Aviation News Releases Magazine – Thursday, September 16, 2010

Southwest Airlines won tentative approval from its flight attendants to add a larger Boeing 737-800 plane to its fleet, the airline said on Wednesday …

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NASA'S Lunar Spacecraft Completes Exploration Mission Phase
WASHINGTON — NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, willcomplete the exploration phase of its mission on Sept. 16, after anumber of successes that transformed our understanding of Earth’snearest neighbor.LRO completed a one-year exploration mission in a polar orbitapproximately 31 miles above the moon’s surface. It produced acomprehensive map of the lunar surface in unprecedented…
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Cathay Pacific Airways firms up order for 30 A350 XWBs
Cathay Pacific Airways has firmed up a previously announced commitment for 30 all-new ­A350 XWB long range aircraft. The purchase agreement was finalised in Hong Kong today by Tony Tyler, Chief Executive, Cathay Pacific Airways and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus. The aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Cathay Pacific will operate the A350…
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Boeing Wins DARPA Vulture II Program
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 16, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] on Sept. 14 signed an agreement with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and fly the SolarEagle unmanned aircraft for the Vulture II demonstration program. Under the terms of the $89 million contract, SolarEagle will make its first demonstration flight in 2014. “SolarEagle is a uniquely configured,…
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Boeing Projects Requirement for More Than One Million Pilots and Maintenance Personnel Over Next 20 Years
SINGAPORE, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ — The commercial aviation industry will require 466,650 pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel over the next 20 years to accommodate the strong demand for new and replacement aircraft, according to a crew assessment forecast from Boeing (NYSE: BA). Airlines will need an average of 23,300 new pilots and 30,000 new maintenance personnel per year from 2010 to…
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Boeing Response to Public Reports Regarding the WTO's Interim Decision in DS 353
CHICAGO, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today released the following statement, responding to public reports indicating that the WTO panel examining European Union allegations of U.S. government assistance to Boeing has issued a confidential interim ruling rejecting the vast majority of Europe’s claims: “If today’s reports are accurate that some $3 billion of the EU’s claims…
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Embraer 190 debuts in Argentina with Austral
Airline receives first two of 20 airplanes on orderSão José dos Campos, September 2010 – Embraer celebrated the delivery of the first two EMBRAER 190 jets to Austral Líneas Aéreas, on 09/15, during a ceremony held at the Company’s headquarters, in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The Argentine airline ordered 20 EMBRAER 190 E-Jets, in May 2009, configured with 96 seats in a dual-class layout: eight…
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Boeing Slips Phantom Ray, Phantom Eye Demos
By Amy Butler Boeing is pushing back first flights of its two premier unmanned aerial system (UAS) demonstrators, the Phantom Ray combat aircraft and the high-flying Phantom Eye hydrogen-powered system. Initial flights for both aircraft have slipped three months, says Darryl Davis, president of Boeing Phantom Works, which …
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WTO Issues Latest Report In U.S.-EU Spat
By Robert Wall The World Trade Organization has issued its first ruling on the European Union’s case against the U.S. over alleged subsidies provided to Boeing. The preliminary report, which is not being made public, provides the counterpoint after the WTO earlier this year issued a final verdict on the U.S. case accusing European states…
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Southwest Closer To 737-800 Decision
By Andrew Compart The union for Southwest Airlines flight attendants has reached a tentative agreement with the carrier on pay rules and working conditions related to the use of larger aircraft, clearing one obstacle to an airline decision on whether to obtain Boeing 737-800s—assuming union members approve the deal. The Transport Workers…
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Boeing 787 Suffers Engine Surge During Tests
By Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.comFort Worth, Texas Boeing and Rolls-Royce are investigating the causes of a Trent 1000 engine surge that has grounded flight tests of the first Boeing 787 at Roswell, N.M. Boeing also is assessing whether the latest engine incident may cause further slips in the hard-pressed 787 delivery schedule. The failure…
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Cyber-Attack Deploys In Israeli Forces
By David EshelTel Aviv Geopolitical concerns and two wars in recent years have put Israel at the forefront of cyberwar and cyber-defense. As the most computerized country in the Middle East, Israel stands to lose a great deal if its military and civilian networks prove vulnerable to cyber-attack. According to Maj. Gen. (ret.) Isaac…
