Bumped, canceled and delayed: Airline passengers facing a rocky summer travel season

Airline passengers, flying in what is expected to be the busiest summer travel season on record, are confronting increases in canceled flights, the DOT data show. U.S. airlines canceled 2.4% of their schedules in the first six months of the year, up from 1.7% a year ago. American Airlines in June canceled 7,218 flights, about 4% of its scheduled operation and more than any other U.S. carrier. Overall, airlines canceled close to 15,000 flights in June, 19% more than in June 2018. American Airline


Airline passengers, flying in what is expected to be the busiest summer travel season on record, are confronting increases in canceled flights, the DOT data show. U.S. airlines canceled 2.4% of their schedules in the first six months of the year, up from 1.7% a year ago. American Airlines in June canceled 7,218 flights, about 4% of its scheduled operation and more than any other U.S. carrier. Overall, airlines canceled close to 15,000 flights in June, 19% more than in June 2018. American Airline
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Bumped, canceled and delayed: Airline passengers facing a rocky summer travel season

Travelers wait for flights as an American Airlines Group Inc. plane sits during an event to mark the opening of five new gates inside Terminal 3 at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago, Illinois.

U.S. airlines have been bumping travelers at three times the rate of a year ago as hundreds of out-of-service planes force passengers to play a game of musical chairs at the airport.

Carriers denied boarding to 6,589 passengers in the three months ended in June, a rate of 0.3 per 10,000 passengers, compared with a rate of 0.1 for every 10,000 in the same period a year ago, the Department of Transportation said Thursday. That rate refers to travelers whom airlines bump, but not passengers who take a different flight voluntarily.

It’s a small number of affected travelers compared with the 215 million passengers who boarded planes in the U.S., but it is partially driven by the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, now in its sixth month. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines each have the planes in their fleet and have had to cut their growth and cancel thousands of flights as federal regulators haven’t cleared the jets to fly after two fatal crashes, the most recent an Ethiopian Airlines jet in March.

Airline passengers, flying in what is expected to be the busiest summer travel season on record, are confronting increases in canceled flights, the DOT data show. U.S. airlines canceled 2.4% of their schedules in the first six months of the year, up from 1.7% a year ago.

American Airlines in June canceled 7,218 flights, about 4% of its scheduled operation and more than any other U.S. carrier. Overall, airlines canceled close to 15,000 flights in June, 19% more than in June 2018.

Fort Worth-based American, which has about 6,700 flights a day, is in the midst of a protracted dispute with the unions that represent its roughly 12,000 mechanics. The carrier is seeking damages from the unions, which it has accused of an “illegal work slowdown” to win leverage in contract talks, a move it said has forced it to cancel 950 flights over the past two months because of out-of-service planes.

“Our biggest challenge in the operation continues to be out-of-service aircraft,” said American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein. “This reduces our ability to start the day right and to swap aircraft when needed as the day goes on. American Airlines team members are working diligently to take care of our customers during a challenging summer.”

Flight delays have also increased. On-time arrivals fell to 73.3% in June, down from 76.4% a year earlier.


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Southwest expands Hawaii flights with $99 fares as tourists flock to the islands

Southwest Airlines is expanding its footprint in Hawaii as the carrier grapples with the fallout from the grounded Boeing 737 by courting tourists with low fares from the West Coast. The airline also announced a one-day sale of $99 one-way flights for the routes to try to get travelers on board and said it would expand flying between the islands. The additional flights would increase Southwest’s daily flights between California and Hawaii from 12 to 18 and more than double its inter-island fligh


Southwest Airlines is expanding its footprint in Hawaii as the carrier grapples with the fallout from the grounded Boeing 737 by courting tourists with low fares from the West Coast. The airline also announced a one-day sale of $99 one-way flights for the routes to try to get travelers on board and said it would expand flying between the islands. The additional flights would increase Southwest’s daily flights between California and Hawaii from 12 to 18 and more than double its inter-island fligh
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Southwest expands Hawaii flights with $99 fares as tourists flock to the islands

Southwest Airlines is expanding its footprint in Hawaii as the carrier grapples with the fallout from the grounded Boeing 737 by courting tourists with low fares from the West Coast.

