US President Donald Trump has promised US airline executives that he will roll back regulations on the industry, ease carriers’ tax burden and upgrade an “obsolete” air traffic control (ATC) system. Photo: US President Donald Trump and Los Angeles Worlds Airports CEO Deborah Flint listen as United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz speaks during Feb. 9 White House meeting with US airline and airport executives.
Air Canada shows off new livery
Air Canada has unveiled a new livery for its entire fleet of 300 mainline and regional aircraft, which are being repainted in a “bold black and white design that highlights its iconic red maple leaf encircled ensign, or ‘rondelle,’ that returns to the tail of the flag carrier’s fleet after an absence of 24 years."
Brazil formally takes WTO challenge against Canada over CSeries
Brazil has formally taken its case against government financial investment in the Bombardier CSeries to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Russia’s state-owned Rostec Corp. has approved a strategy to develop an aviation cluster—comprising manufacturers of engines, helicopters, avionics and accessories—to increase their global market share to 5% and Russian aircraft market share to 75% by 2025. Photo: Perm Engine Co.
Airbus donates four flight-test aircraft to museums
Airbus will retire four of its test aircraft and donate them to the Museum of Air and Space in Paris-Le Bourget and Aeroscopia in Toulouse. Photo: A380 MSN4 test aircraft
New cabin design of South African Airways A330-300
PriestmanGoode unveiled new cabin designs for South African Airways’ widebody fleet of new A330-300s, which include business- and economy-class cabins, as well as entrance areas, brand panels and cabin branding. The business class cabin features a custom Thompson Vantage XL seat. The flat bed measures close to 2 meters. Each passenger has large personal stowage areas as well as privacy and direct aisle access. Economy class features a custom Geven seat upholstered in fabric with a bespoke pattern inspired by contemporary African crafts.
More passengers in Europe to have improved onboard connectivity
Satellite communications provider Inmarsat has completed testing and validation of its European Aviation Network (EAN) Satellite Access Station (SAS), which will enable airline passengers throughout Europe to have improved onboard connectivity.
Linda Blachly is a content producer and editor for Air Transport World and Aviation Week. She joined the company in July 2010 and is responsible for producing features for Air Transport World’s monthly magazine and engaging content for the aviationweek.com. She is based in the Washington DC office.