass destruction in their effects.” …
    Apr-16 – 2010 | More ->
  • Obama Lays Out Space Exploration Plans At KSC
    By Irene KlotzKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. President Barack Obama this afternoon sketched out plans for an invigorated space exploration program that will put astronauts on an asteroid in the 2020s and in orbit around Mars a decade later. Speaking before an invitation-only audience at Kennedy Space Center’s Operations and Checkout Building, Obama made no mention of extending the space shuttle, or restarting manufacturing lines to provide components for a…
    Apr-16 – 2010 | More ->
  • ISS Gets Commercial Water Utility Service
    By Irene KlotzCape Canaveral, Fla. A commercially provided water generation system is now aboard the International Space Station as part of the STS-131 payload, a key milestone in a unique contracting arrangement between NASA and Hamilton Sundstrand Space, Land & Sea. The United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, best known as the manufacturer of NASA’s Extravehicular Mobility Activity suits, built the Sabatier Reactor System to provide the space …
    Apr-16 – 2010 | More ->


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