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September 24, 2012
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  Company Watch 
  • Appaloosa is said to be stakeholder of AMR, US Airways
    Appaloosa Management has stakes in both AMR and US Airways Group, insiders say. The hedge fund, which is US Airways' top shareholder, reportedly acquired AMR debt in a bet that the airline industry is about to rebound. If the reports are true, Appaloosa's vested interest could lead to a push for a merger between AMR and US Airways, this feature says. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Southwest makes progress toward Hawaii flights
    Flight attendants for Southwest Airlines have approved a new labor agreement, the Transport Workers Union says. Union representatives said Friday that the new contract allows the airline to make flights to Hawaii "and nearby international destinations that would require flying over oceans or the Gulf of Mexico," this feature says. Associated Press (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside Aviation 
  • UPS acquisition of TNT faces more delays
    United Parcel Services' proposed deal to acquire TNT, a Dutch package delivery company, may face more opposition as European antitrust regulators consider stepping in. Legal concerns over the deal led to an official probe, opened in July by the European Commission; the EC's commissioner for competition has not yet ruled out the possibility of an official objection. The Wall Street Journal (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boeing's debates over 777 redesign continue
    Boeing is facing more internal debates over the potential redesign of the 777 twin jet. The very successful product for Boeing is facing slowed sales as the market anticipates an updated 777 -- the 777X -- as well as a competing jet from Airbus. "It is a thorough process, with ongoing robust discussions, to ensure we come to market with the right airplane, at the right time, leveraging the right technology and delivering the right economics," Boeing said in a statement. The Wall Street Journal (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SafeLand technology is being tested by 4 airlines
    Aviation Safety Technologies has developed a technology called SafeLand that may help planes land safely in inclement weather. The technology uses readings and measurements already gathered by aircraft sensors to predict measurements of real-time braking conditions immediately before touchdown. The technology, which is being tested by four U.S. airlines, is intended to help prevent runway overruns, thereby enhancing safety and reducing delays. The Wall Street Journal (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Bulletin 
  • United briefly considered refinery purchase, source says
    In the months after Delta Air Lines' purchase of an oil refinery, United Continental Holdings appeared to be exploring the same move, a source says. Reportedly, a member of United's acquisitions department reviewed information about a Texas refinery priced at $100 million, though no visits were taken and no offer was made. "At this time, we believe that the next best use" of the sum "is to continue to pay down debt and invest in our product to de-risk the business and enhance returns over time," the airline said. CNBC (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • A4A applauds Senate passage of bill that enables U.S. airlines to refrain from participation in the EU ETS. Read the news release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Register now for the 2012 ATA e-Business Forum, October 22 to 24 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
    Learn about the latest advances in information exchange for the commercial aviation industry to support engineering, maintenance, materiel and flight operations. This is the industry's premier event dedicated to information exchange standards (Spec 2000, iSpec 2200, Spec 2300, S1000D, Spec 42, etc.) and technologies in the commercial aviation industry. Topics will include, RFID on parts, e-procurement, reliability data collection, digital data security, authorized release certificates, technical data exchange, e-logbook data. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
  • Do your employees feel pressured to think alike?
    Thriving workplaces need to have people with critical thinking skills, but this year's political battles may pressure employees to adopt "groupthink," Martha Finney writes. She offers two examples in which politics contributed to workers being fired or passed over for a job. "You are counting on your people to bring their best thinking to work every day, not only lockstep, self-righteous passion," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Manager, Accounting Revenue-Company SalesUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Senior A&P MechanicLynden Air Cargo, LLCAnchorage, AK
Sr. Analyst, Product DevelopmentUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Analyst, Corporate TaxUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Sr. Analyst II, Financial Planning & AnalysisUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Simulator Engineer (Simulator TechnicianUnited AirlinesHouston, TX
Flight Operations Director Planning & Resource Allocation Alaska AirlinesSeattle, WA
Guest Service LeadWestJet AirlinesLGA Airport, NY
Manager Schedule PublicationsWestJetCalgary, Canada
IT Business Systems Analyst | Planning & SalesVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
Senior Project Manager-SkyMiles Delta Air LinesAtlanta, GA
Communications CoordinatorAirlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
Manager SustainabilityJetBlue Airways, IncLong Island City, NY
Vice President, Product DevelopmentConnexionsEden Prairie, MN
Planner - Line Maintenance United AirlinesChicago, IL
Engineer / Structures / Fleet EngineerFedEx ExpressMemphis, TN
BUSINESS MANAGER at LAX, BUR and ONTServisairLos Angeles, CA
VP OF TECHNICAL OPERATIONSCape Air/Nantucket AirlinesHyannis, MA
Maintenance PlannerVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
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
Manager Security TrainingJetBlue Orlando , FL
Airline Finance and Accounting PositionsJetBlue AirwaysLong Island City, NY
Manager, Social MediaAirlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
Manager, EngineeringFrontier AirlinesDenver, CO
Analyst, Operations ResearchFrontier AirlinesDenver, CO
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American author and poet

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