AB Industry News Nov12

Nov. 27, 2012

Extended Briefs:

Boeing Forecast

Boeing forecasts that air carriers in North America will take delivery of 7,290 new airplanes over the next 20 years at a market value of $820 billion. Taking retirements of airplanes into account, the North America fleet will grow from 6,650 airplanes today to about 8,830 airplanes by 2031. The network carriers are expected to maintain strict capacity discipline. Low-cost carriers will continue to outpace network carrier growth to accommodate increased demand and fill some markets abandoned by network carriers. Boeing forecasts single-aisle airplanes will grow to 69 percent of the total North America fleet by 2031.

Hawker To Explore Bizjet Options

The restructured company, expected to emerge from bankruptcy in the first quarter of 2013, will focus on turboprop, piston, special mission, and trainer/attack aircraft, its most profitable products. It also will focus on its high-margin parts, maintenance, repairs, and refurbishment businesses, which have more growth potential, says the company. After failing to reach a deal with Superior Aircraft Beijing, Hawker Beechcraft says the company is exploring interest that has been expressed by outside parties for its corporate jet business.


ACI-NA — approves Eurocopter and Nextant Aerospace as the association’s newest members. GAMA now has 80 member companies worldwide.

ALASKA AIRLINES — will expand its Anchorage-Los Angeles service starting April 8, 2013. The expanded service includes a daily daytime flight most of the year and an additional nighttime flight during the summer.

AMERICAN AIRLINES — From its largest hub at Dallas/Fort Worth, American will launch its first-ever service to Seoul on May 9, 2013. Beginning April 11, 2013, American will add service between Chicago O'Hare and Dusseldorf, Germany. American will also add new service between JFK Airport and Dublin, Ireland, beginning June 12, 2013.

ARINC — ARINC Direct partners with FlightAware to offer live flight tracking for business aviation operations. ARINC Direct customers will be provided with worldwide flight tracking on a customized FlightAware display.

AVFUEL — enlarges its lineup of branded dealers by adding a trio of FBOs: Bellingham Aviation Services at Bellingham Int'l Airport; Tupelo Aviation Unlimited, the airport-owned FBO at Tupelo Regional Airport; and Exec 1 located at the Ankeny Regional Airport near Des Moines, IA.

CHICAGO O'HARE INT’L AIRPORT — and Westfield Concession Management unveil redevelopment plans for Terminal 5 which include a massive transformation of the terminal, 15 new dining and retail brands, and new passenger amenities throughout.

CLAY LACY AVIATION — and Chicago-based Priester Aviation announce a newly developed strategic alliance. Both companies maintain strong independent brands and will continue to operate under their respective operating certificates, focus on their core businesses, and work together to provide clients additional value wherever possible.

COLUMBUS REGIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY — announces the Port Columbus Airport ticket lobby, baggage-claim area, and three concourses will get an $80 million makeover, an effort aimed at keeping the 55-year-old terminal functional for at least 20 more years.

DETROIT METROPOLITAN AIRPORT — a new retail program, which will include a more than $13 million retailer investment, will introduce new major brands and local specialty shops to Detroit travelers including the launch of five new concepts not yet found in any airport worldwide.

KANSAS CITY INT'L AIRPORT — will replace the existing three-terminal design with a new $1.2 billion multi-story building. The airport authority is also planning to build a multi-story parking structure and adjacent surface lots facing the new terminal.

SIGNATURE FLIGHT SUPPORT — announces an exclusive partnership with CLEAR, a leader in secure biometric identification. Through the agreement, all Signature stakeholders will recieve CLEAR membership. Signature will install CLEAR kiosks at multiple airport locations, where Signature’s customers and staff can enroll on site.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES — will fly to Baltimore-Washington Int'l Airport when it begins service in spring 2013 out of Portland. The airline will initially offer nonstop flights each day between Portland Int'l Jetport and Baltimore-Washington when it starts flying out of Portland on April 14.

TAC AIR — announces the addition of Bob Schick as director of safety and risk management, Tristiene Pickett as director of administrative services, and Joel Miller as director of properties.

TSA — replaces old X-ray body scanner machines at check points of large airports with millimeter wave scanners. The new machines that have been installed at John F. Kennedy Airport, Boston Logan Int'l Airport, Los Angeles Int'l Airport, Chicago O'Hare Airport, and Orlando Airport use radio waves instead of radiation, and display a cartoon image of a passenger's body to protect privacy.

UNITED AIRLINES — broke ground on its first widebody aircraft maintenance hangar at Washington Dulles Int'l Airport, a major United hub and the airline's principal gateway to the Middle East. United expects to complete construction of the hangar in fall 2013.

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Brad McAllister | Editor