Aviation News Releases Magazine – Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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NASA Awards Infrared Sounder Contract For First JPSS Spacecraft
WASHINGTON — NASA, on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has awarded a sole source contract to ITT Corporation of Ft. Wayne, Ind. The award is for the Cross-trackInfrared Sounder (CrIS) instrument planned for flight on the firstJoint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) in 2014.JPSS is the restructured civilian portion of the NationalPolar-orbiting Operational…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
NASA Funded Study Shows Desert Dust Cuts Colorado River Flow
WASHINGTON — Snow melt in the Colorado River basin is occurringearlier, reducing runoff and the amount of crucial water availabledownstream. A new study shows this is due to increased dust caused byhuman activities in the region during the past 150 years.The study, led by a NASA scientist and funded by the agency and theNational Science Foundation (NSF), showed peak spring runoff nowcomes three…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
NASA To Ship Fuel Tank For The Last Planned Shuttle Flight
NEW ORLEANS — The external fuel tank that will power the last plannedspace shuttle into orbit will be shipped Tuesday to NASA’s KennedySpace Center in Florida. The tank has been restored to flightconfiguration at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleansafter sustaining damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.The tank, designated ET-122, will support shuttle Endeavour’s flighttargeted for…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Malaysia Airlines orders two more A330-200F freighters
Malaysia Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus for two more A330-200F freighters, following the conversion of two existing options. The latest contract increases the airline’s firm orders for the type to four, all of which will be operated by the carrier’s subsidiary MASkargo. The aircraft will be powered by PW4000 engines from Pratt & Whitney. “We are confident that…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Boeing Recognized as a Leader in Climate Change Disclosure
CHICAGO, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ — For the second consecutive year, the Carbon Disclosure Project recognized Boeing (NYSE: BA) as one of the world’s leading companies in reporting climate-change risks and taking actions to improve environmental performance. The Carbon Disclosure Project, an investor-funded nonprofit organization that produces the most comprehensive survey of global corporate…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Boeing Space Based Space Surveillance Satellite Ready for Launch
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 21, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and its teammate Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. today announced that the Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) satellite and ground system have completed final testing. The satellite is scheduled to be launched Sept. 25 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif. Once on orbit, SBSS will dramatically improve…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Boeing Projects Steady Growth for Commercial Airplanes Market in Africa
More than 700 airplanes, worth $80 billion, needed in region over 20 years CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) forecasts that air carriers in Africa will experience steady growth over the next 20 years as air travel in Africa continues to grow with the economy. The African economy is projected to grow 4.8 percent in 2010 following 2.9 percent growth in 2009….
Sep-21-2010 | More »
USAF, Navy To Coordinate Guam Global Hawks
By Bradley Perrett ANDERSEN AFB, GUAM — U.S. Air Force and Navy Global Hawks operating from Andersen AFB in Guam may share ground support and occasionally cover each other’s missions as part of a June 12 agreement between the two services to coordinate their high-altitude surveillance operations. Speaking at a ceremony Sept….
Sep-21-2010 | More »
IATA Sees Higher Profit, But Tougher 2011
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com The global airline industry looks set to record a far healthier 2010 profit than was forecast just three months ago, although there are enough warning signs to indicate that earnings will dip again next year. The International Air Transport Association expects airlines to record an $8.9 billion…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Lockheed Martin Gets Belated Nod For Thaad
By Amy Butler Pentagon procurement chief Ashton Carter has approved production of Lockheed Martin’s Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system interceptors following a yearlong delay due to a faulty part. Lockheed Martin was awarded the $298-million contract last week for 26 interceptors; these are the first missiles that will…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Tentative New Deal For Horizon Pilots Union
By Andrew Compart Horizon Air and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have reached a federally mediated tentative agreement on a new contract for the carrier’s 673 pilots, the carrier and union announced last week. The deal comes amid a major strategic change and cost-cutting effort at Horizon, the regional sister carrier of Alaska …
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Latin American ATC Delegation To Visit U.S.
