Hawaiian Airlines has finalized an order with Airbus for 16 A321neos. "With its slightly smaller size, we'll be able to open new markets that are not viable for wide-body service, while also being able to augment service on existing routes to the West Coast of North America," said Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley.
Around 80,000 federal workers at airports will receive reduced schedules once budget cuts from sequestration begin in April. The workers affected by sequestration include customs agents, airport security screeners and air-traffic controllers.
Representatives from the U.S. and 16 other countries are meeting this week in Montreal to discuss reducing aviation emissions. The International Civil Aviation Organization has tasked the group with drafting a plan to curb global emissions. "ICAO's states remain strongly engaged as they continue to review the feasibility of several market-based measure options for international aviation, on the basis of a wide range of environmental and economic criteria," said Raymond Benjamin, secretary general for ICAO.
Airbus plans to offer a version of its A380 with a maximum take-off weight of 575 tons. The aircraft manufacturer will offer the higher-weight A380 for service in 2013. Airbus said the heavier version would allow for 3 additional tons in payload.