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  • The first Patriot Express flight arrives from Baltimore/Washington International Airport to Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, Sept. 20, 2022. The Patriot Express flight, also known as the rotator, is a Department of Defense contracted commercial charter flight which provides international support to U.S. military and civilian members and their families permanently changing station to the United Kingdom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Katie Mullikin)

    1st Lt. Ashley Kosturock, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron pilot, goes through pre-flight checks on a WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sept. 22, 2022. The 53rd WRS is currently deployed from their home base of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., in order to support atmospheric data collection efforts in Hurricane Fiona and the suspect area near the Lesser Antilles. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

    Service members of Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing conduct an engine check on a C-17 Globemaster II prior to take off for Eielson Air Force Base, Sept. 21, 2022. Approximately 100 members of the Alaska Organized Militia, which is comprised of the Alaska National Guard, Alaska State Defense Force and Alaska Naval Militia, were activated following a disaster declaration issued Sept. 17 after the remnants of Typhoon Merbok caused dramatic flooding across more than 1,000 miles of Alaskan coastline. (Alaska National Guard photo by Victoria Granado)

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender over the panhandle of Florida, Aug. 15, 2022. The F-35A is the Air Force's newest 5th-generation fighter, designed to replace aging fighter inventories and provide advanced fighting capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Zachary Nordheim)
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    PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 20, 2022) Sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), in the Philippine Sea. The Diamondbacks conduct carrier-based air strikes and strike force escort missions, as well as ship, battle group, and intelligence collection operations. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dallas A. Snider)

    Marignane, The French Navy has taken delivery of the first of six H160s that will perform search and rescue (SAR) missions. The aircraft is part of the interim fleet that will be delivered by the partnership formed between Airbus Helicopters, Babcock, and Safran Helicopter Engines.

    “The delivery of the first H160 to a military customer is a major milestone for the H160 programme”, said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “This is the first public service version of the H160 to be delivered worldwide. Furthermore, the delivery takes place soon after two H160s entered into service this summer, in Brazil for the private and business aviation segment and in Japan for news gathering missions”, he added. “With this H160 we will strengthen our partnership with the French Navy, delivering the right helicopter for its critical search and rescue missions. Together with our partners, we will also ensure that the H160 is ready when needed”.

    In 2020 the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters, Babcock, and Safran for the delivery of four H160s in a search and rescue (SAR) configuration. In 2021, the DGA confirmed an option for two more H160s. The first H160 for the French Navy was delivered to Babcock by Airbus Helicopters in May 2022. It has since then been modified into a light military configuration by Babcock. The modular cabin was also adapted for SAR operations and a Safran Euroflir 410 electro optical system was integrated.

    The H160 will gradually start operating from the Lanveoc-Poulmic naval air station (Brittany), Cherbourg airport (Normandy), and the naval air station in Hyères (Provence). The interim fleet of H160s will ensure critical search and rescue missions while awaiting the delivery of the H160M Guépard. In the frame of the French Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger: HIL) programme, 169 H160M Guépards are foreseen to replace five types of helicopters in service with the French armed forces. The French Navy’s operational feedback with these H160s will benefit the design of the military version of the aircraft and its associated support system.

    Babcock, in partnership with Airbus Helicopters and Safran Helicopters Engines, will ensure the highest level of availability for the French Navy and the continuity of SAR operations on the Atlantic and the Mediterranean coasts. Built by Airbus Helicopters, the H160 is certified for the use of night vision goggles, which are necessary for winching operations at night.

    The H160, as a next generation medium twin engine aircraft, powered by Arrano engines, is modular by design in order to address missions ranging from offshore transportation, private and business aviation, emergency medical services, and public services.
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    Recently, Royal Air Force personnel and aircraft had the privilege of stopping at Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Base Butterworth. The visit followed the RAF’s contribution to Exercise Pitch Black, a multi-national exercise in Australia.
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    Hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Exercise Pitch Black saw up to 100 aircraft and around 2500 personnel from 17 nations train together for three weeks.

