19.04.2008
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2008-04-20 - News in briefNews in Brief

Kurzmeldungen<br /> +++<br /> Enrique Barrientos Blanco (47) has been appointed, from 1 April 2008, CEO of the EADS Defence & Security Division in Spain, replacing Pablo de Bergia who will retire.

In his new function, Enrique Barrientos will be responsible for the activities of the Division in Spain, reporting to the CEO of Military Air Systems, and for overarching Spanish activities, reporting to the CEO of EADS Defence & Security, Dr. Stefan Zoller. Enrique Barrientos, up until now, has been the Chief of Staff of the EADS Defence & Security Office in Munich and was previously Head of Political Affairs EADS CASA. Prior to this, he was Vice President Corporate Development and held several other executive positions in different areas of the company.
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Microturbo continues to pursue its diversification strategy by expanding its product range to the TR-3, a new turbojet engine which develops 30 daN of thrust. With the TR-3, Microturbo now offers a thrust range of 30 to 600 daN. The key features of the TR-3 are a streamlined architecture with a centrifugal compressor, a straight-flow combustor and a single-stage axial turbine. Although it shares a number of key technological features with other Microturbo turbojet engines, the TR 3 also integrates its own state-of-the-art technology, including not only a high-speed alternator (100,000 rpm) and a pyrotechnic igniter cartridge for virtually instant starting, but also innovative shaft bearings. It is a highly compact unit (Length: 330 mm / Mass: 4 kg) which develops 30 daN of thrust, giving it a very high thrust-to-weight ratio. It also boasts an extended operating envelope of up to 30,000 ft, making it a perfect match for the current and futures requirements of expendable UAVs, target drones and missiles, which it can propel at speeds of up to Mach 0.8.
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Arianespace has been selected to launch the BSAT-3b satellite by Japanese operator Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT). This was announced today by Arianespace Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall and B-SAT Corporation President & CEO Kazuo Takenaka during the visit of France's Prime Minister to Tokyo. The agreement for BSAT-3b's Ariane 5 launch was signed in Tokyo by Arianespace Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall and B-SAT Corporation President & CEO Kazuo Takenaka. BSAT-3b will be orbited by an Ariane 5 in the second half of 2010 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
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Raytheon and Boeing have signed a teaming agreement to pursue the U.S. Army-U.S. Navy Joint Air to Ground Missile program. The JAGM program will produce a single missile solution for rotary and fixed wing platforms. With an expected in-service date of 2016, JAGM replaces the BGM-71 TOW, AGM-114 Hellfire and AGM-65 Maverick missiles. Raytheon will be the prime contractor on the team's bid. The missile is being designed to defeat moving and stationary targets at extended ranges in all types of weather. When available, JAGM will be launched from a variety of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, including the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, AH-64D Apache Longbow, MH-60R Seahawk, AH-1Z Super Cobra, Extended-Range Multi-Purpose UAV, Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, and Warrior Unmanned Aircraft System.
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An $85.5 million U.S. Navy contract allows Raytheon to add Canada and Switzerland to a growing list of international customers for its ALR-67(V)3 digital radar warning receiver. The contract, consisting of several incremental awards that began in July 2007, includes systems for the U.S. Navy and the air forces of Canada, Switzerland and Australia. The ALR-67(V)3 is a state-of-the-art radar warning receiver on Navy F/A-18E/F carrier-based tactical aircraft. It now will be installed on Canadian CF-18 aircraft as an integral part of a modernization program and on Swiss F/A-18s. The contract from the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., calls for deliveries of 27 radar warning receivers plus spares for Navy requirements, 38 radar warning receivers plus 22 quadrant receivers for Canadian aircraft, and one radar warning receiver for Swiss aircraft.
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AgustaWestland announced that Atlantic Airways of the Faroe Islands has taken delivery of an AW139 medium twin turbine engine helicopter during an official ceremony held at AgustaWestland's Vergiate plant yesterday. The helicopter is configured for 12 or 15 seat layouts for both public passenger transport and offshore passenger transport operations. The delivery to Atlantic Airways continues the rapidly growing AW139 customer base in Europe with aircraft now in operation in Ireland, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Estonia, Finland and Turkey.
