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Delta Promises It Will Limit Seat Capacity Next Year

Delta Air Lines Inc. expects to cap its seating-capacity increase at 2 percent next year, reaffirming a commitment to limit growth as U.S. carriers struggle to raise fares because of weak foreign currencies and competitors’ rapid expansion. Seating capacity in 2016 will be flat to up 2 percent, with any additions focused on growth markets including the U.S., the U.K., Mexico and the Carib...

Omnibus Bill Includes Tax Break Extensions, FAA Funding

The U.S. House and Senate are set to begin consideration of a sweeping government-wide funding and tax package that would provide nearly $16.3 billion for the FAA in fiscal 2016 and renew key tax breaks such as the research and development credit and bonus depreciation. Lawmakers unveiled the package late on December 15, shortly before the deadline of the most rece...

Fitch: Aircraft Lessors Have Supportive Markets but Risks Remain

Recent equity capital raising plans and strategic announcements by aircraft lessors indicate supportive market conditions for the sector and suggest the potential for increased activity in 2016, says Fitch Ratings. The market for commercial aircraft is currently benefiting from the strong growth of global air traffic, low airline fuel prices, largely improving airline credit fundamentals and stabl...

Alcoa Announces Multiyear Supply Contracts with Boeing Valued at More Than $2.5 Billion

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa today announced long-term supply contracts with Boeing valued at over $2.5 billion. Alcoa will supply multi-material fastening systems for every Boeing platform in its largest fastener deal ever. Alcoa also will supply ready-to-install titanium seat track assemblies for the entire 787 Dreamliner family. “Alcoa has positioned itself to win in a mul...

Premier Aviation Announces Long-Term Heavy Maintenance Contract with Republic Airways Holdings

Premier Aviation Overhaul Center is pleased to announce the signing of a long-term agreement with Republic Airways Holdings (Republic) for the provision of airframe heavy maintenance on Republic Airways’ fleet of E-170 and E-175 aircraft. Republic Airways Holdings is the owner of Republic Airlines and Shuttle America. The airline currently operates a fleet of Embraer 170s, Embraer 175s, and...

Boeing South Carolina’s 100th 787 Dreamliner Rolls Out of the Factory

Boeing [NYSE: BA] South Carolina marked a major milestone this week as the site’s 100th 787 Dreamliner rolled out of the factory. The airplane now begins system checks, fueling and engine runs on the flight line. The 787-8 will be delivered to American Airlines next year.

WESSCO EVP Anita Gittelson Announces Retirement

After 29 years of cabin comfort magic, WESSCO’s Executive VP and “Godmother” of the modern amenity kit passes the torch Oftentimes, an era comes and goes without fanfare to mark its passing. In other cases, something happens, or a person comes along and enables us to see – with great clarity – where we have come from, what we have learned, and how we must cont...

Boeing, Jet2.com Finalize Order for Three Additional Next Generation 737-800s

Boeing and UK Leisure Airline Jet2.com finalized an order today for three Next Generation 737-800s, valued at $288 million at current list prices.  Jet2.com previously ordered 27 Next Generation 737-800s in September 2015 and operates an all-Boeing fleet of more than 60 airplanes. Jet2.com is a subsidiary of Dart Group PLC, a UK Aim listed Le...

Global Hawk readies for new payload tests

Northrop Grumman has scheduled flight tests of three new payloads for the RQ-4B Global Hawk fleet next year. The tests are made possible by the development of a universal payload adaptor jointly funded by Northrop and the US Air Force. In its original form, the RQ-4B lacked the payload attach points to fit two sensors carried by the Lockheed Martin U-2S, the reconnaissance aircraft the Globa...

Rolls-Royce announces new senior management structure

Rolls-Royce is today announcing a new senior management structure as the first step in the wide-ranging restructuring announced on 12 November 2015. The move will simplify the organisation, drive operational excellence and reduce cost; ensuring Rolls-Royce is better placed to deliver long-term profitable growth. The current divisional structure of Aerospace and Land & Sea will end, removing...

Flexjet, Flight Options Pilots Agree To Unionize

Pilots at Flexjet and Flight Options have narrowly voted in favor of representation by the International Local Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). Polls closed on the election yesterday following a three-week voting period. A little more than 51 percent of the 644 pilots who voted (330) voted for representation. Approval is decided by a simple majority of the votes. A total of 663 pilots were eligible...

Landmark Aviation earns ARGUS CHEQ Platinium rating

Landmark Aviation’s Milwaukee charter certificate has obtained the Charter Evaluation and Qualification (CHEQ) Platinum Rating from ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS). This achievement means that Landmark’s entire charter operation, encompassing four Part 135 certificates, have now earned a Platinum rating. “Achieving the prestigious ARGUS Platinum rating is another means fo...