    The long distances that RAF aircraft had to cover meant RMAF Base Butterworth was a crucial refuelling stop in an 8600-mile journey back to the UK. RAF Typhoons from 6 Sqn flew alongside RAF Voyager air-to-air refuellers and A400M Atlas aircraft that delivered engineering support.
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    The stop at RMAF Butterworth was leg 1 of 3 in the return journey to the UK. The next leg saw RAF aircraft and personnel travel to UAE and RAF Akrotiri, before jets returned to RAF stations in the UK.
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    The Royal Air Force has a longstanding connection to RMAF Butterworth, with the RAF establishing the airfield in 1939 and maintaining the original site for several years after.
    (Photos courtesy of the RAF)
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  • Two Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to the 110th Fighter Squadron and an 8th Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon taxi on the flightline at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 22, 2022. The two nations routinely fly training missions to increase interoperability between the two Air Forces in and around the Korean peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Isaiah J. Soliz)
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    An 80th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon sits on the flightline as two Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K Slam Eagles assigned to the 110th Fighter Squadron taxi at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 22, 2022. The two nations routinely host training events aimed at increasing their mission focus and interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Isaiah J. Soliz)

    A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon taxis at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., Sep. 22, 2022 during a readiness exercise, Operation Thundercat. This four-day exercise provides a simulated combat environment that allows Airmen to practice real-world warfighting capabilities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Michelle Alvarez)

    A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing departs after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing over the North Sea during exercise Cobra Warrior 22, Sept. 21, 2022. The partnerships created through recurring training events like Cobra Warrior, better support the ability to employ a strategic force in theater whenever called upon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Hetlage)
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    TUCSON, Ariz. – Sept. 23, 2022 – Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) business, in partnership with Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), has been selected to develop the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM) for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). HACM is a first-of-its-kind weapon developed in conjunction with the Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment (SCIFiRE), a U.S. and Australia project arrangement.

    Under this contract, the Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Northrop Grumman team will deliver operationally ready missiles to the USAF.

    “Raytheon Missiles & Defense continues to be at the forefront of hypersonic weapon and air-breathing technology development,” said Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “With advanced threats emerging around the globe, the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile will provide our warfighters a much-needed capability.”

    The Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile is an air-breathing, scramjet powered munition. Scramjet engines use high vehicle speed to forcibly compress incoming air before combustion, which enables sustained flight at hypersonic speeds – Mach 5 or greater. By traveling at these speeds, hypersonic weapons, like HACM, are able to reach their targets more quickly than similar traditional missiles, allowing them to potentially evade defensive systems.

    “The Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile creates a new class of strategically important weapons for the U.S. military,” said Mary Petryszyn, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Defense Systems. “Our scramjet propulsion technology is ushering in a new era for faster, more survivable and highly capable weapons.”

    Raytheon Technologies and Northrop Grumman have been working together since 2019 to develop, produce and integrate Northrop Grumman's scramjet engines onto Raytheon's air-breathing hypersonic weapons. Their combined efforts enable both companies to produce air-breathing hypersonic weapons, the next generation of tactical missile systems.
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    Exercise Cobra Warrior, the RAF’s capstone tactical training event has today drawn to a close.

    The 3 week Exercise saw members of the United States Air Force (USAF), Italian Air Force, German Air Force and NATO work alongside their RAF counterparts to undertake multiple training missions with various objectives. It provided a valuable opportunity to develop joint tactics, techniques, and procedures.

    There were a number of ‘firsts’ undertaken this year, predominantly optimising Air-Land integration. The Tactical Air-Land and Rapid Air-Land operation of the Atlas A400M, included UK airborne forces from 16 Air Assault Brigade and precision strike teams for the first time.

    This allowed personnel to find and fix enemy threats on the ground prior to air assets neutralising air defence capabilities all of which led to capture of an enemy target.
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  • A B-52H Stratofortress take-off from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, during exercise Prairie Vigilance Sept. 22, 2022. Prairie Vigilance tests the 5th Bomb Wing’s ability to conduct strategic-bomber readiness operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman China Shock)

    Air Crew from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, unload their gear out of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, during exercise Prairie Vigilance Sept. 16, 2022. Prairie Vigilance tests the 5th Bomb Wing’s ability to conduct strategic-bomber readiness operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Wright)

    An F-35B Lightning II with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California, conducts an aerial demonstration during the 2022 MCAS Air Show at MCAS Miramar, Sept. 24, 2022. The F-35B Lightning II, flown by aviators with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 502, is equipped with short takeoff and vertical landing capability that expands its range by allowing it to operate from naval vessels and in austere, expeditionary environments. The theme for the 2022 MCAS Miramar Air Show, “Marines Fight, Evolve and Win,” reflects the Marine Corps’ ongoing modernization efforts to prepare for future conflicts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jose S. GuerreroDeLeon and Cpl. Brienna Tuck)


