Global aviation in brief
THAI PILOTS CONFIRM THAT AIRSIDE AT BANGKOK SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT READY FOR OPERATIONS
This morning THAIPA in association with Thai DCA and AOT-Airports of Thailand has undertaken inspection of the runways, taxiways, apron, RFF unit and control tower at Suvarnabhumi airport. The team carried out the inspection using the appropriate IFALPA Airport Liaison Representative program checklists and has reported that Runway 19R is ready for operations.
The inspection of 19L has just been completed and this runway will commence operations from 0800UTC on the 3rd December. THAIPA can honestly say that there has been no damage whatsoever to the airside facilities at the airport. All the PAD protesters were solely in the landside areas of the airport. Until airport authorities have completed safety, security and system check s on the Terminal itself passenger handling procedures will continue to be carried out off airport.
According to the airport authorities, full airport operations will be resumed after the passenger terminal has completed a full safety, security and system test and the results are satisfactory.
BA,QANTAS IN MERGER TALKS
British Airways and Qantas have issued statements confirming they are “exploring a potential merger...via a dual listed company structure”. Both airlines said that there “is no guarantee that any transaction will be forthcoming” and any further appropriate announcements will be made in due course. No other details were given
Should a merger happen the airlines would be separately listed on their respective stock exchanges but be expected to have a single board of directors. However, the plan to create two legal entities will help the airlines avoid foreign ownership restrictions.
Australia’s Labor government is looking at increasing the current maximum level of ownership in a domestic airline from 25 percent, if it is a single overseas airline or 35 percent if it is a group, to 49 percent but has reiterated that is against any takeover of Qantas.
BA confirmed that merger talks with Iberia, which have slowed down recently owing to concerns about BA’s pension fund deficit, are continuing.
CHINESE AIRLINES PROHIBITED FROM BUYING NEW AIRCRAFT BY COUNTRY’S CAA
China’s Civil Aviation Authority has banned the country’s airlines from purchasing additional aircraft and is suspending the formation of any more airlines while it attempts to resolve the problem of over capacity.
The authority did point out that all current orders would be honored.
DELTA ANNOUNCES CAPACITY REDUCTIONS FOR NEXT YEAR
In a memo to its employees Delta has revealed that it is planning a system wide capacity cut of six to eight per cent next year. The break down will be eight to ten per cent on domestic routes with three to five per cent on international services. The numbers will include previously announced reductions.
The cuts will involve Delta and Northwest and come about as a “result of the global economic recession and weaker demand for air travel,” the airline said.