Mitsubishi Aircraft has officially broken the Bombardier-Embraer duopoly for regional jets in the U.S. with its confirmation on Thursday of a firm order from SkyWest Airlines for 100 MRJ90s worth $4.2 billion at list prices.
The evils posed by the gray market, the disconnect between regional operators and regulators as they attempt to curb it, and the problem of perception for business aviation in the Middle East, dominated the discussion at the second biennial MEBA Conference (MEBAC), which convened at the Dubai Marina on the eve of the show.
The FAA has upgraded Israel’s air safety rating to Category 1 from the Category 2 status it held since December 2008. The November 1 upgrade, based on an October 2012 FAA review of Israel’s civil aviation authority, means Israeli air carriers will be allowed to add new service to and from the U.S., and also to code-share with U.S. airlines. The Category 2 rating allowed Israeli air carriers only to maintain existing services in place in 2008.
The association representing major U.S. airlines expects that carriers will scale back capacity early next year, aligning it more closely with passenger demand to offset record high jet fuel prices. Airlines for America (A4A) projects a 2.4-percent reduction in scheduled domestic flights, a 1.3-percent decrease in domestic seats and a 0.1-percent cut in domestic available seat miles (ASMs) in the new year. This year, domestic ASMs rose a modest 0.1 percent over last year’s total seat capacity.
Phillips 66 Aviation announced a new corporate credit card program featuring Avcard, a co-branded card with Phillips 66. The new Phillips 66 Aviation Wings Card will provide acceptance at more than 7,200 locations globally, along with double WingPoints at participating FBOs. The card can also be used for a variety of services beyond fuel, lubrication and maintenance, including aircraft cleaning, landing fees, oxygen, transportation, ground power, hangar rental, flight training, hotel reservations and catering, among others.
Phillips 66 Aviation announced here on Tuesday a new corporate credit card program featuring Avcard, a co-branded card with Phillips 66.
The new Phillips 66 Aviation Wings Card will provide acceptance at more than 7,200 locations globally, along with double WingPoints at participating FBOs.
The new corporate card will serve pilots and flight departments flying into the nation’s largest network of branded FBOs. Some 870 FBOs are part of the Phillips 66 Aviation network.
Improving communications between flight departments and service providers is the goal of FlightBridge, a newly launched company making its NBAA debut. The company’s web-based technology platform was developed to eliminate the many phone, email and fax-based communications that result from changes in travel plans. According to the company (Booth No. 3508), the process of setting up, canceling and modifying arrangements with service providers is much more direct using its product.
In responses to an article published in the September 20 issue of AINalerts, AIN readers posted comments about user fees on AINonline.com:
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GE Aviation’s H80 turboprop engine has received type certification from Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register. To date, the H80 has received type certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency, the U.S. FAA, Brazil’s civil aviation agency and Argentina’s Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil. GE is pursuing type certificates for the H80 in other countries, including Canada and China, to support the expanding global customer base. The H80 will feature an extended service life of 3,600 flight hours or 6,600 cycles between overhauls.
Texas-based flight training provider Anson Air has broken ground on a new 24,000-sq-ft FBO facility at Sugar Land Regional Airport in Houston that will cater mainly to the region’s piston aircraft community. The $3 million office and hangar facility, expected to open next spring, will have its own avgas fueling operation. The corporate jet segment at the airport is served by the city-owned FBO, Global Select.