04.04.2008
FLUG REVUE

2008-04-06 - News in BriefNews in Brief

Kurzmeldungen<br /> +++<br /> ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH has developed a "Cockpit Procedure Trainer" (CPT) for German naval pilots. This simulator exactly recreates the cockpit of the Sea Lynx MK 88A helicopter which is used on the frigates of the Bundeswehr (German Federal Armed Forces).

Pilots of the Bundeswehr can use this to train for future missions and to practise with the airborne system whilst still on the ground. The CPT was developed because the current Sea Lynx helicopters are being modernised in the next few years. They are currently being fitted with new flight electronics, including new display and operating elements. Therefore, the training content of the new simulator is targeted to learning to use the new components. ESG will reproduce the cockpit with all operating elements for this purpose. Instead of using the original operating elements, the CPT will be controlled via touch screen.The new CPT will complement the German navy's present training simulator, which is located in the Netherlands. It will be installed directly in the Navy Air Wing (MFG) 3 in Nordholz. The simulator can be controlled and maintained via the specially secured Bundeswehr network, a type of military internet, from ESG headquarters in Furstenfeldbruck.
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On 27 March 2008, the second stage motor for Vega - Europe's new small launcher - successfully completed a static firing test at the Salto Di Quirra Inter-force Test Range in Sardinia, Italy. Ignition of the qualification model of the Zefiro 23 solid-propellant rocket motor occurred at 13:15 CET. In just 14 seconds, the thrust reached 930 kN, equivalent to nearly 95 tonnes of force. This was the second and final firing test for the Zefiro 23, in which over 24 tonnes of propellant was consumed with a flame temperature of over 3000 K. The burn lasted approximately 75 seconds and initial results show the test to be a success. The combustion chamber pressure and motor thrust were well within the test prediction. Large amplitude movements of the thrust vector control system were executed - simulating worst-case manoeuvres - and the performance was very satisfactory. Additionally, modifications implemented in the nozzle design following the anomaly experienced during the previous Zefiro 9 test were proven to be effective.
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released international traffic data showing that the global passenger load factor (PLF) fell to 73.3% in February. This is 0.6 percentage points below the PLF in February 2007. Moreover it is the most significant drop in the PLF in 4 years. Traffic data for February is skewed by the leap year. The extra day hides the continuing slow down in demand. Unadjusted traffic figures showed year-on-year increases of 9.2% and 5.9% for passenger and cargo demand respectively. "When we adjust for the impact of the leap year, passenger demand increased by 4-5% while freight was even more sluggish in the 2-3% range. Demand is still growing. But clearly we are in a different league from the 7.4% and 4.3% growth that we saw in 2007 for passenger and freight respectively. Things are slowing down," said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA's Director General and CEO. "Load factors tell the story. They fell in the four largest carrier regions showing the growing impact of the US economic slowdown on the airline industry," said Bisignani. European PLF recorded the largest single drop of 1.6 percentage points to 71.7%. Asian carriers saw their PLF fall by 0.1 percentage points to 75.2% while North American airlines experienced a 0.5 percentage point drop to 74.0%. The Middle East saw a 0.9 percentage point fall to 72.6%, balanced against a 20.3% growth in passenger traffic supported by the oil business. This is strong growth even taking into consideration the leap year impact.
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Aloha Airlines announced that it will be shutting down its inter-island and transpacific passenger flight operations. Aloha's last day of operations will be Monday, March 31, 2008. On that day, Aloha will operate its schedule with the exception of flights from Hawaii to the West Coast and flights from Orange County to Reno and Sacramento, and Oakland to Las Vegas. Code-share partner United Airlines and other airlines are prepared to assist and accommodate Aloha's passengers who have been inconvenienced. The shutdown of Aloha's passenger operations will affect about 1,900 employees. "This is an incredibly dark day for Hawaii," said David A. Banmiller, Aloha's president and chief executive officer. "Despite the groundswell of support from the community and our elected officials, we simply ran out of time to find a qualified buyer or secure continued financing for our passenger business. We had no choice but to take this action. "We deeply regret the impact this will have on our dedicated employees who have made Aloha one of the best operating airlines in the country. "Aloha Airlines was founded in 1946 to give Hawaii's people a choice in inter-island air transportation. Unfortunately, unfair competition has succeeded in driving us out of business, bringing to an end a 61-year-old company with a proud legacy of serving millions of travelers in the true spirit of Aloha.
