Finnair to buy 12 Airbus wide-body aircraft

Finnair announced to acquire 12 new Airbus wide-bodied aircraft, as it modernises its long-haul fleet. Of the aircraft, nine are A350s and three are A340s. The A340 aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2007-08. The Airbus A350 will join the Finnair fleet in 2011. The value of the order is over one billion euros. The current MD-11 fleet of Finnair will be removed from service by 2012.

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Boeing and Royal Air Maroc complete 787 Dreamliner order

Boeing and Royal Air Maroc announced the firm-order agreement for four 787 Dreamliners with an option for the purchase of one additional airplane. The first 787 is scheduled for delivery in late 2008. The Memorandum of Understanding for the 787s was originally signed in July, 2005. Royal Air Maroc’s order for the 787 Dreamliner brings the total number of announced commitments for the airplane to 309 from 25 airlines worldwide, with 241 firm orders.

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US Airways reaches transition agreement with Customer Service Union

US Airways Group, Inc. has reached a transition agreement with the two unions that represent the airline’s passenger service employees. The Communications Workers of America (CWA), which represents US Airways’ passenger service employees, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), which represents America West’s passenger service employees, recently formed an alliance designed to represent the new merged airline’s passenger service employees. Termed the Airline Customer Service Employee Association, this alliance will represent approximately 7,150 passenger service and reservations employees.

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Goodrich elects new Director

John P. Jumper, recently retired Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, was elected to the Board of Directors of Goodrich Corporation. Jumper was also appointed to serve on the board’s Audit Review Committee and Financial Policy Committee. With this election, Goodrich’s board increases to 11 members.

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Aircelle delivers its 1000th thrust reverser for use on Rolls-Royce

Aircelle delivered the 1,000th thrust reverser for Rolls-Royce BR710 engines. Developed by Aircelle in 1993-1994, the BR710 thrust reverser is now in its eighth year of operational service on high-end ultra long-range corporate jets. Aircelle is stepping up its production rate for BR710 thrust reversers to handle delivery requirements through 2011. The company plans to reach a steady output of 180 units per year, which compares to 140 deliveries in 2005 and the 100 reversers completed in 2002. At this pace, the 2000th reverser should come off Aircelle

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