Starting in January 2020, Southwest will offer a daily flight between Sacramento and Honolulu and twice-weekly flights each from Oakland and San Jose, California, to Kona and Lihue between late January and early March.

The airline also announced a one-day sale of $99 one-way flights for the routes to try to get travelers on board and said it would expand flying between the islands.

Shares of Hawaiian Airlines’ parent were down more than 2% after Southwest’s announcement.

The additional flights would increase Southwest’s daily flights between California and Hawaii from 12 to 18 and more than double its inter-island flights to 34 a day.

Southwest debuted Hawaii service in March, shortly after an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crashed, grounding that type of plane worldwide. The biggest U.S. Max customer, Southwest has removed the plane from its schedules until the beginning of next year — canceling thousands of flights and rejiggering its routes as a result.

Last month, the Dallas-based airline said it would pull out of Newark Liberty International Airport, where flights were less profitable, and increase flying to Hawaii.

Southwest’s move comes as Hawaii has grown more popular with tourists.

Hawaii took in 5.1 million visitors by air in the first half of the year, a 4% increase from the first six months of 2018, according to state statistics.


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Labor tensions flare at American Airlines over hundreds of canceled flights

Maintenance workers cover the engine of an American Airlines Group Inc. Boeing Co. 737 Max plane outside of a maintenance hangar at Tulsa International Airport (TUL) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. American Airlines has accused the unions representing its mechanics of a purposeful work slowdown to win leverage in contract talks, which it said caused more than 900 flight cancellations over the last two months. A U.S. federal court in Texas this week issued a permanent injuncti


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Labor tensions flare at American Airlines over hundreds of canceled flights

Maintenance workers cover the engine of an American Airlines Group Inc. Boeing Co. 737 Max plane outside of a maintenance hangar at Tulsa International Airport (TUL) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

American Airlines has accused the unions representing its mechanics of a purposeful work slowdown to win leverage in contract talks, which it said caused more than 900 flight cancellations over the last two months. Now the airline wants compensation from the unions.

A U.S. federal court in Texas this week issued a permanent injunction against the mechanics unions for the slowdown that American alleged in a suit this spring. A day later, Fort Worth-based American Airlines, said it would seek damages from the unions — the Transport Workers Union of America and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers — saying they violated earlier court orders to resume usual work levels.

The unions, which represent the airline’s more than 12,000 mechanics, have denied the allegations.

The unions have caused “enormous financial losses to American, and untold harm in lost customer good will,” American said in its filing Tuesday. It said the amount would be determined at a hearing.

The cancellations and more than 200 delays of over two hours are compounding operational challenges at American, which like Southwest and United, has canceled thousands of flights since its new Boeing 737 Max planes were grounded in mid-March after two fatal crashes.

American last month said the Max grounding, which is now in its six month, and the mechanics’ dispute drove up its nonfuel costs in the second quarter by 5% from a year earlier.

The airline’s stock has trailed its closest competitors this year, falling 18% on Wednesday to a three-year low. Delta is up close to 15%, Southwest has risen more than 3% and United is down close to 3%.

“It would make no sense to not comply” with the judge’s orders to work at a regular pace, said TWU President John Samuelsen, adding that by complying “we will achieve contract justice for American Airlines workers.”

Work groups across airlines are clamoring for higher wages and better working conditions as the industry, better known for boom-and-bust cycles, heads toward its 10th consecutive year of profits.

Earlier this year, Southwest had a similar dispute with its mechanics, but later reached a contract with the group, their first in more than six years, and a higher pay raise than Southwest offered in previous rounds of negotiations.


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Hong Kong airport returns to calm, after riot police clashed with protesters earlier

Riot police disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong China August 13, 2019. Thomas Peter | ReutersThe Hong Kong airport returned to calm as most protesters left the airport early Wednesday morning. At the airport, protesters discussed among themselves whether they should simply block all access to the facility. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that U.S. intelligence info


Riot police disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong China August 13, 2019. Thomas Peter | ReutersThe Hong Kong airport returned to calm as most protesters left the airport early Wednesday morning. At the airport, protesters discussed among themselves whether they should simply block all access to the facility. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that U.S. intelligence info
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Hong Kong airport returns to calm, after riot police clashed with protesters earlier

