Archive For July 30, 2012

Allegiant Selects A319: good news and bad news

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There is good news and bad news in Allegiant Air’s  selection of the Airbus A319 for Airbus. On the positive side, Allegiant becomes a new Airbus customer using the A319 in an ultra- low cost business model, which is positive.  Airbus CEO Barry Eccleston stated that “Allegiant is hyper conscious of both cost and comfort,…

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787 Engine Failure in Charleston Closes Airport – Implications?

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On Saturday, a Boeing 787 runway test with the most recently built aircraft, equipped with GEnx engines, experienced an engine failure, resulting in debris on the runway approach and causing a brush fire.   This closed the airport, resulting in the diversion of two inbound commercial flights, as with the main runway at Charleston currently shut…

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American Airlines’ Plans for Post-Bankruptcy Merger

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One of the reasons American Airlines is currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy is arrogance.   American was “too proud” to declare Chapter 11 when the rest of the industry did after 9-11 and restructure, even though restructuring at that time to remain competitive would have likely resulted in their retaining an industry leadership position, rather than…

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Perspective on the A350 Delay

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Airbus parent EADS Friday (July 27) announced a three month delay in the planned Entry-into-Service, to well into the second half of 2014 instead of mid-year. Problems with drilling holes in the wing assembly are blamed for this delay, the third and which now aggregate 15 months. The A350 program delay attracts attention because it…

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Next Gen Aerospace Materials – what next?

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Next Gen Aerospace Materials – what next?






There is a continuing debate about what aerospace firms need to focus on with next generation aircraft.  The search for weight savings is relentless.  Whereas many think the battle has already been won by CRFP, the truth is less so. Take a look at this slide form a recent ALCOA briefing. Feeding this debate is…

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SkyWest gives a big boost to the MRJ

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SkyWest gives a big boost to the MRJ






US-based SkyWest Airlines gave a big boost to the MRJ program when it announced an LOI for 100 MRJs at the recent Farnborough Air Show. Some characterize this order as a “blow” to Bombardier and Embraer. Such a view is, at the least, missing a key data point. Take a look at the fleet breakdown.






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