Tuesday, September 28, 2010

More and More Jobs in Aviation as Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 11,000 Jobs

Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 11,000 Jobs, $693 Million to 

EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 29, 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that the state of Washington will benefit from an estimated 11,000 total jobs and generate an estimated $693 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force’s next aerial refueling aircraft.
Boeing submitted its proposal July 9 to replace 179 of the Air Force's 400 Eisenhower-era KC-135 aircraft. The Air Force is expected to award a contract later this year.
"The Boeing team in Washington state has an outstanding track record meeting the needs of U.S. warfighters by delivering the finest military derivatives of commercial aircraft in the world," said Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. "I am confident that the thousands of men and women at Boeing and our suppliers working on the NewGen Tanker will carry on that same tradition of excellence for many years to come."
"One of the great strengths of Boeing is our unique ability to form teams made up of both commercial and defense personnel to find innovative and best-value solutions for our customers," said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Nowhere is this more apparent than here in Puget Sound, where we have been supporting both commercial and military customers for nearly 100 years."
Currently, Boeing has 72,000 employees in Washington and works with more than 2,700 suppliers/vendors, delivering a total $3.3 billion in annual economic impact.
The NewGen Tanker is a widebody, multi-mission aircraft based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial airplane and updated with the latest and most advanced technology. Capable of fulfilling the Air Force's needs for transport of fuel, cargo, passengers and patients, the combat-ready NewGen Tanker will meet or exceed the 372 mandatory requirements described in the service’s final KC-X Request for Proposal released Feb. 24.
The NewGen Tanker will be made with a low-risk approach to manufacturing that relies on existing Boeing facilities in Washington state and Kansas as well as U.S. suppliers throughout the nation, with decades of experience delivering dependable military tanker and derivative aircraft. Nationwide, the NewGen Tanker program will support approximately 50,000 total U.S. jobs with Boeing and more than 800 suppliers in more than 40 states.
The Boeing NewGen Tanker also will be more cost-effective to own and operate than a larger, heavier tanker. It will save American taxpayers more than $10 billion in fuel costs over its 40-year service life because it burns 24 percent less fuel than the competitor's airplane.
Boeing has been designing, building, modifying and supporting tankers for decades. These include the KC-135 that will be replaced in the KC-X competition, and the KC-10 fleet. The company also has delivered four KC-767Js to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and is on contract to deliver four KC-767As to the Italian Air Force.
The Boeing Aerial Refueling Technology demonstrator (BART) will be on display at Westlake Park (401 Pine St.) in Seattle on Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. BART’s tour schedule is available at www.UnitedStatesTanker.com/TankerTrek. More information on Boeing’s NewGen Tanker, including video clips and an interactive tour of the aircraft, is available at www.UnitedStatesTanker.com. For more information on joining the company’s efforts, visit www.RealAmericanTankers.com.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.
Southwest plans to keep AirTran’s Boeing 717 fleet

Southwest executives have confirmed that it plans to operate AirTran's 86 Boeing 717s once its acquisition of AirTran closes and the Atlanta-hubbed carrier is folded into the Southwest brand.
Southwest today unveiled plans to acquire AirTran through a combination of cash and common stock.
Both carriers operate the 737-700, and Southwest is evaluating adding the larger -800 to its fleet. Southwest also operates 737-300s/500s.
During a call with media to discuss the acquisition Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said the carrier has decided it wants to keep and operate the 717, and will operate the smaller aircraft in a single 117-seat configuration. Currently AirTran operates its 117-seat 717s in a dual class offering.
Kelly acknowledges the addition of the 717 requires a different type crew rating and establishing how the aircraft is scheduled into operations. But he believes the 86 aircraft offer enough scale and says Southwest has the ability to incorporate the aircraft into its fleet cost effectively.
"Our pilots have looked at it [the 717] and like it," Kelly states. The aircraft will also allow Southwest to operate in markets too small to support its 737 fleet.
Southwest's chief says the carrier is not prepared to make a decision on adding the larger -800 to its fleet. "We hope to make a decision soon," he says. Previously Southwest indicated it would decide on adding -800s in December and has negotiated a tentative deal with its flight attendants to operate the aircraft.
Commenting on the impetus to acquire AirTran Kelly states that after a tumultuous last couple of years in 2010 Southwest is finally comfortably profitable enough to strategically think about its future by examining its technology, fleet and possible acquisitions. Today he revealed Southwest also plans to replace its reservation system.

