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Lockheed Martin Launches New F-35 Website

PARIS, June 20th, 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced a new website for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft at the Paris Air Show today. The site,, provides the most up-to-date information on the F-35 program, including history, program updates, news, photos and videos.

The F-35 Lightning II is the most advanced 5th generation multirole fighter in the world, combining Very Low Observable stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and reduced sustainment costs. The Lightning II’s sensor suite is the most powerful and comprehensive of any fighter in history and will merge with an unprecedented networking capability to give unmatched situational awareness. Supersonic launch of internal weapons, including maximum-speed (Mach 1.6) launch of internal air-to-air missiles, is a feature of all F-35s.

 Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. Pratt & Whitney’s F135 propulsion system powers all F-35 variants.


Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Says Products, Strategy Will Lead Industry

LE BOURGET, France, June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh said the company is poised for future growth as it prepares to deliver the 787 Dreamliner and 747-8, increases production rates to respond to strong customer demand and develops the market-leading technology and products of the future.  
"Airlines today worry about their environmental footprint, fuel efficiency and sustained profitability," said Albaugh. "Our family of ultra-efficient products directly support these customer needs."
Albaugh made the remarks in a briefing at the 49th Paris Air Show, which features an unprecedented five Boeing commercial airplanes on display.
"We are positioned for future growth as we near delivery of our two revolutionary, 21st-century airplanes," Albaugh said. "We are building tomorrow's airplanes today and driving value and fuel-efficiency that help our customers compete in the global marketplace."
Boeing announced last week its 2011 Current Market Outlook, which forecasts a market for 33,500 airplanes worth $4 trillion over the next twenty years. With continued strong demand driven by economic growth, Boeing plans to increase production rates for its highly efficient and reliable Next-Generation 737 family to 42 airplanes per month by the first half of 2014. Boeing also has announced future production rate increases for the 747, 777 and 787 programs.
Albaugh outlined the company's disciplined process to determine whether to re-engine the 737, which could enter service in the 2017 timeframe, or introduce a transformational new airplane by 2020.
"Re-engining the Next-Generation 737 is technically viable and a real option for us. What we are working on now is whether that's a good enough answer for the next decades in light of the rising cost of fuel and emerging environmental regulations," Albaugh said.  "One thing is certain: we will always provide more value to our customers than our competition."
By improving aerodynamics and engines, Albaugh said Boeing can deliver a new small airplane that's 20 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor. "When our competitor says they don't have the technology for a new small airplane until 2030 or even 2035, we believe them," Albaugh said. "We do have the technology as a result of developing the breakthrough 787."
The company also will continue to improve the Next-Generation 737 and reduce fuel burn by an additional two percent this year. "The 737 is a great airplane, and it will remain the leader in the single-aisle market for years to come," Albaugh said. "We will compete vigorously for the heart of this market in the future."
Boeing's efforts to reduce commercial aviation's environmental impact are highlighted by the first transatlantic biofuel flight by a commercial airplane – a new Boeing 747-8 Freighter – which is scheduled to arrive in Paris Monday afternoon. All four engines are being powered by a fuel blend containing 15 percent camelina-based biofuel.
"Boeing is taking aggressive action to reduce global warming. It's good for our customers and for passengers, and it's the right thing to do," Albaugh said. "We're committed to make each generation of airplane more efficient by improving aerodynamics, using lighter materials like composites and better engines and making aviation biofuels a priority."


Boeing's #PAS11 orders

Boeing Statement on Air Lease Corporation Agreement for up to 33 Airplanes

Boeing Signs Orders and Commitments for 17 747-8 Intercontinentals

Boeing, Qatar Airways Announce Order for Six 777-300ERs


Boeing and AVIC to Open Manufacturing Innovation Center in China; Boeing Awards 737 Rudder Contract to AVIC's CCAC

