Tuesday, February 10, 2009

European Aviation Safety Agency Validates FAA Certification of Boeing 777 Freighter

European Aviation Safety Agency Validates FAA Certification of Boeing 777 Freighter
EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 06, 2009 -- The newest member of the Boeing [NYSE: BA] 777 family, the 777 Freighter, today received its formal stamp of approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). EASA validated the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Feb. 3 type certification of the 777 Freighter.The certification formally recognizes that the 777 Freighter has passed the stringent design and testing requirements mandated by FAA and EASA, clearing the airplane for cargo service. The first 777 Freighter will deliver to launch customer Air France later in the quarter.
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The ATR 72-500, approved to operate at the London City Airport
ATR has received from the London City Airport (LCY) the approval to operate the ATR 72-500 in this downtown airport, after the aircraft successfully completed steep-approach trials and noise tests.According to the LCY specific requirements due to the presence of obstacles, ATR has demonstrated the ability of the ATR 72-500 to approach the airport at 5.5�, while complying also with the strict limitations of the airport in terms of noise.The ATR 72-500 joins the ATR 42-300 and the ATR 42-500, which are already approved to operate at LCY.The Irish carrier Aer Arann becomes today the first operator of the ATR 72-500 aircraft at the London City Airport, with inaugural flights from and to the Isle of Man.Luigi Lombardi, ATR SVP Operations, declared: "We are proud to see that both the ATR 42 and the ATR 72 are now approved to operate in such a unique airport. We are also very pleased to contribute to the preservation of the environment in London with aircraft featuring very clear advantages in terms of CO2 and noise emissions." He added: "We are very satisfied with this approval because it will provide our ATR 72-500 operators with the opportunity to expand their network to the financial heart of the United Kingdom."Richard Gooding Obe, Chief Executive of London City Airport, declared: "We welcome the introduction of the ATR 72-500 at London City Airport. This new addition completes the ATR family at the airport and provides a wider choice of aircraft types for our customer airlines to operate. We are committed to working with aircraft manufacturers to bring future aircraft into London City Airport, a popular choice for business-focused airlines due to our location on the doorstep of London's financial district."Paul Sch�tz, Chief Executive of Aer Arann, said: "The introduction of the ATR 72-500 was a major element in our plans to offer a high quality product on this key business and leisure route. The standards of comfort, the quiet interior and the environmentally friendly performance of the aircraft mean that it is ideally suited to our regional air transport business model."

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