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In an interesting move, India’s Jet Airways has joined AACO, the Arab Air Carriers Organization.  This is the first carrier outside of the Arab League countries to join AACO, and reflects the increasing importance of trade between the subcontinent and Arab countries.  Why would an Indian Airline want to join and Arab Airline association?





AACO has been innovative under the leadership of Abdul-Wahab Teffaha, developing joint distribution products with Amadeus, joint fuel purchasing arrangements, and a number of training programs.  Jet could benefit from these and these and other programs currently underway.  In addition, Jet could benefit from favorably publicity in the Gulf states and with the Muslim community within India, which is sizable.

With the failing state carrier Air India once again reducing prices and creating fare wars reducing prices to unsustainable levels domestically, Jet needs to focus on its international… Continue reading

Alaska Airlines is issuing iPad computers to its pilots. The 1½-pound iPads replace up to 25 pounds of paper flight manuals pilots are required to carry when they fly.

The iPads are being distributed to all Alaska Airlines pilots, a process that will be complete by mid-June. This follows a successful trial by 100 line and instructor pilots and Air Line Pilots Association representatives, who evaluated the feasibility of using iPads as electronic flight bags this past winter and spring.
Alaska Airlines is the first major domestic airline to use the iPad to replace paper manuals.

The iPads contain an app called GoodReader that is loaded with PDF versions of 41 flight, systems and performance manuals, reference cards, and other materials. The electronic manuals include hyperlinks and color graphics, enabling pilots to find information faster and easier. Updating these reference materials can now be accomplished with one tap on the… Continue reading

[Update Podcast with an A330 type rating instructor discussing the BEA AF447 information]

Update: MSNBC has a three minute video with two former NTSB investigators discussing the accident.

Citing inaccuracies and errors in media reports on the crash of AF447 off the coast of Brazil, the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’aviation civile in charge of the investigation released a note on the crash this afternoon. Continue reading

Shorts of Belfast is a company with an impressive history.  Bombardier acquired this company in 1989, adding to its growing base of aerospace expertise. The Belfast operation is impressive. It has 5,000 employees and more than a century of aviation experience. Indeed, Shorts is the largest manufacturer in Northern Ireland generating 10% of the region’s manufacturing exports on its own. Bombardier’s investment in the operation is almost £1.6bn since 1989 and an additional £520m investment is under way to support the CSeries wing production. Shorts is Bombardier’s center of excellence for fuselages, nacelles, wings, composites and after-market support. Continue reading

The air travel business is a tough place to trade in.  Airplanes are about equal and it is difficult to make the travel experience “special” or different.  Yesterday we saw first hand how an airline can stand out by using its key asset – its people.

If you have flown Virgin Atlantic then you know of what I speak. If you have not, allow me to encourage you to try. Yesterday I flew VS007; LHR-LAX.  The flight was on an A340-600.

The aircraft was surprisingly quiet. By the time we were on board, my sense of the brand was established.  The in-flight crew served to underscore what I had already discovered on the ground. This airline employs really good people.

Arriving at Heathrow in the early morning after an eleven hour flight (CPT-LHR) does leave one a tad burnt out. Changing terminals along with thousands of… Continue reading