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September 21, 2012
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  Company Watch 
  • Labor conflicts, cancellations affect AA schedule: American Airlines expects to cancel up to 2% of its flights through October due to fallout from a labor contract dispute with its pilots union, the carrier says. The airline believes that pilots are calling in sick and slowing operations deliberately to punish the company, but union representatives argue that the problems stem from company mismanagement rather than pilot behavior. ABC News/The Associated Press (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside Aviation 
  • Blog: Technology and improving customer service
    American Airlines announced that its flight attendants will be using personal electronic devices to improve customer service. While there certainly are benefits to the new technology and how it will affect passenger experience, the real effect of the carrier's tablets remains to be seen. Ultimately, "improving self-service options and making data more transparent is a [good] thing for customer service." BoardingArea/The Wandering Aramean blog (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FAA: Some Fla. airports will have NextGen within 3 years
    NextGen, which has been under fire from Congress for being behind schedule and overbudget, will be implemented at Florida airports in Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers, as well as smaller airports in the region, says Michael Huerta, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. NextGen will reduce an estimated $23 million in costs, 5.4 million nautical miles traveled and almost 80,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually for Florida airports and their airlines, the FAA says. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (9/20), Air Transport World (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boeing 747-8, Dreamliner prepare for cellphone usage
    Boeing says that passengers on its 747-8 and Dreamliner aircraft will be able to make in-flight cellphone calls as soon as next year. Whether passengers can use the phones is up to the government; in the U.S., the Federal Aviation Administration bans cellphone use on flights. CNET (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boeing nears delivery of first Dreamliner made at S.C. plant
    Boeing is scheduled to deliver the first Dreamliner 787 made in South Carolina next week to Air India. The plane's General Electric GEnx engines underwent special inspection after the model experienced failure. "We have done the checks on all our GE engines," Jack Jones, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina. "We're clear and we're good. GE has done a great job of figuring out quickly what we have to do to ensure the integrity of the engine. We know that and we've implemented it." Reuters (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • TSA adds PreCheck at Newark, Dulles airports
    The Transportation Security Administration has launched the PreCheck program at Newark Liberty International and Washington Dulles International airports. The program puts enrolled travelers' information on their boarding passes via a bar code so they typically experience faster security checks. USA TODAY/The Associated Press (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Trends 
  • Researchers look to straw, sawdust as alternative jet fuel sources
    A French development company is exploring agricultural and forest waste as possible sources of alternative energy with a project called ProBio3. One of the biggest benefits to this source of energy is that it would not compete with food crops, thus alleviating fears of shortages in light of recent droughts. "We already know how to set up a basic production line but we must move towards an industrial line," said Carole Molina-Jouve, a professor at France's National Institute of Applied Sciences of Toulouse, coordinator of the project. Reuters (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Airlines invest big in wines with taste
    Travelers selecting wine while on flights may want to go with a sweeter wine rather than a cabernet sauvignon or a Bordeaux because our bodies perceive less fruit and more acidity, this feature says. "I also need to know that the fruit is so forward that the wine is expressive, that the wine has so much to say that at 35,000 feet I can still smell it," says Doug Frost, master sommelier for United. CNN (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Development 
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IT Business Systems Analyst | Planning & SalesVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
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BUSINESS MANAGER at LAX, BUR and ONTServisairLos Angeles, CA
Planner - Line Maintenance United AirlinesChicago, IL
Sr. Accountant - LoyaltyVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
Manager, Airports Division - Eastern RegionFederal Aviation AdministrationQueens, NY
Senior Analyst - SchedulingUnited AirlinesChicago, IL
Manager SustainabilityJetBlue Airways, IncLong Island City, NY
Vice President, Product DevelopmentConnexionsEden Prairie, MN
Manager Schedule PublicationsWestJetCalgary, Canada
Manager Security TrainingJetBlue Orlando , FL
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
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