Edward Christie III Promoted From Senior Vice President
Frontier Airlines announced this week it has promoted Edward
(Ted) Christie III to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer. Christie had been serving as Senior Vice President of
Finance for the airline.
New Ground Air Units, Retrofits 737s With Winglets
Alaska Airlines announced Monday it recently began using mobile
ground-based air units for cabin venting, cooling and heat on
parked aircraft at nearly all its gates at Seattle-Tacoma
International Airport. The airline also announced it has
retrofitted all its 737s capable of using blended winglets. The two
projects are the latest in a series of ongoing initiatives by the
carrier to conserve fuel and reduce carbon emissions.
Time Needed For Repair Throws New Wrench Into Schedule
After riding a recent wave of good reports on its 787 Dreamliner
program, this wasn't the kind of news Boeing wanted to hear. The
planemaker said Monday the fourth 787 test aircraft may be delayed,
due to damage sustained to one of its carbon-composite fuselage
"barrel" sections at the hands of a ham-fisted worker.
Officials are working to determine why an All Nippon Airways
Boeing 777-300ER bound for Japan was forced to make a single-engine
return approach to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Monday
morning... while residents expressed concern about the
environmental impact from the fuel the heavy airliner was forced to
dump over Lake Michigan.
The quibbling continues between the US Department of
Transportation and low-cost airline Virgin America. The DOT ruled
Monday the airline must disclose financial and traffic data it
sought to keep confidential, over concerns that rivals would use it
to better compete with the startup airline.
One of the most unpleasant airport security aspects seen in the
months following 9/11 is making an unwelcome comeback. If you are
flying in or out of a US airport this summer, you may find
Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) conducting random
additional screening at airline gates.
Both Sides Also Tout Potential Savings To Customers
On Monday, the European Community and the United States signed
an agreement intended to result in better harmonized aviation
safety systems on both sides of the Atlantic and less cumbersome
technical and administrative procedures for the recognition of
certificates. Both sides state this will further improve safety
levels and reduce costs for both European and US manufacturers,
while the savings should in turn be reflected in cheaper fares for
The FAA is facing a wide-ranging investigation into recent
maintenance troubles at airlines. The Washington Post quotes the
Department of Transportation's inspector general in reporting the
probe was prompted by congressional criticism of the FAA.