|Airport Consulting Weekly|
|Dec. 8, 2011|
Aviation's big 4 waiting on House leaders
The Senate half of aviation's "big four" said talks on a new FAA bill did not take place on Tuesday and will stay on hold until House leaders deal with the National Mediation Board issue. House Transportation Chairman John Mica said he's hoping to hear from leaders. "The clock is running, and I've got a short window of floor time, so we'll see."More
No. 2 FAA official takes charge after administrator resigns in wake of drunken driving arrest
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The sudden resignation of its chief leaves the Federal Aviation Administration in the hands of Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta, who's a well-regarded manager but lacks his predecessor's insider knowledge of the nation's airlines. Randy Babbitt resigned following his arrest over the weekend on charges of drunken driving. The former airline captain and pilot union leader had been FAA administrator since 2009. An appointee of President Barack Obama, he was about halfway through a five-year term. More
AMR bonds signal plan to ditch older jets in bankruptcy
AMR Corp. (AMR) bonds signal its American Airlines unit will retire older jets in bankruptcy, punishing investors in debt backed by the planes while those secured by newer aircraft indicate lenders will be paid in full. American's notes maturing in May 2021 and backed by 32 out- of-production jets traded at 51.5 cents on the dollar, while bonds due in July 2019 and secured by newer Boeing Co. aircraft traded at 103.5 cents.
Deeper cuts loom over AMR
The Wall Street Journal
AMR Corp. is betting it can right itself in bankruptcy court by cutting costs, not by shifting its five-hub market strategy. But some analysts say that for the parent of American Airlines to thrive again, it will have to get smaller. Newly named Chief Executive Tom Horton has voiced his commitment to American's "cornerstone" strategy, in which 98 percent of its flights begin or end in five major U.S. cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Miami. More
JetBlue is adding Dallas/Fort Worth service to its Logan Airport flights
The Boston Globe
JetBlue Airways said it plans to further expand its Boston network with the addition of non-stop service to Dallas/Fort Worth beginning May 1. JetBlue, the largest carrier in Boston, said it will fly three times daily to Dallas/Fort Worth with year-round service. Tickets are set to go on sale on Dec. 13. JetBlue's press release included a statement from Ed Freni, director of aviation for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which owns and operates Logan International Airport. More
Holiday shopping takes off at the airport
Karlie Pouliot writes, "Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? If you're like me, and all the procrastinators out there, the answer is probably no. Between juggling work and family - who has time - especially if you add holiday air travel on top of everything? If the stress is getting to you, take a deep breath, and find a little solace in the fact that you can get a lot of your shopping done at the airport."More
United elite fliers to get faster airport checks, TSA says
United Continental Holdings Inc. will join Delta Air Lines Inc. and AMR Corp.'s American Airlines next year in being able to speed some of its most frequent fliers through security at some airports, U.S. Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole said.
AMR wins appeals ruling over $30 million airport-security grant from TSA
AMR Corp.'s American Airlines won a federal appeals court ruling over a $30 million Transportation Security Administration grant it sought for a baggage-security system at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington said the TSA improperly rejected American's request for reimbursement for the system, which was put in place at the New York airport after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The three-judge panel ordered to agency to reconsider its decision. More
Melbourne Airport poised to spread its wings
Melbourne Airport is set to expand, with plans to build a $300 million passenger terminal and improve freeway access. Just days after Sydney Airport announced plans to shuffle airlines between existing terminals by 2019, Melbourne is gearing up to have a new interconnected domestic terminal running by mid-2014. Melbourne's new Terminal Four building will be built to the south of the existing T3 building used by Virgin Australia. More
AirAsia wants guarantee Malaysia's budget airport cost overrun will not spark higher charges
The Washington Post
Budget carrier AirAsia urged Malaysia's government to ensure that massive cost overruns in a new airport for low-cost airlines would not lead to additional charges for airlines and travelers. Malaysia's airport operator said the cost of the new budget airport has nearly doubled to 3.9 billion ringgit ($1.2 billion) and that it would open only by April 2013. This marked a second time it has been delayed, from the original launch date in September this year.More
Europe to alter system for airport slots
The New York Times
The European Commission is expected to propose a new market-based system for allocating takeoff and landing slots at airports to help increase efficiency and reduce travel delays. The draft legislation also calls for stricter rules for the use of existing airport slots, requiring airlines to use at least 85 percent of their allocated positions in a given year - up from 80 percent - or risk forfeiting their unused capacity to other airlines. More
New emphasis on PCN analysis and reporting at the Pavement Design & Evaluation Workshop
Join ACC for the latest training in airport pavements at the ACC Institute Pavement Design & Evaluation Workshop, Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Tampa, Fla. Aimed at engineers and practitioners responsible for the design or construction of new or rehabilitated airfield pavements, this course consists of a combination of lecture discussion and pavement design workshops from airport consultants, FAA representatives and other industry leaders. It reflects the changes to FAA AC 5320-6E and provides hands-on experience with FAARFIELD, the FAA's pavement design software. With the recent release of the revised Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5335-5B Standardized Method of Reporting Airport Pavement Strength - PCN, and the impending PCN reporting requirements for both primary and non-primary airports with air carrier aircraft, the approximate half-day of this workshop spent on computing and reporting PCNs is essential content for airport engineers. At the end of the course, successful participants will have completed 18 Professional Development Hours (PDH) and will be able to describe the principles of airfield pavement design, develop airfield pavement designs for new or rehabilitation projects, calculate a PCN, and evaluate the structural capacity of existing pavements using the FAA's latest pavement design procedures and tools.
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Airline and Airline - Airport Consortiums to Manage Terminals and Equipment
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 31: Airline and Airline–Airport Consortiums to Manage Terminals and Equipment discusses the current state of Airline-Airport consortiums in the United States. Issued addressed in the report include scope of responsibilities, consortium formation, membership, contractual agreements and insurance, organizational structures, performance standards, financial models, and organizing tips and lessons learned from existing consortiums.