Aviation News Releases – Friday, July 23, 2010

By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.com
FARNBOROUGH

Airbus Military in the next few days expects to commence trials to land the A400M airlifter on unprepared runways, in the first significant step to validate some of the transport’s military performance.

The first step is for the A400M, now christened the Grizzly, to land on a runway near Toulouse, France, with chalk pellets. Those are to show how stones would ricochet and …

Latest Headlines

Airports

Flooding Closes Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport
Milwaukee’s main airport has been closed by extensive flooding until at least noon Friday after the city was inundated by heavy rains on Thursday …
Jul-23 – 2010 | More ->

Air NZ Looking At Queenstown Airport Stake
Air New Zealand is willing to lead a group of airlines in buying a stake in Queenstown Airport, the carrier said on Friday …
Jul-23 – 2010 | More ->

Porter Says Air Canada Court Complaints Dismissed
Porter Airlines said on Thursday that the Federal Court of Canada had dismissed two applications by Air Canada contesting the awarding of takeoff and landing slots at Toronto’s Billy Bishop airport …Photo: BriYYZ
Jul-23 – 2010 | More ->


Cargo

Azerbaijan Airlines Orders Boeing 767-300 Passenger and Freighter Models
FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Azerbaijan Airlines have signed an agreement to substitute two Next-Generation 737 airplanes for one 767-300ER (extended range) and two 767 Freighters, a new model type for the Baku, Azerbaijan-based airline. The substitution has been updated on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website. “With our centralized geographic location, Azerbaijan is becoming a busy hub in the region between east…
Jul-22 – 2010 | More ->


Commercial

Franz To Become Lufthansa CEO
By Jens Flottau: Lufthansa will name Deputy CEO Christoph Franz the company’s CEO at the next meeting of the board of directors, scheduled on Sept. 22, industry sources tell The DAILY. While no formal decision has been made, no alternatives are being discussed, the sources say. The board will also appoint Carsten Spohr CEO of the airline division and a group …
Jul-23 – 2010 | More ->

Spirit Air Pilots Approve New Contract
Pilots at Spirit Airlines, who staged a walkout in June that grounded flights at the low-fare carrier for nearly a week, ratified a new contract that includes “substantial” pay increases, their union said on Friday …
Jul-23 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

A400M Gears Up For Unprepared Runway Trials
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.com, FARNBOROUGH: Airbus Military in the next few days expects to commence trials to land the A400M airlifter on unprepared runways, in the first significant step to validate some of the transport’s military performance. The first step is for the A400M, now christened the Grizzly, to land on a runway near Toulouse, France, with chalk pellets. Those are to show how stones would ricochet and …
Jul-23 – 2010 | More ->

Russia To Get Su-35S By Year-end
By Maxim Pyadushkin, Michael A. Taverna mike_taverna@aviationweek.com: The Russian air force will take delivery of its first Su-35S fighter by the end of 2010, with a Libyan deal for the aircraft also anticipated to be concluded in the same time frame. Sukhoi CEO Mikhail Pogosyan, speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow, confirms that the air force would begin to receive the latest upgrade of the Su-27 Flanker …
Jul-23 – 2010 | More ->


Executive

Bombardier Order Bag Approaches $1B
By Brendan Gallagher, FARNBOROUGH: Canadian bizjet-maker Bombardier yesterday put at close to a billion dollars the value of the orders it has announced in the run-up to the show and on its first two days. The Montreal-headquartered company has logged contracts comprising a total of 12 ultra-long-range Global Express XRS, two super-large-size Global 5000s and a pair of large-cabin Challenger 605s, worth in excess of $800 …
Jul-23 – 2010 | More ->

Industry

Boeing, Alaska Airlines Complete Order for Two Next-Generation 737s
SEATTLE, July 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Alaska Airlines today announced the carrier has exercised options for two additional Next-Generation 737-800s. Valued at approximately $153 million at list prices, the Alaska order was posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website in June and attributed to an unidentified customer. “Alaska Airlines continues to execute a successful and strategic vision based on its expansive fleet of efficient and reliable Next-Generation…
Jul-23 – 2010 | More ->

Farnborough 2010: Airbus wins commitments worth US$28 billion
Signalling a clear upturn in the aviation industry, Airbus announced commitments at the 2010 Farnborough Air Show for 255 aircraft, valued at around US$28 billion. The commitments so far include firm orders for 133 aircraft worth more than $13 billion, plus memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreements for a further 122 aircraft totalling around $15 billion. The firm orders at the show came from GECAS for 60 A320s worth around $4.9 billion; from Air Lease Corporation for 51 A320 …
Jul-22 – 2010 | More ->

Azerbaijan Airlines Orders Boeing 767-300 Passenger and Freighter Models
FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Azerbaijan Airlines have signed an agreement to substitute two Next-Generation 737 airplanes for one 767-300ER (extended range) and two 767 Freighters, a new model type for the Baku, Azerbaijan-based airline. The substitution has been updated on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website. “With our centralized geographic location, Azerbaijan is becoming a busy hub in the region between east…
Jul-22 – 2010 | More ->


Navy

Navy, USAF Coordinate High-Altitude UAV Work
By Amy Butler, Washington and Beale AFB, Calif.: More questions than answers are arising from the U.S. Navy/Air Force memorandum of agreement to coordinate efforts on their respective high-altitude reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Signed June 12 by the services’ chiefs of staffs, the agreement aims to produce operational and financial efficiencies in the Air Force Global Hawk and Navy Broad …
Jul-16 – 2010 | More ->


Science

NASA Seeks Undergrads to Defy Gravity for Science and Engineering
HOUSTON — NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity totest an experiment in weightless science as part of the agency’sReduced Gravity Education Flight Program. Proposals are due by Oct. 27.The program, managed by the Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston,provides aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricatea reduced gravity experiment. Selected teams will get to test andevaluate their experiment aboard a microgravity aircraft. Thespecially modified jet aircraft…
Jul-23 – 2010 | More ->


Space

NASA Telescope Finds Elusive Buckyballs In Space For First Time
WASHINGTON — Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered carbon molecules, known as “buckyballs,” in space for thefirst time. Buckyballs are soccer-ball-shaped molecules that werefirst observed in a laboratory 25 years ago.They are named for their resemblance to architect Buckminster Fuller’sgeodesic domes, which have interlocking circles on the surface of apartial sphere. Buckyballs were thought to float around in space, buthad escaped detection until now.”We found what…
Jul-23 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Strike Hits French Flights, Draws Criticism
Flights in and out of Paris and across France were severely disrupted on Wednesday when air traffic controllers staged a one-day strike in protest at plans to unify west European airspace under a single authority …
Jul-21 – 2010 | More ->



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