Pilot Training

Airlines Scramble to Find Enough Qualified Pilots

Five years ago, Louis Smith’s organization would put on job fairs for airline pilots and have plenty of pilots but few airlines. Now his job fairs attract plenty of airlines but need more pilots. It’s an indication of how the airline industry has turned around over the past five years. It also underlines the growing difficulty in getting enough pilots to staff the nation’s airline cockpits. That’s true “especially in the regional sector,” Smith said Wednesday. “That’s what changed dramatically.” His group, FAPA.aero (Future and Active Pilots Advisors), is holding a job fair Friday at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott in Irving. So far, about 600 pilots have signed up to visit with prospective employers. Among the companies recruiting pilots are American Airlines Inc. and … [Read More...]

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Air Fares

US Airlines Raise Base Fares on Domestic Flights

U.S. airlines are raising base fares on many domestic flights even though they are getting a windfall from lower fuel prices. JetBlue Airways raised fares by $4 per round trip on a small number of routes Thursday, and Delta Air Lines picked up and greatly expanded the breadth of the increase, according to FareCompare.com CEO […]

Learjet 70

Can Bombardier’s New Planes Reverse Its Sales Slide in the Light Jet Market?

Amid a global economic recovery, the business jet market is returning into shape, but with more demand for large cabin/heavy jets, growth in the light and medium categories looks slightly challenged. Canadian aerospace major Bombardier is one of the oldest players in the global aviation industry and sits pretty with a huge portfolio serving all […]

GECAS 737-MAX8 Renderings

Boeing’s Order Book Tops the 1,000 Mark

With 266 Boeing customers ordering 12,100 737 units since the plane’s introduction, Boeing’s single-aisle airliner is the best-selling commercial airplane in history. Perversely, that’s posing something of a problem for Boeing. Hoping to keep up with demand for the 737, Boeing confirmed this month that it will once again increase the rate at which it […]

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Embraer Legacy 500

Embraer Steps Into Midsize Market With Legacy 500 Delivery

Embraer’s Executive Jets unit on Oct. 10 officially entered the midsized jet market with the delivery of its Legacy 500 business jet to a Brazilian customer. The delivery followed Brazilian ANAC certification in August. U.S. FAA certification is anticipated within weeks, Embraer executives say. The delivery marked two celebrations the Brazilian airframer held recently. The […]

Bombardier Challenger 600 series

Bombardier Refreshes Challenger 605 As 650

“Given the response to the Challenger 350, we said we’ll do the same for the 650. The scope of the changes is very similar,” says Brad Nolen, Bombardier’s director of product planning. Launch price is $32.35 million in 2015 dollars, up $500,000 from the Challenger 605. That includes up to $1.5 million worth of standard […]

Gulfstream G500 Flight Deck

Gulfstream’s New Jets Are Packed With Touchscreens for Pilots

Touchscreens have established themselves as the best interface for smartphones and tablets. Thanks to Tesla and other car companies, they appear to be the future of automotive controls. And now, Gulfstream, maker of the world’s priciest business jets, thinks they’re the best choice in the cockpit as well. The Georgia-based firm introduced two swanky aircraft […]

A330 Assembly

Airbus Cuts Production Plan for A330 Jetliner

Airbus said it would reduce the build-rate for the A330 to nine aircraft a month in the fourth quarter of next year. It currently builds 10 A330s a month, a record for the company. The A330 is a key profit contributor for the European plane maker. The Toulouse-based company is working on an updated model […]

Delta Airlines Boeing 747

Boeing 747s will be retired by 2017 – Delta CEO

If you want to book a flight on one of Delta Air Lines’ Boeing 747s, the clock is ticking. The carrier plans to retire the last of the 16 747s in its fleet by 2017, CEO Richard Anderson said during the carrier’s third-quarter earnings call Thursday. The move is no surprise, but the timeline guidance […]

Jetairfly Embraer E190

Embraer Reports Weak Deliveries, Backlog Surges to $22.1B

The commercial aviation and business aviation markets were delivered 19 and 15 jets, respectively. Embraer provided 16 of E-175s, 2 E-190s and 1 E-195s to the commercial aviation market, while the rest were delivered to the business aviation market, which included only Light jets. Embraer, however, reported a record order backlog of $22.1 billion as […]

Tiger Airways

Singapore Airlines rides to Tiger’s rescue, could raise stake to 71 percent

Cash-rich Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) is injecting up to $110 million to take control of loss-making affiliate Tiger Airways Ltd, shoring up the budget carrier while scrapping its regional ambitions as competition rages. Announcing a record quarterly loss that sent its shares tumbling as much as 10 percent, Tiger said on Friday that SIA will […]

Airline Wi-Fi

United: Wi-Fi, streaming video coming to regional jets

United Airlines says it will add Wi-Fi and streaming in-flight entertainment to more than 200 of the bigger regional jets flown that fly for the company’s United Express affiliates. United says the first Wi-Fi-enabled regional jet flights are expected later this year. United expects the rollout of Wi-Fi to the Embraer E170, Embraer E175 and […]

American Miami Airport

American Airlines Miami Hub celebrates 25 years

Miami International Airport is our community’s leading economic engine, generating business revenue in excess of $33 billion and connecting 40 million passengers to more than 140 destinations across the nation and around the globe each year. Those remarkable figures are the direct result of the efforts of numerous airport partners, none of them bigger — […]

Royal-Jordanian-787

Royal Jordanian Flies With B787 Dreamliner To KLIA

The KL International Airport (KLIA) has recorded another historic moment yesterday with the landing of a Royal Jordanian Airlines’ brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, in a statement today, said the Jordan’s flag carrier became the first airline to operate schedule flights with B787 Dreamliner into KLIA. Its General Manager of […]

Ebola Air France Flight

Airline Passenger Showing Signs of Ebola Taken to Hospital

An airline passenger showing symptoms of the Ebola virus on board an Air France flight to Madrid was taken to hospital on Thursday when the aircraft landed. Officials for the French airline, the Spanish government and the Madrid airport said that the passenger had been shaking and shown signs of a fever during the Air […]

Ebola Outbreak

Frontier Air puts 6 crew on leave as precaution amid Ebola worry

Frontier Airlines said six crew members were placed on paid leave for 21 days “out of an abundance of caution,” after learning that a nurse who had treated an Ebola victim may have been symptomatic when she flew on the airline earlier this week. The leave affects two pilots and four flight attendants aboard flight […]

Transavia Boeing 737-800

Air France pilots see Transavia deal signed by mid-November

Air France and its main pilots’ union SNPL said on Thursday they reached a tentative deal aimed at ending a dispute over the airline’s low cost unit Transavia France, sending shares in the airline up 6 percent. Air France said it expected the text they had agreed on to be signed in mid-November. Air France-KLM’s […]

United Airlines Airbus A350-1000

Airbus A350 cleared to fly record distance on one engine

The European Aviation Safety Agency granted the Airbus jet Extended Operations, known as ETOPS, of “beyond 180 minutes”, but will allow pilots to fly the A350 for up to 370 minutes if one engine shuts down, Airbus said. ETOPS rules determine the maximum flying time on one engine that jets can stray from the nearest […]

IndiGo Airbus A320

Indian Airline Indigo agrees to order 250 jets from Airbus, worth $26 Billion

Airbus looks set to exceed 1,000 net orders this year after securing a provisional deal with Indian carrier IndiGo for 250 revamped A320neo jets, its sales chief said on Wednesday. Indian budget airline IndiGo has agreed to buy 250 A320 planes from Airbus, a purchase that could be worth nearly $26 billion and rank as […]