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Boeing Celebrates Premiere of New 747-8 Intercontinental

Boeing Celebrates Premiere of New 747-8 Intercontinental
– Thousands gather for unveiling of only airplane to serve 400-500 seat market- New 747 delivers unrivaled efficiency, new benchmark in environmental performance, welcoming interior for passengersEVERETT, Wash., Feb. 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) Sunday unveiled its new 747-8 Intercontinental, the new high-capacity passenger airplane that offers airlines the lowest operating costs and …
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NASA Schedules News Conference About Next Space Shuttle Launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA managers will hold a news conference onFriday, Feb. 18, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida todiscuss the status of the next space shuttle launch. The briefingwill begin after the Flight Readiness Review, or FRR, a meeting toassess preparations for shuttle Discovery’s STS-133 mission to theInternational Space Station.Live status updates, including the…
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Bombardier Boosts Training Capacity with a New Simulator in Dallas
Bombardier Aerospace today announced that it has increased the capacity of its training network with the addition of a CAE-built Level D Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) in Dallas, Texas to serve the growing number of Challenger 605 business jet operators in the United States and worldwide. The new Challenger 605 aircraft simulator, located at Bombardier’s company-owned training facility at…
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Japan’s newest airline A&F Aviation to launch services with A320s
Airbus celebrates its second major market success in Japan in just three months A&F Aviation, the new Japanese airline recently established by All Nippon Airways (ANA) and First Eastern Investment Group (First Eastern), has selected Airbus A320 aircraft to start low cost services from Kansai International Airport, Osaka, in the second half of FY2011. A fleet of ten A320 aircraft,…
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Boeing Support Teams Honored by Army Aviation Association of America
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Feb. 2011 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] on Feb. 10 received two awards from the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) at the Joseph P. Cribbins Aviation Product Symposium in Huntsville: the Materiel Readiness Awards for a Major Contractor and for an Industry Team. “Capturing both these Materiel Readiness Awards is recognition for our efforts to support U.S. Army Aviation,”…
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NASA Announces Plan To Win The Future With Fiscal Year 2012 Budget
WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will brief reporters about the agency’s fiscal year 2012 budget at 2 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 14. The news conference will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, located at 300 E St. S.W., in Washington.Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Robinson will join Bolden. The news conference will be broadcast live on NASA…
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Boeing-built LightSquared Space-Based Network Ready to Begin Service
SBN is 1st Integrated Wireless Broadband and Satellite Network EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Feb. 14, 2011 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has completed the post-launch testing and on-orbit handover of the first LightSquared satellite and Space-Based Network (SBN). The satellite system has been accepted by LightSquared and is ready to begin service. “Boeing has delivered LightSquared’s…
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Isle of Man and Kingdom of Bahrain are facing similar challenges
The Kingdom of Bahrain and the Isle of Man are facing similar challenges making this one of the reasons why they have recently signed a tax treaty, according to director of Douglas-based ICM Aviation Ltd Mark Byrne. “Whilst it may not be obvious to persons from larger countries it is remarkable how similar the challenges affecting Bahrain and the Isle of Man as small island countries are.”His…
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NASA Wants More For Commercial Crew, Technology
By Frank Morring, Jr. morring@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON The Obama administration’s $18.7 billion NASA budget request for fiscal 2012 continues the new policies started in last year’s request, with a stronger push into commercial space travel to low Earth orbit (LEO) and modifications to accommodate the three-year NASA authorization enacted in…
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Rolls Pulls Out Of Jaguar Engine Contest
By Neelam Mathews BENGALURU, India — After waiting years for a request for proposals (RFP), Rolls-Royce is pulling out of the competition to upgrade India’s fleet of 120 twin-engine Jaguar fighters. The reasons for the company’s decision have been relayed to the Indian defense ministry, according to a source close to the bidding process….
