Aviation News Releases Magazine – Monday, December 20, 2010

 

WASHINGTON — NASA in 2010 set a new course for human spaceflight, helped rewrite science textbooks, redefined our understanding of Earth’s nearest celestial neighbor, put the finishing touches on one
of the world’s greatest engineering marvels, made major contributions to life on Earth, and turned its sights toward the next era of exploration….




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NASA Completes Space Station, Fosters Commercial Spaceflight And Makes Amazing Discoveries During Ambitious Year Of Exploration

NASA Completes Space Station, Fosters Commercial Spaceflight And Makes Amazing Discoveries During Ambitious Year Of Exploration
WASHINGTON — NASA in 2010 set a new course for human spaceflight,helped rewrite science textbooks, redefined our understanding ofEarth’s nearest celestial neighbor, put the finishing touches on oneof the world’s greatest engineering marvels, made major contributionsto life on Earth, and turned its sights toward the next era of exploration.”This year, NASA’s work made headlines around the world,”…
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Boeing to Increase 777 Production Rate

Boeing to Increase 777 Production Rate
SEATTLE, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced its production rate for the 777 program will increase to 8.3 airplanes per month in the first quarter 2013. This is the second production increase announced for the program this year. In March the program announced it would increase production from five to seven airplanes per month beginning in mid-2011. “In response to…
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Embraer names new CFO

Embraer names new CFO
Cynthia Benedetto is Embraer’s new Executive Vice-President and CFOSão José dos Campos, December 2010 – Cynthia Marcondes Ferreira Benedetto has been appointed the Company’s new CFO. She takes up the responsibilities of Luiz Carlos Aguiar, who will become the President and CEO of the recently created Embraer Defense and Security unit.Currently Embraer’s Director of Finance, she will assume her…
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NASA Moves Forward In Commercial Rocket Engine Testing

NASA Moves Forward In Commercial Rocket Engine Testing
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — NASA conducted a test fire Friday of the liquid-fuel AJ26 engine that will power the first stage of Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Taurus II space launch vehicle. The test at the agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi supports NASA’s Commercial Transportation Services partnerships to enable commercial cargo flights to the International Space Station.Orbital’s Taurus II…
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NASA Announces Lineup For Total Eclipse Of The Moon

NASA Announces Lineup For Total Eclipse Of The Moon
WASHINGTON — NASA has planned various ways to help the public enjoy the total lunar eclipse on the night of Dec. 20 to 21.Astronomers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will host a pair of live web chats to answer questions and help make the rare celestial experience one to remember. Marshall Center astronomer Rob Suggs will hold the first chat from 4 – 5 p.m. EST on…
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Avolon announces order for eight A320s

Avolon announces order for eight A320s
Avolon, the aircraft leasing group, today announces a firm order for eight A320 aircraft from Airbus. The eight A320 aircraft will be equipped with the new fuel-saving Sharklets option. Avolon will make an engine selection for the aircraft in the near future. Headquartered in Ireland, Avolon is rapidly emerging as one of the leading global players in the aircraft leasing sector. …
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EgyptAir Maintenance & Engineering extends EASA approval

EgyptAir Maintenance & Engineering extends EASA approval
As EgyptAir Maintenance & Engineering is seeking for continuous improvement, the company succeeded to add the aircraft types B757-200/300, B767-200/300, Airbus A330-200/30 powered by GE CF6 and Embraer E190/195 to its capability to serve EgyptAir fleet as well as attracting more customers operating different aircraft types. This was after the successful EASA audit on EgyptAir…
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Airlines Calculate Boeing 787 Delay Damage

Airlines Calculate Boeing 787 Delay Damage
By Adrian SchofieldQueenstown, New Zealand With airlines bracing for yet another slip in Boeing’s 787 delivery schedule, some of the program’s key customers are considering how much longer they can reshuffle their current fleets and what the damage will be to their long-term plans. Boeing has yet to tell airlines how many months the latest…
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Report Stirs Anticipation Of Chinese Carrier Plan

Report Stirs Anticipation Of Chinese Carrier Plan
By Bradley Perrett perrett@aviationweek.comBEIJING A Chinese state document has referred to the government having “put forward” a plan in 2009 to build aircraft carriers, adding to widespread expectations that such a program is in hand or imminent. The Sunday Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper that obtained the document, presents it as the first…
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Weather Causes Heavy Disruption Across Europe

Weather Causes Heavy Disruption Across Europe
By Rupa Haria rupa_haria@aviationweek.comLONDON Heavy snowfall over the weekend has caused severe disruption at several European airports, with London’s Heathrow being the worst affected. In an unprecedented move, Heathrow, the world’s busiest airport, closed both its runways on Saturday and remained closed on Sunday as the airport authority…
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2010 Better Than Expected For Airports

