Southwest Airlines expects to take delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 in March 2012, the company’s chairman, president and CEO, Gary Kelly, revealed during a Wings Club luncheon in New York City today. The airline plans to substitute order position on twenty 737-700s for slots on the same number of 737-800s. It remains in negotiations with Boeing over the precise terms, including configuration and equipment options.
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Arinc Direct is trying to help aircraft operators meet the new requirement to implement safety management systems (SMS) by introducing a new process for conducting the necessary risk factors assessment before each flight.
Arinc has added new map technology and automated risk factor assessment for meeting safety management system (SMS) requirements to Arinc Direct, its flight-planning service. Using new map technology from SkyVector, Arinc Direct is offering its subscribers the ability to view in selectable detail a planned route and the aeronautical map data behind it.
Not everyone agrees with the regional airlines’ assertion that they fly just as safely as their mainline counterparts. With this perception and several specific accidents in mind, the NTSB convened a symposium in late October to shed more light on airline code-sharing arrangements and their role in aviation safety.
To promote its airborne Internet access system, Aircell offered NBAA showgoers a free trial of the Gogo inflight Internet service to try on the way home. Available on many airlines, Gogo offers connection speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps, likely as fast as many DSL services for home use.
A group of 24 airlines from the U.S. and Europe have allied to oppose export credit agency loan guarantees to foreign customers buying Boeing and Airbus airplanes. On its face, their argument seems logical: no longer do many of the airlines and lessors who get export credit agency support need government-backed loans.
Two new studies underscore the value of business aviation–and the high cost of not using it. Nexa Advisors studied the value of business aviation to Standard & Poor’s Smallcap 600 companies from 2005 to 2010.
Chuck McKinnon is this year’s recipient of the NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell award, granted for lifelong individual achievement in supporting business aviation. At age 95 and newly remarried to Jan Barden of Aviation Personnel International, McKinnon looks back to a long lifetime of involvement with aviation. “I’ve been interested in aviation since I knew there was such a thing,” he told AIN.
United Air Lines and Continental Airlines formally closed their so-called merger of equals today, as United Continental Holdings–the former UAL Corporation–announced that both now operate as wholly owned subsidiaries of the new entity. The common stock of United Continental Holdings began trading today on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol UAL.
A study released recently by Boeing predicts a need for 466,650 pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel worldwide over the next 20 years, with the Asia-Pacific region accounting for 180,000 and 220,000, respectively. China will experience the greatest need for pilots and maintenance personnel at 70,600 and 96,400, respectively.