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September 20, 2012
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News for the airline industry

  Company Watch 
  • Southwest, union turn to federal mediators
    Southwest Airlines and the Transport Workers Union, which represents about 8,500 of Southwest's ground workers, have requested help from federal mediators to reach a labor agreement. The National Mediation Board will mediate between the parties, which have been negotiating new labor contracts for 14 months. "Mediation is another method to assist in the collective bargaining process, and we look forward to working with a mediator to arrive at a contract that is acceptable to everyone," said Southwest spokesman Paul Flaningan. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (9/19), American City Business Journals/Dallas (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AMR bondholders will seek court order for payment
    Bondholders for American Airlines are expected to ask a federal bankruptcy judge at a hearing today to issue an order that the bonds be paid. According to court papers filed by U.S. Bank, the bondholder's agent, said the value of the planes "will continue to erode as a result of the costs to insure, store, ferry, market and sell the aircraft." The bonds are due to be paid Oct. 15. Reuters (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside Aviation 
  • FAA: No emergency directive for GEnx engine jets
    The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that it did not plan to issue an emergency directive regarding Boeing jets equipped with a specific General Electric engine. "The FAA will soon issue an airworthiness directive and will take appropriate action," the FAA said in a statement. Previously, the FAA had alluded to issuing an emergency directive, which could have led to the grounding of Boeing 787 and 747-8 jets powered with GE engines. Concerns about the engine began July 28, when a Boeing 787 Dreamliner equipped with a GEnx engine experienced engine failure during pre-flight taxiing in Charleston, S.C. Reuters (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boeing is "gun-shy" for 777X launch, Air Lease CEO says
    Air Lease chairman and CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy said Wednesday that he expected Boeing to bump the launch of its 777X jet program to 2013 and instead focus on the 787-10 for the end of this year. "The 787 experience has been so overwhelmingly complex that Boeing is trying to be thoughtful and conscious of what is involved in launching what amounts to a new airplane," Udvar-Hazy said. "Boeing is gun-shy about promising an airplane." (U.K.) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Bulletin 
  • China and EU come to terms on greenhouse gas emissions
    China and the European Union have reached an agreement over the EU's emissions-trading scheme. Chinese and European officials signed a deal that aims for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in China. The European Union will contribute $33 million and technical guidance toward several projects. "The results of these projects will benefit all of us and contribute to our common objective: a sustainable development of the planet," EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs. Airwise/Reuters (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Australian biofuels firm signs deal with Lufthansa
    Australia-based Algae.Tec has announced a new collaboration agreement with German airline Lufthansa to construct a large-scale biofuels plant. The plant, which will be located in Europe, will convert algae to jet fuel. Lufthansa will receive at least half of the produced fuel at an agreed-upon price. Reuters (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • New weather system is developed for Alaska airport
    The National Center for Atmospheric Research has developed a weather system to help aircraft avoid turbulence. The Federal Aviation Administration commissioned the system for Juneau International Airport in Alaska. "By alerting pilots to areas of moderate and severe turbulence, this system enables them to fly more frequently and safely in and out of the Juneau airport in poor weather," said Alan Yates, a National Center for Atmospheric Research program manager. R&D Magazine online (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Trends 
  • BWI airport's passenger count is set to surpass Dulles'
    With a passenger record in July, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will pass Dulles International Airport in passenger count this year if the numbers continue their trends. "BWI has seen steady and consistent growth in recent years and has set a number of records for passenger traffic," said Jonathan Dean, BWI spokesman. Dulles recorded 2.1 million passengers in July, a 6% decrease from the year before. BWI was up 0.8% with 2.2 million passengers. American City Business Journals/Washington, D.C. (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AA flight attendants to begin using Galaxy Note devices onboard
    American Airlines has announced a plan to deploy 17,000 first-generation Galaxy Notes for flight attendants to use onboard. The personal electronic devices will be used to record fliers' meal and beverage preferences, as well as access pertinent passenger information, including special needs. A flight attendant manual and other features will also be added, ending the need for heavier paper manuals. Pending approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, the devices will also receive updated information about delays, connections and weather midflight. Computerworld (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
  • Are you trying to break up your team?
    Bad leadership is all about killing teamwork as quickly and thoroughly as possible, writes Mark Chew. Pick fights, foment discord, refuse to share information, make promises you can't keep and be as hypocritical as you can manage, Chew advises. "While this is not an exhaustive list, experience has shown that these five tactics will surely help to kill your team." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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