When Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger brought the aft belly skin of his US Airways Airbus A320 into contact with the cold water of New York’s Hudson River on January 15 and pulled off a magnificent emergency ditching after Canada geese had choked the life out of both engines, he restored to the piloting profession an aura of cool skill and professionalism that had been sullied by decades of accidents blamed on pilot error.
US Airways will defer delivery of 54 Airbus aircraft as part of a new “liquidity improvement program,” the airline announced today.
Under the new plan, US Airways plans to take the 54 Airbus airplanes, previously scheduled for delivery between 2010 and 2012, “in 2013 and beyond.” In addition, said the airline, it will delay launch of Airbus A350XWB operations from 2015 until 2017.
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and officials from the county airport authority last month confirmed that they have begun talks with Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Gulfstream International Airlines to restore nonstop air service from Pittsburgh International Airport to several regional communities.
The cash registers started to ring here at the 2009 Dubai Airshow yesterday with a modest but nonetheless welcome batch of airliner and engine orders. Airbus firmed up a new customer in Ethiopian Airlines, which converted a memorandum of understanding for 12 A350XWBs into a firm $3 billion order.
Middle East carriers will account for a larger share of the global airline fleet as they expand, with an emphasis on increased numbers of large and long-range aircraft, according to Boeing’s latest market forecast. “More than 100 new airplanes, including 45 twin-aisle [designs], will be delivered to the region [this year]–approximately 20 percent of 2009 twin-aisle deliveries worldwide,” reads the U.S. airframer’s analysis.
K3 Resources has released a compelling animation of the January 15 US Airways Flight 1549 ditching in the Hudson River, including views of bird flocks caught on radar at the time the Airbus A320’s engines flamed out.
Spain has approved loans worth up to $520 million for subcontractors working on the Airbus A350 XWB twin-aisle twinjet or on its Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine. The loans are separate from any other financial support that Spain provides for the overall program.
Republic Airways today said it will acquire 10 Embraer 190ARs from US Airways. The airline will apply the full balance of a $35 million loan from US Airways toward the purchase of the aircraft and assume the remaining debt on the aircraft. Republic expects four of the 99-seat jets to enter service in November and December in the company’s new Midwest Airlines system, where they would replace Boeing 717s.
Jeffrey Skiles, the first officer of the US Airways Airbus A320 that successfully ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, saving 155 lives, is appearing at the Phillips 66 Aviation booth (No. 2613) to regale attendees with compelling stories about that memorable day and other interesting experiences during his 23-year career at US Airways.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) any day now plans to issue an interim ruling on U.S. allegations over unfair subsidies made by European governments to Airbus.