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Airbus TransAsia Airways Firms Options for Additional Pratt & Whitney PurePower[umlaut] PW1100G-JM Engines for Airbus A321neo Aircraft. TransAsia Airways has converted options for six A321neo aircraft with Pratt & Whitney PurePower[umlaut] PW1100G-JM engines into firm orders. Pratt & Whitney will now power TransAsia's order of 12 firm A321neo aircraft. The deal includes a 10-year PureSolutionSM maintenance service agreement for 27 engines, including spare engines. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2017. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (UTX). "We are converting these options to firm orders to lock in the savings and value that TransAsia expects to get from the A321neo aircraft and PurePower engines," said Vincent Lin, Chairman of TransAsia Airways. "We are committed to lower operating costs through the use of products like the PurePower engine." "We are very pleased that TransAsia selected Pratt & Whitney to power its A321neo aircraft fleet," said Todd Kallman, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines president. "Pratt & Whitney is very proud to serve TransAsia on the A321neo, and IAE continues to serve TransAsia on its current A321fleet." Each TransAsia Airways Airbus A321neo aircraft will be powered by two PurePower PW1100G-JM engines with benefits including double-digit reductions in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise and operating costs when compared with today's engines. The PurePower engine uses an advanced gear system allowing the engine's fan to operate at a different speed than the low-pressure compressor and turbine. The combination of the gear system and an all-new advanced core delivers the fuel efficiency and environmental benefits. Established in 1951, TransAsia was the first private airline in Taiwan and has since grown to be one of the nation's three largest carriers. It is a publically listed company on the Taiwan Stock Exchange and is expanding rapidly to all the major Asian cities within a flight duration of nine hours including Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. TransAsia Airways is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. For more information on TransAsia Airways, visit Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries. This release includes "forward looking statements" concerning future business opportunities and other matters involving this engine that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or implied in forward looking statements include changes in the health of the global economy and the strength of end market demand in the aerospace industry; as well as company specific items including the ability to achieve cost reductions at planned levels; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies including this engine, and new products including the engine discussed in this press release; and delays and disruption in delivery of materials and services from suppliers. For information identifying other important economic, political, regulatory, legal, technological, competitive and other uncertainties, see UTC's SEC filings as submitted from time to time, including but not limited to, the information included in UTC's 10-K and 10-Q Reports under the headings "Business," "Risk Factors," "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Cautionary Note Concerning Factors that May Affect Future Results," as well as the information included in UTC's Current Reports on Form 8-K. Learn more: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Leo Makowski Katy Padgett Commercial Engines Pratt & Whitney Int'l Cell +1-860-543-2846 +1-860-565-3433

Nov 14, 2012

American Airlines American Airlines, pilots reach tentative labor agreement. American Airlines and leaders of the Allied Pilots Association have reached a tentative agreement for a new labor contract between the airline and its pilots. A final contract will be presented to union leaders, and if they accept it, American's full pilot force will vote whether to ratify the new contract. The new agreement "should make the corporation a healthy and successful organization," said Keith Wilson, union president. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (11/9), Tulsa World (Okla.) Nov 12, 2012

Boeing Boeing Moving to New Complex in Huntsville. Boeing is moving to a new office complex near the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville as the company consolidates several of its locations in the area. The move to Redstone Gateway reflects Boeing's commitment to managing costs and increasing competitiveness for growth. "As Boeing begins its 51st year in Alabama, this development agreement allows us to make the most of our facilities to best meet our business needs and those of our customers," said Tony Jones, vice president and Boeing Huntsville site executive. "Just as Huntsville is supportive of companies such as ours that are important contributors to the community, Boeing is committed to this city's future health. The City of Huntsville, Redstone Arsenal and NASA have validated this plan as being not only right for Boeing and our ability to meet customer commitments, but also important for the future economic viability of Huntsville, where many of our employees live and raise their families." The recently signed development agreement will result in 363,000 square feet of office space in a Boeing-named, three-building complex. Boeing is scheduled to occupy the first building in spring 2013; construction of the second and third buildings is expected to begin by the end of 2012 and be completed by spring 2014. Boeing will retain its facilities at the company's owned Jetplex location. "Boeing regularly reviews its facilities to locate opportunities for consolidation and/or elimination of costly infrastructure in order to bring down overhead costs," Jones added. "This Huntsville consolidation is one significant example." Boeing is the largest aerospace company in Alabama and one of the state's largest employers. Current company operations in Huntsville include the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program and other missile defense work, including the Standard Missile-3 Block IIB program, the Arrow Weapon System, the Avenger, and the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 seeker. Huntsville-based programs that support NASA include Exploration Launch Systems, which oversees design and development of the new Space Launch System, and the International Space Station. The site also hosts Boeing's Rotorcraft Support business, and provides engineering support for commercial and commercial-derivative airplanes. With innovative and affordable capabilities to support the customer, Boeing in Huntsville is a Low Cost, High Tech Center of Excellence. A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 61,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense. Nov 14, 2012

