On April 15, 2015, American Airlines celebrated its 90th year of service in the commercial aviation industry. Throughout the decades American Airlines has grown to become one of the leading providers of commercial aviation to airline customers.
On April 15, 1926 Charles A. Lindbergh, the chief pilot of Robertson Aircraft Corporation, took flight off to Chicago from St. Louis flying city to city with the US mail as his cargo. Robertson Aircraft Corporation was soon acquired as part of a deal with 80 small airlines.
In 1930 the official formation was created and named American Airways. In 1933 American Airways was transporting mail to over 70 cities in the Northeast, Midwest, and Southwest parts of the United States. Finally in 1934 American Airways was renamed to “American Air Lines”, and was the first to begin transporting passengers nationwide that very same year.
As the years and sky miles accumulated, American Airlines was able to become the world’s largest airline by fleet size and revenue, and second largest by number of destinations. The main hub is located at Dallas/Fort Worth and hubs at Charlotte, Chaicago-O’hare, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.
Chairman and CEO, Doug Parker stated “It has been a terrific 90 years of our airline and our bes days lie ahead”. American Airlines has over 100,000 strong and innovating workers and is “Going for Great”, their current slogan.
For this special occasion, flight 90 going from Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow celebrated by displaying the original American Airlines logo before departure. Also, during the day, American Airline employees held festivities at their depature gates and hit social media using #HBDAmerican.
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The Boeing Company, the American multinational corporation that manufactures, designs, and sells satellites, rockets, rotorcrafts, and airplanes, has recently reached a milestone as they delivered their 400th Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft to Ryanair, the Irish low-cost airline headquartered in Swords, Dublin. Ryanair operates the biggest fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s in the entire world.
"The Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with its industry leading technical reliability and seating capacity, has been the foundation upon which our successful and safe growth has been built upon, since we took our first delivery in March 1999," said Michael Hickey, the Chief Operations Officer at Ryanair. "We are delighted to be now taking delivery of our 400th 737-800, which includes the new Boeing Sky Interior and slimline seats, offering extra leg room and an enhanced customer experience, as part of our 'Always Getting Programme'."
The Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft offers the most ideal platform for Ryanair as they continue to pursue further growth. Over thirty years ago, Ryanair led the way for the low-cost model in Europe. Ryanair holds over 1,800 flights a day as they are the largest Boeing operator in Europe. The airline carries 106 million passengers a year to over 30 countries worldwide.
"A key factor in Ryanair's continued success is the outstanding economics of the Next-Generation 737-800," said the vice president of European Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Monty Oliver. "This 400th 737 delivery is a special milestone for both our companies and we are honored that Ryanair continues to be an all-Boeing operator."
Ryanair was also the launch customer for the newest member of the 737 MAX family, the 737 MAX 200. The Dublin-based airline has placed an order for 100 737 MAX 200s, which can fit up to 200 seats. The 737 MAX 200 is a variant based upon the very successful 737 MAX 8, and is designed to increase revenue potential by offering their operators with up to a 20 percent increase in fuel efficiency per seat in comparison to the most efficient single-aisle airplanes flying currently.
On April 4th, 2016, David Kaminski Morrow released an article on Flight Global which talks about how Alaska Air Group acquired Virgin America. The two reached an agreement that the US budget carrier Virgin American was acquired for about $4 billion. Alaska Air Group is the parent company of Alaska Airlines.It is said that both carriers had their boards unanimously approve of this acquisition.
In terms of payments, here’s how it’s going to work. Alaska Air Group agrees to pay $2.6 billion worth of equity in cash to Virgin America based on their $57 per share value. The rest of the money will be from debt that is calculated from Virgin America. Not only this but more of the money will be capitalized in aircraft operating leases.
With this acquisition, it is predicted by the boards that the company’s revenue will increase by over 25% which is over$7 billion. Because of this, the acquisition will be considered accretive to adjust earnings per share within the first full year.
Here’s what Alaska Air Group has to say about the acquisition.
