Regulators have decided not to allow China’s domestic airlines and regional/low-cost carriers from Japan and Korea to operate at Beijing Daxing International Airport (BDIA) when it opens in late 2018 or early 2019. Those airlines will continue to operate at Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA), located in the Chaoyang district, some 12 miles outside the city.
Making his first appearance at an European Regions Airline Association conference since assuming the top executive spot from the outgoing Filippo Bagnato, new ATR CEO Patrick de Castelbajac issued a predictably upbeat assessment of his company’s performance of late during a press briefing in Barcelona on October 1. Now holding, by its reckoning, an 80-percent share of the 70- to 80-seat turboprop airliner market, ATR expects a renewed emphasis on Europe following its encouraging sales over the past few years in Asia, whose operators now fly the highest numbers of the Franco-Italian turboprops of any region in the world.
Slovenia’s Adria Airways has seen a 20-percent decline in traffic on its Ljubljana-Moscow route due largely to the geopolitical upheaval in Eastern Europe. Now flying a pair of Airbus A319s, a single A320, six Bombardier CRJ900s and two CRJ200s, the airline expects a 10-percent increase in passenger traffic this year throughout its network. Unfortunately for CEO Mark Anzur, the airline’s only route into Russia has seen a precipitous decline since soon after the annexation of Crimea in March 2014.
One of the things we talk about in the Current Topics in Aviation course I co-teach at Vaughn College of Aeronautics is how to report safety issues without being labeled a whistleblower or, worse, being fired. It’s an important issue for anyone entering a field where safety is so important and the “penalties” for being labeled a whistleblower can be high. Even the federal Whistleblower Protection Act covers only a small segment of the industry: airlines and their contractors. Some states might also have some protections for workers.
Airbus announced European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification of the A350-900 widebody on September 30. The manufacturer said U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certification should follow shortly.
The audience demographics of Business Jet Traveler—the AIN sister publication that I edit—are eye-popping.
The FAA plans to restore its Chicago air route traffic control center (Artcc) to normal operation by October 13 following a fire that damaged the facility’s communications equipment and led to the disruption and cancellation of thousands of flights. The agency has also tasked its Air Traffic Organization (ATO) and unions to review contingency plans for major facilities in the wake of the September 26 fire, which was allegedly set by a disgruntled contract worker.
The unveiling of a new livery on Thursday of Etihad Airways’ first A380 at Airbus’s Hamburg factory signaled the start of a new era for the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, as it prepares to launch its first services with the superjumbo in December.
Airbus began immediate processing of flight-test data from the A320neo’s September 25 first flight, which Single Aisle program experimental test pilot Philippe Pellerin described as “a lot of fun” as he emerged from the aircraft at the Toulouse-Blagnac factory in southwest France. The first A320neo, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM geared turbofan (GTF) engines in the 33,000-pounds thrust class, “really feels like an A320–which is good news,” remarked fellow experimental test pilot Etienne Miche de Malleray, who occupied the right-hand seat.
The West African Development Bank (BOAD) has agreed to inject fresh capital into regional airlines Air Cote d’Ivoire and ASKY. At a September 23 board meeting in the Togolese capital Lomé, the bank agreed to increase Ivory Coast-based Air Cote d’Ivoire’s share capital by 160 percent to CFA65 billion ($124.7 million), in the process taking a CFA2 billion ($3.8 million) stake in the company. The bank is also boosting the share capital of Togo-based ASKY to CFA25 billion ($47.9 million) and will increase its holding to CFA3 billion ($5.8 million).