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Safety

Boeing faces much bigger 787 repair bill

Boeing faces much bigger 787 repair bill WASHINGTON - Boeing will pay $6.6 million to U.S. regulators as part of a settlement over quality and safety-oversight lapses going back years, a setback that comes as Boeing wrestles with repairs to flawed 787 Dreamliner jets that could dwarf the cost of the federal penalty and last several years.»
2 days ago
Orders

Fate of Norwegian Air hinges on Boeing

Fate of Norwegian Air hinges on BoeingDUBLIN - Boeing is not engaging with Norwegian Air’s restructuring proceedings in Ireland or Norway, a lawyer for Norwegian said on Wednesday, a decision that may complicate the airline’s efforts to recover from the brink of collapse. The airline struck a deal with Airbus to cancel orders for 88 aircraft.»
2 days ago
US DoT

Report cites weaknesses in FAA certification standards

Report cites weaknesses in FAA certification standardsWASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general faulted "weaknesses" in U.S. government certification of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that was grounded for 20 months after two crashes killed 346 people, according to a report released Wednesday.»
3 days ago
John Holland-Kaye

Heathrow wants airport exemption from UK property tax

Heathrow wants airport exemption from UK property taxLONDON - Heathrow Airport plunged to a 2 billion pound annual loss after passenger numbers collapsed to levels last seen in the 1970s during the pandemic. Heathrow called on the government to agree a common international travel standard to allow travel to restart in the summer and to provide tax breaks for airports.»
3 days ago
Flight UA328

FAA orders immediate 777 engine inspections

FAA orders immediate 777 engine inspectionsWASHINGTON - The FAA ordered immediate inspections of Boeing 777 planes with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines before further flights after an engine failed on a United flight on Saturday. Operators must conduct a thermal acoustic image inspection of the large titanium fan blades located at the front of each engine.»
4 days ago
Guillaume Faury

Airbus CEO calls for trade war "ceasefire"

Airbus CEO calls for trade war PARIS - The head of European planemaker Airbus called for a "ceasefire" in a transatlantic trade war over aircraft subsidies, saying tit-for-tat tariffs on planes and other goods had aggravated damage from the Covid-19 crisis. Brazil ended its dog fight with Canada on aircraft subsidies last week.»
4 days ago
Flight UA328

Damage to engine consistent with metal fatigue

Damage to engine consistent with metal fatigueWASHINGTON - Damage to a fan blade on an engine that failed on a United Airlines Boeing 777 flight is consistent with metal fatigue, based on a preliminary assessment, the chairman of the U.S. air accident investigator said on Monday.»
4 days ago
Reopening plans

Holiday bookings soar as Britons hope for travel restart

Holiday bookings soar as Britons hope for travel restartLONDON - International holiday bookings surged by as much as 600% after Britain laid out plans to gradually relax coronavirus restrictions, giving battered airlines and tour operators hope that a bumper summer could come to their rescue.»
4 days ago
NTSB

TWA flight 800 reconstruction to be decommissioned

TWA flight 800 reconstruction to be decommissionedWASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board announced Monday its decision to decommission the TWA Flight 800 reconstruction as the agency prepares for the expiration of the lease for its Ashburn, Virginia, Training Center.»
5 days ago
Covid-19

UK extends international flight ban through May

UK extends international flight ban through MayLONDON - International travel from England will be banned until May 17 at the earliest, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday, prolonging the pain for airlines, airports and holiday companies. Vaccinated passengers will enjoy travel priviliges once international immigration restrictions are lifted.»
5 days ago
Airlines

IAG boosts liquidity by 2.45 billion pounds

IAG boosts liquidity by 2.45 billion poundsLONDON - British Airways owner IAG raised total liquidity by 2.45 billion pounds ($3.4 billion), through a loan and deferred pension contributions, and said it continued to explore other debt opportunities to improve its finances.»
5 days ago
Air cargo

Kuehne & Nagel buys Asian logistics firm Apex

Kuehne & Nagel buys Asian logistics firm ApexZURICH - Swiss logistics firm Kuehne & Nagel said on Monday it would buy Asian logistics provider Apex International from private equity firm MBK Partners, its largest acquisition to date. A person with knowledge of the transaction said the deal gave Apex a value of $1.5 billion to $2 billion and was expected to close in April.»

Short News

Losses deepen for Malaysian carrier AirAsia X

KUALA LUMPUR - AirAsia X's net loss widened by 82% in the fourth quarter, it said in a stock exchange filing on Friday, for a seventh straight quarterly loss as operations remain grounded because of the COVID-19 pandemic.»

Juan Carlos Salazar appointed new Secretary General of ICAO

MONTREAL – The 36-State governing body of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the ICAO Council, has appointed Juan Carlos Salazar as the new Secretary General of the Organization.»

