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April 2, 2012
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  Company Watch 
  • Pinnacle Airlines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    Pinnacle Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday. The regional carrier, based in Memphis, Tenn., plans to restructure its agreement with Delta Air Lines through bankruptcy. Pinnacle also plans to halt flying for United by Aug. 1. Pinnacle listed $1.5 billion in assets and $1.4 billion in liabilities in the filing. Reuters (4/2), Bloomberg (4/2), (U.K.) (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flight attendants at US Airways vote against contract
    US Airways flight attendants have voted against a tentative contract agreement. US Airways and America West flight attendants continue to operate under separate contracts after a merger in 2005. US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker said the carrier will meet with the union and the National Mediation Board to "to determine the best steps going forward to one day reach a ratified agreement." Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (3/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Airlines' performance is bouncing back, study shows
    U.S. carriers on average showed improved performance in 2011 on four key customer service metrics: on-time arrivals, denied boardings, baggage handling and consumer complaints, a new study by private researchers shows. "Airlines are finally catching up with what their promise is, which is getting you there on time 80% of the time with your bags," said Dean Headley, a co-writer of the report and a professor at Wichita State University. Google/The Associated Press (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysts disagree on existence of aircraft order "bubble"
    Analysts disagree on whether there is a bubble for aircraft orders. Adam Pilarski, senior vice president at aviation consulting firm Avitas, said the years-long wait for new aircraft is a "sign of a bubble." On the other hand, Heidi Wood, Morgan Stanley's senior aerospace and defense analyst, said she sees solid demand for 12 months without a bubble. Aviation Week & Space Technology (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Airbus A350 comes with more seating options
    Airbus is giving buyers of its A350 planes three more seat choices. Airbus has added selections from Jamco America, EADS Sogerma and Sicma Aero Seat. Despite the additions, Airbus says it is "trying to reduce complexity and customization levels to avoid the installation issues it has faced on the A380," this feature notes. Aviation Daily (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • U.S. will pursue sanctions against EU over aircraft subsidies
    The U.S. plans to seek sanctions against the European Union for subsidies to aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus. "The European Union's aircraft subsidies have cost American aerospace companies tens of billions of dollars in lost revenue, which has cost American workers their jobs and hurt their families and communities," said U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in a statement. Reuters (3/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Trends 
  • American Airlines upgrades LAX terminal
    American Airlines is renovating its terminal at Los Angeles International Airport despite the bankruptcy of parent company AMR Corp. "We're in bankruptcy, but that doesn't mean we're not improving the customer experience," said Mary Frances Fagan, the carrier's director of corporate communications. The carrier enlarged the ticketing lobby inside Terminal 4 and made other improvements. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (3/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Manager of DispatchVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
GENERAL MANAGER - SKYCAP & BAGGAGE OPERATIONS (ATL) G2 Secure Staff, LLCHartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International, GA
Staff Planning Analyst, Americas Menzies AviationHouston, TX
Director of Aircraft Induction & Heavy MaintenanceAllegiant AirLas Vegas, NV
Program DirectorRTCA, Inc.Washington, DC
Manager, Advanced Qualification ProgramFedEx ExpressMemphis, TN
Station ManagerAirport Terminal ServicesOmaha, NE
Technical Services - Records CoordinatorWillis Lease Finance CorporationSan Diego, CA
Maintenance ControllerAllegiant AirLas Vegas, NV
Systems EngineerSpirit AirlinesMiramar, FL
Manager, Structures and Interiors EngineeringSpirit AirlinesMiramar, FL
Business Development Manager-Ground HandlingServisairHouston, TX
Engineering / Technical Records AnalystAllegiant AirLas Vegas, NV
Senior Safety Data AnalystAlaska AirlinesSeattle, WA
Airport Manager On DutyCathay Pacific Airways Ltd.Chicago, IL
Program Manager - Aircraft ComponentsAir Wisconsin Airlines CorporationAppleton, WI
Product ManagerInfoTrust Group, Inc.Irvine, CA
Demand AnalystParker AerospaceIrvine, CA
Engineer, Avionics/ElectricalSpirit AirlinesMiramar, FL
Technical Services - Maintenance Schedules & Planning AnalystWillis Lease Finance CorporationSan Diego, CA
Technical Services - Quality Assurance AuditorWillis Lease Finance CorporationSan Diego, CA
Technical Operations Contract - ManagerUnited AirlinesChicago, IL
Technical Planner - Component Demand Forecasting United AirlinesChicago, IL
Aircraft Structures EngineerAllegiant AirLas Vegas, NV
Ramp Learning SupervisorVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
Cass SupervisorRepublic Airways HoldingsIndianapolis, IN
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