Sukhoi's Superjet 100 prepares for first flight

As part of the first flight campaign preparation the Sukhoi Superjet 100 started first taxiing and run tests. The run tests featured a gradual speed increase up to 162 km per hour, which is close to the real speed of the nose landing gear take-off. Taxiing and runs are an integral part of the preparation to the flight test campaign. The current testing is performed in Komsomolsk-based Flight Test Center, which has already conducted a successful series of ground tests of the main systems of the aircraft with the running engines. Prior to the first flight, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 Read more

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ILFC takes delivery of 400th 737 for lease to Travel Service

Boeing and ILFC on May 12th celebrated the delivery of the leasing company’s 400th Boeing 737 airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800 that ILFC customer Travel Service will operate under lease. Travel Service, a Prague-based carrier together with its 100-percent-owned Hungarian subsidiary Travel Service Kft., operates an all-Boeing fleet of 12 737s, including 10 Next-Generation 737-800s. The company offers charter flights to more than 230 airports on four continents, as well as low-cost scheduled service to major European destinations through its Smart Wings brand. The airline also has one 787 Dreamliner and two Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes on order.

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Embraer plans to expand operations in the U.S.

Embraer announced that it plans to invest an estimated $50 million for the establishment of a new facility in the United States dedicated to its executive jets business. The new 150,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility will house a final assembly line, the first for Embraer in the U.S. It will be capable of producing both the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 executive jet models, as well as a paint shop and a delivery and customer design center. After a rigorous and thorough site selection process, the preferred location for the project is Melbourne International Airport, in Melbourne, Florida, which best satisfies all Read more

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Boeing and Jeppesen Technology expand China market for China Eastern Airlines

A China Eastern Airlines Next-Generation 737-700 completed a flight into China’s Lijiang Airport on May 13th to validate the capability and benefits of an advanced navigation method known as Required Navigation Performance (RNP). RNP uses global-positioning satellites and onboard flight-management systems to guide airplanes along precise flight paths with pinpoint accuracy. RNP flight procedures provide operators a highly effective tool to enable safe and efficient operations in challenging terrain and weather conditions, such as those at Lijiang, in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Advanced arrival procedures like RNP will allow airlines to significantly save on fuel and reduce flight Read more

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Continental CFO Jeff Misner to retire

Continental Airlines announced that its executive vice president and chief financial officer, Jeff Misner, has informed the company that he has decided to retire effective Aug. 31, 2008, following his 55th birthday. Zane Rowe Continental’s senior vice president for network strategy, will succeed Misner as executive vice president and chief financial officer upon Misner’s retirement.

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Spirit AeroSystems secures Airbus A350 XWB contract

Spirit AeroSystems reported that it has signed a contract with Airbus to design and produce a major composite fuselage structure for the A350 XWB program. Spirit will design and manufacture the Section 15 center fuselage frame section, a composite structure that will be approximately 65 feet long, 20 feet wide and weigh nearly 9,000 pounds. To accommodate this and other new work packages, Spirit announced plans to expand its operations with a new facility in Lenoir County, North Carolina, near the city of Kinston. Spirit and the State of North Carolina have reached an agreement to begin implementation of a Read more

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EADS reports revenues up 10% to group total of

EADS reported that despite a difficult economic environment and a weak US dollar, the Group continued to experience strong business momentum in the first quarter of 2008. The remarkable order intake reflects the capabilities of EADS’ product portfolio on the global market, in particular at Airbus and Military Transport Aircraft Division. The Q1 2008 EBIT development was supported by a temporary excess volume of matured hedges compared to the economic exposure. For the full year 2008, the Group confirms its EBIT guidance of

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Air Midwest to shut down passenger operations

Air Midwest a wholly owned subsidiary of Mesa Air Group announced that it will discontinue all operations including its current scheduled services provided under the Essential Air Service (EAS) program. This announcement follows the company’s January 15, 2008 announcement of the decision to discontinue Air Midwest’s operations. The company cites record-high fuel prices, insufficient demand and a difficult operating environment as the main factors in its decision.

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GECAS takes delivery of 737-900ER for lease to XL Airways

Boeing and GE Commercial Aviation Services on Tuesday celebrated the delivery of the leasing company’s 300th Boeing jetliner, a Next-Generation 737-900ER airplane, that GECAS customer XL Airways will operate under lease. The airplane is equipped with performance-enhancing Blended Winglets and will be the first 737-900ER to join the XL Airways fleet. XL Airways is a charter airline based in the UK and is part of the XL Leisure Group, the third largest travel group in the UK. The airline flies to more than 100 destinations across three continents with a fleet of 37 aircraft.

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