Aviation News Releases – Tuesday, May 4, 2010



  • Boeing Selects Monarch Aircraft Engineering as a GoldCare Partner
    Monarch to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul support for Boeing 787s SEATTLE, May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced London-based Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd. as a maintenance, repair and overhaul partner for the aerospace company’s GoldCare service offering for the 787 Dreamliner. Under the agreement, Monarch will provide scheduled maintenance operations in support of the 787 fleet. “Monarch Aircraft Engineering has a long history of successful, …
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  • Boeing Announces Formation of Airlift and Tankers Division
    ST. LOUIS, May 4, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced the formation of the Airlift and Tankers (A&T) division within its military aircraft business unit. The new division will lead the company’s sustained pursuit and execution of U.S. and international tanker and fixed-wing mobility aircraft business. The A&T division will assume program management responsibility for the C-17 Globemaster III and international and U.S. tanker programs. Chris Chadwick, president of Boeing…
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  • Boeing to Provide India’s Blue Dart Aviation With Maintenance Productivity Tool
    SEATTLE, May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Blue Dart Aviation, India’s largest and only dedicated domestic freighter airline, today announced that Boeing Commercial Aviation Services will provide Maintenance Performance Toolbox for the airline’s Boeing 757-200 Freighter fleet. Toolbox, a key Boeing Lifecycle Solution element, is a software-based productivity tool designed to unify an airline’s maintenance data, enhancing accessibility and providing greater efficiency…
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  • Boeing Marks 10 Years of Communications Support for Australian Navy Collins-class Submarines
    BRISBANE, Queensland, May 4, 2010 — Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], has successfully supported communications systems aboard the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Collins-class submarine fleet for a decade. Since 2000, Boeing has provided through-life engineering support services for Boeing-produced Internal External Communications (IEC) systems on the RAN’s six Collins-class submarines. Used to communicate critical safety and operational…
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  • Bombardier Learjet 85 Aircraft Program Forges Ahead
    Bombardier Aerospace today shared additional information on its Learjet 85 program development. Having successfully exited the Joint Definition Phase in February 2010, Bombardier Learjet is now working with over 40 suppliers worldwide in the detail design phase. Composite tooling manufacturing for the first aircraft and composite readiness testing are progressing as planned, and on March 30, 2010, the Queretaro manufacturing facility was granted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)…
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  • Bombardier Aerospace First OEM to Win Installation Approval for Honeywell Primus Elite LCD Cockpit Upgrade on Global 5000, Global Express
    Bombardier Aerospace announced today that it is the first OEM to receive a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), in conjunction with Honeywell, to install Primus Elite DU-875 Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) upgrades for Global 5000, Global Express and Global Express XRS aircraft. The new STC system is now available for in-service Global aircraft customers and will also be offered as an option on new aircraft. The Honeywell Primus Elite flight deck will initially include XM® graphical…
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  • EMBRAER NAMES TAP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING AS AN AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER IN BRAZIL
    Company performs the maintenance of aircraft for Azul, FAB, Passaredo, and TRIPSão José dos Campos, May 3, 2010 – In aceremony held, today, at the facilities of TAPMaintenance & Engineering Brazil (TAP M&EBrazil), in Porto Alegre, Embraer announcedthe company as an Embraer AuthorizedService Center (EASC) in Brazil. The eventwas also attended by representatives of theAzul, Passaredo, and TRIP airlines, and of theBrazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira –FAB). All of these customers…
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  • IATA Details Ash Cloud Economic Impact
    By Jens Flottau jens@flottau.comFRANKFURT African and Middle Eastern airlines have seen a significant financial impact of the volcanic ash cloud over Europe last month, although much less than their European peers. According to figures released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), 30% of African airlines’ capacity was affected by the five-day closure of much of Europe’s airspace. Middle Eastern carriers were forced to ground around…
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  • Reauth Bill Could Stretch FAA Thin
    By Adrian Schofield While FAA reauthorization will bring welcome funding stability, it will also place a tremendous burden on the agency in the form of a raft of new regulatory requirements, according to FAA Chief Counsel David Grizzle. The reauthorization bills being considered by the House and Senate would mandate the creation of several new rules as well as up to 14 studies and 30 reports, Grizzle said at the …
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  • U.S. Navy Sees Longer Super Hornet Life
    By Bill Sweetman FORT WASHINGTON, Md. — The U.S. Navy’s Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fleets could last 50% longer than planned, current studies are showing. The Navy has been basing its fleet planning on a 6,000-hour life for the jet, which entered service in 2001, leading to the retirement of the first aircraft around 2025 and a fleet retirement in the 2030s. However, experience with the …
