May 28, 2007
Airport association study claims need for $87B in improvements by 2011 A study found that airports must spend more than $87 billion on infrastructure improvements over the next five years to meet increasing passenger and air cargo demand. "Anyone traveling by air today knows that aviation is already stretched to the breaking point," says Greg Principato, president of Airports Council International North America, which sponsored the study. Most projects are financed by the passenger facility charge added to airline tickets. May 22, 2007
Air T, which provides overnight airfreight service to the express delivery industry, said Thursday its board declared an annual dividend of 25 cents per share. May 24, 2007
Airbus, Avion Aircraft Trading, Icelandair Cargo
Avion Aircraft Trading placed a firm order for eight Airbus A330-200 freighters, increasing its MOU commitment by two. The order follows finalization of a first leasing arrangement with Icelandair Cargo for four A330-200Fs, Airbus said. Deliveries will start in 2010. No engine type was selected. May 25, 2007
Airbus, Federal Express
Last Airbus A300 Makes it Maiden Flight. The last new build Airbus A300, a freighter for Federal Express, has made its maiden flight and is currently in Hamburg having its cabin and cargo compartments fitted. It will then join the US cargo operator's Airbus fleet of 128 A300/A310 family aircraft in operation. The A300 made history as the first Airbus when it flew way back in 1972, it was the world[sup.1]s first twin engine widebody aircraft. In future years it is as a freighter that the A300 will be best remembered, many passenger aircraft converted. Besides FedEx, United Parcel Services (UPS) is another major operator. May 23, 2007
US State Dept. Deputy Assistant Secretary-Transportation Affairs John Byerly said offering cabotage rights to EU carriers for cargo flights is under consideration and could be in play during the next round of EU-US open skies talks. While noting that no consensus administration policy has been developed, the US's lead air services negotiator said cargo cabotage is "less threatening" and may not encounter the strong opposition from labor and Congress that passenger cabotage will. "'Cargo first' is a way of approaching changes in our laws, emphasizing that he was expressing a personal opinion and not US policy. "Whether that will take the form of direct cabotage or DHL having outright ownership of [its US...