Conflicting reactions to new proposals from both sides of the Atlantic on flight and duty time limits (FTL) seem to prove only that regulators and scientists just can’t win. The European Cockpit Association (ECA)–an umbrella organization of European pilot unions–has reacted furiously against the notice of proposed amendment for new FTL rules issued on Dec. 20, 2010, by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » January 14, 2011
The Air Line Pilots Association won the latest battle in the war on so-called regional airline outsourcing when an arbitrator derailed United Continental Holdings’ plans to place the CO code on 70-seat jet flights operated by United Express carriers from the Continental hub cities of Houston, Newark and Cleveland.
Despite a strong rebound in orders and deliveries, and despite being flush with cash reserves, the new year’s forecast for Europe’s EADS aerospace and defense group remains sorely lacking in one respect: it still can’t turn a decent profit.
London-based aerospace consultancy and equipment appraiser Ascend characterized 2010 as “a disappointing year” in terms of airline safety, as both the number of fatal accidents and total fatalities increased over previous years. According to Ascend’s data, the number of fatal accidents increased 22 percent, from 23 in 2009 to 28 last year.
After another year tainted by the continuing public relations disaster known as the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes must have taken some solace from impressive sales and delivery tallies for 2010. The company posted net orders for 530 commercial airplanes during the year, compared with its anemic net total of 142 for the 2009 calendar year.
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