Have mergers helped US airlines?
There have been four mergers of airlines in the US since 2008. Until then US airlines suffered from excess capacity and weak passenger yields. The degree of capacity consolidation, and its effect on the airlines’ financial performance is examined.
Flight tracking systems progress
ICAO’s standards and recommended practices for flight tracking were released in April 2015. These will form the basis of regulations for airlines to follow for tracking their aircraft. Tracking solutions and their capabilities are analysed.
Cabin connectivity suppliers
Broadband satcom systems for use with airline passenger cabins are constantly increasing in capability. The satcom connectivity system operators and service providers are reviewed.
787 MPD analysis & check planning
The 787 is designated on the basis of having fewer mechanical components and having an increased number of electrical systems. One major advantage is a more reliable aircraft with a reduced maintenance burden. The 787’s MPD and grouping of tasks into airframe checks is examined here.
M&E & e-Enablement strategies
E-Enablement, big data analytics and the IoT for Aviation are developing at an increasing pace. These will deliver the potential to generate and analyse large quantities of maintenance-related data. How can M&E systems develop to keep up with these developments?
Potential for 777 P-to-F conversion
There are no conversion programmes for the 777 family, but there are indications that several might be under consideration. The payload-range of the converted aircraft and its potential market demand is addressed here.