Aviation Sector

Emirates SkyCargo drives ahead with launch of Emirates SkyWheels

Emirates SkyCargo drives ahead with launch of Emirates SkyWheels

New Delhi [India], Dec 1 : Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates airline has launched Emirates SkyWheels to provide customers a complete transportation solution for vehicles such as classic, luxury and sports cars, across its network.

The airlines will enable customers who would like to have their cars transported to choose between Emirates SkyWheels Premium and Emirates SkyWheels Advanced.

The customizable premium product package covers door-to-door transportation of the vehicle from select origins and destinations. It includes collection of the vehicle from its home and delivery overseas, in addition to export and import customs clearance processes for the vehicle at both ends of the journey.

World's finest Golfers Gear up for 2016 Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya

World's finest Golfers Gear up for 2016 Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya

New Delhi [India], Nov 3 : The fourth Turkish Airlines Open will get underway this Thursday 3rd November at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort, Antalya.

Masters Champion Danny Willett is among the 78 man field playing for an incredible $7 million prize fund and crucial points in the Race to Dubai.

Englishman Willett, 29, is currently second in The Race to Dubai standings, ahead of the first of three European Tour 'Final Series' tournaments. Also in the field at this week's Turkish Airlines Open are Ryder Cup contestants, Lee Westwood and Andy Sullivan.

Singapore Airlines launches its non-stop Singapore-San Francisco service

New Delhi [India], Oct.24 : Singapore Airlines has launched its non-stop Singapore-San Francisco service that links Singapore with the US West Coast. The new flights will be operated daily using Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

The inaugural flight, SQ32, departed Singapore Changi Airport at 0925hrs local time yesterday and arrived at San Francisco Airport at approximately 0850hrs local time.

The aircraft deployed for the inaugural flight is Singapore Airlines' sixth A350-900, which also happens to be the 10,000th aircraft delivered by Airbus.

This milestone aircraft was received at a special ceremony in Toulouse, France earlier this month and has a "10,000th Airbus Aircraft" logo on the fuselage.

FAA blames software upgrade for delays of hundreds of flights

FAA blames software upgrade for delays of hundreds of flights

A software upgrade is the most likely cause of a technical problem at an air traffic control center in Virginia that forced delay of hundreds of flights along a large swath of the East Coast, said a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday.

According to the FAA, the aim behind the upgrade was to help controllers with more tools at their disposal. But the new features have been disabled till the time complete assessment of the malfunction is done by the systems contractors.

Power Outage forces cancellation of Several Flights at New York’s La Guardia Airport

Power Outage forces cancellation of Several Flights at New York’s La Guardia

A power outage at New York's La Guardia Airport on Friday led to cancellation of several flights of Delta Air Lines and delay of several other flights. An airlines spokeswoman revealed the news after several passengers faced troubles.

The cancellations of the flights accounted for approximately 30% of Delta's scheduled flights into and out of La Guardia, which is a hub for the airline, the spokeswoman said.

The power outage occurred when contract employees hit power lines while digging at the airport. The incident led to the loss of power to portions of Terminal C around 4:30 a.m., officials for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said.

Lockheed Martin to Buy Sikorsky Aircraft for Over $8 Billion

Lockheed Martin to Buy Sikorsky Aircraft for Over $8 Billion

Sources reported that Lockheed Martin Corp has agreed to buy United Technologies Corp’s Sikorsky Aircraft for over $8 billion. The deal would confirm Lockheed’s dominance in weapon making and giving the Black Hawk helicopter to the maker of the F-35 fighter jet.

It is said that the deal will prove to be profitable for Lockheed the defense business of Boeing Co and Northrop Grumman Corp. Lockheed already has an annual revenues of around $45 billion and dwarves its nearest competitors.

Sources familiar with the matter told that the deal will make Lockheed less reliant on the $391 billion F-35 fighter jet business. It will even expand its overseas sales by adding Sikorsky’s iconic Black Hawk helicopters to a product line that already spans everything from satellites to naval ships.

FAA approves use of Drone to Deliver Medicine in Rural Virginia: FAA

FAA approves use of Drone to Deliver Medicine in Rural Virginia: FAA

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday gave approval for the use of a drone to deliver medicine in rural Virginia. Officials hope the move will help change perceptions that the drone is either a toy or a weapon.

