50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

United States aviation news

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...

United Airlines Flight Bound for Hong Kong Makes U-Turn over "Fuel Shortage"

A United Airlines flight bound for Hong Kong was delayed for over a day after making an emergency U-turn back to San Francisco on Sunday, allegedly due to a fuel shortage. A flight tracking site showed UA flight 869 departed from San Francisco airport at 8:37 p.m. local time on Saturday (11:37 a.m. on Sunday in Hong Kong) but turned back when it reached the Gulf of Alaska. It landed a...

Delta Evacuates Plane in Jamaica After Faulty Report of Fire

A Delta Air Lines plane aborted takeoff Monday in Jamaica after a fire was reported in its cargo area, forcing 160 people and six crew members to evacuate the commercial jetliner which was scheduled to fly from Montego Bay to Atlanta. Nobody was injured in the afternoon incident at Sangster International Airport in the northern tourist city of Montego Bay. A Delta spokeswoman said the...

United Airlines Offers the Most International Flights from NYC and D.C. In May

United Airlines, the airline offering the most nonstop flights from New York/Newark and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, is adding daily trans-Atlantic summer-season service between: New York/Newark and Athens, Greece, from May 25 through Oct. 5, 2016 Washington/Dulles and Barcelona, Spain, from May 25 through Sept. 6, 2016 Washington/Dulles and Lisbon, Portugal, May 25 through Sept....

Special Report: Aircraft Acquisition Planning and Financing

One of the ultimate attractions of business aviation is the ability to take to the skies on a schedule that fits your company’s needs – be it through charter, fractional ownership, aircraft leasing or an outright business aircraft purchase. If outright ownership isn’t right for your company’s needs, charter, fractional ownership and, to a lesser degree, aircraft leasing...

What’s new at JetBlue T5 JFK?

How About the First Blue Potato Farm at an Airport! JetBlue and Terra have revealed the Experimental Farm at Terminal 5 (T5) at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The potato farm and a produce garden has sprouted pre-security on the departure level, along the west side of the terminal. This new space will promote New York Agriculture, thanks to the partner...

Ex-Im Backers Find Path Forward in House

Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) reauthorization legislation, long stalled in the U.S. House of Representative, received a boost last week when lawmakers turned to a little-used procedure called a discharge petition to bypass the committee to bring the bill to a floor vote. The maneuver is rarely used and even more rarely successful since it requires 218 signatures. But it was the same pr...

Mountain West Acquires Two New Locations

Mountain West Aviation, a service provider with locations at California’s Lake Tahoe Airport and Nevada’s Carson City Airport, has acquired El Aero Services, which operated FBOs and Part 145 repair stations at Carson City and at Elko Regional Airport, also in Nevada. The Carson City FBO includes an 8,300-sq-ft terminal and 15,000 sq ft of hangar space sized for aircra...

FSI Starts Latitude Training, Adds More Caravan Sims

FlightSafety International started training in the first FAA level-D Cessna Citation Latitude simulator at its Cessna Pilot Learning Center in Wichita. EASA qualification of the training device is planned for early next year. A second Citation Latitude simulator will also be installed next year at the company’s learning center in Columbus, Ohio. “Building tw...

Aspen Airport Looks to the Future

Officials in Colorado took a major step towards determining the future of Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE) at a recent county board of commissioners meeting when they voted to approve one of 18 layout plans (ALP) for the development of the airport. With only a 320-foot separation from the runway centerline to the taxiway centerline, the airport, a gateway to Aspen’s posh ski resorts and pal...

Alaska Airlines is the launch customer of Boeing 737 Space Bins

Boeing and hometown partner Alaska Airlines celebrated the first 737 featuring Boeing’s new Space Bins, which increase the room for carry-on baggage by 48 percent. Alaska is the launch customer of Space Bins. “Alaska is relentlessly focused on making the travel experience better,” said Sangita Woerner, Alaska Airlines vice president of marketing. “We’ve been o...