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December 12, 2012
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  • Senator to FAA: Ease device rules, or I'll legislate
    Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says she is prepared to propose legislation that will require the Federal Aviation Administration to permit more usage of electronic devices on flights if it doesn't ease up on technology restrictions. "Airline employees have the incredibly important job of keeping us safe in the air -- their efforts are better spent worrying about rules that actually accomplish that goal," the senator said. Earlier this year, the FAA said it was assessing rules on device usage; regulators have said that devices that emit data might interfere with electronic equipment on airplanes. The Hill/Transportation blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • British Airways focuses on premium seats for upcoming A380s
    When British Airways begins to receive the first of its order of 12 Airbus A380s in July, the planes will be packed with fewer seats than those on other airlines. The jets will include 469 seats; Lufthansa German Airlines caps out with 526 seats on its A380s. The move is British Airways' way to maximize premium bookings, as the plane will offer 97 Club World business seats, this feature says. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Don't let holiday travel trigger security fears
    As holiday travel picks up, so do concerns about phony boarding passes. Even though people fear terrorists would be able to alter a pass to give themselves access to the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program, this editorial notes that other security measures are in place, such as X-rays. USA Today (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • United is serious about its BusinessFirst service, reviewer says
    United has improved its BusinessFirst cabin, offering fold-flat beds that accommodate taller fliers. This writer praises the service, which also includes a conveniently placed AC electric outlet and USB charging port, noise-reducing headphones, a personal amenity kit, a reading lamp and inviting food. Forbes (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Turkish Airlines now offers 33 African destinations
    Last week, Turkish Airlines launched its Istanbul-Kilimanjaro-Mombasa-Ataturk route, which will be flown five times per week on its Boeing 737-900ER. The new route means the carrier now has 33 destinations in Africa, with more expansion plans there on the way. Air Transport World (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Job posting: General manager for marketing product management at Middle Eastern Airline
    A major Middle East-based airline with an international network operation seeks a general manager for marketing product management. The position will be based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The candidate will be responsible for the following: designing and developing policies, processes and procedures; establishing a strategy for marketing and product management; managing day-to-day operations for ground products, on-board products and preparations, and customer experience surveys; and preparing budget proposals and relevant reports for implementation. The ideal candidate will have earned no less than a bachelor's degree in marketing or business administration and will have at least 12 years of related experience, of which at least six must be airline-related. To apply, please e-mail personal credentials. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Job posting: Senior account manager/account director -- OnBoard International
    OnBoard International is expanding and looking for a senior client servicing account management professional to join its Dubai-based team. OnBoard International is a leading content service provider that is strengthening its client servicing team to serve its growth plans. The ideal candidate must be able to handle multiple airlines and prepared to take full ownership of client satisfaction campaigns. Applicants may contact Lama Ziadah at for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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