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NASA is extending the international Cassini-Huygens mission by two years. The historic spacecraft's stunning discoveries and images have revolutionized our knowledge of Saturn and its moons. Cassini's mission originally had been scheduled to end in July 2008. The newly-announced two-year extension will include 60 additional orbits of Saturn and more flybys of its exotic moons. These will include 26 flybys of Titan, seven of Enceladus, and one each of Dione, Rhea and Helene. The extension also includes studies of Saturn's rings, its complex magnetosphere, and the planet itself. "This extension is not only exciting for the science community, but for the world to continue to share in unlocking Saturn's secrets," said Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington. "New discoveries are the hallmarks of its success, along with the breathtaking images beamed back to Earth that are simply mesmerizing."
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The DA7 Eurofighter Typhoon prototype is the first aircraft to enter the new anechoic shielded chamber, the largest in Europe, built by Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, to test in the most favourable conditions the electromagnetic compatibility of aircraft and systems and measure the performance of emitting devices, specifically in the field of radio frequencies. The new facility, located in the Alenia Ground Test Centre at Turin-Caselle airport, is a 900 square meter building, 20 meters high and with an internal volume of 18,000 cubic metres. It is built of zinc-coated steel, wholly covered by about 11,000 pyramids of radio-absorbing material, which assure high protection screening levels against internal and external electromagnetic interferences. A hoist system capable of lifting aircraft up to 25 tonnes of weight and with a maximum height of 16 metres enables aircraft to be irradiated from below. Turin anechoic chamber is fitted with many advanced systems. These include a mobile antenna positioner with 9 degrees of freedom to handle the irradiating antennas; a monitoring system using cameras in the visual and infra-red ranges; a modern broadband radio-frequencies generation system and a fire suppressing system that can pour 11 tonnes of extinguishing substances in about ten seconds.
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Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract by the Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) of Japan to build its next geostationary telecommunications satellite.Designated BSAT-3b, the satellite will provide high-definition (HD) direct broadcast services throughout Japan following its scheduled launch the third quarter of 2010 aboard an Arianespace launch vehicle. BSAT-3b will be the second consecutive satellite order B-SAT has awarded to Lockheed Martin.Lockheed Martin successfully built and launched BSAT-3a in August 2007. BSAT-3b will comprise 12 130 W Ku-band channels (8 operating at one time) and will be located at 110 degrees East longitude. With a design life of 15 years, BSAT-3b is based on the A2100A platform manufactured by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS), Newtown, Pa. BSAT-3b also marks the 13th Lockheed Martin satellite ordered in the 1- to 4-kW class satellite range.
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Lockheed Martin successfully delivered a telecommunications satellite into orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket manufactured by United Launch Alliance. Liftoff on the Atlas V 421 configuration occurred at 4:12 p.m. followed by spacecraft separation some 30 minutes later and signal acquisition at 45 minutes post launch. The ICO Global Communications (Holdings) Limited G1 spacecraft, built by Space Systems/Loral, will deliver advanced nationwide mobile interactive media services to portable and handheld devices. "ICO chose Atlas V for its reliability and its credibility in the marketplace," said David Markham, president of Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services. "This launch also demonstrated the large payload capability and flexibility of the Atlas program that can be applied to the commercial and government markets."
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Embraer finished assembling the first Phenom 300 jet at its Gaviao Peixoto plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 12. The rollout precedes a series of ground tests to be conducted in preparation for the jet's first flight. Moreover, the final assembly of the second Phenom 300 has already begun at the same plant. "We are thrilled to see the Phenom 300 become a reality," said Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. "The Phenom 300, with its premium comfort, best-in-class performance and low operating cost, will set a new standard for the Light Jet category."
