Philippine Airlines (PAL) has placed a firm order for 34 current-generation Airbus A321s, 10 A321neos and 10 A330-300s, Airbus announced today. A plan by the flag carrier to embark on a fleet renewal program calls for deliveries to start next year.
Qantas Airways’ August 23 cancellation of “firm commitments” covering 35 Boeing 787-9s previously slated for delivery beginning in 2014 demonstrates the need for an airframer to remain flexible in the face of changing industry demand. The sudden change, prompted by after-tax losses in the current financial year, also demonstrates the continued vulnerability of the airline sector to rising costs and uncertain demand.
United Airlines has announced the first international routes for its soon-to-arrive Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The Chicago-based carrier, which is the North American launch customer for the 787, has said that it expects to place five 787s into service this year. It will take delivery of its first Dreamliner in late September.
The U.S. government should focus on more efficient aviation security during times of fiscal austerity, according to a new study by the nonprofit Rand research organization. The “Efficient Aviation Security” report, released on August 21, focuses on the costs and the benefits of aviation security in the U.S. in the post 9/11 era. “To make rational security decisions, the benefits of a measure (or group of measures) must be compared with its varied costs to determine whether those benefits exceed the cost,” the authors conclude.
Undaunted by the dominance of its Dubai and Abu Dhabi “big brothers” in the United Arab Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah is pressing ahead with plans to put itself on the air transport map. After a badly timed false start at the peak of the recent financial crisis, RAK Airways will have been back in business for two years by the end of 2012, and the emirate’s airport is drawing attention for its wide-open capacity and widebodies-welcome 12,332-foot runway.
The NBAA Convention, to be held in late October in Orlando, Fla., will offer what the association bills as an “unprecedented chance” for attendees to have face-to-face discussions with people influential in aviation policies throughout Asia. As part of the show, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and U.S. Department of Transportation will sponsor a “reverse trade mission,” bringing regulators and policymakers from several Asian countries to Orlando for NBAA 2012 and then Washington, D.C., a few days after the convention.
New online charter broker ClearJet recently launched a flat-fee charter buyer-seller matchmaking service that it claims is more transparent to both buyer and seller. ClearJet allows buyers to view all of the quotes and other details–including aircraft type, amenities and interior/exterior photos, but not operator name–for their requested trip, unlike typical charter brokers that present clients with only a “best price.”
Executive AirShare introduced two new programs today – Launch and Launch Premium–for business jet users “seeking cost-effective alternatives to full ownership.” Both programs are based on a lease structure, according to the company.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) board of directors approved Flight Design and Sandel Avionics yesterday as the association’s newest members. With these additions, GAMA now has 78 member companies. Flight Design is a light aircraft manufacturer based in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany. Sandel Avionics engineers and manufactures avionics, including several terrain avoidance systems, for rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.