No one questions the need to maintain the best safety record in U.S. airline history. But the timing of the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaing (NPRM) to upgrade pilot qualifications couldn’t come at a worse time, especially for regional airlines already running a fine line between solvency and bankruptcy.
A dozen Chinese airlines hired nearly 100 U.S. pilots at the Pan Am International Flight Academy’s All China Job Fair, held in Miami on February 23 and 24 and Las Vegas on February 26.
Whatever other problems Qantas may have had as an early operator of the Airbus A380, it appears to be benefitting from a new approach to the potentially vexed task of managing spare parts supply.
President Barack Obama’s February 17 speech at the Boeing plant in Everett, Wash., resonated with those assembled for a number of reasons, but to Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the most encouraging words from the Administration came with some advance briefing material distributed before the event.
Boeing plans to start the fourth segment of its so-called 787 Dream Tour on March 1, as Dreamliner ZA003 visits the first of eight cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico before heading to the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, Chile, in late March.
Danish commercial airline Cimber Sterling has selected StandardAero for its CFM International CFM56-7B engine maintenance services. The work is being performed at StandardAero’s GE-Designated Fulfillment Center in Winnipeg, Canada. According to StandardAero it has already completed two major repair events on Cimber Sterling’s CFM56-7B engines. The partnership was established with Cimber Sterling’s request for StandardAero to manage the MRO effort, including shipping and logistics, lease engine support, on-wing removal and re-installation, and core overhaul of engines.
What did last week’s Singapore Airshow tell us about the state of air transport in the Asia Pacific region? Apart from highlighting Indonesia as being a pocket of pent-up demand for fleet modernization, the honest answer is not very much.
Indonesia’s Lion Air on Thursday inked a firm contract for another 27 ATR 72-600s, raising its order total for the new Franco-Italian turboprops to 40 and making it the manufacturer’s largest customer for ATR 72s. Regional subsidiary Wings Air already operates 16 ATR 72-500s and awaits delivery on four more. Deliveries of Lion Air’s first ATR 72-600 will start in November and run into 2015, Wings Air chairman and Lion Air president Pak Ruski Kirana told a packed assemblage of reporters and officials at the ATR stand. ATR places the value of this latest order at $610 million.
Boeing Commercial Aviation Services announced here at the show yesterday that it had rebranded its entire service and support offering as Boeing “Edge.” This will cover material services, fleet service, flight services and information services, said the company.
In an industry that is “all turnover with no leftover,” in the words of IATA director general and CEO Tony Tyler, there is an increasing frustration being felt by carriers wanting to fly to India, but with the Indian government failing to indicate an interest in opening up routes.