report by Dan Rather “America’s Anchor Man” for his
decades of fronting CBS News, titled Plastic Planes broadcast
last week on HD TV Net brings forward some frightening charges about Boeing’s
Vince Weldon, a former Boeing senior
aerospace engineer who among other things is credited with being part
of the team that invented the B727 wing which allowed that airplane to
land at short field runways such as LaGuardia Airport and who was fired
last year under disputed circumstances, is concerned that the new B787
Weldon told Dan Rather that a crash
landing that would be survivable in a metal airplane might not have the
same result in a B787 because composite plastic materials used to build
the jet would shatter too easily and burn with toxic fumes.
Weldon says e-mails from engineering
colleagues at Boeing and his personal assessments underscore that the
company isn't doing enough to test the plane's crashworthiness.
Weldon thinks Boeing shouldn't rush
the Dreamliner to market without many years of further research and, that
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shouldn't certify the jet to
Weldon was fired from Boeing in July
In a whistle-blower complaint filed
with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Weldon
said, that the firing was "retaliation for raising concerns throughout
the last two years of his employment about the crashworthiness of the
Dan Rather told The Seattle Times
that Weldon had spoken out publicly only with great reluctance.
"We approached Weldon. In the
beginning, it was not at all certain he would cooperate," Rather
Mr. Rather said his show doesn't determine
whether Boeing or Weldon is right.
But he said, referring to the e-mails
from Weldon's peers:
"There are others who are still
within the company who are concerned ... that Boeing could be destroyed
by taking the 787 to market too soon and brushing aside these safety concerns
The entire interview is available
for viewing online:
Airports International (MAI) has purchased 100% of
shares of Mukhino Airport
in Ulan-Ude (the capital
of the Republic of Buryatia
in the RF) becoming the first foreign company ever to buy an airport
in Russia. The deal is estimated at US$24 million. According to MAI,
it is the company’s first successful deal at a growing market
and later it will be followed by some other projects in Russia. The
company intends to invest in further modernization of the airport
and its commercial infrastructure. It is known that earlier the company
invested in airports of Central and Eastern Europe, and in the Commonwealth
of Independent States.
Jordanian Cargo said it is now able to carry up to
2 tons of air cargo onboard its Embraer 195 passenger aircraft flying
between Amman and Aqaba
starting next month October 1, 2007. Two daily flights between Amman
and Aqaba are offered. “Customers in the rapidly developing
Aqaba Special Economic Zone
(ASEZ) will benefit from improved service to King Hussein International
Airport from the entire international network of Royal Jordanian,
providing same day connections for their cargo to and from Aqaba,”
Ingo Roessler, Royal
Jordanian's Cargo guru said. “Our flight from Amman to Aqaba
departs daily from Amman at 07:30 am and at 17:00 pm. RJ is the only
airline that operates to Aqaba with scheduled flights. RJ Cargo flies
its freighters on a regular schedule to Athens, Baghdad,
Cairo, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Brussels, Istanbul, Larnaca, London Heathrow,
Stansted, and New York-JFK.”
sudden departure of Datuk JJ Ong from the top spot at Malaysian Air Cargo
earlier this month as Ong moved to the top executive post at Nagamas International
Bhd apparently was driven by an offer Ong couldn’t refuse.
Datuk K. K. Ng, a big time Malaysian
business tycoon with interests in just about everything including travel
services, air cargo, plantations and property development, and a politically
connected Chinese business partner Ng Fung Mo have acquired two investment
holding companies incorporated in Hong Kong, Nagamas International (HK)
Ltd and Nagamas Enterprise (HK) Ltd.
Both will be listed on the Malaysian
stock exchange as Ng’s former listing Tenco is changed to Nagamo
The main focus of Nagamo is Huizhou
City in China and Huiyang Province in particular.
Ong, the airline man is now boss of
two operations including a real estate enterprise and also starting up
air cargo services that could initially at least buy belly space from
China to Malaysia.
Ong told Malaysia Star that he is
in talks for various projects including purchasing a shopping mall and
other property development ventures in Huiyang.
He also said that a deal is in the
works to possibly manage Huiyang’s regional Hui Zhou Airport.
“We have RM 30 million (8.7
million USD) in cash and can do things,” he said.
Authority of India recorded more than 27 percent growth in passengers
handled during the first six-months of 2007.
Anyone know why it takes until late
September to get this news is left wondering.
Airports increasing in total passenger
traffic during the six-month period include Bangalore, Mangalore,
Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram.
India government allowing international
airlines including low-cost Air Arabia flights to Thiruvananthapuram.
Mihin Lanka now flies Colombo to Tiruchi,
Bangkok-based low-cost airline, Nok Air has schedules into Bangalore.
Etihad Airways, the Abu-Dhabi-based
full service airline, has increased frequency of flights to India
as has the Dubai-based Emirates Airlines.