Jeppesen has announced the addition of three more airlines to the growing list of carriers that are moving away from paper in favor of electronic navigation charts.
Hamilton Sundstrand (Hall 4 Stand F13) has announced the signing of a long-term maintenance agreement with low-cost carrier Ryanair. The contract covers test, repair and overhaul for the manufacturer’s products on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737s. These include electric power and cabin pressurization equipment.
For the first time, Bombardier Aerospace has revealed its expectations of the 100- to 149-seat commercial-aircraft market segment at which the proposed C Series jetliner would be aimed. The statistics appear in a 20-year forecast published here yesterday.
CAE has introduced a new training alliance intended to address the global shortage of pilots called CAE Global Academy. The alliance involves a network of flight training organizations that offer pilot candidates training for a commercial pilots license and a clear path, via the global CAE training network, for gaining a type rating and career as an airline pilot.
Saudi Arabia’s new low-cost carrier Sama last month became the latest operator to sign up for one of the integrated airline solutions (IAS) contracts offered by SR Technics (Hall 4 Stand B8). The five-year, $121 million deal will see the maintenance, repair and overhaul group provide full technical support for Sama’s fleet of Boeing 737-300s, including engineering and technical services, component support and logistics management.
Rolls-Royce has released its 20-year forecast for the aero-engine business with predictions of up to $600 billion-worth of sales during the period.
The UK company stated it expects the industry will be called on to provide 114,000 jet engines “to meet the global demand for 51,000 new commercial aircraft, ranging from business jets to high-capacity airliners.”
Under the current ATC funding mechanism, business aviation “gets a free ride, or almost free ride,” according to American Airlines chairman and CEO Gerard Arpey. Speaking last week at an Executives’ Club of Chicago luncheon, Arpey said airlines “use two-thirds of the ATC system’s services but pay more than 90 percent of the cost.
The verbal sparring over ATC funding and user fees reached the front page of The Wall Street Journal today in a long article, “Why Big Airlines Are Starting a Fight with Business Jets,” that impartially lays out the opposing positions of business aviation and the airlines. Front-page, left-column placement of the story shows the importance the newspaper’s editors place on the issue.
In the war of words between the airlines and general aviation about who should pay how much for ATC services, Pogo’s Robert Crandall argues that more of the general public should pick up the tab. In a recent presentation before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, he said, “The big problem is that the Administration keeps reducing the amount contributed by the general fund.
New airliners being delivered in the next 20 years will continue to grow in both unit numbers and average aircraft size, according to Boeing. New market predictions from the U.S. manufacturer show a trend toward increased deliveries of larger aircraft with a corresponding decline in the shipments of regional jets (RJs) with 90 or fewer seats.