Aviation News Releases – Thursday, March 18, 2010



  • EMBRAER DELIVERS FIRST EMBRAER 190 JET FOR BA CITYFLYER
    British Airways subsidiary now operates the EMBRAER 170 and the EMBRAER 190 at LCYSão José dos Campos, March 17, 2010 – Embraer delivered the first EMBRAER 190 jet toBritish Airways, this month, at the Company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.The aircraft will be flown by BA CityFlyer, British Airways’ wholly owned regionalsubsidiary, which operates international and domestic routes from London City Airport (LCY).This is the first of a total of five firm orders it has for the…
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  • Boeing Completes Preliminary Design of Free Electron Laser Weapon System
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 18, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has successfully completed the preliminary design of the U.S. Navy’s Free Electron Laser (FEL) weapon system, a key step toward building a FEL prototype for realistic tests at sea. During the preliminary design review held March 9 to March 11 at a Boeing facility in Arlington, Va., the company presented its design to more than 30 U.S. government and National Laboratory representatives. This electric laser will operate by…
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  • Third 747-8 Freighter Joins Flight Test
    EVERETT, Wash., March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The third Boeing (NYSE: BA) 747-8 Freighter, RC 521, successfully completed its first flight today. It is the final test airplane scheduled to participate in the flight-test program for the 747-8 Freighter. Piloted by Captains Paul Stemer and Keith Otsuka, with Ralph Chaffin serving as systems operator, RC 521 took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., completed a two-and-a-half-hour flight and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle. The…
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  • Danish Fighter Review Still On: Ministry
    By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON The Danish defense ministry says no decision has been made yet on its fighter competition, amid reports that F-35 Joint Strike Fighter problems may have knocked that U.S. offering out of the running. “We are still working on finalizing the military recommendation,” a Danish defense ministry official says….
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  • Boeing Eyes Production Boost For 777s, 737s
    By Joseph C. Anselmo janselmo@aviationweek.comARLINGTON, VA Boeing is leaning toward upping production of its 777 widebody jet, a move that would at least partially roll back an 11-month decision to cut output in response to a severe downturn in the global airline industry. James Albaugh, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA), says Boeing will decide in April whether to build more 777s and indicated that a go-ahead was likely….
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  • NASA Celebrates Sun-Earth Day Activities with Live Webcast
    WASHINGTON — NASA EDGE, an award-winning talk show known for offbeat,funny and informative behind-the-scene stories about the spaceagency, will celebrate Sun-Earth Day 2010, with a live webcast aboutour sun and its effects on Earth. The program will air at 1 p.m. EDT,Saturday, March 20, from the exhibit floor of the National ScienceTeachers Association conference in Philadelphia.This year’s focus is magnetic storms created by the sun. Magnetism, aforce that affects our everyday lives, plays a…
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  • Cimber Sterling Posts 9 Month Loss
    Danish budget airline Cimber Sterling posted operating losses for the first nine months of its 2009-10 business year and said the market in the third quarter was more difficult than expected….
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  • JAL Adds Pilots To Early Retirement Plan – Report
    Debt-ridden Japan Airlines will expand its voluntary retirement offer to include pilots, the Nikkei business daily reported….
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  • Lufthansa Cargo Says Demand Rising Steeply
    Demand for air freight is rising steeply as the global economy starts to recover from the worst crisis in decades, Lufthansa Cargo chief executive Carsten Spohr said on Thursday….
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  • Iberia, BA To Approve Merger Deal Mar 25 – Report
    Iberia and British Airways will meet next Thursday, March 25, to approve their merger deal, Expansion newspaper reported on Thursday, citing sources close to the companies….
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  • Severe Drought Cracks Runway At China Airport
    A severe drought in Yunnan province, southwestern China has claimed a new victim — a runway at one of the region’s busiest airports….
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  • Airline Crew Face Jail In Dubai Over Sexy Texts
    Two Emirates cabin crew have received a three month prison sentence in Dubai over sexually explicit text messages, the latest in a string of indecency cases against foreigners, a newspaper reported on Wednesday….
