Southwest Airlines names Chief Technology Officer

Southwest Airlines announced that Bob Young joins the Dallas-based airline as its new Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Young will lead Southwest’s Infrastructure Teams including Change, Test and Deployment, Application and Data Architecture, Tech Services Operations Support, and Tech Services Field Support and Engineering.

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Embraer's Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 programs steadily advance

Embraer is steadily moving forward with the development of its recently launched midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 executive jets, with the conclusion of the preliminary aircraft design. The joint definition phase (JDP) formally began in July, and more than 20 suppliers of key systems have already been selected. During this new phase, Embraer and the chosen companies will work together to refine and validate the aircraft configuration through a fully digital process, utilizing virtual reality mock-ups, the CATIA V5 software, and state-of-the-art technology.

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Goodrich and Rolls-Royce propose engine controls joint venture

Goodrich Corporation and Rolls-Royce plc have signed a Letter of Intent proposing the formation of a joint venture company, which would develop and supply engine controls for Rolls-Royce aero engines. If the proposed joint venture goes ahead, it would enable the two companies to integrate their engine controls activity more closely. It would combine Goodrich’s existing UK-based engine controls design and manufacturing business and Rolls-Royce’s expertise in the integration of controls into the engine. Goodrich would retain the aftermarket products and services business associated with the joint venture’s products. Under the proposals, each of the contributing companies would own 50 Read more

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IAI signs exclusive contract with Kenya Airways

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Bedek Aviation Group has been awarded an exclusive contract by Kenya Airways, Kenya’s national flag carrier for CFM56-3/7 engine refurbishment and total support. The agreement, valued at over $100 million covers twenty six engines for a period of ten years on the airline’s Boeing 737 planes.

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American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia sign joint business agreement

American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia have signed a joint business agreement on flights between North America and Europe and plan to expand their global cooperation. The airlines plan to file for worldwide anti-trust immunity from the US Department of Transportation and will notify the appropriate regulatory authorities in the European Union. In addition, fellow oneworld members Finnair and Royal Jordanian are included in the anti-trust immunity application.

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Boeing completes first BBJ 3

Boeing recently completed work on the first BBJ 3. The BBJ 3 is a new, larger business jet based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range). The BBJ 3 has 1,120 square feet (104 square meters) of floor space, and provides 35 percent more interior space and 89 percent more luggage space than the BBJ 2. The BBJ 3’s range is between 5,435 nmi (10,066 km) and 4,725 nmi (8,751 km) depending on the number of passengers flown. The airplane is now at DeCrane Aircraft in Georgetown, Del., where it will receive its long-range auxiliary fuel system and a Head-up Read more

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American Airlines accelerates fleet renewal plan

American Airlines will take delivery of another six Boeing 737-800 aircraft in 2010, bringing the total of 737-800s to be delivered to American in 2009-2010 to 76 aircraft. American signed an amendment to its purchase agreement with Boeing under which, among other things, American exercised its rights to purchase 20 737-800 aircraft for delivery in 2009 and 2010 as part of its previously communicated fleet plan. In addition, American will accelerate the replacement of its MD-80 aircraft by taking delivery of six additional 737-800s in 2010. American now has committed to take delivery of 36 737 aircraft in 2009 and Read more

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United Airlines names Howard Attarian VP Flight Operations

UAL Corporation reported that Howard Attarian has been named vice president of Flight Operations. In this role, Attarian will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of United’s Flight Operations division, including pilot domiciles, flight standards and flight technical.

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Vought reports second quarter 2008 financial results

Vought Aircraft Industries reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 29. Revenue for the three months ended June 29, 2008 was $480.7 million, an increase of $53.1 million or 12%, compared with revenue of $427.6 million for the same period last year. Growth was driven by increases in all categories

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