George W. Hamlin

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Viewpoint: An Airbus A380neo Makes No Sense 38
While the A380neo’s development might cost “only” $2.5 billion, wouldn’t that money be better spent enhancing another successful program?
Few Big Names Among Airline Top Performers
Smaller carriers dominate highest spots in overall rankings for Top-Performing Airlines index.
Consolidation: Not Necessarily A Panacea For Airlines 

Sometimes it is useful to take a look back to gain a keener focus on the future. In a commentary in the 2009 Top-Performing Airlines (TPA) feature, I stated:

Commentary: Consolidation—Is Merger The Best Alternative? 

Post-2000 the U.S. “legacy” airlines have incurred enormous financial losses, and four of the six have been through Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filings—one of them (US Airways) twice. High passenger load factors notwithstanding, there is excess capacity in the U.S. carrier ranks; “excess” in the sense that fares and yields are not high enough for these carriers to generate consistent profits.

Commentary: More Streamlining Needed for U.S. Airlines 

Many believe that there needs to be additional consolidation in the U.S. airline industry. There are still five major legacy carriers with domestic route systems of national scope, plus Alaska, and “low-cost” carriers Southwest and AirTran, as well as smaller “niche” carriers.

Opinions On Current Issues In Aviation: To The Airports, To Make Much Of Time 

By George W. Hamlin, Managing Director, Airline Capital Associates

In the June 1 issue of The DAILY, Greg Principato, president of ACI-NA, describes the almost $100 billion investment needed by airports over the next five years. Indeed, investing is the proper terminology because unlike aircraft, "brick and mortar" expenditures for airport facilities cannot be recouped by moving assets to another geographic market if the airport's situation changes.

Salvaging The A380: A Pyrrhic Victory? 

By George W. Hamlin

Currently, Airbus faces the daunting prospect of not only getting the A380 program back on track, which will involve considerable additional investment, but also of meeting the competitive threat posed by Boeing's 787. The latter involves a "revised" A350, resulting in an aircraft that will enter the market several years after the Boeing product, and will require considerable -- and simultaneous -- development spending of its own.

Hold the Red Herrings, Let's Have Agreements On Direct Aid and Open Skies 

The U.S. and European Union are at loggerheads over a pair of aerospace and aviation issues--namely the rival World Trade Organization suits (and associated negotiations) brought by Airbus and Boeing, and the thus-far unsuccessful attempts at negotiating an open skies agreement for air service between the U.S. and EU countries.

Departures: Dual Milestones 

By George W. Hamlin, Director, MergeGlobal, Inc.

Ordinarily, these two items probably wouldnít warrant mention together; however, the juxtaposition of Southwestís last 737-200 flight and the ìrevealî of the Airbus A380 happened to occur one day apart, on Jan. 17 and 18, respectively. Furthermore, both were celebratory affairs, one literally on a global scale, the other a little more down-home.

Departures: Let The Market Decide How To Address Congestion 

By George W. Hamlin

In a recent "Arrivals," column (DAILY, June 2), Eclat consultant Leslie Riegle is quoted as saying, "Congested airports must find ways for airlines to exchange frequency for increased seating capacity." The analysis cites increased regional jet usage as a principal culprit for increased congestion, and states that "...airports have become less efficient, handling the same number of passengers with a greater number of frequencies."

100-Seaters -- The Next Big Thing? 

Since the advent of the Boeing 747 30 years ago, there has been great concern about large aircraft. The discussion continues today, in the form of Airbus's advocacy of a near-term market need for its A3XX, against Boeing's contention that the need is considerably later than forecast by the European consortium.

However, the other end of the "large" jet range may have a greater impact in the near term, particularly in more mature markets.

Mar 2, 2015

1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight 1

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015

U.S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions 2

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015

NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015

A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015

Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015

France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015

Inside The Roc's Lair 17

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More

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