The busiest major air show in years saw Airbus score big with the re-engined A320neo, Bombardier’s CSeries break through in Asia, Boeing give more hints on a 737 replacement and biofuel take center stage.
United Airlines and Continental Airlines yesterday unveiled their post-merger livery, which features the "United" name in block capital letters on the fuselage but utilizes CO's logo and colors including its blue-gold-white globe image on the tail.
Continental Airlines yesterday announced plans to serve Auckland from its Houston Intercontinental hub beginning Nov. 16, 2011, using a 787 to operate the 7,400-mi route.
CO said it is the first airline to "formally announce specific route plans for its 787 fleet." The carrier, which has agreed to merge with United Airlines, has 25 Dreamliners on order with deliveries beginning in August 2011. Subject to government approval, service will be operated daily, with five-times-weekly service during certain periods in the first year of operation, CO said.
British Airways, in the first day of a five-day walkout by some cabin staff, said it operated all its flights from London Gatwick and London City airports Monday and "confirmed" the previously announced flight schedule from London Heathrow.
Merger talks between United Airlines and Continental Airlines--which neither airline has confirmed officially--apparently have hit a snag over how to price what is expected to be an all-stock transaction.
According to The Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the matter, Continental wants to use the average share price in the 30 days prior to April 7 while United wants to use the share price the day before a deal is signed.
ICAO's Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection in February committed to a timetable for development of a CO2 Standard for commercial aircraft that would establish the first global fuel-efficiency standard for any industry and is aiming to have it ready in 2013.
Great success stories in commercial aviation are rare even in good times. ATW's Regional Airline of the Year for 2010, Regional Express, is one of those and much more. Remarkably, the Sydney-based carrier has stayed profitable during the worst economic downturn in at least four decades while both rebuilding and expanding a business that was born out of the collapse of Ansett Australia in 2001.
Despite all the advances in airframe durability and engine reliability over the past 50 years that have helped to make air travel the safest form of transportation the world has ever known, one thing has not changed: Bad weather is a threat to be avoided, not confronted. Fortunately, airlines have a weapon in their arsenal that gives them a huge advantage in the never-ending war of wits with Mother Nature--highly advanced weather radar systems.
The most acute problems are on Europe's periphery, where many smaller economies are experiencing crises strongly reminiscent of past crises in Latin America and Asia. Latvia is the new Argentina." Thus wrote Paul Krugman, 2008 Nobel Laureate in economics, in The New York Times in December of that year. The Baltic state's GDP contracted 10.5% in the fourth quarter of 2008, the steepest decline in the EU, and plunged an estimated 18% in 2009.
Neighboring Estonia and Lithuania were similarly hard hit.
In this most competitive and capricious of industries, and during this most trying of times, staying on top is difficult even for those airlines with entrenched advantages. Simply leveraging a timeless brand, a supportive government, a key hub or sheer size no longer guarantees success, especially when the effort required to innovate increasingly is focused on ensuring survival.
At a time when carriers all over the world are searching urgently for new business models in reaction to the downturn, ATW's Airline of the Year for 2010 has identified and is implementing a multifaceted commercial strategy that is paying dividends today while positioning it for greater success when the recovery arrives. Under CEO Rob Fyfe, it has established itself as a global leader in financial, operational, customer service and environmental performance.
As the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight was being celebrated in late 2003, it was becoming increasingly clear that aviation's ability to grow and prosper in its second century would depend heavily on mitigating its environmental impact. In particular, the air transport industry was coming under intense scrutiny over its reliance on fossil-based jet fuel, which was seen widely as contributing to global warming. Paradoxically, few foresaw the possibility of developing greener alternative fuels in the near term.
The first leg started and finished well. Bag drop-off at Washington Dulles was a breeze – I had checked in online, walked right up to the counter and the bag was tagged and placed on the belt in two minutes....More