Task Force Delays Aircraft Tracking Proposals

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Published: October 2, 2014

An airline industry-led task force looking at ways to improve aircraft tracking after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has delayed its recommendations, possibly until December. An IATA spokeswoman said the draft proposals would not be delivered to the UN’s aviation body as previously expected. The disappearance of the Malaysian airliner in March sparked […]

EU Rules LCCs, Airports Given Illegal State Aid

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Published: October 2, 2014

Two European airports and a number of budget airlines, including Ryanair and Lufthansa’s carrier Germanwings, have been ordered by EU regulators to pay back millions of euros in illegal subsidies. The European Commission also warned Belgium that it may be giving unauthorized subsidies to Brussels Airlines. The Commission rulings come amid a series of investigations […]

US Airlines Concerned About Ebola

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Published: October 1, 2014

Several US airlines are in close contact with federal health officials about Ebola-related travel concerns after a man infected with the virus was diagnosed in the US. The patient, now in hospital in Dallas, had flown from Liberia through Brussels to Texas, the Liberian information ministry said. US health officials said there should be no […]

First Ebola Patient Diagnosed In US

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Published: October 1, 2014

A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said on Tuesday. The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on September 20, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and […]

Eurocontrol Wants More Info Sharing For Safety

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Published: October 1, 2014

Eurocontrol has fleshed out a plan for countries to share non-public intelligence in conflict zones to help airlines avert tragedies such as the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Frank Brenner, director general of Eurocontrol, told Reuters news agency that his organization is pressing the ICAO task force for member states to share the background […]

FAA Orders Airlines To Replace Cockpit Displays

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Published: October 1, 2014

The US Federal Aviation Administration is requiring airlines to replace cockpit displays on more than 1,300 Boeing aircraft to avoid interference from Wi-Fi and cellular devices. Airlines will need to replace certain cockpit display units made by Honeywell International used on Boeing’s 737 and 777 jets within five years, according to an FAA document. The […]

Airbus’ A380 Breakeven Goal Still Stands

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Published: September 30, 2014

Airbus chief executive Fabrice Bregier told French daily newspaper Le Figaro that it is sticking to a target for its A380 superjumbo to break even next year. He added in an interview that he saw the potential for 10,000 orders for its re-engined A320neo family of single-aisle aircraft. “We will have exceeded 3,500 by the […]

Air France-KLM May Need Strategy Rethink

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Published: September 30, 2014

With no deal in sight over pilot pay and up to EUR€300 million (USD$ 380 million) of strike costs to absorb, Air France-KLM may need to rethink its route to viability. As pilots returned to work and the airline restored its flight schedule to 98 percent on Tuesday, its estimated cost of the two-week strike […]

Germany Examines Etihad, Air Berlin Codeshare

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Published: September 30, 2014

Germany is examining codeshare plans between Air Berlin and shareholder Etihad Airways, a move the German airline says is an attempt to reinterpret a bilateral agreement with the United Arab Emirates. The German federal aviation authority (LBA) checks codeshare deals every time airlines submit winter and summer schedules for flights to and from Germany. The […]

Accused In Chicago ATC Fire Appears In Court

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Published: September 30, 2014

A man accused of setting fire to an air control facility in Chicago on Friday appeared in federal court on Monday to hear the charges against him. Brian Howard, 36, of the Chicago suburb of Naperville, appeared in the US District Court of the Northern District of Illinois and was charged with damaging an air […]

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