Second Boeing, U.S. Air Force KC-46A Tanker Completes First Flight

Tanker aircraft to conduct mission systems, exterior lighting testing

EVERETT, Wash., March 3, 2016 – The Boeing [NYSE: BA] test team successfully completed the first flight of the program’s second KC-46A tanker aircraft yesterday, taking off from Paine Field and landing later at Boeing Field in Seattle.

During the flight, Boeing test pilots performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and environmental systems.

“Adding a second tanker to the flight test program is very important as we move into the next phase of testing,” said Col. John Newberry, U.S. Air Force KC-46 System program manager. “The team will initially use the aircraft to test mission system avionics and exterior lighting. Later, it will share the air refueling effort with the first KC-46.”

The Boeing team now will conduct a post-flight inspection and calibrate instrumentation prior to the next series of flights. As part of the overall flight test program, the KC-46 will demonstrate it can refuel 18 different aircraft. The second tanker will help share the test load and receiver certification.

Boeing was awarded a contract in 2011 to design and develop the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation tanker aircraft and is building four test aircraft – two are currently configured as 767-2Cs and two as KC-46A tankers.

EMD-1, a 767-2C test aircraft, has completed more than 260 flight test hours to date since its first flight in December 2014. EMD-2, the program’s first KC-46A tanker, made its maiden flight September 25, 2015 and has now completed more than 180 flight test hours. EMD-3, a 767-2C, will begin flight testing later this year.

The KC-46A is a multirole tanker Boeing is building for the U.S. Air Force that can refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients. Overall, Boeing plans to build 179 KC-46 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force.

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Boeing Develops Self-Cleaning Lavatory

— Pioneering use of advanced UV light sanitizes all lavatory surfaces
— Touchless features increase hygiene

EVERETT, Wash., March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] engineers and designers have developed a self-cleaning lavatory prototype that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to kill 99.99 percent of germs. The cleaning system can disinfect all surfaces after every use in just three seconds. Boeing believes this self-cleaning technology, combined with touchless features, will enhance the passenger experience on commercial flights. Click here to download b-roll of the lavatory.

The lavatory uses Far UV light that would be activated only when the lavatory is unoccupied. Far UV is different from the UVA or UVB light in tanning beds, and is not harmful to people. Boeing engineers have shown through testing on their prototype that this innovation can minimize the growth and potential transmission of micro-organisms. Boeing has filed for a patent on this concept.

“We’re trying to alleviate the anxiety we all face when using a restroom that gets a workout during a flight,” said Jeanne Yu, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Director of Environmental Performance. “In the prototype, we position the lights throughout the lavatory so that it floods the touch surfaces like the toilet seat, sink and countertops with the UV light once a person exits the lavatory. This sanitizing even helps eliminate odors.”

The cleaning system, which will require further study before it can be offered to airlines, would lift and close the toilet seat by itself so that all surfaces are exposed during the cleaning cycle. The design also incorporates a hands-free faucet, soap dispenser, trash flap, toilet lid and seat and a hand dryer. A hands-free door latch and a vacuum vent system for the floor are also under study, all to keep the lavatory as hygienic as possible between scheduled cleaning.

“Some of the touchless features are already in use on some Boeing airplanes today,” said Yu. “But combining that with the new UV sanitizing will give passengers even more protection from germs and make for an even better flying experience.”

Boeing’s Clean Lavatory is a finalist for a Crystal Cabin Award that will be announced at the Hamburg Aircraft Interiors Expo on April 5.

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Engineering Communications
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Continuing a long and successful relationship: Singapore Airlines receives its first A350 XWB

Singapore Airlines, which is a global reference for excellence in jetliner operations and passenger service, has added the A350 XWB to its fleet this week – joining the carrier’s current Airbus widebody inventory that includes A380s and A330s.

Having actively participated in the A350 XWB programme’s design and definition in close collaboration with Airbus, Singapore Airlines is equipping its aircraft with the carrier’s newest-generation cabin products to provide maximum comfort for passengers, making the most of the A350’s Xtra-wide cabin.

The A350 XWBs ordered by Singapore Airlines are the A350-900 version, with the 67 aircraft being acquired to include seven having ultra-long range capability for flights of up to 19 hours. This will enable the carrier to resume non-stop service to the U.S. – ranked among the world’s longest routes without a stopover – which previously were performed by Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A340-500s.

