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September 26, 2012
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  Company Watch 
  • American Airlines, pilots are ready to return to the table
    American Airlines and its pilots union, the Allied Pilots Association, sent letters to the other this week expressing a desire to restart contract negotiations. If they do schedule a meeting, it would be the first time the parties would come to the table since June. "We were disappointed that the tentative agreement with the APA did not ratify," said American Airlines spokesman Bruce Hicks in reference to the offer that included pay increases, but also increased the amount of code-sharing American could have with other airlines. "We have been ready to return to negotiations with the APA for the past several weeks." Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Airlines post $1B in losses in first half of 2012
    Airlines continue to grapple with a weak economy and high fuel prices. Fuel costs have grown from constituting 10% of airlines' expenses in 2000 to 35% last year. Airlines have continued offering ancillary services to boost revenue and were able to increase some fares, which helped to offset the increased expenses. The 10 largest U.S. airlines showed a profit of $2.3 billion in the second quarter of 2012, but that doesn't make up for the previous three months period of losses, industry leaders say. For the first half of 2012, the nine largest airlines posted $1 billion in losses, with a profit margin of minus 1.5%, said an Airlines for America spokeswoman. The Hill/Transportation blog (9/25), Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/25), The Washington Post/The Associated Press (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside Aviation 
 
  • FAA: Chicago O'Hare runway safety is significantly enhanced
    Revised safety measures have dramatically enhanced safety at an intersection of two runways at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration says. New safety measures include changes in air traffic procedures and safety software to monitor the airspace just above the ground in the same way it monitors the ground. The assurances follow an official update to a National Transportation Safety Board investigation into two near-collisions that occurred at that intersection within three months of each other in 2011. Chicago Tribune (free registration) (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • EU revisits plan to allow cross-border consolidation
    The European Commission said it would revisit the plan to reduce restrictions on airline mergers and acquisitions, with an eye on consolidations between European and the U.S. carriers. "Current ownership and control restrictions, applied by most countries, deny carriers access to important sources of new capital," the commission said in a statement. "It is now time to address this issue more vigorously and to take the additional steps envisaged in the EU-U.S. air transport agreement." Bloomberg Businessweek (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Court orders TSA to hold hearings on body scanners
    The Transportation Security Administration has until the end of March to conduct public hearings and accept comments on nude body scanners. In July 2011, the court set aside a constitutional challenge from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, ordering the TSA to act promptly to hold hearings and develop rules for the scanners. Last month, the court ordered TSA to explain why it had not complied with the order. The TSA has said a public comment period would block the government from responding to security threats. Wired.com (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Trends 
  • Alaska Airlines contest seeks students' artwork for plane
    Alaska Airlines has partnered with Hawaii's Department of Education to allow students to design artwork that will be painted on one of the airline's planes. The competition is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade in public, private and home schools. The entries should somehow reflect Hawaiian culture, and the winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a trip for four on any Alaska Airlines route. American City Business Journals/Honolulu/PBN biz blog (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Development 
  • Do your employees feel pressured to think alike?
    Thriving workplaces need to have individuals with critical thinking skills, but this year's political battles may pressure employees to adopt "groupthink," Martha Finney writes. She offers two examples in which politics contributed to workers being fired or passed over for a job. "You are counting on your people to bring their best thinking to work every day, not only lockstep, self-righteous passion," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Manager, Accounting Revenue-Company SalesUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Senior A&P MechanicLynden Air Cargo, LLCAnchorage, AK
Sr. Analyst, Product DevelopmentUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Analyst, Corporate TaxUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Sr. Analyst II, Financial Planning & AnalysisUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Simulator Engineer (Simulator TechnicianUnited AirlinesHouston, TX
Flight Operations Director Planning & Resource Allocation Alaska AirlinesSeattle, WA
Guest Service LeadWestJet AirlinesLGA Airport, NY
IT Business Systems Analyst | Planning & SalesVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
Manager Schedule PublicationsWestJetCalgary, Canada
Engineer / Structures / Fleet EngineerFedEx ExpressMemphis, TN
BUSINESS MANAGER at LAX, BUR and ONTServisairLos Angeles, CA
Planner - Line Maintenance United AirlinesChicago, IL
Manager SustainabilityJetBlue Airways, IncLong Island City, NY
Vice President, Product DevelopmentConnexionsEden Prairie, MN
Managing Director, Airline Industry Public Relations and CommunicationsAirlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
Senior Project Manager-SkyMiles Delta Air LinesAtlanta, GA
Managing Director, Government and Regulatory Communications Airlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
Manager Security TrainingJetBlue Orlando , FL
Communications CoordinatorAirlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
Maintenance PlannerVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
Airline Finance and Accounting PositionsJetBlue AirwaysLong Island City, NY
VP OF TECHNICAL OPERATIONSCape Air/Nantucket AirlinesHyannis, MA
Manager, EngineeringFrontier AirlinesDenver, CO
Analyst, Operations ResearchFrontier AirlinesDenver, CO
Manager, Social MediaAirlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
Assistant Dispatcher Spirit AirlinesMiramar, FL
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Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength."
--Corrie ten Boom,
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