    U.S. Air Force Capt. Christopher Chidgey, 480th Fighter Squadron pilot, inspects his gear prior to flying a night training sortie at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 21, 2022. The mission-readiness of an aircraft is assured by tactical aircraft maintainers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Imani West)

    A B-52 Stratofortress aircraft assigned to the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron takes off at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, Sept. 21, 2022. Strategic bombers contribute to stability in the European theater, they provide a critical role in strategic deterrence. If called upon, U.S. bombers offer a rapid response capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eugene Oliver)

    Toulouse, 26 September 2022 – easyJet is to upgrade its A320 Family fleet with Airbus’ “Descent Profile Optimisation” (DPO) – a fuel-saving enhancement to the aircraft’s on-board Flight Management System (FMS) performance database and “Continuous Descent Approach” (CDA) to reduce noise impact on the ground. The European short-haul airline will become the biggest operator worldwide using these powerful combined solutions.

    “While our ultimate ambition is to achieve zero carbon emission flying, we must continue our focus on reducing the carbon emissions in our operation each and every day. That’s why this multi-million-pound investment is an important step in achieving a permanent reduction in the short-term which will see us operating the largest fleet of DPO and CDA enabled aircraft in the world. But one crucial element to reduce carbon emissions right now cannot be achieved by the industry alone, and so we are also calling on governments to introduce airspace modernisation right now, including finally implementing the Single European Sky,” said Captain David Morgan, easyJet’s interim COO.

    “We are very pleased that easyJet will equip its entire Airbus A320-family-fleet with these state-of-the-art technologies. Emission reduction in aviation is most successfully achieved as a team effort - aircraft manufacturers joining forces with airlines and air traffic management. By combining the use of DPO and CDA, easyJet will further reduce its fuel consumption while optimising the trajectory of all its flights,” said Wouter Van Wersch, Executive Vice President, Region and Sales Europe.

    The DPO and CDA functions allow aircraft to descend from cruise altitude using only idle engine thrust. This reduces fuel consumption and associated CO2 and NOx (nitrogen oxide emissions) reductions as well as to noise. To further enhance fuel reduction and noise impact, DPO and CDA maximise the time spent at efficient cruise level -by not starting the descent too early and removing the ‘level-off’ stage at the bottom of the descent when the aircraft’s engines generate thrust to maintain level flight in dense air prior to final landing approach.

    Following the upgrade, which will be in place by the end of 2023, easyJet’s entire fleet, of more than 300 Airbus A320-Family aircraft, will be equipped with DPO and additionally CDA for compatible aircraft.

    Optimisation of the aircraft’s flight trajectory is one of the key factors to further improve efficiency in cooperation with Air Traffic Control. By optimising the descent trajectories of its aircraft and reducing the fuel flow to the engines -arising from the lowest ‘idle’ thrust setting during the descent phase- thanks to the DPO and CDA functions, easyJet will save more than 98,000 kg of fuel per year per aircraft across its network in Europe. This will reduce CO2 emissions by over 311 tons per year per aircraft, or 88,600 tons of CO2 each year for the entire A320 Family fleet, representing a significant contribution to more sustainable flight operations.

    DPO and CDA are just some of the several flight operations optimisation solutions offered by Airbus and its flight operations services subsidiary Navblue. Together with improved Air Traffic Management, these fuel savings and emissions reductions solutions enable operators to start aviation decarbonisation now.
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  • Soldiers from B Company, 3-2 General Support Aviation Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade conducted deck landings with CH-47F Chinook helicopters on the the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), in the East Sea on September 26, 2022. Deck landing qualifications are conducted to certify air crew members and pilots on landing on a ship. This training was conducted in part with the Maritime Counter Special Operations Exercise (MCSOFEX) to strengthen interoperability with our joint partners.
    (Photos courtesy of Capt. Frank Spatt,)



    Randy Ball, a Frontiers in Flight featured performer, flys his MiG-17F over the flight line at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, Sept. 25, 2022. The airshow featured 12 performers and served as a way for military members and installations to show appreciation to local communities and showcase Department of Defense and Air Force capabilities. Wichita is known as the Air Capital of the world, the birthplace of some very famous airframes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brenden Beezley)
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    A KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 6th Air Refueling Wing departs from MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 26, 2022. All tanker aircraft at MacDill were evacuated in response to the anticipated effects of Hurricane Ian. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Hastings)

