Archive | April, 2008


EBACE is THE PLACE for Embraer MSJ, MLJ fix

Looking for more details about Embraer’s new Honeywell-powered Midsize (MSJ) and Midlight (MLJ) business jets? Then head to EBACE next month in Geneva. That’s where the Brazilian manufacturer plans to disclose pricing information and the name of the new jets, which will enter service in 2012 and 2013, respectively, filling out the company’s business jet […]

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US regional pressure cooker

You may be wondering why Runway Girl has been looking a little blog-lean these days. She got knocked off the catwalk due to recent illness but is tying her stilettos back on. Now let’s try to fatten her up. First order of business? Let’s talk about what’s happening to US regional carriers, and how they […]

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Replacing Connexion: Tim Farrar talks about the challenge

A long-time consultant in the satellite and telecom industries, Tim Farrar of Telecom, Media and Finance Associates has given some truly insightful perspective on the in-flight connectivity scene. In an October 2006 report, he predicted that it would be very difficult to resurrect the Connexion by Boeing service without a very large financial commitment from […]

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Déjà vu: 50-seat RJ glut appears to loom large

It seems like only yesterday that a big, nasty glut of 50-seat regional jets was being predicted, and then didn’t quite come to fruition. The threat foretold around the middle of this decade seemed to dissipate last year, as Independence Air’s RJs found homes, and as reported in May 2007 by Darren Shannon at Flight […]

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The girl likes the Ipanema

The first aircraft certified for ethanol operations, Embraer’s Ipanema, is quite a nifty sight to behold. During a tour of Embraer’s Sao Jose dos Campos headquarters and assembly facility last week, the company’s executives were generous enough to give a motley crew of journalists an up-close-and-personal look at the green machine, an agricultural aircraft that […]

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Mergers, scope and the merging of scope?

Analysts, pundits, bloggers, journalists, unions and fellow airlines have all got something to say about the decision by Delta Air Lines to merge with Northwest Airlines, and the SkyTeam members’ promise not to initiate involuntary furloughs or close any of their hubs. But what do employees think? Do they buy it? Check out any aviation […]

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I’ve grown accustomed to your face

Not so long ago, I received a note in my inbox informing me and the rest of the Flight staff that 30-year veteran Graham Warwick was leaving the company to take on a new challenge. Seeing the news in writing was rather jarring for me. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Graham for nine […]

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One world of stars and skies

On 31 March 2004 Mexicana won the distinction of becoming the first operator to voluntarily drop out of the Star Alliance. The carrier’s termination from the grouping came after Mexciana decided to end its long-time codeshare agreement with Star member United Airlines. Fast-forward a few years, and the big question about where Mexicana would end […]

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Pratt to meet with airlines on GTF later this month (cool pic)

I had a great chat yesterday with Pratt & Whitney about the geared turbofan (GTF), which is really starting to look dressed to impress these days. Pratt VP of next generation products Bob Saia told me that later this month executives will meet for a review with airlines, including a 15-member steering committee for the […]

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Qest on a quest: German firm reveals Ku-band plan

German designer and developer Qest recently announced it will bring to market a bi-directional aeronautical antenna to support Ku-band services and ensure it can “immediately” meet current requirements of satellite operators. The news came about six months after the company unveiled a new airborne broadband antenna that can enable both Ku-band and L-band services. The […]

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