Rolls-Royce and British Airways launch alternative fuel trial

Rolls-Royce and British Airways announced the start of a scientific test programme to investigate the viability of alternative fuels for the aviation industry. The in-depth study will seek to identify practical alternatives to the current industry-standard fuel kerosene, with the potential to make real reductions to the carbon footprint of aircraft. The companies will initiate a joint tender process, inviting suppliers to offer alternative fuel samples for testing on a Rolls-Royce RB211 engine from a British Airways Boeing 747. The tests will be carried out on an indoor engine test bed at the Rolls-Royce facility in Derby, UK.

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Condor take-over called off

Air Berlin and Thomas Cook Group informed the German Federal Cartel Office on July 11th about the withdrawal of the application to acquire Condor Flugdienst GmbH by Air Berlin. The September 2007 contract for acquiring Condor in the course of a share swap was cancelled by mutual agreement. Both companies have agreed to continue negotiations regarding the feasibility of alternative solutions. Both Air Berlin and Thomas Cook are interested in exploring other options. In a written communication to the Federal Cartel Office, both parties cited the significantly changed economic framework conditions since the contract was concluded

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ExpressJet Airlines suspends branded commercial operations

ExpressJet Airlines will suspend flying under several lines of its at-risk flying operations in September 2008. ExpressJet mutually agreed to terminate its agreements with Delta Air Lines effective September 1, 2008 and will cease its branded (XE) commercial passenger flight operations on September 2, 2008. The 39 aircraft currently used in these operations will be among those returned to the lessor no later than June 2009. ExpressJet Airlines will continue flying a fleet of 205 aircraft as Continental Express to more than 150 destinations, as well as continue to serve charter customers with a fleet of 30 aircraft through ExpressJet Read more

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Boeing projects global shift to new, more efficient airplanes

Boeing forecasts a $3.2 trillion market for new commercial airplanes over the next two decades, driven by an increasing demand for airplanes to replace older, less efficient aircraft. The Boeing 2008 outlook calls for a market of 29,400 new commercial airplanes (passenger and freighter) by 2027, with a balanced demand in aircraft by region. The forecast takes into account the industry’s near-term challenges, including a slowing worldwide economy, surging fuel prices, slowing traffic growth in some markets, and concerted action by airlines to balance costs and revenues. The influence of current market conditions is clearly reflected in the 2008 outlook, Read more

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Emirates to launch A380 with bi-coastal inauguration

Emirates Airline has announced plans to showcase the new, double-decker Airbus A380 during exclusive familiarization flights in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The familiarization flights will immediately follow the inaugural flight of the aircraft from Dubai to New York JFK on August 1st, 2008. Emirates’ San Francisco familiarization flight is scheduled for Monday, August 4th, 2008 out of San Francisco International Airport and on August 5th the following day, residents of Los Angeles will have their own opportunity to see the A380 at the Flight Path Museum at Imperial Terminal at LAX.

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New CEO for Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey GmbH

Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey has a new chief executive officer. Mark Johnson has taken over the management of the Lufthansa Technik subsidiary with effect from 1 July. Based in Alzey near Frankfurt, the company employs a workforce of over 400 and specializes in the maintenance of regional aircraft engines. Mark Johnson succeeds Peter Kamenz, who is leaving the company. Prior to this appointment, Mark Johnson was commercial manager of Lufthansa AG

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Holger Sindemann named new President/CEO MTU Maintenance Zhuhai

Effective July 1, 2008, Holger Sindemann has taken the position of President and CEO of MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, a joint venture of MTU Aero Engines and China Southern Airlines. In this role, he succeeds Walter Strakosch, who will take over as Senior Vice President Business Development MRO at MTU. Sindemann has been serving as MTU Aero Engines’ Senior Vice President Corporate Development since the beginning of 2006. With a workforce of around 400 employees, MTU Maintenance Zhuhai is the largest commercial engine maintenance provider in China. The shop’s portfolio includes V2500- and CFM56-series engines. It draws its customer base mainly Read more

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ILFC releases latest lease agreements for new and used aircraft

KOREAN AIR leased two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft from ILFC. The aircraft, MSN 37162 and 37163, will be powered by CFM56-7B26/3 engines and are scheduled to deliver in March and April 2009. The lease terms are for 8 years each. MIAMI AIR INTERNATIONAL will lease one used Boeing 737-800 aircraft from ILFC. The aircraft, MSN 30675 is powered by CFM56-7B27/B1 engines and is scheduled to deliver in July 2008. The lease term is for four years. VIETNAM AIRLINES leased four new Airbus A321-200 aircraft from ILFC. The aircraft will be powered by V2533-A5 engines and will deliver in April, June, Read more

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Frontier Airlines reports preliminary traffic for June 2008

Frontier Airlines announced preliminary traffic results for June 2008 for both Frontier’s mainline operation as well as its wholly owned subsidiary, Lynx Aviation. Traffic decreased 1.1% for June 2008 from the same period last year, while capacity decreased 1.3%. This resulted in a load factor for June 2008 of 87.2%, an increase of .2 points from June 2007, when the airline reported a load factor of 87.0 percent. For June 2008, Lynx Aviation reported revenue passenger miles of 33,304,000 and available seat miles of 48,745,000, respectively. This resulted in a load factor for June 2008 of 68.3%. Lynx Aviation commenced Read more

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