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Jul 23, 2007

Air travel in Brazil has been chaotic since a GOL Linhas Aereas Boeing 737 clipped wings with a private jet last September at 37,000 feet over the Amazon jungle. All 154 people on the Boeing were killed. That crash occurred in the region tracked by the radar that malfunctioned on Saturday. Air traffic controllers, fearing they were being made scapegoats for the Boeing crash, have staged periodic work slowdowns to protest what they call deficient radar and radio equipment and poor salaries. Delays and cancellations have become routine, prompting some frustrated passengers to storm airfields and ticket counters in protest. Jul 22, 2007


Embraer Delivers 36 Planes In Q2. Embraer, the world's fourth-largest aircraft maker, said it delivered 36 aircraft during the second quarter and a total of 61 aircraft during the first half of the year. "Embraer maintains its projection of delivering 165 to 170 aircraft in 2007," it said in a statement. Orders for commercial, executive and military aircraft rose by USD$600 million between April and June to total USD$15.6 billion, the highest ever, the company said. Embraer said increased sales efforts had added new clients to its backlog in the second quarter, including Japan Airlines and Lufthansa. Embraer is one of Brazil's largest exporters. Jul 17, 2007


Embraer reported that its firm order backlog, including commercial, business and government aircraft, increased by 4% during the second quarter to $15.6 billion as Lufthansa and Japan Airlines placed significant E-Jet orders at the Paris Air Show. The backlog was valued at $10.2 billion at the close of the 2006 second quarter. As of June 30 the Brazilian manufacturer had backlogged orders for 53 ERJ-145s, 22 E-170s, 69 E-175s, 283 E-190s and 26 E-195s for a total of 452. During the second quarter it delivered 27 aircraft from the 170/190 family, led by 14 E-190s. It delivered 30 commercial aircraft in the year-ago quarter. First-half deliveries of 47 commercial aircraft included 26 190s and 12 175s. Embraer is maintaining its forecast to deliver 165-170 aircraft in 2007. Jul 17, 2007


Embraer has clinched the first sale to Mexico of a Lineage 1000 business jet following an order for the ultra-large aircraft from health products and services company Omnilife de Mexico. The $41 million aircraft, a derivative of the E-190 regional jet, will be operated by its air-taxi subsidiary Omnifly following its delivery in December 2009. Jul 16, 2007

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, Boeing, ExcelAire, Embraer

Brasil[sup.1]s aviation network is overloaded and is due for an overhaul. In September 2006, 154 people were killed when a Brazilian GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes Boeing 737-800 collided with a small US based ExcelAire Embraer Legacy 600 executive jet and crashed in the Amazon jungle in what was the worst air accident in the country's history. Congonhas Airport, located in the heart of South America's largest city, has had runway problems for years and recently repaved one of its landing strips. Earlier this year, officials tried to ban wide-bodied jets from the airport because of fears they could skid off its short landing strips. Air travel in Brazil has repeatedly been disrupted since the September crash unveiled a series of problems, including insufficient infrastructure and overburdened, underpaid staff. Last month, two passenger planes clipped wings while taxiing at Congonhas, increasing concerns about safety. Jul 18, 2007

TAM Linhas Aereas, Airbus

Scores Of Bodies Pulled From Brazil Plane Crash. Rescue workers in Brazil pulled burned bodies from smoking wreckage and collapsed buildings on Wednesday after about 200 people were killed in the country's worst air disaster. The TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A320 was carrying 186 passengers and crew when it slid off a short, rain-soaked runway at Sao Paulo's Congonhas Airport late on Tuesday, hurdling a busy road before slamming into a gas station and cargo terminal. An acrid haze hung over the crowded neighborhood near Brazil's busiest airport as rescuers wearing masks put bodies in refrigerated trucks bound for the morgue. Dental records were being used to identify victims. Jul 19, 2007

TAM Linhas Aereas, Airbus

An Airbus A320 operated by Brazilian carrier TAM Linhas Aereas crashed on landing in Sao Paulo, killing nearly 200 people, including all 176 passengers and some people on the ground as the aircraft skidded off the runway onto a busy road, slamming into a building. Rescue workers recovered bodies on the street at the site where the TAM airlines commercial jet crashed at Sao Paulo's busiest airport, Congonhas. Departing Porto Alegre's Salgado Filho International Airport at 17:16LT, Airbus A320-233 PR-MBK was finishing TAM flight JJ3054 to Congonhas airport, landing there at 18:45LT. Jul 18, 2007

TAM Linhas Aereas, Airbus

The TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A320 that crashed, was flying from Porto Alegre in southern Brazil, lost control on landing in Sao Paulo's Congonhas Airport. It skidded off the rain-soaked runway and flew over a bustling avenue just below, crashing into a fuel station and cargo terminal where people were working. "The plane came spinning and passed over our heads at the level of the street lights. We could hear the engine noise getting louder and the plane growing in front of us. When it hit the ground it exploded sending pieces all around," said Luis Santos, who was in his car at the station at the time. Dozens of ambulances raced to the crash site and television images showed the plane's tail sticking out from the cargo terminal in flames as firefighters tried to put out the blaze, which spread to a nearby building. Jul 18, 2007


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