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ARINC Incorporated is showcasing its newly developed onboard Internet service for passenger laptops—known as Oi—this week at Aircraft Interiors 2008. Available to airlines this year, Oi is the newest addition to the ARINC portfolio of Satellite Communications applications. ARINC's Oi connectivity enables passengers to surf the Internet (by the hour, day or flight leg), access e-mail during flight, chat over Instant Messenger, watch real-time news and sports flashes, hear bulletins—all on their own personal laptops. They can even watch and download the latest Podcasts. ARINC's Oi technology makes optimum use of Inmarsat Swift satellite communication services. Passengers merely switch on their PCs and can connect instantly via a wired or wireless cabin backbone to the Oi Web Portal. The Portal is fully customized to each airline's requirements, supporting a combination of free view or paid applications. Oi will feature a range of price points to suit most budgets, and ARINC expects webmail prices will be under US$10 a flight, with larger attachments requiring an extra charge. A number of payment methods will be offered, including credit cards or pre-paid cards with special access codes, or passengers can use pre-existing mobile or internet service provider accounts.
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AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce the delivery of three AW139 medium twin turbine engine helicopters to the Japan Coast Guard. The AW139s will be deployed at Japan Coast Guard bases throughout Japan and used to perform maritime search and rescue and patrol missions. These helicopters were ordered in late 2006 as the initial phase of a replacement programme for up to 24 helicopters. The AW139s are equipped for all-weather, day/night and ship-based operations, with a comprehensive mission equipment package that includes a rescue hoist, high definition FLIR, communications and navigation equipment package. Giacomo Saponaro, Senior Vice President International Business Unit, AgustaWestland said "The Japan Coast Guard is acknowledged as one of the leading maritime search and rescue and patrol organisation in the world and the selection and introduction into service of the AW139 by them is a great honour for AgustaWestland. The AW139 has steadily become the helicopter of choice for maritime search and rescue operations around the world and we know the AW139 will serve the Japan Coast Guard and the people of Japan successfully for many years."
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QinetiQ has brought into service two important elements of the Combined Aerial Target Service (CATS) for the UK's armed forces, having completed a series of complex verification and evaluation trials on-time and within all the operational constraints. This contract, worth up to £308m over 20 years, was awarded to QinetiQ by the MOD on 14th December 2006. Through the contract, QinetiQ will provide a service that meets the UK MOD's unmanned sub-sonic aerial target requirements worldwide, including ground-based air defence training, aerial target services for the Royal Navy, and an air-to-air service for the RAF. Both the Banshee basic aerial target and the Pop-up ground-based helicopter target, manufactured and supplied by Meggitt Defence Systems, are available via CATS with immediate effect. Validation work continues as planned so that the intermediate Voodoo aerial target will enter into service at the start of 2009. The Mirach advanced aerial target, which QinetiQ currently operates at Aberporth in South Wales as part of the 25-year Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA) for Test and Evaluation and Training Support services, is also on-track to come into service under the global CATS provision contract in June 2009. "Over the past year the CATS team has worked tirelessly to ensure that this complex service came into operation on the agreed date - and with the Service Commencement Certificates having just been signed and issued by the TEST IPT, we've met that objective," explained Mary Carver, MD of QinetiQ's iX Managed Services sector. "Over the next two decades, CATS will provide a flexible service worldwide that is key to the air defence training of the UK's armed forces. This contract is a real success for QinetiQ and with the recently announced £951m firm price agreement covering our LTPA provision for the next five-years, it confirms QinetiQ's position as a major provider of high end managed services to UK defence and our ability to consistently deliver professional and value for money solutions more globally." In order to meet the designated operational date of 01 April 2008 for Banshee and Pop-up, QinetiQ had to work with its suppliers to develop the service and complete a complex safety case to satisfy all the necessary MOD agencies. Critical programme milestones have included delivery of the environmental impact assessments, proving airworthiness for the targets and ensuring compliance with flying regulations. QinetiQ has also had to develop the required operational infrastructure and processes to deliver a global service, plus complete a full end to-end demonstration of the capability.
