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September 27, 2012
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  Company Watch 
  • Alaska Air board plans $250 million share repurchase
    The board of Alaska Air Group, parent company of Alaska Air and Horizon Air, has authorized a plan to repurchase up to $250 million in the company's stock with a completion target of the end of 2014. "This $250 million repurchase authorization by our board is the largest program we have ever announced, representing over 10% of the current market capitalization of our company," said Brad Tilden, the company's chief executive. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Thousands more AA workers take early out
    Ground workers for American Airlines are the latest group to accept the airline's early-out program. By Tuesday's application deadline, 2,835 mechanics, clerks, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and other fleet service workers applied for the program. The voluntary furlough, part of the airline's cost-cutting restructuring as it emerges from bankruptcy, has saved AMR from making thousands of layoffs. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • United conducting 787 training flights in Seattle
    United Airlines, the first North American recipient of Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner, is conducting training flights for its pilots in and around Seattle. Prior to these tests, cockpit crews had only experienced the 787 in simulators. The jet's first domestic flights are scheduled to begin Nov. 4, with international flights beginning Dec. 4. (U.K.) (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside Aviation 
  • Opinion: Tablets offer untapped opportunity for greater efficiency
    American Airlines' introduction of tablets in the cockpit to replace pilots' heavy paper flight manuals is lauded as a major advancement, but this opinion piece suggests that more could be done. The tablets could provide air traffic workers with tremendous data that are currently unavailable but could prove helpful for safety and efficiency. Forbes (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DOT Inspector General report applauds airline industry adaptability
    A recent report from the Department of Transportation's Inspector General about the U.S. airline industry details major changes in recent years and praises airlines for their ability to adapt. The report also says the airline industry is one of the most important in the country's economy. Increases in fuel costs are named as the major reason for the industry's changes. Travel Weekly (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Bulletin 
  • Naval Research Lab developing jet fuel from seawater
    The U.S. Naval Research Lab is developing a process to convert seawater to jet fuel. The goal is to find a safer, economically viable way to refuel Naval vessels at sea. The NRL has designed and conducted preliminary tests on the system, and large-scale tests are the next step. (U.K.) (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BA expects to start biofuel plant by end of year
    British Airways is preparing for construction of its first biofuels plant, located in the U.K., to begin by the end of the year. "We're getting close to having all the pieces in the jigsaw coming together," said Jonanthon Counsell, head of environment at BA. The plant will convert waste to fuel and is the product of a partnership between BA and U.S.-based biofuel company Solena. BusinessGreen (U.K.) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • JFK security workers to file complaint about rushed inspections
    Post-flight security inspectors who examine empty aircraft at John F. Kennedy International Airport planned to file a formal complaint today with the Transportation Security Administration. Details of the complaint include workers being rushed to complete inspections and working with faulty equipment. Global Elite Group, the company that employs these workers, was not aware of the complaints until this week, according to Karen Duane Johnson, the company's public relations director. "Security is our business," she said. "We would never put the flying public at risk, ever, ever." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Industry Trends 
  • Travel rewards programs offer new options
    Credit cards offering travel rewards have grown in popularity in recent years, and the companies behind them are coming up with more ways to attract account holders. Some programs offer high rewards for airline and/or hotel loyalty, while others allow users to accumulate points with regular spending and then redeem the points on the card company's website. Cardholders who choose the account with the best fit for their lifestyle have a good chance of being able to take advantage of their travel rewards. The Wall Street Journal (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
  • 10 ways to squeeze extra time into your day
    Leaders often become so overwhelmed with everyday tasks that they forget to set aside time for managing, writes Brad Karsh, president of JB Training Solutions. To avoid this, make your staff meetings more efficient and develop strict timetables for projects. Also, designate two hours each week to managing direct reports, he writes. (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Manager, Accounting Revenue-Company SalesUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Sr. Analyst, Product DevelopmentUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Analyst, Corporate TaxUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Simulator Engineer (Simulator TechnicianUnited AirlinesHouston, TX
Flight Operations Director Planning & Resource Allocation Alaska AirlinesSeattle, WA
Engineer / Structures / Fleet EngineerFedEx ExpressMemphis, TN
BUSINESS MANAGER at LAX, BUR and ONTServisairLos Angeles, CA
IT Business Systems Analyst | Planning & SalesVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
Planner - Line Maintenance United AirlinesChicago, IL
Guest Service LeadWestJet AirlinesLGA Airport, NY
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
Maintenance PlannerVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
Senior Project Manager-SkyMiles Delta Air LinesAtlanta, GA
Communications CoordinatorAirlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
Airline Finance and Accounting PositionsJetBlue AirwaysLong Island City, NY
VP OF TECHNICAL OPERATIONSCape Air/Nantucket AirlinesHyannis, MA
Manager, Social MediaAirlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
Assistant Dispatcher Spirit AirlinesMiramar, FL
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