Aviation News Releases Magazine – Friday, September 24, 2010

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 23, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that New Jersey will benefit from an estimated 320 total jobs and generate an estimated $17 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force’s next aerial refueling aircraft….

NASA Awards Contract For JPSS-1 Spacecraft
WASHINGTON — NASA on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded a sole source contract for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo. This is a fixed price contract of $248million with a performance period through Feb. 1, 2015.Under this contract Ball will design, build and test the…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
NASA Awards Radiometer And Ground System Contracts For JPSS
WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded two sole source contracts on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the common ground system and a scientific instrument on the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1).JPSS is the restructured civilian portion of the NationalPolar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS)that will make afternoon observations as it…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
NASA Astronauts On Space Station Connect With Houston Students
HOUSTON — International Space Station astronaut Shannon Walker will speak on Wednesday, Sept. 29 to students from three schools she attended while growing up in Houston. Students from Parker Elementary and Westbury High School will join those gathered at Johnston Middle School to ask questions of Flight Engineer Walker and station Commander Doug Wheelock from 10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. CDT.Media…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Boeing Completes Production of 1st Australian Super Hornet with Provisions for Future Electronic Attack Capability
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 23, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has completed production of the first Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet that has the capability to be converted into an electronic attack aircraft. Boeing is pre-wiring the RAAF’s second lot of 12 Super Hornets for potential electronic attack capability conversion during production at the company’s…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 320 Jobs, $17 Million to New Jersey
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 23, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that New Jersey will benefit from an estimated 320 total jobs and generate an estimated $17 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force’s next aerial refueling aircraft. Boeing submitted its proposal July 9 to replace 179 of the Air Force’s 400 Eisenhower-era KC-135…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Embraer holds commercial jets operators conference in Paris
Forum to discuss topics related to operational experiences of the E-Jets and ERJ 145 familiesSão José dos Campos, September 24, 2010 – Embraer will hold the 2010 edition of its worldwide Embraer Operators Conference (EOC) in Paris, September 26 – October 1. The event is focused on the E-Jets and ERJ 145 families and will include a blend of informative workshops, panel discussions and breakout…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
The Royal Aeronautical Society gives Young People the chance to meet an Astronaut
The Royal Aeronautical Society is launching a challenge to young people in the UnitedKingdom that will give them the chance to meet British born NASA Astronaut, Dr PiersSellers. The challenge is for the young people to explain how space exploration hasinspired them. The winners will have the opportunity to share their story and be furtherinspired by meeting with Dr Piers Sellers, NASA…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Japan To Decide This Year On Global Hawk
By Bradley Perrett BEIJING – Japan is expected to decide by the end of the year whether to order four Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk surveillance aircraft that could later be upgraded to reinforce the country’s anti-ballistic missile defenses. The decision, which has been brewing for years, is due to appear in the National…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
FAA Bill Delayed Again
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com The U.S. House and Senate today passed another three-month extension of FAA’s operating authority, meaning there will not be a full FAA reauthorization bill until December at the earliest. The current extension is due to expire at the end of September, and the new one will last through Dec. 31….
Sep-24-2010 | More »
House Sets Compromise NASA Language
By Frank Morring, Jr. morring@aviationweek.com The House Science Committee has moved toward the Senate on reauthorizing NASA spending for the next three years with compromise language that calls for an immediate start on a heavy lift launch vehicle able to orbit a capsule based on the Orion crew exploration vehicle by the end of 2016. With the…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Cathay Places $1.6 Billion Boeing 777 Order
By Michael Mecham Cathay Pacific has exercised options to buy six Boeing 777-300ERs valued at $1.6 billion (list prices), boosting its fleet to 36 for the long-range jet. The purchase makes the twin-engine, long-range 777 nearly as popular with the Hong Kong-based carrier as the four-engine 747, on which it built its reputation for…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Volaris Mexican Entry Requested By Government