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A Bright Splash Of Color At 747-8 Rollout
By Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.com, Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.comSeattle, With a “vibrant and dynamic” orange-red livery that customers in its all-important Asian markets associate with prosperity and success, Boeing rolled out the 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jet Sunday in a celebration attended by 10,000 employees and guests. …
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MDA's Big 2011 Challenge Could Be GBI Testing
By Amy ButlerWashington After suffering through high-profile quality-control issues with contractors last year, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency appears to be turning the corner on that problem. Now the MDA must deal with unsuccessful testing of its Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. Last year, MDA Director Lt. Gen. Patrick…
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Coast Guard Reviews Key Missions
By Michael Fabey The U.S. Coast Guard is undergoing a “stem-to-stern” organizational and operation review to see which missions it should keep and those it should shed, says Adm. Bob Papp, Coast Guard commandant. “We may need to reduce the number and range of some of the capabilities we’ve added since 9/11,” Papp said Feb. 10 during his …
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ANA Budget Offshoot To Lease A320s
By Bradley Perrett perrett@aviationweek.com Japan’s new budget airline will be independent of shareholder All Nippon Airways, with a plan to operate international and domestic operations with Airbus A320s by March next year. The operating company, provisionally called A&F Aviation, will lease 10 A320s from General Electric Capital Aviation…
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Canada Wants Tougher Helicopter Gearbox Rules
By Graham Warwick graham_warwick@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Canada’s Transportation Safety Board is recommending changes to helicopter gearbox design and certification standards following the fatal March 2009 crash of a Sikorsky S-92A off the coast of Newfoundland. The board wants certification rules changed to require all S-92As to be able to fly…
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First Orion Capsule Shipped For Testing
By Frank Morring, Jr. Lockheed Martin engineers in Denver are awaiting the arrival of the first complete Orion crew exploration vehicle structure for the start of ground tests. The ground test article left NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans by truck on Feb. 10. In Denver, technicians will integrate it with its heat shield and…
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MTG Weather Sat System Nears Final OK
By Michael A. Taverna PARIS — Eumetsat officials say Belgium, the only country that has not yet approved development of the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) weather satellite system, is poised to sign on, ending a two-month quest to finalize the €2.8 billion ($3.8 billion) program. In early December the Eumetsat council OK’d full-scale …
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Airports of Thailand Q1 Profit Down 14 Pct
Airports of Thailand (AOT) reported a 14 percent drop in quarterly net profit on Monday due to foreign exchange losses, despite improving aircraft and passenger traffic …
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Forty Years On, Birth Of A New Boeing Jumbo
Boeing rolled out an updated jumbo jet on Sunday, hoping to relive the glamour of the birth of the 747 over 40 years ago and use it to boost slow sales …
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IATA Sees Strong Rise In Passenger Numbers
Global passenger numbers are expected to rise to 3.3 billion in 2014, up 32 percent from 2.5 billion in 2009, helped by strong growth in China, IATA said on Monday …
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ANA Low-Cost Carrier Chooses Airbus A320
Japanese low-cost carrier A&F Aviation, set up by All Nippon Airways and a Hong Kong investor, has chosen the Airbus A320 to launch its service this year, Airbus said in a statement on Monday …
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AirAsia Defers Delivery of 10 A320s
Malaysia’s AirAsia has deferred delivery of 10 Airbus A320 aircraft until 2015, the company said in a statement …
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Boeing Leaning Toward New 737 - CEO
Boeing is still leaning toward building a new version of its narrow body 737, and the new plane would outperform Airbus’s competing A320neo, Boeing chief executive Jim McNerney said …
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Credit Card Surcharges To Face UK Probe
UK consumer group Which? has asked the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to investigate credit and debit card charges consumers are forced to pay when buying flights and other services …
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EU Commission Probes Two Code-share Deals
EU regulators said on Friday they had begun separate probes into two airline cooperation agreements — between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, and between Brussels Airlines and Air Portugal …
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Volaris Shuffles Board Amid IPO Talk
Volaris, Mexico’s No. 3 airline, has selected a seasoned executive to head the company’s board amid local media reports that the carrier could go public this year …
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Senegal In Bid To Revive Airbus Jet Order
Senegal Airlines, the West African country’s relaunched airline, is in talks with Airbus to buy around half a dozen aircraft including two A330 long-haul jets, its chief executive said …
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Pakistan Airline Staff End Strike
The staff of Pakistan’s national airline on Friday ended a strike, which had grounded all flights, after their demands were met, said Sohail Baluch, chief of the Pakistan Airline Pilots’ Association (PALPA) …
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