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Media Invited To View Space Station Cargo For Next Shuttle Mission

Media Invited To View Space Station Cargo For Next Shuttle Mission
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA will host a media event at 1 p.m. EST onThursday, March 10, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Floridato discuss the cargo of the next space shuttle flight.The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a sophisticated scienceinstrument designed to increase our understanding of the universe. It will be installed and operated on the International Space Station.Space…
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Boeing 777 Freighter Completes 2 Years in Service
– A total of 39 freighters now operated by nine airlines -Customer is ‘absolutely delighted with this airplane’EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Hauling everything from giant panda bears to high-performance race cars the Boeing (NYSE: BA) 777 freighter in its first two years in service is earning the reputation as the work horse of the industry. The growing fleet of 777 freighters…
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TAM becomes first A320neo customer in Latin America
Brazilian airline orders 22 A320neo and 10 A320 Family aircraft TAM Airlines, Brazil’s largest airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 32 eco-efficient Airbus A320 aircraft, comprising 22 A320neo and 10 A320 Family aircraft. The order makes TAM the launch customer for the A320neo in Latin America. Engine selection will be announced by the airline at a later date. The…
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Lion Air adds 15 new ATR 72-500s to Wings Air's fleet
Wings Air’s fleet of ATRs increases up to 30 aircraft European turboprop manufacturer ATR, Indonesia’s Wings Air and its parent company Lion Air today signed an operational contract for the purchase of 15 additional ATR 72-500s. Today’s signature for this new 72-seat aircraft order, which follows the agreement signed in 2010, has been witnessed by Mr. Hatta Rajasa, the Indonesian…
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NASA Sets Media Credential Deadlines For Next Space Shuttle Flight
WASHINGTON — NASA has set media accreditation deadlines for the Aprilspace shuttle flight to the International Space Station. Sixastronauts, including Commander Mark Kelly, are targeted to launchaboard shuttle Endeavour on April 19 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.The 14-day mission will be the 36th flight to the space station, andthe 25th and final scheduled flight for Endeavour. The…
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Boeing, TAM Complete Contract for Two 777-300ERs
TAM 777-300ER fleet will now consist of 12SEATTLE, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and TAM Linhas Aereas (NYSE: TAM) today announced the Brazilian carrier ordered two additional 777-300ERs (extended range) with two purchase rights. Today’s order, valued at approximately $568 million at current list prices, brings the total number of 777s TAM has on order to 12. “TAM continues…
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Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre opens new facilities to produce A350 XWB components in China
Eco-efficient new plant inaugurated, built to the highest industry standards Today, the Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre (the Manufacturing Centre), a joint venture between Airbus and its Chinese partners, was inaugurated in Harbin, China by Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO, Chinese government officials and partners. The new facilities will mainly be used to…
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NASA Contract Modification For Engineering And Support Services
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — NASA signed a contract with InfoPro Corp. in Huntsville for the continuation of engineering technicians and trades support services for the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center. This $55.7 million contract modification includes $18.8 million for mission services and $36.9 million maximum for additional support services. The services can be ordered under the…
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Boeing Delivers Ryanair's 300th 737-800
SEATTLE, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) has delivered the 300th Next Generation 737-800 to Europe’s largest low-fare carrier, Ryanair. The airline will take delivery of a total of 37 of these aircraft during 2011 and is the world’s largest operator of the 737-800. Ryanair took delivery of its first 737-800, which seats 189 passengers, from Boeing in 1999. Ryanair’s Chief…
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AirAsia X orders more A330s
A330-200s to fly on non-stop services to Europe AirAsia X, the long haul low fare affiliate of the Malaysia-based AirAsia Group, has placed a firm order with Airbus for three A330-200s. Scheduled for delivery from 2014, the aircraft will be operated on the carrier’s expanding network, offering low fare service to destinations in Europe, Asia and the Pacific. The latest contract…
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NASA Announces STS-133 Wakeup Song Winners; Face In Space Totals
HOUSTON — Following months of public voting, NASA announced the two winners of the “Top 40 Song Contest,” which will awaken space shuttle crew members during their ongoing mission. The agency also released the final tally of submissions to the Space Shuttle Program’s “Face in Space” campaign. Participants cast almost 2.5 million votes for the song contest and submitted more than 292,000…
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Boeing Recognized for Mercury Spacecraft by Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 2011 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] on Friday received an IEEE Milestone award in Electrical Engineering and Computing from the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in recognition of the company’s work on the Mercury spacecraft. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional association. The Mercury spacecraft, America’s first manned space vehicle, was …