    An HC-130J Combat King II aircraft taxis for departure from Patrick Space Force Base, Florida, Sept. 26, 2022, in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Ian. The decision was made to relocate the aircraft to areas that would prevent them from being damaged. In less than 24-hours, all of the wing's HC-130J Combat King II aircraft and HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters were prepared, pre-flight checked, then flown or loaded to be transported off of the installation. This movement was the equivalent of a rapid deployment of thevwing's Personnel Recovery Task Force-Heavy, which utilizes multi-capable Airmen from across the wing to mobilize rapidly for rescue operations around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

    An MH-60S Nighthawk, attached to the "Tridents" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9, approaches the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) flight deck during an ammunition onload, Sept. 25, 2022. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications and workups for a scheduled deployment this fall. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jackson Adkins)
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    A Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft receives fuel over the North Sea from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing during exercise Cobra Warrior 22, Sept. 21, 2022. Cobra Warrior develops the tactical interoperability skills of participating U.S. Airmen, allies and partners within a composite air operation environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Hetlage)

    ADRIATIC SEA (Sept. 22, 2022) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, flies with a Hungarian Saab JAS-39 Gripen during dual operations, Sept. 22, 2022. Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 is the offensive air and strike component of Carrier Strike Group 10, George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG). The squadrons of CVW-7 are VFA-86, VFA-103, VFA-136, VFA-143, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46. The GHWBCSG is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. 6th Fleet to defend U.S., allied, and partner interests. (U.S. Navy courtesy photo)

    SEATTLE, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and AerCap (NYSE: AER) today announced the milestone delivery of the 100th contracted 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) to the world's largest lessor, AerCap. The 100th 737-800BCF was converted at Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co. Ltd., (BSAS), home to the first 737-800BCF conversion line.

    AerCap Cargo has leased the aircraft to GOL Linhas Aéreas, as part of the growth strategy and logistics solution of GOLLOG, GOL´s logistics business unit. GOL will operate the freighter for a Latin American e-commerce company.

    "We are delighted to be a part of this significant milestone with our partners at Boeing," said Rich Greener, Head of AerCap Cargo. "Since launching the 737-800BCF program with Boeing in 2016, the e-commerce market has grown at a phenomenal rate with increased demand from e-commerce retail businesses. Thanks to its versatility and reliability, the 737-800BCF is becoming the workhorse for express air cargo and e-commerce networks."

    In 2016, AerCap Cargo was the launch customer for Boeing's 737-800BCF program. Today, AerCap Cargo has the largest fleet of 737-800BCFs with 65 firm orders and nine options.

    "We are honored to celebrate this milestone with AerCap Cargo, a customer that has been an integral part of the 737-800BCF program's success since program launch," said Kate Schaefer, vice president of Boeing's Commercial Modifications, Engineering & Specialty Products business. "Across five continents, our customers' 737-800BCF utilization hours are far surpassing those of the previous generation fleet. It's a testament to the important role these freighters play in unlocking market opportunities for our air cargo operators and their customers."

    Since program launch, BSAS has added a second conversion line for the 737-800BCF. It is now one of five global sites in three countries with 737-800BCF conversion capacity.

    With up to 20% lower fuel use and CO2 emissions per tonne, 737-800BCF operators are carrying more payload with less fuel. The in-service 737-800BCF fleet has already logged more than 70,000 flights, with average utilization of 7 hours per day, more than double the typical utilization of older generation freighters in the same size category.

    The 737-800BCF is the market leader with more than 250 orders and commitments from over 20 customers.

    About AerCap
    AerCap Cargo has more than 25 years' experience in freighter leasing, including Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversions, with more than 100 successful conversions. AerCap Cargo's 737-800BCF customers include West Atlantic Group, Amazon Air, GOL and Kargo Xpress.

    AerCap is the global leader in aviation leasing with one of the most attractive order books in the industry. AerCap serves approximately 300 customers around the world with comprehensive fleet solutions. AerCap is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (AER) and is based in Dublin with offices in Shannon, Miami, Singapore, Memphis, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Seattle, Toulouse and other locations around the world.

