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Boeing, Alaska Airlines Complete Contract for 15 Next-Generation 737s

Boeing, Alaska Airlines Complete Contract for 15 Next-Generation 737s
SEATTLE, Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Alaska Airlines today announced an order for 15 Next-Generation 737 airplanes, comprised of 13 737-900ERs (extended range) and two 737-800s. The 737-900ER is a new model for the Alaska Airlines fleet. The contract, which includes exercised options previously placed by Alaska, is valued at $1.3 billion at list prices. The largest…
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Bombardier Delivers Estonian Air's First CRJ900 NextGen Airliner
Bombardier Aerospace delivered the first of three CRJ900 NextGen regional jets ordered by Estonian Air in 2010. The transaction included options on two additional CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The handover to the Tallinn, Estonia-based airline was celebrated at Bombardier Aerospace’s facility in Mirabel, Québec, where the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft is manufactured alongside the CRJ700 NextGen and…
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NASA Partners On Nanosail-D Amateur Astronomy Image Contest
WASHINGTON — NASA has formed a partnership with Spaceweather.com to engage the amateur astronomy community to submit the best images ofthe orbiting NanoSail-D solar sail. NanoSail-D unfurled the first ever 100-square-foot solar sail in low-Earth orbit on Jan. 20.To encourage observations of NanoSail-D, Spaceweather.com is offering prizes for the best images of this historic, pioneering…
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Boeing Receives $1.6B Contract for P-8A Poseidon Low-Rate Initial Production
SEATTLE, Jan. 25, 2011 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] on Jan. 21 received a $1.6 billion contract from the U.S. Navy for low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The LRIP 1 contract is for six P-8A aircraft, spares, logistics and training devices. The Navy plans to purchase 117 of the Boeing 737-based P-8A anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance…
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NASA Explores Potential New Users For Some Kennedy Facilities
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has released a formal Notice of Availability (NOA) and Request for Information (RFI) to identify interest from industry for space processing and support facilities at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The facilities may become available for space-related commercial use following the end of the Space Shuttle Program.The facilities that may become available are…
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Warning Over Shift In Terrorist Strategies
By James Ott Airport terminal buildings are vulnerable to terrorist attacks and may be the top threat area because hardened security has made it difficult to attack an aircraft, a leading terrorism expert says. Former FAA security chief Billie Vincent says some airports are defenseless against vehicle bombers and suicide bombers, who…
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Lockheed Martin Ramps Up Aegis
By Michael Fabey The U.S. Navy has successfully completed a tracking exercise using the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system during Atlantic Trident 2011, which runs through Jan. 25. The guided missile cruiser USS Monterey and destroyers USS Ramage and USS Gonzalez tracked the short-range ballistic missile target…
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Eurocontrol Predicts 17m Flights By 2030
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com Eurocontrol estimates that air traffic in Europe is likely to almost double by 2030, although growth has been set back significantly by the slow recovery of demand following the global downturn. In its latest long-term forecast, Eurocontrol predicts there will be 16.9 million annual IFR…
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Supreme Court May Redraw Contract Rules
By James R. AskerWashington Should the government be allowed to declare a contractor in default and then invoke a secrecy privilege to withhold information the contractor says it needs to dispute that finding in court? Two decades after the Pentagon canceled the Navy’s A-12 Avenger II stealth aircraft, the fight over who is at fault for…
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First West Coast Delta IV Heavy Lofts NRO Sat
By Michael Mecham SAN FRANCISCO — A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy lifted a bus-sized classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office into orbit from Space Launch Complex-6 (SLC-6) at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., at 1:10 PST Jan. 20 — the largest rocket ever launched from the West Coast. With a 63-ft.-long payload fairing,…
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Czech Sport Aircraft on End of Piper Deal
By Benet Wilson Management at Czech Sport Aircraft (CSA) agrees with Piper Aircraft that “differences in business philosophies” led to the demise of its partnership to market the PiperSport light-sport aircraft (BA, Jan. 17/3). But the Czech Republic-based company maintains that the program is continuing to move ahead without the partnership. …
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HTV-2 Cargo Ship On Way To Dock With ISS
By Kazuki Shiibashi TOKYO — Japan’s second unmanned H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-2), launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on Jan. 22., is due to dock with the International Space Station on Jan. 28 at 4 a.m., Japan time, to deliver supplies and instruments. Liftoff for the HTV-2 came at 2:38 p.m. on a Mitsubishi H-IIB…
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Errant Satellite To Be Back In Business Soon
By Michael A. Taverna, Frank Morring, Jr.Paris, Washington Intelsat appears poised to recoup use of Galaxy 15, the wayward “Zombie Sat” that terrorized telecom satellite neighborhoods around the globe until it was brought under control late last month. Among those breathing the biggest sigh of relief are the FAA, which is faced with the…
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SAM To Place Heavy MRO Base In Thailand
By Leithen Francis Norwegian maintenance, repair and overhaul firm Scandinavian Aircraft Maintenance (SAM) is setting up a heavy maintenance base at an airport in Korat, central Thailand, with its off-shoot in Thailand, SAM Thai. “SAM Thai was created to serve Asia with maintenance for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters,” says SAM…
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Avolon Aircraft Leasing Raises USD$465 Mln
Aircraft leasing company Avolon has raised USD$465 million of capital it plans to put towards a number of aircraft and additional warehouse capacity, the Dublin-based group said on Tuesday …
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Medvedev Blames Security Lapse For Moscow Blast
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev placed the blame on a lapse in security for allowing a suspected suicide bomber to kill at least 35 people and wound scores at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport …
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American, Sabre Put Dispute On Hold
American Airlines and Sabre put litigation on hold and said they will try to reach a deal to end a dispute over how the carrier’s fares are displayed to travel agents and customers …
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Investors Face Tough Choice With Garuda IPO
Garuda Indonesia’s hopes for a high-flying USD$1.1 billion IPO may fail to get off the ground because it has been priced so richly that foreign investors have been scared away …
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Virgin CEO Says New London Airport 'Not Doable'
London Mayor Boris Johnson’s plan to build a new UK hub airport on the Thames estuary is economically misguided and would be impossible to build, according to the Virgin Atlantic boss …
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TUI May Buy More Of TUI Travel
TUI may use the proceeds of a planned divestment to buy more shares in Europe’s largest tour operator TUI Travel, two sources close to the company said …
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Moscow Shows Airport Ground Attack Risk
Monday’s Moscow bombing shows much more must be done to protect the world’s airports from ground attacks, a risk long overlooked in the post-9/11 rush to secure passengers inflight, analysts said on Monday …
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Fighters Escort Etihad Jet In Passenger Incident
Military jets were launched to escort a diverted London Heathrow-bound Etihad flight on Monday after an incident involving a passenger, the UK’s Ministry of Defence said …
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