The merger of Continental and United continues apace, with the US Justice Department not raising any objections or memos to the merger.
Of course, there was a small price to pay – the leasing of 18 slot pairs at Newark International to Southwest airlines
With clearance from the EU, the DoJ, only State Department and the Department of Transport have the final chances to stop the merger.
And both companies are positive they’ll say yes.
The big votes are due from both Continental and United are scheduled on 17 September, and aiming to complete the transactional merger by 1 October.
Then the hard slog begins to merge the carriers from the individual certificates to a single operating certificate from the US FAA by mid-2012.
Well, the short introductory dance will be over soon enough, and then the pain of merging two certificates into one, the union fun, schedule consolidation and crew cuts.
And maybe – just maybe – painting the fleet.
Well things are slowly going from bad to worse for Boeing with the latest delay to the first commercial flight of the 787 platform.
To the point where Kenyan Airlines are seriously considering a switch from their 787 order Airbus A330′s – and the discussions are open according to a Kenyan Airways represetivitive talking to ATW.
Or if at Boeing HQ these words could be the ones I don’t want to hear:
“Yes, I would dare canceling the  order,” he said. “If [Boeing] can’t deliver, we will cancel. We will take a decision [on whether to] go with Airbus or stay with Boeing before the end of the year.”
That’s gotta smart.
The 9 aircraft that are on order are now in the balance due to the delay in the first deliveries of the 787 to ANA. This was orignally an order for 6 aircraft with 6 options, with 3 of the options converted into orders.
Boeing so far has declined to assist in 767 refits to tide Kenyan over or provide other compensation, forcing Kenyan to start looking elsewhere.
All it needs for one of the Gulf state carriers to have a paddy over the 787 delays, and everything could hit the fan again for Boeing and the 787 project.
And time for a very special Airplane p0rn extra picture, celebrating The Battle of Britain, with a British Airways A320 carrying veterans of the Battle of Britain, flanked by a Spitfire and Hurricane
Image – BBC News, British Airways. – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11120357
The flight was organised by The Battle of Britain Society, Flown with British Airways in cooperation with John Lewis, findmypast.co.uk and Serco.
Normal airplane p0rn resumes tommorow
In an attempt to get some different content on the blog, I’ve decided have a bit of fun, and post safety videos.
Why you may ask?
It’s darn important. When flying in any plane you need to know how to get out, what features are unique to an aircraft and what rules there are to follow.
Last week (unintentionally) it was the new Air New Zealand Rugby video.
This week, something a bit cuter – Thomson Holidays/Airlines Safety Demo. With Kidlets.
Well done kids!
Another video next week – might have *some* relevance to who I’m flying with