German flag carrier Lufthansa took delivery of the first 747-8 Intercontinental airliner from Boeing in ceremonial fashion on May 1, then flew the so-called “Queen of the Skies” from Everett, Wash., to its base in Frankfurt after a touch-and-go landing in Hamburg.
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Notwithstanding consistent losses through which the regional airline industry’s publicly traded carriers have suffered lately, the last three years have proved a period of considerable progress on several fronts. Perhaps most notably, the industry has not registered a fatal accident since the Feb. 12, 2009 crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407, in which 50 people died primarily due to pilot error.
As highly taxed fuel, mounting debt and aggressive ticket pricing stifle the fledgling airline industry in India, the government seems ready to renege on its promise to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country’s carriers. Current rules do not permit foreign airlines to invest in domestic carriers, although non-aviation-related investors can hold up to a 49-percent stake.
Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is en route to conclude its so-called “Dream Tour” with a sweep of appearances in the UK, Scandinavia and Italy. The trip has been a promotional odyssey that has already taken in the U.S., South America, China and Africa.
BizJet International of Tulsa, Okla., a Lufthansa Technik subsidiary, has signed an agreement with Boeing that gives BizJet the status of an approved completion center and an official member of the Boeing Business Jet completion network.
According to BizJet president and CEO Kai Roepke, the agreement allows the center to offer refurbishment, green completion and maintenance services for Boeing aircraft.
California-based aircraft charter providers STAjets and Elite Aviation formed a joint venture yesterday. Under the agreement, Santa Ana-based STAjets will have access to Van Nuys-based Elite Aviation’s fleet of long-range jets, while Elite will have access to the STAjets fleet of light to midsize jets and turboprops. “The agreement is seen as a first step to establish a long-term relationship between the two firms and the joint venture provides substantial benefits for both companies,” the companies said.
The Airbus A380 has had its share of problems both before and since deliveries began in late 2007. On the same day last week, Tuesday, two airlines suffered flight-terminating mechanical problems with the world’s largest passenger airliner.
VistaJet is expanding its program-based charter network through an alliance with Beijing Airlines, Air China’s private aviation subsidiary. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed today at the Abace show sets the stage for VistaJet to establish a base in Beijing and eventually provide point-to-point service within China.
Japan Airlines took delivery of the first two of 45 Boeing 787 Dreamliners it has ordered at a ceremony in Everett, Wash., on March 26.
VistaJet is expanding its program-based charter network through an alliance with Beijing Airlines, Air China’s private aviation subsidiary. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed here at the ABACE show yesterday sets the stage for VistaJet to establish a base in Beijing and eventually provide point-to-point service within China.