Airbus successfully tested fuel cells system in flight

Airbus has successfully tested a fuel cells system in flight. For the first time on a civil aircraft this innovative energy source powered the aircraft’s back-up hydraulic and electric power systems. The test conducted in February is part of Airbus’ overall plans for an eco-efficient aviation industry. It supports the on-going research to evaluate the potential use and environmental benefits of fuel cell technology and zero emissions power generation in civil aviation. During the test, the hydrogen and oxygen based fuel cell system generated up to 20 Kilo Watts (kW) of electrical power. The emission free fuel cell system generates Read more

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Cebu Pacific receives first ATR aircraft

Philippine-based low-fare carrier Cebu Pacific has taken delivery of its first ATR aircraft, a brand new ATR 72-500. The airline inked last year two contracts with ATR for the purchase of a total of 10 ATR 72-500s, and options for 8 additional aircraft, valued at over $330 million, based upon list prices. Cebu Pacific will take delivery of its firmly ordered ATRs in 2008 and 2009. All the aircraft are configured with 72 seats and feature the state-of-the-art technological innovations in the field of communications and navigation aid tools and passenger comfort.

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Lion Air orders 56 Next Generation 737s

Jakarta-based Lion Air ordered 56 Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. This order, valued at more than $4.4 billion at current list prices, brings Lion Air’s combined orders for the 737-900ER to 178. Additionally, the airline acquired purchase rights for an additional 50 737-900ERs.

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Q Aviation selects 767-300BCF

Boeing confirmed that Q Aviation has selected the 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighters to provide lift for the air cargo industry.Q Aviation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Q Investments and has become a leading commercial aircraft lessor with over 75 aircraft with a value in excess of $1.4 billion purchased, leased or sold to customers in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

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RusLine operates first Bombardier CRJ airliner on scheduled flights in Russia

RusLine of Moscow, Russia has become the first airline to operate scheduled flights with a Bombardier CRJ regional jet in Russia, flying a previously-owned 50-seat CRJ100 aircraft. The airline started the scheduled flights by February 14, 2008. Established in 1994, RusLine also operates a fleet of Russian-built jet aircraft and operates scheduled and charter flights to destinations in Russia and other CIS countries from Vnukovo and Sheremetyevo airports in Moscow. RusLine said it planned to fly the CRJ100 jetliner on its routes from Vnukovo to Magnitogorsk, Kurgan, Ufa and Elista in Russia, and to Aktobe in Kazakhstan, and to other Read more

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CFM delivers more than 900 new CFM56-5B/CFM56-7B engines

CFM56 Tech Insertion has had a successful entry into service, with the engines performing very well in airline operation. To date, CFM has delivered more than 900 new CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines in this configuration to airlines around the globe. Tech Insertion became the new production standard for the CFM56-7B and CFM56-5B in 2007. The CFM56-7B variant entered service with Lion Air last May, while Italy’s Air One took delivery of the first CFM56-5B Tech Insertion engine in October. CFM also announced that it will begin offering Tech Insertion upgrades to current CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B operators in the second half Read more

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ACTS signs long-term CFM56 materials agreement

Air Canada Technical Services (ACTS) and CFM International have signed a landmark 10-year materials agreement that will encompass life-limited and non-life limited parts, as well as component repair and used materials, for the repair and overhaul of CFM56-2, CFM56-3, CFM56-5A, CFM56-5B, and CFM56-5C engines.

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Embraer releases commercial aviation forecast for Asia Pacific region and China

Embraer has released its projections for commercial air traffic demand in the Asia Pacific region and China over the next 20 years (2008-2027) during the Singapore Airshow 2008. Asia Pacific will grow at an annual rate of 5.3 percent and, particularly, China at 7.5 percent, which are well above the projected world average of 4.9 percent. This is based on a positive economic environment and more accessibility to the market by new carriers. Embraer foresees a demand for 1,270 jets in the 30 to 120-seat segment, over the next 20 years, in the Asia Pacific region and China, or an Read more

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P&W establishes EcoPower franchise agreement with JET Aircraft Maintenance

Pratt & Whitney established a five-year franchise agreement with JET Aircraft Maintenance of Miami, Fla. The new agreement authorizes JET to be the exclusive provider of the patented EcoPower on-wing jet engine wash service at five airports in South Florida with a capacity to wash up to 1,000 engines per year. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The new EcoPower service centers to be operated by JET will be located at: Miami International Airport (MIA), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), Tampa International Airport (TPA), and Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW).

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