Aviation News Releases Magazine – Monday, September 20, 2010

Shareholders of United Airlines parent UAL and Continental Airlines approved the merger of the two companies on Friday to form the world’s largest air carrier …




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Airbus employees celebrate 40 Years of Innovation with their families
In a tremendous event encompassing five sites in Toulouse, Airbus celebrates today (19) ‘40 Years of Innovation’ in Toulouse together with some 145,000 employees, families and friends. Airbus top management and Airbus pioneers deliver moving testimonies that marked some of the major steps through the manufacturer’s 40 year history. “Our comprehensive family of aircraft has …
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GAO Throws Out Some KC-X Protest Claims
By Amy Butler The U.S. Government Accountability Office has thrown out some of the complaints made by would-be KC-X bidder U.S. Aerospace, though others are still being investigated. In a Sept. 16 decision, the government auditors found that “to the extent [the company’s] initial and supplemental protests allege bad faith or…
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Australian Carriers Urge More Govt. Investment
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.comCoolum, Australia The message from the regional aviation industry to Australia’s new leadership is that more infrastructure spending is desperately needed, and that proposed policies would create further financial headaches for carriers. Government leaders are not paying enough attention to the…
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Eastern Airlines Plans Take Over Of Air Southwest
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON The UK regional airline sector is set for further consolidation with Humberside-based Eastern Airways planning a take-over of Air Southwest. Eastern, which is the UK’s second largest regional airline, says the acquisition of its fellow UK operator from parent Sutton Harbour Group is still…
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IATA Unveils New Flexible Route Initiative
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com A new program launched by the International Air Transport Association aims to bring the efficiency advantages of new technology and procedures to long-haul routes around the globe. IATA believes the iFlex program will cut fuel consumption – and carbon emissions – by up to 2% on certain long-haul…
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New GE Engine Has Potential For Commercial Use
By Michael Mecham GE Aviation expects to begin ground tests in October in Peebles, Ohio, on a unique GEF414 F/A-18 fighter jet engine featuring a ceramic matrix composite low-pressure turbine blade that offers weight-savings and fuel-efficiency potential for military and commercial engines. Ceramic matrix composite (CMC) technology has…
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Thai Air Sells Out USD$488 Mln Share Issue
Thai Airways said on Monday its offer of 483.87 million shares to existing shareholders and the public to raise THB15 billion baht (USD$488 million) had sold out …
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Man Convicted Of Lying In Air India Bomb Case
A Canadian man who admitted helping make the bomb that destroyed Air India Flight 182 was found guilty of perjury on Saturday during the trial of two other men accused of history’s deadliest airline bombing …
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Dutch Arrest Terrorism Suspect At Schiphol
Dutch military police arrested a British man of Somali descent at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Sunday on suspicion of links to terrorism, the Dutch public prosecutor said …
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EADS Relaunches Brand To Boost Integration
European aerospace group EADS unveiled a new brand image on Friday, removing from its public profile the last traces of its main French and German founders as the Airbus parent seeks to bury past disunity …
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Aviation Chiefs Seek Global Emission Scheme
The aviation sector called on governments on Friday to agree on a global set of rules on tackling the industry’s carbon emissions to avoid chaos from a range of competing systems …
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Spirit Airlines Files For USD$300 Mln IPO
Spirit Airlines filed with the US securities regulators to raise up to USD$300 million in an initial public offering …
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UAL, Continental Shareholders Approve Merger
Shareholders of United Airlines parent UAL and Continental Airlines approved the merger of the two companies on Friday to form the world’s largest air carrier …
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Defense Review Worries U.K. Industry
By Robert WallLondon There is growing concern in the U.K. defense and aerospace sector that decisions made in London’s far-reaching Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) will jeopardize capabilities before an industrial base assessment can be completed. As policy-makers within the National Security Council sit down to make…
Sep-20-2010 | More »
DigitalGlobe To Change WorldView-2 Orbit
By Michael A. Taverna PARIS — Barely days after ordering a new spacecraft for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) EnhancedView initiative, DigitalGlobe says it will lower the altitude of its WorldView-2 spacecraft, launched in 2009, to enhance spacecraft performance. The move, set for September 2011, will drop…
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Shareholders Approve Continental-United Merger
By Darren Shannon darren_shannon@aviationweek.comWashington Shareholders at both Continental Airlines and merger partner United Airlines have approved the carriers’ integration, decisions that all but guarantee the deal’s completion on Oct. 1. “We are grateful for our stockholders’ strong vote of confidence in this merger,” says Continental’s…
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Libyan Airlines Begins Fleet Update
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON Libyan Airlines has begun an upgrade of its short-haul fleet with the delivery of the first of seven new Airbus A320s it has on order. The CFM56-5B4-powered twinjets will be operated on the airline’s domestic and regional network from its hub in Tripoli, Libya. The aircraft are equipped…
Sep-20-2010 | More »
Darpa Vulture Goes To Boeing
