Embraer 190 Jet receives 120-minute ETOPS approval

The EMBRAER 190 jet received ETOPS (Extended Operations) certification for 120 minutes, this month, from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This third member of the E-Jets family, seating up to 114 passengers, had already obtained the same certification from Brazil

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SR Technics names new Head of Corporate & Marketing Communications

SR Technics has announced a change at the top in its communications team. Regula Weyermann, Senior Vice President Corporate & Marketing Communications, will leave the company at the end of May to take on a new challenge in another industry. She will be succeeded by Marco Imboden, who is currently the company

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Continental decides not to merge

Continental Airlines released to its more than 45,000 employees that the Board of Directors has unanimously supported management’s recommendation, not to merge with another airline at this time. Larry Kellner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Jeff Smisek, President said: “Our recommendation, and the Board’s careful and considered decision, followed a comprehensive review of our strategic alternatives, assisted by our senior officers and advised by Continental’s outside financial and legal advisors. The Board very carefully considered all the risks and benefits of a merger with another airline, and determined that the risks of a merger at this time outweigh the Read more

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B/E Aerospace record first quarter results

B/E Aerospace announced financial results for the first quarter of 2008. First quarter revenues of $473.2 million reflect 22.0% year-over-year organic growth, first quarter net earnings of $48.5 million increased by 51.1% compared to the first quarter of the prior year. First quarter net earnings per diluted share of $0.53 increased by 32.5%, despite the 500 basis point increase in the effective tax rate and the 16% increase in the number of weighted average shares outstanding. On a comparable effective tax rate basis, earnings per share increased by 43%.

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Vought successfully delivers aft fuselage for Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Vought Aircraft Industries successfully delivered its fifth composite aft fuselage section for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on April 13. The fuselage, designated for Airplane #3, is the first airplane shipset delivered by Vought that includes structures and the start of systems components. Vought has fabricated a total of 35 fuselage barrels

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Fourth A380 joins Singapore Airlines' fleet

Singapore Airlines took delivery of its fourth A380 at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. The addition of this fourth aircraft into its fleet will allow Singapore Airlines to commence daily A380 flights to Tokyo Narita on Tuesday 20 May 2008. Tokyo is the Airline

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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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Bombardier surpasses 1,500th CRJ Regional Jet delivery

Bombardier Aerospace announced that the CRJ Series program has celebrated and exceeded its 1,500th delivery milestone. The 1,500th aircraft, a CRJ900 NextGen model, was handed over to Northwest Airlines in March, 2008, and will be operated by Mesaba Airlines, a Northwest Airlink carrier.

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