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The first A400M, MSN001, has just left station 40 where all the aircraft systems' interfaces have been connected and the electrical system has been successfully tested with power-on. These activities are in line with the current programme plan. From station 40 the aircraft has been moved to station 35 where all the systems on board will be checked for compliance with design requirements and data automatically recorded for later analysis and evaluation. This represents an important step forward as station 35 is one of the few stations left before First Flight. In previous operations undertaken at station 40, the complete airframe was assembled with the wings and the vertical and horizontal tail planes being joined to the fuselage. On this particular first aircraft, the work at this station was temporary interrupted to proceed with the required structural ground test prior to First Flight. Engine installation on MSN001 is now underway. Since delivery to FAL, intensive work around the engines have been performed following the scheduled activities:
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Bombardier Aerospace announced that the Government of Iraq has placed a firm order for four additional CRJ900 NextGen regional jets, and has taken options on another ten. The firm-ordered aircraft are conversions of the four options Iraq took when it ordered six CRJ900 NextGen airliners, announced on March 13, 2008. Based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the contract announced today is valued at approximately $159 million U.S. If all ten options are exercised, the value of the contract could rise to $573 million U.S.
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NASA has awarded a sole-source contract to Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International , Windsor Locks, Conn., for water production services aboard the International Space Station. The firm fixed-price contract has a potential value of $65 million and extends through Sept. 30, 2014. Hamilton Sundstrand will provide equipment that uses the station's excess carbon dioxide and hydrogen to produce water and methane. The methane will be vented into space, and the water will be fed into the station's waste water system, where it will undergo treatment before it is used.
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Boeing Launch Services, has been awarded a contract to launch DigitalGlobe's second WorldView Earth-imaging satellite on a Delta II launch vehicle. DigitalGlobe is the provider of the world's highest-resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products. Boeing successfully launched the first satellite in the series, WorldView-1, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Sept. 18, 2007. "Boeing Launch Services looks forward to providing DigitalGlobe with another successful WorldView launch," said Boeing Launch Services Vice President Ken Heinly. "The Delta II has been instrumental in the deployment of DigitalGlobe's satellites, and we look forward to many more launches for them in the future."
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NASA has completed the first full-scale rocket motor test for the Constellation Program's Orion spacecraft, a test of a solid rocket that will be used to jettison the craft's launch abort system.Now under development, Orion will be America's next human spacecraft, designed to fly to the International Space Station and be part of a space flight system to return humans to the moon. The Orion jettison motor will separate the craft's launch abort system from the Orion crew module during launch. The Orion launch abort system is a larger solid rocket motor system that will provide a safe escape for the crew in an emergency on the launch pad or during the climb to orbit. The test completed late last month is a critical milestone in NASA's preparations for a series of flight tests planned to begin late this year of the full Orion abort system.
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Boeing has delivered the first Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (LJDAM) kits to the U.S. Air Force. The Precision Laser Guidance Set (PLGS) kits are being produced to satisfy the Air Force and Navy's urgent need for engagement of fast-moving land targets. The initial $28 million LJDAM contract, awarded in May 2007, will add 600 laser seekers to the services' existing inventory of 500-pound bombs. The First Article Acceptance Testing (FAAT) of production units was completed in March. The Air Force performed the FAAT guided flight tests at the China Lake, Calif., test range with drops from F-15E and F-16 aircraft. The tests demonstrated LJDAM's ability to engage and destroy targets moving at up to 70 miles per hour. The Navy also initiated its LJDAM guided flight test program in March with multiple drops from an AV-8B against moving targets. Additional Navy testing is planned from an F/A-18. LJDAM is expected to be operational this year with both the Air Force and Navy. Boeing will deliver the contracted kits by June 2009.
