Aviation News Releases Magazine – Thursday, September 23, 2010

WASHINGTON — The International Space Station partner agencies met
Tuesday, Sept. 21, by videoconference to discuss continuation of
space station operations into the next decade and its use as a
research laboratory.

The Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) meeting included senior
representatives from NASA, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the
European Space Agency (ESA), the Russian Federal Space Agency
(Roscosmos), and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports,
Science and Technology (MEXT). The MCB meets periodically to ensure
coordination of station operations and activities among the partners….




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International Partners Discuss Space Station Extension And Use
WASHINGTON — The International Space Station partner agencies metTuesday, Sept. 21, by videoconference to discuss continuation ofspace station operations into the next decade and its use as aresearch laboratory.The Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) meeting included seniorrepresentatives from NASA, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), theEuropean Space Agency (ESA), the Russian Federal Space…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
NASA Selects High Schools To Compete In New Challenge; Winning Software Designs Will Program Satellites on the International Space Station
WASHINGTON — NASA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., have selected 24 high schools to participate ina new science, technology, engineering, and math education program.The teams will design software to program small satellites aboard theInternational Space Station.The Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, and Reorient ExperimentalSatellites, or SPHERES, are…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Lufthansa Group to order 40 Airbus aircraft worth $4.3 billion
Lufthansa’s Supervisory Board has approved the acquisition of 40 Airbus aircraft worth approximately US$4.3 billion. These aircraft are destined for Lufthansa, plus two of the Group’s subsidiary airlines: SWISS and Germanwings. The orders comprise: 20 A320 Family aircraft and three A330-300s for Lufthansa; four A320 Family aircraft and five A330-300s for SWISS; and eight A319s for…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Boeing, Cathay Pacific Airways Finalize Contract for Six 777-300ERs
SEATTLE, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Cathay Pacific Airways today announced the Hong Kong-based carrier has exercised existing purchase rights for six additional Boeing 777-300ERs (extended range). The six new airplanes, with an estimated value of US$1.6 billion at Boeing list prices, will increase Cathay Pacific’s 777-300ER future fleet from 30 to 36. Cathay Pacific, one…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Boeing Receives Florida Governor's Business Expansion Award
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 22, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today received the Governor’s Business Expansion Award from Enterprise Florida at the Governor’s 2010 Business Diversification Awards ceremony in Tallahassee. The Boeing operation at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Fla., won the award after the site received the consolidated U.S. Navy F/A-18 work and the U.S. Air Force QF-16 …
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Embraer partners with Air France Industries in signing a material service contract with Alitalia
Five-year Flight Hour Pool Program will support the airline’s EMBRAER 170 jetsSão José dos Campos, September 23, 2010 – Embraer and Air France Industries have signed a five-year Flight Hour Pool Program contract with Italy’s leading carrier Alitalia – Compagnia Aerea Italiana to support their fleet of six EMBRAER 170 jets. Under terms of the agreement, Alitalia will benefit from the cross-product…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Isle of Man ‘rapidly expanding centre of gravity’, says Mark Byrne
A DYNAMIC, forward looking environment is a key factor in the emergence of the Isle of Man as Europe’s new aviation cluster, according to Mark Byrne, director of ICM Aviation Ltd. This was the unequivocal message he delivered to a key aviation seminar in Reykjavik, Iceland, describing the Island as an “impressive and rapidly expanding centre of gravity” and added: “The key to this is the…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Military Needs Lift Global Helicopter Sales
By Michael Fabey The global helicopter market is playing out like a Dickens novel these days, with civil business going through the worst of times and military sales seeing their best days, according to the recent Teal Group World Rotorcraft Overview. Teal Group expects civil deliveries to fall 20.8% in 2010, on top of a 13.3% decline in…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
S7 Airlines To Join Oneworld In November
