[UPDATED] An explosion occurred Monday at Moscow Domodedovo, Russia's busiest airport, leading to numerous casualties and at least some fatalities, according to widespread news reports from the Russian capital.
American Airlines on Friday filed an application with the US Dept. of Transportation for authority to launch Los Angeles-Shanghai Pudong service from April 5, 2011.
"These new flights would be the only nonstops between Los Angeles and Shanghai operated by a US airline," AA Senior VP-Government Affairs Will Ris said. "Los Angeles-Shanghai is the largest US-China market for air travel and we believe it is in the public's interest to offer more air service between the two cities."
Boeing early Friday confirmed ATW Daily News's report that it has been informing customers of a further three-month delay in 787 first deliveries. Kenya Airways Group MD and CEO Titus Naikuni told this website Thursday in Nairobi that Boeing had informed him of the delay (ATW Daily News, Aug. 27). The manufacturer said in a short statement that it "now expects delivery of the first 787 in the middle of the first quarter 2011." It had been targeting first delivery to launch customer ANA during the 2010 fourth quarter.
Japan Airlines' main lenders reportedly are not willing to provide the bankrupt carrier with further relief unless they see evidence that it is making strides in slashing costs, in particular by cutting back on international services.
Despite reporting a €763 million ($1.04 billion) net loss in 2009, reversed from a €1.57 billion surplus the prior year, Airbus parent EADS yesterday announced an increase in the monthly A320 family production rate from the current 34 to 36 in December thanks to "continuing demand" and a "record backlog."
The Airbus commercial unit posted an operating profit of €386 million excluding goodwill impairment and exceptional items, an 83.3% plunge from the €2.31 billion earned on a similar basis in 2008. Revenue slipped just 0.6% to €26.37 billion.
Optimism regarding the gradual recovery of India's commercial aviation industry was dampened yesterday in Hyderabad as the India Aviation show and conference opened amid concerns that a new 10% tax on domestic tickets could stifle growth.
On the bright side, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said the industry handled the recession "with composure" and that he has "cautious optimism" about 2010.
British Airways in partnership with Washington-based Solena Group said it plans to establish "Europe's first sustainable jet-fuel plant" and will use the low-carbon fuel to power part of its fleet from 2014. The fuel will be derived from waste biomass.
Third Annual Eco-Aviation Conference will take place June 22-24 in Washington at the Marriott Metro Center. Organized by ATW, this year's conference will include sessions on developments in alternative fuels/biofuels, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, proposed environmental regulations in the US and their potential impact on airlines, green technology and industry self-help measures and other sessions devoted to this important subject.
The second major snowstorm to hit the US Mid-Atlantic region in five days closed airports up and down the East Coast yesterday, forcing cancellation of thousands of flights and resulting in delays across the nation's air transport system.
Boeing on Friday said it had completed "initial airworthiness testing" on the 787, "a milestone [that] will enable more crew members to take part in flights" and allow more Dreamliners to join the flight test program.
Since the first 787 flight on Dec. 15, 15 flights have occurred, accumulating nearly 60 hr. in the air (ATWOnline, Dec. 23, 2009). The aircraft has been flown to an altitude of 30,000 ft. (9,144 m.) and a speed of Mach 0.65. Initial stall tests and other dynamic maneuvers have been run.
A UK High Court judge is scheduled to rule today on British Airways' claim that the strike ballot conducted by Unite flight attendants was flawed, a procedure that may constitute the desperate airline's only chance to avoid the 12-day strike called for Dec. 22 if emergency talks convened yesterday fail to produce an agreement.
The collective market value of publicly traded airlines worldwide has more than doubled since 2009, but is still below pre-2008 financial crisis levels, according to a top industry stock analyst....More