Aircraft News November 2005.


Aircraft cabins won't make travelers ill, carriers say: It is unclear whether air travel contributes to the spread of respiratory illnesses, doctors say. Some doctors say sitting next to a sick person can cause a traveler to become ill, but airlines point out that aircraft cabins are not more dangerous than other crowded spaces. "There is nothing about aircraft cabin environment that makes it any easier to catch an illness from other people." said Katherine Andrus, the Air Transport Association's assistant general counsel. Nov 23, 2005

Retrofits aimed at reducing chances of fuel-tank explosion, FAA says. New Federal Aviation Administration proposals would require airlines to install devices on their jetliners that would lower the risk of fuel-tank explosions. The requirements would cost airlines $315 million over seven years. Major carriers were consulted about the changes and expected the new requirements, according to the Air Transport Association. Nov 15, 2005

Business jet deliveries to hit record in 2006, report says. Global demand for business jets will increase in 2006 and 2007 and then stay steady for several years, according to a forecast by manufacturer Honeywell. Strong demand shows the market is recovering from the September 2001 terrorist attacks. The introduction of new models and the strong economy is also boosting demand. The report tracks planes with a takeoff weight of less than 50 tons. Nov 8, 2005

Los Angeles struggles to prepare for superjumbo jet. Dozens of airports are widening their taxiways, improving baggage systems, and building high-capacity gates to accommodate the Airbus A380 superjumbo jet. The plane will be capable of transporting 850 people. Preparing for the giant plane is becoming a challenge for cramped Los Angeles International Airport, which will become the busiest U.S. gateway for the plane. The airport is facing political and logistical roadblocks. Nov 29, 2005

Some Airbus customers to receive compensation for A380 delays. Jetmaker Airbus will compensate some of its customers for late deliveries of the A380 superjumbo jet. Complications with the plane's interior design forced Airbus to postpone deliveries. EADS Co-Chief Executive Officer Noel Forgeard said the delays won't affect potential orders with the affected customers. EADS is the parent of Airbus. Nov 9, 2005

Airbus sends superjumbo jet on Asian marketing tour. Airbus will send its A380 superjumbo jet on its maiden test flight out of Europe this...

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