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  • Airlines Seek NZ-Australia Link
    By Adrian Schofield Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue expect regulators to take about six months to review their alliance proposal, announced by the carriers on May 3. The alliance would cover flights between Australia and New Zealand, as well as connecting domestic flights in both countries. Air New Zealand has long complained of overcapacity in this market, but could not win approval …
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  • First G150 Flight Into London City
    By Fred George fred_george@aviationweek.comLondon Friday, on the eve of the 2010 EBACE, Show News was aboard the Gulfstream G150 as it made its first landing at London City Airport (LCY), following FAA steep approach certification and London City operational approvals. Up in the cockpit, Brett Rundle, chief pilot, mid-cabin, and Chip Leonard, senior demonstration captain, were making their first actual landings at LCY after undergoing steep approach…
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  • Merger Leaves Questions Unanswered
    By Darren Shannon darren_shannon@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Even though the worst kept secret in the U.S. airline industry now is confirmed, many details from the newly announced merger between United Airlines and Continental Airlines are being left intentionally vague by leaders of what could be the world’s largest carrier. The May 3 announcement and conference call did include some key data, although many of the major points — such …
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  • India Forces Fighter Rivals To Rebid
    By Neelam MathewsNew Delhi India has proved once again that it cannot push the pedal too hard for speedy procurement of a major weapon system. It has been forced to notify vendors seeking the coveted 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) award that they will need to rebid, prompting a schedule delay that might drive up costs. The bidders represent the industry’s biggest fighter …
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  • Falcon 9 Debut Stands Aside For Shuttle
    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERal, Fla. — The first flight of Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket will fall behind the targeted May 14 launch of space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-132 mission. The California-based firm, which holds NASA contracts for Falcon 9 development, demonstration and cargo delivery missions to the International Space Station, had been …
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  • Obama Proposal Likely Unresolved This Year
    By Mark Carreau, Frank Morring, Jr.Johnson Space Center, Washington The resurrection of NASA’s Orion crew exploration vehicle as a space station lifeboat is injecting a new disruption into the agency’s already challenging transition from the in-house human-spaceflight plan it started under former President George W. Bush to President Barack Obama’s commercial space transportation and technology-investment agenda …
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  • Bombardier Opens Schiphol Service Center
    By Elyse Moody elyse_moody@aviationweek.com Bombardier Aerospace officially opened its first wholly owned European service center May 1 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. The addition of Bombardier Aerospace Netherlands expands its network of six maintenance facilities in North America to Western Europe, where 550 Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft are based. Bombardier also made parts available to commercial …
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  • European Flights Near Normal Despite New Ash Cloud
    European flights are expected to be at almost normal levels on Tuesday despite the closure of airspace over Ireland and part of western Scotland due to volcanic ash, European air traffic agency Eurocontrol said …
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  • Volcano To Boost Airlines’ Emissions Trading Costs
    Europe’s cash-strapped airlines could be saddled with mounting costs to buy emissions certificates after a volcanic ash cloud that swept across Europe cut the number of free certificates they stand to receive …
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  • Rising Fuel Costs Shave WestJet’s Profit
    WestJet Airlines reported a 63 percent drop in its first-quarter profit on Tuesday, hurt in part by rising fuel costs …
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  • Aer Lingus Upbeat On Q1, Longer-Term Unclear
    Irish airline Aer Lingus was encouraged by a halving of its first-quarter operating loss but remained cautious on full-year prospects partly as it cannot gauge the impact of disruptions due to volcanic ash …
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  • Qatar Air To Receive 6 Boeing 787s Next Year
    Qatar Airways increased its order for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner to six from two and expects to take delivery by September next year, the carrier’s chief executive said on Tuesday (photo: Dave Sizer) …
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  • Ireland To Reopen Airports, Fears Ash Cloud Return
    The Irish Aviation Authority said it would allow flights to resume from all Irish airports from 1200 GMT on Tuesday but volcanic ash could bring more disruptions later in the week and periodically throughout the summer …
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  • EADS Chief Waives 7-Figure Bonus
    EADS chief executive Louis Gallois has given up an annual bonus of more than EUR€1 million euros (USD$1.3 million) for a second year running, the Airbus parent said …
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  • Business Aviation Recovering Fast – Eurocontrol
    Business aviation is recovering fast from the economic crisis of the past 2 years, growing 5.2 percent in Europe so far this year and 11 percent in March, the continent’s air safety body Eurocontrol said on Monday …
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