AIN Air Transport Perspective » June 11, 2012

June 11, 2012 - 1:35pm
Alaska Air Group Chairman Bill Ayer addresses the RTCA Symposium.

The first U.S. airline to fully equip its fleet and train pilots for GPS-guided required navigation performance (RNP) procedures has already seen “a decent payback” on its investment. “We’re hooked,” said Bill Ayer, chairman of Alaska Airlines parent company Alaska Air Group. “We think this is great technology because it has provided tangible benefits of improving safety and reliability and real financial return.”

June 11, 2012 - 1:30pm
Delta Connection CRJ900

Scope clause revisions at Delta Air Lines and elsewhere in the U.S. could spell relief for regional jet manufacturers such as Bombardier and Embraer, both of whose commercial aircraft businesses have suffered through a long period of sluggish sales in North America and now face the likely prospect of an extended slump in recession-plagued Europe.

June 11, 2012 - 1:25pm
Research and development efforts at Airbus are now focusing on areas such as laminar-flow aerodynamics and open-rotor engine applications.

Launching the A320 New Engine Option (A320neo) has given Airbus time in which to develop new technologies before having to invest in all-new designs, say senior executives. The move could save perhaps $10 billion in short-term expenditure, while keeping A320 operating costs a step ahead of aspiring market entrants.

June 11, 2012 - 1:20pm
FedEx Memphis

Continued weakness in cargo markets and stubbornly high fuel prices have convinced FedEx to retire 18 Airbus A310-200s and 26 related engines permanently, along with six Boeing MD-10-10s and 17 associated engines, the company announced last Monday.

June 11, 2012 - 1:15pm
Embraer commercial aircraft president Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva

Embraer plans to introduce gradual improvements to its E-Jets over the next three years, including a fuel-burn-improvement package by the end of this year, before the planned 2018 service entry of re-engined versions of the E175, E190 and E195, newly designated as the “G2” series.

June 11, 2012 - 10:00am
Cleared security program

As the revived Clear premium security line program opens at its third airport, San Francisco International, one of its co-founders admits progress in getting into other airports has proved slow.

The original Clear registered traveler program shut down abruptly in June 2009 after investors cut off funding.  In April 2010, Ken Cornick and Caryn Seidman-Becker bought the assets of Clear to revive the program.

 

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