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Aviation Week honors Boeing programs for excellence

By BA Staff The Boeing P-8A Poseidon program and F-15 logistics program were recognized for their success at Aviation Week & Space Technology’s Program Excellence award ceremony held Nov. 14 in Phoenix. The P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft program won the System Level Production category, while the F-15 fighter jet Radar Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) program was a …

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Pegasus Airlines seals $4.3 billion engine deal with CFM

By BA Staff Pegasus Airlines has finalized its order for CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power its 100 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft on order. The agreement is valued at approximately $4.3 billion U.S. at list price, including a long-term service agreement. Under the terms of the 20-year Rate per Flight Hour (RPFH) maintenance agreement, CFM will guarantee maintenance …

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Delta expands service at Boston

By BA Staff Delta Air Lines will increase service at Boston’s Logan International Airport with daily year-round and seasonal service to the following seven destinations, including three new markets. Their services will include: New daily service to Jacksonville, Fla. and Richmond, Va., operated by Delta Connection carrier Endeavor Air using 76-seat, two-class CRJ-900s, effective March 3, 2014 and March 6, …

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Airline consumer complaints down from previous year

By BA Staff Airline consumer complaints filed with DOT’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division during the first nine months of this year were down 14.1 percent from the first nine months of 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report released. From January to September 2013, the Department received 10,439 consumer complaints, down from the total of …

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Emirates to add more features for Children

By BA Staff Emirates will boost the children’s content on its in-flight entertainment system, ice Digital Widescreen (information, communication, entertainment) in December Children on an Emirates flight in December have more than 50 hours of kid-friendly TV and new features on ice Digital Widescreen include Nickelodeon featuring Bubble Guppies, Spongebob and Team Umizoomi, and new and updated channels dedicated to …

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Germania becomes new Airbus A321 operator

By BA Staff S.A.T., the holding company of the Berlin-based German carrier Germania, has taken delivery of its first out of two A321s on order. Both aircraft are equipped with Airbus’ wing tip fuel saving devices, called Sharklets. The airline has already been operating eight A319 successfully since 2011. The new Germania A321 will operate exclusively for Alltours, one of …

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Boeing, Xiamen Airlines celebrate airline’s 100th airplane

By BA Staff Boeing and Xiamen Airlines celebrated the 100th airplane to join China’s only all-Boeing carrier. Formed in 1984 as China’s first joint venture between CAAC and a municipal government, Xiamen Airlines started services in 1985 with two Boeing 737-200s serving three cities. The carrier has grown into China’s sixth largest carrier serving 218 domestic routes and 26 international …

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Alaska Airlines passengers can now use personal electronic devices gate to gate

By BA Staff Passengers on Alaska Airlines flights can begin enjoying the use of their tablets, book readers, games and other personal electronic devices from gate to gate starting Saturday morning. Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing said: “Our customers have long wanted to be able to read a book, listen to music or watch a movie on …

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Boeing partners with US Air Force to reduce supply chain costs

By BA Staff Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC) have entered into an overarching public-private partnership that will streamline supply chain contracting, saving money and speeding up execution by as much as 10 months. The partnership – the first of its kind – allows the three Air Force logistics complexes that are under the AFSC to immediately …

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Boeing delivers Ethiopian Airlines’ first 777-300ER

By BA Staff Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) jet to GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) for lease to Ethiopian Airlines. The 777-300ER is now the largest airplane in the Ethiopian flag-carrier’s fleet and will provide it with increased capacity and improved operating economics on key routes from its base in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Mesfin Tassew, Chief …

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Alaska Airlines debuts Disney-Themed airplane in Seattle

By BA Staff The newest themed airplane in Alaska Airlines’ fleet flew into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, featuring one of America’s most beloved and rusty tow trucks. Adorned with the familiar images of Disney-Pixar’s animated Cars characters Mater, Lightning McQueen, Guido and Luigi, the colorful Boeing 737-800 named “Adventure of Disneyland Resort” celebrates Alaska’s partnership with Walt Disney’s original theme park. …

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Boeing and US Army museum launch online ‘Soldiers’ Stories’ gallery

By BA Staff Boeing, as part of its continuing partnership with the National Museum of the United States Army, has launched the online Soldiers’ Stories video gallery, which features male and female veterans describing their experiences in service. The videos can be found on the Army Historical Foundation’s website and on Boeing’s Tribute Page. In addition to honouring these stories …

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New Boeing B-52 upgrade to increase smart weapons capacity by half

By BA Staff B-52H. Photo courtesy US Air Force Boeing will continue to increase the B-52 bomber’s effectiveness and versatility under a new U.S. Air Force contract that calls for the aircraft’s smart weapons capacity to expand by 50 percent. Under the $24.6 million agreement, Boeing will develop a modification to existing weapon launchers so the aircraft can carry smart …

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Second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ZB002 completes successful first flight

By BA Staff The second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completed a successful 4-hour, 18-minute first flight.  The airplane, known as ZB002, departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington State, USA, at 8:06 and landed at 12:24 local time at Seattle’s Boeing Field. As the only 787-9 test airplane to be fitted with elements of the passenger interior, ZB002 will test systems such …

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Boeing names Ted Colbert Chief Information Officer

By BA Staff Boeing has named Ted Colbert chief information officer and vice president of the company’s Information Technology organization. Colbert, who was formerly vice president of the Boeing Information Technology Infrastructure organization, replaces Kim Hammonds, who is leaving the company. Colbert, 39, will report to John Tracy, Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations & …

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FAA issues final rule on pilot training

By BA Staff The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule on the training of commercial air carrier pilots.   The final rule stems in part from the crash of Colgan Air 3407 in February 2009 near Buffalo, NY, and addresses a Congressional mandate in the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of …

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US airfares down 3.6% in second quarter 2013

By BA Staff The average domestic air fare decreased to $378 in the second quarter of 2013, down 3.6 percent from the average fare of $392 in the second quarter of 2012, measured in constant 2013 dollars, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported. Huntsville, Ala., had the highest average fare, $547, while Atlantic City, N.J., …

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Delta adds new services to Seattle-Tacoma

By BA Staff Delta 737NG. Boeing photo. Delta Air Lines will add new daily non-stop flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from San Diego International Airport and Portland International Airport as well as an additional flight from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, beginning next year. The new service will provide customers with convenient connections to the airline’s growing international network from …

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