LaHood announces he will step down
as US transportation secretary
US transportation secretary Ray
LaHood will not serve a second
term heading the Department
of Transportation (DOT).
In an email to DOT
employees, LaHood said he
he will step
down once a
former Republican congress-
man from Illinois, has served
four years in the post. Obama,
who will now have to nomi-
nate a new transportation
secretary for Senate confir-
mation, was inaugurated to
a second, four-year term as
president in January.
“Our achievements are sig-
nificant,” LaHood wrote to DOT
workers. “We have put safety
front and center … [including
developing] a rule to combat
pilot fatigue that was decades
in the making … We have
strengthened consumer protec-
tions with new regulations on
buses, trucks, and airlines.”
He noted that under his ten-
ure, “we have put aviation on a
sounder footing with the FAA
reauthorization.” LaHood said
he told Obama “that this is the
best job I’ve ever had.”
LaHood has been a consistent critic of the European
Union Emissions Trading
Scheme and has pushed
for upgrading US air traffic
control to the satellite-based
AIR LEASE CORP. ORDERS 25 A350s,
FIRMS OPTIONS FOR 14 A321NEOs
Air Lease Corp. (ALC) has ordered 25 Airbus A350s
plus five options. The order comprises 20 A350-900s
and five A350-1000s, plus options on a further five
-1000s. The aircraft, which is powered by Rolls-Royce
XWB engines, is due for entry into service in 2014.
ALC also firmed up options for 14 A321neos following a June 2012 agreement for 36 A320neo family
aircraft. Engine selections will be announced later. The
A320neo will enter service in late 2015, followed by
the larger A321neo in 2016.
The lessor’s cumulative orders for the A320neo family
have reached 50, of which up to 34 will be A321neos.
AIR FRANCE LAUNCHES NEW
REGIONAL AIRLINE HOP!
Air France is uniting its three regional airlines—Brit Air,
Regional and Airlinair—under a new brand name: HOP!
HOP! will launch March 31, operating 98 aircraft ranging from 48 to 100 seats. It will serve 136 domestic
and regional destinations, representing 530 daily
flights. It will employ more than 3,000 staff to be led
by CEO Lionel Guerin.
Under the new structure, HOP! will sit alongside mainline hub operation Air France and leisure arm Transavia
France. The new regional airline will perform all Air
France’s point-to-point flights from Paris Orly Airport,
domestic operations and some flights into Paris Charles
de Gaulle Airport on behalf of Air France.
“With Transform 2015, the entire company is being
reorganized around the customer. The launch of HOP!
is a part of this,” Air France CEO Alexandre de Juniac
said. “Our new regional airline will be a real asset to
better serve all customer segments, in France and in
The regional revamp forms part of Air France’s plan to
turnaround its short and medium-haul operations from
a “substantial deficit.”
Air France said, “The name ‘HOP!’ evokes rapidity and
the ease with which travelers can get from point A to
B. Synonymous with agility, HOP! illustrates its capacity to bounce back and adapt to customers’ needs.”
Air France’s Irish regional subsidiary CityJet is excluded from the French regional revamp and has already
outlined plans to seek external investors.
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