Henry Canaday

Henry
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Henry Canaday has been a business and aviation journalist for 15 years, with recent emphasis on aviation maintenance and airline information technology. Prior to that, he spent 20 years as an energy economist with both Federal agencies and the private sector.

Articles
US may benefit more from PPPs than airport privatization 
Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) may be more attractive than complete privatization of US airports, according to presentations by two expert speakers at a workshop on airport privatization held by the Japan International Transportation Institute in Washington, DC, on Feb. 1.
Japan moves quickly on airport privatization 
Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) is working to seek private-sector improvements in running the country’s 28 MLIT-owned airports after deciding the airports put a ceiling on aviation growth, especially LCCs, tourism and the economy.
Technology and the airfare upsell 
As the business/leisure travel mix changes, airlines must shift how they sell their products. Bundling ancillary products helps close the revenue gap.
ATCA 2017: Still seeking NextGen benefits 
At last year’s Air Traffic Controller Association annual conference, there seemed to be general agreement that FAA should begin reporting NextGen capabilities achieved, not just activities completed. No such luck at ATCA 2017.
New aircraft, engines, technology help reduce maintenance costs 
It is highly probable that aircraft and engine maintenance costs adjusted for inflation will decline per flight hour and seat mile over the foreseeable future.
Biometrics key to improving airport experience
More accurate biometric tools are coming online that could enhance border control and air-travel safety, while helping passengers get through airports quicker and with fewer security and airline staff required.
Mexican LCCs set the pace 
Mexican LCCs and ULCCs have been on a roll. But they must compete with each other and US LCCs, and Mexico’s erratic economy must grow for upstarts to expand.
Data on new aircraft types allow more sophisticated maintenance 
The evolution of predictive maintenance means better maintenance.
Enhanced Vision Sees In Dark Through Fog, Smoke, Smog 
The FAA will allow airliners with qualified enhanced vision to land without natural vision of runways and takeoff when destination fields are below minimums.
MROs and OEMs Must Do More
The new maintenance, repair and overhaul market is presenting its own challenges, mostly in the form of intense competition among diversified global giants.
MRO Provider Stakes Grow As Aircraft, Systems Grow More Complex
Maintenance markets in 2017 should continue 2016’s decent pace, as modest economic growth combines with low fuel prices to keep fleets flying and expanding.
When Airline Systems Understand Natural Language, All Will Benefit 
Natural language processing technology could make airline sales distribution smarter.
MRO Thrives Despite Influx Of Newer, More Durable Aircraft
Trends in the global MRO business point to a rapidly evolving industry
Balancing border security needs, passenger flow
Technology is the most promising area of increasing border security while easing travel burdens.
Intelligent Aviation 
The next wave of airline IT changes may include new jargon: Speech recognition to turn voice into text, natural language processing and artificial intelligence.
Blogs & Commentary
Apr 20, 2018
blog

Unions imperil Air France's future

Air France unions must realize the damage they are doing to their company, which declared the cost of their strikes through mid-April was €220 million ($272 million). But do they understand how much they are jeopardizing their own futures and those of the other non-striking employees who make up the majority of Air France’s workforce?...More
Apr 18, 2018
blog

Southwest’s ‘LUV’ heart beats through tragedy

It’s not something that any airline wants to be in a position to “get right,” but what Gary Kelly and his team at Southwest Airlines have demonstrated is the textbook way to respond to a disaster....More
Apr 5, 2018
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Southwest builds its own kind of international network

Cutting out three hours of travel and eliminating a connection is a real selling point....More
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