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON S7 Airlines will take up its membership of Oneworld on 15 November, opening up the carrier’s network of 70 destinations in Russia and the CIS to the alliance’s customers. Oneworld says that the addition of Russia’s biggest domestic carrier will almost triple the number of destinations it…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
ANA and TAM Unveil New Heathrow Code Share
By Darren Shannon All Nippon Airways has unveiled a code-share agreement with Star Alliance partner TAM Airlines that aims to connect their two base airports through London Heathrow International Airport. From Oct. 15, pending government approval, TAM will place its “JJ” designator code on ANA flights between Tokyo Narita International…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Iberia Pension Nod Brings BA Merger Closer
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON The planned British Airways/Iberia merger has cleared another hurdle, with the Spanish carrier approving its partner’s pension recovery plan. BA drew up a programme to address its £3.7 billion pension deficit in June, and a term of the proposed merger agreement gave Iberia the option of…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Flybe Stays Profitable, Plots More Expansion
By Max Kingsley-Jones Having beaten the odds and turned in a profit for 2009, Europe’s regional giant Flybe is on the lookout for further expansion opportunities across the continent. For its 2009 financial year ending on March 31, the U.K. airline reported a profit before tax of £6.8 million ($10.7 million), just under half the £12.8…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Nepal Airlines Still Aims To Buy New Airbus
By Leithen Francis Nepal Airlines is hoping the government will let it proceed with the purchase of an Airbus A320 and Airbus A330, and it is also in discussions with regional aircraft makers about buying smaller aircraft. It wants to use the A330 for services to Europe and Japan and operate the A320 to Southeast Asia, says an airline spokesman. …
Sep-23-2010 | More »
UAVs Pushed For Missile Defense
By David A. FulghumWashington Advocacy of an air-launched, missile defense system is being proposed by two veterans of the Pentagon’s “Star Wars” era and a 1990s program to mate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and long-range air-to-air weapons. Len Caveny, a former director of science and technology, and Dale Tietz, a retired U.S. Air Force…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
New Russian Missile Could Land With Hezbollah
By David A. Fulghum TEL AVIV — Russia is planning to sell Syria the P-800 Yakhont anti-ship cruise missile, which Israeli officials believe will be transferred to Hezbollah armed forces and used to threaten Tel Aviv’s navy warships. Russia previously sold sophisticated, supersonic Kornet (9M133) AT-14 anti-tank missiles to Syria that were…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Weak Orders Force Cessna To Cut 700 More Jobs
By Joseph C. Anselmo janselmo@aviationweek.com, Kerry LynchWASHINGTON, WASHINGTON A sputtering U.S. economy is claiming another 700 jobs at Cessna. The Wichita, Kan.-based manufacturer of business and general aviation aircraft says a weakness in new orders is forcing the additional job cuts and an unspecified reduction in production rates. The new…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Discovery At Launch Pad For Final Flight
By Irene Klotz KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Space Shuttle Discovery was rolled out to the launch pad Sept. 20 for its 39th and final flight, with nine days of contingency time to meet a targeted Nov. 1 liftoff and no commitment by the U.S. government for a successor vehicle to carry people into orbit. Rollout from Kennedy…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Arianespace Shifts ATV Mission
By Michael A. Taverna PARIS — Arianespace says it will launch the second Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) to the International Space Station (ISS) early next year, reserving the sixth and final 2010 Ariane 5 flight for a commercial mission. Arianespace officials say the decision, made by the board of directors on Sept. 20, was…
Sep-23-2010 | More »
IATA Attacks US Air Travel Rules - Report
Moves by US regulators to boost airline passenger protections amount to a damaging effort to re-regulate the industry, according to airline lobbying group IATA …
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Glasgow Airport Predicts Passenger Rise
Glasgow Airport managing director Amanda McMillan said she is confident passenger numbers will grow in 2011 …
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Iberia/BA Deal Moves A Step Closer
With Iberia’s approval of British Airways’ pension deficit funding plan, the last major obstacle for the two airlines to merge has been removed. Following is a timeline of events leading to the merger …
Sep-23-2010 | More »
India's Airlines To Lose USD$400 Mln In 2010
The International Air Transport Association expects Indian airline companies to post a combined loss of USD$400 million in 2010, chief executive Giovanni Bisignani said on Wednesday …
Sep-23-2010 | More »
WTO Delays Airbus Subsidies Appeal Result