““With an expanded West Coast presence, a larger customer base, and an enhanced platform for growth, Alaska Airlines will be positioned to provide more choices for customers, increase competition and deliver attractive returns to investors.”
It can be noted that this operation will allow for more growth opportunity within the company. It will allow for more accessed to airports such as New York LaGuardia, New Yok JFK, and Washington National which are all locations on the east coast.
When Virgin America fully is acquired by Alaska Air Group, the group will have a combined fleet of over 280 aircrafts which will allow the company have a combined total of over 1,100 departures daily. Hubs will be near Los Angeles, Anchorage, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Brad Tilden, chief of Alaska Air Group, talks about expanding their business in California more.
“With our expanded network and strong presence in California, we’ll offer customers more attractive flight options for non-stop travel.”
The goal for the near acquisition is to
“focus on an outstanding travel experience.”
Aerospace manufacturers from all around the world gathered at an airshow in Chile to observe the latest and greatest defense products. South American aircraft parts suppliers had displays and exhibits all around for the Fidae 2016 International Air & Space Fair near the capital of Chile. The event is held every other year, and has attracted numbers that exceed six-hundred exhibitors and up to 45,000 trade visitors in conventions past.
Big name manufacturers such as Saab were in attendance, interested in expanding their influence in the continent after being awarded a contract in Brazil a few years ago. Starting sometime in 2019, they are set to deliver thirty-six of their Gripen E multi-role fighter out of their factory in Sweden.
“This year Fidae is the major exhibition for the aerospace and defense industry in Latin America and an event of great strategic importance for Saab,” officials at the company said. “The region is a dynamic market where Saab sees great opportunities across all of its domains.”
Embraer will put on the finishing touches to the manufacturing process for Saab’s Gripens that are going to Brazil.
Other representatives from top manufacturers in attendance included Airbus Defense & Space, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Finmeccanica, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, and Lockheed/Sikorsky Aircraft. Some of the events that took place were flight demonstrations by aircraft such as the United States Air Force’s F-22Raptor fighter. This is just the second time they have put on a display for the convention.
Some other aircraft that were there for the show were the AirLand Scorpion light attack and surveillance jet from Textron and Universal Avionics CASA CN-235-100 twin-engine transports (which will be used by the Chilean military).
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Russia is currently in development of a manned and unmanned fighter aircraft. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin revealed to reporters last Wednesday the Sukhoi’s design bureau first blueprint for the new 6th generation fighter jet project. Rogozin elaborates that the Sukhoi design bureau have created the general design for the 6th generation fighter jet from the ground up and will be available in a manned and unmanned version, which means it will be pilotless. Viktor Bondarev, the head of the newly created Russian Aerospace Forces, emphasizes that the work and modifications will continue on undeterred because according to his words,
” If we stop, we will stop forever. Therefore, the work is going on – on the sixth and perhaps the seventh (generation) fighters.”
And while no specifics have been leaked, Vladimir Mikhailov, the head of the department for the military aviation programs at their United Aircraft Corp, believes that the first 6th generation fighter jet could take to the skies during the second half of the fiscal year 2020.
Working concurrently with the 6th generation fighter jet project is a projected founded in 2012 in support of the scientific research for Russia’s defense industry by Andrei Grigoriev who is the CEO of the Moscow based Advanced Research Foundation. This project spearheaded by Grigoriev focuses primarily on materials and engines and aims to develop a new aircraft design to lay the foundation for the 6th generation fighter jet project. And while the objective is certainly well on its way and on track according to Russian officials, given the fiscal realities of Russia, the migration beyond the initial design stage is anything but assured.
What is on the docks is Russia’s intent to push forward ahead with the introduction of their new 5th generation fighter jet which is based on the Sukhoi Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation T-50 prototype. The 5th generation fighter jet is expected to be inducted into the Russian Aerospace Forces as early as 2017 with the T-50 going through extensive flight trials at the moment. For now, 4 T-50 prototypes have been delivered along with two test beds of the fighter by Sukhoi with 3 more in the works for the coming weeks.
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