Month: September 2011

Cargolux And Atlas Air Forgo  5 Boeing 747-8F Ahead Of Delivery

Cargolux And Atlas Air Forgo 5 Boeing 747-8F Ahead Of Delivery

Airlines, Analysis, Corporate News, Featured, Headline, Systems
Atlas Air, the world leader in cargo Aircraft Crew Maintenance Insurance announced Wednesday 21st 2011 it was “exercising right to terminate” 3 brand new Boeing 747-8F out of the 12 ordered since 2006. The 3 aircraft were due to be delivered in October and November 2011. The announcement indicates that because the 3 aircraft were among the first to be issued from the 747-8 assembly line, these 'early-build' aircraft did not incorporate the various design improvements installed by Boeing on latter (newer) build aircraft. The implication that performance shortcomings might be more apparent on these three aircraft it seems influenced Atlas air decision. Through Bloomberg.com, Jim Proulx, a Boeing spokesman explained that these 747-8 being “the first airplanes off the line are slightly short
In August Asian Carriers Added Boeing 777-300ER, Yet Overall Orders For Larger Aircraft May Be Lagging. Analysis

In August Asian Carriers Added Boeing 777-300ER, Yet Overall Orders For Larger Aircraft May Be Lagging. Analysis

Airlines, Analysis, Featured, Headline, Systems
This past August, Thai Airways became the third major Asian carrier to officially expand on new orders of Boeing 777-300ERs for its global fleet. The Thai Airways' August 18th order followed Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific who had already completed similar deals with Boeing earlier that month. These commitments further consolidate three of Asia's largest carriers long haul fleets with the eminently successful Boeing 777-300ER variant. As the industry outlook improves in comparison to the utter devastation witnessed during the 2000-2010 era, carriers will increasingly look to rebuild fleets that are still dominated by aircraft whose design reached maturity in the 1990's. The Airbus A330/A340 family, Boeing 777 (particularly the -200/200ER series) and much older 747-400 will be in ne...
Air Combat Command Orders F-22 Raptors Back In the Air After Four Months Grounding

Air Combat Command Orders F-22 Raptors Back In the Air After Four Months Grounding

Defense, Featured, Headline, Systems
  The Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz gave approval for 160 F-22 Raptor aircraft to resume flying at altitude above 50,000 feet beginning this coming Wednesday. A new set of measures part of an Air Combat Command contingency plan will see pilots receive daily physiological tests as well as aircraft On Board Oxygen Generation Systems OBOGS being thoroughly monitored and inspected on a daily basis. The OBOGS is at the root cause of the stand-down grounding order of the aircraft issued as a safety precaution on May 3rd 2011 following a series of incident including at least 12 cases of hypoxia-type symptoms going back to April 2008 and a fatal crash in which pilot Captain Jeffrey Haney lost his life in November 2010 during a night ti...