US Airways names Dion Flannery President, US Airways Express

US Airways executive Dion Flannery, currently vice president, financial analysis, has been named president of US Airways Express. Flannery succeeds Robert Martens, who has announced his retirement from the airline. In his new role, Flannery will be responsible for oversight of US Airways

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Boeing appoints engineering and technology leader in India

Boeing released that Naveed Hussain will serve in India as its Vice President of Engineering and Technology. Hussain will report to Boeing’s Office of Technology and to Ian Thomas, president of Boeing India. He will be based out of Boeing’s India headquarters in New Delhi.

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Hans Peter Ring hands over Airbus CFO responsibility to Harald Wilhelm

Hans Peter Ring, CFO of EADS, was assuming the additional role of CFO of Airbus since the 31 october 2006. This combined responsibility was brought about when it became apparent, in the context of the announcement of A380 delays, that integration between Airbus and EADS, its mother company, needed drastic improvement. As he announced last week at the Global Investors Forum, this integration of the finance function has been achieved. Hans Peter Ring will be refocusing his time and effort on his role as CFO of EADS. As of 1st February 2008, he will hand over the Airbus CFO responsibility Read more

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AAR names D.J. Wetekam new Group VP of MRO segment

AAR reported that Donald J. Wetekam has been named Group Vice President of the Company’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) segment. Wetekam previously served as President and General Manager of AAR’s Aircraft maintenance facility in Oklahoma City. As Group Vice President, Wetekam will oversee all of AAR’s MRO activities and be responsible for growing the Company’s domestic and international MRO business and expanding its offerings to government customers. In another move to strengthen and increase its MRO business, AAR has appointed Mickey Cohen Vice President, Commercial MRO Group, reporting to Wetekam. In this expanded role, Cohen will oversee all commercial Read more

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BAE Systems Regional Aircraft and Ansett Aircraft Spares & Services plan long-term collaboration

In a joint announcement BAE Systems Regional Aircraft and Ansett Aircraft Spares & Services, as a first step to developing a long-term relationship, have signed an agreement under which Ansett will relocate its current operations and inventory at Heathrow to the BAE Systems facility at Weybridge, UK. Inventory includes spares for civil aircraft of all major commercial aircraft manufacturers. Additionally, Ansett has also purchased a substantial amount of surplus BAE 146/Avro RJ spares from Regional Aircraft to add to its existing inventory. This will enhance the Company

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Southwest Airlines bringing internet to the sky via satellite

Southwest Airlines will be the first US carrier to test satellite-delivered broadband Internet access on multiple aircraft. With this innovation, Southwest Customers with a wi-fi enabled device will have full access to the Internet including e-mail, music, shopping, and virtual private networks (VPN) via a high-speed connection. Southwest Airlines is partnering with Southern California-based Row 44 and hopes to begin testing Internet capabilities on four aircraft this summer.

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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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