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March 30, 2006

NTSB Issues Urgent Recommendations After CRJ-200 Fires

Water Leaking Into Avionics Bay May Cause Electrical Short, Fire

A series of fires aboard Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft has prompted the National Transportation Safety Board to issue seven recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration.  Four of the recommendations are classified "Urgent" by the Safety Board.

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Urgent CASA AD: Airbus

Applicability: All Model A319, A320, and A321 aircraft; except aircraft with Airbus Modification 32025 incorporated in production, or Airbus Service Bulletin A320-57-1118 incorporated in service.

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Finnair Goes With A350s And A340s For Future Long-Haul Fleet

Order Includes Three A340-300 "Enhanced" Aircraft

Finnair has firmed up its decision to acquire the Airbus A350 by signing a firm contract for the purchase of nine Airbus A350-900s, as well as four options. The carrier has also ordered three new A340-300Es.

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PASS Sends ATO Contract To Its Membership For Vote

Strategy To Convince FAA To Return To The Bargaining Table

Aero-News has learned that Tom Brantley, national president of the Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS, AFL-CIO), has sent the FAA's contract proposal for the union's employees in the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO) out for a vote.

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Ahead Of Widebody Order, Aeroflot Goes With Airbus For Tu-154M Replacements

Part Of Major Fleet Upgrade

Is it a sign of what's to come? Ahead of its expected announcement of an order from either Boeing or Airbus for 22 next-generation widebody airliners, Aeroflot's deputy general director announced Wednesday the airline plans to buy between 30 and 35 Airbus A320s between 2008 and 2015.

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FAA, NTSB Investigate Close Calls On O'Hare's Runways

Three Such Incidents In Less Than A Week

On the heels of two close calls on the runways of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport last week, comes word of a third such incident.

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Ryanair Flight Lands At Army Base By Mistake

Whoops!

A passenger jet flying for Ryanair mistakenly landed at Ballykelly Army airstrip Wednesday, instead of at its intended destination of City of Derry Airport, six miles away.

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Boeing, GECAS Announce Big 737NG Order

30 Firm Orders, With 30 Options

The Boeing Company and GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) announced Wednesday an order for 30 firm and 30 option Boeing Next-Generation 737s worth approximately $4 billion at list prices. Included in this agreement is the first 737-900ER order by an aircraft leasing company.

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