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Company of the day: American Airlines

February 23, 2017 • A, Aviationpedia

American Airlines Group Parent company of American Airlines Overview Together with regional partner American Eagle, we offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights daily to 350 destinations in 50 countries. We’re a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members and members-elect offer nearly 14,250 flights daily to 1,000 destinations in 150 countries. In 2016,… Read More ›

Aerospace »

Airbus Safran Launchers: 77th consecutive successful launch for Ariane 5

(0) First successful launch of the year for Ariane 5
    6 more Ariane 5 launches scheduled for 2017
    Airbus Safran Launchers is now the major shareholder in Arianespace, and is  the industrial lead contractor for Ariane 5 and the future Ariane 6


For its first launch of the year, Ariane 5 successfully completed its mission from the European space port of Kourou (French Guiana) for the 77th consecutive time, placing two telecommunications satellites in geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).


The launch performance achieved by this Ariane 5 ECA was 10,450 kg in GTO (of which 9,569 kg was accounted for by the satellites). The launcher improvement program enabled the inclination angle to be reduced to 4° in order to minimize the energy the satellites need to reach their final orbit.


"I must congratulate the teams at Airbus Safran Launchers and of course those at Arianespace for this first success of 2017, a year which will include six more launches. Together and working more closely than ever, we will continue regularly to improve the performance of the launcher for commercial satellite operators and institutional customers. In an increasingly competitive market, our aim is to make the Ariane 5 launch system even more efficient and competitive," declared Alain Charmeau, CEO of Airbus Safran Launchers, from Kourou. "I also wish to thank the European Space Agency and CNES for their confidence and their unfailing support".


Operational in the field of commercial launchers since 2015, Airbus Safran Launchers was definitively completed on 1 July, 2016 and became the 74% majority shareholder of Arianespace on 31 December 2016. This new governance makes possible an overall approach to market needs from launcher design and construction up to commercialization, thus reinforcing industrial efficiency and operational flexibility for the benefit of Arianespace's customers.


Ariane 5 is the spearhead of European know-how and one of the most wide-ranging and ambitious space programs in the world. Its flexibility enables it to transport heavy payloads into low Earth orbit, several satellites into medium Earth orbit or, as it is the case today, one or two satellites into geostationary transfer orbit with an optimized lifetime.


Airbus Safran Launchers is lead contractor for the Ariane 5 launchers. The company coordinates an industrial network of more than 550 companies in 12 European countries (including more than 100 Small and Medium Enterprises). Airbus Safran Launchers oversees the entire industrial chain, from management of launcher performance upgrades, to production management, to final adjustment with supply of the mission flight software and, from now on, its marketing through Arianespace. This chain includes equipment and structures, engines manufacturing, integration of the various stages and finally launcher integration in French Guiana.

Airbus Safran Launchers is also industrial lead contractor for Europe's future Ariane 6 launcher, which is scheduled for a first flight in 2020 and which will replace Ariane 5 in about 2023.


The Ariane 235 flight in figures:

    91st launch of an Ariane 5,
    60th launch of an Ariane 5 ECA,
    14th Ariane 5 launch with Airbus Safran Launchers as lead contractor,
    65th consecutive success by a launcher fitted with a Vulcain® 2 engine,
    133rd consecutive success by a launcher fitted with the HM7B engine.

First successful launch of the year for Ariane 5 6 more Ariane 5 launches scheduled for 2017 Airbus Safran Launchers is now the major shareholder in Arianespace, and is  the industrial lead contractor for Ariane 5 and the future Ariane 6   For its first launch of the year, Ariane 5 successfully completed its mission from the European… Read More ›

Manufacturer »

Second Lockheed Martin T-50A Takes Flight in Greenville, South Carolina

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Ongoing flight tests highlight established, lowest-risk T-X offering Two Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) T-50A aircraft are now soaring together in the skies over Greenville, South Carolina. The inaugural Feb. 20 flight of the second production-ready T-50A from Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Pilot Training (APT) operations center in Greenville further demonstrates the company’s established, lowest-risk offering in… Read More ›

Aviation Organizations »

NBAA Mourns the Passing of Astronaut, Aviation Advocate Gene Cernan

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National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today reflected on the passing of Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, a frequent participant in NBAA events and programs and a long-standing advocate for business aviation. “Gene Cernan is an American legend whose life will long be a source of… Read More ›

Regulatory »

Safety Precautions regarding the Transport by Air of Damaged, Defective or Recalled Lithium Batteries

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On 09/02/2017 EASA withdrew the SIB 2016-14 R1 and published SIB 2017-01. This SIB contains general recommendations regarding the transport by air, as cargo and by passengers, of damaged, recalled, defective or potentially hazardous lithium batteries, including those contained in equipment. The difference between this new SIB and the previous one is that the recommendations… Read More ›

business aviation »

Airlink becomes first South African airline to acquire Embraer E-Jets


Airlink, Southern Africa’s largest independent regional airline, is joining the E-Jet operator’s family. The airline is acquiring five E-Jets – three E170s and two E190s, from ECC Leasing, a wholly-owned Embraer subsidiary. Airlink will start to receive the aircraft in the first half of 2017. Airlink already operates a large fleet of ERJ aircraft –… Read More ›

Space »

Mission STS-42

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    Mission Description Patch STS-42 (Credit: Canadian Space Agency) Text description of image Launch Date: January 22, 1992 Time: 9:52:33 a.m. EST Site: Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Landing Date: January 30, 1992 Time: 8:07:17 a.m. PST Site: Edwards Air Force Base Mission Duration: 8 days 1 h 14 min 44 s Flight Number: STS-42… Read More ›

Airline »

AirAsia introduces new exclusive route from Kuala Lumpur to Bhubaneswar, India

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Flights will commence on 26 April 2017 with 4 weekly flights, celebratory fares from as low as RM99* one way. AirAsia, the world’s best low cost airline adds Bhubaneswar into its list of destinations in India with four weekly direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, which will commence operations on 26 April 2017, making this AirAsia’s… Read More ›

Helicopter »

AW609 programme moves forward preparing for icing trials.

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Several ground and flight tests already performed in Philadelphia by the third AW609 prototype  Aircraft remains on schedule to begin icing trials this winter  FAA certification is on track for 2018 The AW609 TiltRotor programme is expected to start icing trials soon following recent ground and flight testing activities. These advances have been made in… Read More ›

Engines »

Pratt & Whitney Expanding Business in Columbus, Georgia, to Meet Increased Demand.

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Investment to expand engine maintenance capability for revolutionary PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engines, which are transforming aviation • Advanced manufacturing equipment upgrades and new infrastructure to be added • More than 500 new employees to be hired • Robust training program with Columbus Technical College established for employees EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Tuesday, February 14, 2017… Read More ›

Editor »

Falcon modification contract granted to Sabena technics by Dassault Aviation

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Dassault Aviation selects Sabena technics as a partner for the modification of four Falcon 50 Ms aircraft belonging to the French Navy. The Falcon 50Ms aircraft carry out daily missions of surveillance and maritime rescue. After modification, the cabins will be equipped with a hatch which will allow a rescue boat (the SAR chain) to… Read More ›