GE Aviation GE Aviation Implementing RNP to ILS for Air China at Xi Chang. GE Aviation is designing and deploying the first Required Navigation Performance-Authorization Required (RNP-AR) to Instrument Landing System (ILS) flight procedure in China for Air China Southwest. Merging the two technologies will provide more efficient routing and improved access for flight operations at Xi Chang airport. OUsing GEOs method of merging RNP to the ILS, operators can experience the track mile reduction benefits of RNP with the lower decision altitudes a precision landing system provides,O said Giovanni Spitale, general manager for GE AviationOs Air Traffic Optimization group. OAir China Southwest will have continuous lateral and vertical guidance all the way to the runway while navigating the challenging mountainous environment of Western China.O The Xi Chang RNP to ILS procedure will save Air China Southwest up to 14 nautical miles per approach, compared to the conventional ILS procedure. GE also designed an RNP AR approach to the non ILS-equipped runway, reducing the decision height by more than 575 feet compared to the existing approach. Because RNP paths rely on satellite-based navigation technology, the airline does not have to rely on the outdated, ground-based navigation aids in place at the airport, improving schedule reliability. Current operational problems at Xi Chang include weather related delays, one-direction traffic, flight cancellations, and tail wind limitations on the ILS runway. The GE-designed procedures will improve all-weather operations and allow for arrivals and departures on both runways. On departures, GEOs RNP procedures provide engine-out protection throughout the most critical time to the enroute structure. Xi Chang airport is located in Sichuan province, southwest of Chengdu, in a five kilometer wide (16,400 feet) valley at 1,588 meters (5,112 feet) elevation. Since 2004, GE Aviation has worked closely with Air China and the CAAC to implement a network of RNP AR procedures in China. GE has deployed RNP paths at seven other Chinese airports for the airline, improving access and schedule reliability while reducing fuel and track miles to many of the mountainous regions it serves. In July, GE Aviation completed the world's first RNP AR to ILS with autoland flight for LAN Airlines at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport. The technology lowers the aircraft landing minima at Lima to 100 feet when the three elements are combined. The utilization of the RNP AR transitions also enables aircraft to fly east of the airport in airspace that was previously unused due to terrain constraints. Click here to download the GE white paper RNP to xLS: Implementation Today. PBN technology allows aircraft to fly precisely-defined flight paths without relying on ground-based radio-navigation signals. RNP procedures, an advanced form of PBN technology, can be designed to shorten the distance an aircraft has to fly en-route, to reduce fuel burn and exhaust emissions and to reduce noise pollution in communities near airports. Because of RNPOs precision and reliability, the technology can help air traffic controllers reduce flight delays and alleviate air traffic congestion. GE AviationOs Air Traffic Optimization Services group provides airlines, air navigation service providers and airports with services to make the way we fly more efficient. With Performance-based Navigation design and consulting, high-resolution, digital airport maps, electronic terrain and obstacle data, and airline-based flow management products, GE is building the foundation to support air traffic modernization. GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (GE), is a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings. For more information, visit us at GE (GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at Nov 13, 2012

