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Boeing Delivers Last Saudi AWACS With RSIP Upgrades. Analysis

Boeing Delivers Last Saudi AWACS With RSIP Upgrades. Analysis

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Boeing-provided picture of a Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia E-3 AWACS The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Air Force has become the latest air arm to see its entire fleet of Boeing E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning And Control System) aircraft undergo Boeing's Radar System Improvement Program (RSIP) upgrade. This follows in the footsteps of the AWACS fleets operated by the United States, NATO, the United Kingdom and France. According to Keith Burns, who manages the Saudi Arabia AWACS fleet upgrade program for main contractor Boeing, the technological effort provides a leap in detection range and sensitivity capabilities for the massive rotodome-mounted AN/APY-2 radar antenna, only made possible after the installation of a “new radar computer” along with an accompanying suite of “modernized software”. Th
Air France Bids Farewell To 747 After 45 Years Of Service

Air France Bids Farewell To 747 After 45 Years Of Service

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Air France has now officially turned the final page on its 45 years old history operating the Boeing 747. The farewell festivities began January 11th 2016 as the last commercial revenue flight arriving in Paris from Mexico was operated by one of the fleet's 3 surviving 747-400. Upon its arrival at Paris Charles De Gaulle airport, flight 439 received celebratory water canon treatment by airports firefighting vehicles. Remaining events saw two special 747-400 flights carrying the highly symbolic designation of Air France  Flights 747 and 744 depart Paris CDG at 9am and 11:30am respectively on January 14th using (the 3 last remaining 747-400 are two 1992-vintage aircraft registered as F-GITD and F-GITE along with F-GITJ built more recently in 2004). On board a privileged group of Air Fran
Finally Thai Airways Introduces Much Awaited A380 Service On Heathrow-Bangkok Route

Finally Thai Airways Introduces Much Awaited A380 Service On Heathrow-Bangkok Route

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Thai Airways International, Thailand main's carrier has finally introduced its flagship A380 on the coveted Bangkok-London Heathrow on July 1st 2015. The move comes more than two years after the aircraft became operational in Thai service. The route had been traditionally operated by Boeing 747-400s up until the middle of 2012 when the aircraft were withdrawn for cabin upgrades. After the one-year hiatus necessitated by the cabin upgrade work,  the 747-400s returned to service on March 31st 2013 with a four airplanes rotation servicing the two daily frequencies. That one year span between upgrade was completed saw the interim use of the A340-600. At that time in 2013 Thai Airways had only taken delivery of 4 of the 6 A380 it had on order with Airbus. While two aircraft were assigned on
The Airbus A380 Fleet Cabin And Operations Part III: China Southern Airlines, Thai Airways International, Malaysia Airlines and British Airways

The Airbus A380 Fleet Cabin And Operations Part III: China Southern Airlines, Thai Airways International, Malaysia Airlines and British Airways

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This entry is the third installment of our series highlighting the Airbus A380 fleet's various cabin configurations. The selection of cabin products and services made by China Southern Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways and British Airways the latest carriers to celebrate the super jumbo entry into service, will be discussed. The A380 aircraft had first entered service with Singapore Airlines in October of 2007. According to Airbus, by May 31st 2011, 49 aircraft had been delivered to 6 of the 18 customer airlines covering the 234-aircraft order book.On March 14th 2013, Airbus celebrated the 100th delivery of its A380 aircraft when Malaysia Airlines received the 6th and final aircraft ordered. As of April 15th 2014, 128 A380s have been delivered and are active with 10 carriers Singa...
After Controversy Over Sensitive Technology, Boeing Finally Allowed To Complete Mid-Life Upgrade Of 4 French E3-F AWACS To Block 40/45 Configuration

After Controversy Over Sensitive Technology, Boeing Finally Allowed To Complete Mid-Life Upgrade Of 4 French E3-F AWACS To Block 40/45 Configuration

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  Boeing has resumed work on the Mid Life Upgrade program for the four Boeing E3-F AWACS flying with the French Air Force.As Boeing's main subcontract on the project, Air France Industries will undertake most of the work at its main facility at Le Bourget Airport near Paris. Boeing is nonetheless retaining most of the main engineering and quality assurance responsibilities. The first AWACS to receive the upgrade should be able to return to service in 2014 while the rest of the fleet will fly the upgrade by 2016. The works consist of $354 million worth of hardware and software improvements. Once available on the French Air Force four E3-F AWACS, the only other user of the highly advanced variant will be the USAF as none of the others AWACS operators(NATO' s 17 E3-C, UK's 7 E3-D, Saud...
Cockpits Upgrades For US And NATO E-3 Sentry AWACS

