November 21, 2006


KAL orders 25 Boeing jets (Seattle Times, 11/21/06)

Korean Air Lines (KAL), South Korea's biggest carrier, ordered 15 passenger jets and 10 freighters from Boeing in the airline's largest deal. [...]

Three-quarters of its current 118 planes are Boeing aircraft. The airline last ordered aircraft in April 2005, agreeing to buy 10 Boeing 787 aircraft for delivery from 2009.

The carrier also has agreed to buy five Airbus A380s, which it will begin flying in 2010, two years later than originally planned.

No, it won't.

'Nightmare' expansion of British airports predicted (Barrie Clement, 21 November 2006, Independent)

here would have to be expansion at all major airports to meet demand in 2030 if present trends continue, according to the report from the association's Strategic Aviation Special Interest Group (SASIG). The group, which represents 60 local authorities near airports, argues that one way to meet the rising number of flights would be to resurrect the idea of a major new airport away from centres of population. The only logical site might be the Thames Estuary - an option rejected by the White Paper.

Richard Worrall, chairman of SASIG, said the official document was "in tatters" because demand had "significantly" exceeded predictions. While the Government was about to publish a review of progress measured against the White Paper, it should be "rewritten from scratch".

He added: "It is now time for those politicians who claim to have so-called green credentials to either put up or shut up.

"We accept that the UK economy and its people have much to gain from a successful aviation industry. But there is universal recognition that the aviation industry is one of the fastest growing contributors to global warming."

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 21, 2006 8:28 AM
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