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September 17, 2012
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  Company Watch 
  • American Airlines pilots will appeal contract ruling
    The Allied Pilots Association, the union that represents American Airlines pilots, plans to appeal a court ruling that allowed the airline to reject its labor contract with pilots. A U.S. bankruptcy judge approved American's request to scrap the contracts as part of the necessary efforts to restructure the airline. According to a notice filed with the case, union representatives will appeal the ruling, arguing that the "company demanded concessions on numerous specific terms that are wholly unnecessary to reorganization." Bloomberg (9/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hawaiian Airlines is bidding for nonstop flights to Tokyo
    Hawaiian Airlines is among the four U.S. airlines bidding for flight rights for nonstop travel between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and Kona, Hawaii. The flight rights were awarded to Delta Air Lines in 2010 with its service to Detroit, but when Delta suspended that route, the Department of Transportation decided to accept new bids. Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines have also submitted bids for routes to Tokyo through different U.S. cities. USA TODAY/Today In The Sky blog (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside Aviation 
  • NTSB urges frequent engine checks for Dreamliners
    The National Transportation Safety Board has called for frequent engine inspections for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft after cracks were found on two of the engines. Engine-maker General Electric, which has been inspecting all of the engines in use, says the cracks were a result of a new protective coating on the engine shafts that had trapped moisture and weakened the steel. GE will cease use of the new coating and return to an older protective coating, according to Rick Kennedy, a GE spokesman. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/14), Bloomberg (9/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy Bulletin 
  • EU reportedly will limit crop-based biofuels
    The European Union plans to impose a limit on the use of biofuels by European airlines. The policy shift is a direct result of research showing that carbon-emissions reductions are not as great as expected, as well as a global spike in food prices following a poor grain harvest. European airlines are now looking to alternative fuel sources that don't depend on food crops. Reuters (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Primus Green Energy is near deal with airline for alternative fuel
    Primus Green Energy, a biofuel development company backed by Israel Corp., plans to sign an agreement this month with a global airline for the production of natural gas-based jet fuel, according to Primus CEO Robert Johnsen. The agreement will make it possible for the company to move forward on plans to build a commercial facility in the U.S. The unnamed airline could also help Primus get the jet fuel certified, with the fuel ready to use on commercial flights by 2016. Bloomberg (9/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • Bill would end rescreening of luggage entering U.S. from Canada
    Two lawmakers have proposed legislation that would relax security screening for some bags transported from Canadian airports to the U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., sponsored the bill and said it would make traveling between the two countries easier. "By making baggage screening more efficient for passengers traveling to our country, this legislation will benefit the American tourism industry, while boosting economic development and job creation," Blunt said. Currently, luggage arriving from Canada goes through the same screening procedure twice. The Hill/Transportation blog (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Trends 
  • ARC reports higher travel sales in August
    Airlines Reporting Corp. has reported that total travel sales in August showed a 2.88% increase, to more than $6.9 billion. A large portion of the increase is a result of higher taxes, ancillary services and other fees, which made up for the decrease in fares. Total fares were down 1.55%, but taxes and fees saw an increase of 29.53%. Year-to-date passenger segments are showing a slight increase over last year, but still lag behind the numbers from 2010. TravelPulse (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: Air travelers favor free onboard Wi-Fi
    A survey conducted by has found that about 80% of fliers want in-flight Wi-Fi access. However, about half of the respondents don't want the service unless it's free. About 27% indicated a willingness to pay $5 or less, the survey found. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Denver firm is working on sliding-airplane-seat concept
    A Denver-based airplane interior design firm is working on a new, time-saving seat design, this feature says. Molon Labe Designs is working on a prototype of a sliding-seat design, which is intended to cut airplane loading time in half and reduce fuel consumption. The main drawback is that the seat does not recline and has little padding. "I'm not going to tell you it's a comfortable seat," said Hank Scott of Molon Labe Designs. "It's a quick, turn-around seat." Los Angeles Times/Money & Co. blog (tiered subscription model) (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Career Development 
  • 3 ways to keep employees without offering pay raises
    When your staff is overworked and you can't afford to pay them more, it's important to make them feel valued, says Beverly Kaye, co-author of "Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go." She suggests talking to each worker individually about the key things that would make them stay. "If you keep probing, you will probably get at least three or four answers -- flexibility, recognition, the chance to do more of what they really love doing -- that you can deliver," Kaye says. CNNMoney/Fortune (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Senior A&P MechanicLynden Air Cargo, LLCAnchorage, AK
Sr. Analyst Operation PerformanceUS AirwaysPittsburgh, PA
Sr. Analyst, Product DevelopmentUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Analyst, Corporate TaxUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Software EngineerCLEARNew York, NY
Sr. Analyst II, Financial Planning & AnalysisUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Manager, Social MediaAirlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
Communications CoordinatorAirlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
IT Business Systems Analyst | Planning & SalesVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
Maintenance PlannerVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
Manager SustainabilityJetBlue Airways, IncLong Island City, NY
Vice President, Product DevelopmentConnexionsEden Prairie, MN
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
Planner - Line Maintenance United AirlinesChicago, IL
Sr. Accountant - LoyaltyVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
Aircraft MechanicAAR Aircraft ServicesIndianapolis, IN
Engineer / Structures / Fleet EngineerFedEx ExpressMemphis, TN
BUSINESS MANAGER at LAX, BUR and ONTServisairLos Angeles, CA
Manager MaintenanceAtlas AirAnchorage, AK
Manager MaintenanceAtlas AirHouston , TX
Manager Security TrainingJetBlue Orlando , FL
Manager, Airports Division - Eastern RegionFederal Aviation AdministrationQueens, NY
Airline Finance and Accounting PositionsJetBlue AirwaysLong Island City, NY
General Manager Airport Services (DTW)Spirit AirlinesDetroit, MI
Senior Analyst - SchedulingUnited AirlinesChicago, IL
Manager, EngineeringFrontier AirlinesDenver, CO
Analyst, Operations ResearchFrontier AirlinesDenver, CO
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