By Darren Shannon Volaris says the Mexican government requested the carrier’s entry into Mexico City International Airport and the launch of eight domestic routes from the city’s main airport. The additions, which mostly replace service lost with the collapse of Grupo Mexicana and the Aug. 28 cessation of flights by its Mexicana, Click and…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Ryanair Strategy Places It At Larger Airports
By Jens Flottau Ryanair is planning to make significant changes to its current operating strategy, statements made by CEO Michael O’Leary indicate, by serving more of Europe’s larger airports and moving away from discounting as much as in the past. The statements were made by O’Leary to Bloomberg news agency. “Increasingly in the future…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Missile-Killing Interceptors Eyed By Israel, U.S.
By David A. FulghumTel Aviv and Washington Killing tactical ballistic missiles so that explosive, biological or radioactive debris fall near a foe’s launch sites is a key problem for those mapping out defenses in an era of proliferating, short-range missiles and long-range rockets. New concepts are taking two forms—striking enemy missiles …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
$5 Billion-Plus JSF LRIP 4 Talks Concluded
By Amy Butler Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon have completed unusually protracted negotiations on the next lot buy of F-35 Join Strike Fighters, called low-rate, initial production 4. This will be the first fixed-price F-35 contract, and will include the purchase of 30 F-35s for the U.S., as well as one for the U.K.,…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
SpaceX Looking To November Dragon Launch
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is retargeting the launch of its next Falcon 9 rocket, which will carry an operational Dragon capsule, from Oct. 23 to early November. The flight is the first of up to three launches planned under SpaceX’s $278 million Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS)…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
FAA Merges Pilot, Controller Safety Programs
By Elyse Moody elyse_moody@aviationweek.com Data analysis from existing pilot and air traffic controller safety programs will merge in an initiative FAA is launching with United Airlines and its pilots. The new program will look at voluntary information submitted through FAA’s Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) for pilots alongside Air Traffic…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Thai Airways To Sue Koito Over Seat Delays
Flag carrier Thai Airways plans to sue Japanese manufacturer Koito Industries to seek compensation for delayed delivery of seats, a Thai Air executive said on Friday …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
New Aberdeen Airport Boss Hopes To Extend Runway
Derek Provan, the new managing director of BAA’s Aberdeen Airport, said his main priority in the post is a runway extension for the airport …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Air Zimbabwe Employees To End Strike
Pilots and cabin crew at Zimbabwe’s state-owned airline have agreed to end a two-week strike which grounded flights and left passengers stranded, a senior government official said on Friday …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Turkish Air May Buy Double-Deck Aircraft
Turkish Airlines, Europe’s fourth-biggest carrier, does not have enough planes to meet its expansion plans and may acquire double-deck aircraft, Chairman Hamdi Topcu told Star newspaper on Friday …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Cebu Air Sets IPO Price Guidance
Philippine budget carrier Cebu Air has set price guidance of 110 to 135 pesos per share for its initial public offer next month, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Friday …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Air NZ Confident Earnings Will Improve
National carrier Air New Zealand said on Friday it was optimistic its operating earnings would improve in 2011, as the global airline industry was showing signs of recovery …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Airline Seat Safety Checks May Be Ordered
Airlines may be ordered to check tens of thousands of aircraft passenger seats made by Japanese manufacturer Koito Industries after a scandal over questionable safety data, European and US authorities said on Thursday …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Boeing Takes Ten 777 Orders in Last Week
Boeing took orders for 10 wide-body 777s potentially worth USD$2.7 billion in the week ended September 21, the plane maker said on Thursday …Photo: Andrew Sieber
Sep-24-2010 | More »
US Aerospace Names Worsham CEO
US Aerospace, a Southern California-based aerospace contractor, has tapped industry veteran Jim Worsham as chief executive, industry sources said on Thursday …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Air Canada To Tackle Debt, Looks For Growth
With nearly CAD$1 billion (USD$971 million) in debt coming due over the next two years, Air Canada plans to push further into high-margin international markets to drive growth, the country’s biggest airline said on Thursday …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
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 »

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