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February 15, 2012
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  Breaking News 
  • Airlines achieve record results in 2011 for bag, passenger service
    The rate of mishandled bags by carriers reached an all-time low in 2011, reports the Department of Transportation, with 3.39 recorded incidences of mishandled bags per 1,000 passengers. Airlines also set an all-time low for the rate of bumped passengers last year, at 0.81 per 10,000 passengers. "Our members are committed to and are delivering levels of safety and customer service that no other industry, given its complexity, matches and the airlines are working to improve on that every day," said Nicholas Calio, A4A president and CEO. CNN (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. airlines set new records for on-time performance, customer service; read A4A news release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company Watch 
  • United, Continental soon will achieve merger milestone
    United Airlines and Continental Airlines are moving closer to officially becoming United as the merger of the carriers continues to proceed. "We're going to have one frequent flier program, we're going to have one website, we'll actually be one airline from our customers' perspective, which is really valuable to the customers and will give them much better customer service," said Jeff Smisek, CEO of United Continental Holdings. Smisek has helped distribute $265 million in profit-sharing checks to employees, the equivalent of about 5% of their salaries. Houston Chronicle (2/15), Chicago Tribune (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exec: Delta on-time arrivals are due to a "symphony of movement"
    Delta Air Lines improved its on-time arrivals in 2011 to rank fifth out of 16 airlines, compared to 15th out of 18 airlines in 2010. "It's more of a symphony of movement out there that lends itself to an on-time departure," said David Holtz, Delta's vice president of operations control. The carrier implemented a scripted process for boarding flights, focusing on morning flights to prevent cascading delays throughout the day. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Bulletin 
  • EU emissions-trading will hurt environment, bloc says
    The environment ministers of four countries said the European Union's emissions-trading scheme hurts efforts to prevent climate change. Officials from Brazil, South Africa, India and China, also known as the BASIC bloc, met in New Delhi for a two-day conference. "[T]he unilateral action by EU in the name of climate change was taken despite strong international opposition and would seriously jeopardize the international efforts to combat climate change," the bloc said. Reuters (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • LightSquared's future dims as FCC moves to reject network
    The Federal Communications Commission plans to reject LightSquared's proposed wireless network due to its disruption to GPS signals. "We conclude at this time that there are no mitigation strategies that both solve the interference issues and provide LightSquared with an adequate commercial network deployment," wrote Lawrence Strickling, the assistant secretary for communications and information at the Commerce Department. The Hill (2/14), Bloomberg Businessweek (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • A4A members to present at ABA Forum on Air & Space Law Conference
    The ABA Forum on Air & Space Law's 2012 Update Conference is on February 17, 2012, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica will deliver the keynote address, and panels will address topics including key legislative developments, new safety rules, commercial human spaceflight, labor relations and aviation litigation developments. Visit here for registration information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Trends 
  • U.S. airlines have banner year for on-time performance
    U.S. airlines reported a banner year for on-time arrivals of passengers and luggage in 2011. For December, flights arrived on time 84.4%, the best performance for the month in 17 years. In 2011, 99.7% of travelers received their bags on time. USA TODAY (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
  • Hire people who fit your team's culture
    Knowing your company's culture is the first step to hiring promising job candidates, Marty Parker writes. Some people have skills that are better suited for team-focused environments or individualistic ones. Parker suggests taking some time to think about the values your organization holds dear, then hire the people who will thrive there. Financial Post (Canada) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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