AIN Air Transport Perspective » March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013 - 2:50pm

Boeing executives expressed what they consider a “reasonable expectation” that the 787 Dreamliner would return to service in a matter of a few weeks at a briefing last Friday in Tokyo during which they detailed the company’s plan for certifying a solution to the “issues” surrounding the airplane’s lithium-ion batteries. However, Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner and 787 chief program engineer Mike Sinnett acknowledged that the timing will depend completely on the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s certification schedule and a smooth execution of the testing.

March 18, 2013 - 2:40pm

Embraer expects to see substantial sales activity over the next few months involving 70- and 76-seat E-Jets as U.S. major airlines respond to relaxed union limits on regional jets among their regional airline partners, according to the manufacturer’s CEO, Frederico Curado.

March 18, 2013 - 2:35pm

The European Commission proposed yet another package of measures to strengthen passenger rights last week, but not without a nod to airline concerns over the resulting costs. The commission designed the new rules to make passenger life easier when things go wrong, without putting airlines out of business by demanding too much care or compensation.

“[A passenger] will have a right to information about what is going on after half an hour [in the event of a flight delay],” said EC commissioner for transport Siim Kallas.

March 18, 2013 - 2:25pm

Both in terms of actual cost structures and customer perception, the line between low-cost carriers (LCCs) and so-called legacy airlines has blurred, according to a new report from accountancy group KPMG. The company’s 2013 Airline Disclosures Handbook, published on March 12, showed that the cost gap between LCCs and legacy operators dropped by more than 30 percent between 2006 and 2011, falling from 3.6 U.S. cents to 2.5 cents per available seat kilometer (ASK).

March 18, 2013 - 2:20pm

Air cargo traffic declined in the U.S. and internationally in 2012, but forecasts call for gradual improvement in the coming years.

In its latest 20-year aerospace forecast, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said U.S. air carriers flew 36.4 billion revenue ton miles (RTMs) last year, down 2.4 percent from the previous year. The European debt crisis and China’s slowing economic growth affected international cargo RTMs, which declined by 3.6 percent to 24.3 billion. Domestic cargo RTMs remained essentially flat, increasing by 0.1 percent to 12 billion.

 

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