Austral Lineas Aereas signs for 20 EMBRAER 190 jets

Austral Lineas Aereas, from Argentina, signed for 20 EMBRAER 190 jets. The contract will go into effect after fulfilling certain requirements, and that should take place within two months. Delivery is expected to begin in the first semester of 2010. The airplanes will be the AR (Advanced Range) model, which allows flights of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,400 km), and will have a comfortable dual-class 96-seat configuration. Austral plans to use the EMBRAER 190 jets mainly to ramp up its frequencies on domestic routes, with the potential of opening new markets thus allowing the airline to fly nonstop routes Read more

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Hawker Beechcraft sets industry standard for sustainability

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation organized the formation of the Wichita Sustainability Coalition, implemented a sustainability program throughout all areas of its business and expanded its company recycling program. In addition, the Beechcraft Bonanza G36 was the first to fly on Swift Sustainable Fuel and among the first to fly on unleaded fuel. HBC’s goal is to improve sustainability for the entire life cycle of an aircraft — from engineering and manufacturing to customer operations and product retirement. Earlier this year, HBC partnered with Wichita State University (WSU) to form the Wichita Sustainability Coalition, an alliance of local manufacturers. The coalition is Read more

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Republic Airlines to operate Embraer 190AR jets for Midwest Airlines

Midwest Airlines and Republic Airways Holdings announced an expansion of the air services agreement (ASA) between Midwest Airlines and Republic Airlines to include the addition of new Embraer 190AR jets. The E190s will be configured to seat 100 passengers in a single cabin with seating choice that includes 20 Signature seats. The initial order includes two of the E190AR aircraft. Midwest will introduce the new service in August and September, and will announce new routes and schedules in the near future.

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ExelTech renews $7 million credit facility

ExelTech announced that on May 19, 2009 it has successfully renewed its $7 million credit facility with a Canadian chartered bank. This new credit facility replaces the previous facility with the same bank and bears new covenants which ExelTech expects to be in compliance with. The Corporation currently has outstanding approximately $2.3 million in principal amount of convertible debentures due May 29, 2009 (the “Debentures”). The maturity date of the Debentures was previously extended from February 26, 2009 to the current maturity date. One of the conditions of the renewed credit facility is that the Corporation must refinance the Debentures Read more

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Iberia Cargo improves freight services in Central and Eastern Europe

Iberia Cargo has appointed Air Logistics Group as its exclusive GSSA in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Greece in order to improve its service in Central and Eastern Europe. The Spanish airline had already an agreement with the Scandinavian branch of Air Logistics that was chosen as its GSSA for the Scandinavian region (Denmark, Finnland, Norway and Sweden) Air Logistics Group will provide full sales, customer service and support functions for Iberia Cargo

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Boeing completes first 787 Dreamliner engine runs

Boeing continued to make steady progress toward the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner, completing the first engine runs on the all-new airplane. The occasion marks the first all-electric start of a commercial jetliner engine on a commercial jetliner; the engines had been started electronically in test facilities earlier. During initial engine runs, the engines are started and operated at various power settings to ensure all systems perform as expected. The engine run test began with the Auxiliary Power System providing power to start the two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. Basic systems checks continued throughout the test. The engines were Read more

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Air France KLM and Delta launch new trans-atlantic global joint venture

The Air France KLM Group and Delta Air Lines announced a new long-term joint venture whereby the partners will jointly operate their trans-Atlantic business by coordinating operations and sharing revenues and costs of their trans-Atlantic route network. The airlines will cooperate on routes between North America and Africa, the Middle East and India, as well as on flights between Europe and several countries in Latin America. The joint venture represents approximately 25% of total trans-Atlantic capacity with annual revenues estimated at more than $12 billion (approximately 9.3 billion euros, reference year 2008/09).

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