Reservation System Failed Nationwide Causing Flight Cancellations
American Airlines has grounded all of its flight after a nationwide glitch shut down its computerized reservation system. The ground delay was imposed on all of the carrier's flights until 1700 EDT as the airline works to resolve the issue.
The FAA says that the app developed by European researcher Hugo Teso which he claimed could be used to take over navigation systems in commercial airliners would not work on avionics certified for flight. Teso admitted at the 'Hack in a Box' conference in Amsterdam that it had only been tested on a simulator.
Airline Reducing Fuel Consumption And Equivalent CO2 Emissions Through Better Operations, Technology, And Engineering
United Airlines is honoring April as "Earth Month" by announcing its new goal to save 85 million gallons of fuel in 2013, equivalent to 828,750 metric tons of CO2 or roughly $275 million dollars at current fuel prices. Fuel is the airline's single largest expense and its primary focus environmentally, and the company has several initiatives in place that will allow it to achieve its fuel efficiency goal.
Establish Laboratory For R&D Using 3D Modeling Data
Pratt & Whitney has partnered with the University of Connecticut to establish one of the nation's most advanced additive manufacturing laboratories, the Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center.
Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris recently celebrated the delivery of its first "Sharklet"-equipped Airbus A320 with a special flight from Mexico City to Cancun. Volaris is the first Mexico-based operator of the new wing tip devices.
Bankruptcy Judge Says The Package, Worth Nearly $20 Million, Is Not Allowed By Law
A severance package totalling $19.9 million for American Airlines CEO Tom Horton is not allowed under federal bankruptcy laws. That is the determination of Judge Sean Lane, who said that his decision was based on a section of the law enacted in 2005 to prevent excessive payments to executive after a company was forced to reorganize.
Will Require Inspection Of Horizontal Spar Attachment Pins
The FAA published an AD on Monday for certain model 737 airplanes requiring the inspection of attach pins of the horizontal stabilizer rear spar, and replacing certain attach pins with new, improved attach pins. The AD is expected to affect about 1,050 airplanes in the fleet. The cost per individual airplane is estimated to be around $9,627, for a total compliance cost to U.S. airlines of $10,108,350.