Boeing 777-200ER sets new world record for distance

Boeing established a new world record for distance traveled nonstop by a commercial airplane when a Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner landed at London Heathrow Airport today. The 777-200LR (Longer Range) flew 11,664 nautical miles (21,601 km) during its 22-hour 42-minute flight that left Hong Kong flying eastbound the evening of Nov. 9. The distance set by the 777-200LR is farther than any previous commercial jetliner has flown and exceeds a distance of more than halfway around the world.

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Bombardier launches new Challenger 605 intercontinental business jet and new Learjet 60 XR High-Performance Midsize Jet

Bombardier Aerospace launched the new Bombardier Challenger 605 aircraft at the 58th National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention. An increased payload capacity of 200 pounds (91 kg) provides customers with additional flexibility to either add more options, add one more passenger or 200 pounds (91 kg) of fuel, while retaining the legendary range, comfort and value expected from the Challenger family. Bombardier Aerospace raised the bar for the entire midsize jet category with the introduction of the Learjet 60 XR business jet at the 58th National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention.

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Northrop Grumman awarded a $60 million contract to produce RQ-4B Global Hawks

The new RQ-4B Global Hawk is the next generation of the original RQ-4A configuration, and is designed to carry 3,000 pounds of payload, 50 percent more than its’ predecessor. This increased capability will allow the Air Force to install additional sensors on the air vehicle, increasing the amount and types of information available to warfighters. Global Hawk flies flies for more than 35 hours at a time at an altitude of more than 60,000 feet above weather and winds. It provides detailed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information in near-real time over 40,000 square miles.

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US Airways outsources ULD management to save $2 million over 5 years

US Airways is the first U.S. international carrier to outsource Unit Load Device (ULD) management in a sale and leaseback deal that furnishes ownership and administration of the airline’s ULD fleet to Jettainer GmbH. As part of its corporate cost-savings initiatives, US Airways has transferred its entire fleet of air cargo and passenger flight containers and pallets to Jettainer. Jettainer will manage the airline’s entire ULD operations for a monthly fee which covers ULD supply chain management services including order management, repair and maintenance, tracking and tracing, account management and other fleet administration services. Jettainer is expected to save US Read more

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New US Airways Group lost $87 million in third quarter

the new US Airways Group reported a third quarter 2005 net loss of $87 million, compared to a net loss of $29 million for the same period last year. The Company’s third quarter 2005 results include a number of special charges primarily due to merger-related aircraft transactions. Excluding special items, the Company reported third quarter 2005 consolidated net loss of $23 million. This is the first consolidated quarterly result since the merge of America West and US Airways.

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