HE AIRLINE INDUSTRY HAS MADE LARGE STRIDES in improving the efficiency of its maintenance, repair and overhaul materials supply chain but much work remains to be done, say experts, particularly in comparison to performance of other industries.
Progress can be measured by the fact that the MRO spares inventory has not increased over the past decade despite the growth in the fleet.
Openness to a restructuring of FAA—including fundamental air traffic control (ATC) reform—appears to be widespread in government and among industry stakeholders, but disputes over the agency’s funding threaten to unravel any potential consensus on reorganizing FAA....More
Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner continued to lobby on behalf of a long-term reauthorization of the US Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), saying elimination of Ex-Im financing for commercial aircraft would have a seriously negative impact on Boeing and the US economy....More
Etihad Airways president and CEO James Hogan has made his first public comments on the growing campaign by the three largest US carriers against the three Gulf airlines they say operate on the basis of unfair government subsidies....More
With flight tests of the long-delayed Bombardier CSeries past the half-way stage and certification now on track for year end, key leasing companies say the airliner’s longer term success hinges on execution of the final approval phase to service entry as well as building credibility by attracting big orders....More