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Archive for 18 settembre 2011

Air France KLM announces

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 settembre 2011

Artist impression of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

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The Air France KLM Board of Directors, which met on 15 September, approved the Group’s order of 110 long-haul aircraft (50 firm orders and 60 options), still subject to the finalization of discussions with the manufacturers.This first joint long-haul order by Air France and KLM will be replacing in the medium term the aircraft with 200 / 350 seats currently present in the fleet and support the Group’s growing operations. The acquisitions are scaled to a size that can be financed through cash flow generated from Group operations. Consistent with the provisional fleet plan, this order will result in the Group’s operation of 73 next generation aircraft through 2024: 43 Airbus A350-900 and 30 Boeing 787-9. The first aircraft Boeing 787-9 order will enter into service with KLM in 2016 and the first Airbus A350-900 with Air France in 2018. Later, both airlines will operate both types of aircraft. The selection of engines for the Boeing 787-9 will be made later. The Airbus A350-900 will be equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, the only engine provided for this aircraft by the manufacturer.These new aircraft will reduce fuel consumption by over 15% and will give rise to a significant reduction in noise and gas emissions, confirming the Group’s commitments in terms of environment and sustainable development. Air France KLM is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index since 2004 and also leader of the “Transport and leisure” sector. Within the framework of this order, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, the Group’s aircraft maintenance department, is confirming its commitment to position itself as a key market player for the maintenance of these aircraft and their engines. Following this approval, memoranda of understanding will be signed with Airbus, Boeing and Rolls Royce and the finalized contracts are expected before the end of the year.

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More U.S. Money Sent to Asia to Harm the World’s Poor

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 settembre 2011

What could be worse for developing nations than developed world agricultural subsidies? How about foreign governments paying them not to develop their economies? That’s what the U.S. government is doing in Nepal. Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Nepal is receiving $30 million to “mobilize the efforts of international and local NGOs to protect critical forests and forest dependent communities in Nepal.” As if this wasn’t bad enough, this initiative will be spearheaded by WWF-Nepal, an NGO renowned for doing its utmost to prevent developing nations from prospering and creating jobs. However, is it really wise for the U.S. taxpayer to be bankrolling an NGO whose very own standards have recently been questioned? As the Consumers Alliance has noted, the Obama administration has completely skewed the intended goals of USAID, turning it from an organization that seeks to “extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms,” to one that actively pays developing nations not to realize their full economic potential. Through their nefarious partnerships with radical NGOs, certain aid agencies such as USAID have been using U.S. taxpayers’ dollars to pay countries like Nepal and Indonesia not to develop. It sounds completely absurd, but rather than using America’s international aid to help alleviate poverty, the Obama administration is using it to keep countries poor and restrict economic development. Of course, these programs were created in the first place by altruistic individuals who believed that some countries required a hand up in order to develop and prosper economically. Unfortunately, these initiatives have since been hijacked by extremist NGOs who have cajoled the administration into embracing their injurious agenda. But the Obama administration has a previous record here. Just last year President Obamaannounced a plan through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to send $700 million to Indonesia for “conservation.” In reality, this was a massive welfare check to Indonesia signed by the American taxpayer. But what’s troubling is that Indonesians want to work and put their country’s vast economic resources to good use—it’s the Obama administration and their NGO lackeys that are endeavoring to prevent them from doing so.

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