Boeing officially resumed normal operation of the 747-8 assembly line on June 7, a month after it announced a “pause” or “rebalance” of the operation in Everett, Wash., to help mechanics complete work that had mounted as the company prepares to increase production of the type from 1.5 to two per month starting next May.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » June 13, 2011
Disruption to air traffic in South America caused by the eruption of the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle range of volcanoes in Chile spread to Australia and New Zealand over the weekend, after shifting winds had initially allowed flight activity to return to normal throughout most of South America within four days of the June 4 eruptions in an area 500 miles south of the capital Santiago.
The Bombardier C Series appears finally to have achieved some sales momentum recently, as the Canadian company announced two separate contracts for the new narrowbody over the span of a week early this month.
Industry pundits expect the mood at this year’s Paris Air Show (June 20-26) will be markedly more positive than what prevailed during the last show in mid-2009, at the low-point of the aerospace industry’s most recent downturn. The global economy might be experiencing a fair degree of trepidation, but aircraft makers–at least in the civil air transport sectors–are seeing significant increases in demand and are ramping up production again.
Outgoing IATA director general and CEO Giovanni Bisignani called on his members to aspire to sustainable profitability as he announced a new leadership team for the association at its Annual General Meeting in Singapore on June 6. On July 1, former Cathay Pacific Airways CEO Tony Tyler will succeed the charismatic Italian, while Peter Hartman, president and CEO of KLM, will serve as the new board chairman for 2011-12.
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