Mesa pilots ratify new contract

Mesa Air Group pilots, who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), ratified a new agreement that contains numerous industry-standard and industry-leading provisions. This new collective bargaining agreement will provide Mesa pilots with immediate scheduling improvements, including a true definition of scheduled or actual flying time and the implementation of a Preferential Bidding System (PBS) that will allow the pilots to have more control over their schedules. Additionally, the pilots can expect to be back at the bargaining table in 21 months to work toward more improvements with what they hope will be a healthier company in Read more

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First 787 Dreamliner flight now scheduled for second quarter 2009

Boeing announced an updated schedule for its all-new 787 Dreamliner program that moves the commercial jet’s first flight into the second quarter of 2009 and first delivery into the first quarter of 2010. The new schedule reflects the impact of disruption caused by the recent Machinists’ strike along with the requirement to replace certain fasteners in early production airplanes. Prior to the strike that halted much of the company’s commercial airplane work from early September into November, the 787 was to make its first flight late in the fourth quarter of 2008. First delivery was slated for the third quarter Read more

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Bombardier selects THOMMEN AD20 two inch Electronic Standby Altimeter

REVUE THOMMEN reported that Bombardier selected their AD20 two inch Electronic Standby Altimeter as a retrofit option for the fleet of Bombardier Challenger 601-3A/3R and 604 aircraft. The AD20 is the first electronic standby altimeter in the industry per RTCA DO-178B designed with software level A required for installation in a Part 25 jet aircraft. After careful review of the various options available on the market, Bombardier selected the THOMMEN AD20 in order to offer customers enhanced features not available with mechanical standby altimeters, as well as improved reliability. This improvement is part of Bombardier’s on-going engagement to enhance its Read more

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Brussels Airlines to join Star Alliance

At their annual Board Meeting, the CEOs of the Star Alliance member airlines have today voted to accept the application of Brussels Airlines to become a future member of the alliance. Brussels Airlines is the Belgian airline offering the widest choice of flights to and from the “capital” of Europe. With a fleet of 45 aircraft the airline operates some 300 daily flights to 55 European airports and 15 African destinations. In order to provide all the alliance benefits, the specialized teams at Brussels Airlines, Star Alliance and its member carriers will now be working on the integration process, which Read more

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Boeing restructures commercial airplanes organizations

Boeing announced a series of executive leadership changes and a restructuring within Boeing Commercial Airplanes to better align resources across its development and production programs and strengthen oversight of its global supply chain. Effective immediately, Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management, Fabrication, Propulsion Systems and the Manufacturing and Quality functional organization are part of a new organization, called Supply Chain Management and Operations, led by Ray Conner. Conner has extensive experience in program leadership and manufacturing and supply chain management. He most recently was vice president of Sales for Commercial Airplanes. All current production and development programs, including the 787 Dreamliner and Read more

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UAL raises $150 million on sale leaseback agreement

UAL Corporation announced a sale and leaseback transaction that added approximately $150 million of cash to the company’s unrestricted liquidity. The company sold 15 Boeing 757 aircraft to East Shore Aircraft, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wayzata Opportunities Fund II, LP, for approximately $150 million. United Airlines will lease these aircraft back from East Shore Aircraft, LLC, and will continue to operate and maintain the aircraft. With the completion of this transaction, United has raised more than $250 million of the $300 million of additional liquidity the company has said it expects to raise in the fourth quarter of Read more

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Paul Theofan new President and Managing Executive of GE Aviation Czech

Paul Theofan has been named president and managing executive of GE Aviation Czech. In this role, Theofan will be responsible for general oversight of Aviation’s Czech business, including the design, manufacturing, marketing and support of Walter Aircraft Engines. Theofan has spent more than 20 years at Unison Industries, which was acquired by GE in 2002. He began his Unison career as a Quality Engineer and has held additional leaderships roles in Sales and Manufacturing.

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Airbus selects Goodrich wheels and carbon brakes for A350 XWB Aircraft family

Goodrich has been selected by Airbus to supply wheels and carbon brakes for all variants of the A350 XWB family of aircraft. The selection is expected to generate more than $3 billion in revenue over the life of the program. The equipment will be provided by Goodrich’s Aircraft Wheels and Brakes team in Troy, Ohio. Goodrich is the first supplier selected to provide wheels and brakes for the A350 XWB.

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