In 2008, air passenger demand was dipping, Gulf countries were building up their national fleets, and easyJet set up shop in Paris. Other European airlines cut routes and jobs in response. Air France did not. It has not made a profit since.
The timing of its attempt to catch up seven years later plays into the hands of aggressive competitors, former airline executives, analysts and union officials say, and its decision to slash long-haul routes by 10 percent leaves unsolved the problem of a bloated cost base.
"Many of us in senior management saw this coming," said a former Air France boss now working for one of its fast-growing competitors.
The revolutionary design would maximize space in wide bodied aircraft.
In rows where passengers are normally seated six across, the middle rows would alternate between floor level and elevated seating to fit an additional two passengers per row. The raised seats would be accessible by a stair or ladder and would be able to fully recline above the passengers seated below.
The new design will maximize seating capacity on planes that have yet to reach their full potential, according to the plane manufacturer.
Etihad Airway’s chief executive has said Alitalia cannot afford to “revert to past practices”, as the Italian airline begins to show signs of improvement.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline made a $627 million investment in Alitalia, equating to a 49 percent equity stake, as part of a $1.9 billion restructuring plan for the Italian carrier.
Alitalia recorded a 2015 first-half net loss of $144 million in its latest figures released last month, which the airline’s board described as “in line with business plan forecasts” and a “slight improvement” on expectations.
Those who miss the civilized seven across main cabin seating on the once widely used Boeing 767 jets might take some encouragement from a graphic circulated by ‘wealth managers’ Merrill Lynch and Flightglobal this last week.
It shows an apparent return of that popular seating plan. It seems like, and may even be, a sign of hope for an escape from the disaster that is nine across tight fit seating in the 787 Dreamliners, or the increasingly ‘optimized’ high compression misery of single aisle 737s and A320s, with their unusable dinky little toilets and painfully arranged seats in configurations never envisaged when these jets first appeared.
Air France said on Wednesday that negotiations with representatives of its pilots over its "Perform 2020" restructuring plan had failed.
Air France, part of Franco-Dutch airline Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA), said in a statement: "The many hours of talks and negotiations, closely followed by the chairman and CEO of Air France, could not yield, within a reasonable timetable, an agreement insuring the growth and competitiveness of the company."
Less than one year after delivering the first A350 XWB (-900), the first A350-1000 is taking shape with the assembly start of the first fuselage major components at Airbus plants in Hamburg and Saint-Nazaire.
The forward fuselage section has been delivered by Premium Aerotec to Airbus in Hamburg where it will be equipped before being flown to Saint-Nazaire on board the Beluga. The nose fuselage section has been delivered by Stelia Aerospace to Airbus in Saint-Nazaire for assembly and equipping. The forward and nose fuselage sections will then be joined together in Saint-Nazaire to form the front fuselage which will then be flown by Beluga to the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse.
Airbus is not alone in thinking about making much bigger electric and hybrid aircraft. Electric flight is coming closer to becoming a wider reality, pushed by concerns about carbon emissions and technical advances. Airbus is not alone in thinking about making much bigger electric and hybrid aircraft. Just as in cars, electrical propulsion offers a number of advantages over piston and jet engines. Modern, digitally controlled electric motors supply lots of torque, a rotational force which is as good at turning propellers and fan blades as it is wheels. Electric power is also quiet, clean and highly reliable, with fewer engine parts to wear or break.
Because of near-unlimited power, the Air Laissez-Faire will be perpetually airborne like a capitalist cloud nine.
The High Speed Horizons project presents four radical aircraft designs of what-could-have-beens and what-could-bes. The collection by artist Tim Clark draws from history if politics, innovation and big thinking played different cards in the field of aviation.
The first plane is aptly named Sonic Sundae. The X-1SB, is designed to fit a single pilot and runs on a sonic boom-powered engine. Painted International Orange, the Sonic Sundae takes inspiration from 1946’s Bell Z-1, the first manned aircraft to match the speed of sound.
Boeing a débuté l’assemblage final de son premier 737 MAX 8, version remotorisée du 737-800 dont le vol inaugural est prévu en début d’année prochaine. La compagnie aérienne de lancement sera la low cost Southwest Airlines.