    About Boeing
    Boeing has more than 40 years of successful experience in passenger-to-freighter conversions, relying on original design data and knowledge, combined with a deep understanding of the needs of the air cargo industry to deliver a superior, integrated product, including fully integrated manuals and world-class in-service technical support. Boeing Converted Freighters also come with the advantage of being associated with the industry's largest portfolio of services, support and solutions. Learn more about the 737-800BCF and the complete Boeing freighter family here.

    As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing's diverse team is committed to innovating for the future, leading with sustainability, and cultivating a culture based on the company's core values of safety, quality and integrity. Join our team and find your purpose at boeing.com/careers.
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  • A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter are staged on the tarmac Sept. 27, 2022, at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama. Coast Guard assets are being staged outside of the predicted path of Hurricane Ian at Aviation Training Center Mobile. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Third Class Riley Perkofski)

    An M-142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) assigned to the U.S. Army 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment, is loaded onto a MC-130J Commando II assigned to the 352d Special Operations Wing in support of Latvian National exercise NAMEJS, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept 26, 2022. During NAMEJS, Latvian and U.S. Army soldiers executed a HIMARS live fire demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Izabella Workman)

    A CH-47F with B Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, NY National Guard taxis to the main runway at Greater Rochester International Airport, Rochester NY, Sept. 28 2022. Soldiers and crew were called up in support of emergency measures in Florida, brought on by Hurricane Ian. Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Jason Carr.

    IONIAN SEA (Sept. 27, 2022) A Spanish harrier prepares to launch off the flight deck during a visit aboard the Spanish Navy ship ESPS Juan Carlos 1 (LHD 61), Sept. 27, 2022. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied and partner interests. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sasha Ambrose)

    SEATTLE, Sept. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) and China Airlines announced they have finalized an order for up to 24 787 Dreamliners, as the carrier invests in the fuel-efficient widebody to expand passenger and cargo operations. The deal includes a firm order for 16 of the longest range 787-9 with options for eight additional jets, a landmark purchase that will enable the airline to meet its long-term sustainability goals.

    "We are excited to introduce the 787-9 Dreamliner into our operations as we continue to upgrade our fleet with more modern, fuel-efficient airplanes. Adding the state-of-the-art 787 will help us reduce carbon emissions, while also providing our customers with unmatched levels of comfort," said China Airlines Chairman Hsieh Su-Chien. "Our continuous investment in fleet modernization is the cornerstone of our sustainability efforts. The 787's best-in-class efficiency and low operating costs will allow us to expand our network for years to come."

    The best-selling model of the Dreamliner family, the 787-9 will allow China Airlines to operate with the lowest trip cost among medium-sized widebodies, while reducing fuel use and emissions by up to 25% compared to airplanes it replaces. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family's fuel efficiency, flexibility and range have enabled airlines to open more than 325 new nonstop routes and reduce carbon emissions by 80 billion pounds.

    "The 787's superior fuel efficiency and range, combined with China Airlines' existing fleet of 777-300ERs, will enable the carrier to grow efficiently and also expand its global route network," said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. "This is a milestone order in our continuing partnership with China Airlines, and the market-leading efficiencies of the 787 will play an important role in furthering the airline's sustainability efforts."

    Powered by advanced engines and a suite of environmentally progressive technologies, the 787 family has an airport-noise footprint that is 60% smaller than the previous generation of airplanes. In addition, the 787's revolutionary composite structures resist corrosion and are perfect for operating in warm and humid climates served by Taipei-based China Airlines.

    China Airlines now has 22 Boeing jets on order, including six 777 Freighters. The airline also currently operates 10 777-300ERs (Extended Range), which will form a highly efficient widebody fleet and complement its new fleet of 787s.

    As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing's diverse team is committed to innovating for the future, leading with sustainability, and cultivating a culture based on the company's core values of safety, quality and integrity. Join our team and find your purpose at boeing.com/careers.
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    Conducted from September 26 to October 14, 2022 from the Base Aérienne 118 Mont de Marsan , "VOLFA" is a major preparation exercise for high-intensity Air and Space Army operations.
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    Based on a realistic scenario geared towards the so-called “entry force” capacity (the first entry into a hostile area in a disputed environment), this exercise is designed around 20 complex air raids conducted day and night, all dimensions of a high aerial operation intensity will be addressed.
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    This year, 7 different nations and nearly 60 aircraft are participating in the "VOLFA" exercise.
    (Photos courtesy of the Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace )
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