By Adrian Schofield A delegation of air traffic control officials from the Latin America and Caribbean regions will be visiting the U.S. next month for briefings with the FAA and ATC companies. The Oct. 19-29 visit is classed as a reverse trade mission and is being organized by the American Association of Airport Executives and the U.S….
Sep-21-2010 | More »
SAS Agrees To Estonian Exit
By Jens Flottau SAS Group and the Estonian government agreed on a phased exit of the Scandinavian airline as a shareholder of Estonian Air. SAS will not participate in a capital increase at Estonian that is led by the government. That will boost the government stake to 90% while it will dilute SAS’s shareholding in the airline from 49% to…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
USAF Braces For Fiscal Bombardment
By Amy ButlerWashington Belt-tightening for the U.S. Air Force appears to already be underway, heralded by scant new aircraft procurements and developments on the horizon and a rallying cry from the chief of staff for industry to lower its hopes for large profits in a spirit of “unity.” The four-star brass was out in full force Sept. 13-15…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
House May Act On Bonus Depreciation
By Kerry Lynch The U.S. House of Representatives could take action this week on a bonus depreciation extension, already approved by the Senate. The House bill, H.R. 5297, which includes the bonus depreciation measure along with a range of small business assistance and tax incentives, was adopted by the Senate as the Small Business Lending Funding Act…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Air Force Study Points To Reusable Orbiter
By Guy NorrisLos Angeles Newly declassified details of the analysis behind the U.S. Air Force’s decision to opt for a next-generation Reusable Booster System (RBS) reveal a long-term preference for a rocket-based, combined-cycle upper-stage orbiter over the nearer-term expendable solution. The RBS plan is in development to replace the Air…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Science Program Takes Charge Of LRO
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has completed a year-long mapping mission to scout landing spots for future robotic probes and piloted spacecraft and begun a new two-year science initiative to learn more about the Moon’s history and evolution. With a station-keeping propulsion burn Sept. 16,…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Strike Hit Air Zimbabwe ‘Seeks New Planes’
Air Zimbabwe, whose pilots have been striking for 12 days, is to buy two Airbus A340 planes for about USD$400 million, a state-controlled newspaper has reported …
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Cathay Pacific To Buy Six Boeing 777-300ERs
Hong Kong’s dominant air carrier Cathay Pacific Airways said on Tuesday it has agreed to buy six Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for about USD$1.61 billion …Photo: Cathay, Airbus A340
Sep-21-2010 | More »
AirAsia Sparks Fare Price War in Japan
Malaysia’s AirAsia, the first international budget carrier to fly to Tokyo’s Haneda airport, plans to launch service with USD$58 flights between Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur and said it could expand to three more Japanese airports …Photo: Jubei Kibagami
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Global Airlines To See Sharp Rebound - IATA
Global airlines are likely to post sharply higher profits in 2010 than previously forecast as the industry rebounds from economic recession, the International Air Travel Association said on Tuesday …
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Southwest Should Buy Sun Country - Analyst
Southwest Airlines should scoop up bankrupt Sun Country Airlines to buttress Southwest’s growing presence in Minneapolis and boost its shares, an analyst wrote on Monday …Photo: Into The Blue
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Eastern Airways To Buy Air Southwest
UK regional airline Eastern Airways has agreed to buy Air Southwest in a move that will see it expand into the southwest of England …
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Flybe Results Hit By Ash Cloud
UK airline Flybe reported pre-tax profits of GBP£7.5 million (USD$11.7 million) in the year to March – significantly up on the same figure last year …
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Unite Union To Sue bmi Over Pay Deal
The Unite union is to take UK airline bmi to court over claims that it has failed to implement fully a three-year pay deal for its employees …
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Airbus employees celebrate 40 Years of Innovation with their families
