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April 3, 2007, 8:31 AM

Eurocopter has developed its own concept of a modular helicopter to meet what it believes are the security requirements of the new generation of EU members. A basic “green” version is equipped with mission packs for one of a wide range of airborne tasks.

April 3, 2007, 8:24 AM

Russian charter firm Jet2000 reached an agreement with Kaskol, Sokol and Myasischev, which jointly developed the M-101T Sokol (formerly Gzhel), to conduct trials of the new turboprop single on air-taxi services from Moscow Vnukovo Airport.

April 3, 2007, 8:22 AM

The new discount-fare incarnation of Atlantic Coast Airlines known as Independence Air on June 16 launched revenue service with the first cadre of Bombardier CRJs reassigned from ACA’s soon-to-be-defunct United Express operation.

April 3, 2007, 8:21 AM

Finland’s Blue1 last month became the first regional airline ever to join the Star Alliance. A subsidiary of fellow alliance member SAS, Blue1 expects to complete its integration into the group by the end of this year.

April 3, 2007, 8:20 AM

 Despite the standoff between Boeing and the Russian government over import tax relief for U.S.-made commercial jets, the Chicago-based manufacturer insists that its participation in the Sukhoi-led Russian Regional Jet has not yet run its course.

April 3, 2007, 8:05 AM

Keenly aware that code-share partner US Airways might not survive the growing threat of another bankruptcy, Mesa Air Group has expanded its contingencies to include starting a discount airline, à la Atlantic Coast Airlines.

April 3, 2007, 8:04 AM

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Shuttle America will sever all ties with US Airways effective October 2, leaving four more destinations without scheduled service from Pittsburgh International Airport.

April 3, 2007, 8:03 AM

The FAA has proposed fining Sterling, Va.-based Atlantic Coast Airlines $1.5 million for failure to perform mandated maintenance work on “several aircraft.” The proposal accompanied a parallel action against code-share partner United Airlines, which faces a civil penalty of $1 million for similar

April 3, 2007, 8:02 AM

GE Capital Aviation Services last month secured $220.8 million in financing from Brazil’s BNDES development bank for 10 Embraer 170s destined for US Airways, LOT Polish Airways and Alitalia.

April 3, 2007, 8:00 AM

A federal arbitrator’s ruling to award the Allied Pilots Association $23.2 million for American Airlines’ scope-clause violations appears to have achieved its desired effect.

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