Aviation News Releases – Tuesday, April 20, 2010



  • Airbus flight test aircraft to support evaluation of ash impact
    Industry joins forces to find a safe way to resume flights Airbus has taken advantage of scheduled development test flights to assess the impact on the aircraft and its flight systems within the volcanic ash on aircraft over Europe. Airbus A380 MSN 4, powered with four EA engines, and A340-600 MSN 360, fitted with Rolls Royce engines, took off at 14.25 and 14.50 (French time) respectively from Toulouse airport. During the flights, Airbus’ experimental flight test crew will observe…
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  • Boeing 747-8 Freighter Begins Flight-Test Operations in Southern California
    PALMDALE, Calif., April 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The second Boeing (NYSE: BA) 747-8 Freighter, RC521, landed in Palmdale, Calif., today, marking the beginning of a planned transition of 747-8 Freighter testing to Southern California. The more than four-hour flight from Boeing Field in Seattle included testing on avionics and cruise performance. “Taking the airplane to Palmdale is a big step,” said Mo Yahyavi, vice president and general manager of the 747 program. “The…
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  • Boeing Delivers Garuda Indonesia’s 75th Airplane
    SEATTLE, April 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) yesterday delivered to Garuda Indonesia its 75th airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800 with Blended Winglets. Garuda Indonesia, the state-owned flag carrier, operates a fleet composed primarily of Boeing 747s and 737s. The airline plans to add 23 737-800s in 2010 from both Boeing and leasing companies, and will be operating 42 737-800s by year-end. “The airline has an aggressive fleet-expansion plan that is part of its ‘quantum…
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  • Boeing Receives Joint Tactical Radio System Service Support Contract
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., April 19, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has received a two-year, $21.4 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Enterprise Network Manager Software in Service Support (JENM SwISS) program. JENM SwISS is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a total program value of up to $54.8 million if all options are exercised. Under the terms of the contract, Boeing Phantom Works will…
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  • Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Benefit Pennsylvania
    ST. LOUIS, April 19, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that the state of Pennsylvania will benefit from an estimated 410 total jobs with eight suppliers and generate an estimated $25 million annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force’s next tanker aircraft. Currently, Boeing has 5,900 employees in Pennsylvania and works with 816 suppliers/vendors, delivering a total $537 million in annual economic impact. The NewGen Tanker is…
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  • Boeing Macon Plant Named Georgia Mid-sized Manufacturer of the Year
    MACON, Ga., April 19, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that its Macon plant has been recognized as Georgia Manufacturer of the Year for mid-sized companies by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Boeing is the only company in the state to have earned the distinction twice since the award’s inception, having received it for the first time in 1995. Gov. Sonny Perdue recognized Boeing and the small- and large-company honorees…
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  • Inauguration of Mumbai RSO Reinforces Bombardier’s Robust International Expansion
    Bombardier Aerospace today marked an important milestone in the ongoing expansion of its international service and support network with the official inauguration of its regional support office (RSO) in Mumbai, India. The RSO, the first to serve both Bombardier Business Aircraft and Commercial Aircraft operators, underscores the company’s drive to provide its growing international customer base with access to regionalized support services in their own time zones and languages. Rick…
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  • Bombardier Introduces Workshops to an Expanded Safety Standdown Program in Geneva
    Bombardier Aerospace, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), today announced that the fourth annual European Safety Standdown will be held on May 2 and 3, 2010, on the eve of the 10th annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), at the Crowne Plaza Geneva Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland. This edition of the European seminar sees the introduction of practical workshops, a staple of the North American …
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  • Discovery Touches Down In Florida
    By Mark CarreauHOUSTON Space shuttle Discovery landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida early April 20, ending a successful 15-day resupply mission to the International Space Station. The winged ship rolled onto the runway at 9:08 a.m. EDT. Fog and rain showers in Central Florida forced Mission Control to wave the shuttle fliers off an …
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  • Airbus Delays A350 Final Assembly Start
    By Robert Wall Longer-than-anticipated design activities for the A350XWB twin widebody are forcing Airbus to delay the aircraft’s final assembly start and first flight by several months. Nevertheless, the aircraft maker still plans to deliver the first A350-900 as scheduled in mid-2013. “Three months of buffer have been used,” says A350 program chief Didier Evrard …
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  • Volcano-Struck Airlines Call For Aid
    By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON Airlines hit by the halt in much of Europe’s air traffic following the eruption of a volcano in Iceland are asking for help from governments. The call comes as European officials signal closed airspace would begin reopening Tuesday, April 20. Struggling SAS notes that through April 18 its earnings have been hit by 220-280 million Swedish kronor, and British Airways says it is losing £15-20 million per day,…
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  • U.S. Airlines Losses Mount Due To Ash
    By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON While the European carriers are undoubtedly suffering the most, the U.S. carriers with large transatlantic networks also are hurting due to the ash clouds that have closed much of Europe’s airspace. Airline analyst Robert Herbst, of AirlineFinancials.com, calculates that the five U.S. passenger carriers with European operations collectively are losing $35.8 million per day since April 16….
