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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Vought Aircraft awards Northrop Grumman follow-on IT contract

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a follow-on contract by Vought Aircraft Industries Dallas, for commercial information technology (IT) outsourcing services that provides continuity and flexibility in servicing Vought’s heritage information systems. The contract is valued at $86 million over three years to Northrop Grumman’s Information Technology sector. Two one-year options could extend the contract total value to $138 million. The original contract was awarded in 2000. Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will provide service desk and end-user computing assistance, application maintenance and support, centralized server and mainframe services, and network and voice communications at Vought locations throughout Read more

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Turbomeca Limited becomes Turbomeca UK

The UK site of Turbomeca, Turbomeca Limited based in Fareham, Hampshire, has officially changed its name to Turbomeca UK. Turbomeca UK is enlarging its accountability, regarding sales, marketing and technical support. It supports 2,000 engines operating in the UK market and has a current employee headcount of 180. Turbomeca UK is formed on the basis of the merger of Microturbo Ltd and Turbomeca Ltd. To cope with growing demand and to offer in country support, Turbomeca mandates Turbomeca UK for direct customer management.

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Lufthansa Technik restores Lockheed Super Star

Lufthansa Technik AG is restoring a historic Lufthansa aircraft to airworthy condition. A Lockheed L1649A Super Star, which in 1958 became the first long-haul airliner operated by Lufthansa capable of crossing the Atlantic without refuelling, is to take to the air again in 2010 as an unforgettable contributor to Lufthansa tradition. Alongside the Ju 52, which helped to shape the early days of Lufthansa

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OpenSkies takes off

British Airways is planning to launch its new US-EU subsidiary airline “OpenSkies” with daily flights from New York to Brussels and Paris. The airline will launch in June 2008 with one Boeing 757 aircraft that will operate from New York to either Brussels or Paris Charles de Gaulle airports. A second aircraft will be added to the fleet later this year to fly to the other EU destination. The plan is to operate six 757s by the end of 2009, all of which will be sourced from the current British Airways’ fleet. The aircraft will carry up to 82 passengers Read more

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New VP International & Aeropolitical Affairs at Austrian Airlines

With effect from 1 January 2008, Mr. Walter Reimann has been appointed to the position of Vice President International & Aeropolitical Affairs and Alliances. Mr. Reimann holds a university degree in law and has played a number of different roles at Austrian Airlines since joining the company in 1989.

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