Archive | November, 2005

FAA, controllers in timing to-do

  The Federal Aviation Administration is pushing hard for a rapid resolution to its air-traffic controller labour union showdown, a significant step for a federal government agency that isn’t always known for moving quickly. After four months of negotiations toward a new contract with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey called […]

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A380 hits first turbulence

For once the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel had competition on the Dubai skyline as the Airbus A380 took to the skies (pictured) as part of the Dubai Airshow. Flying low along Dubai’s beachfront in full Emirates livery, the type apparently received spontaneous applause from onlookers. And reports suggest the A380 literally stole the show, […]

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Monarch shows size does matter

Tall people and travelling in economy don’t mix. Even average height people and economy class on longer-haul flights can be painful. As Airline Business will examine in its January issue, as part of our Services Special Report, an increasing number of carriers across the globe are trying to offer a suite of on board products […]

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Lessors race back with mega-orders

Lessors at this week’s Dubai Airshow have been digging deep into their pockets once again with millions of dollars of aircraft orders. AerCap, formerly known as Debis AirFinance, has signed a letter of intent for 70 Airbus A320s, ILFC has committed to 12 A350s and 20 Boeing 787s, and newcomer Low-Cost Aircraft Leasing has ordered […]

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Malaysian independence

Malaysia Airlines says it is in no hurry to follow many of its peers into global alliances. The carrier’s regional manager for the UK and Europe, CH Lim, talking to Airline Business at this year’s World Travel Market event in London, was playing his cards pretty close to his chest. He said, however, that the […]

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Up to date in Kansas City

They haven’t changed the Wright Amendment yet, even though they’re debating it a lot, but they’re whittling away at it. A little noticed clause in the just-passed transportation appropriations bill adds Missouri to the list of states that are allowed to have non-stop service to and from Dallas Love Field, the others being those states […]

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Forecast: Opaque Skies

The US proposal to loosen the rules on foreign investment in US carriers -an administrative proposal that’s been put forth in lieu of changing the law itself – is now key to unlocking a new US/EU aviation relationship. The principle negotiators of possible transatlantic open skies said late Friday they had agreed to end restrictions […]

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So where does capacity go?

The bankruptcy reorganisation and (anticipated) shutdown, sale, or liquidation of Independence Air has excited some analysts and observers, who think that its exit would take some capacity out of the super competitive East Coast market and so eliminate some of the low, low, below-cost fares that have bled airlines flying up and down the eastern […]

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The A380 has a Boeing rival

The launch of a new aircraft type is pretty rare. It is even less common that the launch is reliant solely on orders for the cargo version. That is what Boeing has done with its long-awaited announcement that it will build an advanced 747. The launch customers are cargo carriers Cargolux, with 10 firm orders, […]

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The Embraer adventure begins

The first 100-seater regional jets, the Embraer 190, began service in the US Tuesday with jetBlue’s first flights with the type — an inauguration that came a day after the type’s 50-seat sister saw another setback with the bankruptcy of CRJ operator Independence Air. JetBlue’s long-awaited 190s made their first flights out of Boston on […]

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