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Dec 11, 2006

US Close To Twin Jet Flight Rule Change. The Bush administration is close to finalizing a measure that will let twin-engine airliners on long-haul flights take more direct routes over water and the polar region, a US aviation regulator said on Wednesday. Dec 7, 2006

Flatulent Passenger Grounds US Flight. It may be one problem airline security officials never envisioned -- a passenger lighting matches in flight to mask the smell from her flatulence. Dec 6, 2006

Missile Defense For Commercial Planes Near. Systems to protect commercial planes from shoulder-fired missiles are almost ready but airlines and the US government may not start using them unless the public perceives an imminent threat, executives at two defense manufacturers said on Monday. Dec 5, 2006

Air Canada

Air Canada aims for further cost reduction with new aircraft coming onboard. Air Canada said new aircraft entering its fleet will continue to drive operating costs down. Dec 8, 2006


US National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark Rosenker said airlines should voluntarily begin incorporating a 15% safety factor when calculating stopping distances on icy or wet runways. He added that thrust reversers should not be counted on by pilots to bring planes to a safe stop in poor conditions. US FAA is likely to implement an official rule change regarding calculation of stopping distances but has not done so yet. A Southwest Airlines 737-700 overran a runway at Chicago Midway a year ago today and ended up on a street corner beyond the airport perimeter where it hit two cars, killing a six-year-old child riding in one of them. An NTSB hearing over the summer scrutinized the pilots' decision to land in wintry conditions and how they calculated landing distance. Dec 8, 2006


Boeing currently has orders and commitments from 37 customers for 458 aircraft, of which 435 are firm from 35 customers. Bair noted recent orders for VIP airlines and joked that the 787 is turning out to be "a must have for the world's billionaires." Dec 7, 2006


Boeing said the 787 will have 2%-3% lower cash operating costs than originally promised, largely owing to better-than-expected maintenance costs. "When we started, we were offering an airplane that had 8%-10% better operating economics than the 767 and to beat that by 30% is a pretty good outcome," he said. Maintenance costs will be 30% less than with the 767. Dec 7, 2006


Boeing's 787 is still overweight, although not the 5,000 lb. disclosed a month ago, but the company is confident it will "meet all commitments on weight," 787 VP and GM Mike Bair said yesterday during a call with reporters. An example of significant savings is a redesigned seat track that will remove several hundred pounds, he said. Dec 7, 2006

Boeing, Delta Air Lines

Delta To Sell 38 Boeings, Orders 10 More. Delta Air Lines said on Thursday it will sell 38 Boeing planes after delivery as part of its bankruptcy, but that it will order 10 more planes and convert an existing order of five planes to longer-range aircraft to match its restructuring plans. Dec 7, 2006

Boeing, First Choice Airways

Boeing confirmed this week that UK tour operator First Choice Airways ordered an additional two 787-8s for delivery in 2011. First Choice, the European launch customer for the 787, placed its first order for six in July 2004. It now has eight on firm order, with the first set to enter service in 2009. "This follow-on order from our European launch customer...speaks volumes about their belief in the exceptional benefits the 787 will bring to their passengers," Commercial Airplanes VP-Sales-Europe, Russia and Central Asia Marlin Dailey said. Dec 8, 2006

Continental Airlines, Boeing

Continental Airlines converted 12 737NG orders to orders for the 737-900ER, raising its firm commitment for the new variant to 24. It has 60 737s on order with an option to convert more to the dash 900ER, which can fly up to 3,200 nm., or 500 nm. farther than the dash 900. It made the initial 12-aircraft conversion four months ago, becoming the first US carrier to order the type. Dec 6, 2006

Delta Air Lines, Boeing

Delta Air Lines agrees to sell 38 737-800s to lessors on delivery, orders 10 dash 700s. Delta reached aircraft purchase and sale agreements with Boeing and two aircraft lessors yesterday as part of an effort to right-size its fleet to emerge from bankruptcy as a standalone carrier with a heavy emphasis on international services. Dec 8, 2006

Delta Air Lines, Boeing

Delta Air Lines has agreed to sell 15 Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Aviation Capital Group, the leasing company of Pacific LifeCorp., and 23 planes to Babcock & Brown Aviation Finance. Dec 7, 2006

Delta Air Lines, Boeing

Delta Air Lines said that it would order 10 Boeing 737-700 aircraft and convert five firm orders for 777-200ERs to longer-range 777-200LRs. Dec 7, 2006

Jet Airways, Air Canada, CAE, Boeing

CAE signed contracts for three full flight simulators: A 777-300ER and an A330/A340 for Jet Airways and a 777-300ER for Air Canada. Both contracts include a suite of Simfinity training devices. The AC contract includes an option to provide a second 777 simulator. CAE valued the orders at list prices, including some buyer-furnished equipment, at C$51 million ($45 million). Dec 7, 2006

JetBlue Airways, Embraer

JetBlue delays E-190 deliveries. JetBlue Airways reduced by 32 the number of firm Embraer 190 aircraft it will take from 2007 through 2010 in order to "manage capacity growth while retaining maximum flexibility," it said yesterday. Dec 4, 2006

Northwest Airlines, ATA Airlines

Northwest Airlines plans to retire all its DC-10s by the end of next month and said it marketed the seven planes to "70 potential purchasers." ATA's offer, which was not revealed, "represents the best available transaction for the sale of the aircraft," it said in the filing. Northwest operated 24 DC-10-30s prior to entering bankruptcy but said it will have just one left if the sale to ATA is cleared, and will remove all such aircraft from service no later than Jan. 31. The agreement with ATA calls for the DC-10s to be delivered beginning this month and continuing through February. Each of the seven will be sold with three engines, NWA said. Two additional spare engines also will be sold to ATA. Dec 7, 2006

Northwest Airlines, ATA Airlines

NWA reaches agreement to sell seven DC-10s to ATA Airlines. Bankrupt Northwest Airlines said in a court filing yesterday that it has agreed to sell seven DC-10-30s to ATA Airlines, a transaction NWA said would bring "relief" that will help it to reorganize and eventually emerge from Chapter 11 protection. Dec 6, 2006

Pratt & Whitney

Pratt & Whitney said yesterday that VP-Operational Commercial Engines Jon Beatty will become the new president of the International Aero Engines consortium succeeding Mark King, who will return to Rolls-Royce in a senior leadership position. "Beatty's leadership in Pratt & Whitney's Commercial Engines organization has been exemplary and I am very confident that IAE and V2500 customers will benefit from his experience," P&W Commercial Engines President Todd Kallman said. P&W VP-Sales, Marketing and Customer Support Mike Field will replace Beatty. Bob Keady, who has been serving as IAE senior VP-customer business, will move to P&W to take Field's post. Dec 7, 2006

Southwest Airlines, Boeing

Southwest Airlines President Colleen Barrett said the LCC wants to buy more aircraft even though it has 37 737-700s on order for delivery next year. "We're still out there looking for aircraft at the right price," she said. While most US carriers have minimized capacity growth this year, a confident SWA will up ASMs by 10% this quarter. Dec 7, 2006 Z Editor: Aram Gesar, eMail:

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