Although damage to a pair of Airbus aircraft on the ground at Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale Airport on December 31 was minimal, Spirit’s initial review of the incident did point out some ground-control problems. Spirit’s A320, taxiing to the gate after arrival, struck a parked US Airways A320. ATC never informed the Spirit crew about the obstacle, most likely because not even the controllers were aware of just how close the parked aircraft was to the active taxiway.
An order from Aviation Capital Group for fifty 737 Max 8s and ten 737 Max 9s last week lifted Boeing’s firm order total for the prospective re-engined narrowbodies to more than 1,000 and capped a solid year in which for the first time since 2002 the U.S. company outperformed Airbus in both deliveries and sales. Closed in December, the ACG contract increased the number of 737 Maxs on firm order to 1,029 and Boeing’s total firm order count for last year to 1,203.
A flurry of commercial announcements in the regional- and small-narrowbody aircraft sectors came across the wires last week, led by a firm order on Thursday for 10 Bombardier CSeries CS300s from Latvian carrier airBaltic. The deal, potentially worth $1.57 billion at list prices, included so-called purchase rights on 10 more of the airplanes and represented a conversion of a letter of intent signed at this year’s Farnborough International airshow.
Airbus has landed a firm order for 58 A320neos and 17 A321neos from Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines, the manufacturer announced Tuesday. Pegasus, the second largest airline in Turkey, also reserved options on 25 more of the re-engined narrowbodies. The contract establishes Pegasus as a new Airbus customer and makes it the first Turkish airline to order the A320neo. It now flies more than 40 Boeing 737-800s.
Along with new aircraft and a new show site, MEBA 2012 is presenting a new exhibit area, the U.S. Pavilion, showcasing the goods and services of ten U.S. aviation companies, spanning a range of goods and services from inflight catering to aircraft manufacturing.
The International Civil Aviation Organization officially recognized Airways New Zealand with its Trainair Plus quality-assurance certification as a source for air traffic services training. Airways New Zealand is the first ATC training organization in the region to receive the certification.
Hongkong Jet announced today at Airshow China 2012 that it is adding a fourth Airbus Corporate Jet ACJ to its managed aircraft fleet. According to the company, this makes Hongkong Jet one of the largest operators of Airbus ACJs in the region. The company has added 12 aircraft within the last 12 months.
The FAA wants to penalize US Airways $354,500 for operating a Boeing 757 on 916 revenue flights between August 3 and Dec. 3, 2010, when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges that US Airways removed and replaced a leaking engine fuel pump on the aircraft on Aug. 3, 2010, and that the carrier failed to carry out FAA-required tests and inspections before returning the aircraft to revenue service. US Airways has 30 days to respond to the agency.
Last week’s ILA airshow in Berlin did little to bolster backlogs of airliner orders, beyond the pair of ATR 72-600s that the regional aircraft maker sold to Austrian carrier InterSky. The $47 million deal will see the first of the 70-seaters delivered in December and the second in March.
Talks between US Airways and AMR over a possible merger involving bankrupt AMR subsidiary American Airlines have reached a formal stage, with the two companies beginning to exchange “certain confidential information” under the terms of a nondisclosure agreement signed August 31.