Boeing 787 Grounded
Dreamliners worldwide have been grounded as of press time after lithium ion batteries led to a fire in one plane and smoke in a second. Boeing is still building 787s even though deliveries have been halted, and is aiming to deliver at least 60 of the planes in 2013. That would keep it on pace for its current rate of building five per month. Boeing has said it wants to be building 10 787s per month by the end of 2013. U.S. aviation officials have asked Boeing for a full operating history of the batteries on the 787s. Japan’s All Nippon Airways confirmed that it had replaced batteries on its 787 aircraft ten times because they didn’t charge properly or connections with electrical systems failed; Japan Airlines also said it had replaced 787 batteries.
ACI-NA Releases 2013 Capital Needs Survey
America’s airports need to complete $71.3 billion worth of essential infrastructure projects between now and 2017, including major runway and terminal expansions that are required to keep pace with passenger growth forecasts, says the association. During a media briefing, ACI-NA president Greg Principato stressed that the existing federally mandated funding system fails to meet U.S. airport capital needs for modernizing airport capacity which is critical for a safe, efficient, and globally competitive aviation system. The survey provides information on all airport projects over the next five years, not just those that are Airport Improvement Program (AIP) eligible, as is the case with the FAA’s National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) report.
ACC — Paula Hochstetler will retire as president of the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) on Dec. 31, 2013. The ACC board of directors has unanimously selected ACC Executive Vice President T.J. Schulz to succeed her as president. At the time of her departure, Hochstetler will have led ACC for more than 19 years.
Bombardier Aerospace — increased its aftermarket service network for business aircraft customers with the addition of a line maintenance facility (LMF) in Nigeria. ExecuJet Nigeria in Lagos will complement ExecuJet’s centre in Lanseria, South Africa, which has been part of Bombardier’s Authorized Service Facility (ASF) network since 2002.
Bonham (TX) — receives a $1.6 million aviation grant from the Texas Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division. The Texas Transportation Commission gave final approval in January for the grant for Jones Field. It requires the city of Bonham to match 10 percent, $160,000.
CDA — Chicago Department of Aviation has been honored by the Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) with a “Public Body of the Year” award. According to CISCO, the CDA was chosen for its management of the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP), which has provided thousands of jobs to Chicagoland area union construction workers and contractors.
COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE — Holly Woodruff Lyons has been appointed Subcommittee on Aviation Staff Director. Woodruff Lyons has been a member of the Subcommittee staff since 2002, and the top Republican Aviation staffer since 2007.
DANE COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT (WI) — Passenger traffic was up 6.7 percent when compared to 2011, marking the second-best year in airport history. In 2012, the airport recorded 810,953 passengers, behind the record year of 2004 when 847,341 passengers flew out of the airport. Officials credit the boost to several service expansions that included flights to New York-LaGuardia; Cincinnati; Denver; Orlando, FL.; and Washington, D.C.
DELTA AIR LINES — will add new service to Atlanta from Burlington, VT; Green Bay, WI; and Anchorage, AK, beginning summer 2013.
Delta Air Lines — the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and JFK International Air Terminal LLC (JFKIAT) will continue expansion at JFK International Airport with a $175 million project that will add 11 gates and 75,000 square feet to Terminal 4’s Concourse B. Delta has committed an additional $5 million for information technology enhancements. The new project is in addition to the previously announced $1.2 billion redevelopment at Terminal 4 set to open in May.
Executive VP T.J. Schulz Named Successor
IATA — International Air Transport Assn. reports global traffic demand was 4.7 percent below the same month in 2010 while passenger traffic showed a 3.6 percent rise over previous year levels...