European information technology giant SITA predicts that by 2005 airline passengers will be able to make calls in flight using their personal cellphones.
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Arinc, best known for its broad-based aviation services in the field of transportation communications and systems engineering, has launched a new effort aimed at specifically providing the same services and more to the business aviation industry.
Donald Greene, 52, executive vice president of bizav equipment supplier Safe Flight Instrument and a son of company founder Leonard Greene, was killed on United Airlines Flight 93, the Boeing 757 that was hijacked and crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11.
Arinc and Norway telecommunications company Telenor have successfully completed ground testing of technology that lets passengers continue talking on their personal wireless phones after takeoff. The companies demonstrated the satellite-based concept at last month’s World Airline Entertainment Association conference, held September 20 to 24 in Seattle, and are holding talks with a number of airlines.
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways will soon issue five million shares of stock at between $14 and $16 each in its third attempt to take the company public, according to a prospectus filed last month with the SEC.
According to aviation career specialist AIR Inc., six fractional operators this year hired 447 pilots through April. Frax companies hired a total of 1,038 pilots last year, putting this year’s numbers on track for a better outlook. According to AIR Inc., no fractional pilots are on furlough, but 4,515 major airline pilots and 2,451 “national” airline pilots are.
Political and commercial agendas, both individual and collective, rarely allow for a wholly accurate assessment of the regional airline industry’s condition. With an array
of conflicting and ambiguous signals from within executive circles, trying to gauge industry prospects at this year’s Regional Airline Association convention in St. Louis would prove as frustrating as ever.
Former Air Transport Association (ATA) senior vice president Robert Warren has been named to NBAA’s newly created position of executive vice president, reporting directly to NBAA president Shelley Longmuir.
United Airlines earlier this month formally rejected its code-share contract with Atlantic Coast Airlines, freeing the Sterling, Va.-based regional to speed preparations for its launch of Independence Air–the planned new discount carrier slated to fly from Washington Dulles Airport. The long-time partners have agreed to begin the separation process on June 4 and complete the divorce by August 5.
What started as an annoyance three years ago appears to have turned into a legitimate threat to the essence of the Air Line Pilots Association’s long-held strategy for protecting mainline pilot interests.