U.S. government shutdown holds up FAA approval of aircraft, routes
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval of aircraft such as Boeing`s
A partial U.S. government shutdown over President Donald Trump`s demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border entered its 24th day on Monday.
The deadlock threatens to slow the ability of U.S. airlines to launch new routes and integrate newly delivered airplanes into their fleets and place them into service, since each new aircraft must be signed off by local inspection offices.
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Until it receives authorization, Dallas-based Southwest will not announce timelines for selling or operating flights to Hawaii, initially targeted for early this year, it said.
No. 1 U.S. carrier American Airlines Group Inc
A spokesman for United Airlines
Europe`s Airbus, which recently took over the Canadian-developed Bombardier
Delta, which has taken delivery of four A220-100 jets, said by email it will work with the FAA to ensure the plane is "fully certified," and remains on schedule to begin flights on Jan. 31.
Analysts said they did not expect a major impact on large airlines` capacity as a result of the FAA delays, but will be awaiting management comments about the effect of a prolonged shutdown.
The shutdown is also affecting the certification programme for business jet maker Gulfstream Aerospace’s new G600 corporate plane, along with other “facets of our business,” a company spokeswoman said on Monday without providing further details.
Savannah-based Gulfstream, a division of General Dynamics Corp.
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