30 Jul 2018
USA Aviation Industry Newsletter 30 July
Boeing Announces Exclusive Agreement with Sabena technics
Boeing through its subsidiary Aviall, announced 27 July it signed an exclusive agreement with Sabena technics to distribute its Vigiplane security monitoring system for aircraft on ground. Under this agreement, Aviall will provide exclusive supply chain distribution support for Vigiplane in North America. Using the latest technologies, Vigiplane offers 24/7, 360-degree monitoring for aircraft on ground and is accessible from all mobile devices. Its high-definition cameras operate autonomously from aircraft systems and are monitored through a secure, cloud-based server. The device, which does not require any certification or cabin modification, can be easily and quickly installed on all aircraft types.
Boeing Delivers First Direct Next-Generation 737-800 to Jeju Air
Boeing and Jeju Air celebrated the delivery of the airline's first direct-buy Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft on 23 July during a ceremony at the Seattle Delivery Center. With this delivery Jeju Air will become the first low-cost carrier (LCC) in Korea to own and operate a Next-Generation 737-800.
Boeing Forecasts Unprecedented 20-Year Pilot Demand as Operators Face Pilot Supply Challenges
Boeing 23 July released its 2018 Pilot & Technician Outlook, projecting demand for 790,000 pilots over the next 20 years. This represents double the current workforce and the most significant demand in the outlook's nine-year history. The demand is being driven by an anticipated doubling of the global commercial airplane fleet — as reported in Boeing's Commercial Market Outlook — as well as record-high air travel demand and a tightening labor supply.
Delta Air Lines And Aeromexico Launch New Queretaro-Detroit Service
Delta Air Lines and its partner Aeromexico will connect the city of Detroit with Queretaro starting September 17, 2018, creating a bridge between these two major industrial cities. This is the 13th route launched under the Joint Cooperation Agreement (JCA) between both airlines, strengthening the power of the network in the transborder market.
JetBlue Pilots Approve Four-Year Agreement
JetBlue with its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), announced 27 July the ratification of a four-year contract. With 98% of eligible pilots voting, 74% cast ballots in favor of the agreement. The contractual terms, including market competitive pay rates, per diems and 401(k) provisions, will be effective August 1, 2018. Negotiations began in 2015 and have been guided by the National Mediation Board (NMB) since 2017.
KLM introduces flights to Boston
KLM Royal Dutch Airline will begin operating flights to the city of Boston (BOS) in the United States from the start of the 2019 summer schedule. KLM will operate a three weekly service between Amsterdam and this new destination on the North-East coast of the United States. The service will be operated with an Airbus A330-300.
Trans States Airlines Announces Additional Flying for United
Trans States Airlines announced 28 July that it has entered into a three-year agreement with United Airlines to operate at least seven additional Embraer 145 aircraft under the United Express regional service brand. The additional aircraft are the beginning of a long-term commitment to growing the airline's United Express program. The first seven aircraft will be phased into revenue service starting in October of this year, with all aircraft in service by January of 2019.
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