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  Company Watch 
  • AMR proposes change in benefits for retired employees
    AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines, is seeking permission from bankruptcy court to change its benefits for retirees. The changes would include discontinuing life insurance for retirees and reducing certain health insurance coverage and offering a Medicare supplement, at the retirees' expense. "The restructuring process is difficult for everyone affected, and we understand any changes to these benefits are concerning to our retirees," American spokesman Bruce Hicks said. "It's important to remember, the changes we're proposing are very similar to those we propose to make for active employees when they retire and we are the last legacy carrier that has gone through this process." Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (7/6), Reuters (7/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside Aviation 
  • Propeller planes make a comeback over regional jets
    Airlines are turning to propeller planes over regional jets because turboprops are more economical, this feature says. "The fuel burn is much less, the cost of pilots is less ... and it's a lighter plane, so the landing fees are [less]," said John MacLeod, WestJet's vice president of network management and alliances. WestJet this year purchased Bombardier Q400 turboprops for a new regional unit. The Wall Street Journal (7/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • JetBlue looks to joint venture with regional carrier for pilots
    JetBlue Airways and regional carrier Cape Air agreed to a joint venture in 2008 for pilot training. "We needed to come up with more pilots of better quality," said Dave Bushy, Cape Air's president and chief operating officer. Pilots get an interview with JetBlue after completing flight training and flying for Cape Air for several years. By 2030, Boeing estimates the demand for pilots will nearly double. The Wall Street Journal (7/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boeing says it's not concerned about Airbus plant in U.S.
    Raymond L. Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said he is not concerned with Airbus' move to build a manufacturing plant in the U.S. "At the end of the day, you compete with the best products, with the best value, the best performance and the best relationships," he said. "If Airbus can bring a better value proposition to the game, then the U.S. airlines will take that into account." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Farnborough Air Show 2012 Coverage  
  • Airbus CEO predicts strong orders at Farnborough air show
    Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier says he expects to retain a lead over Boeing in orders at the Farnborough International Airshow, which started today in the U.K. "Last year was exceptional as we had just announced the launch of the A320neo, but this year I believe will be a good show and will help us to achieve what we expect this year, which is around 650 new orders," Bregier said. Reuters (7/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Bulletin 
  • India considers retaliation against EU emissions scheme
    A proposal from India's civil aviation industry would levy penalties against European Union airlines in response to the EU emissions-trading scheme. The Indian Cabinet is considering whether to proceed with the proposal, which could include canceling EU flights to India if the EU charges India for noncompliance with the scheme. The Times of India (7/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • PreCheck program at Seattle-Tacoma airport is expanded
    Seattle-Tacoma International Airport's PreCheck fast-pass security screening program, which was originally available only to Alaska Airlines passengers, is now being offered to travelers flying on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways. PreCheck fliers have access to separate security lines with metal detectors instead of full-body scanners, and they do not have to remove shoes or take laptops out of carry-ons. PreCheck membership is open only to select frequent fliers who are deemed a low security risk and to passengers who are members of Global Entry, Sentri or Nexus. The Seattle Times (7/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PreCheck will expand to St. Louis airport
    The Transportation Security Administration will expand its PreCheck Program to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The program, which allows select travelers to move faster through security in exchange for providing personal information, may be available at the airport this summer. It is part of the TSA's plan to shift to risk-based security. "The idea is that TSA understands that the vast majority of air travelers don't pose a threat to aviation security. The challenge is how to provide expedited screening for those," TSA spokesman Jim Fotenos said. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (7/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Trends 
  • Airline Tariff Publishing offers database of baggage fees to customers
    In order for airlines to comply with a Department of Transportation rule on baggage fees, Airline Tariff Publishing Co. has provided a database of baggage fees for 349 airlines to its customers. Several global distribution systems subscribe to the database. Sabre said it uses the database "to provide specific information to both Sabre travel agents and hosted airlines." Travel Weekly (7/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Sr. Structural Engineer - Stress/Structures/RepairsTASS IncKirkland, Everett, Renton, WA
Manager of Aircraft Systems EngineeringHQ-Allegiant Travel CompanyLas Vegas, NV
Engineering Process SpecialistALLEGIANT TRAVEL COMPANYLas Vegas, NV
Aircraft Structures EngineerAllegiant AirLas Vegas, NV
Airport Duty ManagerUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Sr. Analyst II, Division FinanceUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Operations Planning ManagerUS AirwaysPittsburgh, PA
Aircraft Powerplant EngineerALLEGIANT TRAVEL COMPANYLas Vegas, NV
Technical Planner - Component Work In ProcessUnited AirlinesSan Francisco, CA
TRAX AdministratorHawaiian AirlinesHonolulu, HI
MANAGER CONCIERGE SERVICESAirport Terminal ServicesVancouver, Canada
Aircraft Avionics/Systems EngineersUPSLouisville, KY
Planner - Line Maintenance United AirlinesChicago, IL
Duty Manager, Cargo Terminal OperationsMenzies AviationJFK International Airport, New York, NY
Safety and Security SpecialistNorth American AirlinesPeachtree City, GA
Director.Ground Svc Equip MxUS AirwaysCharlotte, NC
Project Engineering United AirlinesChicago, IL
Product Engineering - Cabin Systems and New AircraftUnited AirlinesChicago, IL
GENERAL MANAGER-Dallas/Ft. Worth International AirportServisairDallas/Ft. Worth , TX
Chief InspectorSpirit AirlinesMiramar, FL
Director, Technical OperationsAirlines for AmericaWashington, DC
Senior Analyst, Revenue ManagementUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
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