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.

AMLO by Arturo Alfaro Galán. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

National

Cancelling NAIM would be a setback for Mexico and would damage its competitiveness, according to WTTC.

According to CMIC, cancelling NAIM would cost Mexico’s construction industry both money and knowledge.

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.

Mexican Pilots Union (ASPA) defends continuity of NAIM project.

Presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador to present formal protests against NAIM.

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.

Hainan Airlines becomes the first Chinese carrier to operate a flight that connects Beijing and Mexico City.

International

International Space Station (NASA, 09-08-09) by NASA’s Marshal Space Flight Center. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

United to stop transporting pets after mistakenly shipping a dog to Japan.

Airbus delivers the Advanced Closed Loop System (ACLS) vital support system to be installed in the International Space Station.

Leonardo to deliver a new version of C-27J Spartan with updated avionics and winglets starting in 2019.

German Navy to replace its 22 AgustaWestland Sea Lynx antisubmarine warfare helicopters.

Second Airbus Beluga XL unit will be the first to enter service in 2019.

Over 3,000 flights were cancelled in the US because of winter storm.

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.

Xiamen Airlines signs for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 10 737 MAX 10 aircraft.

Aerolíneas Argentinas grounds 15 Boeing 737s after sustaining damage during storm.

Beluga by Resolingaire. CC0

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