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Delta TechOps signs MRO agreement for 10 A330 Virgin Atlantic aircraft

Delta TechOps, Delta Air Lines’ maintenance division and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider business, is extending its relationship with Virgin Atlantic to include a new three-year agreement to provide exclusive MRO services. Under the new agreement, Delta TechOps will provide airframe maintenance support, including aircraft modifications and C-Checks, for Virgin Atlantic’...

Sikorsky S-97 Raider reaching for top speeds by “summer 2016”

Sikorsky will conduct a significant amount of ground testing on its S-97 Raider before returning to flight trials, with just 2.2h of a 110h flight test programme clocked since the maiden flight in May. S-97 chief test pilot Bill Fell says more testing will be done with ground-test rid at Sikorsky’s plant in West Palm Beach, Florida, to build “confidence” in the aircraft’...

Chinook, Apache face cuts if budget talks fail

Two Boeing helicopter programmes – the Boeing AH-64 and CH-47 Chinook – face several cut-backs if the Congress is unable to pass a new budget for Fiscal 2016, US Army acquisition leaders warn. The army’s request to buy 64 AH-64Es in the fiscal year that began on 1 October would be cut by half under a continuing resolution, says Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the army for a...

Airbus likely to increase production in Mobile, mayor says

Airbus Group SA  is likely to increase aircraft output at its Mobile, Alabama, factory beyond its current four-a-month target, the mayor of the Southern U.S. city said on Tuesday. Airbus has said it could produce up to eight single-aisle jetliners a month at the plant, which opened last month, an increase that would help Airbus work through its large backlog of orders, Mayor Sandy Stimpson...

Union: Chronic Shortage of Air Traffic Controllers a Crisis

A chronic shortage of controllers has reached a crisis that will lead to widespread flight delays if left unchecked, officials for the union that represents air traffic controllers said Tuesday. The Federal Aviation Administration has failed to meet its hiring goals for controllers for five consecutive years, leaving the number of air traffic controllers at its lowest level in 27 years at a tim...

Frontier Flight Attendants Protest Cuts to Sick-Leave Policy

The union representing Frontier Airlines flight attendants is crying foul over attendance policy changes that it says penalizes employees -- and threatens their jobs -- for calling in sick. "Changes to the dependability program should be addressed at the negotiating table, not simply imposed upon the workers it impacts," Association of Flight Attendants-CWA national spo...

Argus: North American Bizav Flying Surges in September

Business aviation flight activity last month in North America climbed by 3 percent versus a year ago, according to data released today by aviation services group Argus International. This more than quadrupled the company’s forecast for 0.7-percent growth, prompting its data researchers to dub it the “September surge.” Argus is predicting a 2.7-percent increase in flying this mont...

New route into China for United Airlines

United Airlines has launched a new bellyhold route into China, which take-off next year as long as it gets the go ahead from regulators. The carrier will fly to Xi’an International Airport and the service will be the first trans-Pacific flights to the destination operated by any airline. United will be the first US airline to serve the city. United says it will...

Boeing Optimizes Maintenance Record Keeping for Airlines

New digital airline maintenance records tool increases operational efficiency Boeing introduced today a digital records management capability to its Maintenance Performance Toolbox suite of products that will optimize maintenance operations and reduce costs for airlines. The Maintenance Performance Toolbox Records module provides an industry standard platform to manage scanned and digit...

Boeing to Support United Airlines 787 Dreamliners with Component Services

Boeing announced yesterday a new services contract with United Airlines that is expected to reduce costs and increase efficiency for the airline by providing high-value, mission-critical rotable parts. Boeing will support United Airlines’ entire fleet of 787 Dreamliners through its Component Services program under the 10-year agreement, enabling the airline to greatly reduce its inventory...

US airlines said to hit Justice Department hurdle in Gulf airline dispute

The US Justice Department has raised concern about demands by US airlines that the government limit flights of three Middle Eastern rivals to the United States, three sources familiar with the matter have said. Justice Department antitrust officials warned of higher fares and fewer choices for consumers if the Obama administration blocks new flights by Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways...

Bell and Lockheed modify V-280 contract ahead of Sikorsky takeover

Lockheed Martin’s pending acquisition of Sikorsky has caused some contractual changes between Lockheed and Bell Helicopter for V-280 Valor development to ensure there is no cross pollination with its competitor, the Boeing-Sikorsky SB-1 Defiant. Bell president and chief executive John Garrison says Lockheed continues to be a good partner on the programme and already follows many of the fi...