Archive | June, 2008

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Bombardier’s new CSeries specs FOUND HERE

Bombardier has updated the specs on its GTF-powered CSeries 110, 110ER, 130 and 130ER. The figures differ from what is being currently advertised on the manufacturer’s site, particularly with respect to range at max payload. Check out the increase in range for the 110. Also check out the new 130XT. Here is the original document, folllowed by a […]

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Forget car models, what about airplane models?

Many gals harbor big aspirations for walking the catwalks of Paris and Milan. But they often don’t achieve such lofty heights, and instead find themselves splayed across vehicles at the local convention centre car show. I’d like to say for the record that these ladies’ talents should not be underestimated. I recently received a copy of Finnish […]

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The news is in: American will test Aircell’s Gogo on Wednesday

Aircell in May promised that it would have major news to discuss this month. We now know what that news entails. Tomorrow, American Airlines will start testing Aircell’s Gogo connectivity service on two Boeing 767-200 flights linking JFK to/from LAX. The entire system (end-to-end) will be tested to “make sure we’re ready to launch”, says American. […]

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GTF fans gear up for Farnborough

As the Farnborough air show rapidly approaches, excitement is building about order prospects for the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan-powered Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) and Bombardier’s proposed CSeries.   Mitsubishi has already secured All Nippon Airways as launch customer, and is reportedly closing in on a second deal. Bombardier is rumoured to launch the CSeries at […]

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Tugging more than the Boeing 737

Tugging an aircraft from A to B might not sound like such a big deal. But if you’re an airline trying to cut your fuel bill, you might see the benefit of WheelTug’s electric nose drive for aircraft ground manoeuvring.   The last time we checked in with our friends at WheelTug, they were brokering risk-sharing partnerships, and […]

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Required reading for the connectivity crowd – Row 44 submits FCC application

Movement is afoot on the satellite-based connectivity front. In-flight broadband provider Row 44, which notably secured agreements to trial its system on Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft, has officially applied for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authority to operate up to 1,000 technically-identical aeronautical-mobile satellite service (AMSS) transmit/receive earth stations (AMES) abroad commercial […]

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A study in contrasts: first class versus low class

As struggling airlines continue to look for new ways to strip the bare necessities of life from economy class, the disparity between the front and back of the cabin is getting greater. Carriers are now racing to see who can be the fastest – and cleverest – at unbundling products that have traditionally been part of […]

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True industry veteran readies to bid adieu

One of the few, true pre-deregulation legacy guys left in the industry who has seen it all is leaving, says US Airways. The man in question? US Airways senior vice president, technical operations Hal Heule, who’s 41-year career spanned  Pan American, Texas International Airlines, Continental Airlines, America West Airlines and US Airways, as well as […]

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Gemini’s letter to employees explaining Chapter 11 filing

Privately-held ACMI operator Gemini Air Cargo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Here in its entirety is the letter from Gemini’s acting CEO George Gonzalez to employees:   “Today, Gemini filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code.  Nevertheless, we will continue operating our business as usual.  To fund this process, we […]

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Dollar bills! And no, this has nothing to do with sex

A US government programme that could help struggling carriers boost their ancillary revenue hasn’t garnered a whole lot of attention since it was unveiled on 11 July. The reason may have something to do with the fact that the Department of Commerce, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI), in announcing that its 25-year-old paper-based […]

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