US and Argentina sign new aviation safety bilateral
The US and Argentina signed a new bilateral aviation safety agreement Nov. 30 during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, FAA announced.
The agreement, which replaces an accord the two countries signed in 1989, allows FAA and Argentina’s National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC) to increase collaboration on airworthiness certification of civil aviation products and in the areas of design, production, flight operations, environmental certification and aircraft maintenance.
Honeywell to move global HQ to North Carolina
Honeywell said Nov. 30 it plans to move its corporate headquarters to Charlotte, North Carolina, from Morris Plains, New Jersey.
Initially, about 150-200 New Jersey-based senior management positions and about 100 South Carolina-based positions will relocate to Charlotte by September 2019.
FAA requires airlines to replace GEnx-2B fuel manifolds
The Federal Aviation Administration is ordering airlines to replace fuel manifolds on some GE Aviation GEnx-2B67 engines, which power Boeing 747-8s, due to the risk of an engine fire.
An airworthiness directive that takes effect on 4 January comes in response to an engine fire caused by "low-cycle fatigue cracking of the fuel manifold".
The order requires airlines to replace the manifolds during the next shop visit.
ANALYSIS: How China investment changes fortunes of Western firms
What do a pair of seating manufacturers, four light aircraft manufacturers, an aerostructures specialist, and one of Europe's top maintenance, repair and overhaul houses have in common? They are among around a dozen Western aerospace companies that now effectively have the name of a Chinese owner over the door.
Airbus A220 obtains Cat III autoland approval
Airbus’s A220 twinjet has been certified to a higher autoland capability by the European safety regulator.
Both the A220-100 and -300 have been approved for low-weather minima autoland operations down to Category IIIa and IIIb.
PICTURES: Xiamen Max marks Boeing's 2,000th jet to China
Boeing has delivered its 2,000th aircraft to China, a 737 Max 8 for Xiamen Airlines.
The CFM International Leap-1B-powered jet sports a special logo commemorating the milestone. It is Xiamen Airlines’, an all-Boeing operator, eighth Max.
Small Planet goes out of business
In the latest of a series of recent European airline failures, Lithuania-based leisure operator Small Planet Airlines has ceased operating.
The carrier, which had been affected by the knock-on effects of its Polish and German sister airlines hitting financial difficulties, was undergoing restructuring.
Qantas A380 turned back after door damage from catering truck
Passenger-door seal damage caused by a catering truck caused unnerving onboard noise that led the pilots of a Qantas Airbus A380 to return to Sydney two hours into a scheduled flight to the US, an Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) report found.
Avianca, Copa, United seek joint agreement approval
Latin American carriers Avianca Holdings and Copa Airlines have reached an agreement with Chicago-based United Airlines on a proposed joint business agreement (JBA) plan.
If the plan gets government approval, it is expected to drive significant traffic growth at major gateway cities throughout Latin America and spur related new investment and economic development opportunities in the region.
Air Astana takes first Embraer E190-E2
Kazakhstan’s Air Astana has taken delivery of its first Embraer E190-E2, which arrived at Nursultan Nazarbayev International airport in Astana Dec. 3.
Air Astana operates a fleet of nine E190s on domestic and regional services within Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries, with the first aircraft having entered service in 2011.
Some flydubai DXB flights switch to T3 as part of Emirates cooperation
Dubai-based LCC flydubai has moved flights to 11 of its destinations from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport (DXB).
The switch began Dec. 2.
Other services will continue to operate from DXB T2 and from Dubai World Central Airport (DWC).
JAL plans more codeshare routes with Alaska
Japan Airlines (JAL) is broadening its US network with new codeshare destinations via Seattle through an expanded partnership with Alaska Airlines.
JAL is scheduled to launch flights from Tokyo Narita Airport to Seattle March 31, using Boeing 787-8s. The new Alaska Airlines codeshare routes will begin at the same time, although they went on sale from Dec. 3. JAL’s Narita-Seattle route is also part of its joint venture agreement with American Airlines, a fellow oneworld global alliance member.
Delta opens Atlanta biometric terminal
Curb-to-gate biometric facial recognition at Delta Air Lines’ Terminal F at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) became fully operational Nov. 29.
Following the rollout at ATL, the Atlanta-based carrier also announced it will expand end-to-end biometric facial recognition to its hub at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) in 2019. By mid-December 2018, Delta said it will expand its facial recognition boarding testing at DTW—which began in July—to all 14 international gates at DTW’s McNamara Terminal.
Board approves master plan to develop Moscow Sherementyevo
The Board of Directors has approved the multi-phase development of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport.
It has given the green light for the construction and renovation of Terminal C (Phase 1) along with updated parking lot reconstruction plans.
And it has rubber stamped plans to develop a rail station in the Northern Terminal Complex.
LAX's revamped Terminal 1 to enhance guest experience
The Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, and Holllywood actor, Danny Trejo, were among the guests at Friday's unveiling of the new-look Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The half-billion dollar, kerb-to-gate redevelopment showcases a new check-in area featuring all-new self-service ticket kiosks, an efficient 9-lane security checkpoint, new area for baggage claim, and what LAX operator, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), describes as an exciting new dining and retail destinations with state-of-the-art design.
First phase of $5.1 billion transformation of LaGuardia's Terminal B completed
Vantage Airport Group is celebrating the completion of a new concourse at LaGuardia Airport, the first phase of the $5.1 billion transformation of Terminal B.
The global airport operator investor is a lead member of the team redeveloping the airport's Terminal B.
Designed as a common-use facility to facilitate operational efficiency, the new concourse features the first 11 of 35 new gates at Terminal B, spacious seating areas with charging stations throughout, soaring ceilings up to 55 feet in height and other architectural elements inspired by New York’s vibrancy and verticality.
KC-46A completes Phase II receiver aircraft testing
The Boeing KC-46A aerial tanker programme completed its Phase II receiver aircraft tests after finishing three weeks of flights with F-15E aircraft out of Edwards Air Force Base, California.
Receiver certification for the KC-46A started in April 2018 with the Lockheed Martin F-16, says Boeing. A joint US Air Force Boeing team has completed receiver tests with Boeing KC-135, Boeing C-17, Fairchild Republic A-10, KC-46, Boeing B-52 and Boeing F/A-18 aircraft since then.
Italy first in Europe to have F-35A fleet declared initial operational capable
The Italian Air Force declared its F-35A Lightning II fleet initial operational capable on 30 November, making the force the first in Europe to achieve the mark.
Italy intends to procure a total of 90 F-35 aircraft. The country’s air force, Aeronautica Militare, plans to buy 60 F-35A conventional-takeoff-and-landing aircraft and 15 F-35B short-take-off-and-vertical-landing aircraft (STOVLs), while the navy, Marina Militare, is planning to acquire 15 F-35B STOVLs.
Poland accelerates fighter replacement plans
Poland is to accelerate the replacement of its air force's RAC MiG-29 fighters and Sukhoi Su-22 ground-attack aircraft on the instructions of the country's defence minister.
Mariusz Błaszczak, minister of national defence, has repeatedly stated his aim of removing Soviet-era aircraft from Warsaw's inventory.
Any pilot can describe the mechanics of flying. What it can do for the spirit of man is beyond description.
- Barry M. Goldwater, US senator.
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