By Amy Butler The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has chosen Boeing’s concept for the second phase of the Vulture long-endurance unmanned aerial system (UAS) program over an offer from Lockheed Martin. The $89 million contract calls for Boeing, which is teamed with Qinetiq, to develop a heavier-than-air platform…
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Boeing, Marketing Firm To Sell Seats On Space
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL — The Boeing Co. has stepped up its public profile on commercial spaceflight, announcing a marketing agreement with Space Adventures Ltd. to sell seats on the company’s seven-person CST-100 capsule, which is being developed with support from NASA. Boeing plans to provide rides to and from the International…
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Airglades Airport Wants To Privatize
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com FAA has received a preliminary application from Clearwater, Fla.’s Hendry County Airglades Airport to participate in the airport privatization pilot program. FAA now has 30 days to review the preliminary application. The general aviation reliever airport is located 80 miles from Miami International…
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Libyan Airlines receives its first new Airbus A320
Libyan Airlines, part of the Libyan Aviation Holding Company, has taken delivery of its first new Airbus A320 aircraft from the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France. The new aircraft, the first of seven on order, will be equipped with On Air in-flight connectivity services allowing passengers to stay in touch with colleagues, family and friends while they travel. Powered by CFM…
Sep-17-2010 | More »
Lineage 1000 jet demonstrates long-range flight capabilities
The distance from Mumbai to London is the farthest any Embraer aircraft has flown, to dateSão José dos Campos, September 17, 2010 – Embraer’s ultra-large Lineage 1000 executive jet demonstrator aircraft recently made history by completing the longest distance ever flown by an Embraer airplane. In its first nonstop flight from Mumbai, in India, to London’s Luton Airport (LTN), in England, the…
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Embraer delivers Lineage 1000 jet to Al Habtoor Group
The aircraft is already being operated by Royal Jet, based in Abu DhabiSão José dos Campos, September 17, 2010 – Embraer delivered a Lineage 1000 executive jet, earlier this month, to the Al Habtoor Group (www.habtoor.com), from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The aircraft is managed and operated by Royal Jet (www.royaljetgroup.com), based in Abu Dhabi, also from the UAE. The deal was…
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NASA Hosts Symposium About Latin American Space Partnerships
WASHINGTON — NASA hosted government representatives from severalLatin American countries in Washington on Thursday to shareinformation about the agency’s work in that region and discusspotential future partnerships.The event highlighted potential opportunities for cooperation withNASA in Earth science, space and International Space Stationresearch, applications and education initiatives.The…
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NASA Awards Launch Services Contracts
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has announced the awards for the NASALaunch Services (NLS) II Contract. The award will provide a broadrange of launch services for NASA’s planetary, Earth-observing,exploration and scientific satellites.NASA has the ability to order a maximum of 70 launch services missionswith a maximum cumulative potential contract value of $15 billion.The NLS II contracts are…
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Boeing to Increase 737 Production Rate
SEATTLE, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today its production rate for the Next-Generation 737 program will increase to 38 airplanes per month in the second quarter of 2013. This decision comes just months after announcing a rate increase on the company’s best-selling commercial jetliner from 31.5 to 35 airplanes per month in early 2012. “Increasing production is in…
Sep-17-2010 | More »
Learjet 45 XR Jet Sets the Pace for Reno Air Racers
Bombardier Aerospace today announced that its Learjet 45 XR demonstrator aircraft is the official pace plane for the 47th annual National Championship Air Races, which are taking place from September 15 to 19 in Reno, Nevada. “This is a Learjet pilot’s dream come true,” said Rick Rowe, Chief Pilot, Learjet Flight Operations, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Learjet name is synonymous with…
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Embraer names Vnukovo-3 Group as its executive jets sales representative in Russia
Group will sell the entire line of Embraer Executive Jets productsSão José dos Campos, September 2010 – Embraer named the Vnukovo-3 Group as its authorized sales representative (ASR) in Russia, on 09/16. The deal with the Russian company was announced during the opening Jet Family Party of the fifth Russian International Business Aviation Exhibition, JetExpo 2010 (www.JetExpo.ru), in Moscow,…
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Embraer showcases the Phenom jets family in South Africa
The two models will debut at AAD, along with the Legacy 600 executive jetSão José dos Campos, September 2010 – Embraer will showcase, for the first time in South Africa, the entry level Phenom 100 and light Phenom 300 executive jets, along with the super midsize Legacy 600, in the static display of Africa’s largest aerospace exhibition. Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD 2010 –…
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ABL Shifts Back To Solid-Fuel Targets
By Amy Butler The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is planning a shootdown attempt by the 747-400F-based Airborne Laser against a solid-fuel target by the end of this month, according to MDA spokesman Rick Lehner. Officials close to the program say that flight testing will shift back to solid-fueled targets for the time being. The…
Sep-17-2010 | More »
AIA Calls For Renewed Focus In NextGen
By Darren Shannon The U.S. aerospace industry’s chief lobby group is calling for greater government funding and increased industry involvement in the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transport System, or NextGen in a white paper released Sept. 16. Aerospace Industries Association’s action plan comes amid a small, albeit solid, recovery in U.S….
