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September 25, 2012
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  Company Watch 
  • United receives first Dreamliner in North America
    United Continental Holdings over the weekend became the first company in North America to receive the Boeing Dreamliner. In November, the airline will deploy the jet on domestic flights that connect in Houston, and will add routes to Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and Washington, and Newark, N.J., so pilots and flight crews can be trained on the aircraft. The Wall Street Journal (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AA seeks to resume pilot negotiations as flight delays rise
    American Airlines passengers are feeling the effects of the fallout resulting from the labor disputes between the carrier's pilots and AMR, American's parent company. American's flight cancellations are ranging between 3% and 5%, when 1% is considered bad in the industry. Nearly half of all American Airlines flights are delayed while the industry is ranking around 80% on time. After AMR won bankruptcy court approval to throw out its labor contracts with pilots in early September, American faced increases in pilots calling in sick and the logging of hefty maintenance requests. American has asked to resume negotiations with its pilots union, but the union has told the company to put the request in writing. "Contrary to a number of rumors, APA has not presented management with any proposals and there is no imminent agreement," the Allied Pilots Association says. The Dallas Morning News (free content)/Airline Biz Blog (9/24), The Wall Street Journal (9/25), The Hill/Twitter Room blog (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside Aviation 
  • Runway-safety programs enhance safety, but work remains
    The Federal Aviation Administration has taken steps to enhance ground safety, including installing lights on runways and taxiways that indicate when these pathways are in use. Additionally, the 35 major airports now have ground radar, which gives controllers improved visibility. Atlanta's airport recently built new taxiways that go around the runways and result in 600 fewer runway crossings a day. The deputy executive director of operations and emergency management at Los Angeles International Airport, Jacqueline Yaft, said, "It boils down to layers of safety. One system alone doesn't eliminate all risk or fix it all." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Bulletin 
  • U.S. aviation industry urges solution to EU emissions plan
    The U.S. airline industry is urging the Obama administration to resolve the conflict over the European Union's emissions plan because the industry says the plan violates international law and amounts to a $3.1 billion tax on airlines and their customers. According to Airlines for America, the recently passed Senate bill banning U.S. airlines from complying with the EU plan provides President Barack Obama with one more tool to limit the effect of the EU plan. "Diplomatic efforts are not working," said Sean Kennedy, senior vice president for global government affairs at A4A. "What the White House needs to do is file a lawsuit before ICAO on behalf of the airline industry, its employees and travelers who depend on it every day," he said of the International Civil Aviation Organization. Bloomberg (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Production begins at Delta's oil refinery
    Delta Air Lines' 185,000-barrel-per-day oil refinery in Trainer, Pa., began the early stages of jet-fuel production this month. The facility, which had been closed since September 2011, has been undergoing repairs and improvements. Purchasing the refinery was an unprecedented move by Delta to reduce jet fuel costs. Reuters (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Airbus, Sinopec developing jet fuel from indigenous plants in China
    European aircraft-maker Airbus and China Petroleum & Chemical, also known as Sinopec, have agreed to work together to develop a jet fuel made from indigenous Chinese plants, Airbus says. The companies are also working to set up an infrastructure in China among suppliers, distributors and government agencies to support the commercialization of the renewable energy source. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • U.S. says it has complied with WTO Boeing subsidy orders
    The U.S. Trade Representative's office says the U.S. has complied with a World Trade Organization order to withdraw funding for Boeing. The WTO ruled that $3 billion to $4 billion in research grants and other awards constituted unfair subsidies for Boeing. The case will also be examined by the European Union, which may file a challenge. The U.S. has already challenged EU compliance with a similar WTO ruling regarding subsidies for Airbus. The Wall Street Journal (9/24), Bloomberg Businessweek (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Sign up for A4A Google+
    A4A recently created an A4A Google+ page, which will include relevant airline industry topics, utilizing a variety of formats (text, video, etc.). Sign up to be a part of the U.S. airline industry conversation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Trends 
  • Highway project at O'Hare will close lanes nightly until week before Thanksgiving
    A project to resurface Interstate Highway 190 leading in and out of O'Hare International Airport in Chicago will require nightly lane closures until a week before Thanksgiving. The Chicago Department of Aviation says the project should have little effect on traffic, but drivers may require extra time to reach the terminal core or the economy parking lots after 9 p.m. Chicago Tribune (free registration) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Development 
  • 5 ways to attract talented millennials
    Talented millennials distrust recruiters, respond well to informal interviews and -- if they are interested in your company -- are probably browsing the Internet for more information about you, writes Eric V. Holtzclaw, CEO and founder of User Insight. "There is so much information available about you and, likewise, your potential candidate, an interview with a millennial should be more of a continuing conversation about what you already know about each other," he notes. Inc. online/Lean Forward blog (free registration) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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