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1. Boeing purchases commercial jet division of Embraer.

 

Following Airbus Industries acquisition of the commercial jets division of Bombardier, Boeing has countered by purchasing the commercial jets division of Embraer SA, dropping the Embraer name and calling it Boeing Brasil. The first aircraft marketed under the new arrangement will be the A195-E2 pictured below. Read more here.

 

Embraer’s E195-E2 regional jet.jpg

 

2. First trip for Shark One.

 

The Prime Minister will be travelling to the USA on the first trip undertaken by the KC30 MRTT sometimes referred to as "Shark One", after the PM's NRL team the Cronulla Sharks. Using this aircraft, the supporting staff and media contingent can travel together instead of split into multiple aircraft, and the range of the MRTT will allow travelling to the US without stopping in Hawaii to refuel. The RAAF will charge the media contingent for their travel. The MRTT can carry 100 in lay flat seating, compared to 18--20 in the BBJ used by previous PM's. Read more here.

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A Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787 was one minute from landing at Melbourne Airport when air traffic control alerted the crew that the undercarriage was not down. Read more here.

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