In a tremendous event encompassing five sites in Toulouse, Airbus celebrates today (19) ‘40 Years of Innovation’ in Toulouse together with some 145,000 employees, families and friends. Airbus top management and Airbus pioneers deliver moving testimonies that marked some of the major steps through the manufacturer’s 40 year history. “Our comprehensive family of aircraft has …
Sep-20-2010 | More »
GAO Throws Out Some KC-X Protest Claims
By Amy Butler The U.S. Government Accountability Office has thrown out some of the complaints made by would-be KC-X bidder U.S. Aerospace, though others are still being investigated. In a Sept. 16 decision, the government auditors found that “to the extent [the company’s] initial and supplemental protests allege bad faith or…
Sep-20-2010 | More »
Australian Carriers Urge More Govt. Investment
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.comCoolum, Australia The message from the regional aviation industry to Australia’s new leadership is that more infrastructure spending is desperately needed, and that proposed policies would create further financial headaches for carriers. Government leaders are not paying enough attention to the…
Sep-20-2010 | More »
Eastern Airlines Plans Take Over Of Air Southwest
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON The UK regional airline sector is set for further consolidation with Humberside-based Eastern Airways planning a take-over of Air Southwest. Eastern, which is the UK’s second largest regional airline, says the acquisition of its fellow UK operator from parent Sutton Harbour Group is still…
Sep-20-2010 | More »
IATA Unveils New Flexible Route Initiative
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com A new program launched by the International Air Transport Association aims to bring the efficiency advantages of new technology and procedures to long-haul routes around the globe. IATA believes the iFlex program will cut fuel consumption – and carbon emissions – by up to 2% on certain long-haul…
Sep-20-2010 | More »
New GE Engine Has Potential For Commercial Use
By Michael Mecham GE Aviation expects to begin ground tests in October in Peebles, Ohio, on a unique GEF414 F/A-18 fighter jet engine featuring a ceramic matrix composite low-pressure turbine blade that offers weight-savings and fuel-efficiency potential for military and commercial engines. Ceramic matrix composite (CMC) technology has…
Sep-20-2010 | More »
Thai Air Sells Out USD$488 Mln Share Issue
Thai Airways said on Monday its offer of 483.87 million shares to existing shareholders and the public to raise THB15 billion baht (USD$488 million) had sold out …
Sep-20-2010 | More »
Man Convicted Of Lying In Air India Bomb Case
A Canadian man who admitted helping make the bomb that destroyed Air India Flight 182 was found guilty of perjury on Saturday during the trial of two other men accused of history’s deadliest airline bombing …
Sep-20-2010 | More »
Dutch Arrest Terrorism Suspect At Schiphol
Dutch military police arrested a British man of Somali descent at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Sunday on suspicion of links to terrorism, the Dutch public prosecutor said …
Sep-20-2010 | More »
EADS Relaunches Brand To Boost Integration
European aerospace group EADS unveiled a new brand image on Friday, removing from its public profile the last traces of its main French and German founders as the Airbus parent seeks to bury past disunity …
Sep-20-2010 | More »
Aviation Chiefs Seek Global Emission Scheme
The aviation sector called on governments on Friday to agree on a global set of rules on tackling the industry’s carbon emissions to avoid chaos from a range of competing systems …
Sep-20-2010 | More »
Spirit Airlines Files For USD$300 Mln IPO
Spirit Airlines filed with the US securities regulators to raise up to USD$300 million in an initial public offering …
Sep-20-2010 | More »
UAL, Continental Shareholders Approve Merger
Shareholders of United Airlines parent UAL and Continental Airlines approved the merger of the two companies on Friday to form the world’s largest air carrier …
Sep-20-2010 | More »
Defense Review Worries U.K. Industry
By Robert WallLondon There is growing concern in the U.K. defense and aerospace sector that decisions made in London’s far-reaching Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) will jeopardize capabilities before an industrial base assessment can be completed. As policy-makers within the National Security Council sit down to make…
Sep-20-2010 | More »
DigitalGlobe To Change WorldView-2 Orbit
