The alacrity with which Boeing assumed control of the former Vought plant in South Carolina this past summer, secured the necessary construction approvals for an adjacent factory and reached a decision on the ultimate location of a second 787 Dreamliner assembly line had already led to skepticism about the company’s commitment to negotiating with its workers based around Washington state’s Puget Sound.
Now that his company has joined the ranks of the major airlines with its takeover of Frontier and Midwest Airlines, an admission by Republic Airways CEO Bryan Bedford of a “jaundiced view” of the small regional jet market might not come as a surprise.
United Airlines has exercised its right to end its code-share agreement with Mesa Air Group covering the 10 de Havilland Canada Dash 8-200s the Phoenix-based regional flies mainly from Denver as United Express. Mesa expects that the last airplane will exit the United system no later than April 30.
St. George, Utah-based SkyWest has agreed to lend United Airlines $80 million as part of a deal announced today that extends SkyWest Airlines’ code-sharing relationship with UAL and calls for SkyWest subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines to launch United Express service during next year’s first quarter.
Boeing announced today that it would take a pre-tax charge against third-quarter financial results of approximately $1 billion “due to increased production costs and the difficult market conditions” associated with the 747-8 program.
Since Boeing 747-8 vice president and general manager Mohammad “Mo” Yahyavi assumed leadership of the program in February, the former head of the 737 P-8A Poseidon team has overseen a quiet transformation from an organization in a near state of disarray to one that Boeing Commercial Airplanes suddenly appears keen to promote as a model of efficiency.
This week’s historic Paris Air Show may yet deliver its usual share of surprises, but one apparent certainty is that very few of the exhibitors are likely to go home richer off the back of new orders announced here at Le Bourget. That certainly seems to be true of the commercial air transport sector, but there is some prospect of two important deals being sealed on the military side.
Trans States Holdings president and COO Rick Leach has seen his company through rough patches in the past, and he has helped the RAA tackle “challenges” of many sorts from his position as an association board member. But as this year’s RAA chairman, Leach finds himself presented with a rare opportunity–a chance make a tangible difference during a time of genuine economic upheaval.
In the ongoing effort to morph the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) into a “NowGen,” equipage by users keeps cropping up as one of the main stumbling blocks to implementing many NextGen benefits in the next three to five years.
Boeing has finally confirmed the inevitable by announcing today that this year’s two-month machinists’ strike and further problems with fastener applications would delay the 787 Dreamliner yet again. The updated schedule now calls for first flight in the second quarter of next year and first delivery in the first quarter of 2010. The announcement marked the fourth major delay of the new design, leaving it almost two years behind schedule.