Jan. 29, 2015: AirAsia 8501: The first report by the Indonesian government has been issued, per international rules, but the public portion is pretty uninformative if press reports are to be believed. At the same time, leaks indicate that the pilots may have turned off a key set of computers shortly before the airplane went out of control. There’s no apparent information yet why they might have done this. Were they responding to a malfunction, real or perceived? Was there some other reason? Is the leak on this even accurate?
Previous reports and statements from the government ruled out terrorism, bombs, and even the weather. We understand as well that there has not been a safety-of-flight issue. This leaves pilot actions and contributing factors as the likely focus. What series of events combined to lead to the accident remains to be determined.
SkyMark Airlines bankruptcy: It was expected–the Japanese low cost carrier succumbed to over-zealous expansion and filed for bankruptcy. The carrier deviated from its roots and acquired the Airbus A330-300 and ordered the Airbus A380. When financials went South, Airbus canceled the A380 order and sued.
MH370: It’s been one year since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared. Searchers are still looking in the far South Indian Ocean, off Australia. No wreckage has ever been found. We still believe this was a criminal act.
Billy Bishop Airport: Remember this one? It’s the downtown field in Toronto, Canada, dominated by Porter Airlines, Which has a conditional order for Bombardier CSeries jets, hoping to get government approval to reverse a ban on commercial airliners there. The terminal, owned by Porter, has been sold for what appears to be an outlandish price and predictably the conspiracy theorists are wondering what’s up.
More to the point is what’s up with Bombardier? Given it’s revolving door at the Aerospace unit, with key executives and sales people leaving, how is this disarray going to be handled? The 2014 earnings call is Feb. 12. Perhaps we’ll learn something useful then.
‘PNAA Conference: The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) holds its annual conference Feb. 10-12 in Lynnwood (WA). The event has speakers from Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Spirit Aerosystems, suppliers, consultant Richard Aboulafia and our own Scott Hamilton. The conference has become the largest of its kind on the US West Coast. About 500 people are expected this year.
Airbus and Boeing offer up their key supply chain officials, an important “get” when you consider the ramp-up in production these two OEMs plan.
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