Air France GP7200-powered A380 takes first flight

The first Air France A380, powered with Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, successfully completed a 4-hour inaugural test route flight from Airbus, Toulouse on Feb. 12, 2009. The aircraft flew to Airbus Hamburg on Feb. 16, where it will be painted in Air France livery, and its interior will be customized for the airline. The A380 is scheduled for delivery to Air France in October. The aircraft is the first of 12 A380s Air France has on order, and all 12 will be powered with Engine Alliance GP7200 engines. Air France is the second customer for the joint venture company of Read more

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Amerijet International to lease up to five 767-200 Freighters

Air Transport Services Group said that its subsidiary, Cargo Aircraft Management, (CAM), has signed an option agreement under which Amerijet International, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., may lease up to five Boeing 767-200 freighters from CAM. Under the agreement, Amerijet has exercised options for its first two freighters under seven-year dry-lease agreements. Amerijet is expected to begin operating those two aircraft following FAA approval around mid-year. Amerijet is a diversified transportation services company with air, land and ocean freight operations around the world. It currently operates Boeing 727-200 and Boeing 767-200 cargo aircraft from its primary hub at Miami International Airport.

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ExpressJet reports fourth quarter and full year 2008 results

ExpressJet Holdings, reported a fourth quarter loss, excluding special charges, of $5.7 million versus $27.1 million for the same period in 2007. These results represent a $21.4 million net income improvement. Including special items related to suspended flying operations and tax adjustments related to Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code, ExpressJet reported a fourth quarter loss of $30.2 million versus a fourth quarter 2007 reported loss of $31.7 million. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2008, ExpressJet reported a loss, excluding special charges, of $54.7 million compared to a loss of $65.6 million for the same period in Read more

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Emirates announces 2009 expansion plan

Emirates Airline unveiled plans to grow the number of flights across its network by 14% in 2009. This year, the Dubai based carrier will add 18 new passenger aircraft to its fleet, increasing seating capacity by 14% and enabling it to start new routes as well as increase frequencies on many existing routes. It will also expand cargo capacity by 17%. Emirates currently has a fleet of 129 wide-bodied aircraft. By the end of the 2008-09 financial year (ending 31st March 2009), that figure will stand at 132, including four superjumbo Airbus A380s. The carrier will welcome a further seven Read more

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Lockheed Martin completes Italian C-130J industrial benefits ahead of schedule

The Italian Ministry of Defense has confirmed that Lockheed Martin has met the industrial benefit requirement associated with Italy’s acquisition of 22 C-130J aircraft five years ahead of schedule. As a result of Lockheed Martin’s completion of this commitment, more than 70 partnerships within Italy’s industrial community were implemented. These projects are projected to provide in excess of $2 billion in long-term economic impact to the Italian economy. A majority of the projects associated with the Lockheed Martin-Italy industrial return requirement have involved a wide range of Italian companies, including small and medium-sized enterprises. Initiatives included technology transfers, establishment of Read more

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Austrian Airlines Group reports load factor down 4.3 pts in January

Austrian Airlines Group carried some 632,000 passengers in January (scheduled and charter), 13.0% fewer than January last year. The overall load factor stood at 65.4%, 4.3 percentage points below the figure for January 2008. Austrian Airlines Group is taking Nuremberg (from 1 March), Ankara (from 1 March) and Nizhny Novgorod (from 2 March) out of the schedule. Targeted reductions in frequency will be made across the route network in line with seasonally weak periods or individual flight days.

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Pratt & Whitney completes first IAE V2500 SelectOne retrofit

Pratt & Whitney’s Columbus Engine Center has become the first to retrofit an International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500-A5 engine to the V2500 SelectOne engine. Benefits of the retrofit include up to an additional one percent lower fuel burn, and corresponding lower CO2 emissions, as well as noise reduction and lower overall operating costs. The V2500-A5 engine, registration V10301, which belongs to US Airways, has been in service since Feb. 16, 1998. It has more than 38,000 hours on wing with nearly 15,000 cycles.

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Constant Aviation completes Legacy 600 41,000 ft. Modification

Constant Aviation, LLC, a Nextant Aerospace company, has completed a 41,000 ft. modification and its fifteenth 48-Month inspection on an Embraer Legacy 600 that is based in China. This is the first 41,000 ft. modification completed outside of Embraers’ manufacturing production facility. The modification will enhance the aircrafts capabilities when flying in unregulated airspace in China, providing a choice of flying at 20,000 ft. or 40,000 ft. The aircraft will now be able to enjoy a vast improvement in fuel efficiency over cruising at a 20,000 ft. altitude.

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