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Production MP-RTIP Achieves First Flight
By Amy Butler The first production Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) radar has flown on the Proteus high-flying manned aircraft that is acting as a surrogate testbed in advance of the sensor’s integration onto the Global Hawk unmanned aerial system (UAS), according to George Guerra, who runs the program for Northrop Grumman…
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Japanese Company Working With USAF On AEHF
By Amy Butler, Frank Morring, Jr. Japan’s IHI Aerospace is cooperating with the U.S. Air Force as it investigates the failure of its first Advanced Extremely High-Frequency (AEHF) satellite to reach orbit after an Aug. 14 launch, according to U.S. government sources. IHI made the satellite’s model BT-4 liquid apogee engine (LAE) … …
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NRO To Declassify Some Program Data
By Amy Butler U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Director Bruce Carlson says he plans to declassify data on some agency programs to help celebrate its 50th anniversary next September. Carlson offered no specifics but says he has made the declassification a priority …
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SR Technics CEO On Growth
By Lee Ann TegtmeierLONDON What is SR Technics’ international growth strategy? Stewart: SR Technics has gone through a period of reorganization over the last 18 months, and that has really been about getting the right platform for growth. We should finalize the restructuring this year. Malta is part of that growth in terms of specializing…
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Engine Problem Halts Boeing 787 Test Plane
Boeing said that it had a serious problem with one of the Rolls-Royce engines on one of its 787 Dreamliner test aircraft, requiring it to be replaced …
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Cathay Pacific Orders 30 Airbus A350s
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways has agreed to buy 30 Airbus aircraft for about USD$7.82 billion, it said on Thursday, amid a revival in international traffic …Photo: CP, Airbus A340
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Atlasjet To Venture Into Russian Aviation
Atlasjet, an unlisted discount Turkish airline, said on Thursday it was investing USD$110 million to form a company in the Russian aviation sector …
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Aer Lingus Eyes Consolidation Via Stake Sale
Aer Lingus can survive as a standalone airline but it might prefer to sell a stake to a larger player to take part in the sector’s consolidation wave, its chief executive told the journal Aviation Week …
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Troubled Airline SAS Names New CEO
Scandinavian airline SAS named a new chief executive to return the struggling airline to profit and help find a strategic partner …
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EU Claims Victory In WTO Case Against Boeing
The European Union said on Wednesday it had won a victory against US government subsidies for Boeing that it hoped would set the stage for negotiated settlement that would allow European governments to continue to help Airbus develop new aircraft …
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AAR Q1 Net Profit Up 34 Percent
AAR, a provider of parts and maintenance services to the aviation industry, posted better-than-expected first-quarter results, partly helped by higher sales to government and customers at Aviation Worldwide Services, which it recently acquired …
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Workers Should Think Boardrooms Not Strikes
Increasing worker representation in the boardroom is a better way to influence company decisions than strikes, the head of the European Trade Union Confederation said on Wednesday …
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Business Airfares Rise, Helping Airlines
Airline balance sheets have improved this year in part because of a sharp increase in business class fares, IATA said on Wednesday …
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Southwest Flight Attendants Approve Larger Plane
Southwest Airlines won tentative approval from its flight attendants to add a larger Boeing 737-800 plane to its fleet, the airline said on Wednesday …Photo: Into The Blue
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NASA Hosting Live Bilingual Web Chat With Drone Pilot
WASHINGTON — NASA invites the public to join a bilingual online chaton Thursday, Sept. 23. The chat is NASA’s first hosted in Spanish andEnglish on the agency’s website.Participants in the live chat will be able to interact in English andSpanish with NASA pilot Herman Posada. He pilots the agency’s uniqueIkhana and Global Hawk unmanned aircraft into dangerous conditionssuch as wildfires and…
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NASA Assigns Crew for Final Launch on Need Shuttle Mission
WASHINGTON — NASA announced the four astronauts who will make up the crew of STS-335, the rescue mission that would fly only if needed tobring home the members of space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-134 mission,currently the final scheduled shuttle flight.Chris Ferguson, a retired U.S. Navy captain and veteran of twoprevious shuttle missions, would command the flight. Astronaut andU.S. Marine Col….
