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Airlines object to FAA proposal for older jets. Airlines oppose a proposal by the Federal Aviation Administration that would change the way structural fatigue is managed in older planes. The new rules include strict criteria for determining life limits for commercial planes. The Air Transport Association, in a filing, said the rule is unjustified and should not be finalized. Airlines also say the FAA underestimated the cost of complying with the program. Sep 20, 2006

Airbus, Boeing, Q Aviation

Q Investments, a Fort Worth-based private equity fund, is putting Q Aviation on the block and has retained Deutsche Bank Securities to advise it. The company said it owns 53 Airbus and Boeing aircraft recently appraised at $1.2 billion. According to the AirGuideAircraft database, 26 are listed under the Q Aviation LP name. They comprise eight A319s, 10 757s, four A320s, two A330s, one 737-400 and one 737-500, all of which are in service. The 737-500 is leased to Bulgarian Airlines and the remaining 25 are leased to Northwest Airlines and US Airways. Sep 21, 2006

Airbus, Boeing, Q Aviation

Aircraft lessor hopes to sell assets. Aircraft lessor Q Aviation hopes to sell all or part of its portfolio to cash in on the increased value of its investment. The company, founded in 2003, owns 53 Boeing and Airbus jetliners. Its portfolio is worth $1.2 billion. Sep 20, 2006


Boeing sells $4 billion worth of aircraft, including 16 787s, to unidentified buyers. Boeing revealed yesterday that it has sold 16 more 787s and 30 additional 737s to unidentified buyers in deals cumulatively valued at about $4 billion. Combined with a Boeing Business Jet order for a 737 announced yesterday, the manufacturer has booked 632 net orders in 2006, including 102 for 787s and 477 for 737s, according to its online order book. Sep 22, 2006


Boeing's Composite Manufacturing Center last week began fabrication of the first composite stringers for the 787 vertical fin, the largest Dreamliner assembly slated to be built by an internal Boeing division. CMC plans to deliver its first fully functional vertical fin to 787 final assembly in Everett, Wash., in spring 2007. Sep 20, 2006


Boeing 747-400LCF Large Cargo Freighter, critical to the manufacturer's global strategy for building 787s, touched down at Everett, Wash., Saturday to start its flight-test program in earnest. The 747-400LCF first flew in Taipei Sept. 9 and conducted two test flights before making the ferry flight to Everett. The flight-test program is expected to last through year end, when the aircraft will begin shuttling wing boxes and fuselage sections among Boeing's 787 manufacturing bases worldwide. Two more 747s are being modified to dash 400LCFs by Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp. Sep 19, 2006


Boeing considers replacing 737 with two planes. Boeing may eventually replace the 737 with two airplanes that will serve two different markets. Boeing is studying the market for airliners with 80 to 90 seats. It will also need to build a plane for carriers that want airliners with more than 200 seats. Sep 19, 2006

Boeing, Allegiant Air

Aging MD-80s keep costs low at upstart airline. Discount upstart carrier Allegiant Air has built its business model around the aging MD-80. The company has purchased its used planes for about $4 million each, far less than the cost of new jetliners. Allegiant, which flies nonstop from 40 small cities to Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla., hopes to raise $100 million in an initial public offering. Sep 21, 2006

Boeing, Aviall

Boeing yesterday concluded its purchase of aviation parts and aftermarket services provider Aviall for $1.7 billion and the assumption of $448 million in debt. Aviall will report to Boeing Commercial Aviation Services and operate as a wholly owned subsidiary. It employs around 1,000 and maintains customer service centers in North America, Europe and Asia. It is considered the largest independent provider of new aviation parts and related aftermarket services, distributing products for approximately 220 manufacturers. Boeing previously said the purchase would be "modestly accretive" to its 2007 earnings and will have an "immaterial earnings impact" this year. Sep 21, 2006

Boeing, Goodrich

Goodrich yesterday officially opened its new nacelle integration facility in Everett, Wash., to support 787 final assembly. Sep 21, 2006

Boeing, KLM Engineering

KLM Engineering and Maintenance and Boeing Commercial Aviation Services have teamed to provide component maintenance services for Toronto-based Sunwing Airlines' 737NGs. The carrier currently operates three of the type with plans to add 10-15 more over the next five years. Sep 19, 2006

Boeing, Rockwell Collins

Boeing added Rockwell Collins to its 787 GoldCare team, which will aim to provide carriers operating 787s with comprehensive line and base maintenance support as well as supply chain management on a cost-per-flight-hr. basis. "Rockwell provides displays, communication and surveillance systems, pilot controls and the core network cabinet for the 787 and under GoldCare will be responsible for ensuring spare parts are available, managing the maintenance of parts removed from the aircraft and ensuring that equipment reliability is optimized," Boeing said. Sep 18, 2006

Bombardier, Frontier

Frontier to end codeshare relationship with Horizon. Denver-based Frontier Airlines, which earlier this month announced orders for 10 Bombardier DHC-8-Q400s as part of a plan to launch its own Regional airline subsidiary, is ending its codeshare agreement with Horizon Air, an Alaska Air Group subsidiary. Horizon has been operating nine Bomardier CRJ700s as Frontier Jet Express since January 2004. Officials from both carriers are continuing negotiations on a timeline for winding down the partnership. Sep 21, 2006

Bombardier, Horizon

Horizon said it will reintegrate the nine aircraft into its fleet to support its current network and expand service. Concurrent with its order for Bombardier DHC-8-Q400s, Frontier said it wanted to operate up to 20 RJs, but Horizon said at the time that it did not want to invest the capital needed to fund the additional aircraft for the partnership. Sep 21, 2006


Goodrich is expanding its Aerostructures Prestwick Service Center in Scotland. The facility, originally opened in 2004, will double in size to 250,000 sq. ft. The plant provides maintenance support services for engine nacelles and thrust reversers, flight controls, quick engine change and engine buildup components. Sep 20, 2006

Honeywell Aerospace

Private jets take off with business travelers. More business travelers in the U.S. and Europe are turning to companies that offer private jet services to save time. Demand for jets is increasing -- Honeywell Aerospace estimates 9,900 of the planes will be delivered through 2015. Meanwhile, airlines want the general aviation industry to pay higher fees for its increasing use of the nation's air traffic control system.

Sep 18, 2006

Pratt & Whitney

Pratt & Whitney Canada appointed John Saabas executive VP and Benoit Brossoit senior VP-service centers and operations. Saabas, previously senior VP-engineering and operations, will be responsible for engineering, operations, quality, service centers, customer support and marketing. Brossoit, previously VP-service centers, will provide "strategic direction" and report to Saabas. Sep 18, 2006
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