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Airlines face short of 300 pilots now

NEW DELHI: Passengers have come out of hiding. Airports are humming again. Now, if only there were enough pilots around. The country’s airlines have drawn up ambitious expansion plans against a brightening backdrop, but are confronted with a severe shortage of experienced pilots. Industry estimates peg the shortage at 300 at present, but the number will swell to nearly 700 once a government order that bars expat pilots takes effect from next July.

A beefed-up fleet size is certain to amplify the shortage. The number of aircraft operated by low-cost carriers such as IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir is estimated to more than double to 130 in five years. Full-service players such as Jet Airways, Air India and Kingfisher Airlines that together operate nearly 350 aircraft, too, are expanding. Jet, the country’s biggest private airline, plans to increase capacity by 15% this year. Air India has ordered 28 Dreamliners due for next September.

For the aviation sector, 700 is a weighty number given that an airline requires 10 pilots per aircraft. “It is a serious problem. But no regulator will be inconsiderate enough to have the industry grounded because of a deadline,” said Kapil Kaul, South Asia CEO of Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation, a global aviation consultancy. Airlines are not taking chances though. “In order to ensure that airlines’ expansion continues unhindered, we have asked the aviation regulator (DGCA) to extend the deadline for expat pilots,” said Federation of Indian Airlines general secretary Anil Baijal.

Whether the government enforces its deadline remains to be seen, the way out for airlines is to increase hiring. Indeed, there is a huge pool of trainee pilots to fill vacancies. But hiring in the aviation sector is different from any other in that only those who have had at least four years of flying experience can become captains. In India, there has always been a dearth of pilots at this level. The influx of expats into the Indian aviation scene was spawned by this shortage. “Although training of junior pilots has begun, it will be difficult to cope without the expat pilots,” said a senior executive of a full service carrier.

The problem has been accentuated by a dearth of commanders and veterans who can train the recruits. Hiring and training in this category took a backseat during the slowdown and that is hurting airlines now. “It takes four to five years of training for a junior pilot to be able to become a captain,” said Bird Group executive director Ankur Bhatia.


AI plans to sell 6 Boeing freighters

MUMBAI: National air carrier Air India plans to sell its six Boeing freighters with indications that the airline may shelve its plans to spin off its cargo business into a separate subsidiary.

“We are looking at selling out our six Boeing 737-200 freighters as the plans to have a dedicated cargo business through a subsidiary is unlikely to take off now,” Air India sources said here.

Air India will be inviting tenders from interested companies to phase out these aircraft, sources said. Besides, the airline has already put on sale its four A-310 freighters, they said.

The six Boeing 737-200 freighters belong to the erstwhile Indian Airlines and were converted into cargo planes from passenger aircraft in 2007, as the airline had plans to launch a dedicated domestic cargo service using Nagpur as its hub.

Apart from configuring Boeing aircraft, the airline also converted 4 Airbus 310-300 passenger aircraft into freighters at a cost of $40 million to put them into the proposed cargo operations. However, the plans have not been able to fructify.

Kingfisher owes Bharat Petroleum Rs 245 crore

MUMBAI: Kingfisher Airlines owes Rs 245 crore to Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) on account of buying Aviation Turbine fuel (ATF), BPCL's Chairman and Managing Director S Radhakrishnan, said.

According to a recent Court order, the entire amount has to be paid by this November and Vijay-Mallya owned airline is paying it in instalments, he told reporters on the sidelines of a press conference here.

Though BPCL stopped credit and started cash-and-carry mode for Kingfisher, the airline is now not buying from BPCL, he said.

The state-owned NACIL (merged entity of Air India and Indian Airlines) owes Rs 250 crore plus Rs 50 crore on interest, he said, adding that the total credit of Jet Airways is close to Rs 50 crore.

BPCL has opened ATF outlets at seven more airports in the country and as of now has a presence in 30 airports in the country.

BPCL's in and out retail formats started making profits and its total turnover has reached Rs 350 crore, he said.

The company will add more such outlets in second rung cities to take the total number of such outlets from 280 to 350, Radhakrishnan said.


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