2010 Better Than Expected For Airports
By James Ott The year 2010 is turning out to be much better than expected for world airports as passenger traffic is gauged to increase 6% increase and freight volumes more than 15% from 2009 levels. Gross domestic product (GDP) for many nations expanded robustly and unemployment did not worsen the economic situation, says Angela Gittens,…
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Shuttle Team Assesses Discovery Tanking Test

Shuttle Team Assesses Discovery Tanking Test
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — NASA shuttle managers will spend several weeks assessing the results of Discovery’s Dec. 17 tanking test at Kennedy Space Center as they seek an explanation for small cracks that formed on adjacent external tank (ET) stringers during an early November launch scrub. Discovery’s 11-day supply mission to the…
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TAM Taps Third-Party MRO

TAM Taps Third-Party MRO
For the first time, Brazilian carrier TAM’s maintenance and engineering arm can count more customer aircraft than TAM aircraft in its hangars outside Sao Paulo. In early December, it inducted five aircraft for service simultaneously, the majority for outside customers, and on Dec. 15, it had one LAN aircraft and one Netherlands Antilles Express…
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Australia Approves New Equipment Projects

Australia Approves New Equipment Projects
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON Australia is pressing ahead with the acquisition of an air traffic management (ATM) and control system and Anzac frigate communications upgrade, but the government also restructured an F/A-18C/D upgrade project to reduce costs. The work to refurbish the Boeing F/A-18s is expected to cost A$250-300 million…
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JSF LRIP IV Cost Targets Released

JSF LRIP IV Cost Targets Released
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.com, Graham Warwick graham_warwick@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON, The Pentagon’s most recent per-unit target price for the conventional-takeoff-and-landing (CTOL) version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is $111.6 million, according to program officials. The target price for the short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing…
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Update: Embraer Wins Alitalia Bidding

Update: Embraer Wins Alitalia Bidding
By Andy Nativi andy.nativi@rid.itGENOA Alitalia has opted to buy Embraer regional jets in the competition to modernize and consolidate the airline’s RJ fleet, industry officials say. The airline’s board of directors has authorized management to sign a preliminary agreement covering the lease of a combination of 14 Embraer 170 and 190 regional jets…
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Virgin Galactic Joins Two CCDev Teams

Virgin Galactic Joins Two CCDev Teams
By Frank Morring, Jr. Virgin Galactic plans to market orbital flights for space tourists and scientists on two spaceplanes proposed under NASA’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) effort, in the hope it can expand its business beyond the suborbital flights it is planning on its SpaceShipTwo vehicle. The company has signed on as a teammate…
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Lufthansa Renews Narrowbody Cabins

Lufthansa Renews Narrowbody Cabins
By Jens Flottau Lufthansa plans to install 32,000 new seats in its 170 aircraft used for domestic and European routes over the next year. So far, the airline has outfitted one Airbus A319 with the new relaunched product. The Recaro seats will feature a slightly reduced pitch that is now at 30-31 inches. That enables the airline to add…
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Southwest Airlines Upbeat On Growth

Southwest Airlines Upbeat On Growth
Southwest Airlines said on Thursday that it expected the addition of bigger planes and its proposed purchase of AirTran to drive growth even as fuel prices pose a nearer-term challenge …
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LAN May Lower Fares To Lock In Merger

LAN May Lower Fares To Lock In Merger
Chilean carrier LAN is willing to lower fares on the Santiago-Sao Paulo route to ensure the approval of its acquisition of Brazil’s TAM, which would create one of the world’s top airlines …
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Boeing Takes Four Orders, Loses Twelve

Boeing Takes Four Orders, Loses Twelve
Boeing said it took orders for four 737s and lost orders for eight 737s, three 777s and one 787 Dreamliner in the week ended December 14 …
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Air Canada Jet Makes Emergency Landing In Vancouver

Air Canada Jet Makes Emergency Landing In Vancouver
An Air Canada flight made an emergency landing at Vancouver airport on Thursday after it reported a mechanical problem …
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Accused Airline Bomber Faces New Charges

Accused Airline Bomber Faces New Charges
The man accused of trying to blow up a US airliner with a bomb hidden in his underwear last Christmas, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was arraigned on Thursday on new charges related to the plot …
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Thai Expects 2011 Revenue To Rise 10 Pct

Thai Expects 2011 Revenue To Rise 10 Pct
Thai Airways expects sales and service revenue to grow 10 percent next year, helped by growth in the domestic economy and new aircraft as it revamps its fleet, its president said on Friday …
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Singapore Airlines Load Factor Dips

Singapore Airlines Load Factor Dips
Singapore Airlines said on Wednesday it filled 70.1 percent of the space available on its planes for passengers and cargo last month …
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