Riot police disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong China August 13, 2019. Thomas Peter | Reuters

The Hong Kong airport returned to calm as most protesters left the airport early Wednesday morning. Earlier, riot police clashed with pro-democracy protesters late Tuesday night, moving into the terminal where the demonstrators had shut down operations at the busy transport hub for two straight days. The Tuesday night demonstrations involved officers armed with pepper spray and batons confronting the protesters who used luggage carts to barricade entrances to the airport terminal. Police took several people into a police van waiting at the entrance to the airport’s arrivals hall. Police said they tried to help ambulance officers reach an injured man whom protesters had detained on suspicion of being an undercover agent. Protesters also detained a second man who they suspected of being an undercover agent. After emptying out his belongings, they found a blue T-shirt that has been worn by pro-Beijing supporters that they said was evidence he was a spy.

Earlier in the day, authorities were forced to cancel all remaining flights as the city’s pro-Beijing leader warned that the protesters had pushed events onto a “path of no return.” After a brief period when flights were able to take off and land, the airport authority suspended check-in services for departing flights as of 4:30 p.m. Departing flights that had completed the process were able to continue to operate. It said it did not expect arriving flights to be affected, although dozens were already canceled. The authority advised people not to come to the airport, one of the world’s busiest. More than 200 flights were canceled Monday and the airport was effectively shut down with no flights taking off or landing. Passengers have been forced to stay in the city while airlines tried to find other ways to get them to their destinations. For Grace Bendal, a 43-year-old contractor from the Philippines, Tuesday was the second straight day she came to the airport only to learn flights were canceled. She spent the weekend in Hong Kong with her primary school-age children, who were eager to return to classes. She said they have already missed two days of school and the extra day in the city has cost her around 3,000 Hong Kong dollars ($400). Though there were no airline employees at check-in counters Tuesday evening, Bendal said she and her children planned to stay at the airport all night. “I cannot blame them, because they are fighting for something,” Bendal said of the protesters. “But then it’s not right if we are the ones suffering.” The airport disruptions are an escalation of a summer of demonstrations aimed at what many Hong Kong residents see as an increasing erosion of the freedoms they were promised in 1997 when Communist Party-ruled mainland China took over what had been a British colony. The protests have built on an opposition movement that shut down much of the city for seven weeks in 2014 before it eventually fizzled and its leaders were jailed on public disturbance charges. The central government in Beijing has ominously characterized the current protest movement as something approaching “terrorism” that poses an “existential threat” to citizens. While Beijing tends to define terrorism broadly, extending it especially to nonviolent movements opposing government policies in minority regions such as Tibet and Xinjiang, its use of the term in relation to Hong Kong raised the prospect of greater violence and the possible suspension of legal rights for those detained.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the instability, chaos and violence have placed the city on a “path of no return.” The black-clad demonstrators have shown no sign of letting up on their campaign to force Lam’s administration to respond to their demands, including that she step down and scrap proposed legislation under which some suspects could be sent to mainland China, where critics say they could face torture and unfair or politically charged trials. Lam has rejected all calls for dialogue, part of what analysts say is a strategy to wear down the opposition movement through police action while prompting demonstrators to take more violent and extreme actions that will turn the Hong Kong public against them. At the airport, protesters discussed among themselves whether they should simply block all access to the facility. Meanwhile, paramilitary police were assembling across the border in the city of Shenzhen for exercises that some saw as a threat to increase force against the mostly young protesters who have turned out by the thousands in the past 10 weeks. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that U.S. intelligence informed him that Chinese troops were being moved to the Hong Kong border.

Anti-government protesters try to prevent a passenger from breaching a barricade in front of departure gates, during a demonstration at Hong Kong Airport, China August 13, 2019. Thomas Peter | Reuters


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Hong Kong airport cancels all flights for the remainder of the day due to protests

Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world’s busiest terminals, has canceled all departures for the remainder of the day, citing serious disruption due to protests. The airport authority said Monday it had canceled all flights not yet checked in by the afternoon. Around 5,000 anti-government protesters had been demonstrating at the airport for a fourth day on Monday. Some activists had reportedly moved to the departure area and caused disruption, according to the Hong Kong police. The air


Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world’s busiest terminals, has canceled all departures for the remainder of the day, citing serious disruption due to protests. The airport authority said Monday it had canceled all flights not yet checked in by the afternoon. Around 5,000 anti-government protesters had been demonstrating at the airport for a fourth day on Monday. Some activists had reportedly moved to the departure area and caused disruption, according to the Hong Kong police. The air
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Hong Kong airport cancels all flights for the remainder of the day due to protests

Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world’s busiest terminals, has canceled all departures for the remainder of the day, citing serious disruption due to protests.

