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April 27, 2012
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  Company Watch 
  • Spirit Airlines keeps focus on profitability, CEO says
    Ben Baldanza, the CEO of Spirit Airlines, credits the simplicity of the low-cost carrier's business model for its success. "We expect every route to make money. Not half of them, not 99%," he said. In contrast to other airlines, Spirit does not look at market share as a signpost of success. (U.K.) (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Republic Airways reports $7.1M loss for Q1
    Republic Airways Holdings posted a net loss of $7.1 million for the first quarter. Subsidiary Frontier Airlines narrowed its loss to $21.6 million for the quarter, compared with $39 million in the same quarter last year. "We saw really good year-over-year improvement at Frontier," said Bryan Bedford, chairman and CEO of Republic. "[But] a loss is still a loss." American City Business Journals/Denver (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HR executive testifies about AMR's need to reduce labor costs
    Jeffrey Brundage, senior vice president of human resources for American Airlines, testified in bankruptcy court this week about the need to reduce labor costs. AMR Corp., the parent company of American, filed for bankruptcy in November. "My goal pre-bankruptcy was to get whatever might be possible to move forward," he said. "Post-bankruptcy, it was, what do we absolutely need to restructure?" Bloomberg Businessweek (4/26), Reuters (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside Aviation 
  • Airbus will pay for repairs on A380 wings, COO says
    Airbus will pay about $139 million to repair cracks in the wings of its A380 through its warranty program. "This is a maintenance issue -- it has nothing to do with the safety of flights. It is unfortunate we have to replace some of those parts but it happens," said Airbus Chief Operating Officer John Leahy. Google/Agence France-Presse (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tornado did not destroy Boeing programs, CEO says
    Boeing said a tornado in Wichita, Kan., that shut down supplier Spirit Aerosystems shouldn't greatly affect its bottom line. "We are cautiously optimistic that there will be no material impact to any of our programs this year," said Jim McNerney, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Bulletin 
  • Indian will ask nation's airlines to boycott EU ETS, official says
    India plans to ask the country's airlines to boycott the European Union's emissions-trading scheme. "We have lots of measures to take if the EU does not go back on its demands. We have the power of the economy; we are not bleeding as they are," said a senior Indian government official. Reuters (4/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • A4A supports safety approach that relies on data
    Airlines for America representatives testified before the House Subcommittee on Aviation on a safety approach for the industry that relies on data. "We operate at a higher level of safety because we have become much better at identifying and managing risk and the demonstrated effectiveness of our safety systems, which gives us the confidence to undertake change, when warranted," said Thomas Hendricks, A4A senior vice president for safety, security and operations. (U.K.) (4/27), Murphysboro American (Ill.) (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Trends 
  • Column: United switch to reservations system proved a challenge
    Columnist Christopher Elliott said United Airlines' switch to a different reservations system illustrates some of the challenges in an airline merger. "Call volumes surged from 1.5 million the week before the cutover to 2 million the week of the switch, exceeding what managers had planned for by 10 percent," Elliott writes. The Washington Post (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Las Vegas airport posts 2.5% jump in passenger count
    Strong growth from carriers such as JetBlue, Spirit and Virgin America fueled a 2.5% increase in passenger numbers at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport in March over last year. Separately, legacy carriers except American Airlines showed a decline in numbers for the month. Las Vegas Review-Journal (4/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
  • 3 ways to help your organization soar to success
    Leaders need three things to keep their organization flying high, says Craig Fuller, CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. First, develop a clear strategy; next, recruit the best people you can find; and finally, make sure that you have the right people in the right roles. "Get these things right, and success will follow," Fuller promises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Manager Fleet AcquisitionSouthwest AirlinesDallas, TX
Director, Maintenance OperationsConfidentialMiami, FL
Sr. Manager, EngineeringNorth American AirlinesTampa, FL
Troubleshooting EngineerNorth American AirlinesTampa, FL
Aircraft Powerplant EngineerNorth American AirlinesTampa, FL
Maintenance ControllerNorth American AirlinesPeachtree City, GA
Manager of Aircraft Systems EngineeringHQ-Allegiant Travel CompanyLas Vegas, NV
Senior Staff Representative - Maintenance Programs - Chicago, IL ( Technical Operations)United AirlinesChicago, IL
Project Manager - Engine AcquisitionsWillis Lease Finance CorporationSan Diego, CA
Manager, Financial & Market Analysis - FuelUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Technical Services - Records CoordinatorWillis Lease Finance CorporationSan Diego, CA
Sr. Analyst/Analyst -Financial Analysis Hawaiian AirlinesHonolulu, HI
Program DirectorRTCA, Inc.Washington, DC
Manager, Advanced Qualification ProgramFedEx ExpressMemphis, TN
Financial AnalystAllegiant AirLas Vegas, NV
Tax Staff AccountantAllegiant AirLas Vegas, NV
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
Maintenance Controller Virgin America Burlingame , CA
Manager, Airports Division - Northwest MountainFederal Aviation AdministrationSeattle, WA
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
Supervisor, Aircraft Maintenance PlanningNorth American AirlinesTampa, FL
Engineer - Airbus, Boeing and Propulsion Fleet teamsDelta Air Lines, Inc.Atlanta, GA
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