Rolls-Royce grows presence in Northern Virginia

Rolls-Royce announced two steps to better position its business activities in North America. In mid-2008, the company will move its North American corporate headquarters, which employs 130 people, from Chantilly, Virginia to a new building in Reston, Virginia. It will then begin to consolidate its North American Purchasing organization in the Chantilly office, which will likely result in approximately 100 new jobs in Virginia. Last month, Rolls-Royce announced plans to expand its global capability by investing in two new aerospace facilities, one in Prince George County in Virginia and one in Singapore. This expanded global capability will better position the Read more

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Engine Alliance GP7200 achieves FAA certification

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted airworthiness certification to the Engine Alliance GP7200 engine, the leading powerplant for the Airbus A380. The FAR 33 certification follows an extensive ground and flight-test program that involved eight engines over 21 months. During its development and certification program the GP7200 ran some 7,000 cycles, 25 full-scale engine certification tests and more than 50 component tests, and powered two flight-test programs on a flying test bed. The engine is initially certified at 76,500 pounds of thrust and has the capability to produce over 81,500 pounds with the same bill of material. During its certification Read more

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Boeing awarded $995 million multi-year contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing a five-year performance-based logistics contract valued at $995 million for the F/A-18E/F Integrated Readiness Support Teaming (FIRST) program. The new multi-year contract will allow the U.S. Navy to consolidate the separate contracts the FIRST program currently operates under into a single contract overseen by the Naval Inventory Control Point, NAVICP. The contract also adds features not currently covered, including automated maintenance environment, an integrated software program that improves maintenance data, fault diagnosis and decisions, and integrated electronic technical manuals for F/A-18A-D models.

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Southwest 737-700 veered off runway in Chicago

Southwest Airlines’ Flight 1248 was involved in an accident at Chicago Midway Airport while the 737-700 was landing. The aircraft veered off the runway onto Central and 55th Avenues, beyond the northwest corner of the runway. Flight 1248 was scheduled for a 2:55 p.m. CST departure out of Baltimore/Washington International Airport, but the aircraft’s departure was delayed until 4:50 p.m. CST because of weather. The flight arrived at Chicago Midway at 7:15 p.m. CST, after circling the Chicago Midway Airport for approximately 35 minutes. Two vehicles were involved when Southwest aircraft N-471 veered off the runway. A six-year-old boy in 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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JetBlue names Tom Rinow Vice President, JFK Operations

JetBlue Airways has named Tom Rinow to the position of Vice President, JFK Operations. Mr. Rinow was promoted from the position of director, JetBlue airport operations for the low-fare airline’s home base at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

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Embraer lands $235 million aircraft contract in Colombia

Embraerannounced a contract with the Government of Colombia for the sale of 25 Super Tucano aircraft. The value of the contract is US$ 235 million and marks the first ever Super Tucano export deal. The aircraft acquired by Colombia will be operated by the country

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