Aviation News Releases – Wednesday, April 7, 2010

  • Hong Kong Airlines confirms order for six A330-200s
    Carrier to start long range services to EuropeHong Kong Airlines has finalised a firm order with Airbus for six A330-200s. The contract firms up a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announced during the Singapore Airshow earlier this year. The new aircraft will be powered by PW 4000 engines.Hong Kong Airlines now has a total of 23 A330s on order. The first of these will arrive in Hong Kong in the second quarter of this year and will initially be used on existing routes and later to launch…
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  • Boeing Hands Over GOES-P Satellite to NASA for Final Testing
    EL SEGUNDO, Calif., April 7, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it transferred control of the third Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-P) to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on March 24 to begin on-orbit verification testing. GOES-P — which was officially renamed GOES-15 after reaching geosynchronous orbit — will serve as an on-orbit spare to the current GOES constellation and support enhanced Earth observation and…
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  • Boeing Begins Building SC 787 Line
    By Michael Mecham The first steel column for Boeing’s Charleston, S.C., 787 final assembly line has been erected on a construction site next door to where the company makes and assembles composite fuselage sections for the new jet. The 1.2 million-sq.-ft. building is expected to open in July 2011. The first production aircraft is to roll out …
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  • SAS CEO Sees Recovery Starting In Late 2010
    The chief executive of Scandinavian airline SAS said on Wednesday he saw early signs of an industry upturn, which could boost demand by the end of the year …
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  • SpiceJet Says Not In Talks With Religare
    SpiceJet said late on Tuesday, after market hours, that it was not in discussion with Religare Voyages to sell a stake in the budget airline …
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  • Air Berlin March Passenger Numbers Rise 4.8 Pct
    Air Berlin, Germany’s second-biggest airline, said the number of passengers its planes carried in March rose by 4.8 percent year-on-year …
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  • Govt Eyes Further Turkish Air Share Sale
    Turkey said it could sell part of its 49 percent stake in Turkish Airlines, Europe’s fourth-largest carrier and an airline with ambitious plans for growth …
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  • Women Arrested Smuggling Corpse Onto Plane
    Two women were arrested at a British airport on suspicion of trying to smuggle a dead relative onto a flight bound for Germany, police said on Tuesday …
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  • Air Canada March Load Factor Improves
    Air Canada said on Tuesday that its load factor was 82.1 percent in March, up 1.4 percentage points from March 2009 …
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  • WestJet Passenger Levels Climb In March
    WestJet Airlines said on Tuesday that passenger levels were higher in March, with customers flying more as pressure from the economic downturn eased …
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  • S.Africa Raids Airlines In Price-Fixing Probe
    South Africa’s antitrust watchdog said it raided the offices of South African Airways and another airline, as part of an ongoing probe into price fixing related to the soccer World Cup …
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  • FAA Commits USD$410 Mln To Finish O’Hare Plan
    The US Department of Transportation on Tuesday committed USD$410 million toward completing an expansion of Chicago’s O’Hare airport …
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  • Spirit Air To Experiment With Carry-On Bag Fees
    Spirit Airlines said on Tuesday it will start charging USD$45 for carry-on bags …
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  • Japan Airlines To Cut 16,500 Jobs
    Japan Airlines plans to reduce its workforce by a third within the fiscal year to lower staff costs by JPY81.7 billion yen a year, the Nikkei business daily said …
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    Light jet will be exhibited at Aero Friedrichshafen, together with the Phenom 100São José dos Campos, April 6, 2010 – Thefifth edition of the Aero FriedrichshafenTrade Exhibition for General Aviation(www.aero-friedrichshafen.de) will take placein Germany, April 8-11. This year, Embraertakes the Phenom 300 light jet for to the eventfor the first time. The aircraft was certified inBrazil by ANAC and in the U.S. by the FAA,in December 2009, and the Europeanapproval, issued by EASA, is expected…
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  • Boeing Completes First 787 Dreamliner Maintenance Training Class
    EVERETT, Wash., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced that it has completed the first maintenance training class for the 787 Dreamliner. The class consisted of 10 mechanics from 787 launch customer ANA (All Nippon Airways) and two regulators from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). The mechanics, who completed the training last week, are the first of 150 ANA mechanics to be trained by Boeing over the next seven months. They spent more than 30 days…
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  • Boeing and the Republic of Singapore Celebrate F-15SGs’ Arrival in Singapore
    ST. LOUIS, April 6, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) on April 5 celebrated the arrival of the RSAF’s first five F-15SG aircraft at Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, where the aircraft were formally inducted into the F-15SG squadron. The F-15SGs returned to Singapore from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, following 10 months of rigorous air-to-air and air-to-ground testing and development programs with the U.S. Air Force/RSAF 428th Fighter Squadron….
