Archive for February 2015

American to Fly 787s to Beijing and Buenos Aires

American Airlines 787

American Airlines will debut its new Boeing 787-8 aircraft on flights to Beijing and Buenos Aires from its Dallas/Fort Worth hub in June. The Dreamliner will enter service on flights between Dallas/Fort Worth International and Chicago O’Hare International airports on 7 May before shifting to the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier’s new Dallas/Fort Worth-Beijing flight on…

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Ethiopian Airlines considers Airbus A350-1000, Boeing 777X: CEO

Ethiopian 777x

Ethiopian Airlines is evaluating the Airbus A350-1000 and the Boeing 777X as it considers further widebody order plans, CEO Tewolde Gebremariam has confirmed to ATW. “We are evaluating both the Airbus 350-1000 and the Boeing 777X. We have not yet determined the numbers, but we may need up to 20 airplanes,” Gebremariam told ATW Monday.…

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Bombardier Announces American Airlines Firm Order for 24 CRJ900 NextGen Aircraft

Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that American Airlines, Inc. (“American”), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., has signed a firm order for 24 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets. This order was announced on December 30, 2014 and followed American exercising 24 of 40 previously booked CRJ900 NextGen aircraft options. The options were originally…

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Commentary: An Airbus A380neo Makes No Sense


Commentary by Hamlin, President of Hamlin Transportation Consulting I enjoyed Kevin Michaels’s well-done “Up Front” column in the Jan. 12 issue on why an Airbus A380neo will probably happen. The cynic in me says there is a good chance that what he is predicting will occur. However, European/Airbus company politics aside, a re-engined and updated…

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Airbus Gains Head Start in 2015 on Orders, Boeing Beats on Deliveries

Airbus Boeing

Airbus reported a roughly $11 billion (7 billion pounds) preliminary order from Colombian airline group Avianca Holdings on Thursday, gaining a head start in its 2015 order race with U.S. rival Boeing subject to a final confirmation of the deal. The memorandum of understanding for 100 A320neo-family jets is worth $10.6 billion at list prices…

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Avianca commits to 100 Airbus A320neos

avianca a320neo

Avianca Holdings, the Latin American airline power that has been studying the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX in advance of a much-anticipated large narrowbody order, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Airbus to order 100 A320neo family aircraft. Avianca chairman Germán Efromovich told ATW last November that the company was going through…

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East Asia’s Airlines No More Dangerous Than American Counterparts – TIME

Accident Rate

There’s a .0001% difference between safety records of East Asia’s Airlines and their American Counterparts. The world map below breaks down accident rates for each region’s carriers for 2014 (dark blue numbers) and across five years (light blue numbers): A horrific string of recent plane accidents has rocked airlines across Southeast Asia. Since 2014, the…

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Big U.S. Airlines Lobby Against Persian Gulf Carriers

Persian Gulf Carriers

Chief executives of the three largest U.S. airlines said they are pressing the U.S. government to modify or kill air treaties with two Persian Gulf nations because of what they say are subsidies and government industrial policies for three fast-growing carriers from the region that are distorting global air transportation. The heads of American Airlines…

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Air Canada partner Chorus orders up to 23 Bombardier Q400s

Bombardier Q400 Next Gen

Chorus Aviation has placed an order for new planes after finalizing a contract with Air Canada that cuts costs and strengthens the partners’ ability to compete with WestJet Encore. The Halifax parent company of Jazz Aviation placed a firm order for 13 Bombardier Q400 turboprop planes valued at US$424-million at list prices. Options for 10…

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ICAO to Address Universal Airliner Tracking Efforts


Ten months after industry leaders pledged to swiftly institute universal tracking of airliners, international aviation officials are set to discuss why voluntary efforts have stalled and what mandatory standards are needed. But participants in this week’s International Civil Aviation Organization safety conference in Montreal won’t be endorsing any speedy fixes. Proposals calling for routine satellite…

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