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  • Brazil To Overhaul Airline Ownership Rules
    Foreigners will be able to take a stake of up to 49 percent in Brazilian airlines compared with the current 20 percent limit, under a government proposal before Brazil hosts the soccer World Cup and Olympic games….
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  • US Orders 777 Fix To Prevent Runway Mishaps
    US aviation regulators required airlines to install new software on certain Boeing 777 jets to prevent possible runway overruns during takeoff….
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  • Brown Says Deal To Avert BA Strike Possible
    UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Wednesday he believed a deal was still possible to prevent a planned British Airways cabin crew strike at the weekend….
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  • Soyuz Landing Caps Milestone Space Station Mission
    WASHINGTON — Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams and FlightEngineer Max Suraev landed their Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft on thesteppes of Kazakhstan Thursday, wrapping up a five-and-a-half-monthstay aboard the International Space Station.Suraev, the Soyuz commander, was at the controls of the spacecraft asit undocked at 4:03 a.m. EDT from the station’s Poisk module. The duolanded at 7:24 a.m. at a site northeast of the Kazakh town ofArkalyk.Working in frigid temperatures, Russian recovery teams…
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  • Finmeccanica Seeks To Make U.S. Home Market
    By Andy NativiGenoa Finmeccanica is looking to further increase its business activity in the U.S., capitalizing on its acquisition of DRS Technologies. The company has long eyed the U.S. and, through a growing industrial footprint, has tried to make it a “home market” in addition to Italy and the U.K….
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  • Delta Planning Changes On MD-88s
    By Andrew Compart andrew_compart@aviationweek.com Delta Air Lines is going to reconfigure and upgrade more than 100 of its MD-88 aircraft. Delta confirmed that is the carrier named in a press release Monday by Greensboro, N.C.-based Timco Aerosystems, an aircraft interior engineering firm….
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  • Boeing Receives Authorised Engineering Organisation Certification for Australian Super Hornets
    AMBERLEY, Queensland, March 17, 2010 — Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], has received accreditation from the Commonwealth of Australia as an Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet Weapon System. Boeing Defence Australia now is authorized to provide engineering services to support the RAAF’s 24 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft through a combination of local engineering…
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  • More Space Station Participants To Be Sought
    By Frank Morring, Jr. Heads of the five space agencies in the International Space Station (ISS) partnership have decided to try to expand participation by other nations in the orbiting laboratory, while not opening up the formal partnership to new members….
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  • Air Canada To Revitalize Montreal Hub
    By Darren Shannon Air Canada is planning to revitalize its hub operations at Montreal’s Trudeau Airport, but will require new bilateral agreements and financial commitments from multiple stakeholders to fulfill its goals, according to the carrier’s President and CEO Calin Rovinescu….
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  • Navy Three Star Officially Nominated For JSF
    By Michael Bruno michael_bruno@aviationweek.comWashington The Pentagon has officially nominated Vice Adm. David J. Venlet, head of the Navy and Marine Corps’ air systems acquisition command, to take over the U.S.-based program office for the Joint Strike Fighter. Today’s announcement, which was expected, makes good on dramatic restructuring and disciplinary actions Defense Secretary Robert Gates unveiled Feb. 1….
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  • FAA Sees General Aviation Poised For Growth
    By Benet Wilson The general aviation aircraft fleet will grow by about 50,000 airplanes and 52,000 active pilots by 2030, according to FAA’s forecast released last week. The agency acknowledged the recent economic woes of the general aviation industry, noting “record declines by several measures of activity and double-digit declines by most measures.”…
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  • AAR Q3 Profit Falls 42 Percent
    AAR, a provider of parts and maintenance services to the aviation industry, posted a 42 percent drop in quarterly profit, hurt by lower sales to its commercial customers….
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  • Some US Passengers Complain About Body Scans
    Hundreds of US air passengers have lodged complaints over use of full-body security scanners in the past year, charging they violate personal privacy and may be harmful to their health, documents released on Tuesday showed….
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