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Skyguide, Switzerland's civil and military air navigation services company, generated total operating revenue of CHF 369.38 million for 2007 and net earnings (after balances brought forward) of CHF 3.45 million. A negative operating result was recorded for the year, however, with a net cost underrecovery of CHF 45.3 million. Year-on-year traffic growth exceeded projections at 6.1% and resulted in another record traffic volume. Skyguide managed and monitored 1.23 million flights last year; and 91% of these were on time, a better-than-average punctuality performance in European terms. Total operating revenue for 2007 amounted to CHF 369.38 million. The 8.3% increase on 2006 was due to the strong year-on-year growth in total traffic volumes. Net earnings (after balances brought forward) amounted to CHF 3.45 million, compared  to CHF 18.79 million for 2006. This apparent profit is due to the European calculation methods, however: since skyguide's revenues were substantially lower than its expenses, the operating statement showed a substantial cost underrecovery of  «I see our company's 2007 performance as a positive one in which our performance goals were achieved,» says Chairman of the Board Guy Emmenegger. «As we expected, however, we did face certain problems on the financial front. We are responding to the cost issues through a rigorous efficiency enhancement programme. But we also face a major revenue shortfall that is attributable to structural considerations and concerns. This is less than satisfactory, and has to be changed: skyguide must have the best possible business and operating parameters if it is to be an attractive collaboration partner in tomorrow's European air traffic management landscape.»
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In recent days, AERO Vodochody a.s. finalizes already the two hundredth (200.) S-76C helicopter for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (SAC). "The S-76C production is the largest program of AERO Vodochody in the field of aerostructures, which represent a key part of the current strategy of our company. The aim of AERO is to reach orders with high value added on the position of a first-tier supplier," said Peter Ondro, President of AERO.
"AERO launched production for SAC in the year 2000. The first 100 helicopters were produced in five years (100th unit was expedited in March 2006), the second hundred in two. The pace of the S-76C helicopter production rises every year," said Monika Vajnerova, Vice-president for Aerostructures in AERO. "This year, we will deliver again more than 50 units," she added.
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Raytheon is developing transmit-receive modules based on the advanced semiconductor gallium nitride (GaN) for use in future radar upgrades. "This transmit-receive module demonstration and parallel reliability testing show that GaN will soon be ready to take over where increased power and advanced capabilities are needed," said Mark Russell, vice president of Engineering at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). The development is part of an on-going 42-month, $11.5 million Next Generation Transmit Receive Integrated Microwave Module (NGT) contract funded by the Missile Defense Agency's Advanced Technology Directorate. Raytheon is demonstrating that transmit-receive modules using GaN-powered monolithic microwave integrated circuit amplifiers have a significant performance advantage in that they provide significantly higher radio frequency power with greater efficiency than current modules. The NGT program leverages GaN technology being developed under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Wide Bandgap Semiconductor program as well as company-funded efforts. Russell said that GaN technology significantly extends the warfighter's reach into the battlespace by increasing radar ranges, sensitivity and search capabilities. Alternatively, the technology enables reduction in the size of the antenna, which improves transportability and reduces acquisition and lifecycle costs without sacrificing performance. "The NGT program is important because it is the first significant government-funded contract to address the use of the more capable GaN semiconductors in a relevant environment," said Steve Bernstein, IDS' program manager on NGT. "This recent demonstration shows that GaN technology performs better in transmit-receive modules representative of those used in modern radars."
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The Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) satellite, designed and built by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, was successfully launched from the U.S. Army's Reagan Test Site in the Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands. C/NOFS is a Department of Defense (DOD) Space Test Program and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) mission that will forecast outages in DOD satellite communication links caused by ionospheric irregularities. General Dynamics was the prime contractor responsible for the design, development, payload and system integration, test and launch of the satellite. Assembly of the spacecraft and payload integration took place at its space systems factory in Gilbert, Arizona. General Dynamics worked with the AFRL to incorporate the six payloads into a fully functional space satellite. Orbital Sciences Corp. was the mission launch provider using its Pegasus launch service.
