Bombardier Flexjet on February 3 launched a round-trip pricing program that reduces the cost of one- or two-day round trips for owners committed to at least 100 flight hours per year. The program gives owners a 15-percent discount for each hour of a qualifying round trip. Round-trip pricing can be used on any day of the year, even on peak days, and there is no minimum time requirement on use of the aircraft.
Continental Airlines today became the first North American airline to demonstrate the use of sustainable biofuel to power a commercial aircraft when one of its Boeing 737-800s took off from George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport shortly after noon local time fueled in part with algae and jatropha oil.
The comment period closing date has been suspended indefinitely on a DOT proposal to adopt “market based” solutions to relieve airport congestion and delays. If adopted, landing fees could soar for business and commercial operators.
Honeywell Aerospace, along with Honeywell subsidiary UOP, Airbus, JetBlue and International Aero Engines (IAE), are joining efforts to develop a sustainable biofuel, using feedstocks that do not compete with food or water resources. The five partners will focus on converting bio feedstocks to commercial aviation fuels. Those feedstocks could be algae.
Operators have until August 13 to comment on the FAA’s proposed long-term
solutions to the serious congestion and delay problems at New York La Guardia
The FAA’s proposal to cut airline delays by imposing peak-period pricing to reduce congestion at busy airports is a “bad idea,” according to NBAA, “with no positive consequences and the limitless possibility of unintended negative consequences.” The National Air Transportation Association commented that “the proposed amendment is a short-term fix to a long-term problem,” and that the FAA should focus on “runway expansions and airport improveme
The FAA announced a two-year extension of the existing lottery allocation of slot exemptions at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) until Oct. 31, 2004. In addition, the FAA is asking for public comment on proposed changes to the current procedures for allocating slot exemptions that are either returned or have gone unused.
“Congestion pricing should be the FAA’s last resort, not its first,” noted AOPA president Phil Boyer.
Operators now have until October 12 to comment on the FAA’s proposed long-term solutions to the congestion and delay problems at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA). The original comment period was to have ended in the middle of last month. As previously reported, under one plan six GA slots would be set aside each hour for a total of 96 over LGA’s 16-hr peak period of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Currently GA gets 108 slots from 6 a.m. to midnight.
Synthetic fuel seems to be the new Holy Grail of air transport. The prospect of oil reserve depletion, the need to curb CO2 emissions and energy security concerns are all encouraging the industry to find a viable alternative to the current jet-A1 kerosene that can be used in current engines.