Malaysia Airlines

February 2, 2013 - 4:10am
The completion project begins at Associated Air Center’s design center, shown in these photos. Once the customer selects the fabrics, furnishings and appliances for Boeing 747-8, interior specialists will spend three years creating the cabin, which will include a private section–with bedroom and reception area–for the principal.

Standard Aero’s Associated Air Center is gearing up to receive its first Boeing 747-8 completion at its Dallas facility.

January 21, 2013 - 12:50pm

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) for Chicago and its surrounding region has publicly charged United Airlines and American Airlines with running “sham” business operations conceived to circumvent city and RTA sales taxes. In a lawsuit filed against United last week, the RTA–a municipal corporation of government that oversees the Chicago area’s public transportation departments–claimed that the airline established shell offices in the town of Sycamore, Illinois, where it pays a total tax rate of 8 percent.

January 3, 2013 - 1:55am
Aircraft maintenance

Imagine seeing this headline: “Major Airline Uses Student Pilots on Passenger Flights.” There would be universal outrage and condemnation if an airline tried to put students in the cockpit on passenger-carrying flights–even if “just” to handle the radios or practice touching some of the controls in cruise flight.

December 17, 2012 - 1:25pm

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.

December 10, 2012 - 10:40am

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.

December 10, 2012 - 6:00am
In October, Amac Aerospace delivered the first BBJ 777-200LR–completed for a private customer in the Middle East–to Jeddah-based Aviation Link.

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.

November 26, 2012 - 6:00pm

Tough economic times are resulting in innovations by carriers in the Asia Pacific region looking beyond traditional business models through strategic realignments and new product offerings. Recent ground-breaking deals include Virgin Australia selling a 10-percent stake to Singapore Airlines (SIA) and buying 60 percent of Tiger Airways; the new partnership between Emirates Airline and Qantas; and Etihad Airways purchasing a 10-percent stake in Virgin Australia.

October 8, 2012 - 4:03pm

The pilots of American Eagle voted on Monday to ratify a tentative agreement reached last month between their Air Line Pilots Association bargaining committee and airline management. Seventy percent of participating pilots voted in favor of the agreement. Of the airline’s some 3,000 pilots, 85 percent cast ballots.

October 3, 2012 - 5:50am

With unemployment numbers in the U.S. stuck on high, word of job openings is always welcome news. A substantial number of new aerospace jobs have evolved from some unlikely sources this year: non-U.S.-based companies. Brazilian aircraft builder Embraer opened a $50 million final manufacturing facility for the Phenom 100 and 300 in Melbourne, Fla., last year, employing 233 people.

September 1, 2012 - 3:10am

Europe’s regional airlines face many challenges–not least of which centers on trying to change the way politicians in Brussels view aviation. The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) expends much effort on behalf of its 65 members trying to convince Eurocrats that regional airlines provide vital economic links that need nurturing in an era of consistently high fuel prices and an economic downturn severe enough to threaten the very existence of the European Union.

 
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