Qantas-American JV could stay in place until 2026

SYDNEY - Australia's competition regulator proposed to re-authorise a joint venture between Qantas Airways Ltd and American Airlines Group Inc on Friday, extending it for another five years.»

Norwegian Air says restructuring progressing as planned

OSLO - Norwegian Air said on Friday its examinership process in Ireland and reconstruction process in Norway were progressing as planned and were expected to end during the second quarter.»

Boeing 777 makes emergency landing in Moscow

MOSCOW - A Rossiya Airlines Boeing 777 cargo plane made an emergency landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on Friday due to a problem with an engine control sensor, said airline said.»

Aer Lingus recruits new CEO from IAG Cargo

DUBLIN - Irish airline Aer Lingus said on Thursday that it has appointed Lynne Embleton, the head of its parent company’s cargo unit, as its new chief executive.»

United bet on its 777s for spring recovery

HOUSTON - United Airlines had planned a big increase in flights on its Boeing 777-200 planes next month, suggesting the grounding of the Pratt & Whitney-powered jets could create some scheduling headaches for the airline.»

Lufthansa bets on strong summer demand

FRANKFURT - Lufthansa is adding more holiday destinations to its summer flight schedule from Germany in anticipation of a strong rebound in bookings, it said on Thursday, betting vaccines and testing will soon make vacation travel possible.»

BAE CEO says outlook for Typhoon fighter jets is strong

LONDON - The chief executive of British defence company BAE Systems said the outlook for the Eurofighter Typhoon military jet was the best it had been since he took on the tob job in 2017.»

Malaysia's AirAsia Group postpones Q4 results to end-March

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Group has postponed its fourth-quarter earnings release by about a month, just as its shuttered Japan unit commences bankruptcy proceedings.»

Outlook for airlines deteriorating in 2021

LONDON - Global airline industry body IATA warned that the outlook for airlines had weakened since its December forecasts, and due to tightening travel restrictions it now expected the sector to still be bleeding cash by the fourth quarter of this year.»

Thailand says nears vaccine passport

BANGKOK - Thai authorities are preparing a plan to ease restrictions for travellers vaccinated against the coronavirus, senior officials said, as the country looks to revive a tourism industry battered by travel curbs.»

Knorr-Bremse, Lufthansa mogul Thiele dies at 79

BERLIN - German braking systems maker Knorr-Bremse said its majority shareholder Heinz Hermann Thiele, who shaped the company since buying it from his then-employer in 1985, has died unexpectedly at the age of 79.»

United warns of cargo disruptions following 777 incident

CHICAGO - United Airlines has warned of possible disruptions to its cargo flight schedule in March as it juggles its fleet after its decision to ground 24 Boeing 777-200 aircraft, according to a notice sent to cargo customers.»

CAA to certify all electric Pipistrel

LONDON - The all-electric Pipistrel Velis is certified by the UK CAA. A small airline plans to operate passenger flights on the type.»

UK bans certain Boeing 777 pending investigation

LONDON - Britain temporarily banned Boeing 777 aircraft with Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines from entering its airspace after a jet with that type of engine shed debris over Denver, in the United States, at the weekend.»

Boeing 747 cargo plane drops engine parts in Netherlands

AMSTERDAM - An incident involving a Boeing 747-400 cargo plane that dropped engine parts shortly after take-off from Maastricht airport on Saturday is under investigation, the Dutch Safety Board said.»

Nigerian air force passenger plane crash kills seven people

ABUJA - A small Nigerian air force passenger plane crashed just outside Abuja airport after reporting engine failure on Sunday, killing all seven people on board, the air force said.»

Turkey hires U.S. lobbying firm to return to F-35 jet programme

ANKARA - Turkey has hired a Washington-based law firm to lobby for its readmission to the U.S. F-35 fighter jet programme after it was suspended over its purchase of Russian air defences.»

AirAsia X gets court nod to convene creditors meeting

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's long-haul budget airline AirAsia X Bhd (AAX) has obtained court approval to convene creditor meetings, The Edge Financial Daily reported on Friday.»

British Airways to phase out its last A318

LONDON - British Airways will not return its iconic A318 "banker shuttle" from London-City to New York - the airplane was ferried to a scrapyard Wednesday.»

Flydubai prepares for Boeing 737 MAX to rejoin its fleet

DUBAI - United Arab Emirates-based carrier Flydubai is preparing for the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to rejoin its fleet, the Dubai government's media office said on Twitter on Thursday.»

Nairobi airport seen ready to switch from fruit to vaccines

NAIROBI - Kenya's main airport in Nairobi will find it easy to switch from handling fruit to importing vaccines because it already has extensive cold storage, a leading logistics executive says.»

Berlin and Paris in talks to bring fighter jet project back on track

BERLIN - Germany and France have launched a new effort to resolve an impasse over the development of a joint fighter jet.»

India to test travellers from high-risk countries

NEW DELHI - India will make COVID-19 molecular tests mandatory for people arriving directly or indirectly from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil.»

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