LE BOURGET, France, June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), China's largest state-owned aviation company, today announced that they will open the AVIC-Boeing Manufacturing Innovation Center (MIC) in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China. Geng Ruguang, executive vice president of AVIC, and Ray Conner, vice president and general manager of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Supply Chain Management & Operations, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective companies.
The AVIC-Boeing MIC will enhance Boeing's production system by increasing AVIC's efficiency and capacity to supply high-quality parts for Boeing airplanes. The MIC will also support AVIC's goals of improving its manufacturing and technological capabilities and the competiveness of its affiliated factories to achieve global Tier-1 supplier status. It was also announced today that Boeing has awarded a contract to produce 737 rudders to Chengfei Commercial Aircraft Co. (CCAC), an AVIC company located in Chengdu, China. That contract will serve as the initial work statement for the MIC.
"AVIC has established a long-term partnership with Boeing, and I am very delighted to see that both sides have committed to establish the AVIC-Boeing Manufacturing Innovation Center," said AVIC President Lin Zuoming. "This agreement marks a new step in our companies' mutual cooperation and has great significance in deepening our relationship."
"As a company in a global market poised for tremendous growth, we need to increase both the capacity and capabilities of our supply chain," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh. "The AVIC-Boeing Manufacturing Innovation Center is consistent with our approach of partnering with suppliers to enhance their quality and productivity. AVIC has been a valuable supplier partner to Boeing for many years. This agreement is an opportunity to advance their capabilities and add value for Boeing and our customers."
The MIC, which will open by early 2012, will provide classroom training for AVIC employees and hands-on training for workers in AVIC factories. The training will replicate Boeing's successful production methods for sustainable quality to strengthen AVIC's manufacturing and meet Boeing's quality, cost and delivery requirements.
Boeing has been working with AVIC for more than 20 years; AVIC facilities currently manufacture parts for the 737, 747-8 and 787 programs. As the largest foreign customer for China's aviation industry, Boeing has purchased more than US $1.5 billion in aviation hardware and services from China since the 1980s and expects to double its annual procurement in coming years.
AVIC is centered on aviation but provides whole-value services to customers in many fields from research and development to operations, manufacturing and finance. Its business units include defense, transport aircraft, engine, helicopter, avionics, electromechanical systems, general aviation, flight test, trade and logistics, asset management, financial services, engineering planning and construction, and automotive, among others. It owns nearly 200 member companies, more than 20 listed companies and has approximately 400,000 employees. In 2010, AVIC ranked 330th among the newly published Fortune Top 500 enterprises.


Eurocopter recruits more than 300 experienced engineers to support the helicopter industry leader “write the next chapter in its history”

Eurocopter today launched an ambitious program to hire over 300 experienced engineers for its French and German operations as the company further enhances its research and development resources in remaining the world’s helicopter industry leader.

Marignane, 20 June 2011

This employment outreach is focused on skilled engineers with more than four years of experience, who are being recruited to join Eurocopter’s research and development teams in Marignane, France and Donauwörth, Germany. Based on the theme: “Write the next chapter of our history together,” the recruitment campaign’s scope includes a dedicated website (, specific hiring pages on several Internet social networks, outreach at major industry shows and events, briefing sessions with research and development leaders at Eurocopter locations, and references via the company’s own employees.

“Every day, Eurocopter is opening the frontiers of flight with innovation-driven new programs, and we are looking for motivated, skilled engineers who can contribute to our continued leadership in the global helicopter industry,” said Eurocopter President & CEO Lutz Bertling. “We have set the ambitious goal of launching a new helicopter initiative or performing a first flight every year, which offers exciting opportunities for engineers who join our team.”

Examples of Eurocopter’s current activities include among others concept validation of its X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter demonstrator, which has surpassed flight speeds of 220 kts.; certification and production start-up for the new multi-role EC175 in a cooperative effort with China; development of the new EC145 T2 version of the company’s popular EC145 rotary-wing aircraft; family evolution and operational support for the Tiger attack helicopter, which today is performing combat missions in 2 operational theaters, and finally start of the development of a fully new and highly innovative helicopter.

In addition to these 300 experienced engineers, Eurocopter is recruiting young graduates from the best engineering schools.


Saudi Arabian Airlines orders more Airbus A330-300s

Fleet growth with maximum efficiency
Blagnac, 20 June 2011

Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudi Arabia’s national airline, has placed a firm order for four additional A330-300 aircraft in addition to the eight ordered in July 2008, taking the total order for the type to 12.

Saudi Arabian Airlines placed its first order with Airbus in over 30 years in 2007 for 22 A320 Family aircraft and later placed an order for eight A330s. In 2009, Saudia upsized by converting 15 of the A320 orders into the larger A321. Airbus has so far delivered 17 aircraft (five A320s, four A321s and all eight A330s) from the order for 30 before today.