Singapore Airlines has a long relationship with Airbus, having introduced the cornerstone A300 into the carrier’s service in February 1981; followed in November 1984 by the shorter-fuselage, longer-range A310-200 version. In February 2004, Singapore Airlines inaugurated its first A340-500 service by setting a non-stop commercial flight record from Singapore to Los Angeles, subsequently bettering this record in June 2004 with non-stop Singapore-Newark flights.

The carrier marked another airline industry milestone in October 2007 by inaugurating the world’s first A380 commercial flights, and expanded its Airbus fleet in January 2009 with the A330-300’s introduction.

Today, Singapore Airlines has all members of Airbus’ in-production widebody jetliner family in its inventory: the A330, A350 XWB and A380.

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Air New Zealand expands international network with return to Osaka

Air NZ Boeing 767-300ER ZK-NCI at Sydney Airport. (Jordan Chong)

Air New Zealand is expanding its presence in Asia with a return to Osaka (Kansai).

The seasonal three times weekly Auckland-Osaka (Kansai) flights are scheduled to begin in November with Boeing 767-300ERs and run until March 2017, Air NZ said on Thursday.

Currently, Air NZ flies 10 times a week between Auckland and Tokyo with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

The Star Alliance member said demand for travel between Japan and New Zealand had grown significantly since it cut flights to Osaka in 2013, allowing for the resumption of nonstop services to Japan’s second largest city and the gateway to nearby tourist attractions such as Kyoto, Kobe and Nara.

“Osaka will also increase the options for travellers connecting to other destinations within Japan and exploring more of the country,” Air NZ chief strategy, networks and alliances officer Stephen Jones said in a statement.

“With this new seasonal offering, paired with our 10 times weekly service between Auckland and Tokyo on the 787-9 Dreamliner, we’re confident that we can meet the growing demand for travel to and from Japan.”

Jones noted the number of visitors from Japan to NZ had grown 7.6 per cent to 87,328 in the 12 months to December 2015. Meanwhile, 29,400 New Zealanders travelled to Japan over the same period, an increase of 17 per cent.

The three flights a week will run on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with a morning departure from Auckland and early evening arrival at Osaka (Kansai) about 11 hours later. After a short time on the ground, the Air NZ 767 returns to Auckland as an overnight service.

Osaka is the second new seasonal route Air NZ has announced in recent times, with the airline also offering flights to Ho Chi Minh City, also using the 767-300ER, three times weekly between June and October.

Further, Air NZ’s alliance with Singapore Airlines offers connections beyond Singapore to Asia and Europe.

Air NZ’s 767s feature 24 cradle-style seats in business class in a 2-2-2 configuration and 206 seats in economy in a 2-3-2 layout. There is no premium economy cabin. The five 767s were due to exit the fleet by the end of calendar 2017, the company said in a slide presentation accompanying its 2015/16 first half financial results published on February 25.


Australian Aviation

Qatar begins flights to Sydney, announces plans to upgauge to A380 on a seasonal basis

Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER A6-BAO receives an ARFF monitor cross after touching down at Sydney Airport. (Seth Jaworski)Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER A6-BAO touches down at Sydney Airport. (Seth Jaworski)Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER A6-BAO flies over Sydney Harbour. (Seth Jaworski)Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER A6-BAO flies over the Sydney Opera House. (Seth Jaworski)

Qatar Airways plans to upgauge its new Doha-Sydney route to the Airbus A380 from June.

The move to deploy the double-decker superjumbo, which will be used to Sydney on a seasonal basis, to the airline’s newest Australian route some four months after starting service to the NSW capital was made during a media conference in Sydney on Thursday by Qatar chief executive Akbar Al Baker.

The airline’s inaugural flight to Sydney, QR 908, landed at Mascot on Wednesday evening, with the Boeing 777-300ER A7-BAO receiving an ARFF monitor cross after touching down just after 1800 local time. The aircraft also flew over Sydney Harbour enroute to Mascot.

Photographer Seth Jaworski captured the aircraft as it headed into Sydney.

The aircraft was on the ground for about four hours before taking off as the reciprocal QR 909 back to Doha at about 2245.

Al Baker says the start of flights to Sydney has been a long-held ambition for Qatar and was made possible by the recently updated bilateral air services agreement between Australia and Qatar that opened up additional capacity for carriers of both countries.

