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April 23, 2012
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  Company Watch 
  • A US Airways, American Airlines merger could face challenges
    Some experts say a merger between US Airways and American Airlines may create the world's largest airline, but also would present challenges. "The challenge is to integrate the workforces. And US Airways to date hasn't been able to do that with its America West merger," said Eric Smith, a bankruptcy and aviation attorney. However, Bob Herbst, an airline industry analyst and founder of, said, "Total cost-saving synergies [equal] $1.8 billion to $2.5 billion accretive within 12 months of merger. ... It's the opinion of that American and US Airways must merge to remain long-term competitive." Tulsa World (Okla.) (4/22), The Wall Street Journal (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside Aviation 
  • Bird strike hits vice presidential plane in Calif.
    Air Force Two, which was carrying Vice President Joe Biden, was struck by birds last week while landing at Santa Barbara Airport in California. Two to three birds collided with the Boeing 757, which was grounded afterward so it could be inspected for damage. The Huffington Post (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • US Airways union for flight attendants wants contract
    US Airways flight attendants are pressing for a contract in the wake of the carrier's agreements with three American Airlines unions. "Any new deal must first acknowledge the contributions of US Airways flight attendants through a single contract with job security and improvements promised to flight attendants involved in the last merger initiated by US Airways management," said union leaders. TravelPulse (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Bulletin 
  • U.S. has limited power over global oil market, observers say
    Despite increased domestic oil production and slumping demand, U.S. fuel prices remain high because the global oil market is largely determined by factors outside the control of the U.S., observers said. "It's frustrating to everybody," said Howard Gruenspecht, acting administrator of the Energy Information Administration. "This year, the dominant factor in pushing up world oil prices -- and thus gasoline prices in the United States -- is geopolitics -- specifically, rising tension over Iran," said Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS CERA. USA TODAY (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • Aviation taxes "destroy job opportunities," travel group says
    Aviation industry executives denounced airline taxes at the World Travel & Tourism Council Summit held in Tokyo last week. "Western governments don't get it about aviation and travel," said Martin Craigs, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association. "They are in their jobs to create jobs, and their policies destroy job opportunities." Travel Weekly (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A4A is against forcing airlines to use GDSs
    Airlines for America is opposed to a possible mandate by the Department of Transportation that would require airlines to sell tickets through global distribution systems. Most airlines sell tickets through GDSs, but it is the airline's choice. A4A sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood lobbying against requiring ticket sales through GDSs. TravelPulse (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Trends 
  • Deadline looms for mandated plane-diversion plans at airports
    Airports are struggling with required plans for plane diversions as the May 14 deadline draws closer. Congress ordered airports to devise procedures for disembarking and aiding passengers in the event of a delay or airplane diversion following an October incident in Connecticut when passengers were forced to wait seven hours on the airport tarmac after being diverted because of a snowstorm. USA TODAY (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wireless in-flight entertainment is expected to boom in next decade
    A new report from IMS Research estimates that some 9,000 aircraft will offer wireless in-flight entertainment systems by 2021 as carriers move away from the traditional seat-back or cabin-roof entertainment systems. Wireless IFE will offer passengers streaming content such as sports, music, TV shows and video games that goes straight to passengers' or airline-provided handheld devices that will also allow travelers to manage their travel in the air. MSNBC/Overhead Bin (4/20), Breaking Travel News (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
  • Are you slowly losing your integrity?
    Unethical behavior is a slippery slope, writes Mary Jo Asmus. Small transgressions might seem harmless, but they soon snowball into major ethical tangles that make it harder for bosses to do their jobs effectively. "[L]oss of integrity is a silent leadership killer. ... The erosion of this value may happen very slowly over time without much notice of integrity violations on the part of those who participate in questionable practices," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Director, Maintenance OperationsConfidentialMiami, FL
Manager Fleet AcquisitionSouthwest AirlinesDallas, TX
GENERAL MANAGER - SKYCAP & BAGGAGE OPERATIONS (ATL) G2 Secure Staff, LLCHartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International, GA
General Manager Cargo, SEAMenzies AviationSeattle, WA
Senior Staff Representative - Maintenance Programs - Chicago, IL ( Technical Operations)United AirlinesChicago, IL
Project Manager - Engine AcquisitionsWillis Lease Finance CorporationSan Diego, CA
Technical Records AuditorWillis Lease Finance CorporationSan Diego, CA
Technical Services - Maintenance Schedules & Planning AnalystWillis Lease Finance CorporationSan Diego, CA
Technical Services - Quality Assurance AuditorWillis Lease Finance CorporationSan Diego, CA
Manager, Financial & Market Analysis - FuelUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Sr. Analyst/Analyst -Financial Analysis Hawaiian AirlinesHonolulu, HI
Maintenance Controller Virgin America Burlingame , CA
Manager, Airports Division - Northwest MountainFederal Aviation AdministrationSeattle, WA
Financial AnalystAllegiant AirLas Vegas, NV
Tax Staff AccountantAllegiant AirLas Vegas, NV
Senior Analyst, System Planning and AnalysisJetBlue AirwaysLong Island City, NY
Inventory Control/Stock ClerkBaron GroupMiramar, FL
Repair Expeditor AdministratorBaron GroupMiramar, FL
Regional Aircraft Sales ManagerBaron GroupMiramar, FL
Commercial Airline Customer Support/ Sales ManagerBaron GroupMiramar, FL
Technical Services - Records CoordinatorWillis Lease Finance CorporationSan Diego, CA
Product ManagerInfoTrust Group, Inc.Irvine, CA
Demand AnalystParker AerospaceIrvine, CA
Program DirectorRTCA, Inc.Washington, DC
Manager, Advanced Qualification ProgramFedEx ExpressMemphis, TN
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