Goodrich and Rolls-Royce propose engine controls joint venture

Goodrich Corporation and Rolls-Royce plc have signed a Letter of Intent proposing the formation of a joint venture company, which would develop and supply engine controls for Rolls-Royce aero engines. If the proposed joint venture goes ahead, it would enable the two companies to integrate their engine controls activity more closely. It would combine Goodrich’s existing UK-based engine controls design and manufacturing business and Rolls-Royce’s expertise in the integration of controls into the engine. Goodrich would retain the aftermarket products and services business associated with the joint venture’s products. Under the proposals, each of the contributing companies would own 50 Read more

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American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia sign joint business agreement

American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia have signed a joint business agreement on flights between North America and Europe and plan to expand their global cooperation. The airlines plan to file for worldwide anti-trust immunity from the US Department of Transportation and will notify the appropriate regulatory authorities in the European Union. In addition, fellow oneworld members Finnair and Royal Jordanian are included in the anti-trust immunity application.

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Boeing completes first BBJ 3

Boeing recently completed work on the first BBJ 3. The BBJ 3 is a new, larger business jet based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range). The BBJ 3 has 1,120 square feet (104 square meters) of floor space, and provides 35 percent more interior space and 89 percent more luggage space than the BBJ 2. The BBJ 3’s range is between 5,435 nmi (10,066 km) and 4,725 nmi (8,751 km) depending on the number of passengers flown. The airplane is now at DeCrane Aircraft in Georgetown, Del., where it will receive its long-range auxiliary fuel system and a Head-up Read more

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American Airlines accelerates fleet renewal plan

American Airlines will take delivery of another six Boeing 737-800 aircraft in 2010, bringing the total of 737-800s to be delivered to American in 2009-2010 to 76 aircraft. American signed an amendment to its purchase agreement with Boeing under which, among other things, American exercised its rights to purchase 20 737-800 aircraft for delivery in 2009 and 2010 as part of its previously communicated fleet plan. In addition, American will accelerate the replacement of its MD-80 aircraft by taking delivery of six additional 737-800s in 2010. American now has committed to take delivery of 36 737 aircraft in 2009 and Read more

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Qantas to remove six B737-400 aircraft from service

Qantas said it would remove six B737-400 aircraft from service while it cross-checked maintenance records relating to aircraft modification work carried out at one of its Australian facilities. The Executive General Manager of Qantas Engineering, Mr David Cox, said the issue was one of procedure, and did not have any safety implications. “Qantas discovered an irregularity with paperwork for these aircraft during an internal integrity check of maintenance records,” Mr Cox said. “In line with our prudent response to any maintenance issue, however minor, we have elected to suspend the operation of the six aircraft while we ensure all our Read more

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