All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines have grounded their entire fleets of Boeing 787s following an emergency landing this morning by an ANA Dreamliner in western Japan.
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Singapore Airlines has completed a firm order for 25 more widebody aircraft from Airbus, comprising five A380 superjumbos and 20 A350-900s. The parties signed the firm order in December, some two months after Singapore announced its intention to enter into the contract.
Traffic results for November 2012 released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Wednesday showed an improvement in both passenger and air freight demand. Air travel figures rose 4.6 percent for the month year-over-year, compared with October’s rise of just 2.9 percent. Meanwhile, air freight volumes edged up 1.6 percent in November after declining 2.6 percent in October, year to year.
Bristol Flying Center (BFC), the aviation services provider at the UK’s Bristol Airport, has completed an expansion after its parent company signed two handling contracts, one of them with a regional airline that handles Airbus corporate business. The FBO expects to see its annual passenger numbers increase 1,700 percent as a result of the agreements, which take effect this month. The company has completed two new passenger lounges and a separate crew lounge, along with new security screening facilities and redesigned reception areas in its 6,500-sq-ft terminal.
Charter operator Gama Aviation says young children will no longer need to sit on their parents’ laps while traveling aboard any of Gama’s Bombardier Challenger fleet thanks to the company’s new infant safety seats. The UK-based business aviation services group made the seats and claims they are the first child seats certified for taxi, takeoff and landing on numerous business jets. The seats are already in use aboard Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific flights.
Indonesia’s deputy transport minister, Bambang Susantono, said he fully expects his country’s Garuda Indonesia airline to be certified by the FAA in 2013 to resume flying to the U.S. The minister’s remarks were published in the Jakarta Globe. Garuda has been banned from flying into the U.S. for nearly six years due to numerous safety issues. Europe lifted a similar ban against Garuda in 2010.
Virgin Group boss Richard Branson insists that Virgin Atlantic’s brand will remain intact well into the future following Delta Air Lines’ planned purchase of Singapore Airlines’ 49-percent stake in the UK carrier. “First of all, ignore the press speculation, the British Airways speculation,” said Branson via a video feed from his Caribbean retreat on Necker Island during last week’s announcement. “I’m not going anywhere.”
Strong financial performance by the world’s airlines in the second and third quarters caused the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to revise up its yearly profit forecast for carriers by 63 percent from two months ago, to $6.7 billion. The association said profits should improve to $8.4 billion next year.
Airbus Corporate Jets launched its new Gala cabin concept for the ACJ330/340 widebodies today at MEBA 2012. The concept is applicable to A330s and A340s, which essentially have the identical cabins between doors two and three. In this cabin zone, Airbus proposes the installation of a VVIP fit encompassing a master bedroom, master office and conference area. Governments requiring head-of-state aircraft are seen as the main potential customers.
The significant investments in expanding the aircraft completions and maintenance capabilities of Amac Aerospace have surely been made with the Middle East very much in mind.