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Boeing Plans Further 737 Production Boost
By Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.comSan Francisco In a further sign of Boeing’s confidence in the strength of the commercial aircraft market recovery, the company has decided to boost output for its best-selling 737 Next Generation family to 38 aircraft per month. The move, announced Sept. 16, represents the third time Boeing has increased…
Sep-17-2010 | More »
Training Problems Focus Of A320 Crash Report
By Max Kingsley-Jones In its final report into the 2008 fatal Airbus A320 crash during a post-maintenance test flight, France’s Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) investigation agency recommends that regulations governing non-revenue flights be tightened and stall training and warning systems be improved. The accident, which occurred…
Sep-17-2010 | More »
Human Skulls Found In Luggage Of US Tourists
Greek police charged two US tourists with desecrating the dead on Thursday after they found six human skulls in their hand luggage at Athens airport, a police official said …
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Cebu Air IPO To Be Priced On Oct 8
Philippine budget airline Cebu Air will price its initial public offering on October 8 and plans to list its shares on October 25, the company said in a filing to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday …
Sep-17-2010 | More »
Venezuela's Conviasa Stops For Safety Checks
Venezuelan state airline Conviasa suspended flights on Friday for a two-week revision of safety standards after a crash and two emergency landings …Photo: Hernan Florida
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Manchester Airport Reopens After Scare
Flights at the UK’s Manchester Airport returned to normal on Friday after police gave the all clear following a bomb scare which had closed one of its terminals for the morning …
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NASA Names Crew For Shuttle Encore
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — NASA space operations chief Bill Gerstenmaier says that by January NASA will have made a final decision on whether shuttle Atlantis will fly an extra mission in June 2011. Late Sept. 14, the agency announced that veteran commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Doug Hurley and mission specialists Sandra Magnus…
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Airbus Finalizes Cathay A350 Deal
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON Airbus and Cathay Pacific have finalized terms for the purchase of A350XWB twin-widebodies, securing the biggest order for the aircraft type this year. The Cathay deal doubles A350 order intake in 2010, with United Airlines having already signed for 25 units and TAM for five. Dubai Aerospace cancelled…
Sep-17-2010 | More »
BAE Systems Plans Prime Bid For USAF T-X
By Amy Butler, Robert WallWashington, London The prospect of a massive U.S. order for new trainers has convinced BAE Systems to gamble and pursue a prime contractor role to secure the deal. The BAE Systems’ strategy will see the company assemble a U.S. team to help it sell the single-engine Hawk trainer in the competition to replace the…
Sep-17-2010 | More »
Indian LCA Undergoing Sea Trials
By Anantha Krishnan M. BENGALURU, India — India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft is currently undergoing sea trials at NAS Hansa, at Dabolim in Goa. This is part of Tejas’s out-of-station flight-test plan, with pilots from the Bengaluru-based National Flight Test Center performing high angle-of-attack (AOA) maneuvers …
Sep-17-2010 | More »
Machinists Nix Cessna Contract Offer
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com The Machinists committee negotiating with Cessna on a new contract today unanimously voted to recommend that its members reject the contract and vote to strike, saying its talks were not successful. The committee says Cessna’s seven-year contract offer did not provide job security for membership and…
Sep-17-2010 | More »
Astronauts Prefer To Drive Their Own Ferries
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — For a commercial space transportation system to ferry crew to and from the International Space Station, NASA’s astronaut corps prefers a rental-car model rather than a taxi model, says Chief Astronaut Peggy Whitson. The preference would place the operation of a spacecraft developed under a White House-initiated…
Sep-17-2010 | More »
Ramco Makes Major Inroads In India
By Neelam Mathews GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. will very soon award its entire information technology contract to Ramco Systems, The DAILY has learned. The project will be operational in April 2011. Ramco was not available for comment. The contract will be one of the first work orders for …
Sep-17-2010 | More »
Tor Air Selects Sabena Technics
By Lee Ann Tegtmeier leeann_tegtmeier@aviationweek.com Sabena technics’ in early October will perform a C6 base maintenance check for Tor Air, a Swedish charter, wet-lease operator. The two-year-old charter company hired Sabena technics’s Brussels operations to complete the maintenance check on its Boeing 737-400, as well as overhaul its landing gear….
Sep-17-2010 | More »
US Aerospace Firms Float 'Cash For Carbon' Plan
Airlines that reduce carbon emissions would receive billions of dollars in government financing to help pay for aircraft upgrades tied to US air traffic upgrades under a proposal advanced by aerospace manufacturers …
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Boeing Lifts 737 Production Rate
Boeing said on Thursday it will boost production of its best-selling 737 aircraft to 38 a month in the second quarter of 2013, the third rate increase for the popular airliner announced this year …
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Boeing Takes 20 Orders In Latest Week
Boeing took orders for 15 737s and five 777s from unidentified customers in the week that ended September 14, the company said on Thursday …
Sep-17-2010 | More »
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…
Sep-16-2010 | More »
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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