October 9, 2012

AIRLINE ALLIANCES

Alliance Blues

AIRLINE ALLIANCES

PROFIT BOOST

SPACE

Next Stop

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AIRLINE ALLIANCES

Alliance Blues

Global alliances SkyTeam, Oneworld and Star are losing their status as dominant players in long-haul travel

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AIRLINE ALLIANCES

PROFIT BOOST

Singapore Low-fare carriers in Asia are mostly to thank for a billiondollar increase in the profits forecast for airlines in 2012 by the International Air Transport Association ( IATA). But profits will still be more than 50% down from last year and the improvement expected next year will not bring airlines back to the healthier levels of 2011 or 2010.

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SPACE

Next Stop

Station-derived base at Earth-Moon L-2 is attractive, but details need work

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SPACE

Small Fortune

Operators of new light launchers see opportunity in smallsat market

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DEFENSE

Fast and Cheap

U.S. and allies launch crash program to field advanced weapons

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MAINTENANCE CHECK

Pop Quiz

What links the following statements (besides all being subjects covered in this issue)? •British Airways plans to receive its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 in 2013 (page MR018). •Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance’s new engine test cell at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport accommodates big engines such as the GE90 (page MR032).
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FEATURE:PURCHASING

Changing Technical Purchasing Tactics

Airlines revamping organizational structures and procurement

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A MORE DEMANDING CONSUMER

San Francisco When it comes to technical purchasing, airlines across the spectrum are increasingly insisting upon greater flexibility in the fine print of maintenance support contracts. “Today, the customer has gotten more sophisticated when negotiating maintenance contracts,” says Brian Ovington, principal marketing manager of aviation services for GE Aviation.

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BUSINESS & OPERATIONS

Going Dutch

Aircraft maintenance providers in the Netherlands have an ambitious growth plan

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PUBLIC-PRIVATE VENTURE

The Dutch defense ministry has been increasing its work with industry, as evinced by last year’s public-private partnership agreement with DutchAero Services at Woensdrecht. It not only secured maintenance of the Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16’s Pratt & Whitney F100 engines, but it also aimed to attract third-party customers for F100 engine MRO work as well as future work on other engine types.

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