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Addition of Bombardier Challenger 604 expands, diversifies MJETS managed fleet
Bangkok, February 2011- MJETS is pleased to announce the continued expansion and diversification of its managed fleet of executive aircraft with the addition of the long-range Bombardier Challenger 604 business jet, which will be operated and maintained by MJETS at its Private jet Terminal at Don Mueang Airport on behalf of its owner. “The addition of Bombardier ‘s Challenger 604 to our…
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U.S. Generals Decry Continuing Resolutions
By Paul McLeary FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Congress’s inability to pass new budget appropriations for fiscal 2011 has been detrimental to the U.S. Army’s force modernization plans, according to several three-star generals. At the Association of the U.S. Army symposium on Feb. 24, Lt. Gen. William Phillips of the Army Acquisition Corps said…
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TAM Signs for A320NEO, 777s
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comPARIS TAM Linhas Aereas is continuing fleet expansion plans, boosting its narrowbody and widebody fleet with deals with Airbus and Boeing. Brazil is gearing up for the football world cup and Olympic games in the coming years, driving demand for further capacity …
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AirAsia X Expands Fleet
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON Malaysia low-fare, long-haul operator, AirAsia X, is adding A330-200s to its fleet in 2014 under a new deal with Airbus. The addition of three aircraft of the type brings the airline’s total A330 order to 28 widebodies. The other A330 orders are for the -300. The airline also has signed for ten A350XWBs,…
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Morgan Stanley: BizJet Recovery Continues
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com FAA’s January takeoff and landing data that shows a continued recovery in business jet traffic, with the 14th consecutive year-over-year positive month, up 4.1%, says Morgan Stanley’s Aerospace & Defense report. “December 2009 saw the first positive year-over-year growth after 25 months of declines…
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Hawker Beechcraft Chihuahua Factory Debuts
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com Wichita, Kans.-based Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) earlier today held an official opening ceremony at its new 180,000-square-foot facility in Chihuahua, Mexico. The facility handles sheet metal assembly King Airs and Hawker jets, along with electrical assembly. The manufacturer, which started…
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Thales Alenia Space To Build Up German Base
By Michael A. Taverna PARIS — Thales will redeploy space-related activities at Thales Alenia Space (TAS) to enable the Franco-Italian space contractor to establish a significant presence in Germany. In releasing final 2010 results Feb. 25, Chairman/CEO Luc Vigneron said the company will transfer undisclosed equipment activities to TAS so…
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European ATV-2 Docks With ISS
By Mark Carreau The European Space Agency’s Johannes Kepler Automated Transfer Vehicle-2 (ATV-2) successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) at midmorning on Feb. 24. The ATV-2, launched Feb. 16, linked with the station’s aft docking port at 10:59 a.m. EST, as the two spacecraft sailed 220 mi. over the Atlantic Ocean,…
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Four Dead In UAE Airport Crash
Four people were killed when a small passenger aircraft heading to Riyadh crashed shortly after taking off on Sunday from Al Ain airport in the United Arab Emirates, the state news agency said …
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Alabama Airport Reopens After Security Scare
Authorities reopened the airport at Birmingham, Alabama, on Sunday after closing it for several hours due to a suspicious package, airport spokeswoman Toni Bast said …
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No Cut In Chinese Orders For Boeing, Airbus
China will not cut its orders for Boeing and Airbus jets since its self-developed commercial jets not yet able to meet demand, China’s senior aviation regulator said on Monday …
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Aer Lingus Profits At Risk From Fuel Prices
Ireland’s Aer Lingus could further cut capacity in 2011 if high fuel prices persist, as the airline fears rising costs and higher airport charges will derail the recovery it enjoyed in the past year …
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Climate Change ‘Dire Threat’ To Coral Reefs, Tourism
Globally warmer seas, rising carbon dioxide emissions and local factors such as over-fishing have pushed the threat level on the world’s coral reefs into the danger zone, environmental advocates said …
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Thai Airways Q4 Net Profit Tumbles
Thai Airways reported a 67 percent drop in fourth-quarter net profit on Friday, hit by surging wage costs and lower foreign exchange gains …
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Spain Creates Group To Partially Sell Off Airports
Spain’s cabinet on Friday approved the creation of a holding group to manage the country’s airports ahead of a partial sell off …
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JAL To Get Capital Injection - Report
Struggling Japan Airlines will get capital of JPY¥10 billion – JPY¥20 billion (USD$122.1 million – USD$244.1 million) from eight firms, the Nikkei business daily reported …
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