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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Company Watch) May 16, 2010

Airbus is confident that performance upgrades in the pipeline for its single-aisle family will give its largest model, the A321, a sufficient range boost for a genuine shot at the huge, Boeing 757-200 replacement market. The airframer's chief operating officer for customers, John Leahy, believes that the new 'sharklet' winglets, which will provide a 3.7 percent reduction in fuel burn and around 220km (120nm) more range on the A321 from 2012, means there are "great opportunities to replace the 757-200". May 14, 2010

Airbus believes that the proposed US airline "mega-merger" will have no impact on its competitiveness during the campaign to replace United Airlines' huge Boeing 757 fleet, despite Continental's traditional favouritism for the US airframer's products. However, a US investment bank has indicated that United's existing Airbus orders could become casualties of the planned tie-up. May 13, 2010

Bidders on the $35 billion contract to build 179 refueling tankers for the U.S. military have been instructed to be prepared to start the contract on Nov. 12. The Pentagon said the contract is still expected to be awarded in the fall but it is announcing the Nov. 12 date so that bidders could prepare. Final bidders are expected to be Boeing Co. and EADS Co. May 5, 2010

Ancra International was selected by Aeronautical Engineers to provide 737-300 and 737-400 Main Deck Cargo Loading Systems for future conversions. The 737-300 MDCLS will be delivered and installed during AEI aircraft conversions scheduled for May/June; the 737-400 MDCLS will be delivered before the end of the second quarter. AEI said it projects 15 737 conversions per year for both of the -300 and -400 platforms. May 11, 2010

Ancra International was selected by Aeronautical Engineers to provide 737-300 and 737-400 main deck cargo loading systems for future conversions. The 737-300 MDCLS will be delivered and installed during AEI aircraft conversions scheduled for May/June; the 737-400 MDCLS will be delivered before the end of the second quarter. AEI said it projects 15 737 conversions per year for both of the -300 and -400 platforms. May 5, 2010

Associated Air Center's maintenance and repair division has added more services to support Boeing Business Jet customers, including mandatory fuel tank modifications, main landing gear trunion pin replacements and lower cabin altitude modifications. AAC recently completed its 17th SFAR-88 tank modification on a BBJ, in line with a recent Federal Aviation Adiministration airworthiness directive. As the BBJ fleet achieves full SFAR-88 compliance, the next major event driving scheduled maintenance visits are the main landing gear forward trunion pin replacement, also driven by an FAA AD, and a landing gear overhaul due to calendar time limits. May 3, 2010

Associated Air Center's maintenance and repair division has added more services to support Boeing Business Jet customers, including mandatory fuel tank modifications. Until recently, BBJ aircraft were certified for an 8,000ft (2,440m) cabin altitude while flying at a maximum service ceiling of 41,000ft. In response to customer demand to improve passenger comfort and reduce crew fatigue, Boeing engineered and recently received FAA certification for a 6,500ft cabin altitude modification. AAC has completed these modifications on four BBJs with another one scheduled in the near term. May 3, 2010

The Royal New Zealand Air Force is investigating the cause of a Bell UH-1H crash that killed three military personnel and injured another on 25 April. One of three UH-1s from Ohakea-based 3 Sqn due to take part in Anzac Day commemorations, the helicopter crashed just north of Wellington in heavy cloud and fog. May 4, 2010

Boeing said India's domestic freighter airline Blue Dart Aviation selected its Maintenance Performance Toolbox for its 757-200 freighter fleet. The software-based productivity tool unifies airline maintenance data, streamlining the documentation process. May 5, 2010

Air Canada, Thai Airways International, Garuda Indonesia and Reunion Island-based Austral have expressed...

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