Geely reaches for the skies

For Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, even the sky is no limit to its ambition, literally. The Chinese carmaker, which made headlines last week by becoming the largest shareholder in Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler, is to produce flying cars in China. A Geely representative confirmed on Wednesday to China Daily that it is hiring engineers, who must be… Read more

Norway aims for all short-haul flights 100% electric by 2040

All of Norway’s short-haul airliners should be entirely electric by 2040, the country’s airport operator said on Wednesday, cementing the Nordic nation’s role as a pioneer in the field of electric transport. Avinor, the public operator of Norwegian airports, “aims to be the first in the world” to make the switch to electric air transport, chief… Read more

Largest amphibious aircraft set for maiden flight

The world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the AG-600, will carry out its maiden flight “very soon”, according to Aviation Industry Corp of China, the plane’s developer. The State-owned aircraft giant said on its WeChat account on Tuesday that it held two meetings in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, from Friday to Sunday to review the quality and condition of… Read more

Boeing keeps tough line on Bombardier as earnings fall

Boeing strongly defended its tough stance in a trade dispute with Canada’s Bombardier Wednesday, as it reported lower quarterly earnings in part due to unexpected costs on a military contract. Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg defended a complaint against the Canadian company over alleged illegal subsidies, a dispute that has deepened tensions between Canadian Prime Minister… Read more

China-Russia joint venture to develop wide-body commercial jet

Top management of Commercial Aircraft Corp of China and Russia’s United Aircraft Corp unveils the nameplate of their new joint venture named China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Co Ltd in Shanghai on May 22, 2017. [Photo provided to] A new joint venture involving Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) and Russia’s United Aircraft Corp (UAC) was… Read more

Alitalia: on a wing and a prayer

Italian airline Alitalia has started bankruptcy proceedings. The loss-making carrier has asked the Rome government to place it under special administration. That could lead to Alitalia being overhauled, sold off or shut down with the loss of 12,500 jobs. This follows the workers rejecting a rescue plan including layoffs and pay cuts which means the airline… Read more

China, Russia to develop new jet

Domestic aircraft manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp of China said on Thursday that it has started work to develop a wide-body commercial jet with Russia, and the passenger plane is expected to be delivered within 10 years. The 280-seat wide-body jet would have a range of 12,000 kilometers. The project signals the two countries’ ambitions to compete… Read more

Dragged passenger reaches settlement with United Airlines

CHICAGO — United Airlines has reached a settlement agreement with the passenger who was bloodied and dragged down the aisle of a plane after refusing to give up his seat, attorneys for the passenger said Thursday. Dr. David Dao, 69, of Elizabethtown, Ky., suffered a concussion, broken nose and sinus injury during the April 9 incident… Read more

United offers $10,000 for overbooked seats

United Airlines says it will offer $10,000 to passengers who volunteer to forfeit their seats on overbooked flights. United has also said it will take action to reduce overbooking on flights and improve customer satisfaction. Why is the airline doing this? It is part of an effort to restore the airline’s image after a passenger was… Read more

United CEO Oscar Munoz Might Have Messed Up … Again
When Chicago airport security officers forcibly dragged David Dao from a United Airlines flight on April 9, many people on social media were quick to point out the potential racial facet of the incident, as Dao, 69, is of Asian descent. United Continental Holdings (UAL) CEO Oscar Munoz made it clear in a quarterly earnings conference… Read more

What United Airlines Did Was Illegal

United Airlines Dragging Passenger Off Plane Was Illegal Not only did United Airlines make millions of enemies when it forcibly removed a passenger from a Louisville-bound flight, it also acted illegally, according to attorney Brian Mahany of Wisconsin-based Mahany Law. Video emerged Sunday of aviation security officers physically removing a bloodied and screaming passenger from […]

PR Nightmare: United Posts Job Listing for Public Affairs Exec

Barely 48 hours after United Airlines employees created a national scandal by dragging a doctor violently from his seat, America’s newly controversial airline posted a job listing for a Public Relations manager on District Daybook, the “premier resource for political and policy professionals in Washington D.C.” The company is seeking someone with “the courage, the creativity,… Read more