The WTO will probably not rule on an appeal against its judgment condemning subsidies for European plane maker Airbus until next year, WTO appellate judges indicated on Wednesday …
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Caisse des Depots Interested In French Airports
France’s Caisse des Depots et Consignations (CDC) could be interested in investing if the French government went ahead with the sale of a minority interest in several state-owned regional airports …
Sep-23-2010 | More »
How Combined BA, Iberia Will Look
Iberia approved British Airways’ funding plan for a pension deficit on Wednesday, removing the last major obstacle for the two airlines to merge. Following are some key facts about the new carrier …
Sep-23-2010 | More »
Iberia Approves BA Pension Recovery Plan
Spain’s Iberia approved British Airways’ funding plan for a multi-billion pound pension deficit on Wednesday, removing the last major obstacle for the two airlines to merge before year-end …
Sep-23-2010 | More »
NASA Grants Increase STEM Learning For Minority Students
WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded grants to nine academic institutionsand their partners that serve large numbers of minority andunderrepresented students to strengthen offerings in science,technology, engineering, and math, or STEM. The grants totalapproximately $1.15 million through the agency’s CurriculumImprovement Partnership Award for the Integration of Research(CIPAIR) project.Seven…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
NASA Awards Ames Facilities Maintenance Services Contract
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA has selected IAP World Services Inc. inCape Canaveral, Fla., to provide facilities maintenance services atthe agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. Thecontract has a maximum value, including options, of $101.8 million.This is a hybrid indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity fixed-pricetask order and cost-plus- fixed-fee contract that begins Oct. 1….
Sep-22-2010 | More »
NASA'S Shuttle Discovery At Launch Pad, Liftoff Practice Set
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After safely reaching its launch pad at NASA’sKennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery awaits thenext major milestone for its upcoming and final mission to theInternational Space Station, STS-133.Reporters are invited to cover a launch dress rehearsal, known as theTerminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT), scheduled at Kennedyfrom Oct. 12 to 15. Six…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Bombardier Selects Over 20 Canadian Suppliers for the CSeries and Learjet 85 Aircraft Programs
Today, during a short ceremony held at the Québec Aerospace Association Annual Convention, Bombardier Aerospace will announce over 20 Canadian suppliers have been selected for the CSeries and Learjet 85 aircraft programs. Representatives from each company will be on hand for an official photo. “Its fantastic that many of the suppliers selected for our new aircraft programs are based in…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Israel Reveals Panther Tiltrotor UAV
By David A. Fulghum TEL AVIV — Israel’s new Panther vertical takeoff and landing unmanned tiltrotor aircraft is one of the latest products emerging from the classified projects section of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The UAV was developed by IAI’s Malat division, which has been looking at new designs to fill some of the…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Astana Hoping For Lift In EU Restrictions
By Max Kingsley-Jones Kazakhstan carrier Air Astana is hoping it can overcome a ban restricting expansion of its European operations, but is wary that it could be outlawed from the region completely if the country’s safety issues are not addressed. The airline, which is majority-owned by the government of Kazakhstan with 49% held by BAE…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
JetBlue, ViaSat Sign Inflight Broadband MOU
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com JetBlue Airways and ViaSat, Inc. have announced plans to launch a new high-speed broadband service on JetBlue’s fleet, and the service will also be marketed to other carriers. The companies are promising “true broadband bandwidth with speeds and capacity not seen before in the commercial aviation…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
British Cities Could Sell Airport Assets
British cities could sell assets worth billions of pounds including airports and prime real estate to plug budget holes and Birmingham is already talking to potential investors in the Middle East …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Paris Hilton Leaves Japan After Airport Grilling
Paris Hilton left Japan on Wednesday after lengthy questioning from airport officials, and following media reports that the socialite would not be allowed into the country after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Dutch Authorities Release Terrorist Suspect
Dutch authorities have released a British man of Somali descent who was arrested at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on suspicion of links to terrorism, the public prosecutor said on Wednesday …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
