The fourth weekly Tokyo flight will start next month and be operated with Boeing 787s, which have been flying the route since October. The third weekly Shanghai frequency will start in July and be flown with Boeing 777-200s.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) temporarily allocated the slots to Southwest after Republic Airline Inc. told DOT on Jan. 24 that subsidiary Frontier would stop flying its daily DCA-MCI route on Feb. 1. (Image: MWAA)
Some MROs may be steering away from FAA’s data-intensive volunteer programs due to a lack of agency resources that hampers their effectiveness, but FAA pledges to back programs that provide valuable data through voluntary sharing. (Image: AAR)
The review also found that FAA’s production approval procedures don’t differentiate between a simple supply chain and a more complex one, like the 787’s, in which entire aircraft subsections are made by risk-sharing partners and shipped to Boeing facilities for integration into final assembly lines. (Image: Boeing)
In the past, FAA has been reluctant to impose testing requirements on foreign entities because of the complexity of crafting a rule that takes into account various national laws. In some cases, new laws might have to be passed so repair stations could comply.