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Sikorsky has begun establishing the supply chain for the S-70i International BLACK HAWK Helicopter program, and is developing plans for the aircraft's final assembly and hangar operations at the company's PZL Mielec facility. Sikorsky is currently evaluating several companies from various countries to take part in the project. The company expects to receive approval of the manufacturing license in late 2008. The S-70i International BLACK HAWK Helicopter will be produced with global partners and delivered from outside the United States. It will provide multi-mission, 10-ton utility lift capability at a price comparable to helicopters in the 6-to-8 ton class.  "Sikorsky Aircraft has been diligently developing this program since we first announced it in 2006 and we are beginning to see initial milestones on the horizon that clearly signify the International BLACK HAWK Helicopter is becoming a reality," said Sikorsky President Jeffrey P. Pino. "From the beginning, we considered this program to be a key component of our long-range strategic objective to globalize operations and expand our supply base with qualified, cost-competitive manufacturers and service providers from across the world. Today, we can say that a BLACK HAWK helicopter for the international market is a viable, real program."
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Goodrich has entered into an agreement with Airbus North America Customer Services Inc. to perform repair work on a variety of proprietary components at its Foley, Ala. maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility known as the Alabama Service Center. Under the agreement, the facility becomes one of two Airbus-endorsed repair stations for structural components in the Americas; in addition, it is now one of three repair stations in the Americas that Airbus has chosen to work on its proprietary parts. The main product lines the facility expects to service include flight control surfaces, pneumatic ducting and access doors, such as landing gear doors. Under the agreement, Goodrich and Airbus will jointly market these repair services to operators. Airlines will now have the option of routing damaged Airbus proprietary components, including those under new aircraft warranty, directly to the Goodrich facility for refurbishment. With the agreement, the facility will become a member of the extended Airbus "family," with direct access to Airbus support and resources including technical data, engineering and supply chain.
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Project Phoenix announced on 31 March, it has secured the first Bombardier CRJ-200 Regional Jet for a luxury VIP 15-seat conversion.   The move follows confirmation from Ritz Pacific Ltd to accept the aircraft and place it with Jet Asia of Macau, the expanding VIP charter and management specialist. Jet Asia currently operates Bombardier Global Express and Challenger aircraft. Project Phoenix has secured CRJ-200 Serial No 7211, which was previously operating with Independence Air of the USA with a total of 20,000 hours logged.  Last week the aircraft was ferried to Skyservice at Toronto Pearson Airport for two months' maintenance as part of the Phoenix upgrade programme.  Thereafter it will move to Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario, Project Phoenix's primary interiors provider, for the interior and completions process.  This will include the fitting of long range fuel tanks, giving the CRJ-Phoenix a maximum range in excess of 3,000 nm.
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Bombardier Aerospace announced that Grupo SATA (Sociedade Acoriana de Transportes Aereos, S.A.) of Ponta Delgada, Portugal has signed a contract to acquire four Q400 NextGen aircraft for its SATA Air Acores regional airline. Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the value of the contract is approximately $113 million U.S. SATA Air Acores has been in operation for more than sixty years and serves all nine islands of the Azores as well as Madeira and the Canary Islands. Its Q400 aircraft will be configured with 80 passenger seats.
