United Airlines Seeks Three Cape Town Slots From Washington Dulles

By Ben Goldstein May 13, 2022
The application for three of the remaining available slots would enhance United’s African offering by creating direct connections between the U.S. and South Africa capitals.
Airports & Routes

Cracks Led To E170 Winglet Loss, Prompting Emergency Directive

By Sean Broderick May 13, 2022
Embraer has linked the inflight loss of an E170 winglet to cracking, prompting regulators to issue an emergency airworthiness directive calling for inspections. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Daily Memo: FAA Sheds ‘Slow-Mover’ Moniker In Certification Process Revamp

By Sean Broderick May 13, 2022
The FAA isn’t known for moving quickly on many things.
Safety, Ops & Regulation
Norse Atlantic Puts Stewart Plans On Ice, Cites Cargo Handling Concerns
A spokesman for the airline said the airport located 60 mi. north of New York City could not handle the quantities of freight the airline was envisaging carrying.
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TAP’s Ramp Up Held Back By A330neo Engine Trouble, CEO Says
TAP Air Portugal will operate its entire fleet this summer but the carrier is having issues with the engines that power its fleet of Airbus A330-900s.
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ATR’s 42-600 STOL Variant Makes First Flight

By Alan Dron May 13, 2022
ATR has undertaken the first flight of the STOL variant of the ATR 42-600 regional turboprop.
Aircraft & Propulsion
Bahrain’s Texel Air To Double 737-800BCF Fleet
Fast-growing freight volumes in the Middle East have led Bahrain-based cargo specialist Texel Air to step up the speed of its expansion. 
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Emirates Reports Further Capital Injection From Dubai Government

By Jens Flottau May 13, 2022
The capital increase comes on top of a $3.1 billion capital increase made by its owner the previous year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Airlines & Lessors
Norwegian Air Shuttle Sees Strong Summer, Warns On Fuel Prices
Norwegian Air Shuttle expects a strong summer and plans to ramp up capacity to meet pent-up demand but the LCC warned that high fuel costs would partly offset its recovery.  
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U.S. EVTOL Makers Call For Increased FAA Rule-Making Clarity

By Guy Norris May 13, 2022
Advanced air mobility aircraft manufacturers are calling for clearer guidance from the FAA over certification requirements after the regulator signaled a change in rules governing approval for winged electric vertical-take-off-and-landing vehicles.
Advanced Air Mobility

Boeing Reiterates Confidence In Latest 787 Delivery Plan

May 12, 2022
Boeing is awaiting FAA feedback on its latest plan to get 787 deliveries re-started, and company executives are confident that its list and proposed remedies will satisfy the regulator’s requirements.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Russian-Made Engine For Superjet Completes Ground Tests

Aviation Week Network staff May 12, 2022
Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) has completed the bench test of the first prototype of its PD-8 turbofan engine. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Airfares Surged 18.6% In April; Demand Remains Hot

By Ben Goldstein May 12, 2022
Airfares surged in April by 18.6%, according to official inflation data released May 11, as tight labor markets and rising fuel prices force carriers to raise ticket prices at the fastest rate in years. 
Airlines & Lessors
ANA To Resume A380 Honolulu Service, Confirms London Return
The Japanese airline is restoring Airbus A380 flights to Hawaii, as well as reinstating service to London.
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Daily Memo: Fleet Moves Key For Rigail And Rintel At Air France-KLM
Seventeen years after first working together, Air France CEO Anne Rigail and incoming KLM CEO Marjan Rintel will collaborate again on key fleet decisions for the group.
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Air India Taps Scoot CEO Wilson To Lead Recovery
Air India has selected Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson to take over the reins as the newly privatized Indian carrier’s CEO and MD.
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Tibet Airlines A319 Catches Fire After Runway Excursion

By Jens Flottau May 12, 2022
A Tibet Airlines Airbus A319 was severely damaged during a runway excursion May 12 at Chongqing-Jiangbei International Airport.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

European Travel Resilient Despite Fresh Challenges, Report Says

By David Casey May 12, 2022
European domestic travel is expected to make a full recovery in 2022, while international arrivals will recover to 70% of 2019 levels.
Airports & Routes

Boeing Confident In 737-10 Certification Without Alerting System

By Sean Broderick May 11, 2022
Boeing will not get the 737-10 certified in 2022, but it is confident that a looming deadline that would require a major flight-deck change will not apply to the largest 737 MAX variant.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Industry Groups Express Concern Over Mexico City Airspace Safety

By Sean Broderick May 11, 2022
Complexity created by operations at a new reliever airport near Mexico City International is creating additional safety risks in the region’s airspace, industry groups warn.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Avianca, GOL Team To Create New Latin American Airline Group ‘Abra’

By Lori Ranson May 11, 2022
Avianca has made its boldest post-bankruptcy move yet by attempting to create a mega-airline group in Latin America through a partnership with GOL to create the new entity Abra. 
Airlines & Lessors

JetBlue Hits Back Against United Airlines’ Newark Allegations

By Ben Goldstein May 11, 2022
JetBlue Airways publicly rebutted comments from United Airlines alleging that its operational challenges this spring have contributed to increased gridlock at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), describing the remarks from United CEO Scott Kirby and COO Jon Roitman as “self-serving, yet inaccurate.”
Airlines & Lessors

Wiring Connector Hiccup Slowed Boeing 737 MAX Delivery, CFO Says

By Michael Bruno May 11, 2022
Boeing CFO Brian West said a slowdown in supply of a wiring connector for the 737 MAX was responsible for relatively lower April deliveries.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Turkish Airlines To Increase Aircraft Deliveries In 2023

By Kurt Hofmann May 11, 2022
Turkish Airlines says it has managed to recover from the COVID-19 crisis earlier than its European competitors and reached 91% of its first-quarter (Q1) 2019 passenger capacity in Q1 2022. 
Airlines & Lessors

Daily Memo: Airbus FMS Win Strengthens Thales’ Competitive Position In Avionics

By Thierry Dubois May 11, 2022
Being selected for a new-generation flight management system (FMS) on the Airbus A320, A330 and A350 is consolidating Thales’ position in the avionics market versus Collins Aerospace, GE Aviation and Honeywell. 
Aircraft & Propulsion