Philippine Airlines president Jaime Bautista discusses PAL’s new fleet of A321neos and A350-900s. The first A321neo, featuring 12 lie flat business class and 154 economy seats, was delivered at the end of May-2018. PAL will take six 166-seat low density A321neos this year and deploy the aircraft on existing routes to Australia and new routes to Delhi, Mumbai and Sapporo. The first A350 is slated to be delivered in Jul-2018 and used to launch nonstop flights to New York in Oct-2018. PAL will take six 295-seat A350s by the end of 2019 and is looking at using the type on potential new routes to Chicago and Seattle as well as replacing 777-300ERs on Manila-London. PAL is also looking at launching services to Tel Aviv in Israel, initially using its A340-300 fleet.

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Eurocontrol reported (15-Jun-2018) 9.3 million minutes of ATC delays were experienced in 2017 and that 2018 has already seen 4.3 million minutes of delays. Eurocontrol forecast that as a result of strikes, capacity/staffing shortages and weather, it expects 14.3 million minutes of delay for 2018 - a 53% year-on-year "deterioration".  [more - original PR]

Corporacion America Airports SA reported (15-Jun-2018) the following traffic highlights for May-2018:

  • Passengers: 6.4 million, +6.9% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: 3.5 million, +8.5%;
    • International: 2.3 million, +4.0%;
    • Transit: 629,000, +8.7%;
  • Cargo: 32,100 tons, +6.8%;
  • Aircraft movements: 73,300, +5.4%. [more - original PR]

Airports Council International (ACI) reported (15-Jun-2018) the following traffic highlights for Mar-2018:

  • Passengers: +8.1% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: +6.3%;
    • International: +10.5%;
  • Cargo: +2.4%;

Eurocontrol signed (15-Jun-2018) an initial 'work programme' detailing how the agency will cooperate with the European Commission (EC) in the area of the Single European Sky's performance and charging schemes. "This work programme implements the cooperation agreement, which was agreed with the EC already late last year", commented Eurocontrol director european civil-military aviation Philippe Merlo. Challenges in the work programme for Eurocontrol's Performance Review Unit include:

  • Conducting annual technical assessments of the compliance of unit rates, including reporting on costs exempt from cost sharing;
  • Working on the US-Europe performance comparisons in cooperation with the US FAA;
  • Performing ad-hoc analysis in support to the areas of performance and charging that require the specific expertise and competences of Eurocontrol, upon request of the Commission;
  • Promoting global and regional performance measurement within ICAO.

The work programme will be reviewed and amended on a regular basis. [more - original PR

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport reported (15-Jun-2018) the following traffic highlights for Apr-2018:

  • Passengers: 9.0 million, +8.0% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: 8.0 million, +8.7%;
    • International: 1.0 million, +2.5%;
  • Cargo: 58,461 tonnes, +7.8%;
    • Freight and Express: 54,893 tonnes, +7.0%;
      • Domestic: 18,450 tonnes, -3.5%;
      • International: 36,443 tonnes, +13.2%;
    • Mail: 3568 tonnes, +22.6%;
  • Aircraft movements: 75,193, +4.9%;

GRU Airport Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport reported (15-Jun-2018) the following traffic highlights for May-2018:

  • Passengers: 3.4 million, +16.0% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: 2.2 million, +21.2%;
    • International: 1.2 million, +7.7%;
  • Aircraft movements: 24,693, +15.1%;
    • Domestic: 18,168, +17.2%;
    • International: 6525, +9.5%.

According to the CAPA Airport Traffic Database, May-2018 marked the airport's 13th consecutive month of passenger traffic growth. [more - original PR - Portuguese]

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