Air France pilots on September 15 launched a week-long strike, forcing the airline to cancel 52 percent of its flights. The point of contention centers on Air France’s stated plans to shift more capacity to its low-fare Transavia subsidiary, whose pilots work for significantly less pay than those of the main airline.
Business aircraft flying in the U.S. rose for the ninth straight month, climbing 0.9 percent last month versus a year ago, according to data released today by aviation services company Argus. For this month, Argus estimates that flying will increase by 2.7 percent year-over-year.
For the first time this year, fractional flying led the pack, climbing 5.5 percent last month versus a year ago. Part 135 charter flight activity grew by 0.8 percent year-over-year, while Part 91 flying was nearly flat, falling 0.1 percent.
The U.S. Congress moved closer to voting on “stopgap” funding legislation that includes a controversial provision to temporarily extend the charter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of American-made products, including airplanes and helicopters.
Gulfstream announced plans on Tuesday to build a new $33 million aircraft paint facility on the southwest side of its Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport headquarters. “The announcement came up unexpectedly as a result of a Savannah Economic Development Agency [SEDA] board meeting that happened that day,” a company spokesman told AIN.
Business aircraft management and charter company Hangar8 Aviation has launched a new repaint facility at its headquarters at London Oxford Airport to help sellers refresh their aircraft’s paint to make it more attractive to buyers. According to Hangar8, 16.5 percent of the 381 private jets in the UK are currently up for sale, making it a buyer’s market.
The International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) presented its 2014 Award for Innovation in Aeronautics to Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino earlier this week at the 29th ICAS Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia. Fujino was recognized by ICAS for his “pioneering contributions” in the design and development of the HondaJet and its over-the-wing engine-mount configuration. According to ICAS, “The award acknowledges accomplishments in the development and introduction of innovative concepts in major aircraft programs.”
With a clear mandate from India’s 100-day-old government to make aerospace manufacturing a focus area for domestic and export markets, there is renewed interest by manufacturers to be in the forefront. This was clear at a recent conference the Center for Air Power Studies and the Confederation of Indian Industry held in New Delhi.
GA Telesis has signed a long-term agreement with Boeing to sell aircraft and engine material through the Boeing Part Page. GA Telesis is providing overhauled, repaired and new surplus material through a new section of the Boeing Part Page called Part Page Marketplace.
Maine-based MRO provider C&L Aerospace recently opened a new aircraft paint shop. The $3 million facility, a conversion of a 17,000-sq-ft hangar at Bangor International Airport, can accommodate an Lineage 1000, or it can be partitioned to hold a pair of aircraft the size of a Global simultaneously. The five-month, $6 million project refurbished two hangars and mated them with a newly built structure for an overall 120,000 sq ft of maintenance space capable of handling up to six jobs at once depending on the size of aircraft.
Airbus is to open a new subsidiary in Thailand that will produce flight operations data for use by its airline customers worldwide. Airbus Flight Operations Services is set to begin operations early in 2015 and initially will employ 30 people, most of whom will be recruited locally.