New performance tool by PACE and Lufthansa CityLine

Berlin software provider PACE and Lufthansa’s regional carrier Lufthansa CityLine introduced the new flight performance tool Pacelab CI OPS. The latest Pacelab product enables flexible cost index optimization at the flight planning stage and in tactical on-board flight management and was developed in close collaboration with experts of launch customer Lufthansa CityLine. The airline will use the software to improve the operating efficiency of its Bombardier CRJ fleet, with an expected annual reduction of fuel burn and emissions of CO2 and other pollutants of at least two percent.

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Boeing contracts in Quebec exceed $420 million

The Boeing Company has provided contracts worth more than $420 million to companies in Quebec. The announcement follows the Canadian government’s 2007 order for four C-17 Globemaster IIIs, the first two of which already are in service with Canadian Forces. As part of the C-17 acquisition contract, Boeing agreed to match the purchase price of the four aircraft with dollar-for-dollar investments back into the Canadian economy through a C-17 IB program coordinated by Industry Canada. Boeing already has identified more than 66 percent of its total C-17 IB program obligations. Boeing will identify the remaining 34 percent of IB obligations Read more

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Goodrich Corporation completes acquisition of Skyline Industries

Goodrich Corporation completed the acquisition of Skyline Industries, a leading manufacturer of lightweight crashworthy military helicopter seats and helicopter floor armor. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Skyline employs around 40 people at its Fort Worth, Texas facility. Major customers include the U.S. Department of Defense, Eurocopter, Bell Helicopter and Boeing. The company began operations in 1960, and in 2007 generated approximately $7 million in revenue.

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TAM renews IOSA certificate

TAM Linhas Aereas has had its IOSA certificate (IATA Operational Safety Audit) renewed until January 2010. The certificate is the most thorough and widely accepted international verification of civil aviation operational safety. The IOSA registration revalidation, valid for the next two years, was granted to TAM after the conclusion of the auditing process by independents and accredited technicians by IATA (International Air Transport Association) in November 2007. The IATA audit certified that the company had satisfied standards via 940 questions on safety and operational quality.

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Virgin America names new Senior Vice President Technical Operations

Virgin America appointed Tom Anderson as the next generation airline’s Senior Vice President of Technical Operations. An industry veteran with more than two decades of experience, Anderson will oversee the start-up carrier’s technical operations as it grows from a start-up to a major national carrier. Anderson joins Virgin America from SkyWorks Capital, where he led that company’s joint venture, SkyWorks Capital Asia Ltd., as well as SkyWorks’ activities in other regions as Senior Vice President.

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FAA downgrades Philippines to category 2

The U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has downgraded the Philippines to category 2 from category 1 after inspections showed the Philippine Air Transportation Office (ATO) did not meet global safety standards. Under Category 2, PAL is prohibited from increasing its 33 flights a week to the US and its territories and from changing the type or increasing the number of aircraft used on these routes. Also to be affected is the delivery, beginning 2009, of six brand-new Boeing 777-300ER airplanes, to be deployed by PAL on the trans-Pacific flights. PAL President Jaime Bautista said:

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