A320neo Plus: Airbus is pondering a Performance Improvement Package (PIP) for the A320neo family even before the airplane enters service, according to Aviation Week. The improvements would include an upgraded interior and several systems, designed at providing more carry-on cargo space, more seats and better economy. This fits with a desire to focus on product improvements rather than launching another new airplane program. The prospect of launching the much-discussed A330neo is also referenced in the AvWeek article.
Boeing moves more jobs: The Seattle Times reports that Boeing is moving more jobs out of Seattle, this time also to Southern California. This time these are defense jobs. Boeing has been migrating defense jobs out of Seattle for many years.
Separately, Boeing named its Suppliers of the Year for 2013. These companies are profiled in short videos here.
MH370 search: The Wall Street Journal has a good update of the search for Malaysian Airlines MH370 using the Bluefin 21 unmanned submarine.
Airline food: Here’s an irreverent look at why airline food is bad.
Because of few Readers on another post engaged in what amounted to arguments back and forth rather than engaging in useful issues, I’ve decided to close comments for a while. This unfortunately penalizes the innocents along with the guilty, but I have neither the time nor the inclination to monitor individual comments.