The WallStreet Journal reported that the demonstration was made possible because of the special FAA permit given to NASA. Frank Jones, deputy director of NASA Langley's Research Services Directorate, said in an explanation that they have been trying hard not only to develop the technology, but to develop the public's trust in the technology.

The agency said in a statement that NASA's original plan was for the drone to make six round trips with a load of 10 pounds per trip. But after two successful trips, they opted to send the remaining medicines on flight.

Hackers Awarded For Finding Flaws in United Airlines’ Computer Systems

Two Hackers Awarded 1 Million Miles for Findings Security Holes in United Airlin

It has been said that two hackers were recently awarded with price money of 1 million miles after they successfully found that flaws in the United Airlines’ computer system.

It has been told that the technology companies were offered the awards during the airlines’ ‘bug bounty’ award program which was started in May. The ‘bug Bounty’ program used by United is not new and similar programs been used by websites and software developers for a number of years.

United spokesman Luke Punzenberger confirming the news said on Thursday that two people have received the maximum award of 1 million miles each and others winners received smaller awards.

Lack of Competition in US Airline Industry

Lack of Competition in US Airline Industry

US airline industry has seen reduced competition because of domination from just one or two players that resulted from mega-mergers over the past decade. The reduced competition has increased the troubles of passengers as they now have to shell out more money for travelling.

Mega-mergers have reduced nine large US airlines to four - American, United, Delta and Southwest. The rise in domestic fares has even surpassed the inflation rate over the same period. According to analysts, decline in competitive pressure has largely contributed to the woes of passengers.

Virgin America Partners with ViaSat to provide Wi-Fi Connectivity to enable Flyers watch Videos

Virgin America Partners with ViaSat to provide Wi-Fi Connectivity to enable Flye

Virgin America has entered into a partnership with ViaSat. The partnership will bring Wi-Fi internet for flyers that can handle tasks like video and audio streaming. They can have a feel of using internet on plane like the way they do at home.

Officials stated that the internet connection will be present in 10 new A320 aircraft. The company will also have a beta pilot to test the service. In the initial test run, the service will be free for Virgin America's travelers.

David Cush, Virgin America's CEO, stated, "It uses Ka satellite across the domestic US. That will deliver speeds up to 30 times the speed of the original ATG that most airlines still fly, and 10 times what our current aircraft will do".

Air Bag Replacement Injury Case: Worker’s Family Files Case against Boeing and AmSafe

Air Bag Replacement Injury Case: Worker’s Family Files Case against Boeing

A worker was installing a seat belt air bag replacement on a 777 at Boeing's Everett factory and the unit inflated explosively causing severe head injuries to the man. A month later, the man died. Now, the family of that man has filed a case against Boeing Co. and the air bag manufacturer, AmSafe.

This week, the case was filed in King County Superior Court. As per the lawsuit, Singapore Airlines, the plane's buyer, found a discharged air bag in a business-class seat.

As per the lawsuit, neither Boeing nor AmSafe carried out an examination to know what led to the malfunction. It was later found that the air bag has discharged because of a short circuit in the wires that control the device.

JetBlue offers direct flights between Cuba and New York City in over 50 years

JetBlue offers direct flights between Cuba and New York City in over 50 years

According to reports, JetBlue began round-trip service from JFK Airport to Cuba. It is for the first time that a major airline has come up with an offer to connect people from the city to the Caribbean island after over 50 years. At that time, travel to the Caribbean island was restricted.

In the inaugural trip, a huge Cuban flag was flown at JetBlue's terminal Gate No. 21. Ground staff waved and cheered when passengers boarded the plane. There were also passengers who didn't visit the place in over a decade.

Lazaro Iglesias, 44, of Kearny, NJ was going back to Cuba for the first time since he came to the US in 2002. He said that he feels really excited to visit the place. He was carrying a luggage trolley with boxes containing clothing and electronics for his family in Havana.

Government Investigates possible collusion in Airline Industry

Government Investigates possible collusion in Airline Industry

An investigation has been launched into possible conspiracy in the airline industry. The government has to show that different airlines were indicating about their business decisions in order to drive up fares.

The investigation is in its initial phase. This week, letters have been sent to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. All the four of them control over 80% of the domestic seats on planes.