Further, he said it was also facilitated as well the expansion of a third arrival and departure bank in Qatar’s schedule at its Doha hub to facilitate quick connections.

“In the third bank we are able to take the aeroplane out of Sydney before the curfew time,” Al Baker said.

“The reason it fell out of our radar six years ago is because … we had only two banks and we could not really afford to leave our aircraft on the ground during the curfew time.

“If you took the aircraft immediately back we wouldn’t give the seamless connection, the short minimum connecting time that today we can provide the passengers from Sydney.”

“This is why we not came six years later.”

Currently, Qatar serves three Australian points – Melbourne, Perth and Sydney – with Adelaide to join the network from May with Airbus A350-900.

And while the airline has no partnerships or codeshares with local carriers for onward connections beyond its Australian gateways, Qatar does have interline connections with Qantas given both are members of the oneworld airline marketing alliance.

Al Baker said Qatar was looking at adding a fifth Australian point. Although no city was mentioned during Thursday’s media conference, the chief executive said any further expansion would likely require another increase in available capacity in the bilateral agreement, suggesting Brisbane would be next to receive service from Qatar.

“If you want to go to a fifth destination in Australia then we will need to ask for additional bilateral,” Al Baker said.

“And the current Australian government is very receptive to giving additional traffic rights to promote tourism and business in Australia.”

Al Baker also confirmed nonstop flights to New Zealand would begin before the end of the year, adding that the original plans to launch the Doha-Auckland route had been pushed back after fellow Gulf carrier Emirates started flying nonstop to Auckland from Dubai.

“We are not going to chicken out, we will definitely fly to Auckland but as a respect to Emirates as they have already launched a direct flight we will wait until the end of the year before we will operate,” Al Baker said.

“We were originally supposed to operate in June but we are now delaying it until the end of the year but we will certainly go direct from our hub in Doha to Auckland.”

 Australian Aviation

Minister takes aim at Australian Public Service’s ‘old boy network’

March 3 2016 – 5:21PM 

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An “old boys network” in the Australian Public Service has been dominating jobs on government boards, according to Employment Minister Michaelia Cash.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash says women in the public service have the skills to overcome entrenched male power.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash says women in the public service have the skills to overcome entrenched male power. Photo: Janie Barrett

But women in the service have the skills to overcome entrenched male power, the minister has told a diversity conference in Canberra.

The nation’s top public servant Martin Parkinson also told the gathering that departments should go looking for talented women to fill top jobs, rather than relying on them to submit applications.

The comments come after the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed women remain in the minority at the top of the APS, despite making up the majority of workers in the bureaucracy.

Nearly 60 per cent of federal public servants are women, but only 41 per cent of the APS elite senior executive service are female.

Women are twice as likely as men to have temporary jobs with the service and eight times more likely to work part-time and female public servants are also over-represented among the lower-paid APS classifications.

But Senator Cash, who is also minister for women and for the public service, told the IPAA’s Male Champions of Change event that targets for female representation were compatible with merit-based hiring.

“A target is just a target, something you should try to reach, but you should never appoint other than on merit,” the minister said.

“The hard part is going out and finding the women.

“They are there.”

The minister said she simply forced her bureaucrats to work harder to look beyond the “old boys network” to find quality female candidates, particularly for government board positions.

“If I’m giving a list of male names and I see the same male names put forward again and again, I ask for women’s names,” Senator Cash said.

“It’s something I can do for government boards. ‘Didn’t you put him forward for three previous roles?’

“Yes, there is an old boys network, but look at the women here today.

“You cannot tell me you do not have the women to be on boards.”

Dr Parkinson, the secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet warned recruiters about being “subjective” when making what were supposed to be merit-based appointments.

“We all have a sense of what merit is, but I suspect too often we see merit as being most reflected in people who look like us.

“If this is the case, it’s not surprising that the progress of women or people from diverse cultural backgrounds into leadership positions has been slow.”

Dr Parkinson called on recruiters to be proactive when looking for quality women to apply for jobs, rather than sitting around waiting for applications to arrive.

“I suspect one culprit is that, when hiring staff, we interpret merit as belonging to the person we could immediately put into a job as a safe pair of hands,” he said.

“A recruitment panel’s success should be judged on getting about fifty-fifty gender balance in applications.

“It’s not a panel’s job to sit back and wait for the applications to roll in, it’s their job to go out and find good candidates.”


Source : Canberra Timed