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December 13, 2006

Airlines, Boeing Protest Additional Oversight Of 737 Rudders

Say Additional Monitoring Systems Not Needed

Past problems with the rudder mechanisms on Boeing 737s are receiving attention once again, with the American manufacturer and airlines banding together to protest the US government's plan to require closer monitoring of those systems by 2008.

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NTSB Issues Safety Recommendation In Wake Of Comair Accident

Cites No Crew Coordination Of Runway After Takeoff Clearance

Based on last summer's accident involving Comair flight 5191, and five other previous accidents and/or incidents of crews using the wrong runway for take off, the NTSB has issued specific recommendations to amend the FAR Part 121 rules.

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Delta's Pilots Continue To Defy US Airways Merger Bid

Union Says Labor Contract Blocks Merger Attempt

The chairman of Delta's chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association Lee Moak says US Airways' talk of a merger between it and Delta is moot.

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Saudi's New Private Carrier Looks At BIG Orders

Newly Licensed NAS Now Plans 100-Plane Fleet

 Saudi Arabia's newly licensed National Air Services (NAS), the country's first privately-held airline, announced Wednesday a $2 billion fleet expansion plan.

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AirTran Tenders Offer For Rival Midwest

Merger Mania Continues Even Among Budget Carriers

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 12.13.06 1430 EST: Budget carrier AirTran said on Wednesday it's offered to buy rival airline Midwest.

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A Window Of Opportunity For US-EU Trade Dispute?

US Rep Says Airbus Must Forgo Gov't Help On A350

There may be a "window" of opportunity in the United States' long-running dispute with Europe over development aid for Airbus and Boeing aircraft. In fact, a top US trade official says an agreement on the contentious issue may occur as soon as the end of next summer.

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UAL Next In Line For Merger Mania?

Continental, Delta Rumored Candidates

Rumors of an impending merger decision swirled around United Airlines' annual investor briefing Tuesday... but management kept quiet on whether the airline was looking at making a bid for a rival airline.

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Comair Pilots Vote To Authorize Strike

Judge Says Tactic Won't Sway Ruling

Pilots at beleagured regional carrier Comair voted overwhelmingly Monday to give union leaders the authorization to call a strike, if they feel it's necessary.

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Christmas Trees Return To SeaTac

Rabbi Says He Won't Sue Over Lack Of Menorah

A holiday controversy in Seattle appears to be nearing an end.

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Guggenheim Partners Orders Three Boeing 777 Freighters

Option For One More, $708 Million At List Prices

Boeing announced Tuesday that US-based aviation investment firm Guggenheim Aviation Partners, LLC (GAP), acting on behalf of one of its investment funds, has ordered three Boeing 777 Freighters. GAP also has an option to purchase one additional airplane.

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