Aviation News Releases – Thursday, July 22, 2010

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 Family aircraft worth $4.4 billion; from Aeroflot for 11 A330-300s worth $2.3 billion; from Garuda Indonesia for six A330-200s worth $1.2 billion; and from Germania for five A319s worth $372 million….

Latest Headlines

Airports

Union To Ballot BAA Staff On Strike Action
The Unite union has given British airport operator BAA seven days notice of its intention to hold a strike ballot in a dispute over pay …
Jul-16 – 2010 | More ->

Auckland Airport To Defer Second Runway
New Zealand’s main international gateway, Auckland Airport said on Friday it would further defer the building of a second runway …
Jul-16 – 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

Mexicana Financials Worry Creditors
By Darren Shannon: Mexicana is coming under pressure from creditors after failing to meet debt obligations, including some aircraft lease payments. According to several sources with close ties to Mexican aviation, the carrier has struggled to recover the economic downturn and the dramatic effects on demand caused by the H1N1 influenza scare in early 2009 …
Jul-22 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Stealthy Predator C Will Come in Two Variants
By Bill Sweetman william_sweetman@aviationweek.com, LONDON: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) plans to offer its Avenger/Predator C unmanned combat air vehicle in two variants, with the second featuring radar absorbent materials, a Joint Strike Fighter-type electro-optical sensor and other features for survival in heavily defended airspace, according to aircraft systems group president Frank Pace. “We are working that program, but it’s…
Jul-22 – 2010 | More ->


Executive

Bombardier Business Aircraft Sales Leading Up to and at Farnborough Total Approximately 800 Million Dollars
Firm orders to date total 16 business aircraft including 12 Global Express XRS, two Global 5000 and two Challenger 605 jets. Bombardier Aerospace announced multiple large aircraft orders during the week leading up to and at the world’s largest air show in Farnborough, U.K., for a total of 16 business jets valued at approximately $800 million US based on the 2010 list price for typically equipped aircraft. “This has been a great show for Bombardier Business Aircraft. Coming off…
Jul-20 – 2010 | More ->


Industry

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 ->

Brazilian Air Force Commits To 28 KC-390s
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comFARNBOROUGH The Brazilian air force has made an initial purchase commitment to the Embraer KC-390 military airlifter, with the goal of fielding the aircraft starting in 2016. The Brazilian government had previously only agreed to fund the development of the KC-390 and build two prototypes. The service plans to replace its entire fleet of C-130s with KC-390s eventually, says Brazilian air force …
Jul-21 – 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

Astrium, Cisco To Study Space Router
By Michael A. Taverna, PARIS — Astrium Services and Cisco have concluded an agreement to jointly study future space Internet protocol (IP) router applications. Space routers act as computers in the sky, permitting large blocks of data in various frequency bands to be merged and transferred to multiple terrestrial receivers in a single step, based on instructions in the uplink. Their use obviates the …
Jul-16 – 2010 | More ->


Space

Key Senate Panel Approves NASA 2011 Funding
By Kristin Majcher (kristin_majcher@aviationweek.com), Washington: The U.S. Senate Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee quickly approved its version of NASA’s Fiscal 2011 spending bill July 21, providing a $19 billion topline — the same level as the Obama administration’s request – in a key step that furthers a nascent compromise between Capitol Hill and the White House. Of the total, $1.6 billion funds the two remaining …
Jul-21 – 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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