JetBlue Airways JetBlue Airways and KaBOOM! Build the First-Ever Playground for K.C. Wright Leadership Academy and the Children of Tamarac, FL. JetBlue Airways (JBLU) is proud to announce a partnership with Kathleen C. (KC) Wright Leadership Academy and KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. The kid friendly airline has partnered with KaBOOM! to build the first-ever playground at K.C. Wright Leadership Academy located in Tamarac, FL, further highlighting the airline's commitment to Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding community. K.C. Wright Leadership Academy students did not previously have a playground to enjoy. As children discover the world through play, the new playground now provides more than 150 children in the local community with a safe location for recreation. Since 2005, JetBlue and long-standing partner KaBOOM! have worked together to create safe play spaces for children across JetBlue's communities and help fight the deficit of play for children in underserved neighborhoods. The playground at K.C. Wright Leadership Academy was truly designed for students by students. The new playground's blueprint is based on drawings created by children from the school who participated in a Design Day event in September. The students have also decided to "play it forward" with a penny wars campaign to raise funds to donate to a future playground build in another community in southern Florida. K.C. Wright Leadership Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school. "Fort Lauderdale was JetBlue's first destination, so we have a strong connection to the city and surrounding communities. We're really excited to work with our longtime partner KaBOOM! and the Florida Panthers organization to provide the first playground for students at K.C. Wright Leadership Academy," said JetBlue's Chief Operating Officer Rob Maruster. "Play is such an important part of a child's development. This playground will serve as a source of recreation and a safe place to play for the entire Tamarac community." More than 200 volunteers from JetBlue, the Florida Panthers, K.C. Wright Leadership Academy, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Tamarac worked side by side to build the new playground at K.C. Wright Leadership Academy. Today's kids spend less time playing outside than any previous generation in part because only one in five children live within walking distance of a park or playground. This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and cognitively. Children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy. "KaBOOM! is thrilled to continue our tremendous work with our National Partner, JetBlue," said KaBOOM! Founder and CEO Darell Hammond. "Every child deserves to have a great place to play and we made that possible for children at K.C. Wright Leadership Academy, while bringing KaBOOM! one step closer to our vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America." "Our entire school community is honored to have been chosen by KaBOOM! for this playground build. Our teachers, administration, staff, and parents at Kathleen C. Wright Leadership Academy have worked collaboratively with our partners to ensure a successful build for our deserving students. In keeping with our mission, we know that this playground will have a profound impact on our students both inside and outside the classroom by creating positive and healthy experiences for them through fun, physical activity that will help to increase their concentration and focus at school," said Kathleen C. Wright Leadership Academy Assistant Principal, Donald G. Nicolas. "In addition, the benefits of play also encourage high academic achievement which is the expectation for our students. We anticipate continuing this relationship with JetBlue and the Florida Panthers that has been forged through the building of this play space. This playground will make a tremendous impact on our school campus and our neighboring community for years to come." JetBlue and KaBOOM! have worked together over the last seven years to create play spaces for children. This partnership has successfully engaged more than 3,600 volunteers to move 15 tractor trailers full of mulch and build 15 playgrounds, which now benefit more than 10,000 children. The playground at K.C. Wright Leadership Academy marks the 16th playground build, four in Florida, through the collaboration. This is also JetBlue's fifth build in 2012 (Long Beach, CA; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Boston, MA: San Francisco, CA; and Fort Lauderdale, FL). JetBlue Airways is a KaBOOM! National Partner, a group of organizations providing long-term guidance and support to KaBOOM! and its mission. About K.C. Wright Leadership Academy Kathleen C. Wright Schools Inc. was founded in 2009 in memory of and as a legacy to the late Dr. Kathleen C. Wright. After teaching at Dillard High School for 16 years, she became the first Black person elected to serve on the School Board of County and also the first Black person to serve on any school board in the State of Florida. As a board member, Dr. Wright served two, four-year terms (1974-1982) and was a strong advocate of school integration and affirmative action. She was dedicated to providing a quality education to all of Broward County's children. Both the Broward County Public Schools Administration Building and its street location are named in her honor. In November 2010, Broward County Public Schools approved K.C. Wright Schools Inc.'s first charter application, Kathleen C. Wright Leadership Academy (KCWLA), to serve children in grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade. We are a college preparatory school focused on providing the best for our students including opportunities for leadership training and character building. About the Florida Panthers Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is the premier company of its kind in South Florida. Florida Panthers Social Media is powered by Ford - follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Home to the Florida Panthers Hockey Club and internationally recognized concerts and events, the Broward County-owned BB&T Center is one of the top ranked venues of its kind in the world. Nov 16, 2012

Monarch Airlines Families Aim to Keep Fit This Winter by Staying Active. This summer saw the usual rush of new diet books hit the bookshelves, and an increase in the number of young people signing up to local gyms and swimming pools, thanks partly to the enthusiasm generated by the UK''s exceptional season of sport. However, as the nights draw in and the temperatures begin to drop, it becomes more difficult to stay motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Studies have also shown that people tend to consume more calories in the colder months, so what better way to keep the winter blues at bay - and keep an eye on our waistbands - than by booking an active holiday and hitting the ski slopes? You can combine fitness with culture this ski season by flying somewhere snowy with plenty of activities that all ages and all members of the family can enjoy, such as France or Austria. Grenoble, nestled high in the French Alps, has hundreds of kilometres worth of ski slopes just waiting to be explored, with a picturesque ''chocolate box lid'' quality that never fails to charm. Ideal for families, Grenoble also offers plenty of activities to get stuck into off of the slopes - visit a nearby igloo village to learn how the Innu tribe live, or descend into a massive ice cave to witness some truly breath-taking ice sculptures. If you''re considering how to get to Grenoble, visit Monarch online for great value deals on flights - you can always spend the savings on a steaming mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine. Hidden between mountains, Innsbruck is a picturesque Austrian retreat famed for its beautiful ski slopes, and there''s no shortage of things to do after an afternoon or morning of skiing. There are plenty of famous buildings to explore, including the Hofburg (Imperial Palace), a baroque styled building with an impressive history. Boys of all ages will enjoy seeing the extensive armoury at the Schloss Ambras, which also boasts an impressive art collection. Nov 15, 2012 1544-3760

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