PWR and Zero Emission Energy Plants sign global licensing agreement

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) has signed a global licensing agreement that grants Zero Emission Energy Plants, (ZEEP) the right to construct and operate gasification plants throughout the world using PWR’s compact gasification technology. The widespread use and availability of PWR’s technology could decrease energy costs, enhance energy security, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Under this agreement, ZEEP will work closely with PWR to develop and operate gasification plants around the world, including a future commercial-scale demonstration plant. ZEEP is currently evaluating sites in China, Canada, the United States and Australia for that plant.

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Continental Airlines completes installation of Audio/Video on demand system

Continental Airlines reported that an Audio/Video on Demand (AVOD) inflight entertainment system is now available to economy class customers on all its Boeing 757-200 aircraft. All 39 757-200s currently in service have been fitted with the system, and the remaining two aircraft are currently being retrofitted and will re-enter service by Dec. 23, 2008. The system has been available in the BusinessFirst cabins of these aircraft since early 2007. The aircraft are used primarily on trans-Atlantic flights to and from Continental’s New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport.

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Chaker A. Chahrour named new CFM International Executive Vice President

Chaker Chahrour has been named the new executive vice president of CFM International, effective February 1, 2009. Mr. Chahrour is replacing Bill Clapper, who will be on special assignment as he transitions to retirement later in 2009. As part of the CFM Executive Team, Mr. Chahrour will serve as the primary interface between General Electric and Snecma. Along with his counterpart at Snecma, he will be responsible for overseeing CFM56 program management, marketing and sales, communications, and after-sales support

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Boeing completes acquisition of Federated Software Group

The Boeing Company has completed its acquisition of Federated Software Group, a St. Louis-based company whose engineering services and software systems help track and distribute equipment and personnel for the U.S. Department of Defense. Federated Software Group will operate within Boeing Integrated Defense Systems’ Global Services & Support division. The acquisition, announced Oct. 16, 2008, is part of Boeing’s strategy to increase its presence in the military supply-chain and logistics command-and-control markets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Continental plans first biofuel-powered demonstration flight

Continental Airlines announced plans for the first biofuel-powered demonstration flight of a U.S. commercial airliner, to be conducted in Houston on Jan. 7, 2009. The demonstration flight, which will be operated with no passengers, will be powered by a special fuel blend including components derived from algae and jatropha plants — sustainable, second-generation fuel sources that don’t impact food crops or water resources, and don’t contribute to deforestation. Continental has partnered on this project with Boeing; CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of General Electric Company and Snecma (SAFRAN Group); refining technology developer UOP, a Honeywell company; and oil providers Read more

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BAA Jet Management takes delivery of first A318 Elite

BAA Jet Management of Hong Kong has taken delivery of its first managed Airbus aircraft, an A318 Elite, becoming the first to operate the type in the Asian region. The Airbus A318 Elite – the first to be registered in the People’s Republic of China – is now based at Shenzen and is available for VVIP charter. BAA is one of the leading aviation companies in Asia, offering a complete range of business jet services, including charter, aircraft management, flight support and aircraft sales and acquisitions. It will also manage three Airbus ACJs and two A350 Prestiges.

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