The Honeywell weather information network (WINN), compared by some to a veritable Weather Channel for the cockpit, is now available to major and regional airlines following completion of a four-month trial in an Airbus A320.
Aviation International News » August 2002
Fort Worth Center controllers last month began using the FAA’s new weather and radar processor (WARP), an interface that allows Doppler weather information to be displayed on the same radar screen as aircraft targets. An FAA spokeswoman said WARP enhances safety by allowing controllers to reroute traffic quickly around severe weather.
Rockwell Collins announced it has completed a series of FAA evaluation flights meant to test automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) and cockpit display of traffic information (CDTI) avionics. The tests, designed specifically to assess the concepts during airport surface operations, were conducted at Memphis (Tenn.) International Airport as part of the FAA’s ongoing Safeflight 21 program.
US Airways’ June 27 announcement that it would replace Boeing 737-300s with de Havilland Dash 8s on its Charlotte to Asheville, N.C., route not only illustrated the continuing plight of the nation’s sixth-largest airline, it reinforced a trend long feared by mainline pilot groups.
Great Lakes Aviation has requested a hearing before a Nasdaq listing qualification panel to contest the planned delisting of its shares from the Nasdaq Stock Market. The hearing request in effect delayed the delisting of Great Lakes’ securities pending the panel’s decision.
Brazil’s Embraer said it expects to complete negotiations on a firm order for six of its 70-seat 170 jets “in the coming weeks” with Italian flag carrier Alitalia. According to Embraer, Alitalia has accepted a commercial proposal that includes the conversion of six options on 48-seat ERJ-145s and new options for six 170s and/or 108-seat 190s.
Air Canada signed a new agreement with its wholly owned regional subsidiary, Air Canada Jazz, to adopt what it calls a capacity purchase model to replace the airlines’ existing revenue-sharing arrangement. The new code-share deal goes into effect August 1, when Air Canada Jazz begins accepting payments from its major partner on a per-flight basis.
Lufthansa Airlines absorbed the sales, marketing and ticketing functions of Team Lufthansa partner Augsburg Airways last month, completing a restructuring exercise that saw Olaf Dlugi replaced by new CEO Manfred Scholz and 144 employees lose their jobs at the Bavarian regional airline. The changes came at the behest of new investors from German paper company Haindl GmbH, the airline’s controlling shareholder.
Tulsa, Okla.-based Great Plains Airlines became the second regional airline to seek federal loan guarantees under the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act. The struggling Fairchild Dornier 328JET operator joined Aloha Airlines, Frontier Airlines and Peachtree City, Ga.-based charter company World Airways in applying for the guarantees just ahead of the government’s July 1 deadline.
To fly BE or to Flybe is the question that may confuse UK regional airline passengers, since British European Airlines announced on July 18 its plans to rebrand its services.