SRA International Inc selected by FAA as one of the awardees for ETASS programme

Provider of technology and strategic consulting services SRA International Inc on Wednesday announced that it has been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as one of the awardees for its EnRoute technical Assistance Support Services (ETASS) programme.

Provider of technology and strategic consulting services SRA International Inc on Wednesday announced that it has been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as one of the awardees for its EnRoute technical Assistance Support Services (ETASS) programme.

SRA’s contract is said to be valued at approximately USD388m if all options are exercised. The contract covers three base years and two options for two years each.

The ETASS contract provides for engineering, programme management and technical support services in support of existing and future FAA National Airspace System programmes, including NextGen initiatives.

Travelport and Lufthansa sign full content agreement

Business services provider to the travel industry Travelport on Thursday announced a new multi-year global content agreement with German carrier Lufthansa.

Business services provider to the travel industry Travelport on Thursday announced a new multi-year global content agreement with German carrier Lufthansa.

Under the new agreement Travelport said that it has ensured that its Galileo and Worldspan travel agency customers around the world have access to the full listed published content of Lufthansa.

All GDS surcharges will continue to be waived for Travelport-connected agencies who choose to participate in the Lufthansa Preferred Fares programmes which operate in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, under the new agreement.

Mokulele Airlines purchased by TransPac Aviation Holdings

Mokulele Airlines on Thursday announced that it was purchased by TransPac Aviation Holdings late last year.

Mokulele Airlines on Thursday announced that it was purchased by TransPac Aviation Holdings late last year.

Under the new ownership the carrier expects a return of many of its traditions and a continuation of all of its current routes.

The Hawaiian carrier has introduced a new logo and branding and is said to be taking a look at its core business. Customers can see the new brands and logo at http://www.mokuleleairlines.com.

The decline of the family saloon

How ‘Fiesta Dad’ and ‘MPV Mum’ have changed Britain’s driveways since the 1980s.
The demise of the family saloon, once the bastion of Britain’s family cars, has been driven by the rise of small-car dad and MPV mum, according to research released today by the UK’s largest insurer Aviva.

In the 1980s the stereotypical two-car family had a large saloon, like a Ford Cortina or Vauxhall Cavalier, and a small ‘runaround’ second car such as a Fiesta or a Datsun Cherry on the driveway1. The women in the family almost always drove the smaller car.

Fast-forward to today and the shape and size of the cars on our driveways and who is driving them have changed significantly.

Aviva asked 2,500 UK adults about their family car history stretching back 30 years and found that, while more families than ever own a second car2, there has been a significant shift towards a more equal size and value split between the cars driven by mum and dad in Britain’s multi-car households.

The death of the saloon
High spec smaller family cars, such as the Volkswagen Golf, the Mini and the Peugeot 207, driven equally by men and women, now dominate the top 10 most popular cars, replacing traditional family saloons like the Vauxhall Vectra, Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mondeo. The traditional family saloon no longer features anywhere in the top 10 list of most popular car models with UK drivers.
The rise of ‘Fiesta dad’ and ‘MPV mum’
As the size and shape of Britain’s family cars have changed so have the people driving them. In the 1980s, large saloons like the Ford Cortina and the Vauxhall Cavalier were popular with men but driven by very few women, who drove mainly small cars such as Fiestas, Minis, and the Sunny and Cherry made by Datsun/Nissan.

Since 2010 the big car/small car gender divide had changed completely. Two thirds of Fiesta drivers are now men. Women are increasingly opting for large, modern alternatives, and are more likely than men to drive big SUV and 4×4 hybrids such as the Citroen Picasso and the Toyota RAV4.

The evolution of the family car
In the 1980s Britain’s family cars looked very similar, with just four big and small car combinations dominating our driveways. Vauxhall and Ford were the most popular saloons of choice. The four pairings most commonly seen in streets across Britain were: the Vauxhall Cavalier/Mini Rover; the Vauxhall Cavalier/Ford Fiesta; the Ford Cortina/Mini Rover and the Ford Escort/Vauxhall Nova4.