The airport authority said Monday it had canceled all flights not yet checked in by the afternoon. Around 5,000 anti-government protesters had been demonstrating at the airport for a fourth day on Monday. Some activists had reportedly moved to the departure area and caused disruption, according to the Hong Kong police. The police declined to say if it would move to clear the demonstrators.

The airport authority said in a statement: “Airport operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today.”

“The traffic to the airport is very congested, and the car park spaces at all car parks are already full. Members of the public are advised not to come to the airport,” it added. It later advised all passengers to leave the terminal building as soon as possible.

The increasingly violent protests since June have plunged the Asian financial hub into its most serious crisis in decades and are one of the biggest popular challenges to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.


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Cathay Pacific suspends pilot for involvement in Hong Kong protests

Cathay Pacific shares fell more than 4% on Monday after the carrier announced it had suspended a pilot for his involvement in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests. The airline said Saturday that employees who “support or take part in illegal protests, violent actions, or overly radical behaviour” would be barred from crewing flights to mainland China. Hong Kong — a former British colony that was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 — has been struggling to end weeks of protests that have in recent w


Cathay Pacific shares fell more than 4% on Monday after the carrier announced it had suspended a pilot for his involvement in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests. The airline said Saturday that employees who “support or take part in illegal protests, violent actions, or overly radical behaviour” would be barred from crewing flights to mainland China. Hong Kong — a former British colony that was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 — has been struggling to end weeks of protests that have in recent w
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Cathay Pacific suspends pilot for involvement in Hong Kong protests

Cathay Pacific shares fell more than 4% on Monday after the carrier announced it had suspended a pilot for his involvement in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests.

The airline said Saturday that employees who “support or take part in illegal protests, violent actions, or overly radical behaviour” would be barred from crewing flights to mainland China. It also confirmed that one of its pilots was removed from his duties since July 30.

The pilot was reportedly among over 40 people charged with rioting, during clashes with police near Beijing’s main representative office in the city.

Hong Kong — a former British colony that was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 — has been struggling to end weeks of protests that have in recent weeks turned increasingly violent and disruptive.

The rallies, which were started to protest a bill that would have allowed people to be extradited to mainland China, have snowballed into a democracy movement, with some even demanding full autonomy from Beijing.

The unrest has frequently crippled the Asian financial hub’s transportation system and last Monday, Cathay cancelled hundreds of flights during a general strike.


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Boeing conducts 500 test flights of troubled 737 Max jets in bid to restore trust following crashes

Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg speaks during their annual shareholders meeting at the Field Museum on April 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said Monday that the company has conducted almost 500 test flights with a new software update to its grounded 737 Max planes that he hopes will help win back the confidence of the flying public. He said the company has focused on updating software to make the Boeing 737 Max as safe as possible. The planes have been groun


Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg speaks during their annual shareholders meeting at the Field Museum on April 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said Monday that the company has conducted almost 500 test flights with a new software update to its grounded 737 Max planes that he hopes will help win back the confidence of the flying public. He said the company has focused on updating software to make the Boeing 737 Max as safe as possible. The planes have been groun
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Boeing conducts 500 test flights of troubled 737 Max jets in bid to restore trust following crashes

Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg speaks during their annual shareholders meeting at the Field Museum on April 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said Monday that the company has conducted almost 500 test flights with a new software update to its grounded 737 Max planes that he hopes will help win back the confidence of the flying public.

“We know that trust has been damaged over the last few months, and we own that and we are working hard to re-earn that trust going forward,” Muilenburg said in an interview at the Global Business Travel Association conference in Chicago. He said the company has focused on updating software to make the Boeing 737 Max as safe as possible.

The planes have been grounded worldwide since mid-March after two crashes within five months of one another claimed 346 lives.