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Tokyo-based Japan Airlines International Co. Ltd. (JAL) has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $110 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix rates for international cargo shipments, the Department of Justice announced. According to the charges filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, JAL engaged in a conspiracy in the United States and elsewhere to eliminate competition by fixing the rates for international shipments of cargo to and from the United States and elsewhere from on or about April 1, 2000, to February 2006. During the time period covered by the felony charge, JAL was the largest carrier of cargo between the United States and Japan and earned almost $2 billion from its cargo flights to and from the United States. Under the plea agreement, which is subject to court approval, JAL has agreed to cooperate with the Department's ongoing investigation. "This price-fixing conspiracy inflicted a heavy toll on American businesses and consumers," said Thomas O. Barnett, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department's Antitrust Division. "Japan Airlines is the fourth cargo carrier to admit to its involvement in this cartel and to agree to cooperate with an ongoing investigation."
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Pratt & Whitney Canada announced that it will concentrate its flight test operations in a new world-class centre at Montreal-Mirabel International Airport. The new global hub represents an investment of about $90 million. "Establishing this single, state-of-the-art facility will improve our competitiveness and support flight testing for the complete range of Pratt & Whitney engines, from turboprops to turbofans up to 90,000 pounds of thrust," said Benoît Brossoit, Senior Vice President, Service Centres & Operations, P&WC. "We have recently won several competitions to supply engines for new aircraft, and we need to evolve our flight test operations to support this growth."  Flight test operations positions currently located in Plattsburgh, New York, and Saint-Hubert, Quebec will be transferred to Mirabel. This will create more than 75 highly skilled jobs at the new facility, including test engineers and specialized technicians. An additional 100 indirect jobs are also expected to be created for the construction of the new facility and the maintenance of aircraft. P&WC's new Mirabel flight test centre will require the temporary use of an existing facility, starting in the fall of 2008, while the construction of a new 164,000-square-foot facility is completed. This new facility will feature two bays for the company's test aircraft, allowing for the testing of a full range of development engines.
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Diamond Aircraft Industries announced that D-JET serial number 003 completed its first flight, marking another important milestone in the company's D-JET personal jet program. The aircraft departed from Diamond Aircraft's London, Ontario facility for a successful 1 hour and 25 minute flight with Chief Test Pilot Daniel Ribeiro at the controls. The flight went exactly as planned with completion of all test cards. D-JET 003's initial test program will focus on performance and handling quality refinement, similar to the mission of previous Diamond D-JET flight test aircraft, but will additionally be used to further develop key systems, including avionics, fuel, autopilot, and anti-ice. Later this year S/N 003 will be retrofit with the Williams International FJ33-19 engine, to begin testing with the production configuration powerplant.
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Diamond Aircraft Industries introduced the new Garmin Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) for new DA40 Diamond Stars. Garmin's SVT presents a 3D depiction of terrain, obstacles and traffic on the G1000's Primary Flight Display (PFD) so that the avionics panel replicates what pilots would see outside the cockpit on a clear day. "With Diamond having been the launch platform for the Industry Standard G1000, it is only appropriate that we continue to lead by introducing this most modern of safety enhancements to general aviation," said Peter Maurer, President of Diamond Aircraft. "The technology is incredible, but what is really sensational is the price. Until now, Synthetic Vision of this quality was reserved for military or large jets, and cost several hundred thousand dollars. Garmin truly deserves credit for pioneering such affordable safety enhancements." The foundation of SVT is the depiction of 3D terrain, which is displayed on the PFD. Land, water and sky are clearly differentiated with shading and textures that are similar to the topographical colors found on the multi-function display (MFD) moving map. SVT works seamlessly to alert pilots of potential ground hazards by displaying terrain and obstacles which pose a threat to the aircraft with appropriate TAWS alert coloring. Other SVT features include a display of traffic on the PFD, obstacle displays which enlarge intuitively as the aircraft approaches them, and other useful tools like Pathways' 'flying rectangles' which help the pilot stay on course whether flying en route legs or on arrivals, departures and approaches.
