New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Jun 16, 2013
Boeing Battery sensory problem found in Japan 787. A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner experienced a problem in a sensor that monitors battery overheating, according to a Japanese news broadcast. The sensor issue did not pose a threat to safety and the jets, which had been grounded, resumed flights last month. Jun 14, 2013
Boeing, Qatar Airways Qatar Air on Boeing 777X: Details, data before a deal. Qatar Airways wants greater clarification and technical detail on Boeing's new 777X plane before it's willing to place a purchase order. "It is too short a time since the program was launched," said Akbar Al Baker, CEO of the Persian Gulf's second-largest airline. The airline previously indicated it might order the long-haul plane at the Paris Air Show this month. Jun 13, 2013
Japan Airlines Report: Problem with JAL 787 battery sensor. A broadcaster in Japan reported that a sensor in a Japan Airlines 787, which detects overheating in the modified version of the lithium-ion batteries, experienced a problem on Sunday. JAL was not reached for comment. Jun 15, 2013
Qantas Airways Only governments and airlines are geared to view massive swings in finances as standard operating procedure. AustraliaOs Qantas in 2012 lost $450 million on its international routes and yet it still drinks from the proverbial cup half full. I had a chance to catch up with Qantas executives at the end of April at the Australian Tourism Exchange to get an update on just how the airline is doing these days. They told me that important partnerships with Emirates and American Airlines, as well as the strong performance of JetStar, QantasO low-cost subsidiary, have given Qantas flexibility in how it manages routes and passenger flow. Investment in equipment, cabin service and personnel maintain its essential reputation for service and safety. In the strictest geometric terms, the U.S. and Australia are antipodal. That is, they each reside at opposite ends of the world. Connecting those extremes is the challenge Qantas takes on with 34 nonstop flights from Los Angeles from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland; a daily direct service from JFK; three flights from Honolulu to Sydney, and a new Dallas route offering seven flights per week. The route runs to Sydney via Brisbane, and returns direct from Sydney to Dallas-Fort Worth. OThe Dallas route has been a great success,O says Stephen Thompson, QantasO executive...