co-CEO Louis Gallois, pictured here, former Snecma chairman and
CEO, was named Airbus CEO yesterday after Christian Streiff (pronounced
strife) quit three months after taking the top job.
Indication that a kiss-off was afoot came last
week when Streiff openly spoke of Airbus production challenges with
reporters saying that the company is a decade or more behind Boeing.
The Airbus turmoil is yet to be engaged with a
solid plan for the future.
No doubt, Streiff to the now reeling plane maker
was a special nightmare.
problems continue to plague Suvarnabhumi Airport, Customs Department
“Chaos since airport opened late last month,
with paperwork delays, missing shipments and communication snafus,”
a source noted.
Problem lies in the Air Cargo Communication System
(ACCS), created by Airports of Thailand to oversee shipments moving
through the airport. “ACCS has proved a complete
failure,” Suriya Sukanand, director of the Suvarnabhumi office
of the Customs Department told reporters.
Bangkok Flight Services (BFS) a joint venture between
French-owned Worldwide Flight Services and Bangkok Airways reportedly
is also a culprit with delays driven according to one source by inexperienced
staff and the aforementioned IT problems.
BFS and Thai Airways International are the main cargo
handlers at the airport.
"BFS staff have also had difficulties in keying
in invoice data for transmission to the Customs Department, resulting
in further delays for exporters and importers," Mr. Suriya said
Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, founder and chief executive
of Bangkok Airways, confirmed the problems noting that staff “had
been trained to operate using the ACCS system, not manual processing.
“BFS had paid full compensation to all affected
parties and expects to attain normal operations during the next weeks,
Dr Prasert said.
Meantime the BKK paperwork jungle at the new mega airport continues
New ICAO code for venerable Don Muang is DMK.
Easy on the tongue Don Muang didn’t have much
in 2006, except familiarity and an easy to pronounce name.
Now DMK no longer BKK becomes (at least temporarily)
a repository for some interesting airplanes including three airworthy
L1011’s belonging to Thai Sky Airlines that
are parked awaiting orders.
Thai Sky may be looking for lift elsewhere, having
just acquired a couple of MD82’s seen at DMK in CO colors.
all is not well in Abu Dhabi Etihad Airways land.
The carrier best known for playing catch up while
aping almost everything Emirates has posted a sudden and dramatic
change in leadership.
Out- according to a source amidst a rift, is Etihad
Airways chief Robert Stroedel who actually stepped down a while
back and was replaced by Chief Executive Officer Geert W. Boven
In- is James Hogan,(right) who may have recently
left his post atop Gulf Air, with the move to Etihad in mind.
the press release we have here that accompanied the announcement
contained neither the picture of Messers Boven, Stroedel or Hogan,
but rather Etihad big boss, Dr. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan.
Meaning of all of this ?
Don’t bet against the good Sheikh remaining
in his post no matter what fate betides others at the carrier.
Worth noting is one thing, EY probably can never
The upper management team at EK, including Maurice
Flanagan and others (Peter Sedgley & Ram Menen in cargo), has
remained in place since the carrier opened for business October
signed up for 10 Boeing 747-8F's
worth US$2.8 billion, and entered into a purchase agreement for 10 additional
747-8Fs. Here HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed
Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline
and Group (right) and Ken Schultz,
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Sales Director ink the deal while Emirates
Cabin Crew member Nazli Mianaie completes the picture.
LTU adds two nonstop
flights from Düsseldorf
to Las Vegas next
May with an Airbus A330-200
every Monday and Thursday
at Toulouse, ATR
keeps rolling along recording its 57th sale in 2006 with Cape Verde, Praia-based
TACV (Transportes Aereos
de Cabo Verde) signing a contract for 3 new ATR aircraft (1 ATR 42-500
and 2 ATR 72-500s).
The contract signing for $50 million, rated a nice photo
op with flowers and refreshments featuring (far right) Filippo
Bagnato, ATR CEO, and Joao
Higino do Rosario Silva, TACV Chairman and CEO.
The three new ATR aircraft will be delivered in 2007
and will be equipped with the new “Elegance Cabin.”
We like that name for a place to sit in the sky.
Elegance aloft works for us every time although finding
same can be illusive.
For the record Africa
represents 20% of ATRs 2006 orders with 21 operators currently flying
ATR Aircraft there.
Among the best selling airplanes of all time ATR has
recorded a total of 835 aircraft (401 ATR 42’s and 434 ATR 72’s).
Who will get number 1,000?