Lufthansa Technik supports DLR research aircraft

Lufthansa Technik will support the Airbus A320 research aircraft belonging to the German Aerospace Center (DLR) under a Total Technical Support TTS contract. The contract will initially run for a period of two years, with the option of a two-year renewal. The DLR uses the Airbus A320 for a wide variety of tasks in the context of its world-renowned research activities.

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Qantas reaches agreement with engineers

Qantas said that it had reached an ‘in principle’ Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) with the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA). The new four-year agreement, which will be the subject of a formal vote, covers nearly 1,600 Qantas Engineering employees. The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon, said the agreement was important for the Qantas Group and its employees. “The agreement has been the subject of intense negotiations in recent weeks and will create a foundation for jobs growth in Qantas, as well as providing a solid base for aircraft maintenance in Australia,” Mr Dixon said.

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JetBlue appoints Christoph Franz to Board of Directors

JetBlue Airways reported that Christoph Franz, CEO of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd, has been appointed to its Board of Directors effective immediately. Dr. Franz represents the Deutsche Lufthansa Group, whose $300 million investment in JetBlue was recently completed. Christoph Franz is Swiss International Air Line’s Chief Executive Officer and has served in that capacity since 2004.

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ACE Aviation reports 2007 net income of $1.4 billion

ACE Aviation Holdings reported net income of $1,398 million for the full year 2007. Net income included $1,366 million pre-tax gains mainly from the sale of ACTS and from the secondary offerings of Aeroplan and Jazz. Operating income amounted to $453 million including operating income of $433 million at Air Canada. Air Canada reported EBITDAR of $1,263 million. For the fourth quarter of 2007, ACE reported operating income of $46 million. EBITDAR for ACE in the fourth quarter amounted to $248 million. Air Canada reported operating income of $72 million and EBITDAR of $274 million, increases of $85 million and Read more

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Air Moldova chooses Embraer 190 aircraft

Embraer has signed a firm order with the Moldovan flag carrier Air Moldova for one EMBRAER 190 jet. The contract includes purchase rights for another aircraft of the same model. Delivery is scheduled for March 2010. Air Moldova links the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, to 13 cities in Europe and the Middle East and intends to deploy its new Embraer 190 for opening new markets and complementing its narrowbody fleet.

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Cathay Pacific takes delivery of 777-300ER

Cathay Pacific Airways took delivery of the airline’s newest 777-300ER. The airplane is painted in the unique “Asia’s world city” livery that will help promote Hong Kong as the aircraft flies around the world. The airplane, the sixth of 30 777-300ERs for delivery to Cathay Pacific, was unveiled at a pre-flight ceremony at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Everett, Wash.

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IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)’s Bedek Aviation Group has signed a nine and a half year contract with the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) to provide comprehensive and continuous maintenance services to the Israel Air Force (IAF) Heavy Transport Aircraft Wing. IAI estimates that the total full value of maintenance services to the IAF may reach $170 million. The contract is for a period of 9.5 years. Services will be initially provided at both the IAF’s base and Bedek’s facilities. As the contract progresses all services will eventually be provided solely at the IAF’s base.

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