JetBlue appoints Christoph Franz to Board of Directors

JetBlue Airways reported that Christoph Franz, CEO of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd, has been appointed to its Board of Directors effective immediately. Dr. Franz represents the Deutsche Lufthansa Group, whose $300 million investment in JetBlue was recently completed. Christoph Franz is Swiss International Air Line’s Chief Executive Officer and has served in that capacity since 2004.

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Qantas reaches agreement with engineers

Qantas said that it had reached an ‘in principle’ Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) with the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA). The new four-year agreement, which will be the subject of a formal vote, covers nearly 1,600 Qantas Engineering employees. The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon, said the agreement was important for the Qantas Group and its employees. “The agreement has been the subject of intense negotiations in recent weeks and will create a foundation for jobs growth in Qantas, as well as providing a solid base for aircraft maintenance in Australia,” Mr Dixon said.

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Airbus foresees demand for some 24,300 aircraft in the next 20 years

According to its latest Global Market Forecast, Airbus foresees a demand for some 24,300 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at $ 2.8 trillion between now and 2026. This will create an average annual delivery of some 1,215 aircraft, up from the previously forecast 1,130 average deliveries in the last GMF. Demand will drive the need for more fuel and eco-efficient airliners to cope with traffic growth and the need to replace older generation less efficient aircraft. By 2026, the fuel burn of the average world fleet is expected to be at three litres per 100 passenger kilometres, or what Read more

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Robert J. Regan to become VP and General Counsel of AAR CORP.

AAR released that Robert J. Regan, who will join AAR on March 3, has been selected as the Company’s next general counsel following the retirement of Howard A. Pulsifer who, after 20 years, plans to retire effective June 1, 2008. Regan previously served as a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP, a general practice law firm, where he has represented AAR CORP. and its businesses for more than 25 years.

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Iberia signs new handling contracts with three airlines

Iberia has signed new handling contracts with Atlas Blue, TAM, and Turkish Airlines, whereby it will provide services to their passengers and aircraft at the Madrid and Barcelona airports. Iberia is to provide ramp services to TAM aircraft at Madrid-Barajas airport. TAM is a Brazilian carrier founded in 1961 that operates scheduled services to destinations in North and South America and in Europe. In December, it launched a daily flight between S

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Avantair names Richard Pytak Vice President – Finance

Avantair reported that they have appointed Richard Pytak to the position of Vice President of Finance. In this role, he will be responsible for the Company’s financial operations, including accounting and financial reporting. Pytak most recently was the Group Controller at Gibraltar Industries/CMI, responsible for financial accounting and reporting, computer system operations and establishing financial goals and objectives.

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Airbus welcomes launch of Clean Sky joint technology innitiative

Airbus welcomes the launch of the European Clean Sky initiative to help reach ambitious environmental targets by 2020, set out by the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE), through technology. Airbus will play a leading role in many areas of Clean Sky including major participation on active wing technology, which aims at a reduction in CO2 emissions and noise. The purpose of Clean Sky is to demonstrate and validate new technologies in large scale and realistic flight demonstrations. The Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative is one of the largest ever European funded R&T programmes with a total budget Read more

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Decision on structural changes to SAS Group companies

The Board of Directors of SAS AB has decided on the future structure of SAS Ground Services (SGS), SAS Technical Services (STS) and Spirit (terminal management within SAS Cargo).Until further notice, SGS will remain an independent subsidiary of the SAS Group, provided that the company can improve a number of quality and profitability targets, which have been agreed by management and the trade unions, within 18 months. One of the requirements is an improvement in costs within SGS of approximately SEK 400 M. At STS, heavy maintenance of the Boeing 737 Classic will be conducted outside Scandinavia in future. The Read more

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Ralph Meoni new Senior Vice President Strategy and Planning for BAE Systems

BAE Systems reported the appointment of Ralph Meoni as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning. Ralph will lead the strategic planning and integrated business planning process for the company. He will also be responsible for coordinating business development and crafting strategies and initiatives to promote growth, both organically and through acquisitions. Prior to joining BAE Systems, Ralph worked for ITT where he has held a succession of management and leadership positions since 1988. Most recently, he served as the President for the Advanced Engineering & Sciences Division.

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