As part of the launch of its “new reality” simulator and services portfolio, Thales assembled a high-level panel of simulation and training industry professionals to discuss the challenges facing their industry as a result of falling margins, increasing overhead and more aggressive competition.
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To celebrate the adoption of its latest livery, Air France is conducting an international photography contest with the theme of “Air France Livery: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” Open to everyone, the contest seeks to identify the best photographs of Air France aircraft from 1946 to the airline’s newest color scheme unveiled in April.
After little more than 18 months’ service, the Airbus A380 very large airliner is delivering on the manufacturer’s commitments, including lowest fuel burn and operating cost and increased revenues and operators’ market share. “The A3XX [as the program was originally identified] promised a lot and the A380 delivers,” said product marketing director Richard Carcaillet.
Short-haul operators in Europe have been seeing almost no growth in passenger numbers and have struggled to reduce capacity to offset lower traffic as the global economic downturn has turned to recession. After a disappointing 2008 that saw load factors fall, European Regions Airline Association (ERA) members now suffer “a considerable worsening” in demand.
Qantas Airways said it would defer delivery of four Airbus A380s and 12 Boeing 737-800s by about a year today as it announced a series of steps to counter its first projected second-half loss in six years.
European jetliner manufacturer Airbus has acknowledged operators’ “teething troubles,” but it characterizes the A380’s entry into service as “very successful.” The comments follow technical incidents involving 13 aircraft flying with Emirates Airline, Qantas and Singapore Airlines, as well as reported dissatisfaction at Emirates, the A380’s largest customer.
Airbus continued to register a negative sales tally this year as the company booked orders for just a pair of A380s from Korean Air while it saw cancellations of a single A319 and an A320, both from Dutch-Kuwaiti leasing alliance AerVenture, during February.
Qantas Airlines has received approval from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to use the Honeywell SmartPath ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) at Sydney International Airport for satellite-based landings with its Airbus A380s. The SmartPath GBAS supports precision approach and landings using GPS satellite data and transmits digital guidance signals to aircraft systems.
Air Canada and Singapore Airlines have joined Korean Air and Asiana in diverting flights away from North Korean airspace after the communist government said it could not guarantee the safety of passenger jets flying near its shores or southern border. The threat comes as the U.S. and South Korea prepare to begin on Monday annual military exercises North Korea considers provocative.
DAE Capital, the aircraft leasing and financial business arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), yesterday signed an operating lease agreement with Garuda Indonesia covering eight Boeing 737-800s. The signing ceremony, attended by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, took place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Jakarta during the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF).