The captain of a United Airlines flight died after being transported to a local hospital in Boise, Idaho, on September 27. The pilot suffered a heart attack while in command of a Boeing 737 en route to Seattle from Houston with 166 people aboard. The flight landed safely under the command of the aircraft’s first officer, with no other injuries reported.
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American Airlines parent AMR and US Airways agreed to extend their merger deadline by about a month to allow for the antitrust case filed by the U.S. Justice Department to run its course.
World airlines collected $27 billion in revenue from products and services other than ticket sales last year, according to the latest annual report by research company IdeaWorks. The total came from data from 53 airlines that disclose ancillary revenue activity.
Boeing will expand the capacity of its factory in Helena, Montana, by nearly 50 percent to support increased demand for commercial airplanes and new work for the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, company CEO Jim McNerney announced Tuesday during the Montana Jobs Summit in Butte. McNerney appeared at the event with Montana Senator Max Baucus and Governor Steve Bullock.
Shadin Avionics received TSO approval for a data converter that integrates an iPad into the cockpit to access real-time flight data. The flyTab Aircraft Interface Module (Aim) was developed in collaboration with the Avionics & Systems Integration Group as a part of the flyTab Class 2 electronic flight bag. The current Aim provides an Arinc 429 interface for two iPads from a single unit. According to the company, Arinc 429, RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, discrete and MIL-STD-1553 data can be easily added and certified.
The financial performance of U.S. airlines improved from “razor thin margins to paper thin margins” during the first half of the year, as passenger airlines collected 2.1 cents in profit for every dollar of revenue, according to trade organization Airlines for America (A4A). In a quarterly media briefing on August 22, A4A said airlines benefited from a small decrease in fuel prices, their largest cost.
The U.S. Justice Department pointed to what most in the airline industry would consider fairly innocuous comments by US Airways executives as evidence of how consolidation has harmed the flying public by resulting in higher airfares and reduced service.
It specifically cited US Airways president Scott Kirby’s remarks that consolidation has allowed for “three successful fare increases.”
Rockwell Collins’s planned acquisition of airborne communications provider Arinc positions it to benefit both on the ground and in the air from the increasing “digitization” of airline communications. The future paradigm for ATC calls for replacing voice communications between pilots and controllers with digital data messaging, and Arinc’s ground infrastructure provides one of two major pipes for routing those messages.
Arinc Direct is at LABACE with the prospect of a merger of its parent company with Rockwell Collins in the offing, subject to regulatory approval. It is something that would provide significant opportunities for both companies in the online flight planning and support business, admitted Arinc Direct senior director of sales Joel Ehrman. “We can’t even talk about it yet,” he told AIN.
Rockwell Collins is purchasing Arinc from The Carlyle Group for $1.39 billion, the companies announced on Sunday. The purchase is subject to “regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.” Arinc’s ground-based data network and radio communications network serves airlines, airports and airport security, among others.
Carlyle purchased Arinc in 2007 from Boeing and the group of airlines that owned the firm. Last year, Booz Allen Hamilton bought Arinc’s defense business, which helped make the current agreement to sell Arinc more achievable.