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#PAS11 VIDEO: All Nippon Airways gets frank about Koito debacle

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The big seat squeeze: Do B/E, Zodiac and Recaro have room?

Aircraft seat manufacturers B/E Aerospace, Zodiac and Recaro (seats pictured above) have enjoyed plenty of new business ever since reports started surfacing from Japan that seat maker Koito Industries had falsified data on seats. And the ‘big three’ can expect an even greater windfall now the EASA and the US FAA have formally issued airworthiness […]

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UPDATE 1: Break out your Bunsen Burners, the FAA Koito AD has hit!

Updated to note that the EASA AD hit this morning. BLOG: With everyone from Boeing to Koito Industries to Continental Airlines begging more time, and some – like the Association of European Airlines (AEA) and the Association for Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) – suggesting the measure is unwarranted, the US FAA has issued its airworthiness […]

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Tested Koito seats still represent ‘Unsafe Condition’: EASA

EASA recently held a Koito briefing session in Cologne to help answer some of the myriad questions being asked by airlines. Koito seats are subject to both an EASA proposed AD and an FAA NPRM after the Japanese manufacturer falsified test data on 150,000 seats in the world fleet.The ‘question and answer summary’ document published […]

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Koito aircraft seat mess gets even messier

Koito Industries, the Japanese firm that falsified test data on 150,000 aircraft seats in the world fleet, reportedly set aside only 3.6 billion yen ($44 million) for compensation last fiscal year and 3.3 billion yen in the fiscal year ending 31 March. But with Thai Airways International now looking to sue Koito for up to […]

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Breaking: FAA easier on Koito operators than EASA in AD

EASA and FAA have each issued proposed airworthiness directives concerning the massive Koito debacle. But the two ADs ARE NOT the same. Here is a link to the FAA proposed AD that will formally hit the agency’s web site tomorrow. Cut and paste the URL or click on the photo above. Moveable Type is acting […]

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Linear eyes fleet of 300 Eclipse 500 VLJs despite recent drama

We haven’t discussed air taxi operators of very light jets (VLJs) here on Runway Girl, but perhaps it’s about time we did so. Because while a small fleet of Eclipse 500s might not make much of a dent in the world of commercial travel, a fleet of several hundred running with fast and furious frequency […]

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