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RAA '99: Special AWN Coverage

The mecca for the US regional airline industry was in Phoenix on May 10-12. This market is as fast-growing as it is prosperous, say this year's attendees. But most of the big news will have to wait for next month's Paris Air Show. See the special section below for complete coverage of RAA '99.

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This Week In CIS Aerospace
Proton-M Launch Delayed
Join AWN's Moscow-based columnist for a look at the Proton-M program and its recent delay.






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American Airlines Sued
It's an industry with the slimmest of margins and the toughest of competitors. American Airlines says the US government is trying to destroy free market competition by aiding underdog new entrant carriers.

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Lost F-15 Sales Prompts Boeing Layoffs
Boeing officials announced plans to layoff up to 7,000 workers at its St Louis production facilities between now and mid-2001 after losing the F-15 fighter jet contract with Greece.

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AlliedSignal Develops New EGPWS, Display for General Aviation Market
AlliedSignal Aerospace will produce new navigational aids for the general aviation market, both costing less than $10k apiece.

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European Space Agency Ready for Success
The ESA set new objectives last week, approving a $3.4 billion package of space programs for the decade ahead.

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Global Express Receives JAA Approval
The ultra long-range business jet receives the last of the major three certifications and readies for delivery.


RAA '99 Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery from the Regional Airline Association's 1999 Annual Meeting
Some lasting images of the RAA '99 conference from the AWN coverage team!

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Fairchild Order Book to Exceed $10 Billion
With the launch order for the 728JET secured and the 30-seat 328JET on display, Fairchild Aerospace was in good spirits at this year's RAA gathering. The company has another major order waiting to be revealed in Paris next month.

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Bombardier vs Embraer: The Trade Dispute Continues
Although it's been more than a month since the WTO made its ruling in the Bombardier vs Embraer dispute, the disagreement between the two rival manufacturers continued to be evident at RAA.

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Raytheon Beech 1900D Soon to be UltraQuiet
Raytheon's 19-seater will become the latest regional turboprop to employ the UltraQuiet technology to improve passenger comfort.

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GE Grows With Customers
With engines powering regional aircraft from the 30-seat Saab 340 to possibly the 90-seat ERJ-190, GE has come a long way in 15 years.

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Comair Ready for 30-Seat RJs
The largest independently owned US regional for the first time acknowledges it's looking at the new baby-jets, with a decision expected by the end of this year.



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Alitalia Joins KLM/Northwest

Italy's Alitalia airline will join the partnership headed by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Northwest Airlines, the three announced last week. The venture will allow the carriers to coordinate transatlantic routes while increasing efficiency. The deal includes codesharing, frequent flier programs, airport lounge access, route planning and scheduling. They will also seek cooperative agreements on cargo operations. The deal is subject to regulatory scrutiny from the US Department of Transportation.

Discovery Launch Postponed

Space Shuttle managers postponed the launch of Discovery for at least one week to allow technicians to repair foam insulation on the external fuel tank, NASA announced on Friday. The tank was damaged by a severe hail storm the previous weekend that caused several small indentations in the tank's foam insulation. Managers are concerned that ice could form in these areas when the tank is filled with supercold propellants for launch. Areas of ice could cause debris damage to the Shuttle after liftoff. Scheduled for May 20, Discovery's launch on Shuttle mission STS-96 will be delayed for a one week minimum to no earlier than May 27. Managers will release a new schedule midweek. Discovery will be moved from the launch pad back to the vehicle assembly building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for repair work.

Olympic Aviation Launches 717-200 in Europe

Olympic Aviation will take two Boeing 717-200 on lease from Bavaria International Aircraft Leasing Co, marking the first European airline to put the new 100-seater into service. The two aircraft will be delivered later this year. Olympic said it made the decision after carefully studying competing aircraft. The airline plans to use the 717-200 for routes connecting Thessaloniki, Greece and Athens to the Balkans and Europe.

GE Engines Wins PeaceAir Contract

GE Engine Services was awarded a $35 million contract to maintain, overhaul and repair the JT9-7 engines of Peace Air. PeaceAir operates a fleet of Boeing 747s, and announced the purchase of a 747-400 combi last year at Farnborough. The Sri Lankan carrier provides cargo and passenger service as well as direct flights to places of religious worship that most carrier find uneconomical to serve.

The 10-year contract for GE covers the engines on PeaceAir's 747-200 fleet, which stands at five. Overhaul, maintenance and repair work will be done at GE Aircraft Engine's center in Nantgarw, Wales. GE Engine Services has been overhauling and repairing the CF6-80C2 engines in PeaceAir's fleet since last year, said Dave Settergren, director of GE Engine Services sales in Singapore.

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