Muilenburg said that he has personally flown on two of the test flights, and that Boeing employees are “eager to do the same.”

Boeing announced in July that the company will take a $4.9 billion charge in the second quarter due to the jetliner’s grounding. The company reported its worst ever quarterly loss of $2.9 billion later that month.

Muilenburg also reiterated the company’s plan to submit a certification package to the Federal Aviation Administration in September, and that he expects the 737 Maxes to return service early in the fourth quarter.

Boeing shares fell to 2.5% to close at a nearly seven-month low of $331.06 on Monday in a broad market swoon.


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Southwest Airlines yanks Boeing 737 Max from schedules through early November with no end in sight to grounding

A number of Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are parked at Southern California Logistics Airport on March 27, 2019 in Victorville, California. Southwest Airlines is waiting out a global grounding of MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft at the airport. Uncertainty over when regulators will allow the Boeing 737 Max to fly again following two deadly crashes prompted Southwest Airlines, the largest U.S. operator of the jets, to remove them from its schedules through early November — a month longer tha


A number of Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are parked at Southern California Logistics Airport on March 27, 2019 in Victorville, California. Southwest Airlines is waiting out a global grounding of MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft at the airport. Uncertainty over when regulators will allow the Boeing 737 Max to fly again following two deadly crashes prompted Southwest Airlines, the largest U.S. operator of the jets, to remove them from its schedules through early November — a month longer tha
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Southwest Airlines yanks Boeing 737 Max from schedules through early November with no end in sight to grounding

A number of Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are parked at Southern California Logistics Airport on March 27, 2019 in Victorville, California. Southwest Airlines is waiting out a global grounding of MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft at the airport.

Uncertainty over when regulators will allow the Boeing 737 Max to fly again following two deadly crashes prompted Southwest Airlines, the largest U.S. operator of the jets, to remove them from its schedules through early November — a month longer than it estimated in late June.

Southwest’s move follows similar schedule changes announced over the last week by American and United.

Southwest said Thursday it will cancel about 180 flights a day out of about 4,000 flights because of the schedule change. Last month, the Dallas-based airline said it was targeting October for the planes’ return, which would have meant 150 daily flight cancellations.

The planes have been grounded since mid-March after two fatal crashes within five months killed 346 people.


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Boeing wins first 737 Max order since deadly crashes in a 200-plane vote of confidence

An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX airplanes parked on the tarmac at the Boeing Factory in Renton, Washington, U.S. March 21, 2019. Boeing on Tuesday won its first order for 737 Max planes since the jets were grounded worldwide in March after two fatal crashes. International Consolidated Airlines Group, or IAG, signed a letter of intent at the Paris Air Show to order 200 Boeing 737 Max planes. Aviation authorities grounded the Boeing 737 Max worldwide after two crashes within five months kille


An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX airplanes parked on the tarmac at the Boeing Factory in Renton, Washington, U.S. March 21, 2019. Boeing on Tuesday won its first order for 737 Max planes since the jets were grounded worldwide in March after two fatal crashes. International Consolidated Airlines Group, or IAG, signed a letter of intent at the Paris Air Show to order 200 Boeing 737 Max planes. Aviation authorities grounded the Boeing 737 Max worldwide after two crashes within five months kille
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Boeing wins first 737 Max order since deadly crashes in a 200-plane vote of confidence

An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX airplanes parked on the tarmac at the Boeing Factory in Renton, Washington, U.S. March 21, 2019.

Boeing on Tuesday won its first order for 737 Max planes since the jets were grounded worldwide in March after two fatal crashes. The vote of confidence from British Airways’ parent sent shares of the manufacturer sharply higher.

International Consolidated Airlines Group, or IAG, signed a letter of intent at the Paris Air Show to order 200 Boeing 737 Max planes. Boeing won’t post the planes on its monthly order tally until the agreement is finalized.

Aviation authorities grounded the Boeing 737 Max worldwide after two crashes within five months killed a total of 346 people. Boeing and airlines are awaiting approval from regulators to resume flights with the jets, but officials have said they have no firm timeline so far.

Boeing shares surged 5.4% to close at $373.96, outpacing the broader market and leading the Dow Jones Industrial Average higher. It was their biggest one-day percentage gain in almost five months.