Boeing’s Biggest Challenge is to make Production of 787 Dreamliner Profitable

Boeing’s Biggest Challenge is to make Production of 787 Dreamliner Profitable

There is no denying that 787 Dreamliners have proved to be a big success. Already, 250 have been delivered and the company has pending orders for more than 800 of them before even one had even flown. But Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing’s chief operating officer, is facing a problem and that is of producing 787 Dreamliner profitable.

Whenever, an aircraft leaves the facility, around $26 million is taken from Boeing’s operating profit because the cost of manufacturing the airliner remains quite high. The company has faced many production issues and reliability issues and has even sorted them out.

JetBlue announces improvements in service at Logan International Airport

JetBlue announces improvements in service at Logan International Airport

On Tuesday, JetBlue Airways Corp announced plans to boost service at Logan International Airport in order to serve both business and leisure travelers who have made the airline the city's top carrier.

JetBlue will introduce its highly acclaimed take on premium travel 'Mint' class to Boston customers traveling to San Francisco and Los Angeles as a part of the expansion.

JetBlue will also add Nashville as its 60th non-stop destination from Boston and will increase service frequency on more than a dozen existing routes to US and Caribbean destinations.

The largest airline in Boston said that it has won corporate customers in part as its Mint seats, are priced below competitors' business-class fares.

North American and Middle East Airlines performing Best

North American and Middle East Airlines performing Best

At the aviation body International Air Transport Association (IATA)'s annual meet in Miami Beach, Florida, it was unveiled that North America is at the top in terms of profits, but on the other hand, much of the world struggles.

Tony Tyler, director general of the IATA, was of the view that the airlines are expected to make $29.3 billion in collective profit in 2015. As per earlier projections, year-end-profit was estimated to be of $25 billion.

He affirmed that the airlines are making around $8.27 per passenger. There is no denying that reduction in prices of oil has helped improving the condition of the airline industry. But complete gain cannot be received owing to the increasing value of the US dollar.

Panel of Experts will review Pilots' Mental Health

Panel of Experts will review Pilots' Mental Health

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on Wednesday that a jury of experts will examine how the national aviation authority of the United States observes the mental health of commercial pilots. The decision has been taken after reviewing the incident of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 and crash of the Germanwings plane in March this year.

The United States and International experts who will analyze the FAA’s process to monitor pilots are from the Pilot Fitness Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). According to FAA, the experts will check the methods used by the federal agency to evaluate mental and emotional state of a pilot.

FBI investigation of plane hack leads to concerns over flight safety

FBI investigation of plane hack leads to concerns over flight safety

An FBI agent’s statement has led to concerns regarding the safety and cybersecurity of America's passenger planes. The agent said that a hacker might have taken advantage of weaknesses aboard over a dozen commercial flights, together with sending commands to a jet engine mid-air.

According to the hacker, who is a security researcher, the FBI got the wrong impression about him, and jetmakers and security experts are doubtful about claims that he managed to control a flight.

US airlines group expecting busiest summer travel season ever

US airlines group expecting busiest summer travel season ever

A record number of travelers will be taking to the skies in the coming summer, all because of a rebounding economy.

On Monday, Airlines for America, the industry's trade and lobbying group predicted that US airlines will carry 222 million passengers between June 1 and August 31, and will top the summer of 2007 when 217.6 million people flew. That figure also included 31 million travelers on international flights, which was also a record.

On average, there will be 2.4 million passengers per day, which is 4.5% more than last summer.

Southwest Airlines plans to return up to $5 billion to Shareholders

Southwest Airlines plans to return up to $5 billion to Shareholders

Southwest Airlines announced on Friday that it has planned to give back about $5 billion to its shareholders through a share buyback option. The airline company also said that as per the plan, the $5 billion will be returned by the end of fiscal year 2017. The company also revealed that it could buy about 1.5 billion of stock and has boosted the dividend for the quarter to more than seven cents per share.

According to reports, new flights of world's largest low-cost carrier will further increase the number of international arrivals to Daniel Oduber International Airport, which had about 378,485 visitors in 2014, an increase of about 14.6% from 2013. On Saturday, in a report, JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated natural rating on the shares of Dallas headquartered Southwest Airlines.



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