Cessna rolls out first production Citation XLS+

Cessna Aircraft Company celebrated the roll out of the first production Citation XLS+ on April 25th at the company’s primary design and manufacturing facilities in Wichita. The XLS+ is the latest version of the business jet model. The first production unit now will go to paint and interiors, while two flight test aircraft continue to work toward type certification. Federal Aviation Administration certification is expected by mid year, with deliveries starting before the end of 2008. The upgrade to the mid-size Excel/XLS will feature the fully integrated Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and electronically controlled (FADEC) engines from Read more

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Alaska Air Group names Vice Presidents to Air Cargo and inflight services divisions

Alaska Air Group elected Joe Sprague as vice president of Alaska Air Cargo and Ann Ardizzone as vice president of inflight services at Alaska Airlines. As vice president of Alaska Air Cargo, Sprague will be responsible for expanding business opportunities and increasing revenue with the airline’s fleet of six cargo aircraft. Alaska Air Cargo flies one 737-400 freighter and five 737-400 “Combis,” which carry 72 passengers and cargo on the main deck.

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ExpressJet rejects takeover offer from SkyWest

ExpressJet Holdings reported that a Special Committee composed of independent outside members of its Board of Directors has unanimously rejected a proposal from SkyWest to acquire the Company for $3.50 per share in cash. The Special Committee, which was formed to evaluate the SkyWest proposal, has commenced a full review of strategic and operational alternatives available to ExpressJet. The strategic review will include, among other options, immediately engaging in discussions with SkyWest and other potentially interested parties to evaluate a merger at a higher price, as well as entering into discussions with Continental Airlines, Inc. regarding a new capacity purchase Read more

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Spirit AeroSystems and HAECO announce maintenance joint venture

Spirit AeroSystems announced its participation in a joint venture partnership between several major aviation companies to develop and implement a state-of-the-art composite and metal bond component repair station in the Asia-Pacific region. Spirit will partner with Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO), and its subsidiary, TAECO, along with Oklahoma-based First Wave MRO, to establish a regional service center located near TAECO’s facility in Xiamen, China. Called Taikoo Spirit AeroSystems Composite the service center will provide convenient, world-class repair services for airlines and aircraft operators across the Asia-Pacific region. Construction of the new facility is underway with completion and startup Read more

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Rockwell Collins' net income increases 20%

Rockwell Collins reported net income of $168 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2008 ended March 31, 2008, an increase of $28 million, or 20% over fiscal year 2007 second quarter net income of $140 million. Second quarter fiscal year 2008 sales increased $103 million, or 10%, to $1.186 billion compared to year ago second quarter sales of $1.083 billion. Cash provided by operating activities of $130 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2008 was lower than the $186 million reported for the same period last year as the impact of higher net income was Read more

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