American Airlines plans to repaint up to 357 aircraft with its new livery by the second half of 2016, the carrier said. American Eagle is also repainting regional jets with the striped design at a rate of around four jets per month. Meanwhile, Boeing and Airbus will deliver new aircraft already painted with the livery.
Boeing has received approval from its board to offer the 777X, a stretched version of its 777. "They are offering an ultra-long range aircraft in the 777-8X," said an industry source. "It'll be the longest range aircraft in the business." The 777-8X will have a range of 9,500 nautical miles.
The Transportation Security Administration has launched its PreCheck program at Memphis International Airport in Tennessee. PreCheck allows expedited security screening for select travelers and frequent fliers. By April 1, the TSA said 40 U.S. airports will be participating in PreCheck.
The International Civil Aviation Organization announced plans to work with Indonesia to develop a project to reduce aviation emissions in the country. "This new, large-scale initiative by ICAO's Technical Cooperation Bureau serves to reinforce the wide-ranging series of concrete programs and measures our organization has been pursuing to help our member states mitigate their international aviation carbon emissions," said ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin.
While safety advocates call for the aircraft certification process to be modernized, Federal Aviation Administration officials said the agency takes its role in certifying aircraft very seriously. "Some have asked the question whether the FAA has the expertise needed to oversee the Dreamliner’s cutting edge technology," the agency said. "The answer is yes, we have the ability to establish rigorous safety standards and to make sure that aircraft meet them."