Volume 04, Issue 4
ORDERS FLYING IN FOR COMMERCIAL AIRPLANES
Boeing Commercial Airplanes in recent weeks logged orders for virtually all current airplane models.
TAAG Angola Airlines on July 18 said it reached a definitive agreement to purchase two 777-200ER and four 737-700 airplanes, with options to buy one and two more, respectively. All airplanes are scheduled to be delivered in July 2006. “Boeing is proud to be the manufacturer of choice for TAAG and to be part of Angola’s future growth and development,” said J. Miguel Santos, Boeing Commercial Airplanes director of International Sales.
Earlier that month, Guggenheim Aviation Investment Fund LP placed an order for six 747-400ER Freighters, which will be leased to cargo airline customers around the world. The global air cargo industry is one of the fastest-growing segments of the aviation market, with a projected annual growth rate of 6.2 percent, significantly higher than the projected rate of passenger traffic growth.
And in late June, Japan Airlines placed an order for six 767-300ERs. Three will be passenger models and three will be freighters. The airplanes are scheduled to deliver in 2007 and 2008.
NAMES SIR ROGER BONE TO LEAD BOEING UK
In this role, Sir Roger will seek to bolster the industrial and technology links between Boeing and the United Kingdom. Sir Roger’s 40-year diplomatic service career includes serving as the British ambassador to Sweden (1995 to 1999) and Brazil (1999 to 2004). He succeeds Sir Michael Jenkins, who will continue to serve as a part-time consultant.
SCANEAGLE ACHIEVES EUROPEAN AIR SHOW FIRST, COMPLETES U.S. NAVY SEA TRIALS
ScanEagle, a long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle developed by Boeing and the Insitu Group, on July 16 became the first fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle to fly at a European air show.
Visitors at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, watched ScanEagle conduct a simulated search-and-rescue scenario. They were also able to observe terrain, other aircraft and themselves as seen through ScanEagle’s camera as it flew overhead.
Prior to the show, ScanEagle completed its first-ever launch and recovery aboard a U.S. Navy ship during sea trials off the San Diego coast. The two-week exercise verified ScanEagle’s capabilities aboard the USS Cleveland in preparation for deployment with the Navy.
ScanEagle is currently deployed with the U.S. Marines in Iraq.
BLOCK III AH-64D APACHE LONGBOW CONTRACT SIGNED
The first Block III contract, valued at $27.2 million, was signed in a virtual ceremony, with three Boeing sites—Washington, D.C., Huntsville, Ala., and Mesa, Ariz.—connected via video teleconference.
The Block III program will incorporate 25 technology insertions, providing network-centric warfare capabilities for the Army’s future force. Technologies to be incorporated include open systems architecture, wideband network communications, extended range sensing, level IV unmanned aerial vehicle control, extended-range fire-control radar, extended-range missiles and data fusion to merge off- and onboard sensor imagery. All will enable dominance of the battlespace.
Additional benefits from Block III include reduced operations and support costs through advanced composite rotor blade and transmission technology. Delivery of the first Block III Apache Longbow from Boeing Mesa is expected in 2010.
SECURITY RECEIVES AWARD FROM U.S. SECRET SERVICE
“I am very proud of the tremendous efforts made by our whole team in working together with the Secret Service in support of national safety and security,” said Shared Services Group President Mary Armstrong.
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