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February 20, 2012
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  Company Watch 
  • UPS continues merger discussion with Dutch cargo carrier
    UPS says it is still in talks with TNT Express about a merger. UPS had offered an unsolicited bid of $6.5 billion for the Dutch cargo carrier, which TNT rejected. "Discussions between the parties concerning this proposal are ongoing, although there is currently no certainty that any agreement will be reached," UPS said. (U.K.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AMR seeks permission to hire additional consultants
    AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines, has asked for permission from a Bankruptcy Court judge to hire more consultants. AMR has requested permission to hire management consultant Boston Consulting Group Inc., tax adviser Duff & Phelps and legal counsel Haynes and Boone, and to retain real-estate consultant AvAirPros. Tulsa World (Okla.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 It’s winning minds as well as hearts.
The Airbus A380 has won the hearts of millions of travelers with its unrivalled space, comfort and quietness. “It made the flight seem short. I wish it had been longer,” said one. Love and profits go hand in hand. The A380 allows operators to fill more seats, gain market share and improve the bottom line. What's not to love? Learn more in our special feature - Love at first flight.

  Inside Aviation 
  • Obama calls for Ex-Im bank funding to continue
    President Barack Obama visited a Boeing 787 plant in Everett, Wash., last week. Obama said he would like Congress to continue funding an agency that handles national export credits. "As long as the playing field is level, you can compete with any worker, anywhere, anytime, in China, in Europe, it does not matter," he said. "If we have a level playing field, America will always win, because we have the best workers." A4A has sued Export-Import bank (formerly called the Air Transport Association). "The Bank's support for foreign carriers puts ATA's operator members, including Delta, at a competitive disadvantage because, among other things, the Bank's foreign beneficiaries have access to cheaper capital to finance their aircraft purchases," the complaint said. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.)/The Associated Press (2/18), USA TODAY (2/17), Hindustan Times (India)/Indo-Asian News Service (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Flight deck printer saves space, weight and power.
The ToughWriter 5 is the smallest, lightest wide format airborne printer available. It weighs just seven pounds but gives you the highest resolution, highest quality printouts of airport diagrams, approach plates, weather maps, etc. Read more
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  Regulatory Update 
  • Slot-caps limit potential for airport improvements, Baer says
    A4A SmartBrief editor Angela Giroux-Scheide attended the American Bar Association's 2012 Forum on Air & Space Law on Friday and covered the luncheon keynote speaker, Susan Baer, aviation director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The following is a summary of her remarks.

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and its partners have spent about 15 years and $15 billion transforming New York's three major airports through a private-public redevelopment program, said Susan Baer, aviation director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Speaking at a recent conference sponsored by the American Bar Association, Baer also noted that slot caps at those airports limit the potential of those capital improvements as well as the ability to offer service to new markets, even if a new national air traffic control system is eventually put in place. "Just this week, after 1,600 days and 23 extensions, we finally received some good news with a new, four-year FAA reauthorization bill that sets aside nearly $11 billion for accelerated implementation of NextGen," Baer said. "But even if we implement NextGen soon, we also must consider the eventual expansion of our runway system." The port authority remains a leading advocate of NextGen. In 2008, it created a national advocacy group composed in part of corporations to support NextGen efforts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Risk-based cargo screening is the better approach, airline says
    Printer bombs that passed through security undetected in 2010 created major concerns about air-cargo screening. Some observers say that cargo screening has improved since 2010, but others note that relaxed screening of so-called low-risk cargo remains a weak point. Some of those on the front lines of air-cargo security point out that the risk-based approach stems from on-the-ground realities. "Identifying high-risk cargo wherever it is in the supply chain and singling it out for physical screening is the better approach to securing cargo on an international scale," said David Brooks, the head of American Airlines air cargo. CNN (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New screening machines protect privacy, speed up screening
    New screening machines at Southwest Florida International Airport are safer for travelers, more private and faster. The airport already has one machine, and five more will be installed in the next three weeks. "What you've seen in the past, the passenger-specific images on the screen, won't exist anymore," said Robert Cohen, federal security director for the airport. "This scanner picks up anomalies and indicates them on an identical image for all passengers." Naples Daily News (Fla.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Trends 
  • Blog: Delta enhances legroom
    Airlines have listened to passenger complaints about lack of legroom on flights, writes blogger Chris Owen. Delta Air Lines is investing $2 million in renovations for its fleet of Boeing 747-400, including "slim line" seats with more legroom in economy. Delta is also installing flat-bed seats in Business Elite. blog (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Affluent travelers to loosen purse strings in 2012, report says
    Forty percent of affluent travelers plan to spend more money on travel this year, according to a recent report. "People who have more money are going to be more open to spending money on travel, while the younger affluents in all of our income sectors have a greater propensity to indulge in luxury travel," said Pam Danziger, author of the report. (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
  • 5 ways to engage Generation X
    Generation X employees are entering the prime of their careers; however, many of them are finding advancement opportunities blocked by older workers who are delaying retirement, Sylvia Ann Hewlett writes. The lack of upward mobility means companies need to focus on engaging Gen X workers to keep them happy. Some ways to do this include moving them around to different departments to aid their development, and giving them high-profile projects to work on, Hewlett writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (free registration) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
ATR Simulator Checkairman/Ground School TrainerEMPIRE AIRLINESHouston, TX
Vice President, EngineeringAAR Aircraft Component ServicesLong Island, NY
Manager - Maintenance ProgramsTeamSAI M&E SolutionsAtlanta, GA
Senior Aviation ConsultantTeamSAI ConsultingWork from home anywhere in United States, CO
Sales and Community Marketing ManagerAlaska AirlinesSeattle, WA
Operations Technical CoordinatorLynden Air Cargo, LLCAnchorage, AK
Safety Management System ManagerLynden Air Cargo, LLCAnchorage, AK
Senior Strategy AnalystDenver International AirportDenver, CO
Dynamic Airways Maintenance ControllerDynamic AirwaysGreensboro, NC
General ManagerServisairChicago, IL
Maintenance ControllerWorld AirwaysPeachtree City, GA
Asset ManagerUniversal Asset Management, Inc.Memphis, TN
RAMP MANAGERAirport Terminal ServicesSt. Louis, MO
Analyst - Cargo Sales StrategyUnited AirlinesChicago, IL
Sr. Analyst Product DevelopmentJetBlue AirwaysForest Hills, NY
Director, Environmental AffairsAirlines for AmericaWashington, DC
Environmental Affairs Regulatory ManagerAirlines for AmericaWashington, DC
Certfication Engineering ManagerConfidentialSeattle, WA
Stress Engineering ManagerConfidentialSeattle, WA
Aircraft Structures EngineerUPSLouisville, KY
Operational Specialist, FAA Command CenterInternational Air Transport Association "IATA"Warrenton, VA
Program Management AdvisorFedEx ExpressMemphis, TN
Cargo Service RepresentativeJapan AirlinesBoston Logan Airport, MA
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Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence."
--Robert Frost,
American poet

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