Presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador proposed to stop the construction of NAIM due to the existence of several irregularities identified by Mexico’s Chief Audit Office (ASF). This gave rise to protests from several key players in Mexico’s aviation industry as they underlined the importance of that project to Mexico’s competitiveness and development. CANAERO, ASPA, CMIC, Mitre Corporation, WTTC and SCT were among the organizations or companies that underlined the need for this airport as well as the adverse impacts that a cancellation would entail.
Internationally, over 3,000 flights were cancelled due to a winter storm passing on the US West Coast. In terms of orders, Xiamen Airlines placed orders for 30 Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft. The new aircraft that were announced or manufactured this week included Airbus’ second Beluga XL cargo plane, a revamped version of Leonardo’s C-27j military transport aircraft and the maiden flight of Boeing’s 737 MAX 7. Additionally, flight tests of Mitsubishi’s Regional Jet (MRJ) were suspended as the test aircraft were upgraded to be more similar to commercial versions of the plane.
Airport plan of presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador would increase airlines’ operational costs and is aeronautically unfeasible, according to CANAERO and Mitre Corporation.
NAIM is necessary to support Mexico’s 2019-2024 National Development Plan, according to CANAERO.
Cancelling NAIM would discredit Mexico and the international business and finance community could lose confidence in the country, according to Gerardo Ruiz Esparza of SCT.
Airlines’ operative income falls for the first time in three years because of rising jet fuel prices.
Mexican Senate commission ratifies bilateral agreement on air services between Israel and Mexico.
Airbus delivers the Advanced Closed Loop System (ACLS) vital support system to be installed in the International Space Station.
German Navy to replace its 22 AgustaWestland Sea Lynx antisubmarine warfare helicopters.
Airbus to start assembling ANA’s first A380, which may be delivered in March 2019.
Boeing 737 MAX 7 makes its maiden flight on the US West Coast.
Israel Aerospace Industries to develop a completely electric aircraft. The first prototype will fly around 2021.
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