The global recession didn’t seem to suppress the appetite for new equipment among customers of Russia and the former Soviet Union at this month’s MAKS’2009 airshow in Moscow, where a number of programs, new and established, drew a surprising level of interest from buyers from around the globe.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » August 31, 2009
The World Trade Organization (WTO) any day now plans to issue an interim ruling on U.S. allegations over unfair subsidies made by European governments to Airbus.
Boeing has identified, approved and started the process of implementing a weight-reduction effort that will shave some 3,500 pounds from the 747-8, program head Mohammad “Mo” Yahyavi told AIN last week. “This is like any development program; your first article airplanes are slightly heavier than you want them to be,” conceded Yahyavi. “At this point we are working with our suppliers.
The implementation of Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) has begun amid widespread confusion on the part of the aircraft operators who stand subject to it and the government bodies responsible for running it. August 31 was supposed to have been the deadline by which operators had to register their plans for monitoring, reporting and verifying (MRV) carbon dioxide emissions from their fleet.
As Boeing’s Randy Tinseth related in his August 24 blog, the company’s employees “continued to keep [their] heads down” while the world’s media–press and bloggers alike–speculated on when the company would decide to fly the now more than two-year-delayed 787 Dreamliner.
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