Boeing has shifted its 737 Max schedules to reflect first delivery of the Max 8 to Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017, as early as six months ahead of the original plan, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president and general manager Scott Fancher revealed here in Paris yesterday. As a result, schedules for the Max 9 and Max 7 would also shift by at least a quarter. The company expects the program to reach firm design configuration in July. “The risks are understood, they’re being managed effectively and we have no serious technical issues to deal with,” said Fancher.
UK airline easyJet placed conditional orders with Airbus on Tuesday for 100 new A320neos and 35 Sharklet-equipped A320s worth $12 billion at list prices. The A320s are scheduled for delivery between 2015 and 2017, while the A320neos will be delivered from 2017 to 2022, according to the announcement at the Paris Air Show.
EasyJet said 85 of the aircraft will be used to replace aging aircraft as they leave the fleet over the next nine years; the remaining aircraft deliveries will support the carrier’s strategy of increasing its seat capacity by 3 to 5 percent annually.
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW) is the main sponsor for the U.S. Pavilion and it’s using its time in the Paris Air Show limelight to promote its aspirations to be a global hub. The Texas gateway is one of only seven airports worldwide to offer more than 200 destinations in its flight schedule. Just over a quarter of these are international routes with 14 new overseas destinations– including Dubai and Sydney–launched since the start of 2011.
Virgin Australia completed its acquisition of Perth-based regional Skywest Airlines last month through a so-called scheme of arrangement governed by the laws of Singapore.
Regional Airline Association president Roger Cohen knows better than to predict what direction the industry he has watched evolve over his seven-year tenure at the RAA might take next. So when asked to talk about further structural changes his group’s 30 or so airline members might see in the coming months and years, he offered a direct retort.
American Airlines CEO Tom Horton issued an online video apology following a failure of the company’s computer systems last Tuesday, forcing the virtual seizure of its network. The outage affected both mainline American and its American Eagle regional affiliates, which together canceled some 1,000 flights–amounting to nearly two-thirds of the company’s daily operations–and delayed roughly 1,100 by early Tuesday evening.
One of the highlights of last week’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, was French start-up company Expliseat’s unveiling of a new economy-class seat that significantly cuts weight and engineering complexity. The new seat, called Titanium, tips the scales at 8.8 pounds per passenger, which the Paris-based firm claims is around half the weight of traditional airliner seats. This may translate into an estimated 3- to 5-percent fuel saving, or $300,000 to $500,000 per aircraft per year.
ExpressJet Airlines has joined the University Gateway Program, a now-five-party collaboration also involving Cape Air, JetBlue Airways, the University of North Dakota (UND) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) designed to provide pilots with a structured channel to employment at the regional airlines and, ultimately, JetBlue.
The offices of startup Surf Air look more like those of a new software developer, with laptop-wielding engineers tapping away on keyboards, whiteboards sprawling with multi-colored to-do lists and, of course, surf boards hanging on a back wall. These are not decorations, according to co-founder Wade Eyerly; employees are welcome to grab a board and haul it to the nearby beach in Santa Monica, Calif., for some relaxing and perhaps inspiring wave-riding action.
The new Pulkovo-3 FBO in St. Petersburg, Russia, officially opened for business on March 6, initially handling only domestic flights. According to operator JetPort, the purpose-built facility will be ready to handle international flights this month once customs and immigration facilities are fully in place.