A new pilot flight- and duty-time rule proposed by the U.S. FAA has elicited a predictably negative reaction from the airline lobby, but even elements within the pilot community have voiced opposition to a number of the plan’s most fundamental provisions.
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Qantas resumed flying two of its six A380s on November 26, after replacing some of their Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. In total, Rolls must bear the cost of replacing some 40 Trent 900s from the 20-strong fleet of Rolls-powered, four-engine A380s.
Boeing delivered the first 737NG with the new Sky Interior cabin to FlyDubai on October 27. It was the airline’s 10th 737NG of a firm order for 50.
While Boeing lays claim to the status of “China’s leading supplier of passenger airplanes,” Airbus certainly proved itself a worthy competitor for that title last week, as it inked contracts for 102 airliners from China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS). The business included new firm orders for 50 A320-family jets, six A330s and 10 A350XWBs, while the parties confirmed an earlier order for 36 A330s.
The air freight industry needs to quickly adopt the more sophisticated and holistic approaches to security already introduced in the maritime cargo sector, according to Neil Fisher, vice president of Global Security Solutions with IT group Unisys.
Boeing’s entire fleet of six 787 flight-test aircraft remains grounded as the company investigates the cause of an electrical fire that broke out in the second airplane, ZA002, during a November 9 test flight. The company has determined that a failure in a power control panel, known as the P100 panel, led to a fire involving an insulation blanket and a loss of the airplane’s primary electrical system as it approached Laredo, Texas.
Rolls-Royce today confirmed that an oil fire led to the November 4 uncontained failure of a Trent 900 on a Qantas A380 on its way from Sydney to Singapore. In a statement issued this morning, the engine company said that the failure involved "a specific component" in the turbine area of the engine and led to the release of the intermediate pressure turbine disc.
One might attribute the striking contrast between the business jet industry’s predicament and the more-than-healthy production rates at major commercial aircraft manufacturers to several factors, but credit and the Asian market seem to rank as the two most prominent.
After years of hair-splitting debate and tactical vacillation, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) finally has agreed to what it characterized as the first global approach to reducing air transport’s effect on climate change.
Airbus, Boeing and Embraer seem willing to wait longer than expected to decide whether or not to re-engine their respective single-aisle offerings, as limited engineering resources and market ambivalence create a less-than-ideal environment for bold action.