Aviation News Releases Magazine – Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Boeing Celebrates Final Assembly of 1,000th 767

Boeing Celebrates Final Assembly of 1,000th 767
Landmark airplane is last to be built before assembly line movesEVERETT, Wash., Jan. 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Final assembly started Jan. 10 on the 1,000th Boeing (NYSE: BA) 767 airplane. Workers marked the milestone with a celebration at the Everett, Wash. factory. “This milestone is a credit to every employee who had a hand in building 767s over the past 30 years,” said Kim Pastega, vice…
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NASA Schedules News Conference About Space Shuttle Status
HOUSTON — NASA managers will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. CSTTuesday, Jan. 11, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.They will discuss Discovery’s STS-133 flight to the InternationalSpace Station and talk about the progress of repairs since theshuttle’s original launch date last November.The briefing participants are:– Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space…
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CDB Leasing, from China, signs for ten Embraer 190 jets
The aircraft will be operated by China Southern Airlines ConteúdoSão José dos Campos, January 2011 – Embraer confirmed the sale of ten EMBRAER 190s to CDB Leasing Co., Ltd. (CLC), of China. The jets will be operated by China Southern, the country’s largest airline, and the third in the world. The aircraft will be used to develop new markets, and the first delivery…
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NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Its First Rocky Planet
WASHINGTON — NASA’s Kepler mission confirmed the discovery of its first rocky planet, named Kepler-10b. Measuring 1.4 times the size of Earth, it is the smallest planet ever discovered outside our solar system.The discovery of this so-called exoplanet is based on more than eight months of data collected by the spacecraft from May 2009 to early January 2010.”All of Kepler’s best capabilities have…
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Boeing Director William M. Daley Resigns Board Seat
CHICAGO, Jan. 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Boeing (NYSE: BA) board of directors accepted the resignation of director William M. Daley who, on Jan. 7, submitted his request to resign following his appointment as U.S. President Barack Obama’s chief of staff. “All of us at Boeing thank Bill for his contributions to our company and wish him well as he tackles this next phase of his exemplary public …
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NASA'S Fermi Catches Thunderstorms Hurling Antimatter Into Space
WASHINGTON — Scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected beams of antimatter produced above thunderstorms on Earth, a phenomenon never seen before.Scientists think the antimatter particles were formed in a terrestrial gamma-ray flash (TGF), a brief burst produced inside thunderstorms and shown to be associated with lightning. It is estimated that about 500 TGFs occur…
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Chinese J-20 Logs First Flight
By Bradley Perrett perrett@aviationweek.comBeijing The Chinese fighter test aircraft, unofficially called J-20, has completed its first flight. Photos of the J-20 flying show it remaining in a tight pattern with its undercarriage extended. A two-seat J-10 fighter acted as chase plane for the J-20 during the flight, which has been awaited since the…
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American, JAL Outline Joint Venture Details
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com American Airlines and Japan Airlines plan to launch their transpacific joint venture on April 1, initially covering 10 routes between the two nations. The two carriers received antitrust immunity for the joint venture from Japanese and U.S. authorities by November. Since then they have been…
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Etihad Targets Year-End Breakeven
By Robert Wall Etihad Airways is confident of reaching its financial breakeven point this year despite the cost of continued fleet and route expansion. The recommitment to the financial milestone was made by CEO James Hogan in announcing the airline’s plans to add three Airbus A330-300s and two Boeing 777-300ERs in the coming months with…
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Saudi Arabian To Join SkyTeam in 2012
By Andrew Compart Saudi Arabian Airlines signed an agreement Jan. 10 to join SkyTeam in 2012, which would make it the alliance’s first Middle Eastern carrier. SkyTeam says the addition will expand the alliance’s reach to new destinations on the Arabian peninsula, the Indian subcontinent and Northern Africa via Saudi Arabian Airlines’…
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Overseas Reaction To JSF Adjustment Muted
By Robert Wall LONDON — Norway is dispatching a group of senior officials to the U.S. this week to better understand the effects of the Pentagon’s latest restructuring of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, but overall there has been little concern expressed by the program’s international partners. Reaction from countries…
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U.K. To Examine Defense Spending Mismatch
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON The U.K. ministry of defense this month is expected to address the scale of the spending discrepancy between budgets and plans in the wake of last year’s Strategic Defense and Security Review. A senior panel of ministry officials will convene on Jan. 25 to discuss the issue. There are clear indications the…
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ABACE Update Offered by NBAA's Bolen
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com Changes in business aviation operations in China, a booming Asian economy and commitments from OEMs make National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen optimistic about the success of the re-launched Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). ABACE will be…
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China Developing New Rocket Engines
By Bradley PerrettBeijing China is advancing its space capabilities by developing staged combustion, an engine technology that is likely to offer greater performance for the Long March 6 and 7, two of a family of launchers that the country will field around the middle of the decade. The smaller of the two, the Long March 6, may be the …
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Astronauts Urge Preservation Of T-38s
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Though the 30-year-old space shuttle fleet is headed for retirement this year, NASA’s director of flight crew operations and chief astronaut believe the agency should continue to fly a reduced fleet of aging T-38 supersonic jet aircraft based near Johnson Space Center as an essential part of future astronaut training. …
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EU Watchdog Defends Rolls Engine Certification
Europe’s top aviation safety inspector defended the methods used to certify the type of engine which blew up on a Qantas A380 superjumbo in November, saying it was impossible to predict every emergency …
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Snow And Ice Leave Four Dead, Shut Deep South
Snow and ice carpeted much of the US Deep South on Monday, leaving at least four people dead, cutting off power to thousands and closing airports, authorities said …
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China Aviation Sector Profit Surged In 2010
China’s aviation industry profits jumped threefold to CNY43.7 billion yuan (USD$6.6 billion) in 2010, a senior industry regulator said on Tuesday, thanks to robust air travel in the world’s fastest growing major economy …
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Garuda Seeks New Wings With 36.5 Pct IPO
Garuda Indonesia, the nation’s biggest carrier by fleet size, aims to sell a 36.5 percent stake, or 9.3 billion new and existing shares, via an initial public offering next month, according to two sources with a direct knowledge of the plan …
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SAS December Traffic Up 14.3 Percent
Scandinavian airline SAS on Tuesday reported a 14.3 percent rise in passenger traffic in December …
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Qantas To Resume A380 Services To LA
Qantas Airways will resume Airbus A380 flights between Australia and Los Angeles from January 16, the airline said on Tuesday …
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Airlines Target Ticket Distribution Costs
A feud between American Airlines and several companies that sell its tickets shows new determination by airlines to lower costs and could spell new business challenges for online travel agents …
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Embraer To Sell 10 ERJ-190s To China's CDB
Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer agreed on Monday to sell 10 of its best-selling ERJ-190 aircraft to the leasing unit of China Development Bank, in a deal worth about USD$400 million at current market prices …
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American Seeks To Block Sabre Fare Data Method
American Airlines has asked a judge to block the ticket seller Sabre from presenting fare data in a manner that might cause customers to be steered to other airlines …
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Air Canada To Resume Toronto City Airport Flights
Air Canada will resume flights from the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport in February, the country’s biggest airline said on Monday, initially offering service to Montreal …
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Emirates Seeks USD$1 Bln Credit Terms
Emirates, the Arab world’s largest carrier, is seeking terms for a USD$1 billion revolving credit facility to fund its aircraft purchases, a banking source familiar with the matter said …
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US Requires New Airline Code Share Disclosures
US airlines and online travel sites have 60 days to comply with a new law designed to make it easier for passengers to know when they make a reservation what carrier will actually do the flying …
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