What we’re reading: FAA looks at Bombardier, re-engining may be a problem, JAL restructures


U.S. seeks Bombardier safety fixes

The Federal Aviation Administration has a issued a safety directive on the Bombardier Dash-8 Q400.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Les Dorr said the directive orders the airlines to inspect a key nose-mounted flight-monitoring component that plugs into the plane’s stall-protection system and that could malfunction under icy conditions.

Airbus, Boeing engine makeover fuels airlines’ doubts (Update1)

Airbus’ and Boeing’s consideration to rework the narrow-body engines are not sitting well with the airlines.

The two largest makers of commercial jets are exploring new engines for their bestselling single-aisle planes to cut fuel consumption and shorten clients’ wait for a new version. Some airlines are questioning the benefits of the upgrade, referred to as re-engining in the industry, as it may hurt the value of existing fleets and make their operations more complex.

JAL reveals major route restructuring; 45 slashed in addition to prior cuts

Japan Airlines announced that it will eliminate 45 routes as part of the plan to return the struggling airline to profitability.

The airline confirmed speculation by Japanese media that its reductions would be far more than the 30 previously expected when yesterday it unveiled a new route, flight frequency and fleet plan that will see it abandon many long-range routes and focus more intently on short/medium-haul services.

International capacity is being cut by 40% and domestic by 30%, translating into 86 weekly international and 58 daily domestic roundtrips.

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