In 2011 the picture is more complicated because of the huge rise in the number of different models available. Our driveways may have become more diverse but the type of car parked on them tells a common story. As motoring costs increase and with greater demand for fuel efficiency, families are increasingly opting for two small cars or a small car and an MPV hybrid. The most common car type combinations in 2011 were Small Family Cars (VW Golf, Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra) with Mini/Compact cars (Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio, Vauxhall Corsa) and SUVs/4x4s/MPV (Nissan Qashqai, Citreon Picasso, Ford Galaxy) with Mini/Compact cars (Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio, Vauxhall Corsa)5.

Commenting on the research, Heather Smith, director of car insurance at Aviva, said: “Thirty years ago the big saloon and the small ‘runaround’ sitting side by side outside Britain’s family homes was a ubiquitous sight. Now you’re more likely to see two VW Golfs or newer SUV/4×4 hybrids like the Nissan Qashqai and the Suzuki Grand Vitara sharing driveway space.

“As families’ lives become more busy and complex, with two working parents and children to be dropped off at school, it appears multi-tasking mums need a vehicle fit for both work and family life while cost and fuel efficiency are increasingly important to dad”.

TransAsia Airways chooses IAE’s V2500 engines to power six A321 aircraft

International Aero Engines (IAE) on Wednesday announced that TransAsia Airways has chosen its V2500 engines to power six A321 standard aircraft which are on firm order with Airbus.

International Aero Engines (IAE) on Wednesday announced that TransAsia Airways has chosen its V2500 engines to power six A321 standard aircraft which are on firm order with Airbus.

The transaction also includes, as part of a larger package, Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines to power six firm and six option A321neo aircraft.

TransAsia Airways currently has eight A320 family aircraft in service powered by V2500-A5 engines which have logged over 380,000 hours.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

IAE is a multinational consortium whose shareholders include Pratt & Whitney (NYSE:UTX), Rolls-Royce (LSE:RR), Japanese Aero Engines Corporationa and MTU Aero Engines.

Network Rail staff face the sack if they live 75mins away from headquarters

A union has claimed that Network Rail staff are being threatened with redundancy if they live further than 75 minutes travelling time from the new Milton Keynes headquarters.

According to the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, rail managers have been told they must get to the new multi-million pound site within 90 minutes – which is located next to Milton Keynes railway station.

The TSSA announced that 850 members of staff could face redundancy if failed to reach the Buckinghamshire base on time.

However Network Rail revealed that they only expected 150 members of staff to face problems meeting the latest regulation.

Rail offices from around the country will be brought together into the new Milton Keynes site, housing around 3,000 staff. Whereas Network Rails’ head office will remain in London.

Manuel Cortes, the TSSA general secretary said: “This is an unfair and arbitrary decision which we believe to be unlawful. They are telling their staff they cannot follow their jobs in the worst recession in 70 years.

“With unemployment heading towards three million, where else are they going to find work in these hard times?”

Mr Cortes has warned Network Rail of legal action in order to defend its members right to move to Milton Keynes. “We are hoping that Network Rail will start to see sense on this issue”.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We are pulling together dozens of offices from around the country into one national centre at Milton Keynes that will deliver a better, more efficient way or working and save the taxpayers tens of millions of pounds a year.

“Around 150 people are affected by the travel limits, but we hope they will choose to stay with the company and be a part of our plans to deliver a bigger, better railway in the years ahead”.

Article by Charlotte Greenhalgh

Pratt & Whitney wins PW400 Advantage70 engine order from Korean Air

United Technologies Corp (NYSE:UTX) company Pratt & Whitney on Tuesday announced that Korean Air has chosen it’s PW4170 Advantage70 engine to power five new Airbus A330 aircraft.

United Technologies Corp (NYSE:UTX) company Pratt & Whitney on Tuesday announced that Korean Air has chosen it’s PW4170 Advantage70 engine to power five new Airbus A330 aircraft.

Valued at approximately USD200m, the agreement represents 10 firm PW4170 engines.

Pratt & Whitney offers the Advantage70 as a new engine and as an upgrade for existing PW4168 engines. The upgrade includes technology enhancements that can be incorporated into a fleet during engine overhaul. Advantage70 technology is said to deliver superior engine performance, including a 2% thrust increase, over 1% reduction in fuel consumption, increased durability and reduced maintenance costs.

