July 13, 2012
ICAO Committee Agrees on CO2 Metric
ICAO's Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection has taken an important step toward producing a CO2 emissions standard for aircraft by reaching agreement on a C02 metric system. The full press release is available here.
July 12, 2012
UK Aviation Policy Framework Silent on Airport Expansion
The UK Department for Transport today released its long-awaited and previously delayed aviation policy framework (available here). Unfortunately, the framework contains no answers for the problem industry observers consider most pressing, how to satisfy London's imminent need for increased airport capacity. According to Transport Secretary Justine Greening, decisions on airport expansion have been pushed off until later in the year. This delay is certain to provoke yet another round of industry criticism of the Cameron government.
July 11, 2012
AMR Evaluating Merger Options
A report in today's Chicago Tribune reveals that American Airlines is considering US Airways, JetBlue, Alaska Air, Frontier Airlines and Virgin America as potential merger partners. The full story is available here.
July 10, 2012
CAA Releases Environmental Plan
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has released its four-year plan for reducing aviation's environmental impacts. A press release with links to the plan can be found here.
July 9, 2012
US Breaking With Other ETS Opponents?
An interesting report from today's Times of India suggests the States currently in opposition to the EU's ETS may not share a vision for aviation emissions policy going forward. The article implies that the U.S. is supporting a global cap-and-trade program through ICAO and reports that the U.S. will host a meeting to discuss the issue later this month. Intriguingly, the story says that developing countries perceive the broader U.N. climate negotiations as more sympathetic to their interests than ICAO, and would prefer to address aviation emissions through those forums. If true, this would appear to be in conflict with the process agreed upon in the Kyoto Protocol, which explicitly assigns aviation emissions to ICAO.