U.S. airlines downplayed the significance of the FAA’s decision to ground the Boeing 737 Max, mostly saying they have enough slack in their fleets to take care of most customers. American and United probably will be OK, but it’s hard to believe this will be business as usual for Southwest. It has more Max aircraft than the others.
U.S. regulators say they will ease the glide path for next-generation supersonic jets.
A pair of bills filed in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday would offer new consumer protections to airline customers.
The SEAT Egress in Air Travel Act, unveiled Thursday, would direct the FAA to establish minimum standards on the width of commercial aircraft seats as well as the distance between rows.
Legislation aims to beef up airport security and promote widespread use of commercial drones
The Senate voted 95-3 to approve a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that beefs up airport security, promotes widespread uses of commercial drones and streamlines certification of new safety systems for private planes.
A bill has been submitted to the House aviation subcommittee by Rep. John L. Mica, R-Fla. that would shift the air traffic control responsibilities from the Federal Aviation Administration to a private corporation similar to the U.S. Postal Service. Air safety regulations would still remain as the FAA’s responsibility.
A Federal Aviation Administration report predicts that demand for travel on U.S.-based airlines will increase an average 2.5% annually, with carriers serving 1 billion passengers by 2029. The industry wide commercial fleet is estimated to grow 0.9% per year, according to the report.
After an incident Friday that damaged communications equipment at a Chicago air traffic control center, airports throughout the city are still working to return to full capacity and the Federal Aviation Administration said it expects to complete repairs by Oct. 13. O’Hare International Airport saw 732 flight cancellations Sunday and was operating at 60% capacity, while about 75% of Midway’s flights operated, the FAA said.
The Federal Aviation Administration has banned U.S. airlines from flying over Syria airspace. A report was released that reveal armed groups in Syria have an estimated several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles which could threaten civilian aircraft.