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USA Aviation Industry Newsletter 9 October

USA Aviation Industry Newsletter 9 October

American Airlines adds nonstop flights from Philly to 4 U.S. cities

American Airlines is the latest airline to unveil new nonstop flights out of Philadelphia will begin nonstop flights between its hub at Philadelphia International Airport and San Antonio on Feb. 15.Less than three months later, on May 4, the airline plans to launch nonstop flights between Philly and Des Moines, Iowa; Madison, Wisconsin; and Omaha, Nebraska.

Expanding Aer Lingus makes Philadelphia its newest U.S. city

Aer Lingus will begin flying to Philadelphia next year. The airline revealed the new Dublin-Philadelphia route as it rolled out its updated schedule for summer of 2018. Flights will begin March 25, when Aer Lingus begins flying four weekly flights between the cities. Aer Lingus will use 177-seat Boeing 757 narrowbody jets for the service.  The launch of the Philadelphia route furthers a robust trans-Atlantic expansion for Aer Lingus since it’s acquisition in 2015 by International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways and Iberia. Since then, Aer Lingus has begun service to four other U.S. cities: Hartford, Conn.; Los Angeles; Miami and Newark. Combined with destinations it had already served, Aer Lingus will be flying to 11 U.S. airports once the Philadelphia flights start.

GAMA: 40,000 U.S. GA Airplanes Now Have ADS-B Out

More than 40,000 general aviation aircraft flying in the U.S. currently have ADS-B Out equipment installed, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) said yesterday. The FAA estimates that 100,000 to 160,000 general aviation aircraft will need to be equipped with ADS-B Out before the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline. “We’re now just over two years out from the FAA compliance deadline,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “As we move forward, knowing that date will not change, it is essential that those operators who haven’t yet [done so] make a plan for equipage to avoid having their aircraft grounded and losing its residual value.”

Pakistan International Airlines will be discontinuing flights to the US from October 31

Citing huge losses, flagship carrier Pakistan International Airlines will be discontinuing flights to the US from October 31. According to the officials, PIA had been incurring losses of up to Rs1.25 billion annually due to its US operations – a concern which prompted the management to discontinue the flights, Geo News reported. The airline is no longer booking US flights through its reservation system after October 31. PIA had been operating flights to the US since 1961 without any disruption. A total of five weekly flights to New York and three other US cities were being operated.

USAF working with US airline industry to address pilot shortage

The US Air Force and the nation’s regional airlines have discussed developing a joint “National Training Academy” to help address a pilot shortage playing out across the USA. “We have got to work together so we can help each other,” says Gen Carlton Everhart, commander of the USAF Air Mobility Command. “We have to find ways to fix this hemorrhage.” The concept would be to create a school that provides pilots with advanced simulator training, and for that training to count towards the Federal Aviation Administration’s requirement that new commercial pilots have 1,500h of flight time.

U.S. Hits Bombardier with New C Series Duties

The Department of Commerce has proposed a 79.82 antidumping tariff on sales of Bombardier C Series jets in the U.S., the agency announced Friday. The decision comes only nine days after the department announced it would impose countervailing measures amounting to 219.63 percent on the new narrowbodies. Together, the near 300 percent duty on each airplane would effectively disqualify them from sale in the U.S., removing the biggest market from Bombardier’s available pool of potential customers. The rulings come ahead of planned delivery next spring of the first of 75 Bombardier CS100s to Delta Air Lines, the U.S. launch customer for the program.

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