ANN Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien was kind enough to
research and translate the full text of the press release published
by Swiss officials in their prohibition against Flash Airlines....
the operator of a Boeing 737 which went down last week off the
coast of Egypt and into the Red Sea. We present it here for your
FOCA Prohibited Flash Airlines From Landing
The Federal Office for Civil Aviation (FOCA) issued a
landing prohibition against the Egyptian aviation firm Flash
Airlines in October, 2002. The grounds for that were, deficient
condition of its airplanes. In the following, the measures taken by
FOCA in connection with Flash Airlines are laid out.
Last Saturday, a machine from the Egyptian aviation business Flash
Boeing's airliner deliveries for 2003 total some 281 birds...
some 100 less than last year. Finishing up the year with 71
airframe deliveries in the Fourth Quarter (down from 86 in 4Q/02),
this year's total is down from 381 in 2002 and a whopping 527 in
2001. How the mighty have fallen...
Boeing's Fourth Quarter stats included 47 single-aisle 737s; 12
777s; three 767s; five 747s; one 757; and three 717s.
Unofficial estimates put Boeing's annual delivery totals below
Airbus for the first time, as Airbus had already delivered 263
airframes through just the 3rd Quarter of 2003.
Anti-Missile Devices Will Supposedly Protect Commercial
The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and
Technology division has announced that teams led by BAE
Systems, Northrop Grumman and United Airlines have been selected
for agreement negotiations. The team will be expected to develop a
plan and test prototypes to help determine whether a viable
technology exists that could be deployed to address the potential
threat that MAN-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) pose to
“The President and the Secretary are taking a very aggressive
approach on measures to counter the potential threat of
shoulder-fired missiles,” said Dr. Charles McQueary, Under
Secretary, Science and Technology. “These efforts are par
A NorthWest Airlines Boeing 757 was landed by a "solo" pilot
Tuesday morning after the Captain of the flight lost consciousness
approaching Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.
Descending through 12,000 feet on a short flight from Milwaukee,
WI; NWA Flt 1949's Captain Roy Schooler passed out in the cockpit
somewhere over Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In accordance with proper
procedure, the First officer took command, stabilized the aircraft
and sought medical attention for his Captain.
Boeing's board of directors has elected James A. Bell as
chief financial officer for the $54 billion global aerospace
company. A 31-year veteran of the company, Bell has been
Boeing’s acting CFO since Nov. 24, 2003.
Bell, 55, served as senior vice president of finance and corporate
controller since October 2000.
“James Bell is a superior financial leader,” said
Boeing President and CEO Harry Stonecipher. “He is a proven,
highly skilled manager who has intimate knowledge of our strategy
and champions fiscal transparency. James will be a key member of
our leadership team.”
As the corporate controller for Boeing, Bell has been responsible
for managing the company’s financial and cost accounting,
external reporting, cost policy, com