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Jan 22, 2007

US FAA creates new regulation for long-range jetliners. Airlines that fly for hours over oceans and polar regions must have a plan to take care of passengers and extinguish cargo fires in an emergency situation, the FAA said Monday. The latest generation of long-range jetliners can fly to virtually any destination in the world. The Air Transport Association says the rule will give airlines flying long routes with twin-engine jets flexibility to select more efficient routes. Jan 9, 2007

US FAA extended "most requirements previously applicable only to ... two-engine airplanes to a limited number of part 121 passenger-carrying three- and four-engine airplane operations," but the rule "excludes the ETOPS maintenance requirements from the operation of airplanes with more than two engines ... FAA has accepted the safety case that current engine reliabilities and the level of engine redundancy on such airplanes is sufficient to protect such operations." It estimated the cost of compliance with the new 300-page rule at $20.9 million for US airlines over a 16-year period. Jan 9, 2007

US FAA last week issued an NPRM requiring new aircraft to feature enhanced cabin, flightdeck and cargo hold protection against explosive devices or projectiles and the identification of "least risk bomb location" onboard affected aircraft. Comments on the NPRM are due April 5. Jan 9, 2007

US FAA unveiled its long-awaited and controversial Extended Operations rule yesterday that brings two-, three- and four-engine aircraft under a common regulation for long-haul operations with limited diversion airports. According to the agency, the new rule is "intended to eliminate propulsion system reliability as a consideration from the maximum diversion time capability of the airplane. Only the most time limiting airplane system capability [fire suppression, oxygen, etc.] will determine the maximum diversion time capability for a two-engine airplane under the new requirements." Jan 9, 2007

US FAA last week issued an NPRM requiring new aircraft to feature enhanced cabin, flightdeck and cargo hold protection against explosive devices or projectiles and the identification of "least risk bomb location" onboard affected aircraft. Comments on the NPRM are due April 5. Jan 9, 2007

Air Florida

Air Florida crash led to sweeping changes in aviation safety. The crash of Air Florida Flight 90 in Washington in 1982 had a dramatic effect on aviation, according to safety experts. The disaster helped change a cockpit culture dominated by captains. "This accident was pivotal because it helped draw attention to the fact that pilots need to communicate better," said Robert L. Sumwalt III, vice chairman of the NTSB and a former airline pilot. Jan 12, 2007

Airbus, Goodrich

Goodrich signed a $10 billion, 20-year contract with Airbus to provide nacelle and thrust reverser systems for all variants of the A350 XWB, which was relaunched last month. Goodrich will integrate its technology into each engine offering and provide Airbus with complete propulsion systems for installation during final assembly. It becomes the first large equipment integrator chosen for the revamped A350. It also is supplying equipment for the 787 and last year opened a new nacelle integration facility in Everett, Wash., to support Dreamliner final assembly. Jan 10, 2007

Airbus, UPS

Airbus could announce it will await better times for it to produce a cargo version, UPS rival FedEx canceled an order for 10 A380 freighters citing delays which have put the project two years behind schedule. It bought Boeing's 777 freighter instead. Two other firms -- Emirates and aircraft lessor International Lease Finance -- have converted A380 freighter orders to passenger versions. Jan 19, 2007

American Airlines, Airbus, Boeing

Airbus's A380 ddoes not fit American's strategy, the world's biggest airline would consider buying the A350 and 787 aircraft once it firmly rebuilds its bottom line. Parent AMR on Wednesday reported its first annual profit since 2000 as lower capacity and surging demand for air travel finally allowed most carriers to raise prices, helping them out of the slump they suffered since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Jan 18, 2007


Boeing unveiled its 787-inspired revised interior mockup for the 747-8 Intercontinental in Renton. A number of changes were introduced after airline interest ramped up last year. The staircase to the upper deck has been shifted back to its original position after carriers insisted the second door on the right side be freed for catering. There was concern that boarding passengers would obstruct the area. Boeing said it adopted the "curved, upswept architecture" of the 787 and included the 777's windows, which are larger than those of the 747-400. Extensive use also has been made of LED lighting. Jan 19, 2007


The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is the latest, stretched version of its well-known 747 jumbo line, which first began service in 1969. The plane, launched in November 2005, is 18.3 feet (5.6 metres) longer than the 747-400, Boeing's largest existing plane. It is scheduled to enter service late in 2010. Jan 19, 2007


Boeing in the 747-8, to create the illusion of a roomier and more open cabin, it used florescent blue sconce-like lighting projected upward from a lip below the curved ceiling. The designers sought to draw attention to the larger windows, which sink into the cabin's side panel. There is more space in the overhead luggage bins, enough to allow each passenger to bring a carry-on suitcase. The actual passenger configuration will depend on Boeing's airline customers. With a small section of upstairs seating, which Boeing calls the "SkyLoft", the plane is designed to carry 467 passengers in a typical three-class configuration. That makes it Boeing's rival to Airbus' A380 superjumbo, which will be able to seat 555 in three classes, when it enters service later this year. Boeing is incorporating some of the new technology on its hot-selling 787 "Dreamliner" into the new jumbo and believes the seat-mile costs will be 10 percent lower than the 747-400. Jan 19, 2007


The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental's list price is between USD$272.5 million and USD$282.5 million, but air carriers always get discounts on publicly quoted prices. Jan 19, 2007


The new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental has a range of about 8,000 nautical miles (14,815 kilometres), which means it can connect city pairs like New York-Hong Kong and Los Angeles-Mumbai with non-stop flights. Jan 19, 2007


