Turkish Engine Center gets maintenance work worth $1 billion

The Turkish Engine Center, a Pratt & Whitney and Turkish Airlines Technic joint venture, will support an existing 10-year engine maintenance agreement between Turkish Airlines and Turkish Technic when it opens in mid-2009. The work is estimated to be worth more than $1 billion to the Turkish Engine Center and will extend through 2016. The Turkish Engine Center is being built at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport on the Anatolian peninsula and will meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard. The center will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the CFM56 engine Read more

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Avcorp reports insider acquires 20% holdings

Avcorp Industries reported that Mr. Michael C. Scholz, Chairman, Avcorp Industries has acquired securities of Avcorp Industries Inc. which have taken him over securities reporting thresholds. On October 8 and 10, 2008, Mr. Scholz acquired 75,000 common shares of the Company, which when taken together with the 6,468,762 common shares already held or controlled by Mr. Scholz, represents 20.2% of the total issued and outstanding securities of Avcorp Industries Inc. The securities were acquired for investment purposes. Avcorp Industries Inc. is listed on the TSX Exchange and trades under the trading symbol AVP. Mr. Scholz may acquire further shares of Read more

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ExpressJet reaches tentative agreements with labor unions

ExpressJet Holdings reported that it reached tentative agreements with all four of its labor unions representing the pilots and instructors, mechanics, flight attendants and dispatchers. Voting is scheduled to be completed by November 1. If ratified, ExpressJet expects to realize $20 million in labor cost savings needed under the amended capacity purchase agreement with Continental Airlines, Inc. that became effective on July 1, 2008. The $5 million in remaining labor savings will be provided through wage and benefit reductions, as well as increases in productivity, within the airport services division. If ratified, the agreements will become effective immediately and become Read more

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Goodrich and Boeing sign license agreement

Goodrich Corporation has entered into a data license with Boeing allowing the use of detail engineering design to obtain Parts Manufacturing Authority (PMA) for replacement landing gear spare parts. The license will permit Goodrich to manufacture licensed PMA parts under Goodrich’s FAA approved quality system and distribute directly to operators. Goodrich landing gear is used on virtually every Boeing aircraft in service today, including the 737, 747, 757, 767 and 777 models. Goodrich manufactures and assembles Boeing landing gear at its facilities in: Ohio; Tenn.; Wash.; Ontario, Canada; and Poland.

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Boeing and Union adjourn talks without agreement

Boeing released that mediated talks with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers adjourned without an agreement. No new talks are currently scheduled. Approximately 27,000 employees in Washington, Oregon and Kansas have been on strike since Sept. 6.

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Airbus and P&W begin joint flight testing of PurePower PW1000G engine

Airbus and Pratt & Whitney have launched joint flight testing of the PurePower PW1000G engine with the first flight on an Airbus-owned A340 test aircraft in Toulouse, France. Airbus and Pratt & Whitney have partnered on flight testing a technology demonstrator of the PW1000G engine, which feature’s Pratt & Whitney’s patented Geared Turbofan technology and targets double-digit improve-ments in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise and operating costs. The Airbus testing follows Pratt & Whitney’s own ground and flight test program.

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Copa Airlines takes delivery of Embraer aircraft

Copa Airlines has taken delivery of its 14th Embraer 190 aircraft. The acquisition brings the total number of aircraft in the Panamanian airline’s fleet to 41. The Embraer 190 has seating for 94 passengers, with 10 in Business Class (Clase Ejecutiva) and 84 in coach.

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CSC signs $106 million IT outsourcing agreement with Eclipse

CSC has signed a new information technology (IT) outsourcing contract with very light jet manufacturer Eclipse Aviation. The new agreement has a five-year base period and three one-year options, bringing the estimated total eight-year contract value to $106 million.

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