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United Airlines aims to reduce its space at Denver airport | Boeing finishes first 787 made at S.C. plant | Aviation Partners aims to reduce wind drag
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April 30, 2012
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US Airways merger would preserve jobs, American Airlines union says
Officials from the Transport Workers Union said a US Airways merger with American Airlines would preserve more than 3,500 American Airlines jobs. US Airways presented the plan to three major unions at American, but has not yet made a formal offer for the carrier. AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines, filed for bankruptcy in November.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/28),  Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (4/27) 
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United Airlines aims to reduce its space at Denver airport
United Airlines has proposed a reduction in the amount of space it leases at Denver International Airport. "We're always working with airports to address cost competitiveness," said United spokeswoman Christen David. United, which leases 46 gates at the airport, is Denver's largest carrier.
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Boeing finishes first 787 made at S.C. plant
Boeing's first 787 airliner made in North Charleston, S.C., rolled off the assembly line last week. Boeing opened the $750 million assembly plant last summer, employing 6,000 workers there. "It has been pretty impressive how Boeing has got this whole operation together, and is now actually rolling out an aircraft from a factory that has never made a plane before," said Rob Stallard, an aerospace analyst with RBC Capital Markets.
Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, Wash.)/The Associated Press (4/28),  Reuters (4/27),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/30) 
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Aviation Partners aims to reduce wind drag
Aviation Partners is preparing to test variations of winglets as well as other technologies to reduce wind drag on aircraft. "Fuel will be the most expensive commodity next to gold, so drag-reduction improvements are going to be important," said Joe Clark, president and founder of the company. "With many of these aircraft, there's room for a 5-15% improvement in drag during cruise."
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Delta's expected bid for oil refinery could be beneficial, analyst says
Some analysts say an expected Delta Air Lines bid for an oil refinery in Pennsylvania could benefit both parties. "The refiner gets a small return and a positive cash flow, while the off-taker has low-risk access to both crude and product markets with no long-term commitment," said Mark Routt, senior consultant with KBC Advanced Technologies.
Reuters (4/30) 
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Emissions-trading dispute focuses attention on ICAO
The aviation industry supports the International Civil Aviation Organization as a source for a global emissions plan, but it could take some time to finalize. "A market-based global system would have to include a lot of decisions about who the main regulator would be, how monitoring and reporting would work, etc.," said Andreas Arvanitakis, senior analyst at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon. "Even if it is adopted at the general assembly in 2013, it might not apply until 2015 or beyond."
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FAA faces deadline for drone licensing next month
By May 14, the Federal Aviation Administration must write rules regarding how it will license drones capable of flying at low altitudes, many of which have been acquired by local law enforcement agencies. It is also expected to develop plans for integrating drones into U.S. airspace by 2015. While supporters of the drones think the FAA is not moving fast enough, critics say the timeline is too short and note that the drones could arouse privacy concerns.
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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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Travel experts foresee limited effect of GSA spending scandal
The recently uncovered overspending by officials of the General Services Administration should not cut significantly into travel bookings and spending, several travel experts say. "The business community has learned from past experiences, and this is an isolated incident," said Mark Liberman, who heads the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/30) 
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New application lets hungry travelers order delivery to gate
Travelers at Sacramento International Airport will now be able to download a free mobile app that allows users to order food from airport restaurants Esquire Grill or Burgers & Brew and have it delivered to their gate. The app, from HMSHost, is available for Apple and Android mobile devices.
The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (4/29) 
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Attract young workers using connections, philanthropy
Young professionals want to feel that their work is meaningful and that they're connected with their co-workers, says Roberta Matuson of Human Resource Solutions. Even small employers can meet these needs by, for example, community-outreach efforts and planned social events such as going to a baseball game, Mary Ellen Slayter writes.
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