French air accident investigators have highlighted gaps in flight crew training and management in the latest report into the June 2009 crash of an Air France Airbus A330-200 on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » August 1, 2011
Most major U.S. airlines stayed profitable in the second quarter despite dramatically higher fuel costs. Delta, United Continental, US Airways, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue all reported quarterly profit in earnings releases late last month. An exception was American Airlines, which reported a net loss of $286 million blamed in large part on fuel prices. The story sounded similar across the Atlantic.
Political pressure against the application of the European Union’s emissions trading scheme to non-European aircraft operators has intensified, with bipartisan support in the U.S. for legislation that would make it illegal for U.S. operators to comply with ETS. The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011 would require the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to ensure that U.S.
Major aircraft and engine manufacturers have formed an organization called the International Aerospace Environment Group, chaired by Boeing, with the goal of establishing environmental guidelines for the aerospace supply chain.
A revised specification issued by standards organization ASTM International establishes requirements for the use of biofuel blends in conventional jet fuel, facilitating wider use of cleaner-burning “renewable” fuels made from plants.
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