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May 23, 2012
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  Company Watch 
  • United Airlines, machinists union reach tentative deal
    United Airlines has reached a tentative labor agreement with its pilot ground school instructors, customer service agents, ground handlers and storekeepers. The employee groups are represented by the International Association of Machinists. "Each of these labor agreements moves United and our co-workers forward in fully integrating our work groups," said Mike Bonds, executive vice president of human resources and labor relations at United. Chicago Tribune (5/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside Aviation 
  • Column: NextGen is vital to future of airline industry
    Columnist Hilary Kramer extols the benefits of NextGen for the airline industry. "By switching to GPS-based systems, airlines can get more planes in the air; these planes can fly, safely, in closer proximity to each other; and the airlines can run more routes, getting more people to more places more quickly," Kramer writes. Forbes (5/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aircraft manufacturers pop the idea of a bubble for new aircraft
    Some analysts predict a bubble for airline manufacturers, which have ramped up production of aircraft due to demand. Boeing and Airbus have predicted a market of $4 trillion for new aircraft over the next two decades. "It is hard to imagine an asset bubble in the supply side when you are feeding into an industry that is doubling in size every 15 years," said John Leahy, Airbus' chief operating officer. Reuters (5/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Bulletin 
  • EU acknowledges importance of China participation in ICAO talks
    Several countries, including China and the U.S., oppose the European Union's emissions-trading scheme. China "has barred its carriers from cooperating and has suspended purchases of European aircraft," this feature says. A European official encouraged China to participate in talks on global aviation emissions by the International Civil Aviation Organization. "We would very much like to see a stronger role played by China in those talks," said Matthew Baldwin, director of aviation for the EU. "In the event of a global solution in ICAO, the EU is fully ready to review and amend the ETS directive to take account of that global solution." The Washington Post/The Associated Press (5/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • Senate committee approves increase in airline security fees
    The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a $2.50 increase in airline security fees for passenger tickets. Republican lawmakers oppose the fee increase, which doubles the cost from $5 to $10 on a nonstop round-trip flight. "It's a simple equation: When you add taxes, demand for air travel is dampened, resulting in lost jobs and lost air service," said Airlines for America President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. "Aviation is already taxed at the highest rate of any industry in the country," said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas. Associated Press (5/22), The Hill/On The Money blog (5/22), Politico (Washington, D.C.) (5/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A4A calls on Congress to improve TSA efficiency, not add taxes. Read more.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TSA seeks proposals for hand-held screening devices
    The Transportation Security Administration is looking for ways to reduce the need for "enhanced pat-downs." It recently sought proposals for hand-held devices "capable of screening all areas of the body without removal of clothing beyond outwear." The New American (5/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. congressman seeks to privatize airport screening
    Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., helped create the Transportation Security Administration a decade ago, but he's now calling for airport screening to be privatized. A law passed this year that Mica supported makes it easier for airports to switch to private screeners. Orlando Sanford International Airport recently submitted an application for private screening to the TSA. "We want to do it ourselves so we know it's done right," said Larry Dale, the airport's president. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (5/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Trends 
  • Clear returns to San Francisco airport this week
    The Clear pre-screening program is scheduled to return to San Francisco International Airport today. Clear, which uses biometric technology to screen travelers, suspended operations in 2009 after filing for bankruptcy. Alclear, based in New York, purchased Clear assets in 2010 and revived operations in Denver and Orlando, Fla. Clear previously had 40,000 members in the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco Chronicle (5/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sources: Houston mayor, Southwest will announce Hobby deal
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Southwest Airlines plan to announce an agreement on financing for a $100 million expansion at William P. Hobby Airport, sources say. Parker and the CEO of Southwest Airlines are scheduled to appear at a news conference today to announce details of a proposal that will allow international flights at Hobby. Houston Chronicle (5/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
  • Tips for energizing your workforce
    Hire passionate, committed employees. Let workers go when they poison the workplace atmosphere. Craft ambitious plans. Those are among the rules for creating an energized, passionate workforce, writes workplace expert Paul Alofs. Others: Get people into the organization who have diverse backgrounds and make your communication clear and consistent. Fast Company online/Expert Perspective (5/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Customer Account Manager Menzies AviationHouston (IAH), TX
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Supervisor, Aircraft Maintenance PlanningNorth American AirlinesTampa, FL
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