Monday, February 14, 2011

DTN News - AIRLINES NEWS: Boeing Celebrates Premiere Of New 747-8 Intercontinental

DTN News - AIRLINES NEWS: Boeing Celebrates Premiere Of New 747-8 Intercontinental
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources Boeing dated Feb. 13, 2011
(NSI News Source Info) EVERETT, Wash., - February 14, 2011: Boeing (NYSE: BA) yesterday (February 13) unveiled its new 747-8 Intercontinental, the new high-capacity passenger airplane that offers airlines the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large passenger airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance.

Approximately 10,000 guests, including customers, Boeing employees, government officials, partners and suppliers, gathered in the factory in Everett, Wash., to witness the premiere of the Intercontinental at an event themed "Incredible, Again." Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Albaugh said the newest 747 incorporates technological advancements that make it an extremely productive airplane for customers.

"The new 747-8 Intercontinental features the latest in innovative technologies — applying many of the breakthroughs also found on the 787 Dreamliner," said Albaugh. "We think our customers will value the low operating costs and passengers will enjoy the comfort of the striking new interior."

"The 747-8 Intercontinental will be a great complement to our fleet, fitting nicely into the 400-seat category, improving our fleet's eco-efficiency even further," said Nico Buchholz, executive vice president, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management. "As launch customer, we are looking forward to welcoming this new aircraft to our fleet next year as it adds to our ongoing fleet modernization and environmental efforts."

Korean Air and VIP customers have joined launch customer Lufthansa in ordering a total of 33 747-8 Intercontinentals. First delivery of the 747-8 Intercontinental is scheduled for the fourth quarter.

"As the only airplane in the 400 to 500-seat market, the 747-8 Intercontinental will give operators an airplane perfectly suited for long, heavily traveled routes around the world," said Pat Shanahan, vice president and general manager, Airplane Programs, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The new 747-8 Intercontinental will set a new standard in economic and environmental performance, while providing a world-class passenger experience."

The 747-8 Intercontinental will have the lowest seat-mile cost of any large commercial jetliner, with 12 percent lower costs than its predecessor, the 747-400. The airplane provides 16 percent better fuel economy, 16 percent less carbon emissions per passenger and generates a 30 percent smaller noise footprint than the 747-400. The 747-8 Intercontinental applies interior features from the 787 Dreamliner that includes a new curved, upswept architecture giving passengers a greater feeling of space and comfort, while adding more room for personal belongings.

The airplane unveiled today is painted in a new Sunrise livery of red-orange that only will appear on the first 747-8 Intercontinental and is a significant departure from Boeing's standard blue. The new color palette honors many key Boeing customers whose cultures recognize these colors as symbols of prosperity and good luck.


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  • DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated February 14, 2011

    DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated February 14, 2011
    Source: U.S. DoD issued No. 118-11 February 14, 2011
    (NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - February 14, 2011: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued February 14, 2011 are undermentioned;



    Raytheon-BBN Technologies, Inc., Cambridge, Mass., was awarded a $54,340,021 firm-fixed-price contract Feb. 9, 2011. The award will provide for the purchase of 300 Boomerang III Perimeter Defense Systems in support of the Army's mission in Operation Enduring Freedom. Work will be performed in Cambridge, Mass., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 10, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (W909MY-11-C-0028).


    Lockheed Martin, Syracuse, N.Y. is being awarded a $13,445,304 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-5202) for engineering services in support of the Navy's AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Undersea Warfare System. The AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 is a surface ship combat system with the capabilities to search, detect, classify, localize and track undersea contacts; and to engage and evade submarines, mine-like small objects, and torpedo threats. Work will be performed in Syracuse, N.Y. (80% percent), Newport, R.I. (16 percent), and Manassas, Va. (4 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $130,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

    Raytheon Company, Integrated Defense Systems, Tewksbury, Mass., is being awarded a $7,913,491 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-5126) to exercise options for engineering, integration, and production services for the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer program. The contractor will perform test and evaluation, design solution, and integrated logistics support class services. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, R.I. (65.0 percent), Dulles, Va. (25.0 percent), Largo, Fla. (8.0 percent), Tewksbury, Mass. (1.0 percent) and Washington, D.C. (1.0 percent). Work is expected to be completed by November 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $1,904,468 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.


    Carter Industries, Inc., Olive Hill, Ky.* is being awarded a maximum $8,985,600 firm fixed price contract for coveralls. Other location of performance is New York. Using service is Army. The original proposal was DIBBS solicited with five responses. The date of performance completion is August 12, 2012. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM1C1-11-D-1026).

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    • DTN News - EGYPT NEWS / Israel TODAY: Israeli Army 'Ready For All Eventualities': PM

      DTN News - EGYPT NEWS / Israel TODAY: Israeli Army 'Ready For All Eventualities': PM
      Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources AFP
      (NSI News Source Info) JERUSALEM, Israel - February 14, 2011: The Israeli military is "ready for all eventualities" as the Arab and Muslim world undergoes "an earthquake," Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday just days after Egypt's regime collapsed.

      "An earthquake is shaking the whole Arab world and a large part of the Muslim world and we don't yet know how these things will turn out," the premier said at a swearing-in ceremony for new army chief Major General Benny Gantz.

      "We are ready for all eventualities because we know that the foundation of our existence, and our capacity to convince our neighbours to live in peace with us, is based on the Israeli army," he said during a ceremony at his Jerusalem office.

      Gantz takes over the post as Israel's strategic stance in the Middle East undergoes a shakeup in the wake of a popular revolt in Egypt which ousted president Hosni Mubarak after three decades in power.

      Israel has reacted cautiously to the overthrow of Mubarak, an ally who was involved in years of Middle East peace negotiations.

      But it welcomed a statement by Egypt's new military ruling council that Cairo remains committed to all its treaties, including its landmark 1979 peace deal with Israel.

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