BAE Systems sells Jetstream 41 to Highland Airways

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has sold a 29-seat Jetstream 41 regional turboprop airliner to Inverness-based Highland Airways. The aircraft (msn 41041) was delivered to Inverness in late March for customisation. Entry into service is planned for early summer. The airline flies five 19-seat Jetstream 31s and a number of smaller Cessna light transports. In addition to its scheduled and charter services, Highland Airways operates two Jetstream 31s on dedicated corporate shuttle work. The newly acquired Jetstream 41 also will be used for this role, ferrying staff for a UK company between Scotland and the English southwest.

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Volvo Aero Norway names new President

Odd Tore Kurverud has been appointed the new President of Volvo Aero Norway in Kongsberg. He succeeds Reidar Lyse, who has been President since 2003 and is now leaving his position for health reasons. Odd Tore Kurverud who joined Volvo Aero Norway (VAN) in 1995, has served as Vice President responsible for personnel and since 2003 as Vice President Marketing. He is now taking over management of the company with immediate effect.

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Aloha Airlines to shut down passenger operations after March 31

Aloha Airlines will be shutting down its inter-island and transpacific passenger flight operations. Aloha’s last day of operations will be Monday, March 31, 2008. On that day, Aloha will operate its schedule with the exception of flights from Hawaii to the West Coast and flights from Orange County to Reno and Sacramento, and Oakland to Las Vegas. Code-share partner United Airlines and other airlines are prepared to assist and accommodate Aloha’s passengers who have been inconvenienced. The shutdown of Aloha’s passenger operations will affect about 1,900 employees. Aloha also announced that its air cargo and aviation services units will continue Read more

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Boeing agrees to acquire Vought share of Global Aeronautica

Boeing has agreed to acquire Vought Aircraft Industries’ interest in Global Aeronautica, LLC, a South Carolina fuselage sub-assembly facility for Boeing’s newest airplane, the 787 Dreamliner. After the transaction is complete, Global Aeronautica will become a 50-50 joint venture between The Boeing Company and Alenia North America, a subsidiary of Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica — a Finmeccanica company. Vought will continue to produce the aft fuselage for the 787 at its facility adjacent to Global Aeronautica in North Charleston. Closing will occur following receipt of regulatory approvals. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction will not affect Boeing’s current Read more

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EU-U.S. Open Skies starts on Sunday

The new EU-U.S. Air Transport Agreement will take effect on Sunday, March 30. For the first time, European airlines can fly without restrictions from any point in the EU to any point in the United States.The two biggest aviation markets, encompassing 60 percent of world traffic, will cooperate closer in all fields of aviation policy. In May 2008, the European Commission will engage in second-stage negotiations with the U.S. “This marks the start of a new era in transatlantic aviation,” said Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Transports. “This Agreement will bring more competition and cheaper Read more

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Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company selects Pacelab Cabin

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) has purchased Pacelab Cabin to promote the sales of its Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet family. The cabin configuration tool by software provider PACE enables cabin engineers to rapidly create validated and optimized layout alternatives for what-if scenarios or competitive analysis. Pacelab Cabin will be used by SCAC’s Customer Engineering department to develop customer-specific cabin layouts that take full advantage of the SSJ100’s extended cabin space and 5 abreast seat configuration.

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