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Delta Plots Takeover Of Virgin Atlantic

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Delta offered to buy Singapore Airlines' 49 percent stake in Virgin, and later, Delta's European partner, Air France-KLM, may buy part of Branson's 51 percent stake

Delta Air Lines, the largest US carrier, is planning to take over Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic, The Sunday Times yesterday reported without citing any sources.

Delta offered to buy Singapore Airlines' 49-per cent stake in Virgin, and later, Delta's European partner, Air France-KLM, may buy part of Branson's 51-0per cent stake, which would see the British flamboyant business magnate lose control of his carrier that he launched in 1984.
But the acquisition will to comply with European Union ownership rules, which states that a non-European company cannot own majority stake in a European carrier.

To comply with this rule, Branson may retain a stake, and would, together with the Air France-KLM, hold more than 50 per cent of Virgin Atlantic, the report said.

Branson, the fourth-richest man in the UK, has been mulling the airline's future for years and had in 2010 hired Deutsche Bank to explore offers.

Delta and Air France-KLM is reported to have come close to a deal in February with Virgin Atlantic, but the transaction was called off over price and Branson's rights over the Virgin brand, the paper said.

Crawley, West Sussex-based Virgin Atlantic operates Airbus and Boeing wide-bodied jets between the UK and North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.

In 2011, it carried 5.3 million passengers,and reported an annual operating loss of 80.2 million on a turnover of 2.74 billion.

Atlanta, Georgia-based Delta Air Lines is the world's largest airline in terms of fleet size, revenue passenger-kms flown, and scheduled passenger traffic.

With a fleet of more than 700 aircraft comprising of Airbus, Boeing, and McDonnell Douglas, Delta Air Lines operates over 5,000 flights every day through eight domestic and three international hubs and flies to all six inhabited continents.

Eclipse Aerospace Completes Its First ‘New’ Aircraft

Article By: Rob Finfrock
www.ainonline.com

For the first time in more than four years, new aircraft have emerged from the former Eclipse Aviation final-assembly facility in Albuquerque, N.M. Two unfinished airframes left on the assembly line when that company declared bankruptcy in November 2008 were recently completed by the resurrected company, Eclipse Aerospace, and outfitted as factory-new Total Eclipse twinjets. Until now, Eclipse Aerospace’s Total Eclipse airplanes were pre-owned airframes delivered by the old company and later refurbished by Eclipse Aerospace.


For the first time in more than four years, new aircraft have emerged from the former Eclipse Aviation final assembly facility in Albuquerque, N.M.–in this case two Total Eclipse twinjets. These aircraft will soon be followed by new Eclipse 550s, which will start rolling off the line in mid-2013.

Both of the new aircraft–S/Ns 261 and 262–are available for delivery next month equipped with new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofans, known-icing certification and the Avio IFMS avionics suite, according to the company. The aircraft will also feature discounted pricing on an optional upgrade package that, upon FAA certification, will include synthetic- and enhanced-vision capabilities, as well as autothrottles.

A company spokesman told AIN the aircraft are the first two examples to pass down Eclipse Aerospace’s retooled production line for the upcoming Eclipse 550, which will be the first aircraft completely produced by the company. Eclipse 550 deliveries are expected to begin in the middle of next year.

Nexcelle Completes the Preliminary Design Review forits Nacelle to Equip GE’s Passport Engines on Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 Business Jets

The Nexcelle joint venture of GE’s Middle River Aircraft Systems and the Safran group’s Aircelle has completed the Preliminary Design Review for its nacelle on the GE Passport engine, marking a major milestone with the integrated propulsion system that will power the Bombardier* Global 7000* and Global 8000* twin-jet business aircraft.

The successful design review was held at Nexcelle’s Cincinnati, Ohio headquarters, with its results announced today.

“With this milestone, Nexcelle has once again demonstrated the capability to execute on the design and development responsibility for its programs,” said Nexcelle President Huntley Myrie. “Our teams also are well advanced in preparing the manufacturing and assembly infrastructure that will handle the Passport engine nacelle production.”

Nexcelle’s Passport nacelle incorporates the expertise of its Aircelle and Middle River Aircraft Systems parent companies, including their capabilities in composites, acoustic treatment and advanced production techniques.

Main nacelle elements include the inner and outer barrel, manufactured with composite materials for weight reduction; a fan cowl produced with composites for both weight reduction and strength; along with a target-type two-door thrust reverser and fixed aft nozzle, which are built largely with composites in a design chosen for both performance and weight reduction.

Among the advanced production techniques to be applied by Nexcelle is a robotic drilling and fastening installation for the nacelle’s inlet assembly to improve productivity, quality and repeatability. The Passport’s thrust reverser will be built on a moving assembly line, which applies techniques similar to those used in the automotive industry for improved production efficiency.

As part of the production preparations, tooling designs for the Passport nacelle are now being released by Nexcelle.

Aircelle will produce its Passport nacelle components at the company’s facilities in France and Morocco; while Middle River Aircraft Systems’ production activity is to include composite parts manufacturing and assembly in an all-new GE shared facility in the United States, which currently is taking form in Ellisville, Mississippi.

