Aviation News Releases Magazine – Monday, September 27, 2010

Southwest Airlines said it would acquire AirTran Holdings for about USD$1.4 billion in cash and stock in a move that will merge two of the biggest discount carriers in the US …




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Southwest Buying AirTran
By Frank Jackman frank_jackman@aviationweek.comLONDON Southwest Airlines has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of AirTran Airways parent AirTran Holdings Inc. in a cash and stock transaction valued at $3.4 billion, Southwest announced Sept. 27. The agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of both…
Sep-27-2010 | More »
Boeing: Stuas Win Strategically Important
By Amy Butler Boeing’s win of the U.S. Navy’s $43.7 million Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (Stuas) contract was a significant victory for the company in a burgeoning market area, according to Boeing Military Airc`raft President Chris Chadwick. Meanwhile, the loss this month of a deal worth tenfold for a precision guided munition…
Sep-27-2010 | More »
IATA Calls For Safety Measures In India
By Neelam Mathews IATA recommends that its Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) be made mandatory for all Indian carriers. “The recent Air India Express crash reminded us that safety is a constant challenge. Establishing the Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council (CASAC) is an important step forward. Giovanni Bisignani, director general and CEO…
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NASA Chief Goes to Beijing In October
By Frank Morring, Jr. morring@aviationweek.comPrague Plans are well along for NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to make a delayed trip to Beijing for what may be the opening round of talks leading to closer international cooperation in human spaceflight. NASA officials stressed that there has been no final invitation for Bolden to visit China at a…
Sep-27-2010 | More »
U.S. Air Force Gains Satellite Spotter
By Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.comSan Francisco Into clear, balmy skies, an Orbital Sciences Minotaur IV lifted the U.S. Air Force’s Space-Based Satellite Surveillance satellite into 335-mi. high orbit inclined 98-deg. from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Saturday night. Built by Boeing and Ball, SBSS weighs close to 2,200 lb. and features a…
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Latecoere Shares Rise On Bid Reports
Shares in French fuselage maker Latecoere soared on Monday after US rival Spirit AeroSystems was reported to be lining up a possible bid to buy the ailing Airbus supplier …
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Gatwick Airport Owner In Stake-Sale Talks
The infrastructure fund that owns London’s Gatwick airport is in talks with an outside investor to sell a fourth minority stake in the airport, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday …
Sep-27-2010 | More »
Southwest To Buy AirTran For USD$1.4 Bln
Southwest Airlines said it would acquire AirTran Holdings for about USD$1.4 billion in cash and stock in a move that will merge two of the biggest discount carriers in the US …Photo: Into The Blue
Sep-27-2010 | More »
France Prepares Airports Stake Sale - Report
France’s government is preparing to sell a minority stake in four regional airports and has opened a bidding process to choose a bank to oversee the sale, business daily Les Echos reported on Sunday, citing sources …
Sep-27-2010 | More »
No Explosives Found After Pakistan Plane Threat
A Pakistan Airlines plane was diverted to Sweden on Saturday after a bomb threat, but no explosives were found on board or in possession of a Canadian man detained by police and later set free …
Sep-27-2010 | More »
Stakes High For Delta In Upcoming Union Votes
Union elections at Delta Air Lines will start next week, setting the stage for a showdown in coming months that will determine whether the majority of the carrier’s work force will be represented by unions …
Sep-27-2010 | More »
Airlines Fume Over Cost Of Seat Safety Row
Airlines fretted on Friday over the cost of carrying out checks on more than 100,000 potentially faulty passenger seats after safety authorities proposed a clampdown in the wake of a manufacturer testing row …
Sep-27-2010 | More »
Boeing/Qinetiq Team Wins Darpa UAS Contract
By Amy ButlerWashington Boeing’s win of an $89-million contract to develop a solar-/electric-powered prototype for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Vulture five-year endurance unmanned aerial system is a boon for the company’s burgeoning unmanned business. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) selected the…
Sep-27-2010 | More »
CRS: Congress Could Consider LCS Alternatives
By Michael Fabey As Congress decides whether to follow the proposed U.S. Navy procurement plan for the service’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), lawmakers may want to look at whether the service should change its acquisition strategy or even if the Navy has provided enough time to review the proposed program, according to the Congressional Research …
Sep-27-2010 | More »
Laser Instrument For Mars Rover Delivered
By Frank Morring, Jr. Technicians at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are ready to install a unique instrument on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory that will allow the big rover to analyze the chemical composition of rocks and soil as far as 7 meters (23 ft.) away. Dubbed ChemCam, the U.S./French device uses a Neodymium doped…
Sep-27-2010 | More »
Foreign Carriers Blast DOT On Pax Rights
By Andrew Compart Associations representing foreign airlines are blasting the U.S. Transportation Department over its passenger rights proposals, accusing the DOT of overstepping the bounds of international law. But a coalition of consumer, corporate and travel agency groups—armed with a petition they say was signed by more than 50,000 travelers—is …
Sep-27-2010 | More »
Japan To Decide This Year On Global Hawk Order
By Bradley Perrett BEIJING – Japan is expected to decide by the end of the year whether to order four Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk surveillance aircraft that could later be upgraded to reinforce the country’s anti-ballistic missile defenses. The decision, which has been brewing for years, is due to appear in the National…
Sep-27-2010 | More »
SBSS Launch Set for Sept. 25
By Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.comSan Francisco A successful launch of the Boeing/Ball Space-Based Satellite Surveillance satellite will “revolutionize the way we track objects in space” by giving the U.S. Air Force a high-powered telescope unrestricted by Earthly constraints to watch satellite maneuvers and buildups of space debris. SBSS…