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  • Lockheed, Sikorsky Team For Presidential Helo
    By Bettina H. Chavanne chavanne@aviationweek.com Sikorsky Aircraft and Lockheed Martin this morning said they are teaming to compete for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ renewed VXX Presidential Helicopter program – a reversal of their heated competition six years that ended in a canceled program and showcase example of acquisition problems. The companies said that Sikorsky would be the prime contractor and that they would bid a Sikorsky …
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  • FAA May Tighten Future VLJ Requirements
    By Fred George fgeorge@san.rr.com The FAR Part 21.35 function and reliability flight testing would include turbine-powered airplanes with maximum takeoff weights of 6,000 lb. or less under a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) released by FAA on April 16. Currently, FAR Part 23 function and reliability testing only applies to new aircraft with higher gross takeoff weights. The NPRM might be called the Eclipse 500 rule because one of FAA’s prime …
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  • Stratcom Rings Missile-Warning-Gap Alarm
    By Amy ButlerColorado Springs Concerns are once again surfacing at U.S. Strategic Command about a potential gap in the critical mission area of space-based missile warning. Last December, U.S. Air Force Gen. Kevin ­Chilton, Stratcom commander, issued an urgent-need request to the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) office for alternatives to augment the mission, according to Lt. Cmdr. Steve Curry, a Stratcom official …
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  • Space Shuttle Discovery Crew Returns to Earth after Fortifying International Space Station Science
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space shuttle Discovery and seven astronautsended a 14-day journey of more than 6.2 million miles with a 9:08a.m. EDT landing Tuesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.The STS-131 mission to the International Space Station deliveredscience racks, new crew sleeping quarters, equipment and supplies.During three spacewalks, the crew installed a new ammonia storagetank for the station’s cooling system, replaced a gyroscope for thestation’s navigation system and…
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  • NASA’s Space Shuttle Crew in Washington, Available for Interviews
    WASHINGTON — NASA Headquarters in Washington will welcome spaceshuttle Endeavour’s STS-130 astronauts for a visit from Tuesday,April 20, through Friday, April 23. The crew wrapped up a 14-dayjourney in space of almost 5.7 million miles on Feb. 21.Commander George Zamka, Pilot Terry Virts and Mission SpecialistsKathryn Hire, Stephen Robinson, Nicholas Patrick and Robert Behnkenwill share mission highlights with NASA employees, school children,college students and the general public while in the…
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  • Asia Gets Small Respite From Volcano Chaos
    A handful of flights left Asian air hubs on Tuesday for Europe, offering a glimmer of hope to thousands of people stranded after ash from an Icelandic volcano shut down swathes of European airspace …
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  • Delta Posts Smaller Loss, Sees Profitable Q2
    Delta Air Lines posted a smaller quarterly loss on Tuesday as business traffic began to recover and said it expects a profit in the current period …
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  • Cebu Air To Buy 7 More Airbus A320s
    The Philippines’ biggest budget carrier Cebu Air said on Tuesday it would buy an additional seven Airbus A320s, bringing to 22 its pending orders from European manufacturer Airbus …
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  • Airlines, Scientists Disagree Over Ash Impact
    Experts disagree over how to measure the dispersal of volcanic ash and who should decide when it is safe to fly, as millions of passengers remain grounded and revenue losses top USD$1 billion due to the Icelandic ash crisis …
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  • Qatar Suspends New Visa Plan
    Qatar, which sees itself as a diplomatic and cultural hub in the Gulf Arab region, has suspended plans to make visitors from many countries obtain visas before they travel, Qatari media and an airline industry source said …
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  • Some Flights Resume, Ash Cloud Still Disrupts
    Flights from large parts of Europe were set to resume on Tuesday under a deal to free up airspace closed by a huge ash cloud, but further eruptions from an Icelandic volcano threatened to unravel the plans …
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  • European Flights Resume, New Cloud On Horizon
    The European Union reached a deal on Monday to gradually lift flight restrictions imposed because of an ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano, under pressure from frustrated airlines losing USD$250 million a day …
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  • How Could The Volcano Cloud Crisis Play Out?
    The economic impact of the volcanic ash cloud currently rendering much of Europe a no-fly zone depends almost entirely on how long it lasts. Below are several scenarios for how the air transport crisis could pan out, together with the likely economic effects …
    Apr-20 – 2010 | More ->


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