Boeing has awarded a nine-year contract to Atlas Air for the operation of the manufacturer’s four Dreamlifter cargo haulers starting “toward the latter part of 2010,” spelling the end of Evergreen International Airlines’ three-year stint flying the modified 747-400s. At that time Atlas Air will assume responsibility for delivering major 787 assemblies from suppliers around the world to Boeing production facilities in the U.S.
Deutsche Post DHL announced on January 19 that it has agreed with Ohio’s Clinton County Port Authority (CCPA) to donate DHL’s former Air Hub/Wilmington Airpark to Wilmington, Ohio. The transfer is expected to close before the end of this month. The airport features two runways–one 10,701 feet long and the other 9,000 feet. DHL invested $310 million in the airport before shutting down cargo operations there in 2008.
Maximus Air Cargo announced yesterday that it is joining forces with Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi Airports Co. (ADAC) to launch “Care By Air,” a humanitarian effort that will provide cargo space at cost for relief aid to disaster-stricken areas of the world. Supporting members include the United Arab Emirates’ Red Crescent and the United Nations World Food Program, and more are expected to join soon.
MagEagle UAV To Track Subs
Boeing’s Phantom Works is developing a version of its ScanEagle Compressed Carriage (SECC) unmanned air system that can track submarines using magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) equipment. Known as MagEagle Compressed Carriage (MECC), the UAS is envisioned to operate in conjunction with the company’s P-8 Poseidon maritime patroller.
Cairo-based Spot Air (Stand E740) is making its Dubai Airshow debut after announcing early this month the opening of a new office in Hannover, Germany. Spot Air is the exclusive general sales agent for the Egyptian A320 operator Almasria Universal Airlines and now can offer full charters and split-seat charters to German operators on routes to Egypt and the Gulf region.
Boeing announced today that it has assembled the major sections of the first 747-8 Freighter this week, as mechanics at the factory in Everett, Wash., loaded the forward and aft fuselage sections to join with the wing and center section. Schedules call for first flight of the latest 747 by the end of the year.
Boeing announced today that it has joined the first 747-8’s wing box to the airplane’s 40-foot-long center fuselage section in the final assembly bay at its factory in Everett, Wash. Meanwhile, workers continue to prepare the wing and center section for final body join, when the center fuselage-wing assembly gets connected to the forward and aft fuselage sections.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90A, Pagosa Springs, Colo., Oct. 4, 2007–The NTSB blamed the pilot for failing to maintain clearance from mountainous terrain for the Eagle Air Med King Air crash that killed all three on board. Contributing factors were inadequate preflight planning, improper in-flight planning and decision-making, the dark night and the controller’s failure to issue a safety alert to the pilot.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Capital plans to acquire ten Boeing 747-8Fs and eight 777Fs from Emirates Airline in a split purchase and leaseback agreement that will increase its lease portfolio to 49 aircraft. DAE Capital has 200 Airbus and Boeing aircraft on order for delivery during 2010-13
Austrian all-cargo carrier Amerer Air plans to become the first customer for the re-launched British Aerospace Regional Aircraft BAe 146QT (Quiet Trader) freighter program. Its aircraft, a Series 200 recently converted by Aerostar in Bacau, Romania, is undergoing painting and final maintenance checks in the UK before delivery. The 146QT will be ferried to Linz, Austria, where Amerer Air has created a major logistics center.