Archive For November 30, 2011

Peace in Seattle?

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Today there was big news from Seattle.  Boeing and one of its key unions (IAM 751) came to an agreement on differences going back a long time.  There were negotiations that were ongoing but seemed to have ratcheted up seriously into covering the big issues.  The union gets to keep the MAX at Renton which…

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The Impact of AA Bankruptcy Filing

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The Impact of AA Bankruptcy Filing






American Airlines files its anticipated filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning, ending its attempt to be the only legacy carrier to avoid a filing in the wake of 9/11/01.  While the carrier made a valiant effort to compete without restructuring, it became inevitable with mounting losses and the need to re-fleet.  Information on AA’s…

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Thank you Red Bull

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If there is one company that seems to love aviation, it is Red Bull.  They sponsor a lot of aviation activities and a beautiful museum – their logo is ubiquitous in any aerial “stunt” – you simply expect to see it when people are trying something new in the sky.  As is the case with…

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JFK Taxi Times – by block hour

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JFK Taxi Times – by block hour






Our earlier post on this matter elicited a good suggestion.  So we went back and took a look at the data  by block hour for 2009, 2010 and 2011 through August. The charts are shown below. We selected JFK because it is frequently thought of as among the worst airports for delays. The three biggest…

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A320 sharklet ready for flight tests

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A320 sharklet ready for flight tests






Airbus completed installation of the first set of ‘Sharklet’ wing-tip devices on the company’s A320 development aircraft (MSN 001), preparing for the flight-test campaign in the coming weeks.  The sharklets, specially designed for the A320 Family, will reduce fuel burn by up to 3.5%, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of around 700 tonnes per…

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WheelTug’s simulation model

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WheelTug (an AirInsight client) recently attracted a lot of industry attention when it announced El AL as its launch customer. The company just released a video simulation (created by Airport Research Center GmbH) of how its technology enables an airline to save operational time at the gate.  Adding time saved (assuming 8 ops per day)…

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