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NASA Extends International Space Station Contract
WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded a five-year, $1.24 billion contractextension to The Boeing Co. to continue engineering support of theInternational Space Station through Sept. 30, 2015.Work under the contract extension is intended to maintain the stationat peak performance levels so the full value of the unique researchlaboratory is available to NASA, its international partners, otherU.S….
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NASA Selects High School Students For INSPIRE Education Program
WASHINGTON — NASA has selected 1,895 high school students toparticipate in the agency’s Interdisciplinary National ScienceProject Incorporating Research and Education Experience, or INSPIRE.The INSPIRE project is designed to encourage students in grades ninethrough 12 to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering andmathematics.The selectees are from 47 states, the District of Columbia,…
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Airbus completes allocation of A350 XWB airframe work packages to China
CAC Commercial Aircraft Company (CCAC), one of the major aviation industry companies in China, today signed a contract with Airbus for the work package of A350 XWB spoilers and droop panels. With this new contract, Airbus has now completed the allocation of the five percent A350 XWB airframe to be manufactured in China. The contract was signed today in Beijing by Klaus Richter,…
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Boeing and Space Adventures to Offer Commercial Spaceflight Opportunities
HOUSTON, Sept. 15, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Space Adventures, Ltd. have established a memorandum of agreement regarding the marketing of anticipated transportation services to destinations in low Earth orbit (LEO) on Boeing commercial crew spacecraft. Under this agreement, Space Adventures will market passenger seats on commercial flights aboard the Boeing Crew Space…
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Boeing Releases Statement in Advance of WTO Interim Decision
CHICAGO, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing today released the following statement regarding the impending interim decision by a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel in DS 353, the formal complaint the European Union brought in 2006 against alleged U.S. government subsidies to Boeing: “We expect the WTO later today to issue a preliminary ruling on charges the EU has made against various U.S….
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NASA Awards Boeing $1.24B Extension to International Space Station Sustainment Contract
HOUSTON, Sept. 14, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that NASA has awarded the company an extension to the International Space Station (ISS) contract for sustaining engineering. The extension is valued at $1.24 billion over a five-year period. Under the extension, which begins Oct. 1, Boeing will provide sustaining engineering for hardware and software on the U.S. segment of the ISS…
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Embraer highlights commercial jets at ERA 2010, in Barcelona
Company will promote its full range of aircraft for up to 122 passengersSão José dos Campos, September 15, 2010 – Embraer will participate in the annual European Regions Airline Association (ERA) General Assembly (www.eraa.org). The event, to be held September 22-24, is one of the most important airline, airport and supplier gatherings in Europe, and includes a trade exhibition and a…
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Boeing & Christie Digital Upgrade Apache Longbow Crew Trainers (LCT)
CYPRESS, CA – (September 14, 2010) – Christie®, the leader in simulation projection display and visualization solutions, announced that The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has selected the award-winning Christie Matrix StIM™ simulation projection system for a multi-million dollar program to upgrade an initial 18 Apache Longbow Crew Trainer (LCT) simulators. To date, ten simulators have been …
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Delta Projects Higher Margins
By Andrew Compart Delta Air Lines expects to report a 12% to 13% operating margin for the third quarter, a bit better than the previous projection it made in July, and some analysts are taking the airline’s update as a positive sign for the U.S. airline industry as a whole. The airline provided the new projection in an investor update…
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DOD Officials Outline Acquisition Rules
By Michael Bruno U.S. defense program managers now have to set an “affordability target,” which can be changed only with approval of the chief Pentagon acquisition official, as well as pursue “real competition” for their programs as part of 23 acquisition directives outlined by top Defense Department officials Sept. 14. Defense Secretary…