Sep-27-2010 | More »
CityJet, Pelita Air Select Avro RJ Support
By Bill BurchellLONDON Ireland’s CityJet, part of the Air France-KLM Group, has agreed a comprehensive five-year, total support deal with BAE Systems, covering JetSpares, continued airworthiness and technical support services, and the supply of technical publications. CityJet has a fleet of 27 Avro RJ85s and operates a network of scheduled services…
Sep-27-2010 | More »
Man Held In Sweden After Pakistan Plane Threat
A bomb threat forced a Pakistan Airlines Boeing 777 with 273 people on board to divert to Sweden on Saturday, and a Canadian man in his 30s was arrested after the plane landed and was evacuated …Photo: PIA, Boeing 747
Sep-27-2010 | More »
Canadian Ornithopter Achieves Da Vinci's Dream
Leonardo Da Vinci would be proud: the Snowbird has flown. Centuries after the Renaissance inventor sketched a human-powered flying machine, Canadian engineering students say they have flown an engineless aircraft that stays aloft by flapping its wings like a bird …
Sep-27-2010 | More »
FAA Seeks USD$4.8 Mln Fine Against Evergreen
US aviation regulators proposed a USD$4.8 million fine on Friday against cargo carrier Evergreen International Airlines for allegedly not training pilots fully on a new cockpit software system …Photo: Wost01
Sep-27-2010 | More »
Boeing Marks Construction Milestone on South Carolina 787 Final Assembly Building
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today marked completion of the steel framework for its new 787 Dreamliner Final Assembly building with a special topping-out ceremony. The event was held in conjunction with BE&K/Turner, the design-builder of the facility. The final piece of steel was put into place on the 1.1 million-square-foot (102,193 square meters)…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Bombardier Business Jet Family on Static Display at Wichita Festival of Flight
High-performance Learjet aircraft to perform flyby Bombardier Aerospace will be showcasing its current production Learjet 40 XR, Learjet 45 XR and Learjet 60 XR aircraft at the upcoming Wichita Festival of Flight at the McConnell Air Force Base on September 25 and 26, in Wichita. Marking the occasion will be a Learjet flyby. “The McConnell Open House, combined this year with the…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
NASA Awards Contract For JPSS-1 Spacecraft
WASHINGTON — NASA on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded a sole source contract for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo. This is a fixed price contract of $248million with a performance period through Feb. 1, 2015.Under this contract Ball will design, build and test the…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
NASA Awards Radiometer And Ground System Contracts For JPSS
WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded two sole source contracts on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the common ground system and a scientific instrument on the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1).JPSS is the restructured civilian portion of the NationalPolar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS)that will make afternoon observations as it…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
NASA Astronauts On Space Station Connect With Houston Students
HOUSTON — International Space Station astronaut Shannon Walker will speak on Wednesday, Sept. 29 to students from three schools she attended while growing up in Houston. Students from Parker Elementary and Westbury High School will join those gathered at Johnston Middle School to ask questions of Flight Engineer Walker and station Commander Doug Wheelock from 10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. CDT.Media…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Boeing Completes Production of 1st Australian Super Hornet with Provisions for Future Electronic Attack Capability
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 23, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has completed production of the first Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet that has the capability to be converted into an electronic attack aircraft. Boeing is pre-wiring the RAAF’s second lot of 12 Super Hornets for potential electronic attack capability conversion during production at the company’s…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 320 Jobs, $17 Million to New Jersey
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 23, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that New Jersey will benefit from an estimated 320 total jobs and generate an estimated $17 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force’s next aerial refueling aircraft. Boeing submitted its proposal July 9 to replace 179 of the Air Force’s 400 Eisenhower-era KC-135…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Embraer holds commercial jets operators conference in Paris
Forum to discuss topics related to operational experiences of the E-Jets and ERJ 145 familiesSão José dos Campos, September 24, 2010 – Embraer will hold the 2010 edition of its worldwide Embraer Operators Conference (EOC) in Paris, September 26 – October 1. The event is focused on the E-Jets and ERJ 145 families and will include a blend of informative workshops, panel discussions and breakout…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
The Royal Aeronautical Society gives Young People the chance to meet an Astronaut
The Royal Aeronautical Society is launching a challenge to young people in the UnitedKingdom that will give them the chance to meet British born NASA Astronaut, Dr PiersSellers. The challenge is for the young people to explain how space exploration hasinspired them. The winners will have the opportunity to share their story and be furtherinspired by meeting with Dr Piers Sellers, NASA…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Japan To Decide This Year On Global Hawk
By Bradley Perrett BEIJING – Japan is expected to decide by the end of the year whether to order four Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk surveillance aircraft that could later be upgraded to reinforce the country’s anti-ballistic missile defenses. The decision, which has been brewing for years, is due to appear in the National…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
FAA Bill Delayed Again
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com The U.S. House and Senate today passed another three-month extension of FAA’s operating authority, meaning there will not be a full FAA reauthorization bill until December at the earliest. The current extension is due to expire at the end of September, and the new one will last through Dec. 31….
