One year ago, the threat of a looming hostile merger by rival US
Airways hung like a cloud over employees at Delta Air Lines. That
merger never came to pass... but renewed talk of another merger is
making Delta's flight attendants nervous, and they're exploring
By all indications, 2007 will be a banner year for Boeing and
its European rival, Airbus... but while both planemakers look to
beat all previous sales records, the question of which manufacturer
will come out on top remains up in the air.
Offer More Passenger Room, Shorter T/O Rolls Than E-145
Continental Airlines is working hard to move past the stigma
attached to the word "turboprop" in the minds of many passengers,
as it looks to replace Embraer 145 regional jets with larger
Bombardier Q400 propliners on many routes operating from Newark
United Airlines parent UAL Corp said it has paid down $500
million in debt, and has approved a $250 million special
distribution to shareholders on the basis the airline now has good
cash flow, according to the Associated Press.
In its latest study on "The Market for Regional Transport
Aircraft," Forecast International projects 3,800 regional aircraft
will be produced from 2007 through 2016, including 2,539 regional
jets and 1,261 regional turboprops. The new study estimates the
overall value of this production at $99.7 billion, as measured in
constant 2007 US dollars.
Horizon Ups Capacity With RJs To Meet Load Demands
Seattle-bound travelers poured through the Portland
International Airport last week, like the rain that has flooded the
Northwest. Due to the closure of Interstate 5 at Chehalis,
passengers were opting for air travel, according to the Tri-City
Herald. Meeting the demand, Horizon Air sold out seats on its
larger 70-seat regional jets. Normally the airline flies smaller
37-seat turboprops on the Seattle-Portland route.
An impending three-day strike at Cyprus Airways could affect
over 100 flights and 12,000 air passengers. Cyprus Airway's largest
union CYNIKA announced the 24-hour strike for December 12 and a 48
hour strike on December 17-18 after failing to reach an agreement.
The announcement flooded its telephone lines with questions from
concerned travelers. The airline said the strike will ruin them
financially but it was examining how to deal with passenger travel,
to ease the situation.
FAA investigators are looking into an incident at the Newark
Liberty International Airport (EWR) where a jet taxied onto a
runway as an inbound flight was landing. The FAA investigation
comes after a near-miss at the Newark airport Thursday night--just
one day after a GAO report ranked the Newark airport as one of the
most dangerous for runway accidents.
Passengers no longer have to dig for the paper ticket, or worry
about where they put their boarding passes before checking in for a
flight. Continental Airlines and the Transportation Security
Administration launched a program to test using electronic boarding
passes on PDAs or cell phones. The first of it kind boarding pass
offered by a US airline is called the 'Paperless Boarding Pass'
pilot program and was kicked off in Houston, Texas.