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Qantas Opposes Virgin Blue-Etihad Deal
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.comSydney Qantas is urging Australian regulators not to give Virgin Blue interim approval to coordinate pricing with new partner Etihad Airways, stressing that the proposed deal has too many ramifications in important markets to be fast-tracked. Virgin Blue and Etihad announced a code share agreement…
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Further F-35 Stovl ''Rephasing'' Possible
By Amy ButlerWashington The likelihood that ongoing delays of short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (Stovl) F-35 testing will force slippage in the 2012 in-service date for the U.S. Marine Corps is growing as Lockheed Martin continues to struggle with some parts reliability issues affecting the Harrier replacement. By year-end, 251 Stovl…
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Key Senators Eye Cut to JSF Order In 2011
By Michael Bruno michael_bruno@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Key U.S. senators are moving to cut the Obama administration’s Fiscal 2011 request for Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) by 10 F-35s, as well as drop one Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) from the four sought in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. In its first official whack at Fiscal…
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Foreign BizJet Subsidies Questioned By Brownback
By Kerry Lynch Sen. Brownback (R-Kan.) is planning to ask the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to investigate whether foreign subsidies have hindered the U.S. business aircraft industry. The senator, whose home state hosts Cessna Aircraft, Hawker Beechcraft and Learjet, released a statement recently saying he intends to work with his…
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NASA Gains Ground On Forecasts
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Atmospheric scientists are evaluating their first data from NASA’s Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (Hirad), a prototype high-altitude sensor that could improve National Hurricane Center predictions of coastal surges and inland flooding from Atlantic and Gulf Coast tropical storms. Initial measurements of telltale…
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Japan Orbits GPS-Aiding Satellite
By Kazuki Shiibashi TOKYO — A new Japanese satellite launched Sept. 11 should eventually provide better navigation coverage over Japan. The Quasi-Zenith System is designed to fly much higher than GPS satellites at an altitude of roughly 40,000 km. (25,000 mi.), supplementing and correcting GPS signals from its higher vantage…
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Boeing Shanghai To Provide GoldCare MRO
By Frank Jackman frank_jackman@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Boeing’s Shanghai-based maintenance, repair and overhaul joint venture has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Boeing Commercial Airplanes to become a supplier of Fleet Management and GoldCare MRO services. The agreement, which still needs to be finalized, covers line and base…
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Thai Air Falls On Discount Share Issue
Thai Airways’ shares slumped after it priced new stock worth THB15 billion baht (USD$488 million) at a 14.5 percent discount to the market, cheaper than analysts had expected …
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WTO Boeing Interim Ruling Due Wednesday
Europe could win a partial comeback victory in a row with the United States over aircraft subsidies in a new trade verdict this week, but the move looks unlikely to stop US pressure over aid for Airbus …
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Crashed UPS Plane Data Recorders Sent To US
The data and voice recorders from a Boeing 747-400 plane operated by US parcel delivery firm UPS that crashed in Dubai this month have been sent to the United States for analysis, the UAE state news agency said on Tuesday …Photo: UPS, MD-11, Pawel Kierzkowski
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EADS Open To Adjusting US Tanker Bid
Europe’s EADS on Tuesday said its A330-based aerial refueling plane hit another key milestone after refueling another A330 tanker, and could adjust its bid for a US military contract if the Air Force asked for proposal revisions …Photo: Outisnn
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JAL Sued For Retirement Benefits
Two retirees from Japan Airlines are suing their former employer, seeking immediate and full payment of their retirement benefits, The Nikkei newspaper reported …
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Delta Expects Higher Q3 Revenue
Delta Air Line said on Tuesday that it expected higher unit revenue for the third quarter as travel demand continues to show signs of rebounding …

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