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Boeing, LATAM Airlines Group celebrate delivery of airline’s First 787-9 Dreamliner

Posted February 6, 2015 by

Boeing and LATAM Airlines Group celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner. LATAM Airlines Group is leasing the new airplane from Amsterdam-based lessor AerCap. LATAM Airlines Group will become Latin America’s first operator of both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline group launches 787-9 services on South…

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Airbus says net profit soared in 2014

Posted March 2, 2015 by Greg Keller

Airbus says its net profit soared 59 percent last year as a record-high number of jet deliveries helped offset a 551 million euros end-of-year charge against its delayed A400M military transporter program. The European jet maker said Feb. 27 it made a 2.34-billion-euros ($2.62 billion) net profit in 2014, up from 1.47 billion euros in…

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Boeing, Airbus, Embraer to collaborate on aviation biofuel commercialization

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Boeing, Airbus and Embraer signed a memorandum of understanding March 22 to work together on the development of drop-in, affordable aviation biofuels. The three leading airframe manufacturers agreed to seek collaborative opportunities to speak in unity to government, biofuel producers and other key stakeholders to support, promote and accelerate the availability of sustainable new jet…

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Boeing delivers first South Carolina-built 787-9 Dreamliner

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Boeing has delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner assembled at its North Charleston, S.C., facility to United Airlines. The airplane also marks a milestone for the 787 program as the 250th Dreamliner to be delivered. “In 2012, we delivered our first South Carolina-built 787-8, and less than three years later, we’re celebrating another significant milestone ñ…

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Northrop Grumman to provide mission computers for Navy H-1 helicopter upgrades

Posted April 3, 2012 by

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – In a first for the H-1 Upgrade program, the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has signed a direct contract with Northrop Grumman to provide mission computers for UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters. Under the $8.9…

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Pratt & Whitney’s engine achieves 16,000 hours of engine testing

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Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower engine family has completed more than 16,000 hours and 31,000 cycles of full engine testing, including 3,500 hours of flight time. The data includes flight testing information from eight aircraft with PurePower Geared Turbofan™ engines. The PW1100G-JM engine is the only engine flying on the Airbus A320neo aircraft, with two aircraft…

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360-Degree MEADS radar begins integration testing

Posted April 19, 2012 by

In preparation for an intercept flight test later this year, the first Medium Extended Air Defense System Multifunction Fire Control Radar has begun system-level testing at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base near Rome, Italy. The advanced 360-degree rotating X-band MFCR recently completed initial performance…

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Army awards Lockheed Martin $391 million for counterfire radar production

Posted April 30, 2012 by

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin $391 million in production orders for a new radar system that provides soldiers with enhanced 360-degree protection from rocket, mortar and artillery fire. The orders represent the execution of two contract options for a total of 33 AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) counterfire target acquisition radars – formerly designated EQ-36 during their…

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Lockheed Martin completes delivery of 17 CC-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Canada

Posted May 8, 2012 by

The Royal Canadian Air Force formally accepted the 17th Lockheed Martin CC-130J Super Hercules in ceremonies in Marietta, Ga., May 8, completing the order placed in December 2007. The aircraft will be flown to Canadian Forces Base Trenton later this week. The original contract called for all 17 aircraft to be delivered by the end…

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Boeing delivers Royal Air Force’s 8th C-17 Globemaster III

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing delivered the United Kingdom’s eighth C-17 Globemaster III to the Royal Air Force May 18 during a ceremony at the company’s final assembly facility in Long Beach. “I’m honored and delighted to deliver the Royal Air Force’s newest C-17 to join the fleet at Number 99 Squadron, where our seven…

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