Sometimes business mixes with politics in less than subtle ways, as a dispute over landing rights in Toronto for Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways clearly illustrates.
AIN Air Transport Perspective
A group of 24 airlines from the U.S. and Europe have allied to oppose export credit agency loan guarantees to foreign customers buying Boeing and Airbus airplanes. On its face, their argument seems logical: no longer do many of the airlines and lessors who get export credit agency support need government-backed loans.
Despite evident post-recession traffic recovery, last month’s European Regions Airline Association general assembly in Barcelona was accompanied by the sound of axes being ground for the lobby group’s latest fight against regulators and legislators.
Aerospace and defense firms are especially vulnerable to breaches of cyber security, according to a new report from management and information technology (IT) group Accenture. According to Dr.
Boeing’s Commercial Aviation Services (CAS) division is gaining ground in its strategy to deliver services for the entire lifetime of the aircraft that it manufactures. The airframer has for a long time offered services beyond just manufacturing airplanes and that strategy has accelerated since CAS president Lou Mancini joined the group in 2002.
Mitsubishi has tried not to let lackluster sales tarnish an efficiently run development campaign for the MRJ regional jet, the first metal for which workers cut during a ceremony in Nagoya, Japan, last week. As promised, the program passed its detailed design reviews by the end of the summer.
It didn’t take special insight to guess that Boeing wouldn’t meet its year-end target to certify and deliver the first 747-8 Freighter. Company executives certainly sent enough signals over the summer to clue in the most casual observer to the fact that, indeed, the program appeared bound to suffer yet another delay.
No one likes to endure the sticky feeling of excess humidity, but lack of humidity in aircraft cabins at altitude can be a major cause of discomfort and travel fatigue.
Certification this past summer by EASA and the Russian authorities of the Powerjet SaM 146 engine no doubt marked an important milestone in Franco-Russian industrial cooperation. But the wisdom of the decision by France’s Snecma to participate in the program will remain a matter of debate for years to come.
The European Parliament on Tuesday voted to adopt a new regulation on aviation safety that could conceivably lead to the establishment of a Europe-wide counterpart of the U.S. NTSB. While each nation will continue to run its own investigation office for air transport accidents, the new regulation creates a “European network of civil aviation safety investigation authorities.”