Boeing said Friday that it is making "steady progress toward building the first 787," pointing to the rollout of its second 747-400LCF, the Dreamlifter designed to move 787 parts among factories around the world. The manufacturer plans to operate three of the modified freighters at the height of 787 production. It said the first Dreamlifter made a successful pickup last week of the first 787 parts produced in Japan, including a forward fuselage section made by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and the center wheel well and center wing tank made by KHI and Fuji Heavy Industries. "Transporting these parts from FHI and KHI is the first step in assembling the first 787," VP-Airplane Development and Production Scott Strode said. Jan 15, 2007

Boeing, Lufthansa

Boeing has orders for 24 747-8 Intercontinentals: four from Boeing Business Jet, which will fit them out for unnamed private customers, and 20 from German flag-carrier Lufthansa, placed last month. Jan 19, 2007

CAE, Airbus, Boeing

CAE received an order for two A320 and two 737NG Level D full-flight simulators valued at C$52 million ($44.2 million) from Flight Simulation Co. of the Netherlands. Delivery is scheduled for the second half of this year. Jan 12, 2007

CTT Systems,, Boeing

CTT Systems sold eight Zonal Drying Systems to for installation on 757-200s. Jan 19, 2007

Denver International, Frontier Airlines, Airbus

US National Transportation Safety Board said it will investigate a Friday morning runway incursion incident at Denver International Airport in which a Frontier Airlines A319 was forced to execute a missed approach in order to avoid a Key Lime Air Swearingen Metroliner that "inadvertently" entered the runway. The aircraft missed each other by 50 ft., NTSB said. The Airport Movement Area Safety System alerted the tower at the same time that the Frontier pilots spotted the Metroliner. Jan 8, 2007

Frontier Airlines, Republic Airlines, Embraer

Frontier Airlines chose Republic Airlines to operate 17 76-seat Embraer E-170s starting in March. Scheduling and marketing of the new service will be done by Frontier, which will pay for capacity at a pre-determined rate. The last of the aircraft will be flying by December 2008. Last September, Frontier ended its codeshare agreement with Horizon Air, which operated nine CRJ700s for the Denver-based carrier. "While we enjoyed a great relationship with. . .Horizon, we are thrilled that our new partners at Republic can offer us the same level of service as well as the additional capacity we need to make our growth plans a reality," Frontier President and CEO Jeff Potter said. The company also plans to launch a wholly owned regional with 10 Q400 turboprops by mid-year. Jan 12, 2007

General Electric

GE should fix engine problem, FAA says. The FAA says some General Electric engines need permanent repairs. The problem, which affects 38 planes with CF34-10E series turbofan engines, could cause an in-flight engine shutdown and possible damage to the airplane, the FAA says. Jan 18, 2007

Kentucky Airport, Comair, Delta Air Lines

NTSB makes public some files on Comair crash. The NTSB today will open the public docket on the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Kentucky last August. The docket will include transcripts of the conversation between the Comair pilots and what the air traffic controller told the pilots from the airport's tower. The NTSB says the information is "factual in nature and does not provide analysis." Jan 17, 2007

Midwest Air

Midwest Air Outlines Standalone Expansion Plan. Midwest Air plans to add routes and replace its fleet as it looks to convince investors that it should remain independent, the company said. Jan 10, 2007

Northrop Grumman, Los Angeles Airport FedEx, Boeing

Northrop Grumman began testing and evaluation of its laser-based Guardian counter-Manpad missile defense system this week aboard an MD-10 at Los Angeles International. FedEx is the likely operator of the aircraft. Testing will run through March 2008 and will include eight other MD-10s in revenue service. The Guardian system is designed to detect shoulder-fired missiles and direct a nonvisible laser to the seeker head that will disrupt its guidance and cause it to miss the aircraft. Jan 19, 2007

Piper Aircraft

Increasing numbers of business people are avoiding long security lines and airline delays by flying their own planes to business meetings. About two-thirds of the hours flown by private planes are for business purposes, according to the FAA. "Since 9/11, we're seeing a lot of people in their 40s and 50s who had a passion for flying and have gotten more disposable income making a business case for an aircraft," a Piper Aircraft spokesman says. Jan 17, 2007

Sikorsky Aircraft, PZL Mielec

Sikorsky Acquires Polish Aircraft Maker. US helicopter maker Sikorsky said on Wednesday it has acquired state-owned Polish aircraft maker PZL Mielec in a deal worth more than PLN250 million zlotys (USD$83.3 million). Jan 10, 2007

STG Aerospace, British Airways, Air Canada, Boeing

STG Aerospace of the UK signed supply deals with both British Airways and Air Canada for its SafTGlo photoluminescent cabin floorpath marking system. BA will install STG's ColorMatch product across its 757 fleet. AC's order was one of the largest single deals in STG's history, the company said, adding that 2006 marked a record sales year thanks in large part to the ColorMatch technology that allows airlines to install strips that match cabin decor. Jan 19, 2007

UPS, Airbus

UPS May Cancel Airbus A380 Order. Airbus could soon be without a single order for the freighter version of its A380 superjumbo, a market the planemaker only recently said held demand for 400 planes. Jan 19, 2007

VEM, Airbus, Boeing, Embraer

VEM offers airframe maintenance for all Boeing and former McDonnell Douglas aircraft as well as the Embraer 120, ERJ-145 and F50. It is in the final phase of achieving certification to perform heavy maintenance on the A300/A310 family while A320 approvals are expected in the second half of 2007. It already is providing line maintenance to TAP supporting A310 flights into Brazil. It also operates the only 767 passenger-to-freighter line in South America and is considering entering into the 757 conversion business as well, Almeida said, although he noted that conversions are a supplemental activity, not a core function. In addition to airframe MRO, VEM is active in component support and aims to grow this business. Jan 17, 2007 01/22/2007


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