Airlines Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 12, 2015
During the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, Europe’s airport industry pledged to have 50 carbon-neutral airports by 2030. This quest for green hubs began in the late 2000s and has already been achieved by 20 European airports, and will eventually be adopted by all.
The U.S. government is worried about airline cybersecurity — an oft-presented worst-case scenario is a commercial aircraft’s controls being remotely commandeered. So U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) dispatched a letter to 12 domestic airlines and two airplane manufacturers requesting info regarding cybersecurity protections on their aircrafts and computer systems. Click to find out the details of his query.
What’s the difference between an air passenger in need of an emotional support animal and someone merely in the throes of the “Paris Hilton Effect”? There are reports that laws allowing animals in commercial airliner cabins are being abused — and those in legitimate need are not happy about it.
Boeing’s new, fourth-generation 737 has been unveiled. Dubbed MAX, she’s the greenest version yet, with CFM LEAP-1B engines burning 15 percent less fuel. Flight testing is slating to begin early next year. Click for more details.
Air France-KLM is beginning to feel the financial effects of the Paris terror attacks. The major carrier is reporting revenue losses of $54 million after fearful travelers canceled trips. The good news is Air France doesn’t think this dip will last far into 2016.
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