The earthquake in Japan and political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa interrupted the global air transport industry’s growth trend during March, as global passenger demand fell by 0.3 percent during the month, compared with February’s figures, according to data released last week by the International Air Transport Association.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » May 9, 2011
Airbus, Air France and many others, both within and outside the aerospace industry, eagerly await the results of an analysis of the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from the Air France A330-200 that crashed into the South Atlantic on June 1, 2009, killing all 228 aboard. Search teams located and recovered Flight 447’s FDR and CVR from the seabed between May 1 and 3, after a tantalizing search.
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways signaled an interest in acquiring Airbus A320neos last week, when the airline’s vice president and corporate controller, Joe Allman, said the airline spent $8 million during this year’s first quarter on a so-called placeholder deposit for the re-engined A320-family jets.
Nav Canada and UK NATS have implemented a new navigation standard that reduces longitudinal separations by half for properly equipped aircraft in North Atlantic airspace managed by the Canadian and UK air navigation service providers.
The tie-up between Spanish flag carrier Iberia and the UK’s British Airways to create International Airlines Group (IAG) will pave the way for an overhaul of the way the pair buy aircraft, according to the new company’s finance chief. The two airlines plan to combine buying in a new fleet renewal strategy led by IAG with its stronger buying power, although they will continue to run and maintain their fleets separately, Enrique Dupuy said.