The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has endorsed a plan for global adoption of market-based measures (MBMs) to cut aircraft emissions, calling on world governments to agree to the move at ICAO’s Assembly later this year and so secure an alternative to Europe’s controversial emissions trading scheme (ETS). At its June 2 to 4 annual general meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, IATA “overwhelmingly” adopted a resolution called the Implementation of the Aviation Carbon Neutral (NCG2020) Strategy.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » June 10, 2013
FedEx announced last week the retirement of 10 aging widebody freighters and a decision to accelerate the withdrawal of 76 more in an effort to speed a fleet modernization as continued weakness in the cargo business pressures carriers to cut fuel and maintenance costs. Last week the International Air Transport Association projected a further 2-percent contraction in yields across the industry for this year following a 6.3-percent decline last year.
Continuing annual budget reductions due to the “sequester” process in the U.S. will make it difficult for the Federal Aviation Administration to complete the enabling programs of the NextGen ATC modernization effort on time, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) on June 4. In April, the U.S.
Automation in the aerospace industry remains fundamentally immature, and Boeing’s efforts in introducing robotics into 777 production might look like baby steps to the world’s automobile makers. But at Boeing’s widebody plant in Everett, Washington, those steps have translated into some considerable efficiency gains following the company’s transition some eight years ago to a moving, U-shaped assembly line and simultaneous implementation of so-called lean production processes.
The deployment of Lockheed Martin’s formerly troubled en-route automation modernization (Eram) system should serve as an example of the program execution critical to the success of the complex NextGen ATC modernization effort, according to the company’s CEO, Marillyn Hewson.
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