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Pratt & Whitney Canada has received type certification from Transport Canada for its new PW545C turbofan engine to power the Cessna Citation XLS+ business aircraft. The PW545C, delivering over 4,100 pounds of thrust at takeoff, is the sixth engine in the popular PW500 family selected by Cessna Aircraft for its growing line of light and midsize Citation business jets. The new turbofan outfits the Citation XLS+ with a full-authority digital engine control (FADEC) for reduced pilot workload and intelligent diagnostic capability. "The PW545C is the most recent example in our strategy to continually innovate and build on the great dependability of our market-leading engine families," said Walter Di Bartolomeo, vice president, Engineering, P&WC. "We are very pleased to be collaborating with Cessna to bring additional value to the market with the new PW545C-powered Citation XLS+."
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EADS Defence & Security (DS) together with its local partner Integrated Energy Systems & Resources Inc (IESRI), Manila/Philippines, has been awarded a contract to deliver one of the most advanced secondary radar systems for air traffic control purposes to the Philippine Air Transportation Office (ATO). The system which will be delivered by mid- 2008 will be the first building block of a comprehensive modern air traffic control network. Defence Electronics, an integrated Business Unit of EADS Defence & Security, will establish this first air traffic control system employing the latest Mode-S standard in the region. Mode-S is an enhancement of existing air traffic control procedures in the process of implementation worldwide. IESRI will take over the system responsibility with technical support of EADS Defence & Security.
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In 2007, the RUAG technology group's earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) rose 8% on the previous year to CHF 76 million. In view of this result, the Board of Directors is proposing that the dividend be doubled. Sales revenues increased by 13%. For the first time civilian sales were higher than sales in the defence technology sector. In 2007, RUAG, which has manufacturing locations in Switzerland, Germany and Sweden, grew its sales in the civilian, defence and services segments by 13% from CHF 1,247 million to 1,409 million. The civilian business grew particularly strongly and now accounts for 51% of the total (2006: 45%). When RUAG was first founded in 1999, civilian business represented only 7% of the total. The Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS)/Swiss Armed Forces remain the largest single customer with 34% of total sales (2006: 39%). The primary sales regions are Switzerland (44%), Europe (43%) and North America (8%). .RUAG had to absorb skyrocketing industrial metal prices and the slump in the US dollar in its aviation activities. Despite this, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) rose 8% on the previous year from CHF 71 to 76 million. Net income increased from CHF 70 million to CHF 76 million. All divisions contributed to the positive result. International business was particularly successful. Research and development expenditure has risen continuously over the last few years, reaching CHF 85 million in 2007 (2006: CHF 76 million).
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Goodrich has been selected by Lockheed Martin to supply the air data system (ADS) for the F-35 Lightning II program. Initial work includes the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) and Low Rate Initial Production 1 and 2 phases of the program. SDD is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2009, with ADS production deliveries also commencing in the first quarter of 2009. The ADS program has the potential of generating $300 million in revenue over the life of the program. The ADS is designed, developed and produced by Goodrich's Sensors and Integrated Systems team in Burnsville, Minn., and provides all critical air data parameters to the vehicle management computers for the aircraft's flight control and pilot display systems. Its SmartProbe(TM) and SmartPort(R) air data sensing technology allows integration of multi-function sensing ports, pressure sensors and processing capability through the elimination of pneumatic lines. The total number of discrete product installations is reduced, overall weight is decreased, and reliability and maintainability are significantly improved. Commonality of the ADS for all F-35 variants will simplify logistics support and reduce overall life cycle costs.
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Eurocopter confirms a new level of cooperation with the Warsaw-based Heli Invest Company by the signature of a Distributorship Agreement for the territory of the Republic of Poland. Eurocopter has been working with Heli Invest for the past four years. This new agreement aims at providing even better service to the company's growing customer base in Poland.
