Finmeccanica's Alenia Aeronautica has joined Boeing's development team for the planned Sonic Cruiser. Alenia, which becomes Boeing's second partner after Japan Aircraft Industries, will carry out structural materials technology development work. Meanwhile, Alenia's Aeronavali division has signed an g83 million ($72 million) five-year contract with Boeing Airplane Services for the installation of the Honeywell two-crew Advanced Common Flightdeck into 52 McDonnell DouglasDC-10Fs for FedEx Express. The contract had originally been held by Swissair Technics, but was cancelled.

Source: Flight International