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January 8th, 2024



Today's Top Stories


Boeing shares slide after FAA grounds dozens of 737 Max 9s

Boeing shares experienced an 8% drop following the FAA's emergency airworthiness directive, temporarily grounding dozens of Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft. The directive, affecting approximately 171 planes globally, was issued after a section of an Alaska Airlines flight experienced a blowout. Images revealed damage to the aircraft, prompting the NTSB to launch an investigation. The incident adds to a series of challenges for Boeing, causing concern among airlines using 737 Max planes. Meanwhile, Airbus shares rose 1.7% amid speculation about gaining market share.

CNBC | Related

Boeing's mid-flight blowout a big problem for company - BBC News



1.5% Of US Flights Were Canceled During The 1st 10 Months Of 2023

The cancelation rate for flights in the US reached a 10-year low during the first 10 months of 2023, with only 1.5% of flights canceled, according to the US Department of Transportation's Air Travel Consumer Report. This rate is significantly lower than the 2.6% recorded during the same period in 2022 and the 2.1% in 2019. Despite the improvement, US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg emphasized the need for continued efforts to maintain low cancelation rates, acknowledging the government's role in pushing airlines for better performance and suggesting further action is required.

Simple Flying | Related

Pete Buttigieg Weighs in on the Checked Bag Debate and the Future of Air Travel - Thrillist



Eight new Thai airline startups aim to take flight

Eight new Thai airline startups are emerging to fill the void left by Thai Smile's discontinuation on New Year's Eve. Among them are Asian Aerospace Service, Siam Seaplane, Really Cool Air, Avanti Air, Landarch Airlines, Pattaya Airways, Asia Atlantic Airlines, and P80 Air. These startups, collectively approved for 60 aircraft by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, received state financial aid. Noteworthy is Really Cool Airlines, founded by former Nok Airlines CEO Patee Sarasin, which plans to launch international charter services in March. As Thailand aims to recover its tourism industry, these startups seek to contribute to increased flight capacity.

Travel Mole | Related Thai Smile Discontinued, Merged Into Thai Airways - One Mile at a Time



Japan Airlines crash: How the Airbus’ new fireproofing helped all 379 passengers survive

The recent Japan Airlines plane collision, described as the "first real test for a modern aircraft," subjected the Airbus A350's new lightweight carbon-fiber fuselage to a major real-world fire. The incident, where the aircraft burned after colliding with a coast guard jet, has aviation experts concerned about the safety of composite materials. Despite the severe damage, Airbus suggests that the endurance of the A350's carbon-fiber structure played a crucial role, giving the cabin crew time to evacuate all 379 passengers safely. The accident will provide valuable data on how carbon-fiber reinforced polymers withstand real-world fires.

The Independent | Related

"See why I think Japan Airlines' excellent safety video helped save 379 lives" - Business Insider



Airline SAF claims dismissed as ‘detached from reality’

An environmental think tank has claimed that industry hopes around Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) are "detached from reality." In an interview, Matt Finch, UK policy manager for Transport & Environment, asserted that SAF represents only 0.1% of aviation fuel. He argued that producing the necessary SAF volume would divert renewable-fuel capacity from road transport, leading to increased road emissions. Finch also claimed that global aviation emissions trading scheme Corsia is ineffective, citing limited coverage, short duration, and low carbon prices. Finch has suggested that hydrogen could offer a better alternative for the aviation industry.

Travel Weekly | Related

Green air travel: why synthetic fuel prompts genuine excitement - Financial Times



DFW Airport Marks 50th Year

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), one of the largest airports globally, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The year-long celebration will commence on January 13, 2024. DFW, the second-busiest airport globally, has played a crucial role in advancing aviation infrastructure for North Texas. As part of its commemoration, the airport plans various special events and surprises. DFW has undergone significant growth, innovation, and community support over its five-decade legacy. The airport, once the largest in the U.S., is now the second-largest by land size and the second-busiest globally. Infrastructure projects, including renovations and expansions, are also underway.

The Dallas Express | Related

50 Years: DFW Airport CEO reflects on past & future - NBC 



JFK Terminal One trials Ink Innovation disaster recovery system

The JFK Terminal One Group Association (TOGA) and Ink Innovation have collaborated to trial a disaster recovery system (DRS) at John F Kennedy (JFK) Airport Terminal One in New York. The trial aims to showcase that Ink DRS can efficiently serve as a stable and scalable alternative to manual processes, ensuring uninterrupted passenger processing and flight operations, even during system failures. As JFK undergoes significant redevelopment, the need for robust backup services becomes crucial. The trial demonstrated Ink DRS's ability to exchange passenger and bag data with airport systems, ensuring smooth operations during peak processing times. Several major airlines participated in the trial.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related JFK Terminal One Trials Ink Disaster Recovery System - Airport Industry News




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NEW Online APEX Merchandise Store

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> Quote of the Day

"It’s a 10-year low in terms of the cancellation rate. Now, we’re not sitting comfortably with that. It’s going to take a lot to keep that up.”

Pete Buttigieg United States Secretary of Transportation
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