On Tuesday, Robert Sumwalt was sworn in for his second five-year term as an NTSB board member. President Bush first appointed him to the Safety Board in August 2006 for a five-year term that concludes at the end of this month. Sumwalt was recently renominated by President Obama for a term that will end on Dec. 31, 2016.
AMR Corporation and its two U.S. airline subsidiaries, American Airlines and American Eagle, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today after failing to agree to cost-cutting measures with its pilots.
American Airlines last week revealed its choice of the Airbus A319 and A321 as part of its A320 family fleet order announced in July 2011. Plans call for the A319s to come equipped with CFM56-5B engines, while IAE V-2500-A5s power the A321.
Evidently regarding discretion as the better part of valor, Airbus has revised the production schedule for its planned A350 XWB, owing to delayed sub-assemblies under production by partners in Europe and the U.S. Airbus has moved the twin-aisle twinjet’s first-flight date from late 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.
With its rapidly growing route network, long-term expansion plans and emphasis on reduced operating costs, flydubai has to be considered a prime sales prospect for Boeing’s re-engined 737 MAX airliner.
Airbus has pushed back the planned first flight of the Airbus A350XWB from late 2012 to the first quarter of 2013. Last Thursday, the European airframer admitted that it has had to revise its production schedule, blaming the slippage on delayed subassemblies being produced by partners in Europe and the U.S., including GKN Aerospace and Spirit Aerosystems.
The U.S. Air Force contract with Boeing for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the KC-46A aerial refueling tanker caps the government’s cost liability, government program executives said.
The DOT and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have granted a joint waiver request of Delta Air Lines and US Airways to allow the two carriers to swap slots at New York LaGuardia Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
When I look at the Caribbean Airlines 737-800 that slid off a rain-soaked runway on July 30 at Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan Airport outside Georgetown, without any fatalities and with only relatively minor injuries, I have two immediate reactions. The first is disappointment that we still have not gotten a handle on preventing runway excursions, the leading cause of accidents these days for commercial and corporate aviation.
The backlog for Airbus’s A320neo family seems to grow on a daily basis of late, most recently with today’s conversion of an MOU signed in June during the Paris Air Show by CIT Aerospace to a firm order for 50 of the re-engined narrowbodies. Airbus plans to start deliveries of the airplanes to CIT in 2016, following delivery of another 32 Airbus jets the leasing company ordered in June 2007.