5 December 2011

Boeing rolls out first factory-complete 737 at higher rate

Boeing rolled out its first factory-complete Next-Generation 737 at the production rate of 35 airplanes a month on Dec. 4. The new 737-800 was towed to nearby Renton Field where Boeing conducts functional testing and first flights for all new airplanes. Though the airplane still must undergo testing and painting, the milestone represents a major …

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Landmark year for PurePower Geared Turbofan engine

Pratt & Whitney has surpassed the milestone of receiving orders, including options, for more than 2,000 PurePower Geared Turbofan engines while completing more than 1,250 hours and 2,800 cycles of full engine testing for its first two applications. So far this year Pratt & Whitney’s order book for the PurePower Geared Turbofan has commitments from …

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Briand Greer named President of Honeywell Aerospace Asia Pacific

Honeywell announced Briand Greer’s appointment as President of Aerospace Asia Pacific, effective immediately. Greer is based in Shanghai and will report to Tim Mahoney, President and CEO of Honeywell Aerospace. Greer succeeds Mark Howes, who will be returning to Phoenix, Arizona, to continue a role within the Aerospace Leadership Team.

GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team (FET) to discontinue self-funded development of F136 engine

The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team (FET) has reached the decision to discontinue self-funded development of the F136 engine for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) beyond 2011. The decision, reached jointly by GE and Rolls-Royce leadership, recognizes the continued uncertainty in the development and production schedules for the JSF Program. “GE and Rolls-Royce are proud …

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Embraer opens global customer center for Executive Jets

Embraer opened its U.S.-based, global Customer Center, at the Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida and presented  the first Phenom 100 assembled in the United States for delivery to Executive AirShare. The new 58,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Customer Center becomes the new location for global customers for the entire range of Embraer corporate aircraft to select colors, fabrics, paint schemes …

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Transaero Airlines firms up order for eight A320neo aircraft

Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest airline, has signed a firm order for eight A320neo aircraft following a Memorandum of Understanding signed in August at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2011 in Moscow. Transaero Airlines is planning to operate the aircraft on its extended medium-haul network of domestic and international routes as part of its …

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Norway takes delivery of first NH90 from AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland reported the delivery of the first NH90 NFH helicopter to the Norwegian Armed Forces. The delivery ceremony took place 30th November at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate facility in the presence of Brigadier General/Commander Frode R Flǿlo, NDLO Air Systems Division. The NH90 delivered is the first of 14 NH90s intended to replace the Lynx helicopters for …

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ATI signs long-term agreement with Goodrich Corporation

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated has signed a long-term sourcing agreement with Goodrich for the supply of aerospace forgings used for landing gear components. The agreement covers aerospace structural forgings sold to Goodrich’s Landing Gear facilities located in the US, Canada, and Poland by ATI Ladish’s ZKM Forging operation for the period 2012 through 2015. ATI Ladish …

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US Airways reports record November load factor

US Airways Group announced November 2011 traffic results. Mainline traffic for the month was up 3.4% versus November 2010, while mainline capacity was down 0.6% versus November 2010. Mainline passenger load factor was a record 83.8% for the month of November, up 3.2 points versus November 2010.

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