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Sep 3, 2007


Aeroflot said it is converting two MD-11 passenger aircraft into freighters, with Boeing to handle the modifications in conjunction with SASCO, a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Aerospace. "By putting [the MD-11s] in the hands of the original manufacturer for conversion, we can extend the life of the aircraft and maximize their capabilities," Aeroflot-Cargo GD Andrey Goryashko said. Modification work is slated to start in November 2008. A converted MD-11 has a capacity of 205,400 lb. structural payload at a range of 3,486 nm. (6,456 km.) and is capable of 630,500 lb. (286,000 kg.) maximum takeoff weight. The main and lower deck compartments are capable of holding as many as 36 96-by-125-in. pallets. Aeroflot-Cargo, which currently operates four DC-10 freighters, said it has committed to three additional MD-11 conversions. Aug 27, 2007

Aeroflot, Snecma Services

Aeroflot, Snecma Services and Russian MRO provider BAP3-400 signed an MOU to look into creation of a joint venture for CFM56 powerplant MRO in Russia next year, SU announced. SU plans to be operating 56 Airbus A320 family aircraft by 2010 and said that "intensive growth" of CFM56 use in Russia "is happening not only in Aeroflot but also in other air companies." Aug 29, 2007

Air China, Airbus

Air China Airbus A319 became the first Airbus aircraft to use Naverus RNP in revenue service when it took off from Lhasa on Aug. 23. Aug 30, 2007


Airbus has filed applications is the Zero Splice Inlet integrated into the engine nacelles. The ZSI consists of a single 360-deg. composite piece and contributes to the Airbus A380's low noise emissions. Other patent applications cover the avionics data communication network that supports the increasing inter-system communication requirements; the Brake-to-Vacate function that optimizes the energy used for braking and reduces runway occupancy time, and the electrical backup hydraulic actuator that is part of the aircraft's new two-energy, four-channel flight control architecture. Aug 30, 2007

Boeing, Honeywell Aerospace

Boeing has signed an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace that will allow them to significantly reduce an airline's maintenance costs by providing expendable parts. The companies teamed as part of Boeing's Integrated Materials Management (IMM) initiative. Through this program, Boeing and suppliers like Honeywell maintain an airline's inventory of spare parts - providing items as needed. By reducing the airline's own inventory, IMM reduces the airline's cost of doing business. Honeywell is a supplier of consumable hardware products and services and a distributor of standard, proprietary and hard-to-find parts. They provide 725,000 parts from 150 global manufacturers and 2,600 suppliers. Aug 31, 2007

CAE, Flightscape

CAE completed its acquisition of Flightscape Inc., an Ottawa-based firm that provides flight data analysis and flight sciences. Aug 31, 2007

General Electric

General Electric announced a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Czech Republic's Walter Engines, which it said "will broaden GE's capabilities in the small turboprop segment of aviation." Financial details were not disclosed. Aug 29, 2007

Serco Group

Business services supplier Serco Group posts 18% jump in profits. Serco Group reported 18% higher profits in the first half of 2007. The company expects the year to be profitable, with revenue gains greater than expected, perhaps in the double-digit range. Serco declared an interim dividend to be paid on Oct. 17. Aug 31, 2007

Shanghai Airlines, Boeing

Alteon Training said it will open a training center at Shanghai Pudong by year end that eventually will house China's first Boeing 787 full flight simulator and a 757/767 FFS for center partner Shanghai Airlines and "other regional operators." The 787 simulator will be ready in the first half of next year. Aug 28, 2007

Skyservice Airlines

Skyservice Airlines, a Canadian charter carrier that also offers MRO and other support services, announced it will sell a "majority" of its charter business to private equity firm Gibralt Capital Corp. of Vancouver. No financial details were disclosed. "Our plan is to leverage our profitable base of operations, not only in the charter business but also in aviation services and maintenance," Skyservice Chairman and CEO Russ Payson said. The airline said senior management will continue in their roles and "no changes to. . .current operations and workforce are planned." Skyservice was founded in 1986 and operates 11 757s, nine A320s and one A319 to 64 destinations in 25 countries. It bases three A320s and one 757 in Europe. Aug 30, 2007

Tiger Airways, Airbus

Tiger Airways chose the V2500 for its recently ordered A320s. The order for engines for the 50 Airbus A320s plus V2500 Select aftermarket agreements is worth S$1.3 billion. Tiger ordered 30 A320s and took options on 20 at the Paris Air Show in June. The aircraft will underpin its aggressive expansion into the Australian domestic market from November and the Singapore-India market from October. Aug 31, 2007


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