Category: US & Canada

Bombardier’s C Series Aircraft Program Starts Ramp-up to Full Production

Reading Time: 3 minutes Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that its all-new C Series aircraft program has begun the ramp-up to full production. The final assembly facility is fully equipped and production is progressing according to plan with aircraft in various stages of the build sequence. Additionally, Bombardier also confirmed that the CS100 aircraft that is scheduled to be […]

50 Fokker Aircraft Transactions in 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutes Fokker Technologies, a division of GKN Aerospace, announces that a total of 50 Fokker aircraft were sold to 10 existing Fokker operators and 3 new operators during 2015 by their respective aircraft owners. These comprise 5 Fokker 50s, 20 Fokker 70s and 25 Fokker 100s. ‘Low operating costs, comprehensive support and more flexible Rolls-Royce Tay […]

Delta Air Lines Posts $4.5 Billion 2015 Net Profit

Reading Time: 2 minutes Delta Air Lines earned a net profit of $4.53 billion in 2015, a nearly $3.9 billion improvement from $659 million in net income in 2014. Delta CEO Richard Anderson told analysts and reporters that capacity discipline remains a key to the airline’s consistent financial success. The carrier grew total system capacity 3% year-over-year in 2015 […]

Uber and Airbus Are Working Together on Helicopter Service

Reading Time: 1 minute Uber is partnering with Airbus. The on-demand ride service will be offering stylish, swift, and costly helicopter rides around Utah during the Sundance Film Festival this month, and none other than European aerospace giant Airbus will be providing the choppers. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said “It’s a […]

Virgin Atlantic to Spend $4.3 Billion on 12 Airbus Jets

Reading Time: 2 minutes Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. is set to announce a deal for 12 Airbus Group SE A350-1000 jets with a list price of $4.3 billion as Richard Branson’s flagship carrier renews its wide-body leisure fleet, according to people with knowledge of the plan. U.K.-based Virgin will probably buy nine of the twin-engine planes directly from Airbus […]

FAA Final Rule Changes Way Student Pilots Certificates Are Issued

Reading Time: 1 minute Under a new final rule adopted by the FAA, aviation medical examiners will no longer issue student pilot certificates. Instead, new pilots will go through a similar process as private pilots, receiving their hard plastic student pilot certificates in the mail. As expected, the FAA dropped an earlier proposal to require photos on pilot certificates. […]

Airbus in 2015 – The Year in Review

Reading Time: 1 minute This video recaps a wide range of commercial and operational achievements for Airbus during 2015. Highlights for the year included the company’s 9,000th total aircraft delivery, the official inauguration of the new U.S.-based A320 Family final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama, as well as key milestones for the company’s market-leading product line of advanced and […]

Idea of Low Cost Carriers Connecting with Legacy Carriers

Reading Time: 3 minutes This week, the Financial Times looked at the purportedly novel idea that Ryanair and easyJet may try to cooperate with legacy carriers to transfer passengers. This would be news for those two airlines, but it’s not a surprise. While it’s certainly not something without precedent, this plan is a little different. It’s going to be […]

General Aviation Leaders Air Concerns Met in Washington Town Hall

Reading Time: 2 minutes A cross-section of general aviation industry leaders aired their key policy concerns in a Washington, D.C. town hall meeting hosted this week by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.). The meeting drew nearly two dozen leaders from associations, manufacturers, fixed-base operations, corporate flight departments, flight training providers, maintenance companies, educators and members of the legal community, among […]

MDA to Upgrade Ground Systems Supporting Canadian ISR Aircraft

Reading Time: 1 minute MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), a global communications and information company, signed a contract amendment for CA$3 million with Canada’s Department of National Defence to provide upgrades to the ground systems supporting the radar surveillance systems developed by MDA and used on Canada’s fleet of CP-140 Aurora aircraft. The CP-140 Aurora fleet is Canada’s […]