"We are reaping the benefits of operational efficiency and productivity with our new fleet of A330s, and our passengers love it too. The A330 is an important pillar upon which we are building our ambitious expansion plans by simultaneously meeting rising passenger demand and expectations,” said His Excellency Engineer Khalid Al Molhem, Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Including leased aircraft, and today’s four A330, in the years to come, Saudia’s Airbus fleet will grow to 62 aircraft.

“We embarked with Saudi Arabian Airlines on their ambitious fleet renewal plans three years ago, and we are delighted with the result. This follow on order from one of the Middle East’s longest established airlines is a fantastic endorsement of our products,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

The Airbus A330 remains the most economic means of flying some 300 passengers on medium range routes in true long haul comfort. The A330 aircraft offers unbeatable economics, and is the world’s most fuel efficient and productive aircraft on the market.

With a true wide-body fuselage allowing very high comfort standards, the A330-300 is able to accommodate seat and class configurations to suit the diverse customer requirements. It has a range of up to 5,650 nm / 10,500 km with a full passenger load. Highly efficient and optimized for the medium – to extended range market, the A330-300 offers the best balance between range and cost. Orders for the A330 stand at more than 1100, including over 500 A330-300 aircraft.


Lots of orders for A320neo in Le Bourget

SAS orders 30 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

Air Lease Corporation selects 50 A320neo Family aircraft, 11 A330 Family aircraft and one A321

GE Capital Aviation Services signs firm order for 60 A320neo aircraft


Airbus and Parker Aerospace join forces in fuel cell technology development to further improve eco-efficiency in aviation

Cooperation brings fuel cell technology for aerospace into new development phase
Blagnac, 20 June 2011

On its way to developing greener aircraft and significantly reducing emissions, Airbus is developing fuel cell technology as an alternative energy source for on-ground and in-flight electrical power supply. Based on its ongoing engagement with global research programs, Airbus is now extending the scope of its fuel cell R&T activities by partnering with Parker Aerospace, an operating segment of Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE:PH), a longtime Airbus supplier with special competencies in multifunctional system integration.

Within this partnership Airbus will be responsible for the overall aircraft system architecture and technology integration into the aircraft, and Parker will supply the multifunctional fuel cell system and manage different subsystem suppliers.

The objective of the cooperation is the development of a technology demonstrator followed by a joint flight test campaign for the middle of the decade, including operational and infrastructural tests. With Parker Aerospace involved in the project from this earliest phase, industrialisation can be considered throughout the development of the process, rather than at the end.

“Airbus is pursuing engagement of competent industrial research partners in the field of fuel cell applications,” says Axel Krein, Senior Vice President Research & Technology at Airbus. “With Parker Aerospace we have a strong partner with excellent competencies in multifunctional system integration. Their engagement in this research activity underlines the potential of fuel cell technology as an alternative energy source for electrical on-board power generation. Together we are now entering a joint development phase, bringing fuel cell research activities for our industry on a global level and shape the future of the next generation of eco-efficient airplanes.”

“Parker is pleased to be recognized by Airbus for our broad technology competency,” said Mark Czaja, Group Vice President of Technology and Innovation for Parker Aerospace. “Airbus is an industry leader in the implementation of eco-efficient fuel cell technologies for aircraft. By leveraging our integration capabilities across the many aircraft systems we develop, together we can advance aircraft fuel cell technology in support of this game-changing flight test demonstration program.”

Airbus considers fuel cell technology as a key contributor to meeting the ACARE 2020 goals, which foresee the reduction of CO2 emissions by 50%, NOx emissions by 80% and noise by 50%. Together with its research partners, Airbus successfully performed the first flight test on a civil transport aircraft in 2008, where a fuel cell system provided power for the aircraft’s back-up systems. As a next step, Airbus is currently investigating the application of multifunctional fuel cells as a replacement for the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) to power any electrical consumer of the aircraft, e.g., the cabin. This would enable the replacement of ground power units leading to an emission free ground operation and significantly reduce mission fuel consumption.

Notes for editors:

A fuel cell is a device which transforms the energy contained in hydrogen and oxygen into electricity through a direct chemical conversion at a low temperature level without moving parts. The exhaust product is water, and in the case of an air-breathing system, oxygen depleted air. The electricity produced by fuel cells is cleaner and more efficient than combustion engines. In addition, the water and the oxygen depleted air (inert gas) can be used on the airplane to substitute the water and inerting systems.


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