Boeing Delivers Two 737-800s to Brazil’s Varig Airlines


SEATTLE, Aug. 28, 2008 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered two 737-800s to Brazil’s Varig Airlines on Tuesday. The jetliners, sporting a bright new livery, then departed from Boeing Field to Sao Paulo. Varig’s new livery features a unique starburst design that appears in three different locations on the tail as part of a variable paint scheme. The 737-800s are equipped with Blended Winglets and Boeing’s special short-field performance package designed for short runways such as Santos Dumont in Rio de Janeiro. “The Boeing Next-Generation 737 family combines low operating costs with high performance, enabling our low-cost carrier business to succeed throughout South America,” said Fernando Rockert de Magalhães, GOL/Varig’s vice president — technical. GOL, one of the world’s leading low-cost carriers, purchased Varig, Brazil’s flagship airline, last year. A third Varig 737-800 (photo top) is now undergoing pre-delivery flight tests.


Closest racing so far makes the iShares Cup at Kiel a real crowd-pleaser


Alinghi take victory on day one at Kiel
© Jean-Marie Liot/DPPI/OC Events

In brief
. Crowds of around 8,000 watch the ultra-close iShares Cup racing just off the shoreline of the Kieler Førde. Over 50,000 spectators expected tomorrow.
. Day one of Round 4 makes for some of the closest racing ever in the iShares Cup, with a tie for second and third places – just one point separates four boats!
. Alinghi leading the Kiel event after six races – tricky venue troubles series leaders TEAMORIGIN.
. New faces at the front as Team Aqua and Holmatro take their first wins of the series.
. Double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson back on form with a great start to the fourth event of the iShares Cup.
. Andreas Hagara and his crew on Holmatro are introduced to Germany as they feature in a 15-minute live programme for regional broadcaster NDR.



Credit: Mark Lloyd/ The Artemis Challenge

In Brief:

– BT IMOCA 60 skipper, Sébastien Josse, in the final stage of preparation for the Vendée Globe.
– Nick Moloney Looks Back to the 3rd round of the iShares Cup in Cowes and the penultimate round of the iShares Cup kicks off today in Kiel, Germany.
– All three BT Team Ellen skippers were out in force for Skandia Cowes Week.

Tangent Link launches new Global Aerial Fire Fighting Conference in Athens


Aerial Fire Fighting 2008, 21st – 22nd October –[ASDWire]– Tangent Link, one of the industry’s youngest but most innovative events and conference organisations, in association with BD Aerospace, announced that they have launched Aerial Fire Fighting 2008, a new event aimed specifically at government organisations and others around the world with responsibility for fighting major fire outbreaks.

Howth RNLI rescues crew of three from grounded yacht


Date: 29/08/2008

Author: Laura Roche, Howth Lifeboat Press Officer

Reference: Howth 005 2008
Library photo of Howth ILB

Howth Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) rescued a crew of three from a 37ft yacht which had gone hard aground on rocks at Ireland’s Eye. The vessel was en route from Howth marina to Malahide marina when it went adrift and became grounded.

Three RNLI lifeboats to be named during ceremony at RNLI HQ in Poole


Date: 29/08/2008

Author: Laura Fennimore

Reference: HQ 078 2008 by Laura Fennimore
The Lifeboat College in Poole
Event: Lifeboat naming ceremony and capsize demonstration

Venue: RNLI Sea Survival Centre,The Lifeboat College, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HZ

Date/time: Tuesday 2 September 2008, 12.15pm

Three RNLI relief fleet inshore lifeboats, funded by the generous legacies of three individuals, will be officially named at a ceremony in the Sea Survival Centre at The Lifeboat College in Poole next Tuesday (2 September 2008). A capsize demonstration in the pool will follow the ceremony.

MASwings and Firefly Take Delivery of New ATR 72-500s


Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiaries MASwings and Firefly, and ATR, celebrated today the delivery of the first ATR 72-500s of MASwings and the second ATR 72-500 of Firefly in a joint ceremony held at the ATR Final Assembly Line in Toulouse. Attending the ceremony were Datuk Michael Manyin, Urban Development & Tourism Minister of Sarawak, Dr. Amin Khan, Managing Director of MASwings, Mr. Eddy Leong, Managing Director of Firefly, along with Mr. Stéphane Mayer, ATR CEO, and representatives of French and Italian Authorities.


Firefly took delivery earlier in August of its first ATR aircraft, which made its inaugural flight on August 19th. The MASwings and Firefly aircraft are the first ATRs to operate in Malaysia.

General Dynamics Delivers Submarine New Hampshire To U.S. Navy Ahead of Schedule


GROTON, Conn. – General Dynamics Electric Boat today delivered the New Hampshire (SSN-778), the nation’s newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, to the U.S. Navy eight months ahead of schedule. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

At a brief shipyard ceremony, Electric Boat President John Casey gave credit to the Navy, the shipbuilders and the supplier base for achieving the early delivery date. “This ship is a tangible reflection of the skill and craft of thousands of industry and shipyard workers. And it clearly demonstrates the nation’s commitment to a strong national defense,” he said.