An early casualty of the contraction of the regional jet market could get a new lease on life, as European authorities consider approving a €20 million ($27 million) loan by the Dutch government to NG Aircraft to revive the Fokker 100. The initial capital injection would help jump-start an effort to upgrade the program’s original prototype with new powerplants and avionics, additional fuel capacity, a stronger wing and winglets.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » March 26, 2010
Thales is preparing for an anticipated explosion in demand for in-flight Internet connectivity with the opening of its new Connectivity Suite─a facility with its own satcom connection in which the company’s engineers and airline clients can assess and refine Internet-enabled equipment for both the cabin and the cockpit.
The crash of an Indian Navy trainer and lackluster attendance cast a pall over what attendees might otherwise have remembered as a commercially productive India Aviation 2010 airshow, held March 3 to 7 in Hyderabad. In fact, the show provided a stage for a series of important commercial developments, led by the opening of a new CFM56 Training Center in the host city.
A better-than-expected start to 2010 has prompted the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to significantly improve its forecast for anticipated airline losses this year. On March 11, it halved the forecast loss for its member carriers from the $5.6 billion it predicted in December 2009 to $2.8 billion.
Boeing and Airbus each heeded signs of a recovering airline market this month with announcements of new plans for production-rate increases. In fact, Boeing committed to a new time frame for 777 and 747 rate hikes only 10 days after Boeing Commercial Airplanes president Jim Albaugh told analysts at the JPMorgan Aviation, Transportation and Defense Conference on March 9 that the company wouldn’t render a decision on the 777 until next month.
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