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The Government Accountability Office denied motions filed by Northrop Grumman and the United States Air Force calling for a partial dismissal of Boeing Corporation's protest of the Air Force decision in the KC-45 Tanker acquisition process. The denials came after a supplemental filing by Boeing Corporation that streamlined its original protest and eliminated many of the elements that were central to the Air Force and Northrop Grumman motions. "Boeing's decision to abandon the public relations rhetoric contained in its original protest filings is in keeping with our motion," said Randy Belote, Northrop Grumman vice president of corporate and international communications. "We are encouraged that the company has streamlined its approach. We remain convinced that the Air Force process that led to Northrop Grumman's selection was fair, open and transparent, and we look forward to assisting the Air Force defend its selection decision before the GAO."
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Northrop Grumman has begun assembling the center fuselage for the first production Lightning II jet, a weight-optimized, U.S. Air Force F-35A conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) variant designated AF-6. The center fuselage is the core structure around which the F-35 aircraft is built. The assembly process began March 24 at the company's Palmdale Manufacturing Center with the loading of an all-composite air inlet duct into a special tooling structure called a jig. This first assembly process, one of approximately 18 major steps in assembling an F-35 center fuselage, consists of attaching metal frames around the duct. The frames serve to brace and position the duct properly within the center fuselage.
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The GE90-94B base engine has surpassed 10 million flight hours -- an outstanding milestone for this exceptional engine. "We are excited to celebrate this 10 million flight hour achievement," said Tom Wygle, general manager of the GE90 Program. "The GE90 engine has surpassed our expectations for performance and reliability, and we look forward to more continued success in the years ahead." The GE90 engine has benefited from GE's tremendous technology investments. In 1995, the first GE90 engine entered service with British Airways and was the first commercial engine to use composite fan blades. Two years later, GE introduced a growth version of the engine, capable of achieving up to 90,000 lbs. of thrust. The GE90-94B entered service in 2000 with advanced 3-D aerodynamic design in the high pressure compressor. The engine provided customers with a 1.6 percent fuel burn advantage and an approximately 20 degrees Celsius increase in exhaust gas temperature margin for better levels of performance, longer time on-wing and reduction in operating costs. Many customers have upgraded their lower thrust GE90 models to take advantage of these benefits.
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The third VH-71 helicopter built for the Presidential Helicopter Program, Test Vehicle 3 (TV-3), has arrived in the U.S. and will be the first VH-71 to receive final assembly and mission systems integration at Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Owego, NY. The Navy-owned Test Vehicle was transported aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane from AgustaWestland's facility in Yeovil, England, to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, before flying to Owego. The industry team has started installing and integrating the test helicopter with the advanced mission systems that will enable the VH-71 to be used as a command and control platform by the White House.
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Lockheed Martin opened its new P-3 Orion wing production line, marking production kickoff at its Marietta, Ga., facilities with a brief ceremony attended by Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) and Lockheed Martin officials. Norway is the initial P-3 Aircraft Service Life Extension Program (ASLEP) customer. "Today is a landmark day for the long-term sustainment and support of the P-3 Orion," said Ray Burick, Lockheed Martin P-3/S-3 Programs vice president. "It is the culmination of literally years of hard work by many people, and the production of new life extension kits reaffirms Lockheed Martin's commitment to aircraft sustainment and further cements us as the provider of the most comprehensive range of support, sustain and refresh solutions for the P-3. As the P-3 OEM we know these aircraft best and are uniquely qualified to support them." The RNoAF will receive six life extension kits, two conditional kits, and engineering support under the contract. Delivery of the first set of wings is scheduled for June 2009.
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Representatives of the General Aviation community from across Europe came together in Cologne on 1 April for the first 2008 meeting of the European General Aviation Safety Team (EGAST). The Team approved the EGAST terms of reference and nominated two co-chairs from the General Aviation community: Eric Mandemaker, Chief Executive Officer of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and James Black, Board Member of the European Council of General Aviation Support (ECOGAS) and of the European Airshow Council (EAC).  Third component of the European Strategic Safety Initiative (ESSI), EGAST is a voluntary partnership between the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), other European intergovernmental bodies and regulators, including national aviation authorities, and the General Aviation community, aiming at improving General Aviation safety. As agreed at the April meeting, the objective of EGAST is to promote and initiate for all sectors of General Aviation best practices and awareness in order to improve safety, thereby reducing the accident rates.
