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Nov 20, 2014

Exclusive: Boeing says it has no plans for long-range 737 MAX

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co has no plans to extend the range of its forthcoming 737 MAX 9 jetliner in response to Airbus Group’s move to offer a long-range version of its competing A321 aircraft, a senior Boeing executive said on Thursday.

“We are very happy with where the MAX 9 sits and feel the competition is simply doing things to catch up with it,” Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in an interview.

Nov 20, 2014

Boeing says it has no plans for long-range 737 MAX

SEATTLE, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Boeing Co has no plans to
extend the range of its forthcoming 737 MAX 9 jetliner in
response to Airbus Group’s move to offer a long-range
version of its competing A321 aircraft, a senior Boeing
executive said on Thursday.

“We are very happy with where the MAX 9 sits and feel the
competition is simply doing things to catch up with it,” Randy
Tinseth, vice president of marketing at Boeing Commercial
Airplanes, said in an interview.

Nov 20, 2014

Norwegian Air CEO rejects criticism of plan for U.S. budget airline

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – The chief executive of Norwegian Air Shuttle rejected arguments by U.S. airlines and unions that his efforts to build a low-cost, long-haul airline serving the United States would undermine U.S. wages and working standards.

Instead, CEO Bjorn Kjos said U.S. airlines arguing for labor fairness actually fear his cheap ticket prices. A round-trip flight from New York to London in December costs as little as $483 on Norwegian, compared with $835 on Delta or $832 on American, according to prices posted on the airlines’ websites on Wednesday.

Nov 18, 2014

U.S. aviation safety board says FAA can enforce rules on drones

SEATTLE, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. aviation safety board
said on Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration has the
authority to apply to unmanned aircraft its long-standing rules
against reckless or careless use of manned aircraft.

In making the ruling, the National Transportation Safety
Board sent its first case involving an FAA fine against a drone
back to an administrative law judge to determine if the drone
flight in question was “careless or reckless.”

Nov 8, 2014

Exclusive: FAA approves move by Atlanta-area airport opposed by Delta

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A decision by the U.S. aviation regulator has moved forward plans by a small Georgia airport to begin commercial airline service, despite strong opposition by Delta Air Lines and the city of Atlanta, the local county authority said on Friday.

The approval by the Federal Aviation Authority, related to the handling of federal grants for the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport, clears the way for the environmental study that is seen as the last major step before the FAA would decide on whether to allow commercial service at the single-runway airport, located about 40 miles from Atlanta, county officials said.

Nov 8, 2014

U.S. FAA approves move by Atlanta-area airport opposed by Delta

NEW YORK, Nov 7 (Reuters) – A decision by the U.S. aviation
regulator has moved forward plans by a small Georgia airport to
begin commercial airline service, despite strong opposition by
Delta Air Lines and the city of Atlanta, the local
county authority said on Friday.

The approval by the Federal Aviation Authority, related to
the handling of federal grants for the Paulding Northwest
Atlanta Airport, clears the way for the environmental study that
is seen as the last major step before the FAA would decide on
whether to allow commercial service at the single-runway
airport, located about 40 miles from Atlanta, county officials
said.

Nov 7, 2014

UK space travel insurer sees no spike in queries after Virgin crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A UK insurer that recently began offering life coverage for would-be space tourists said it has seen no increase in interest in the policy following the fatal crash of a Virgin Galactic test space ship last month.

The policy, sold by Pembroke Managing Agency, pays up to $5 million per traveler or $20 million per suborbital space flight, parent Ironshore International said in announcing the policy in June.

Nov 5, 2014

Spacesuit? Helmet? Life insurance? Space tourist loophole may end

NEW YORK (Reuters) – While private pilots and skydivers have to take out extra life insurance to cover the added risk of their pursuits, space tourists do not need special policies on their high flying rides.

That loophole is likely to disappear, slowly, after the fatal crash last week of a test flight of a Virgin Galactic space ship designed to take tourists into space.

Nov 5, 2014

Analysis – Spacesuit? Helmet? Life insurance? Space tourist loophole may end

NEW YORK (Reuters) – While private pilots and skydivers have to take out extra life insurance to cover the added risk of their pursuits, space tourists do not need special policies on their high flying rides.

That loophole is likely to disappear, slowly, after the fatal crash last week of a test flight of a Virgin Galactic space ship designed to take tourists into space.

Nov 1, 2014

Space tourism set back by accident, industry still sees lift off

By Alwyn Scott and Irene Klotz

NEW YORK/CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) – The wait for paying passengers to see Earth from the vantage point of space looked a lot longer on Friday, following the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic’s first spaceship, but aspiring space tourists did not appear to be lining up for refunds.

About 800 people already have paid or put down deposits for rides on SpaceShipTwo, a six-passenger, two-pilot suborbital spaceship owned by Virgin Galactic, an offshoot of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, which aims to be the first commercial space ride for tourists. Tickets sell for $250,000.