Airbus says it is committed to its revised delivery schedule for the A380 superjumbo jet. The first plane is due in October 2007. Production problems had forced Airbus to push back the plane's delivery schedule.
A committee of Delta Air Lines' unsecured creditors said Wednesday it supports the airline's plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection as an independent carrier but will also consider alternatives. The committee has been largely silent since US Airways launched a bid to merge with Delta. "A number of issues, including those left open in the plan of reorganization, will be the focus of continuing discussions between the committee and Delta over the coming weeks," the committee said in a statement.
Raytheon will sell its aircraft-manufacturing business to Onex Corp. and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners for about $3.3 billion. The agreement will allow Raytheon to focus on its defense business and the Onex-Goldman Sachs partnership to make the small-aircraft unit more competitive.
An iris scanner system aimed at business travelers will be used for security screening at Indonesia's Jakarta international airport. Frequent fliers will register with immigration authorities, pay a $200 annual fee, and submit to eye scans. When they arrive at the airport, the system scans one eye, and the fliers are cleared to enter the airport.
Emirates' chief said the troubled Airbus A380 jetliner will be a "superb aircraft" and remains committed to the plane. Emirates President Tim Clark urged Airbus to overhaul management of the A380 program. Airbus recently announced production delays.