IATA — Int’l Air Transport Assn. reports that global scheduled traffic results for August show year-on-year increases of 6.4 percent for passenger and 19.6 percent for cargo. Capacity increases in passenger markets are accelerating. Since December 2009, air travel volumes have expanded by 4.3 percent while capacity has risen by 6 percent. Passenger load factors remain high (81.6 percent), but when adjusted for seasonal fluctuation this amounts to a drop of 1.5 percentage points compared to the February 2010 peak.
• IATA revises its 2010 industry outlook and is now projecting a profit of $8.9 billion for world airlines (up from the $2.5 billion forecast in June). In its first look into 2011, IATA estimates that profitability will drop to $5.3 billion.
Jacksonville Aviation Authority — working with its major airlines, is opening a new lane at the security checkpoint designed to accommodate frequent flyers at JAX. The new Preferred Passenger lane will help fill a need created when the Preferred Traveler Program was discontinued in June 2009.
• Jacksonville Aviation Authority announces that JetBlue Airways will begin daily nonstop service between Jacksonville and San Juan, Puerto Rico, beginning in May 2011.
JETNET LLC — releases the August 2010 results for the pre-owned business jet, business turboprop, and helicopter markets. Business jet inventory for sale shows the largest change (down 2.5 points), to 14.9 percent from 17.4 percent. All aircraft categories are taking longer to sell in 2010, ranging from 40 to 124 more days in the YTD comparisons.
Million Air - Salt Lake City — is added to the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Industry Audit Standard Registry. Million Air – Salt Lake City is the sixteenth air charter company in the world to be included on the registry, which seeks to represent the premier standards of aviation through its advancement of safety, security, and service benchmarks.
Milwaukee County — executive Scott Walker announces that August 2010 saw a single-month record number of passengers traveling through General Mitchell Int’l Airport. The airport served 943,323 passengers, an increase of 19.89 percent (156,489 passengers) over last August’s 786,834 passengers. The August total marks 12 straight months of record passenger growth.
Mineta San José Int’l Airport — Terminal B Concourse achieves LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of the airport’s significant commitment to environmentally sustainable design and construction. The Terminal B Concourse design team included Gensler, based in San Francisco, and Steinberg Architects of San José. Clark Construction was the principal contractor, and Gilbane provided construction management services.
NATA — National Air Transportation Assn. has expected the veto of AB 1889 since its passage by the California legislature and is in the process of working to get a delay in compliance implemented by other means. NATA will issue action calls as needed in the near future to ask its membership to contact their representatives in California to support this effort.
• NATA and AIC Title Service, LLC offer a program that allows for re-registrations to be professionally processed and tracked using a Web interface. The new program is in response to a recently published FAA final rule that will require all currently registered aircraft to complete an aircraft re-registration according to a specific schedule over the next three years, and then renew that registration every three years thereafter.
• NATA’s Safety 1st program releases its Newark Airport Flight Crew Briefing. Developed with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the customized online training tool provides safety information about the airport, including its location, layout, operations, regulations, and safety and security procedures.
National Aeronautic Association — announces that aviation advocate Harrison Ford will receive the prestigious 2010 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. The citation defining his achievement will read: “For engaging our nation’s youth in aviation and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and enthusiasts to secure a strong future for all of aviation.”
NBAA — National Business Aviation Assn. lauds President Obama for signing into law legislation that includes a provision for “bonus depreciation,” to accelerate cost recovery of strategic business purchases this year, including business aircraft.
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