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Burned by Koito? Don’t expect a payday, say sources

If you’re an airline hoping to receive compensation from embattled seat manufacturer Koito Industries, don’t hold your breath, say multiple sources. Kotio falsified test data, including crucial flammability data, on some 150,000 seats in the world fleet. Several airlines, including All Nippon Airways and Thai Airways International, have filed lawsuits against Koito seeking damages for […]

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

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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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Koito is in a bloody financial mess (note to airlines with K seats)

Japanese firm Koito Industries isn’t wasting any time in separating its non-aviation businesses from its embattled aircraft seat unit, which has created an industry mess of epic proportions (even though few folks want to talk about it on record). The rubber stamp-loving company‘s board of directors has already passed a resolution to implement a plan […]

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Bravest quote from #MROAM comes from ARSA

“Governments don’t lead the industry. The industry leads government. And if you don’t believe that, then boy this is really the wrong industry to be in because they are way behind us. Did you drink the Kool-Aid this morning with Randy [Babbitt]? The government is going to tell us how much money we’re going to […]

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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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Koito may not survive: B/E Aerospace

B/E Aerospace held a first quarter earnings conference call yesterday, and it was a goldmine. Asked by an analyst to comment on the size of the business opportunity arising from Japanese seat maker Koito’s problems, company co-founder, executive chairman and CEO Amin Khoury said: “Our Japanese competitor may not survive what they’re going through. And […]

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PHOTO: Pretty Continental birds – without seats!

Just because there has been a bit of a lull in the Koito seat story (as independent tests are conducted on in-service seats) doesn’t mean that airlines aren’t suffering the fallout from the whole debacle. As first reported here, Continental Airlines is dealing with delays to its Boeing 737-800s. A photographer, who posts photos on […]

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Koito aircraft seat mess could cost $0.5 billion

Heads are starting to roll at Koito Industries after the Japanese firm admitted to falsifying records on 150,000 seats on 1,000 aircraft in the world fleet. And it’s easy to see why. If EASA and the FAA issue airworthiness directives covering the modification or removal of seats that weren’t tested properly before shipment to Airbus […]

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