GOL's system load factor down 12 pts in February

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. released preliminary passenger statistics for the month of February 2008. Consolidated passenger traffic for February 2008 increased 35.6% and capacity increased 64.2% year-over-year. Consolidated load factor for the month was down 12.6 pts from 72.3% in 2007.

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Europrop International delivers flight test engines and reaches test milestone

Europrop International (EPI) has achieved a double success, delivering the last of the four TP400-D6 flight test engines which will power the first Airbus A400M and reaching the milestone of 1,000 hours of engine ground testing. The final engine for the first aircraft was dispatched last week and has now arrived at the final assembly line of the A400M military transport aircraft in Seville. The installation of the engines onto the first flight test aircraft is now underway and this will involve integration with the propeller and nacelle. The first flight of the A400M is scheduled to take place during Read more

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Chairman of Rolls-Royce Deutschland takes on additional role

Dr. Michael Haidinger, Chairman of Rolls-Royce Deutschland since October 2006, has taken up an additional role within the Group with effect from 1 March 2008. Dr. Haidinger will take on the role of Chief Operating Officer of Corporate & Regional Engines for Rolls-Royce, and will be accountable for civil engine programmes below 25,000 lbs thrust, including the company’s portfolio of engines for business jets. Rolls-Royce is the world

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AAR completes acquisition of Avborne Heavy Maintenance

AAR has completed the acquisition of Avborne Heavy Maintenance, an independent provider of aircraft heavy maintenance checks, modifications and painting services located in Miami, Florida. The newly acquired business will operate as part of the Company’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) segment as AAR Aircraft Services — Miami. The acquisition significantly increases the Company’s MRO capacity, workforce and capabilities. The move adds 226,000 square feet of modern hangar space at Miami International Airport and 467 aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs), increasing AAR’s hangar space by 22 percent and bringing the total number of AMTs at AAR to more than 2,000 worldwide.

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Two Allison AE3007A engines placed with Brazilian Air Force

Skyways Aviation has arranged the sale of two AE3007A engines to Southern Cross Aviation of the U.S. for operation with the Brazilian Air Force. Both engines were delivered in February 2008 and will support the existing fleet of fifteen ERJ 145 aircraft. Skyways Aviation was acting on behalf of Air Vend

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BAE Systems agrees to sell flight systems business

BAE Systems signed a definitive agreement to sell its Flight Systems business, located in Mojave, California, to Calspan Corporation. The cash purchase price is $62.5 million plus an additional consideration to be paid pursuant to an earn-out mechanism by reference to the revenues of the business over the next five years. The transaction is subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals and to the receipt of financing by Calspan. Flight Systems, with approximately 170 employees, performs aircraft modification, aircraft operations, flight tests, and aerial full-scale targets production for military and commercial customers. Flight Systems also has operations in Florida and Read more

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