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AMR Corp. reports loss for March | Frontier Airlines will trim service at Milwaukee airport | Column: Southwest, Spirit airlines are poised for changes
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AMR Corp. reports loss for March
AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines, reported a $807 million loss for March. AMR filed for bankruptcy protection last year, and is attempting to lower its labor costs through bankruptcy court. In March, AMR spent "$597 million on wages, salaries and benefits," this feature says.
Reuters (4/30) 
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Frontier Airlines will trim service at Milwaukee airport
Frontier Airlines has announced plans to trim service at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. By June 1, Frontier will cut 11 flights and furlough 125 workers at the airport. Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines has announced plans to add four daily flights from Milwaukee to New York's LaGuardia Airport beginning in July.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (4/30) 
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United Airlines pilots ask for release from contract talks
United Airlines pilots are asking to be released from contract negotiations being mediated by the National Mediation Board. In a statement, United said it was "committed to reaching agreements quickly, but those agreements must be fair to the company and fair to employees."
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/30),  Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (4/30) 
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Survey shows low-cost carriers soared in 2011
A survey of 75 low-cost carriers found that the carriers transported 11.6% more passengers in 2011. The Airline Business survey also found that the majority of low-cost carriers enjoyed revenue growth in 2011.
FlightGlobal (U.K.) (4/30) 
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Boeing predicts strong demand for its commercial aircraft
Boeing says that demand for its commercial aircraft continues to grow as the manufacturer faces cutbacks in defense spending. Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has garnered orders since its debut last year, and the company plans to introduce its 737 MAX soon.
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Delta will buy oil refinery in Pa. for $150M
Delta Air Lines announced Monday that it had reached an agreement to buy an oil refinery in Pennsylvania. Delta will become the first U.S. carrier to own a refinery once the deal for $150 million with Phillips 66 closes.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/30),  The Hill/Transportation blog (4/30) 
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Honeywell subsidiary will launch test program for green jet fuel
UOP, a subsidiary of Honeywell, plans to launch a comprehensive test program for renewable jet fuel. UOP will partner with the National Research Council Canada and Agrisoma Biosciences for the program. The biofuel that will be tested is derived from an oilseed crop, Brassica carinata.
United Press International (4/30) 
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NASA scientist calls for price tag on carbon
James Hansen, a climate-change scientist at NASA, says that putting a price tag on carbon will help fight global warming. "The most efficient and economically affordable approach is to put an honest price on the different energies," Hansen said. "Presently, we're subsidizing fossil fuels and not making them pay for their costs to society."
Bloomberg (free registration) (4/27) 
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FAA should improve safety data, DOT says
The Department of Transportation is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to improve its analysis of safety. "The FAA is taking important steps to improve safety, such as implementing voluntary safety reporting for controllers, but the agency has not yet realized the full benefits of these efforts," said Jeff Guzzetti, assistant DOT inspector general for aviation.
AIN Online (4/30) 
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A4A announces the 2012 NDT Forum
Nondestructive Testing (NDT) refers to methods for inspecting structures for microscopic flaws without causing damage. Each year, the A4A NDT Forum assembles leaders in the field to exchange information on new methods, new applications and experiences related to aircraft. Visit the events section on the A4A website for information on the Sept. 24 to 28, 2012, NDT Forum in Seattle.
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Ancillary fees benefit passengers, report says
A new report calls ancillary fees "the ultimate compliment for the consumer" because it gives airline passengers the right to choose their services. Jay Sorensen, author of the report from IdeaWorks, said extra fees help tailor the passenger experience. "Consumers now begin the booking experience with a shopping cart into which they add services and products to the base product of an airline seat," said Sorensen.
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (5/1) 
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Survey: Legroom, fare increases are among passenger concerns
Lack of legroom and fare increases are among the list of complaints in TripAdvisor's annual passenger survey. The poll also found that mobile-device use continues to rise, with one in four travelers calling their tablets an essential carry-on and nearly half using smartphones to check flight status. Forty-five percent reported planning to book travel early because of concerns that rising fuel prices will increase fares.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (4/30) 
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Mindfulness course aims to relieve stress at Google
Google's campus includes lots of options for recreation, but the frenetic pace of work can be stressful. As evidence, one of the company's most popular courses for employees is a seven-week class on mindfulness called S.I.Y., for "search inside yourself."
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (4/28) 
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