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Jan 8, 2007

FAA Wants Security Upgrades For New Planes. The US government, noting continued security risks and threats, proposed upgrades on Friday for new passenger jets to further secure the cockpit from potential hijackers and reduce the danger posed by bombs. Jan 5, 2007

Aviation Safety Network yesterday said that the 27 fatal airline accidents that resulted in 888 deaths during 2006 were "significantly lower" than the 10-year average of 36 accidents and 1,005 fatalities but that the number of "loss of control" accidents was a "noteworthy" statistic. Those crashes accounted for 17 of the 27 accidents and more than 800 deaths. "The moving 10-year average trends show a decrease in the average

number of fatal accidents for all continents. All regions have recorded a steadily decreasing accident rate over the past seven years except for Africa," ASN said, noting that 18.5% of last year's fatal accidents occurred on a continent that accounts for just 3% of global departures. Of the 17 loss-of-control accidents, six occurred on takeoff or landing and 11 happened during flight. CFIT incidents numbered a "relatively low" five. Jan 3, 2007


Boeing Commercial Aviation Services and Goodrich Aerostructures Service Center Europe reached an agreement to perform thrust reverser component MRO on 737NGs and 777s. The Goodrich site is in Prestwick. Jan 5, 2007


Boeing delivered 398 commercial planes for the year, a 37% boost over 2005 and its highest total since 2001, led by 302 737 deliveries. "2006 was another outstanding year for our customers and for Boeing," Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Scott Carson said in a statement. Jan 5, 2007


Boeing enjoys record 2006. Boeing booked 1,044 net commercial aircraft orders in 2006, paced by a record 729 net orders for 737s, surpassing its 2005 record of 1,002 total orders. Boeing appears assured of topping rival Airbus in aircraft orders for the first time since 2000. The European manufacturer is set to announce its order totals on Jan. 17 but officials already have conceded a second-place finish. Jan 5, 2007


Boeing said it took 157 orders last year for 787s, 76 for 777s, 10 for 767s and 72 for 747s, the highest total for the 747 program since 1990. Its backlog was up 35.7% from a year earlier to 2,455 aircraft. Jan 5, 2007

Boeing, Hainan Airlines

Aviation Partners Boeing said Hainan Airlines has committed to install winglets on up to 55 737-800s (25 firm and 30 option) from this summer. Jan 3, 2007

Delta Air Lines, Bombardier

Delta set to buy 30 Bombardier CRJ900s. Delta Air Lines is seeking permission from the US Bankruptcy Court to finalize an order with Bombardier for 30 firm CRJ900s plus 30 options that it said will be used to expand its network and upgrade service, according to documents filed yesterday with the court. The Bombardier aircraft are scheduled to begin arriving in September with deliveries continuing through February 2010. They will be configured for 76 seats in two classes. The manufacturer "has committed to provide, or cause to be provided, firm backstop financing for Delta's purchase of the aircraft," the airline said. Jan 5, 2007

Delta Air Lines, Bombardier

The Bombardier CRJ900s are part of an RFP Delta Air Lines issued in August for 143 regional jets comprising up to 43 70-seaters, 50 50-seaters to replace portions of existing flying in Atlanta, New York and Cincinnati, and up to 50 76-seaters, featuring first class seating. Jan 5, 2007

Denver airport

Airliner, Small Plane Nearly Collide At Denver. An airliner and a small plane nearly collided on a runway in Denver on Friday, missing each other by about 50 feet, US crash investigators said. Jan 7, 2007


Goodrich Wins USD$10 Bln Airbus Contract. US aerospace component company Goodrich said on Tuesday it won a contract to supply nacelle and thrust reverser systems to Airbus for all variants of the planemaker's recently launched A350 XWB aircraft. Jan 9, 2007

Northwest Airlines

AAR will perform heavy MRO and interior modifications on select Northwest Airlines 757s. Work will be completed in August. Maintenance checks will be conducted on five previously stored aircraft, while cabin modifications will prepare 10 aircraft for NWA's expanded international service.

Jan 5, 2007

Pegasus Aviation, Airbus

Pegasus Aviation Finance of California ordered two A350 XWBs and six A330-200s in a deal representing the lessor's first Airbus order and the first public commitment to the new A350 since the program was relaunched last month. Jan 5, 2007

SkyWest, Bombardier

SkyWest announced that it was awarded the operation of 12 Bombardier CRJ700s out of Cincinnati that are part of the same RFP in November of 2006. The carriers that have been selected to operate the CRJ900s are expected to make announcements "in the coming weeks," a Delta spokesperson told Jan 5, 2007


Tensolite Co. of Florida announced that it will supply specialty high-temperature airframe wire, data bus and fiberoptic cable for use in Labinal North America's wire harnesses to be installed on the 787. Tensolite's deal with Labinal extends through 2011. Jan 4, 2007

US Airways, Embraer

US Airways took delivery of two Embraer E-190s yesterday at a ceremony in Charlotte. They are scheduled to enter service Feb. 11 and will be based in Philadelphia. US has placed firm orders for 25 of the type. Jan 5, 2007

Virgin America, Airbus

Virgin America, which plans to operate a fleet of 34 A320 family aircraft and currently has two A319s and seven A320s in storage, according to CASE, said it will use the DOT decision as a "roadmap to address the issues raised and to demonstrate to the DOT that Virgin America will meet all ownership and control requirements." It said it will respond formally to the decision by a Jan. 10 deadline. Jan 3, 2007 Z Editor: Aram Gesar, eMail:

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