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Continental Airlines reported a first quarter 2008 net loss of $80 million ($0.81 diluted loss per share). Excluding a $5 million after tax gain from the sale of aircraft, Continental recorded a net loss of $85 million ($0.86 diluted loss per share). Fuel costs increased 53.2 percent ($364 million) in the first quarter compared to the first quarter of last year, with crude oil prices peaking at $110.33 per barrel and Gulf Coast jet fuel peaking at $139.67 per barrel during the quarter. Further, during the quarter, the company incurred additional fuel costs of $69 million year-over-year that were included as part of its regional capacity purchase cost. As a result, the total year-over-year impact of higher fuel costs on the company for the first quarter was $433 million. Continental plans to remove from service an additional 14 older, less fuel efficient 737-300 aircraft as leases expire on those aircraft from September 2008 to April 2009. These 14 737-300s are in addition to the 34 737-300s and 500s that were already planned to be removed from service in 2008 and 2009. Continental also expects to reduce regional jet capacity beginning in the fall 2008; however, its plans are fluid as it is attempting to negotiate better economics with ExpressJet, and as the CRJs flown for Continental by Chautauqua come off lease.
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WEKO, the Swiss Competition Commission, has given its green light for the merger of the two airlines. The authorities have not imposed any special conditions. Edelweiss Air will continue to operate as an independent member company of the Swiss Group. Kuoni remains Edelweiss Air's biggest customer. The favourable decision taken by the Competition Commission now permits full implementation of cooperation between Edelweiss Air and SWISS. Allowing for the necessary organizational system adjustments, operational completion is scheduled for the end of October 2008. In February, Kuoni and SWISS announced a strategic partner-ship. In addition to the acquisition of Edelweiss Air by SWISS, this also includes a comprehensive hotel offering by Kuoni on SWISS.COM.
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Fokker Elmo, a Stork Aerospace company, and Lockheed Martin have signed a Memorandum of Agreement identifying Fokker Elmo as the supplier of wiring harnesses for the F-35 Lightning II. Under the terms of the agreement, Fokker Elmo will provide production capabilities, support and sustaining engineering during the aircraft's Low Rate Initial Production Phase and both companies agreed to jointly work together to further bring to fruition all the best values from the unique Total Integrated Wiring System solution, to support the Full Rate Production phase of the F-35 program. With a potential value up to US$ 2 billion, this agreement represents the largest Dutch industrial cooperation agreement to date on the Joint Strike Fighter program. The signing ceremony was attended by Her Excellency Mrs. Maria van der Hoeven, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs.  
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ATR announced the signature of a contract for the purchase of two ATR 72-500s that will be operated by Thailand's Bangkok Airways. The deal is valued at US $ 37 million and has been inked with Irish-based leasing company AIR Ltd (Aircraft International Renting), a subsidiary of TAT Group, which will lease the aircraft to the airline. With these two aircraft, Bangkok Airways will bring its ATR 72-500 fleet up to 10 aircraft. Deliveries of these two additional aircraft are scheduled for late 2008 and 2009.  
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In the opening session of the annual Aviation Week Group, North American MRO Conference, Chris Doan, TeamSAI President & CEO, presented the forecast for the worldwide Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) industry projecting a total revenue of $45.1B in 2008 with continued annual growth averaging 4.3% to yield a total revenue level of $68.6B in 2018. The forecast specifically covers western-built jet aircraft in commercial airline service worldwide. Despite ominous signs from the airline industry, rising fuel costs and the weak US economy, the outlook for the MRO industry remains strong. In Doan's presentation, he points out that key drivers include the fact that much of the scheduled MRO work has been queued up by fleet decisions made 5 to 10 years ago, as well as shortages in the work force pushing labor rates up, and the impact of the weak dollar on the international market. Doan went on to point out that fleet growth is predicted to continue at an average annual rate of 4.6% over the next 10 years with ASM growth achieving an even higher average rate of 5.7% over the same period. From the regional point of view, the North American MRO market value remains the largest at a 37% share in 2008 but will fall to a share of 29% by 2018. The strongest growth market is predicted for the Asia / Pacific region (excluding India & China) with share growth from 13% to 16% over the ten year period. Engine heavy maintenance remains the largest single segment of the market with a 42% share.  
