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Southwest 737-800 completes maiden flight from Baltimore | JetBlue traffic, capacity increase in March | Delta breaks ground on $160M LaGuardia hub makeover
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April 12, 2012
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"Snapback" contracts at US Airways may pose challenge for a merger
US Airways' labor contracts could present a challenge for a possible merger with American Airlines. When US Airways went through bankruptcy in 2002, labor contracts included a "snapback" provision that allowed wages to go back to previous levels if there was a change in control at the airline.
TheStreet (4/11) 
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Southwest 737-800 completes maiden flight from Baltimore
Southwest Airlines is adding Boeing 737-800s to its fleet. The jets carry 38 more passengers than Southwest's Boeing 737-700, an increase in capacity of around 30%. The 737-800 jet made its maiden commercial flight for Southwest on Wednesday from Baltimore to Fort Myers, Fla.
USA Today/Today In The Sky blog (4/11),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/11),  The Sun (Baltimore) (4/11) 
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JetBlue traffic, capacity increase in March
JetBlue Airways passenger traffic increased 12% in March on a year-over-year basis, as the carrier boosted capacity by 9% for the month. Load factor for March also rose, to 86.3% from 83.6% during the same month last year.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Dow Jones Newswires (4/11) 
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Delta breaks ground on $160M LaGuardia hub makeover
Delta Air Lines has begun the $160 million makeover of its hub at New York's LaGuardia Airport. "The project includes a 630-foot connector bridge linking Terminals C and D, a new Delta Sky Club in Terminal C and expanded security lanes in both terminals," Jacques Couret writes.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Atlanta (4/11) 
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Inside Aviation
American Airlines memo is mistaken about pilots, union says
The union representing American Airlines pilots disagreed with an executive memo that said pilots did not support a merger with US Airways. The union has been neutral on a possible merger.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (4/11) 
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Boeing unveils fuel-efficiency design changes for 737
Boeing announced design choices for its 737 MAX that will boost the aircraft's efficiency, the company said. The changes are designed to decrease weight of the aircraft and wind resistance, which will boost fuel efficiency.
Reuters (4/11) 
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Delta could partner with JP Morgan on oil refinery
Delta Air Lines could save 10% on fuel by buying an oil refinery, sources say. The carrier could also partner with JP Morgan Chase to help run the refinery, which ConocoPhillips has put up for sale in Trainer, Pa. "The question is whether the stress and costs of running a refinery is outweighed by having your own boutique jet-fuel provider," said Sander Cohan of Energy Security Analysis Inc.
Bloomberg Businessweek (tiered subscription model) (4/12),  Reuters (4/11) 
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Export-Import Bank president says charter should be renewed
Fred Hochberg, president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, said the bank's charter should be renewed. He said efforts by some lawmakers to end the charter will hurt U.S. companies "just as foreign competition is heating up." The bank's charter expires May 31. Delta Air Lines is seeking to eliminate export financing for wide-body jets because it allows foreign competitors to obtain lower interest rates for planes than the commercial market offers.
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Steep airfares to Europe are sending travelers to other destinations
Travelers are seeking cheaper vacation spots over popular tourist destinations in Europe as high oil prices and major events continue to drive airfares and hotel rates up, this feature says. "People are being more careful. We're seeing a shift in behavior to some of the more resort-y markets where there are deals to be had," said Joe Megibow of Expedia.com.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/12) 
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N.Y. airports will begin clean-bathroom campaign
New York airports are cleaning up their act -- starting with the bathrooms. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plans to introduce a 90-day initiative to offer cleaner restrooms and improved customer service at the three larger airports in the New York area.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (4/11) 
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5 keys for building better talent
There are five key components to building a high-performing talent machine, Randall J. Beck writes. For example, "weave a language of talent" into job descriptions instead of just listing requirements, Beck writes.
Gallup Management Journal (free content) (4/10) 
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