PAL posts quarterly loss of $11.3 million

Philippine Airlines incurred a loss of $11.3 million for October-to-December 2007, but still emerged with a profit of $11.5 million for the first nine months of its 2007-2008 fiscal year. The loss contrasted with net income of $79.5 million in the same period in 2006 The flag carrier earned $15.3 million in operating income in October-to-December 2007

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Airbus selects Hamilton Sundstrand for A350 XWB Electric Power Generation System

Airbus has selected Hamilton Sundstrand to provide the Electric Power Generation System for the Airbus A350 XWB. Slated to enter service in 2013, the A350 XWB (Extra Wide-Body) is Airbus’ newest aircraft model, accommodating between 270 and 350 passengers in three basic versions. Hamilton Sundstrand’s A350 XWB electric power generation system (EPGS) comprises four 100 kVA, 230-volt variable frequency generators and four generator control units. Hamilton Sundstrand estimates total program revenue of approximately $1 billion.

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TAM receives new Airbus A320

TAM incorporated a new Airbus A320 to its fleet, brought directly from the factory at Toulouse, France. With this aircraft, TAM now has 103 Airbus models – 15 A319s, 71 A320s, 3 A321s, 12 A330s and 2 A340s. The arrival of the new airplane reinforces TAM’s policy of operating a fleet with a low average age, ensuring greater passenger comfort.

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Iberia to maintain aircraft and engines for Air Comet

Iberia has signed agreements with the Spanish airline Air Comet to maintain its aircraft and engines at the Iberia Maintenance facilities in Madrid. The two contracts have a three-year term. The first covers maintenance, inspection, and repair of the CFM56-5C engines used on Air Comet

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SAESL breaks ground on new $45 million facility extension

Singapore Aero Engine Services Private Limited (SAESL), which specialises in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of Rolls-Royce Trent aero engines, on February 18th broke ground on the site for a new two-storey, 12,000 Sq M development located at Calshot Road in Changi, Singapore. The new development, to be built at a cost of SGD60M ($43 million) will integrate with the existing building and enhance SAESL

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IAE V2500 to power Tiger Airways fleet expansion

International Aero Engines reported Singapore-based low-cost airline group Tiger Airways had chosen the V2500 to power 20 Airbus A320 family aircraft. All engines will be of the SelectOne build standard and will be backed by a long-term V2500Select agreement. The combined engine purchase and aftermarket agreement is valued at $580 million to IAE. Tiger Airways currently operates a fleet of 12 V2500-powered Airbus A320 family aircraft, with 58 on firm order with deliveries through to 2016. The V2500-A5 is available in seven different thrust settings ranging from 22,000 lbs. to 33,000 lbs. to power the Airbus A319, A320 and A321 Read more

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Qantas Welcomes Australia-US 'Open Skies' agreement

Qantas welcomed the Australia-US “open skies” agreement announced by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development. The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon, said the airline had supported the Australian Government’s efforts to seek fully liberalised air services arrangements between the two countries at negotiations in Washington this week. This had been largely achieved. “We welcome the outcome. It brings new opportunities for growth and competition. Importantly, it will assist the further development of Australia’s aviation industry, as well as help increase trade and tourism with a major economic partner,” Mr Dixon said. The Qantas Group is Read more

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Final Assembly Begins on second Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Final assembly started on February 15th on the second flight-test airplane for the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Loaded snugly into the first position of the 787 production system, workers in the Everett, Wash.-based factory can now begin joining together the fuselage sections and wings. All major joins take place in this position. While this is the second of six flight-test airplanes, this Dreamliner is actually the fourth on the production line. It follows the two airplanes that will be used for static and fatigue testing.

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