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September 28, 2012
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  Company Watch 
  • Flight attendants vote down US Airways contract
    US Airways flight attendants have rejected a preliminary five-year contract, the airline says. The Association of Flight Attendants voted 51% against the contract, which would amend the airline's labor agreement with the flight attendants for the next five years. Reuters (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • United's first commercial Dreamliner flight is scheduled for Nov. 4: United Continental Holdings, parent company of United Airlines, has announced that the first commercial flight for its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner is scheduled to take place Nov. 4. The Dreamliner, the first to be delivered in North America, is a long-anticipated new passenger jet from Boeing that boasts a revolutionary design, lighter weight, and greater passenger comfort than its competitors. The jet will be used primarily for international flights. USA TODAY (9/27), Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)/The Associated Press (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • American Airlines shows net loss for August
    AMR, parent company of American Airlines, has filed a financial report with bankruptcy court stating a financial loss of $82 million in August. The report, which the company files monthly as part of bankruptcy proceedings, showed that operations were profitable by $4 million, but bankruptcy negotiation fees of $86 million brought the company into the red for the month. Without the costs associated with reorganization, the company would have reported profits for four months straight. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside Aviation 
  • Softer demand, lighter packages affect cargo airlines
    Cargo airlines, including FedEx and United Parcel Services, are facing drops in revenue this year, due to decreased average package weights and softer demand. The carriers, which price their services according to factors including package weight, are feeling the pinch as technology and manufacturing generate products that are smaller and lighter. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Bulletin 
  • BioJet to develop production on tribal land
    Alternative jet fuel development company BioJet is teaming up with the Council of Energy Resource Tribes to find ways to produce bioenergy using tribal land in the Western U.S. The Thunderbird program is expected to generate as much as $3 billion in revenue. The deal will allow for approximately 12 facilities on tribal land. (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • AA takes steps to protect customers from operations disruptions
    American Airlines has informed its pilots union, the Allied Pilots Association, that it will seek a court injunction against the union if its pilots continue to do what the airline calls interfering with operations. The union says it does not support the disruptions, which have included pilots calling in sick, filing superfluous maintenance requests and taxiing slowly to gates. The results of the pilots' discretionary actions have been inordinate amounts of late and canceled flights, and the airline is bracing for a near-immediate fiscal effect. An American Airlines vice president, Denise Lynn, wrote in a letter to the union that the airline does not wish to take the union to court, but that it must take "appropriate steps" to protect the company and its customers. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Register now for the 2012 ATA e-Business Forum, October 22 to 24 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
    Learn about the latest advances in information exchange for the commercial aviation industry to support engineering, maintenance, materiel and flight operations. This is the industry's premier event dedicated to information exchange standards (Spec 2000, iSpec 2200, Spec 2300, S1000D, Spec 42, etc.) and technologies in the commercial aviation industry. Topics will include, RFID on parts, e-procurement, reliability data collection, digital data security, authorized release certificates, technical data exchange, e-logbook data. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Trends 
  • Aircraft interiors expo brings new amenities to light
    The Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas, which was held in Seattle this week, showcased recent developments in airplane interiors. Some features that may make an appearance on aircraft in the coming years include special fold-out seats for babies and children, LED lavatory faucet displays and translucent plastic wall components that could accommodate LED lighting effects on glitzier planes. (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Career Development 
  • How to lead like an NFL quarterback
    Bosses shouldn't fall into the trap of wanting to be loved, says former Giants quarterback Phil Simms. To wring good performances out of your team, it's sometimes necessary to put the fear of God into them, and that can't happen if you're worried about whether people will still like you afterward. "Whether you're going to be a head coach, a leader of the team or the father of your own household, it is not about being friends; it is about actually being a leader," Simms explains. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Manager, Accounting Revenue-Company SalesUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Simulator Engineer (Simulator TechnicianUnited AirlinesHouston, TX
Engineer / Structures / Fleet EngineerFedEx ExpressMemphis, TN
BUSINESS MANAGER at LAX, BUR and ONTServisairLos Angeles, CA
Planner - Line Maintenance United AirlinesChicago, IL
Flight Operations Director Planning & Resource Allocation Alaska AirlinesSeattle, WA
Manager SustainabilityJetBlue Airways, IncLong Island City, NY
Vice President, Product DevelopmentConnexionsEden Prairie, MN
Manager Security TrainingJetBlue Orlando , FL
Manager Schedule PublicationsWestJetCalgary, Canada
Managing Director, Airline Industry Public Relations and CommunicationsAirlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
Managing Director, Government and Regulatory Communications Airlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
Guest Service LeadWestJet AirlinesLGA Airport, NY
Maintenance PlannerVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
Airline Finance and Accounting PositionsJetBlue AirwaysLong Island City, NY
Senior Project Manager-SkyMiles Delta Air LinesAtlanta, GA
Communications CoordinatorAirlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
VP OF TECHNICAL OPERATIONSCape Air/Nantucket AirlinesHyannis, MA
Manager, Social MediaAirlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
Assistant Dispatcher Spirit AirlinesMiramar, FL
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