IAG will use the jets order, which includes the 737 Max 8 and the larger Max 10 that Boeing is developing, for short-haul flights across its airlines, which also include Iberia, Aer Lingus and low-cost carriers Vueling and Level. The group’s narrowbody fleet is mostly A320s made by Boeing’s chief rival, Airbus.

“We have every confidence in Boeing and expect that the aircraft will make a successful return to service in the coming months having received approval from the regulators,” said IAG CEO Willie Walsh.

Boeing cut production of the 737 Max, its best-selling aircraft ever, by one-fifth and suspended deliveries of the planes after they were grounded.

The surprise order is welcome news for Boeing, which entered the air show hamstrung by the fallout from the crashes. It faces several investigations and lawsuits, customer airlines that have had to cut flights during the peak summer travel season due to the planes’ grounding, and passengers who may be too skittish to fly the 737 Max once regulators give it a green light.

The order would be worth $24 billion at list prices, Boeing said, but airlines often receive discounts. The planes that IAG is planning to buy would be delivered between 2023 and 2027.


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United Technologies makes hybrid-electric plane push with ‘Project 804’

Aerospace and defense giant United Technologies says it’s working to put a hybrid-electric turboprop airplane into the sky within three years. Dubbed “Project 804,” United Technologies has said its aim is to enable certified hybrid-electric regional travel within 10 years. Speaking at the Paris Air Show Monday, the chief technology officer of United Technologies, Paul Eremenko, told CNBC that the notion of hybrid propulsion is very similar to what you might have in an automobile. United Technolo


Aerospace and defense giant United Technologies says it’s working to put a hybrid-electric turboprop airplane into the sky within three years. Dubbed “Project 804,” United Technologies has said its aim is to enable certified hybrid-electric regional travel within 10 years. Speaking at the Paris Air Show Monday, the chief technology officer of United Technologies, Paul Eremenko, told CNBC that the notion of hybrid propulsion is very similar to what you might have in an automobile. United Technolo
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Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-06-18  Authors: david reid
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United Technologies makes hybrid-electric plane push with 'Project 804'

Paul Eremenko, chief technical officer of United Technologies Corp., right, speaks beside Bruno Stoufflet, chief technical officer of Dassault Aviation SA, during the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget in Paris, France, on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

Aerospace and defense giant United Technologies says it’s working to put a hybrid-electric turboprop airplane into the sky within three years.

Dubbed “Project 804,” United Technologies has said its aim is to enable certified hybrid-electric regional travel within 10 years. Regional airlines typically do shorter flights into smaller airports that the mainline carriers can’t fit bigger planes into.

Speaking at the Paris Air Show Monday, the chief technology officer of United Technologies, Paul Eremenko, told CNBC that the notion of hybrid propulsion is very similar to what you might have in an automobile.

“In the case of Project 804 we’re basically taking a commuter regional turboprop airplane and we’re making it such that during take-off and climb, about half the energy is supplied electrically and about half of the supply is maintained by the engine,” he said.

Eremenko added that energy would be replenished back into the battery during the descent, which could be used in case a landing was not completed properly.

The project, scheduled to fly in 2022, will solely be a technology demonstrator and would center around an aircraft that could be used as a city hopper.

The design is premised on a mid-sized regional turboprop, using a typical existing airframe, control systems and propellers but adding in new battery technology and a 2-megawatt hybrid-electric propulsion system.

The test-bed plane will only swap out one traditional engine, so initial flights can be conducted in a safer manner.

Eremenko said the ultimate aim of the project is to attempt to secure as much as a 30% fuel saving on shorter flights, which he described as “huge in an industry trying to shave 1 or 2%.”

United Technologies is set to merge with Raytheon in a mega deal to become the second-largest aerospace and defense company in the U.S., after Boeing, with an estimated $74 billion in sales.

The firm has said the new combined organization will work closely with all major plane builders and there would be no preferential treatment between the likes of Boeing and Airbus as the aircraft would be “platform agnostic.”

Now watch: United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes on the Raytheon merger


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-06-18  Authors: david reid
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, push, officer, hybridelectric, united, paris, technology, regional, turboprop, technologies, project, makes, plane, flights, 804


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