JetBlue To Announce Broadband Deal - Report
US discount airline JetBlue is set to announce a deal with satellite communications firm ViaSat to put ultra-quick broadband links on its 160 aircraft, Flight International reported …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Mitsubishi Aircraft Aims For Profit In 10 Yrs
Mitsubishi Aircraft, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, expects to turn its regional jet business profitable in about 10 years when it will have sold 500 planes, its president said …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Qantas Not Keen On Merger With BA
Australia’s Qantas Airways is not keen on reviving merger talks with British Airways and is instead focused on chasing organic growth in Asia, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said on Wednesday …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Africa Needs To Replace Older Fleet - Boeing
Boeing forecast on Tuesday that Africa would need about 700 aircraft worth USD$80 billion over the next 20 years to deal with increased air traffic as the continent’s economy picks up …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Porter Airlines Flew Fuller Planes In August
Porter Airlines said on Tuesday it flew more passengers in August versus a year earlier as the small regional carrier started releasing monthly traffic statistics like its bigger Canadian rivals …Photo: BriYYZ
Sep-22-2010 | More »
American Airlines Expects Higher Q3 Revenue
American Airlines said on Tuesday that it expects unit revenue to rise in the third quarter as air traffic recovers …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
US Airline Shares Gain On Economic Outlook
US airline stocks rose on Tuesday, helped by stronger-than-expected economic data and confirmation last week that the UAL, Continental Airlines merger would take place …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Biofuels Could Be Cleared For Aircraft Use
By Graham WarwickWashington In just five years, the aviation industry’s decades-long reliance on petroleum-based fuels has been turned on its head. The future lies in fuels from sources that range from animal fat to microalgae. But with the technology in hand, the question now is whether biofuel producers can raise the investment needed to launch …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Qatar In GTF Talks For A320 NEO And CSeries
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON As Airbus closes on a go-ahead decision for its A320 New Engine Option (NEO), potential launch customer Qatar Airways confirms it is in talks with Pratt & Whitney about the geared turbofan (GTF) for the aircraft. Plans for the re-engined A320 family variants were unveiled by Airbus…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
NASA Wants To Move Beyond Technology Auctions
By Frank Morring, Jr.Washington NASA managers are looking for new ways to get the technology its engineers develop for space exploration out into the broader U.S. economy, where businesses can adapt it for commercial products. A new request for information published on the FedBizOps website seeks suggestions on how the space agency can…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Formation-Flying Sat Experiment Underway
By Frank Morring, Jr. Two Swedish-built spacecraft are conducting experiments in autonomous formation flying that should lead to an autonomous rendezvous before the mission ends. The Prisma technology-experiment mission, launched June 15 on a Dnepr-1 rocket from Yasni, Russia, consists of two small spacecraft that will evaluate techniques…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Lithium Battery Fire Risk Probed In Dubai Crash
By Bill Burchell Concerns over the carriage of lithium batteries on aircraft have been renewed as suspicions grow that such batteries may have been involved in the fire on board a UPS Boeing 747-400 freighter that crashed in Dubai on Sept. 3. Investigators from the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and the U.S. National Transportation Safety…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Strong Mi-17 Demand Boosts Prices
By Maxim Pyadushkin MOSCOW — The popularity of the Mil Mi-17 Hip helicopter for operations in Afghanistan is driving up prices for used versions and has created an order surge for manufacturer Russian Helicopters. About 300 Mil Mi-8MTs (known as Mi-17s in the export market) are deployed in Afghanistan with international…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
NASA Awards Infrared Sounder Contract For First JPSS Spacecraft
WASHINGTON — NASA, on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has awarded a sole source contract to ITT Corporation of Ft. Wayne, Ind. The award is for the Cross-trackInfrared Sounder (CrIS) instrument planned for flight on the firstJoint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) in 2014.JPSS is the restructured civilian portion of the NationalPolar-orbiting Operational…

Sep-21-2010 | More »


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