Archive | January, 2008

Red or Blue…What’s a Girl To Do?

If you’re looking to fly between New York JFK and San Francisco, you’ve got a bevy of airlines to choose from. In terms of in-flight services, however, there are two standouts in the crowd – US low-cost operators JetBlue Airways and Virgin America.Though located on opposite sides of the USA (JetBlue at JFK and Virgin […]

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Double-Teaming: Runway Girl and IAG’s Addison Schonland Talk to Row 44′s John Guidon About Southwest Win, Future Plans

This afternoon, I teamed up with IAG’s Addison Schonland to interview Row 44 CEO John Guidon for a podcast. I thought I had covered everything with John last week, when I spoke with him about Southwest Airlines’ decision to trial Row 44′s satellite-based connectivity solution onboard four Boeing 737s. It turns out there was more […]

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JetBlue to Defer Delivery of 16 A320s; Sell-off Six Aircraft This Year

A plan has been revealed by JetBlue Airways to defer delivery on 16 Airbus A320s and sell at least six of the type this year. JetBlue has been mulling options for its fleet since deciding to slow capacity growth for the year. During an earnings conference call this morning, JetBlue executives revealed that 16 A320s […]

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It’s Back On…JetBlue and Aer Lingus CEOs Scheduled To Discuss New Partnership

Six weeks after JetBlue was an apparent no-show at an event to discuss its new partnership with Aer Lingus, the low-cost carrier has confirmed it will join the Irish operator in Dublin on Friday to finally chat about the tie-up. Lest you get the wrong idea, JetBlue says the arrangement will be more like a […]

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American says New-Design Narrowbody Needs to Show “Significant” Step-up in Fuel Efficiency; Actively Searches for MD-80 Replacement

With 300 aging Boeing MD-80s on its books, American Airlines is actively searching for a replacement aircraft. But should the US major wait until Airbus and Boeing launch successors to their highly-successful narrowbody programs (not likely to occur until at least 2015 if not later) to place a significant new order, or should the airline […]

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SAS Claims Bombardier Q400 Construction Error; Canadian Airframer Answers Back

SAS Group, which last year grounded its Bombardier Q400 fleet following three landing-gear incidents, issued a very bold statement this morning.Clearly not mincing words, SAS says that, following a thorough technical examination of the turboprops’ landing gear, it found problems in 63% of the SSV valves on the inspected aircraft, and cannot be blamed for […]

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Eleven more months? Bombardier Sees CSeries Decision by Year-End, but Stresses Commitment

Amended with further info… Bombardier director, airline industry analysis and strategy Chuck Evans during an Air Transport World webinair today said the airframer could wait until the end of the year before announcing a decision on whether to launch the proposed 110/130-seat CSeries. “We expect to have guidance by the end of 2008 on whether […]

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Fond Falcon Memories: A Look Back at AirCell’s First Press Demo and Latest Achievement

(Amended to include comment from American)Excitement is building in the world of onboard connectivity after American Airlines today announced it has completed installation of AirCell’s air-to-ground (ATG)-based broadband solution on the first of 15 transcontinental Boeing 767-200s set to trial the system. The installation is a real achievement for Colorado-based AirCell, which first proved its […]

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A350 Gets Another Shot in the Arm After TAM Firms Order

It seems like only yesterday (well, Paris in June) that Falcon 2000 business jet was readying to announce whether it would affirm its original order for Airbus A350 aircraft or acquire Boeing 787 twinjets. At that time, TAM president Marco Bologna predicted an announcement would come within 30 days. True to Bologna’s word, the Brazilian […]

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ILFC President John Pleuger Discusses Boeing 787 Delay

(Amended: Click here for one of two forthcoming articles on this subject). You might be struck by the absence of dialogue on my blog about the Boeing 787’s latest delay. It’s not for lack of interest on my part. On the contrary, I have been covering the story as a journalist since shortly after it […]

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