News Listings for Maria Wagland

  • Air France A380s pushed back

    News | 24 May 2004 23:00

    <p>Air France is delaying taking delivery of its first Airbus A380 by five months to April 2007, but insists that the decision was made some time ago.</p> <p>The SkyTeam member originally planned to take the first of its 10 ordered aircraft at the end of 2006. It confirms that it has now delayed this first delivery by five months, saying one reason for the decision is that its Paris Charles de Gaulle base will not be ready for the aircraft by 2006. Charles de Gaulle operator Aeroports de Paris (ADP) is spending €100 million ($118 million) preparing for the A380.</p> <p>Air France says: &quot;We placed the order in June 2001 at [the Paris air show] Le Bourget. We announced that the first scheduled delivery would be in November 2006. We took the decision with Airbus 18 months ago to delay delivery by five months.&quot;</p> <p>Earlier this month Virgin Atlantic Airways said it was delaying delivery of its six-A380 order by 18 months with deliveries starting at the end of 2007 instead o
  • Etihad targets 50-aircraft fleet

    News | 05 Apr 2004 23:00

    <p>Abu Dhabi's new national carrier, Etihad Airways, which launched operations in November with two Airbus A330-200s, expects to be operating 50 aircraft before the end of the decade. "In five years, the airline will have 50 aircraft, some leased and some through outright purchase," says chairman Sheik Ahmed Bin Saif Al Nayhan. He adds that talks are under way with banks about loans to finance the fleet, and there could also be investment from the government. The airline has just begun services to London Heathrow and will add more aircraft this year as it increases its network to 16 destinations.</p> <p>MARIA WAGLAND / LONDON</p>
  • Dosé quits over crash probe

    News | 16 Mar 2004 00:00

    <p>Switzerland's prosecution service is including former Crossair chief executive Andr&eacute; Dos&eacute;, two other airline managers and the former Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) chief in its criminal investigation into responsibility for the 2001 crash of a Crossair BAE Systems Avro RJ100.</p> <p>The prosecution service says that it has decided to extend its probe to include three former Crossair managers on duty at the time - Dos&eacute;, the operations officer and the Avro RJ flight instructor. Former FOCA director Andre Auer is also under investigation.</p> <p>Last month the prosecutor's office opened a police investigation to determine who was responsible for the crash, which killed 24 people. Dos&eacute; resigned from his position as chief executive of Swiss International Air Lines last week. The official report into the RJ100 crash detailed a series of errors by the crew and also accused the airline of negligence (<I>Flight International</I>, 10-16 February).<
  • Mesa will ditch low-cost plan if ACA buy is agreed

    News | 13 Oct 2003 23:00

    <p>MARY KIRBY / WASHINGTON DC &amp; MARIA WAGLAND / LONDON</p> <p>Regional operator keen to assist United and keep Washington Dulles airline as a feeder</p> <p>US regional operator Mesa Air Group says it would shelve Atlantic Coast Airlines' (ACA) plans for a new independent budget carrier if its proposal to acquire the United Express operator goes ahead.</p> <p>Last week Mesa made an unsolicited bid to acquire the Washington Dulles-based ACA, and the offer is being reviewed by ACA chairman Kerry Skeen and its board. </p> <p>In July, ACA told United Airlines it would end its United Express feeder deal after the US major leaves Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and would reposition itself in the low-fares market - a move that would put ACA in competition with United at Dulles. ACA has already held talks with Airbus and Boeing about the acquisition of narrowbodies for the new services.</p> <p>Having signed on as a feeder carrier for United in July, Mesa is keen to assist its partner
  • Flexible fleets

    News | 30 Sep 2003 23:00

    <p>The current down cycle has exposed the need for carriers to find a new level of flexibility in managing fleets. Lessors and global alliances could both hold parts of the solution</p> <p>The present downturn has highlighted, like no other before it, the need to build flexibility into airline fleets. With a string of global crises still fresh in airline minds and the red ink still wet on their accounts, not to mention a record fleet still sitting idle in the desert, the industry has been left looking at how better to weather the jolts and shocks of the cycle. Lessors and global alliances have been keen to take up the challenge.</p> <p>Previous cycles too have raised the question of asset management, but this downturn has been different in at least two ways. First it has been more severe. The outright collapse of US traffic that followed the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 dealt a sharper, swifter blow even than that which followed the first Gulf war in 1991. So too did the SA
  • Kuwait Airways set to renew fleet

    News | 18 Aug 2003 23:00

    <p>MARIA WAGLAND / LONDON</p> <p>Airbus and Boeing vie for major order expected early next year to replace existing A300, A310 and A320 aircraft</p> <p>Kuwait Airways expects to finalise a major fleet-renewal deal early next year that has pitched Airbus against Boeing for the replacement of almost its entire fleet. Included in the evaluation is Boeing's planned all-new widebody, the 7E7.</p> <p>The carrier tells <I>Flight International's</I> sister online service <I>Air Transport Intelligence</I> that it is evaluating narrowbody and widebody types to replace its fleet of three Airbus A320s, five A300-600Rs, three A310-300s and five A300-600Rs. The deal could be expanded to include the replacement of its six larger, longer-range widebodies - four A340-300s and two Boeing 777-200ERs.</p> <p>The A320 family is competing with the 737 for the narrowbody replacement, while the A330 is fighting the 7E7 in the 230- to 250-seat campaign. "A decision will be made in early 2004. This is mainl