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In a test campaign on March 15, 2008, the RBS15 Mk3 heavy anti-ship missile, jointly developed by Diehl and Saab, demonstrated its ability to also engage land targets successfully. The test was conducted at the Vidsel test range of the Swedish procurement agency FMV in northern Sweden in the presence of numerous government delegations from Germany, Poland, Sweden and other countries. The missile launched from a vehicle on the ground automatically followed a pre-programmed trajectory across various terrain profiles. The missile was guided by its on-board navigation system along the trajectory with pinpoint accuracy via numerous waypoints to the target. Having already impressively demonstrated the RBS15 missile's anti-ship capability in the past, this test's primary purpose was to verify the new GPS-aided land attack capability implemented in the Mk3 version.  
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The German missile and defence system manufacturer Diehl BGT Defence demonstrated its new IRIS-T SLS short-range air defence system during a successful live firing at the South African OTB Test Range on March 3, 2008. Government officials from more than seven nations witnessed the interception of a manoeuvering drone in a representative air defence scenario with a direct hit after the missile had locked onto the target at a distance of more than ten kilometres. Diehl used the IRIS-T air-to-air missile, which the company currently supplies to seven European customers, in a vertical launch from a light-weight all terrain truck. The infrared seeker-equipped missile with lock-on-after launch capability received target assignment data from a Saab Giraffe AMB air defence radar, providing surveillance of more than 100 km in range and 20 km in height while tracking up to 150 targets simultaneously. Even in the surface-launched mode, the solid-propellant IRIS-T missile is capable of operational ranges well in excess of  ten kilometres. The vertical launch combined with the very large missile seeker look angle ensure full 360 degrees air space coverage. The missile's excellent kinematics reduce the inner operational dead zone to some hundred meters.
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On March 18, 2008 (the last working day of the 1386th year in Iran) the fifth AN-140 serial passenger turboprop aircraft constructed at Iranian HESA plant performed its maiden flight. The flight duration was 15 minutes. The crew had no remarks. Mr.Ebrahimi, the crew captain, HESA's test-pilot, noted good behavior of the aircraft in flight. At present the assembly of other three AN-140s is being completed. In total, in accordance with the programme taken in Iran, 100 AN-140s are planned to be built. Ukrainian enterprises of aviation industry participate actively in production of AN-140s in Iran. The cooperation of Ukraine and Iran within this programme is conducted according to the contract signed by ANTONOV ASTC with participation of Kharkiv State Aircraft Manufacturing Company (KSAMC), MotorSich JSC and HESA in the end of 1995. The plant intends to produce 44 AN-140s during the [next] three year.
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Boeing and the government of Iraq have signed an agreement in Baghdad for the purchase of 30 Next-Generation 737s and 10 787 Dreamliners. The order will be booked and added to Boeing's Orders & Deliveries Web site upon completion of the final contractual terms of the agreement.
