It’s Saturday, so it’s time to look at the commercial aviation world with raised eyebrows and see what’s going on this week. (Apologies for the delays – call it sleep)
Qantas – No Upturn just yet
Qantas report that don’t expect an upturn in traffic, with a 88% drop in profits for the first half of the year.
Seems that Kangaroo is going to have to do some more bouncing to get those numbers up.
JAL Bail Out
See Thursday’s Entry entry. Still not good for JAL and its staff at all..
Flight, BBC News
United sends more SkyWest Capacity to new markets – More CRJ action ahead!
United has announced new regional routes. they are:
Chicago-Ashville, North Carolina.
Los Angeles-El Paso, Texas.
Expect a fight when the lo-co’s find out…
Emirates is reconsidering the A350 and A330-300.
After dropping the last order for A350’s and A330’s, Emirates is reconsidering the market position and maybe re-igniting the order with Airbus.
With the planned new Dubai International, capacity is going to be key, and as many seats as can cram into a plane is really going to be important…
Meanwhile in the other side of the UAE…
An UAE A330-200 Tanker… that will be… an Eithad aircraft?
Well as the Multi Role Tanker is coming along, the UAE are fitting the aircraft with a standard Eithad aircraft two class layout, IFE and galleys.
Well it’s a way of prepping an aircraft for service…
BA to charge for seats
See the post below. Oh dear BA. What next? Charging for luggage?
Air Canada wants gets Jazzy in Toronto.
Seems that Air Canada Jazz has finally been rattled by the small upstart Porter Airlines, and is planning to restart services into Toronto City Centre Airport. As contracts and legal ramblings conclude – things may look up.
Boeing begins 787 wing mod work whilst 747-8F on targert.
In reasonable news, Boeing has finally begun work on the wing on frame ZA001 as well as the static frame ZA997 to modify the wing structure. Estimated time to complete is 3 months with a target time of an end of year flight.
Meanwhile, the 747-8F is inching closer to the flightline as it’s build and testing is going on schedule, with a move estimated for mid-October – in other words, a strong chance it flying before the 787..
Oh well. At least it’s progress on the 787 project. It’s still going to annoy the airlines for the delays to the aircraft…