Sep-24-2010 | More »
House Sets Compromise NASA Language
By Frank Morring, Jr. morring@aviationweek.com The House Science Committee has moved toward the Senate on reauthorizing NASA spending for the next three years with compromise language that calls for an immediate start on a heavy lift launch vehicle able to orbit a capsule based on the Orion crew exploration vehicle by the end of 2016. With the…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Cathay Places $1.6 Billion Boeing 777 Order
By Michael Mecham Cathay Pacific has exercised options to buy six Boeing 777-300ERs valued at $1.6 billion (list prices), boosting its fleet to 36 for the long-range jet. The purchase makes the twin-engine, long-range 777 nearly as popular with the Hong Kong-based carrier as the four-engine 747, on which it built its reputation for…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Volaris Mexican Entry Requested By Government
By Darren Shannon Volaris says the Mexican government requested the carrier’s entry into Mexico City International Airport and the launch of eight domestic routes from the city’s main airport. The additions, which mostly replace service lost with the collapse of Grupo Mexicana and the Aug. 28 cessation of flights by its Mexicana, Click and…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Ryanair Strategy Places It At Larger Airports
By Jens Flottau Ryanair is planning to make significant changes to its current operating strategy, statements made by CEO Michael O’Leary indicate, by serving more of Europe’s larger airports and moving away from discounting as much as in the past. The statements were made by O’Leary to Bloomberg news agency. “Increasingly in the future…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Missile-Killing Interceptors Eyed By Israel, U.S.
By David A. FulghumTel Aviv and Washington Killing tactical ballistic missiles so that explosive, biological or radioactive debris fall near a foe’s launch sites is a key problem for those mapping out defenses in an era of proliferating, short-range missiles and long-range rockets. New concepts are taking two forms—striking enemy missiles …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
$5 Billion-Plus JSF LRIP 4 Talks Concluded
By Amy Butler Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon have completed unusually protracted negotiations on the next lot buy of F-35 Join Strike Fighters, called low-rate, initial production 4. This will be the first fixed-price F-35 contract, and will include the purchase of 30 F-35s for the U.S., as well as one for the U.K.,…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
SpaceX Looking To November Dragon Launch
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is retargeting the launch of its next Falcon 9 rocket, which will carry an operational Dragon capsule, from Oct. 23 to early November. The flight is the first of up to three launches planned under SpaceX’s $278 million Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS)…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
FAA Merges Pilot, Controller Safety Programs
By Elyse Moody elyse_moody@aviationweek.com Data analysis from existing pilot and air traffic controller safety programs will merge in an initiative FAA is launching with United Airlines and its pilots. The new program will look at voluntary information submitted through FAA’s Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) for pilots alongside Air Traffic…
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Thai Airways To Sue Koito Over Seat Delays
Flag carrier Thai Airways plans to sue Japanese manufacturer Koito Industries to seek compensation for delayed delivery of seats, a Thai Air executive said on Friday …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
New Aberdeen Airport Boss Hopes To Extend Runway
Derek Provan, the new managing director of BAA’s Aberdeen Airport, said his main priority in the post is a runway extension for the airport …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Air Zimbabwe Employees To End Strike
Pilots and cabin crew at Zimbabwe’s state-owned airline have agreed to end a two-week strike which grounded flights and left passengers stranded, a senior government official said on Friday …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Turkish Air May Buy Double-Deck Aircraft
Turkish Airlines, Europe’s fourth-biggest carrier, does not have enough planes to meet its expansion plans and may acquire double-deck aircraft, Chairman Hamdi Topcu told Star newspaper on Friday …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Cebu Air Sets IPO Price Guidance
Philippine budget carrier Cebu Air has set price guidance of 110 to 135 pesos per share for its initial public offer next month, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Friday …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Air NZ Confident Earnings Will Improve
National carrier Air New Zealand said on Friday it was optimistic its operating earnings would improve in 2011, as the global airline industry was showing signs of recovery …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Airline Seat Safety Checks May Be Ordered
Airlines may be ordered to check tens of thousands of aircraft passenger seats made by Japanese manufacturer Koito Industries after a scandal over questionable safety data, European and US authorities said on Thursday …
Sep-24-2010 | More »
Boeing Takes Ten 777 Orders in Last Week
Boeing took orders for 10 wide-body 777s potentially worth USD$2.7 billion in the week ended September 21, the plane maker said on Thursday …Photo: Andrew Sieber
Sep-24-2010 | More »
US Aerospace Names Worsham CEO
US Aerospace, a Southern California-based aerospace contractor, has tapped industry veteran Jim Worsham as chief executive, industry sources said on Thursday …

Sep-24-2010 | More »





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