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EADS, as well as the concerned EADS and Airbus executives, take notice of the decision of the AMF College to initiate proceedings, respectively for breach of market information duties and for breach of insider trading rules. In the first step of what is likely to be a long process, the AMF College has considered that the elements gathered during the investigative phase of the enquiry, as interpreted by AMF's investigators, do not justify a dismissal of the case. AMF will notify the company and the executives concerned of the nature of the charges against them. Louis Gallois, CEO of EADS, said: "At last, EADS and its managers concerned will be in a position to defend themselves. EADS will support its managers in their defense; it intends to demonstrate that it has applied standards of excellence when communicating to the market, and has acted with full transparency". For the first time, EADS and the persons involved will be able to confront AMF's interpretation with their explanation of the facts of the case. They intend to vigorously exercise their defense rights with the support of EADS, in front of the Sanction Commission of the AMF which will decide whether to impose fines after due hearing of the parties. Considering the fact that there is no decision on the substance so far, EADS insists that the principle of presumption of innocence be upheld. EADS considers that the financial risk associated with this procedure and its possible consequences is not material. However, it recognizes that these proceedings may have significant consequences on its image and reputation. (ends)  
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Boeing began final assembly of the first P-8A Poseidon for the U.S. Navy. The P-8A will provide increased capability in long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The start of final assembly follows closely on the heels of Spirit AeroSystems' delivery of the first P-8A fuselage to Boeing in Renton, Wash. Mechanics loaded the fuselage into a tooling fixture and began installing systems, wires, tubing and other small parts. Boeing will join the P-8A's wings to its body later this year. Boeing Integrated Defense Systems and Boeing Commercial Airplanes are working together to build the P-8A, a military derivative of the 737-800, on a new, third final-assembly production line in Renton, Wash. The third line takes advantage of the proven efficiencies, manufacturing processes and performance of the highly reliable Next-Generation 737. Using established best practices and common commercial production system tools enables Boeing to reduce flow-time and cost while ensuring first-pass quality.
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From 4 April 2008, Ethiopian Airlines and Lufthansa passengers can fly with either airline on routes between Frankfurt and the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Customers will then have a choice of seven flights per week on this route. The cooperation agreement was signed by Ato Girma Wake, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, and Lufthansa Chairman and CEO Wolfgang Mayrhuber. The codeshare flights, which can be booked now, offer customers greater flexibility and a wider choice of connections. A Lufthansa Airbus A300-600 will depart from Frankfurt for Addis Ababa four times weekly, with a stopover in Khartoum. Ethiopian Airlines will operate a thrice-weekly Boeing 767 service on this route.
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In a ceremony heralding the success of the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System Block IIR modernization effort (GPS IIR-M), Lockheed Martin announced it has completed work on the last satellite in the program constellation, which features a demonstration payload that will transmit the new civil signal, known as L5. Preparations are now underway to ship the satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. for a scheduled launch in June 2008. With over 150 of its employees as well as representatives from ITT Corporation, the Aerospace Corporation and the U.S. Air Force, the Lockheed Martin team today celebrated the success of the GPS IIR program, which is providing enhanced operations and navigation signal performance for military and civilian GPS users around the globe.
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Boeing  and Tokyo-based ANA (All Nippon Airways) announced that the airline exercised options for two more 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighters. The value of the agreement is not being disclosed. Previously, ANA launched the 767-300BCF program with a 2005 order for three conversions and four options. In 2006, ANA exercised two of the options and this agreement to exercise the last of the 2005 options brings the airline's firm order total to seven of the passenger-to-freighter conversions. The first of ANA's newly converted freighters is nearing completion at Singapore Technologies Aerospace (SASCO) and is expected to make its first flight in April. After flight testing and certification, the redelivery of the first ANA 767-300BCF is planned for June at the SASCO facility in Singapore.
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Boeing delivered the Canadian Forces' fourth C-17 Globemaster III  at the company's Long Beach, Calif., C-17 manufacturing facility, completing Canada's order for the world's most advanced airlifter. "On behalf of all of our employees, it is with tremendous pride that we deliver, on time and within budget, this world-class airlift capability that will serve the Canadian Forces well," said Jean Chamberlin, Boeing vice president and C-17 program manager. "This C-17, which will soon join three others recently delivered to your fleet, provides Canada with unprecedented capability anywhere in the world, for both military and humanitarian operations." Following final modifications at a Boeing facility in San Antonio, this aircraft will join the three other Canadian C-17s at the 429 Transport Squadron, based at 8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ontario. Boeing delivered the first two Canadian C-17s in 2007 and the third earlier this year.
