A rollout ceremony held Saturday in Nagoya, Japan, for the Mitsubishi MRJ regional jet marked a symbolic end of a 50-year wait for a new Japanese airliner to take shape. Not since the NAMC YS-11 turboprop flew for the first time in 1962 has a Japanese effort to break into the commercial airplane market reached such a state of progress. Under development for some seven years, the MRJ finally looks like an airplane capable of flying—and ultimately delivering the 20-percent fuel efficiency improvement over current designs Mitsubishi Aircraft advertises.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » October 20, 2014
Even in the wake of revelations that two Dallas healthcare workers had contracted Ebola from a Liberian man in their care, the International Air Transport Association has issued no special guidance to its airline members for containing the potential spread of the disease in airplanes. Rather, it relies on the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which, according to IATA, it shares with its members.
U.S. secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson used an analogy from American football to explain why his department will open new customs pre-clearance facilities at foreign airports to screen against potential terrorists. “Any opportunity I have to defend the end zone from the 50 (yard line) and not just my one-yard line, I will take,” Johnson said October 14 in a speech to the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Airbus won another big endorsement for its single-aisle series—potentially the biggest in its history—by securing a memorandum of understanding from India’s IndiGo covering 250 A320neos, the company said Wednesday.
Etihad Airways is betting on the Airbus A380 cabin to launch “reimagined” premium classes, according to airline CEO James Hogan. Speaking recently at the unveiling of the carrier’s new livery, Hogan also singled out India and Abu Dhabi as major growth destinations.
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