About Nexcelle
Nexcelle (nexcelle.com) is creating smart nacelle systems for tomorrow’s world travel. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, the company is a 50/50 joint venture of Aircelle and Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS), which are leading suppliers of engine nacelles, thrust reversers and aerostructures. Through Nexcelle’s relationship with CFM International, GE Aviation and Safran, the company brings unparalleled expertise in the design, development, production and support of integrated propulsion systems for a wide range of aircraft.

* Trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Media Contact
Jennifer Villarreal, GE Aviation
T: +1 616 241 8643 - E: jennifer.villarreal3[.]ge.com.

Learjet 85 Jet Gets its Wings

 

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2012) - Bombardier Aerospace announced today that the first wing shipment for its Learjet 85 jet has arrived at the Wichita assembly line and is now in the process of being readied for mating to the fuselage of Flight Test Vehicle one (FTV1).

Alongside the arrival of the first complete Learjet 85 aircraft wing, the fuselage for FTV2 has successfully completed its integrity inspection. Installation of the nose, bulkheads, floor, windshield and door surrounds are scheduled to begin in the coming days. Once complete the main fuselage will be shipped with the aft fuselage to the final assembly line.

Wings for the complete aircraft static test article are expected to arrive from Queretaro by the end of November as preparations for static ground testing continues. Elsewhere, the program is soaring along as all system supplier safety of flight test rigs been commissioned.

"Seeing the wings arrive for our first Learjet 85 test aircraft is a wonderful moment. A moment that could not have happened without the hard work and dedication of every single person involved in this project," said Ralph Acs, Vice President and General Manager, Learjet. "This development program is gaining ever more momentum as we tirelessly work towards first flight and the first customer delivery."

Learjet 85 aircraft: The Learjet 85 aircraft lives up to its nomenclature with its sleek Learjet lines, legendary performance, and blends the newest technology to deliver an aircraft that will redefine the midsize segment with the largest, fastest and longest range Learjet aircraft to date. With its stand up cabin and superior design this jet can seamlessly fly 3,000 nm (5,556 km) and speeds up to M0.82 (470kts 871km/h). It can link Montreal with Caracas, and fly Montreal to Los Angeles(i). And with its Bombardier Vision Flight Deck offers pilots the most sophisticated cockpit in its class.

Bombardier Appoints South African Express Airways as its First Commercial Aircraft Authorized Service Facility in Africa

Airline’s maintenance facility received Bombardier authorization for CRJ100, CRJ200 and CRJ700 regional jets, as well as Q400 and other Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops

Montréal, November 18, 2012 – Today, at African Airline Association (AFRAA), Bombardier Aerospace announced that South African Express Airways (SA Express) has been appointed an Authorized Service Facility (ASF) for CRJ100, CRJ200 and CRJ700 regional jets, as well as Q400 turboprops and other Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops. This addition to Bombardier’s Authorized Service Facility (ASF) network is the first in Africa and part of Bombardier’s ongoing expansion plan for international support.

Under the ASF agreement, Johannesburg-based SA Express received Bombardier’s endorsement to offer maintenance work to operators of CRJ100, CRJ200 and CRJ700 regional jets and Dash 8-100/200/300, Q100, Q200, Q300 and Q400 turboprop aircraft.

“Our entire Customer Services team is firmly committed to expanding our presence in Africa at an accelerated pace to support operators of Bombardier commercial and business aircraft,” said Éric Martel, President, Customer Services & Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft, Bombardier Aerospace. “Our global support network is spreading its wings through our sustained investment and focus. We are pleased to further bolster our presence in collaboration with a long-standing local Bombardier operator.”

“We are extremely proud of this achievement and I am sincerely grateful for all of the efforts and commitment of the stakeholders involved that have culminated in this accolade,” said Ramon Vahed, General Manager, Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering and Fleet Development, SA Express. “Achieving the ASF status will prove to be a significant milestone for the airline and our shareholders and will provide operators in the region with improved access to a sustainable, cost-effective and high-quality local maintenance support service."

South African Express operates a fleet of 15 CRJ200 and CRJ700 regional jets and nine Q400 turboprops. The airline employs a full-time staff of approximately 300 maintenance technicians performing both light and heavy maintenance work within a 10,000 square-metre (107,640 square-foot) maintenance hangar and support infrastructure facilities across their base of operations.

South African Express has repeatedly earned Bombardier's Airline Reliability Performance Award for the Middle East and Africa, winning awards in 2010 and 2012 for the CRJ100 and CRJ200 aircraft, in 2011 for the Q100/200/300 turboprop category and in 2008 for the Q400 turboprop category. The airline will join a network of 59 ASF and Line Maintenance Facilities (LMF) that serves operators of Bombardier business and commercial aircraft spanning across more than 25 countries worldwide. These facilities are supported by nine Bombardier-owned service centres in North America and Europe.

About SA Express
South African Express is a domestic and regional passenger and cargo carrier established on 24 April 1994. Since its establishment, SA Express has become one of the fastest-growing regional airlines in Africa. It is the only airline on the African continent to hold Bombardier ASF status for commercial aircraft.

As a regional airline with route networks connecting major local and regional cities, SA Express plays a significant role in the country’s hospitality, travel and tourism industry and is a vital contributor to the continent’s socio-economic development.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, we posted revenues of $18.3 billion USD. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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For information
Mark Masluch
Bombardier Aerospace
+1-514-855-7167
[email protected]

www.bombardier.com

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