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On 3 April, ATA Airlines. announced its plans to immediately discontinue all scheduled passenger service. Southwest Airlines and ATA Airlines have had a codeshare agreement since February 2005. This partnership recently allowed the airlines to exchange passengers and their checked baggage at Chicago Midway Airport; Las Vegas McCarran International; Phoenix Sky Harbor International; and Oakland International. The service was available to select ATA destinations with a single ticketing option through either airline. Southwest also marketed and sold ATA-only flights. These arrangements ended with today's announcement from ATA. "ATA Airlines has been an outstanding partner for Southwest, and we are disappointed to hear this unfortunate news," said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chief Executive Officer. "We are sad to end our codeshare relationship with ATA but understand it's extremely difficult for an airline to flourish in today's arduous financial environment that has been plagued by soaring fuel prices." Upon hearing ATA's decision, Southwest immediately implemented a plan to take care of all Customers who purchased a ticket on Southwest and are scheduled to travel on ATA service by rebooking them on a new itinerary closest to their previous travel plans, or offering a full refund for any unused portion of a ticket.
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At Bombardier Aerospace, 2007 revenues increased by 17% to a record $9.7 billion, while EBIT rose to $563 million, compared to $322 million for last fiscal year. This produced an EBIT margin of 5.8%, versus last year's 3.9%. Free cash flow more than doubled to $1.7 billion, compared to last year's $814 million. Bombardier Aerospace's backlog reached a new record level of $22.7 billion, an increase of $9.5 billion compared to January 31, 2007. It was an excellent year with 698 firm orders for business, regional and amphibious aircraft, compared to 363 aircraft last fiscal year. Deliveries also increased to 361 aircraft, versus 326 for the corresponding period last year. For fiscal year 2009, the group expects an increase in business aircraft deliveries along with an improved mix, while regional aircraft deliveries are expected to remain at a similar level compared to fiscal year 2008. In the business aircraft market, Bombardier Aerospace maintained its leadership with a record 232 deliveries as well as 452 orders, for a book-to-bill ratio of 1.9. Interest for business jets in major emerging markets, such as Russia and Asia, has grown significantly, shifting demand away from the U.S. which now accounts for approximately 30% of the group's new orders.
With the entry into service of the Learjet 60 XR and the launch of the all-new Learjet 85 featuring an all-composite structure, Bombardier Aerospace further strengthened its product portfolio, the most complete in the business aircraft industry. Regional aircraft orders surged to 238 orders compared to 87 last fiscal year. The introduction of the next generation of the CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft as well as the launch of the CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet have stimulated demand and contributed to 141 regional jet orders for fiscal year 2008, compared to 49 last fiscal year. Increasing interest for the Q400 aircraft has generated demand from companies in various countries such as Australia-based Qantas Airways, U.K.'s Flybe and Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines. As the trend towards larger turboprops continues, Bombardier Aerospace announced, in March 2008, the launch of the Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner, pursuing its tradition of innovation. Bombardier Aerospace continues to work towards reaching an EBIT margin of 8%, now expected by fiscal 2009
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28.11.2016 - Bombardier Commercial Aircraft feierte am Montag in Montreal die Übergabe der ersten CS300. AirBaltic plant den ersten Linienflug am 14. Dezember. … weiter

Bombardier CSeries CS100 und CS300 erhalten gleiche Typenberechtigung

25.11.2016 - Für die beiden Kurz- und Mittelstreckenjets des kanadischen Flugzeugherstellers gilt die gleiche Typenberechtigung. Für Betreiber bringt das Vorteile. … weiter

Vom Pendler zum Hundertsitzer Top 10: Die meistgebauten Regionalflugzeuge

17.11.2016 - Ohne sie geht nichts: Regionalflugzeuge sind nach wie vor ein unverzichtbarer Teil des Luftverkehrs. Die Palette beginnt bei den traditionellen 19-Sitzern und endet mit den aktuellsten Mustern in … weiter

Anbindung an Drehkreuz Mit Lufthansa von Paderborn nach Frankfurt

16.11.2016 - Ab März 2017 fliegt Lufthansa vom Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport nach Frankfurt. Damit ist der Regionalflughafen künftig an beide Lufthansa-Drehkreuze angebunden. … weiter


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