Archive For February 24, 2011

Boeing wins Tanker – for now

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The latest round in a decade long procurement came to a close today when the Pentagon announced that Boeing has won. Well this round at least. Richard Aboulafia from Teal Group thinks that even if EADS does not want to protest, its allies will force them to do it. Which is to say the saga…

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Skymark starts Japanese disruption

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Skymark starts Japanese disruption






Today Skymark made it official.  As the Airbus PR states: Related posts: Premium #181 – The New World Order of Airlines VLA Support Grows Premium #180 – Skymark and the Intrepid/Delta Plan No Harm No Foul?

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GTF Completes Initial Ground Tests

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This morning P&W sent out an update PR.  Here is an excerpt. “Pratt & Whitney successfully completed initial ground testing on its first PurePower® PW1000G series engine, the PW1524G engine for the Bombardier* CSeries* aircraft. The engine completed nearly 200 hours of ground tests at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla. facility. Pratt & Whitney…

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FAA Forecast Conference

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This morning we got to speak with MIT’s Bill Swelbar after he gave his presentation to the conference.  Provocative as always, you may disagree with Bill, but he will make you think. We talk about the changes over the past 30 years – the most critical he cites is an apparent move away from market…

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C919 adds Panasonic Connectivity

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Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) last week announced that it signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) to provide communications systems for COMAC’s C919. While final terms are still being negotiated, the LoI allows the parties to immediately begin working on a custom communications solution that will allow passengers use…

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US Regional Airlines Deserve More Respect

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US Regional Airlines Deserve More Respect






The data presented comes from the US Regional Airlines Association.  The story behind these numbers bears some thought.  The last three periods in particular. Between 1980 and 2009, the number of regional carriers declined 75%.  Yet those which remained grew much larger; 2,334% more ASMs and 985% more enplanements.  The average seats per flight grew…

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