L’avionneur américain précise dans son communiqué du 15 septembre 2015 que les ouvriers de son usine de Renton, dans l’état de Washington, ont réalisé « dans les temps » la jonction au fuselage des ailes équipées des nouveaux Advanced Technology Winglet, qui apporter une baisse de 1,8% de la consommation par rapport aux ailerons actuels.
Finnair's Airbus A350s will include free inflight Internet plus a dedicated ladies-only lav.
The satellite-based WiFi service will be free to all passengers in business class, along with Finnair Plus Gold and Platinum frequent flyers and their Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald equivalents (which includes Qantas Gold and Platinum card-holders).
For sale: One very, very large used passenger jet. Price negotiable.
Airbus Group SE may find out that price when Singapore Airlines Ltd. decides whether to return the world’s first superjumbo to its owner in 2017 following the expiration of a 10-year lease.
Should the Asian carrier send the plane back to German investor Dr. Peters Gruppe, which holds the title, or negotiate a drastically reduced rate to keep it, the model’s residual value will be established at a lower level than Airbus would wish, said Bertrand Grabowski, head of aviation at DVB Bank in London.
Un Airbus de Cathay Pacific qui transportait 267 personnes a dû atterrir d'urgence sur l'île indonésienne de Bali vendredi en raison d'un problème de moteur, a annoncé la compagnie hongkongaise. L'Airbus A330 effectuait la liaison entre Perth, dans l'ouest de l'Australie, et Hong Kong, quand il a été contraint de se poser. "Le moteur a été éteint et un atterrissage d'urgence a été décidé", a dit Cathay dans un communiqué, précisant que celui-ci s'était déroulé sans encombres. "Tous les passagers et membres d'équipage sont indemnes".
Mandatory retirement at major airlines, talent poaching by major carriers from regional airlines and low starting wages with high flight training costs are all depleting the airline pilot talent pipel.
According to a report issued last year by the Regional Airline Association, the major airlines will need to replace 18,000 pilots within the next seven years who reach the mandatory retirement age of 65. The report also says there is a diminishing of new air transport pilot licenses, the highest certification given by the Federal Aviation Administration, which certifies pilots to fly commercial freight and passenger planes.
Airbus inaugurated operations at is first U.S. manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala. last week in a move that is likely to strengthen the company both financially and competitively. The move to North America reflects the company’s desire to bolster U.S. relations with both commercial and government markets.
At the new facility’s inauguration ceremony, Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier noted that the $600 million plant was the latest in the company’s string of European and Chinese facilities in a move to “strategically expand [Airbus’] worldwide industrial base.”
In the future, could planes be powered by wood chips? Or could you be zipping through the air courtesy of municipal waste—or even household trash? Thanks to big investments from some big names in aviation, those are just some of the ways we could be globe-trotting in coming decades.
These aviation biofuels may sound whimsical, but they are necessary for pretty straightforward reasons: Air travel demand is growing, fuel prices are expected to remain volatile, and concern about the impact of aviation on climate change is increasing too.
La compagnie aérienne KLM Royal Dutch Airlines a diffusé des photos de la classe Affaires qui équipera sesBoeing 787-9 Dreamliner, et précisé plusieurs services dont l’accès à internet via wifi pour tous les passagers.
Avec une arrivée présentée comme « l’aube d’une nouvelle ère pour les passagers comme pour les membres d’équipage », le 787-9 Dreamliner de la compagnie nationale néerlandaise sera configuré pour accueillir 30 passagers en classe Affaires, 48 en Premium et 216 en Economie. En World Business Class, ils disposeront de sièges se transformant en lit plat arrangés en 1+2+1, chaque voyageur ayant donc accès directement au couloir.
Airbus’s Beluga XL program has passed its latest maturity gate milestone, marking the end of the “concept phase” or design freeze “at aircraft level,” Airbus announced on Wednesday. The company said the maturity gate review demonstrated that the Beluga XL program has shown enough robustness and maturity to move to the next phase of development, the detailed design phase.
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