Delta premium economy seats for sale on Travelport | UPS trims profit outlook for Q2 and full year | Union urges American Eagle pilots to accept US Airways terms
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July 15, 2013
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Delta premium economy seats for sale on Travelport
Delta Air Lines has completed the launch of premium economy seat sales on Travelport GDS, with the seats available for purchase by Travelport users in almost 150 countries. "Additional ancillary products may be considered in the future," according to Delta. Travel Weekly (7/12)
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UPS trims profit outlook for Q2 and full year
United Parcel Service reduced its profit estimate for the second quarter and the full year of 2013. "We expect the second quarter market trends to persist, and UPS is adapting to meet these conditions," said UPS CFO Kurt Kuehn in a statement. Investor's Business Daily (7/12)
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Inside Aviation
Airlines express confidence in safety of 787
Airlines around the world expressed confidence in the safety of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after an incident occurred involving Ethiopian Airlines in London. "We are confident that Boeing and the relevant authorities are working hard to ensure that the appropriate action is being taken," said Virgin Atlantic. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/14), Reuters (7/14)
London 787 incident doesn't appear to be battery-related
An incident aboard a parked 787 Dreamliner at London's Heathrow Airport does not appear to be related to the batteries on the aircraft. Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said the aircraft manufacturer "is working to fully understand and address" the London 787 issue. Ascend Director of Safety Paul Hayes noted that Boeing will be anxious for the cause and origin of the fire to be released promptly. "Boeing will want the final bulletin out as soon as possible to stop all the waffle and provide certainty," Hayes said. "Given the public interest in it I'd expect the AAIB to get it out quickly, probably in the next couple of days." The Dallas Morning News (free content)/The Associated Press (7/12), Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/Reuters (7/15)
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Regulatory Update
Opinion: Congress should block Abu Dhabi preclearance facility
Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, says that a plan to establish a customs preclearance facility in the United Arab Emirates should be blocked because no U.S. carriers serve the Abu Dhabi airport. "Action from Congress is needed to overturn this misguided Abu Dhabi pre-clearance facility and prevent any similar project, in order to advance U.S. economic competitiveness in the face of unfair and heavily state-backed foreign airlines," he writes. (7/12)
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Homeland security secretary announces resignation
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced plans to resign from her post to become president of the University of California system. "The department has improved the safety of travelers" and taken steps to improve the immigration system and tighten cyber-security, she said in a statement. The Hill/Transportation blog (7/12)
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Industry Trends
Southwest medical grant program gives patients a lift
Southwest Airlines offers a grant program that gives free flights to patients who need to travel out of town for medical treatment. The carrier's Medical Transportation Grant Program also covers airfares for caregivers or family members. This year, Southwest expects the program to give away $2.8 million in free transportation. The Baltimore Sun (7/15)
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Airline consolidation provides customer advantages, expert says
The consolidation of U.S. airlines can offer advantages for customers because of increased efficiency of operations, experts say. "It took us 35 years to get there, but it's almost a brand-new industry," said Ray Neidl, an aviation consultant for Nexa Capital. Bloomberg (7/13)
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Lost-and-found items can be reunited with passengers
American Airlines' lost-and-found department at Chicago O'Hare airport reunites around 80% of passengers with their lost items. "If something happens to you, just call me," said Krystyna Dorsey, who runs the department at O'Hare. "I dedicate myself. If I am not going to find it, nobody will." Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (7/14)
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Career Development
Do you have a successor ready to go?
If you've got a team full of "B" players with no candidates to replace you, it may be time to start recruiting externally to find that top-notch talent that can take over, John Beeson writes. "B" workers may have to be shifted to other areas to make room, or it may emerge that one of them is a "diamond in the rough," ready to move up with the right coaching and training, he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (7/10)
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Who's Hiring?
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Strategic Analyst - Chicago, IL (Airport Operations)United Airlines, Inc.Chicago, IL
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Associate Sr. Email Campaigns US AirwaysPheonix, AZ
Account Service Representative - Atlantic Region SalesUnited Airlines, Inc.Heathrow, United Kingdom
Director, Revenue Management & DistributionMLT VacationsAtlanta, GA
Director, Ancillary RevenueSpirit AirlinesMiramar, FL
Economic AnalystAirlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
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QC Inspector Openings - ACY & DFWSpirit Airlines Multiple Locations, United States
Airline IT Product SpecialistAmadeus Revenue IntegrityTucson, AZ
Director of Safety and Risk ManagementGreater Orlando Aviation AuthorityOrlando, FL
Director of Crew Scheduling and SOC AutomationAllegiantLas Vegas, NV
Task Card DeveloperAllegiant AirLas Vegas, NV
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IT Business Systems Analyst - Technical Operations Virgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
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