Cockpits Upgrades For US And NATO E-3 Sentry AWACS

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A $368 million EMD (Engineering Manufacturing and Development) Defense contract with Boeing will finally see both NATO and USAF fleets of E3-A/B/C Sentry Airborne Warning And Control Systems (AWACS) retrofitted with advanced digital flight decks. The 32 E-3s aircraft in the US Air Force inventory along with the 16 aircraft operated by NATO, all delivered between 1977 and 1985 have been some of the most recognized military derivatives of the legendary Boeing 707-320B designed in the 1950's. Despite continuous upgrades to the AWACS battle management/radar processing systems,enhancing the rotating dome-mounted AN/APY-2 radar performance under the current Block 40/45 configuration, the E-3 Sentry have mostly retained obsolescent analog cockpit flight instruments. The upgrade works on the aircr...
Lufthansa Takes Delivery Of First Boeing 747-8I Equipped With long Awaited New Business Class Seat (Video)

Lufthansa Takes Delivery Of First Boeing 747-8I Equipped With long Awaited New Business Class Seat (Video)

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Germany's main carrier Lufthansa took delivery of the first evr 747-8 Intercontinental to enter passenger service. The aircraft official hand over to Deutsche Lufthansa AG took place on April 25th 2012. The ceremony was attended notably by Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Christoph Franz, chairman of the Executive Board and chief executive officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. The ferry flight to Germany saw the new aircraft registered as D-ABYA depart Everett airfield on May 1st with about 30 passengers and crews on board including company's senior executives. The arrival event in Germany was marked by the aircraft conducting a touch and go maneuver at the Hamburg airport Lufthansa's maintenance base before flying along to the carrier's Frankfurt main staging ...
Software Releases Configurations For F-35 Lightning II JSF (Analysis)

Software Releases Configurations For F-35 Lightning II JSF (Analysis)

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  Software development involving the F-35 Lightning II sub systems is seeing multiple configurations being developed simultaneously as the new aircraft is progressing towards reaching initial operational capabilities later in the decade. Traditionally “evolutionary” approach would permit software-enabled capabilities to be incremented using the same code base while the aircraft program transitions from “training” to “war fighting” status. In the F-35 case, multiple teams are working on various software releases hoping to merge capabilities at a future stage of maturity. As a result various timetables describe the scope of remaining work done against the aircraft's sub systems architecture. The road map we explore surveys the program's development effort from the current Block 1 “Re
FedEx Express Fleet Strategy; In 767F Out MD-10F

FedEx Express Fleet Strategy; In 767F Out MD-10F

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      By Karim Toure   FedEx Express will introduce a new medium wide body freighter in its fleet beginning in 2014. The contract agreement signed on December 14th 2011 with manufacturer Boeing will see the global logistics carrier receive 27 Boeing 767 Freighters. The delivery schedule agreed to will see the first 3 aircraft join the fleet in 2014. For FedEx Express, expectations surrounding the new aircraft are two-fold; retiring the longstanding MD-10F fleet of which some airframes are reaching 40 years of age, and extracting maximum business benefits from an optimized and cost efficient operation. Thus the new 767F provides momentum to achieving the 20% reduction in fuel emission and operating cost goal sought by the company for the year 2020. Aging MD10F F...
Air China To Employ New Boeing 777-300ER On Its Beijing-Los Angeles Route

Air China To Employ New Boeing 777-300ER On Its Beijing-Los Angeles Route

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  Air China announced it would increase its flight frequency between Beijing and Los Angeles while introducing brand new Boeing 777-300ER on the route. The new 777-300ER flights will operate as flights CA 987/988 and CA 983/984 beginning June 1st 2012. The move follows Air China accepting the 4 brand new aircraft from Boeing between July and December 2011. The new schedule will see two daily flights each departing Los Angeles and Beijing. For instance China Air flight 984 would depart Los Angeles at 1:40 am and flight 988 at 1:20 pm arriving in Beijing the next day landing respectively at 05:20am and 5:00 pm (all local time). Previously flight CA983 eastbound leg originated in Beijing at 9:35 pm every evening while CA987 operated solely on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday ...