Peter Fox appointed Chief Commercial Officer of ABX Holdings

ABX Holdings reported new executive appointments that reflect the greater size, scale and opportunities available to its growing family of air cargo businesses. Peter Fox formerly president of Cargo Holdings International, which was acquired by ABX Holdings in December 2007, was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of ABX Holdings. Fox will develop new strategies and resources for building broader relationships with existing customers. John Graber an industry veteran with over two decades of civil and military operational experience, was named President of ABX Air, Inc. He succeeds Joe Hete in that role, as Hete focuses on his role as president and Read more

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Alaska Air Group announces stock repurchase program

Alaska Air Group released that its board of directors approved a stock repurchase program authorizing the company to purchase up to $50 million of its common stock. The new program follows the completion on Feb. 29, 2008, of a program to repurchase $100 million of the company’s outstanding stock. Under the program just completed, the company repurchased 4,113,782 shares, or 10% of the outstanding stock at the start of the program, at an average price of $24.31 per share.

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Embraer releases fourth quarter and fiscal year 2007 results

Embraer recorded fourth quarter 2007 net sales of $1,875.0 million and net sales for FY 2007 of $5,245.2 million. Net Income for 4Q07 and for the full year totaled $200.9 million and $489.3 million. Net revenues for 4Q07 totaled $1,875.0 million, a 77.0% increase compared to $1,059.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2006 (4Q06). Deliveries for 4Q07 totaled 61 aircraft, a 64.9% increase compared to 37 jets delivered in 4Q06. For fiscal year 2007, net revenues totaled $5,245.2 million, a 39.5% increase compared to fiscal year 2006 revenues of $3,759.5 million. Net income was $200.9 million in 4Q07, in Read more

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Spirit AeroSystems to design and manufacture nacelle systems for RR BR725

Spirit Aero Systems has been selected to design and build the nacelle, thrust reverser and engine build up components for the Rolls-Royce BR725 engine; a contract worth in excess of $600 million. Spirit will also support the aforementioned products in the Rolls-Royce Corporate Care Program throughout the life of the airplane. The BR725 is the selected engine for Gulfstream’s recently-announced G650 business jet.

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Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management delivers Boeing 737-800 to Transavia

Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management reported the delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Transavia France on March 4, 2008, at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. The aircraft is the third of five new Boeing 737-800 aircraft that BBAM and its partner, Nomura Babcock & Brown Co., Ltd., have agreed to lease to Transavia France. The delivery of the first two aircraft occurred in May and June of 2007 and the final two aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in April and May of 2008.

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US Airways chooses Trent 700 engines for up to 30 A330-200

US Airways has chosen Trent 700 engines to power up to 30 Airbus A330-200 twinjets. The value of the new business is approximately $2 billion and includes two long-term TotalCare services agreements for the Trent 700 and RB211 engine fleets. The A330 order comprises engines for 15 firm and up to 15 additional aircraft. This is the latest in a series of engine orders placed by US Airways since mid-2007. In June the airline announced firm orders for 22 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft powered by Trent XWB engines with a value of approximately $1.8 billion, including a TotalCare agreement. In Read more

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Avianca signs 15-year, $750 million OnPoint solution agreement

Avianca has signed a 15-year OnPointSM solution agreement with GE Aviation’s Services business for the maintenance and overhaul of the CFM56-5B engines that power the airline’s fleet of 50 Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. The agreement is valued at more than $750 million. The maintenance and overhaul work will be performed at the GE’s Celma facility at Petropolis, Brazil. Avianca has taken delivery of its first A320 aircraft. In 2007, the airline signed agreements to purchase 47 A319/A320 aircraft and has leased three additional airplanes from CIT Aerospace.

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Egyptair selects Rolls-Royce Trent 700 and TotalCare for additional A330s

EgyptAir has selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 700 to power an additional fleet of up to eight Airbus A330s, due for delivery from 2011. Including a TotalCare long-term services agreement, the contract is valued at around $500 million at list prices. The airline already operates a fleet of seven Trent 700-powered A330s and 16 Airbus A320-family aircraft powered by the V2500, which is made by the IAE (International Aero Engines) consortium in which Rolls-Royce is a leading shareholder. As part of the new agreement, Rolls-Royce has agreed to establish a jointly-owned management services company in Cairo. It will provide EgyptAir with Read more

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Continental, Boeing and GE Aviation announce plans for sustainable biofuels flight demonstration

Continental Airlines, Boeing and GE Aviation announced plans to conduct a biofuels demonstration flight in the first half of 2009 in an effort to identify sustainable fuel solutions for the aviation industry. Continental is the first major U.S. carrier to announce plans to highlight technological advancements in sustainable biofuels that can help to further reduce carbon emissions. The biofuel flight will use a Boeing Next-Generation 737 equipped with CFM International CFM56-7B engines. In the months leading up to the flight, Continental, Boeing and GE will work together and with an undisclosed fuel provider to identify sustainable fuel sources that don’t Read more

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Aeroflot to lease 10 new Airbus A330 jets from AerCap

AerCap Holdings N.V. has signed agreements to lease 10 new Airbus A330-200 aircraft to the Russian national carrier Aeroflot for lease periods between nine and 10 years. The aircraft are part of the order for 20 A330s that AerCap placed with Airbus in December 2006 and increased by another 10 aircraft in March 2007. The aircraft for Aeroflot will be powered by Rolls-Royce engines and are scheduled to be delivered between November 2008 and April 2010.

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