Continued weakness in cargo markets and stubbornly high fuel prices have convinced FedEx to retire 18 Airbus A310-200s and 26 related engines permanently, along with six Boeing MD-10-10s and 17 associated engines, the company announced last Monday.
It took a pilot to make one of the first moves in Congress to create one level of safety as part of a 2011 proposal to upgrade Part 121 crew-rest requirements.
Pilot unions say they were outgunned by a cargo industry lobby that convinced the FAA to exclude air cargo operations from its new flightcrew member duty and rest requirements, a rule they vow to amend.
The holiday season seemed to start early last week for Boeing, as it secured no fewer than three major firm orders, including the biggest in its history.
FedEx Express, a FedEx Corp. subsidiary, announced the launch of a 48,000-sq-ft facility in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA). The new FedEx facility will give customers in the free zone greater connectivity to FedEx’s global network.
The air freight industry needs to quickly adopt the more sophisticated and holistic approaches to security already introduced in the maritime cargo sector, according to Neil Fisher, vice president of Global Security Solutions with IT group Unisys.
In an effort to better guarantee AOG parts shipments within 24 hours, Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 2704) last month opened a new parts distribution center in Memphis. The new facility's proximity to FedEx's national hub will allow customers to place orders until midnight EST for delivery the next day, according to Raffaele Virgili, vice president of customer service for P&WC.
Breaking for the Independence Day holiday, Congress extended funding for FAA operations and programs for a 14th time. New reauthorization legislation has been bottled up in a conference committee that is wrangling over a knotty problem that has next to nothing to do with the FAA–a little known provision tucked into the House bill that would make it easier for ground workers at FedEx to organize a union.
Before high-tailing it out of Washington, D.C., last week for what is euphemistically called the Independence Day “district work period,” Congress extended funding for FAA operations and programs for a 14th time.
A multiyear FAA reauthorization bill will be on President Obama’s desk by July 4. That was the prediction last week by Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. According to GovernmentExecutive.com, congressional aides are meeting informally to reach agreement on some lesser differences between House and Senate versions of FAA bills.