By Michael A. Taverna PARIS — Barely days after ordering a new spacecraft for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) EnhancedView initiative, DigitalGlobe says it will lower the altitude of its WorldView-2 spacecraft, launched in 2009, to enhance spacecraft performance. The move, set for September 2011, will drop…
Sep-20-2010 | More »
Shareholders Approve Continental-United Merger
By Darren Shannon darren_shannon@aviationweek.comWashington Shareholders at both Continental Airlines and merger partner United Airlines have approved the carriers’ integration, decisions that all but guarantee the deal’s completion on Oct. 1. “We are grateful for our stockholders’ strong vote of confidence in this merger,” says Continental’s…
Sep-20-2010 | More »
Libyan Airlines Begins Fleet Update
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON Libyan Airlines has begun an upgrade of its short-haul fleet with the delivery of the first of seven new Airbus A320s it has on order. The CFM56-5B4-powered twinjets will be operated on the airline’s domestic and regional network from its hub in Tripoli, Libya. The aircraft are equipped…
Sep-20-2010 | More »
Darpa Vulture Goes To Boeing
By Amy Butler The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has chosen Boeing’s concept for the second phase of the Vulture long-endurance unmanned aerial system (UAS) program over an offer from Lockheed Martin. The $89 million contract calls for Boeing, which is teamed with Qinetiq, to develop a heavier-than-air platform…
Sep-20-2010 | More »
Boeing, Marketing Firm To Sell Seats On Space
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL — The Boeing Co. has stepped up its public profile on commercial spaceflight, announcing a marketing agreement with Space Adventures Ltd. to sell seats on the company’s seven-person CST-100 capsule, which is being developed with support from NASA. Boeing plans to provide rides to and from the International…
Sep-20-2010 | More »
Airglades Airport Wants To Privatize
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com FAA has received a preliminary application from Clearwater, Fla.’s Hendry County Airglades Airport to participate in the airport privatization pilot program. FAA now has 30 days to review the preliminary application. The general aviation reliever airport is located 80 miles from Miami International…
Sep-20-2010 | More »
Libyan Airlines receives its first new Airbus A320
Libyan Airlines, part of the Libyan Aviation Holding Company, has taken delivery of its first new Airbus A320 aircraft from the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France. The new aircraft, the first of seven on order, will be equipped with On Air in-flight connectivity services allowing passengers to stay in touch with colleagues, family and friends while they travel. Powered by CFM…
Sep-17-2010 | More »
Lineage 1000 jet demonstrates long-range flight capabilities
The distance from Mumbai to London is the farthest any Embraer aircraft has flown, to dateSão José dos Campos, September 17, 2010 – Embraer’s ultra-large Lineage 1000 executive jet demonstrator aircraft recently made history by completing the longest distance ever flown by an Embraer airplane. In its first nonstop flight from Mumbai, in India, to London’s Luton Airport (LTN), in England, the…
Sep-17-2010 | More »
Embraer delivers Lineage 1000 jet to Al Habtoor Group
The aircraft is already being operated by Royal Jet, based in Abu DhabiSão José dos Campos, September 17, 2010 – Embraer delivered a Lineage 1000 executive jet, earlier this month, to the Al Habtoor Group (www.habtoor.com), from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The aircraft is managed and operated by Royal Jet (www.royaljetgroup.com), based in Abu Dhabi, also from the UAE. The deal was…
Sep-17-2010 | More »
NASA Hosts Symposium About Latin American Space Partnerships
WASHINGTON — NASA hosted government representatives from severalLatin American countries in Washington on Thursday to shareinformation about the agency’s work in that region and discusspotential future partnerships.The event highlighted potential opportunities for cooperation withNASA in Earth science, space and International Space Stationresearch, applications and education initiatives.The…
Sep-17-2010 | More »
NASA Awards Launch Services Contracts
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has announced the awards for the NASALaunch Services (NLS) II Contract. The award will provide a broadrange of launch services for NASA’s planetary, Earth-observing,exploration and scientific satellites.NASA has the ability to order a maximum of 70 launch services missionswith a maximum cumulative potential contract value of $15 billion.The NLS II contracts are…

Sep-17-2010 | More »


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