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SWISS and US Airways have concluded a new codeshare agreement that will offer both partners' customers an even wider selection of air destinations. SWISS travellers will be able to fly from Zurich to Philadelphia on US Airways-operated flights from April 26 onwards; and US Airways customers will have onward connections from Zurich operated by SWISS to ten new European destinations. Star Alliance partners SWISS and US Airways are intensifying their collaboration with a new codeshare agreement that offers sizeable further benefits to both partners' customers. SWISS customers will have a new daily service between Zurich and Philadelphia (operated by US Airways) from April 26. As on all Star Alliance airlines, Miles & More members will be able to earn and redeem programme miles on these flights. "This new codeshare agreement enables us to further expand our attractive range of services to the USA for our customers," says Harry Hohmeister, SWISS Chief Network & Distribution Officer. "And our new route should also help us further strengthen our presence and position in the vital US market."
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Commenting on the latest traffic results, Austrian Chief Executive Officer Alfred Ötsch said the following: 'Even in the traditionally weak first quarter, we were able to achieve an increase of 2.0%, taking us to an approximate total of 2.3 million passengers carried. This strong traffic result is based first and foremost on continuing strong growth in the short- and medium-haul segment, above all in the Focus East regions, where we succeeded in recording a 7% increase in passenger volume in the first quarter of 2008. On long-haul routes, flight capacity is lower this year due to the reduction in long-haul implemented according to plan from the second quarter of 2007 onwards. We shall continue to gain momentum in the summer schedule with our new routes in the Central and East European region and Saudi Arabia, and through frequency increases in our core markets.' With an increase in passenger volume of 7%, the trend in the short- and medium-haul segment in the first quarter of 2008 was exceptionally good compared to the previous year. Revenue passenger kilometers on scheduled services (RPK) rose by 10.4%, while scheduled capacity (ASK) increased by 7.1%. The resultant improved passenger load factor, at 64.6%, was 1.9 percentage points above the figure for last year. 
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Lufthansa Cargo has opened the world's most modern airport animal facility in Frankfurt.  The new Frankfurt Animal Lounge near Gate 26 in the north of the Airport accommodates centrally on total floor space of 3,750 square metres the departments for animal transports, which were previously dispersed around the airport complex. Karl-Heinz Köpfle, member of the Lufthansa Cargo Executive Board responsible for Operations: "In the new Frankfurt Animal Lounge, we offer all customers at Frankfurt Airport an animal handling facilty, which is unique of its kind, worldwide, and which once more underlines our high quality standards and our role as the driver of innovation in the international airfreight industry. The Frankfurt Animal Lounge also re-emphases our commitment to our home base in Frankfurt, the biggest cargo hub in Europe." The Frankfurt Animal Lounge went into operation in mid-February 2008 after a construction period of 13 months. The new building, which complies with stringent EU hygienic and veterinary medicine requirements, was urgently required because the existing facilities had reached their capacity limits. Alongside Lufthansa Cargo, the Dietz company and Hochtief Construction AG as well as Fraport AG, which made the site available, were also involved in the planning and implementation of the project. 
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The partners of an Airbus-led project called CRISTAL ITP (In-trail Procedure) successfully carried out the world's first in-flight demonstration of a flexible new procedure for oceanic airspace that saves fuel and reduces emissions during cruise. The new in-trail procedure will enable aircraft to more easily perform altitude changes during cruise which can significantly improve flight efficiency, reducing fuel burn and emissions. When an aircraft is not at its optimal altitude, aircraft fuel consumption and emissions are increased. As fuel is burned, the aircraft weight is reduced, and the aircraft then needs to climb to maintain its optimum cruise efficiency. Additionally, favourable winds can be found at higher or lower altitudes. The demonstration flight took place in late March using Airbus' own A340 test aircraft and an SAS A330, performing the trial in Icelandic airspace. Iceland is a unique location where oceanic operations are carried out within radar coverage thus ensuring the complete safety of the trial.
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