10. Crew Successfully Handled Altitude, Passengers After Engine Breakup
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The Air France Flight 66 (AF066) accident in 2017 not only bears metallurgy lessons for OEMs but also serves as an example of airmanship. The flight crew adapted existing procedures to a serious event that had not been addressed in any manual or simulator session. They also worked effectively with the cabin crew to prevent passengers from becoming a hazard during the 17 hr. they spent in the cabin after landing.
9. Will Airbus And Boeing Adjust Aircraft Pricing To Stimulate Demand?
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The answer is complicated. In theory, relatively high levels of production in times of low or zero demand lead to low pricing. But the reality might prove more nuanced and differ by program and manufacturer.
8. Why The Widebody Market Will Remain Weak For Years
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The widebody market had been slow for years even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Airbus had to terminate the A380 program, and Boeing will end the 747 soon. The current crisis has made an already difficult market even worse for the two manufacturers, threatening the viability of programs and offering a much less optimistic outlook even for the long term.
6. Lufthansa Faces Huge Problems In Planned Transformation
Late last year, just before the holiday break, German pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit and Lufthansa Group had some news to share. The pilots agreed to forgo planned salary raises and to extend by one year the short-time work scheme that is largely funded by the federal government and that aims to keep people employed across the economy.
5. Opinion: Why Business Travel Could Change Forever
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One of the most popular discussion questions these days is: When will air travel return to pre-COVID-19 levels? There is a wide spectrum of opinions. Most believe that after vaccines are widely distributed, leisure travel will come roaring back, thanks to pent-up demand. But what about business travel, which comprises 40-50% of airline revenues and most of their profits?
1. Boeing Agrees To $2.5 Billion Settlement Over 737 MAX Fraud Probe
Boeing has reached an agreement exceeding $2.5 billion with the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) to settle criminal charges that two of its employees defrauded the FAA’s Aircraft Evaluation Group (AEG) about safety issues connected to two fatal 737 MAX accidents.
From the widebody market remaining weak for years and new innovative seat designs to why business travel could change forever. Take a look at our roundup of the biggest stories in January.
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