Pratt & Whitney Canada signs GMCP agreement with DanCopter

Manufacturer and designer of aircraft Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) on Sunday announced the signing of a new Guaranteed Maintenance Cost Plan agreement with DanCopter AS, a helicopter company in Northern Europe, for comprehensive maintenance support of its new PT6C-67C engines.

Manufacturer and designer of aircraft Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) on Sunday announced the signing of a new Guaranteed Maintenance Cost Plan agreement with DanCopter AS, a helicopter company in Northern Europe, for comprehensive maintenance support of its new PT6C-67C engines.

The agreement with DanCopter AS is a tailor-made agreement that covers overhaul, hot section inspection, basic unplanned engine removals, rental support, engine condition trend monitoring, fuel nozzles plus other options that cater to the customer’s unique requirements, Pratt & Whitney said. Financial details of the agreement were not available.

Pratt & Whitney Canada Customer Service Centre Europe reportedly worked closely to customise the agreement for the helicopters operated by DanCopter to support offshore oil & gas operations in Nigeria.

The company said that the FMP Programme’s Guaranteed Maintenance Cost Plan is a highly flexible contract and allows customers to maintain cost stability and protection while selecting from a menu of services based on their individual needs.

Pratt & Whitney Canada is a United Technologies Corp company (NYSE: UTX).

Parents Spend Almost £2,000 Before A Baby Is Even Born

Purchasing a new cot, pram and car set for an expectant new-born can be pricey but the actual costs of preparing for a new baby have been revealed in a recent study.

According to a survey by TV series “How To… Prepare for your baby’s arrival” parents’ fork out thousands of pounds before a baby is even born.

The research of 2,000 parents found that first-time mums and dads spend on average £1,786 on luxurious nursery equipment, clothing and appliances when planning the arrival of a bundle of joy. What is more, 6% devote nearly £10,000 on decorating the nursery and freezing stem cells.

Findings showed that despite the difficult economic climate, two thirds of parents having a baby get into debt by taking out loans and credit cards; and 25% admitted to having financial troubles after the new-born has arrived. Moreover, a quarter of parents surveyed confessed that the money woes impacted their relationship.

The survey reports that day-care facilities is the biggest burden on the purse strings as 68% said that families were hit the hardest by childcare costs. A further 48% reported difficulties with loss of earnings due to maternity leave, 26% stated financial outlay of preparing for a new baby, 24% said long-standing financial problems, and 22% reported reduced family tax credits and benefits.

Alistair Clayton, a spokesperson from TV series ‘How To… Prepare for your baby’s arrival’, said: “In anticipation of their baby’s arrival, first-time parents often feel under pressure to overspend in preparation for every eventuality: outfits for every occasion, expensive nursery equipment and gadgets they’ll never use. Lack of money, in conjunction with the stresses and strains associated with caring for a new baby, makes for a toxic combination.”

You can throw a baby shower and celebrate the arrival of a baby without it costing the earth with the experts at Shower My Baby.

The specialists have a vast array of stylish and affordable baby gifts to choose from as well as everything you need to host a wonderful baby shower including fun activities and baby shower games as well as decorations and party packs that are all competitively priced.

Rejoice in the arrival of your new little boy or girl and save the pennies by visiting Shower My Baby today or call the professionals on 0845 224 0514.

LAN Airlines reports slight increase in load factor for January 2012

Latin American carrier LAN Airlines SA (NYSE: LFL) (IPSA: LAN) and its subsidiaries on Thursday reported its preliminary monthly traffic statistics and punctuality indicators for January 2012.

Latin American carrier LAN Airlines SA (NYSE: LFL) (IPSA: LAN) and its subsidiaries on Thursday reported its preliminary monthly traffic statistics and punctuality indicators for January 2012.

System passenger traffic rose by 10.4%, while capacity increased 10.3% in comparison to January 2011, which resulted in a 0.1 percentage point increase to January 2012 load factor of 82.8%.

The airline’s cargo traffic results showed a rise of 2.1% in January 2012 and capacity rose 3.6%. This resulted in a cargo load factor of 65.4%, a decrease of 1.0 percentage points when compared to the same period last year.

LAN added that 73.8% of its total flights left on time during January 2012, based on a fifteen-minute standard where all departures leaving within fifteen minutes of the scheduled departure time are considered as “on-time”. When compared to January 2011, this was a decrease of 5.7 percentage points.