Robert W. Moorman

Robert
W. Moorman
Articles
The Good Life 
As airlines go, so goes commercial aircraft leasing. It is going quite well for both at this time.
Oil Rich 
Three years ago Delta Air Lines bought an aging oil refinery near Philadelphia for $180 million to ensure an adequate supply of jet fuel for its aircraft and to help manage fuel costs.
Meeting the Market 
Quick Change (QC) has come to Air France. By summer 2016, 32 777s will be part of the Air France QC program.
Maintaining Position 
The sale of most of GE’s financing business as part of a reorganization effort will not adversely affect its aircraft-leasing arm, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), as some have speculated.
Diverging Paths 
Record orders for new commercial aircraft and a compelling need for airline pilots worldwide is driving growth of the commercial flight training and simulation sector.
Competing Quartet 
The four major commercial aircraft manufacturers are well on their way toward certification of their next-generation single-aisle commercial airliners. The Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and Embraer E2 families are producing major makeovers and Bombardier is offering its all-new CSeries.
The State of Leasing 

Chroniclers of the air transportation industry last year were cautiously optimistic that an economic recovery in the airline business had arrived finally as large orders for new commercial aircraft from airlines and lessors rolled in. Orders for new equipment continued this year at a brisk pace but there is a debate within the industry about too many planes chasing too little traffic.

Thinking Business 
"Our government is subsidizing foreign state-owned airlines and giving them an economic advantage over US carriers." What is surprising about the quote, which relates to the call for reform of lending policies of the US Export-Import Bank, is that it comes not from an airline CEO, but from Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), which represents 50,000 airline pilots in the US and Canada.
Among the Big Guns 
Where the new Bombardier CSeries and Embraer E2 jets fit in the air transportation business is an open question. Is this new breed of next-generation small airliners considered to be at the top end of the regional jet market or the low end of the mainline narrowbody market, nudging into Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 territory?
IFE: A Must Have Feature 
IFE is fast becoming a must-have product for any airline wanting to maintain a competitive edge. What was once an added benefit for only business- and first-class passengers has become an integral part of inflight service in all cabins.
Safety Enhancers 
Technology has played a major role in enhancing safety over the last 50 years in the air transportation system. A look at the more recent developments proves that the evolution of safety related technology, procedures and training continue.
Lucrative But Risky 
An improving economy worldwide, record orders for new commercial airliners, plus an emerging market for used equipment is for now improving the aircraft leasing business. But industry analysts worry about overcapacity of new aircraft with marginal airline growth expected in some areas for the foreseeable future.
Air France Airbus A319
Air France to upgrade seats, onboard services despite tough operating environment 
Air France’s recent unveiling in Paris of a new coach class seat and other onboard enhancements is emblematic of the airline’s long-term strategic plan to better compete against domestic and international carriers in a tough operating environment.
MAX Benefit 
When the Boeing 737-100 first flew in 1967, the single-aisle, short-haul twinjet was equipped with only basic avionics. No so-called “glass cockpits” were available at the time. And 737 customers would likely not have bought them if they were. Times have changed.
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