Air Transport and Cargo

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May 2, 2014 - 11:20am
U.S. Navy Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle

Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport released a preliminary report on May 1 on the Malaysia Airlines MH370 investigation that recommends equipping airliners for real-time flight tracking. The ministry delivered the report as a multi-national effort completed a second month searching for the missing Boeing 777-200, which disappeared from radar in the early morning hours of March 8.

May 1, 2014 - 3:18pm
International Telecommunications Union headquarters

The United Nations agency that coordinates the international use of radio frequency spectrum is joining with the government of Malaysia to hold an “expert dialogue” on the need for real-time monitoring of flight data exposed by the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The parties will conduct the invitation-only meeting in Kuala Lumpur on May 26-27.

April 30, 2014 - 7:40am
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800

Alaska Airlines was the most fuel-efficient U.S. carrier for domestic operations in 2011 and 2012, according to a nonprofit organization’s analysis. Allegiant Air and American Airlines were the least fuel-efficient carriers during the survey period, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) says in a study released on April 30.

April 29, 2014 - 9:01am

Long hindered by political and economic sanctions, Myanmar has emerged as one of the remaining frontier markets in Southeast Asia. Since the 2012 elections, the Thein Sein Administration has taken great strides to unlock the country’s economic and tourism potential. A highly competitive market has developed in just two years.

April 28, 2014 - 11:21pm
Honeywell Global Xpress antenna

Telecommunications provider AT&T plans to build a new air-to-ground network in the continental U.S. to support faster, fourth-generation (4G) inflight broadband service for airliners and business jets. Avionics manufacturer Honeywell has an agreement in principle to be the exclusive supplier of onboard hardware, the companies said on April 28.

April 25, 2014 - 10:39am

Ukraine International Airlines on Friday operated its first ever transatlantic flight—a nonstop trip with a Boeing 767 from Kiev to New York—some seven months after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration reinstated Ukraine’s Category 1 status under its International Safety Assessment Program (IASA). UIA now flies a single round trip each day between Kiev Boryspil International Airport and New York JFK Airport.

April 25, 2014 - 8:54am
Airbus A320 flight-test aircraft conducts i4D trial

The European Parliament has voted to extend the mission of the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) Joint Undertaking (SJU) by eight years, until 2024. The organization expects the European Union Council of Ministers, the second chamber of the EU legislature, will adopt the final act extending its life this summer.

April 23, 2014 - 4:19pm

More than 100 Air China pilots have signed an open letter to management complaining of unequal treatment between homegrown flight crew and their expatriate counterparts, according to Chinese state-controlled media. The letter, now circulating on the Internet, alleges that foreign pilots enjoy more desirable schedules and routes as well as higher pay, a circumstance attributed to the desperation of airlines in rapidly expanding air transport markets to fill their cockpits with experienced crewmembers.

April 23, 2014 - 10:01am

Azul Airlines plans to fly internationally for the first time between São Paulo, Brazil, and several cities in the U.S., starting early next year, the Brazilian regional airline announced Wednesday.

April 22, 2014 - 5:13pm
United Airlines 777

Passenger satisfaction with U.S. airlines remains low, according to an annual benchmarking survey, which identified uncomfortable seats and poor inflight service as major contributing factors.

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