American Airlines CEO Tom Horton issued an online video apology following a failure of the company’s computer systems last Tuesday, forcing the virtual seizure of its network. The outage affected both mainline American and its American Eagle regional affiliates, which together canceled some 1,000 flights–amounting to nearly two-thirds of the company’s daily operations–and delayed roughly 1,100 by early Tuesday evening.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is redoubling efforts to help African airlines improve the continent’s poor accident rate. “It is no secret that the biggest gap [in airline safety performance] is in Africa,” said IATA director general Tony Tyler at the group’s international operations conference in Vienna on April 15. “Compared with a world rate of 0.20 Western-built jet hull loss accidents per million sectors in 2012, Africa’s rate was 3.71.”
International Airline Group (IAG) and British Airways have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) calling for the purchase of 18 Airbus A350-1000s along with options on another 18, Airbus announced Monday.
Boeing cleared one of the last hurdles in its campaign to return the 787 to service Friday afternoon, when the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced it had approved its design modifications for the airplane’s battery system. The FAA said the changes address risks at the battery cell level, the battery level and the aircraft level.
Continued weak demand for large passenger and freighter airplanes has convinced Boeing to slow production of its 747-8 from a rate of two airplanes per month to 1.75.
The company expects to deliver the first airplane built at the new rate early next year. It said it doesn’t expect to move to result in a “significant” financial impact.
Chasing the Polish requirement for up to 70 new multirole helicopters to replace aging Mil Mi-8/17s, Eurocopter announced that it will create an assembly line for the EC725 Caracel in that country. Turbomeca simultaneously announced that it will produce the helicopter’s Makila 2 turboshaft engines in Poland.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) recorded its lowest accident rate in 36 years in the year ending March 31. The introduction of upgraded Western aircraft; quality audits of maintenance practices; increased use of simulators; and voluntary reporting of unsafe acts have contributed to the improved record, a senior official said at a recent media briefing.
Eurocopter is now offering Sandel Avionics SN4500 primary navigation displays and SA4550 primary attitude displays as optional equipment on the EC135. As such, Sandel’s products are offered in Eurocopter’s blue book as part of the mid-life efficiency package for new-production EC135s. The SA4550 and SN4500 units feature LED-backlit display technology and “intuitive pilot controls.” The primary navigation display also includes Stormscope, traffic and datalink weather interfaces.
Boeing Business Jets celebrated the completion of the first BBJ for China’s Nanshan Jet at a ceremony yesterday at ABACE 2013 in Shanghai. “The Nanshan Group is an excellent example of a customer who understands the unique capabilities of the Boeing Business Jet and how this airplane addresses the needs of emerging Chinese global business,” said Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor.
Hong Kong-based Pacific-China Aero Technology (PCAT) has signed an exclusive training agreement with global training provider CAE, which is based in Canada. PCAT is a new customer for CAE (Booth P1012) and will send pilots for training in the Gulfstream G450, Beechcraft King Air 350, Cessna Citation XLS, XL, Sovereign and III platforms. Pilot training begins in May on the Sovereign at CAE’s facility near New York City.