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Boeing Receives US Air Force Contract to Build Next-Generation Refueling Tanker

Boeing Receives US Air Force Contract to Build Next-Generation Refueling Tanker
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 2011 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to build the next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft that will replace 179 of the service’s 400 KC-135 tankers. The contract calls for Boeing to design, develop, manufacture and deliver 18 initial combat-ready tankers by 2017. “We’re honored to be given the opportunity to build the…
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NASA'S Shuttle Discovery Heads To Space Station On Its Final Mission
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The final flight of space shuttle Discoverylifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 4:53 p.m. EST Thursdayto deliver a new module and critical supplies to the International Space Station.The STS-133 mission is delivering the Permanent Multipurpose Module(PMM), a facility created from the Multi-Purpose Logistics Modulenamed Leonardo. The module can support…
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Boeing Completes 1,000th 787 Flight
EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787 Dreamliner made its 1,000th flight yesterday, marking another milestone in the flight test program. There are seven airplanes participating in flight testing. The landing of 787 flight test airplane ZA004, just after 1 p.m. MST at Yuma International Airport in Arizona, counted as the official 1,000th flight. The program is…
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Lunar And Planetary Conference Highlights Solar System Evolution
HOUSTON — NASA researchers and other scientists will present findings that provide new insights into the evolution of the solar system during the 42nd annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.The conference will run March 7-11 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas.Key events include the unveiling of future planetary…
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NASA Assessing New Launch Dates For The Glory Mission
WASHINGTON — Preparations for the launch of NASA’s Glory mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California have been suspended temporarily. Engineers continue to troubleshoot a malfunction in ground support equipment associated with the Taurus XL rocket.On Feb. 23, a false indication was received about the rocket’s status after commands were sent approximately 15 minutes before launch to…
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Bombardier Expands the International Reach of its Airborne Parts Delivery Service with a Dedicated Aircraft in Dubai
Bombardier Aerospace today upped the ante for the rapid delivery of parts to resolve Aircraft on Ground (AOG) situations for its customers in the Middle East and Asia with the announcement of a dedicated PartsExpress aircraft based in Dubai. The PartsExpress aircraft, a Challenger 601 business jet, is now available round the clock to transport parts, expert technicians and test equipment…
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Boeing The Clear Winner Of KC-X: Pentagon
By Graham Warwick Additional capabilities beyond the mandatory requirements were not a factor in the U.S. Air Force’s selection of Boeing’s 767-based tanker, now designated the KC-46A, as the service’s KC-X replacement aerial refueler, Pentagon officials said late Feb. 24. EADS North America’s larger Airbus A330-based KC-45A, …
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Abrams is Model for Army Infantry Carrier
By Paul McLeary FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli thinks the M1 Abrams tank is a good model on which to base the service’s upcoming Ground Combat Vehicle, since the Abrams has remained relevant and useful across a range of scenarios even though it has been in service for more than 30 years. The…
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Hedging Helping To Mitigate Oil Price Woes
By Darren Shannon The surprising pace, and success, of public unrest across North Africa and the potential for further strife in the Middle East may be exciting oil futures and day traders, but for now the global airline industry is adopting a more relaxed “wait and see” policy before passing judgment on how its profitability will be affected. …
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Boeing Wins Restaged U.S. Air Force KC-X Tanker
By Graham Warwick graham_warwick@aviationweek.comWashington Overturning its previous selection, the U.S. Air Force has selected Boeing to supply its KC-X replacement aerial-refueling tanker. The company has been awarded a $3.5 billion fixed-price incentive contract for development and delivery of the first 18 of a planned 179 767-based NewGen tankers…
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Discovery Soars On Final Mission
By Mark Carreau mark.carreau@gmail.comHOUSTON Shuttle Discovery thundered away from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for the last time on Feb. 24, piercing the sunny Florida skies with the final pieces of the International Space Station (ISS) and a legacy already rich in achievement. NASA’s oldest orbiter at 27 years, Discovery lifted off on her 39th …
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Safran To Supply A320NEO Nacelles
By Michael A. Taverna Safran will create an aircraft wiring joint venture with China’s Comac and supply the engine nacelle for the Airbus A320NEO family in moves that will reinforce the French engine and aero-equipment manufacturer’s position in the future narrowbody sector. The Comac venture, announced during the recent release of 2010…
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Malaysia Air Reports Stronger Operating Profit
Malaysia Airlines, the country’s national carrier, on Friday reported an operating profit of MYR137 million ringgit, but its net profit declined by 65 percent …
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Lion Air Takes Option For 15 ATR 72s
Aircraft maker ATR has signed a deal to supply 15 ATR 72 planes to Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air, France’s economy minister Christine Lagarde said on Friday …
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Politician Seeks To Change TSA Search Policies
State lawmaker Sharon Cissna was little known outside Alaska when she left on a trip to Seattle, but when she returned home on Thursday, she had become a symbol of resistance to airport patdown searches …
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Thai Air Revenue Target In Doubt Due To Oil Rise
Thai Airways is likely to review its target for 2011 revenue of about THB200 billion baht (USD$6.53 billion) because of the surge in oil prices, its president said on Friday …
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BA/Iberia Warn Fares May Rise On Mideast Crisis
International Airlines Group, formed by the merger of British Airways and Iberia, warns that the political instability in the Middle East could hit fuel prices this year, sending ticket prices higher …
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Accor Eyes USD$1 Bln Chinese Motel Auction
Europe’s largest hotel group Accor is among bidders for Shanghai Motel Management, a Chinese motel chain majority owned by Morgan Stanley which could fetch up to USD$1 billion, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday …
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Safran Aims For Repeat of 2010 Profit Jump
France’s Safran posted a stronger-than-forecast 20 percent rise in 2010 core profits, growth it aims to repeat in 2011, as its jet engine business reinforced signs of economic recovery in the fourth quarter …
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Boeing Wins US Aerial Tanker Contract
Boeing has won a contract worth over USD$30 billion to build new aerial tanker planes for the US Air Force, beating Europe’s EADS, the Pentagon said on Thursday …
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ADP Net Profit Up 11 Percent
Aeroports de Paris reported 2010 gross earnings up 5 percent, with revenues rising 4 percent, and predicted a slight acceleration of growth this year on hopes that the aviation industry is out of recession …
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Boeing Says Moving Toward 787 Certification
Boeing said on Thursday it is making headway toward certification of its long-delayed 787 Dreamliner, with nearly 80 percent of the conditions met for the first model featuring Rolls-Royce engines …
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Emirates Bond Likely To Fund Expansion
A bond issue from Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates is likely to be for expansion purposes rather than refinancing debt and would attract strong demand in spite of the current regional upheaval, a banker said …
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Southwest Says FAA Clears AirTran Transition
Southwest Airlines said the Federal Aviation Administration accepted its plan to combine its operations with those of AirTran once its proposed acquisition of that carrier is completed …
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