Qantas board approved long haul strategy for Jetstar

The Board of Qantas Airways approved the establishment of a new long haul value based airline under the Jetstar brand. Jetstar would commence its international operations no later than January 2007. Jetstar’s initial route structure would require 10 aircraft and would involve point-to-point routes between Australia and Asian and Pacific cities. A special board meeting is called for Wednesday, 14 December, to discuss and approve major aircraft purchases, including the new aircraft for Jetstar’s international operations.

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SAS Group sells Jetpak Group to Polaris Private Equity

The SAS Group has agreed to sell its holding in the Jetpak Group to Denmark-based Polaris Private Equity. The sales price amounts to approximately MSEK 490 and the positive effect on cash flow and net debt is on a corresponding level. The capital gain for the SAS Group totals approximately MSEK 410. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the year and is conditional upon the approval of the appropriate authorities.

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JAL becomes first Boeing customer to fully implement Airplane Health Management

Japan Airlines has become the first customer to fully implement an in-flight monitoring system from Boeing that will help it operate at peak levels of safety, reliability and efficiency. JAL is implementing Airplane Health Management (AHM), a new data-monitoring and prognostic service developed by Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. AHM monitors the health of an airplane in flight and relays that information in real time from the air to the ground. When the airplane arrives at the gate, maintenance crews are ready to make any needed repairs quickly. A development partner since spring 2004, JAL began using the system to monitor Read more

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Rolls-Royce awarded $41 million contract to upgrade China

Rolls-Royce has won a $41 million contract from China for an additional three industrial RB211 gas turbine compression packages to be installed on Phase 1 of the West-East Gas Pipeline. The contract, awarded by PetroChina West-East Pipeline Company, also includes upgrading seven Rolls-Royce compressors already operating on the 3,900 km/2,400 mile line.

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United Airlines uses Preston's TAAM to analyze system-wide operations

Preston Aviation Solutions Pty Ltd, a Boeing subsidiary, has been commissioned by United Airlines to conduct a system-wide computer simulation study of its operations. The objective of the simulation project is to assess the impact of various proposed schedule changes by United Airlines. Preston will use its industry-leading Total Airspace and Airport Modeler (TAAM) simulation tool to accurately model current flight operations for United Airlines, followed by the simulation of alternative “what-if” scenarios associated with a number of perceived or proposed changes in airline schedules.

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Goodrich elects new Director

John P. Jumper, recently retired Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, was elected to the Board of Directors of Goodrich Corporation. Jumper was also appointed to serve on the board’s Audit Review Committee and Financial Policy Committee. With this election, Goodrich’s board increases to 11 members.

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