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  • Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Benefit Florida
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 6, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that the state of Florida will benefit from an estimated 1,900 total jobs with 14 suppliers and generate an estimated $95 million annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force’s next tanker aircraft. The NewGen Tanker is a widebody, multi-mission aircraft based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial airplane and updated with the latest and most advanced technology. Capable…
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  • Spirit To Start Carry-On Charge
    By Andrew Compart andrew_compart@aviationweek.com U.S. low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines, one of the first carriers in the world to charge customers for all checked bags, will start charging them as much as $45 for carry-on items that do not fit under a seat. Spirit is calling the charge for carry-on overhead bin storage “the next phase of unbundling.” Passengers who pay the fee also will move to the front of the line …
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  • Epic Negotiators Face Thursday Deadline
    By George Larson george_larson@bellsouth.net American kit builders and representatives for a Chinese manufacturer are working right now to carve out a deal by a court-ordered Thursday deadline that will put bankrupt Epic Aircraft back in business. Last Friday U.S. bankruptcy Judge Randall Dunn ruled that China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. Ltd. (AVIC) could buy Epic’s assets for $4.3 million …
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  • Pentagon Rolls Out Nuclear Posture Review
    By Bettina H. Chavanne chavanne@aviationweek.comWashington Washington – The U.S. Defense Department unveiled its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) this morning at the Pentagon, with a request for $5 billion to be transferred from the Pentagon’s budget to the Energy Department over the next several years, as well as a $2.7 billion increase in DOE’s budget for Fiscal 2011. The money requests reflects the Obama administration’s …
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  • Shuttle Heat Shield Scanned For Damage
    By Mark CarreauHouston The Discovery astronauts scanned the shuttle’s heat shielding for signs of damage from launch debris April 6, but were unable to transmit the findings to NASA’s Mission Control for analysis by imagery experts because of a failed high-data rate Ku-band communications antenna. Instead, the shuttle crew will wait until early April 7 …
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  • NASA Awards Business Operations and Technical Services Contract
    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA has selected Deltha-Critique NSS JointVenture of New Orleans to receive a contract for business operationsand technical services at NASA’s Ames Research Center at MoffettField, Calif. The contract has a maximum value of $70 million.This is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm fixed-pricesingle award contract that begins on April 26, 2010. The contractconsists of a two-year base period and includes three one-yearoptions.The company will provide a…
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  • NASA Extends Contract with Russian Federal Space Agency
    WASHINGTON — NASA has signed a $335 million modification to thecurrent International Space Station contract with the Russian FederalSpace Agency for crew transportation, rescue and related services in2013 and 2014.The firm-fixed price modification covers comprehensive Soyuz support,including all necessary training and preparation for launch, crewrescue, and landing of a long-duration mission for six individualstation crew members.In this contract modification, space station crew members will…
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  • Boeing 787 Final Assembly and Delivery, Charleston Facility Taking Shape
    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) took another visible step toward full 787 Dreamliner production Monday by placing the first steel column for its Charleston 787 Final Assembly and Delivery facility. “This new facility will expand our production capability and strengthen the 787 program as we work toward rate,” said Marco Cavazzoni, vice president and general manager of 787 Final Assembly and Delivery, Charleston, Boeing Commercial…
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