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March 12, 2013
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  Company Watch 
  • American, US Airways prepare for complexities of merger
    American Airlines and US Airways should receive government approval for their proposed merger by fall, according to most industry analysts. Holly Hegeman, founder of, said American and US Airways have "been able to sit back and watch how Delta handled their merger and how United handled their merger, and I think there are lessons to be learned." USA Today (3/11), Tulsa World (Okla.) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside Aviation 
  • Blog: Airlines selling ancillary options is a "good thing"
    At first, only travel agents used global distribution systems. The Internet allowed online travel agents, but soon airlines began selling ancillary services on their websites that were not offered by GDS. As airlines moved from selling tickets from " 'price and schedule' to include ancillary options, the websites became the only vehicles that could adequately support that," Cranky Flier says. And this "really is a good thing," according to Cranky Flier. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Bulletin 
  • NASA tests biofuel from flower power
    NASA tested a biofuel derived from flowers on a DC-8 jet. The biofuel is a blend of 50% conventional jet fuel and 50% fuel made from camelina flowers. A HU-25 Falcon followed behind the DC-8 to analyze the test. Business Insider (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • TSA chief sticks to policy change allowing knives on planes
    The head of the Transportation Security Administration is defending his decision to allow passengers to carry small knives aboard planes despite opposition from airline executives, pilots and flight attendants unions and lawmakers. TSA Administrator John Pistole will give testimony on the change to the House Homeland Security Committee this week. "Additional discussion is warranted before items that have been banned for more than 11 years are allowed back on aircraft," said Airlines for America. CNN (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Trends 
  • Credit card issuers beef up airport lounge benefits
    Premium credit card issuers such as American Express are opening airport lounges alongside airlines as they compete fiercely for the business of travelers willing to pay annual fees for perks, this article says. The Centurion Lounge at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is available free of charge to American Express Centurion Card holders, and the company plans to open more such lounges in the U.S. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
  • A guide to become a recruiting rock star
    Great recruiters are hungry for information that will help them find matches for open positions, Shannon Smedstad writes. "Top recruiters don't clock in and out, dawdle or take 3 hour lunch breaks. They are always thinking, doing, networking, talking and striving to be better," Smedstad writes. Blogging4Jobs (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Shift Manager - Passenger Service,US AirwaysCharlotte, NC
Commercial ManagerMenzies AviationDFW International Airport, TX
Sr. Analyst I-Route PlanningUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Business Analyst, Customer Strategy US AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Manager Reservations Systems & ProceduresUS AirwaysTempe, AZ
Technical Operation - Strategic Inventory Analysis, Manager United AirlinesChicago, IL
Director - Loyalty MarketingHawaiian AirlinesHonolulu, HI
General Manager, Airport Services (IAH)Spirit AirlinesHouston, TX
Area Sales Manager - Atlanta BasedInventory Locator ServiceAtlanta, GA
Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) AnalystRepublic Airways HoldingsIndianapolis, IN
Manager, Aircraft Services, Announcement Number: 200219 Bonneville Power AdministrationPortland, OR
Flight Ops EngineerAlaska AirlinesSeattle, WA
Manager | Pricing & Revenue Management Virgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
Airline Account ManagerGogoItasca, IL
Controller SystemJetBlue Airways Long Island City , NY
Engineer AvionicsJetBlue Airways Long Island City , NY
Director, Supply Chain OperationsRepublic Airways HoldingsIndianapolis, IN
Manager, Division ControllerSpirit AirlinesMiramar, FL
Manager-Fuel Services /Into-PlaneSERVISAIRMinneapolis, MN
Assistant Dispatcher Spirit AirlinesMiramar, FL
Supervisor, Dispatch Admin. & Analysis Spirit AirlinesMiramar, FL
Engineer Interiors JetBlue Airways Long Island City , NY
Sr. Analyst Network DevelopmentAmerican AirlinesFort Worth, TX
International Customer Service Representative - ORDUnited AirlinesChicago, IL
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