“Adding maintenance capability just made sense; it made us more versatile,” Jerry Gore, president and CEO of San Antonio-based Gore Design Completions, told AIN. “We had customers telling us they wished they could get scheduled maintenance done while the aircraft is down for refurb,” he added.
Independence Air (FLYi) and Airbus have agreed to change the terms of a contract for 16 Airbus A319s to allow the troubled low-fare regional to delay deliveries of 10 airplanes by two years. Under the revised deal, Independence may also swap half the airplanes for leased jets bought by lessors and scheduled for delivery next year.
Battle lines are being drawn as Boeing Business Jets, which saw sales of its BBJ series slow to a trickle over the past couple of years, now faces the serious challenge of an aggressive competitor in a reviving economic environment.
The opening rounds came at the NBAA Convention in October when Boeing Business Jets and archrival Airbus traded barbs.
The air-traffic community gathered in the Netherlands last month to discuss the continually evolving options for modernizing ATC. The process is both helped and hindered by technologies that don’t seem to stand still long enough for decisions to endure, but the participants are learning to keep up with this rapid pace of advancement and deal with the slowly gelling cultures of Europe’s main players.
New head-up display (HUD) technologies based on liquid-crystal display (LCD) scanning techniques promise to clear the way for smaller, lighter and more reliable hardware that will be capable of providing brighter images and new capabilities, according to manufacturers.
In a scenario all too familiar since the advent of the regional jet age, the pilots of Air Canada and its regional airline subsidiary, Air Canada Jazz, could hold the key to the insolvent company’s plans to field at least 90 new jets from Bombardier and Embraer.
Pentastar Aviation has signed a five-year ground handling contract with Daimler- Chrysler Aviation for its Airbus A319 shuttle. Located at Oakland County International Airport (PTK), Pentastar Aviation will provide maintenance, fueling, passenger processing, cleaning, security, catering to DaimlerChrysler Aviation’s Airbus A319 shuttle, the Transatlantic Star. The aircraft can accommodate up to 48 passengers in executive seats.
OnAir, the inflight voice and data communications joint venture among Airbus, SITA and Tenzing, will not pursue business aircraft installations for the time being. The company has said that it will focus exclusively on the airline sector.
Airbus last month unveiled its first complete A380 double-decker, making the European consortium the builder of the world’s biggest passenger airplane. In the high-profile January 18 ceremony at the Toulouse final assembly facility in Southern France, the European manufacturer unveiled to 5,000 guests, among them four heads of state, F-WWOW, which will be the first of the 555-seaters to fly.
Reporting on last month’s firing of Harry Stonecipher as president and CEO of Boeing after it was revealed that he was having an extramarital intracompany affair with a female executive, The Wall Street Journal noted, “Fifteen months ago, Chicago-based Boeing brought back its retired president to bolster ethical practices after a string of scandals.” Such a relationship is not barred.