Swiss Referendum Says “No” to Funding Gripen Fighter Jets

A referendum on defence funding in Switzerland has halted the procurement process for 22 Gripen E fighter jets. Saab will continue with plans to supply 60 Gripen E fighter jets to Sweden. In anticipation of the CHF 3.126 billion program, Saab setup 500 contracts with 125 Swiss businesses. Saab has said “contracts placed will be honoured, subject to … Read more Swiss Referendum Says “No” to Funding Gripen Fighter Jets

New Berkshire Hathaway Company Providing Private Jets to Chinese Market

A new Berkshire Hathaway company, NetJets, is making the final preparations to launch a private jet service in China. The company has announced that it is awaiting final government approval for an operating certificate, which is expected to be granted in mid-2014. NetJets Chairman and CEO Jordan B. Hansell said of the new venture: “We … Read more New Berkshire Hathaway Company Providing Private Jets to Chinese Market

Boeing Successfully Converts F-16 Jets For Pilotless Flight

Boeing has successfully completed the test flight of an F-16 Jet converted for use as a pilotless target plane. Re-named the QF-16, the jet was controlled by a fighter pilot on the ground at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. The 19th September mission included auto takeoff, a series of simulated manoeuvres, supersonic flight, and … Read more Boeing Successfully Converts F-16 Jets For Pilotless Flight

Emirates Opens Dubai-Stockholm Route

Sweden’s Minister for Trade, Ewa Björling, has welcomed the opening of a new route between Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Dubai. A VIP delegation boarded the inaugural Boeing 777-200LR aircraft flight from Dubai to Stockholm and was welcomed by Dr Björling, Mrs Torborg Chetkovich, President and CEO of Swedavia, and H.E. Sheikha Najla Al Qassimi, Ambassador … Read more Emirates Opens Dubai-Stockholm Route

Australia Sells Five C-130H Hercules to Indonesia at Discounted Rate

Australia and Indonesia have signed a memorandum of sale for five C-130H Hercules from Australia to Indonesia at a discounted rate. The sale brings the number of Hercules sold to Indonesia to nine. The sale of the aircraft includes parts and a simulator. The Australian Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith MP, said the aircraft would … Read more Australia Sells Five C-130H Hercules to Indonesia at Discounted Rate

Non-Stop Flights Between Beijing and Texas Commence

Non-stop flights from Beijing to Houston, Texas, are now available as part of a monthly service from Air China. The service will deliver passengers between Beijing Capital International Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Houston Mayor Annise Parker welcomed an Air China delegation on 11th July 2013 to mark the occasion, saying: “Houston continues to … Read more Non-Stop Flights Between Beijing and Texas Commence

Qatar Airways Sign Agreement with Kenya’s Fly540

Qatar Airways has signed an agreement with Kenya’s domestic low-cost airline, Fly540. The deal means passengers flying into Kenya will be able to book seamless transfers to Eldoret, Kisumu, Lamu, Lodwar, Malindi and Mombasa and also across the border into Juba and Zanzibar. Visitors will only need one itinerary and will not need to switch their … Read more Qatar Airways Sign Agreement with Kenya’s Fly540

NBN Co Spends AUD $620 Million on Satellites to Boost Rural Broadband

NBN Co has contracted US company Space Systems / Loral to deliver two satellites designed to boost broadband service in rural Australia. The deal is worth AUD $620 million. It is hoped that the Ka-band satellites and associated tracking, telemetry and control systems will help deliver peak speeds of 12 megabit per second download  and … Read more NBN Co Spends AUD $620 Million on Satellites to Boost Rural Broadband

BAE Systems Wins $314 Million PIM Contract from US Army

BAE Systems (LSE:BA) will continue working on the US Army Paladin Integrated Management programme (PIM), after being awarded a USD $313 million contract modification last week. It was announced on 18th January 2012, that BAE will provide engineering design, logistics development and test evaluation to assist the completion of the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase … Read more BAE Systems Wins $314 Million PIM Contract from US Army

Competition Body Approves Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines Co-operation

Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlineshave been given the green light to co-operate on all aspects of their Australia – Singapore routes, including codeshare, pricing, marketing and sales. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in a statement: “While noting Singapore Airlines’ shareholding in Tiger Airways Holdings, the ACCC considers that the alliance is unlikely to … Read more Competition Body Approves Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines Co-operation

Five Powers Complete Military Exercise in South China Sea

Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom have just completed a military exercise in the South China Sea named BERSAMA LIMA 2011. The Five Power Defence Arrangements Exercise tested a number of processes and a range of hardware in the Malaysian Peninsula and South China Sea including the AUD $3.9 billion Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and … Read more Five Powers Complete Military Exercise in South China Sea

SpaceX Gets Funding to Restore US Ability to Launch Astronauts

With the retirement of a space shuttle in 2011, the United States had to rely on the Russian Federation to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station. However, Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $500 million to support NASA initiatives to restore the US astronaut launching facilities. The money will form part of the NASA’s … Read more SpaceX Gets Funding to Restore US Ability to Launch Astronauts

Teledyne Technologies Win $595 Million Missile Defence Simulation Contract

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies has won a $595 million contract to deliver a test and simulation framework to the United States’ Missile Defence Agency. Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. will have five years to honour the Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to support simulations, ground tests and live fire events. It is hoped that the … Read more Teledyne Technologies Win $595 Million Missile Defence Simulation Contract

New York Flights Suspended as Hurricane Irene Skirts East Coast of United States

New York’s JFK airport is expected to close around noon on Saturday 27th August 2011 and passengers are being advised check with their travel provider before travelling to the airport as most flights to and from the airport will be suspended until Hurricane Irene has passed. The following outbound flights from New York JFK have … Read more New York Flights Suspended as Hurricane Irene Skirts East Coast of United States

BAE Systems Awarded $449.9 Million Ground Combat Vehicle Contract

BAE Systems has been awarded a $449.9 million contract to conduct a preliminary design review for the U.S. Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle program. The work involves 24 months of design ahead of prototype builds. The BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman vehicle includes a hybrid electric drive propulsion system and lower vehicle body weight. The team involved in the … Read more BAE Systems Awarded $449.9 Million Ground Combat Vehicle Contract