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The following is a compilation of recent aviation industry news stories.

Airline News
AMR Attendants’ Contract Boosts Pressure for Pilots Deal
Bloomberg - 08/20/2012
American Airlines flight attendants’ approval of a new cost-cutting contract increases pressure for a similar accord between the bankrupt carrier and its pilots, the lone holdout on union givebacks.
JetBlue Shuns AMR Merger Talks as CEO Seeks No Deals
Bloomberg - 08/21/2012
JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU) has “no interest” in a merger with AMR Corp. (AAMRQ)’s bankrupt American Airlines and hasn’t received a document that would allow an exchange of confidential information between the carriers.
Horton addresses the American Airlines troops in letter - 08/20/2012
We have this letter from Tom Horton, chairman, president and CEO of AMR and American Airlines, that went out to employees Monday morning:
USDOT Fines JetBlue for Not Informing Passengers of Opportunity to Leave Aircraft During Delay at Gate
Travel and Tour World - 08/21/2012
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today said JetBlue Airways violated federal rules last March by not informing passengers on an aircraft delayed at New York’s JFK Airport that they had an opportunity to leave the plane as it sat at the gate with the door open.
Bomb scare on Southwest Airlines flight headed to Houston - 08/20/2012
The Houston Fire Department was called to Hobby Airport Monday morning after reports of a possible bomb threat on Southwest Airlines flight 24 enroute to Houston's Hobby airport from El Paso, Texas.
UPDATE 1-Virgin to compete with BA on domestic routes
Yahoo! Singapore Finance - 08/21/2012
* Virgin to start London-Manchester services in March 2013 * To run three daily return flights between the cities * Route will help to feed Virgin's long-haul network By Rhys Jones LONDON, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Virgin Atlantic will go head to head with rival British Airways (BA) on routes between L
Air Arabia Reports Another Six Months of Profit and Consistent Growth
CAPA - 08/21/2012
Air Arabia continues to prove it is one of the Middle East’s most consistently profitable airlines. While other carriers in the region have suffered through the vagaries of the regional economic climate and the various social and political disruptions, the carrier has continued to report solid results, despite the external shocks buffeting it and mounting competition in the market space it pioneered in the Middle East.
AI to fly full strength abroad
Yahoo! India News - 08/20/2012
New Delhi, Aug. 20: In a bid to regain its market share, Air India has decided to utilise its entire fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft to fly on international routes that had to be curtailed after its pilots went on a 59-day strike.
Tunisair’s sluggish attitude towards change makes it ill-prepared for Open Skies
Centre For Asia Pacific Aviation - 08/21/2012
As a majority state-owned airline in North Africa, Tunisair has retained most of the flag carrier privileges that are cemented in the 1944 Chicago Convention, but those protectionist practices run counter to the present realities of passengers wanting choice and low fares.
ALPA Nat'l & Pilot Group News
FedEx Long-Term Commitment to Sustainability Gets a Boost: Emissions Reduction Goal Increased Fifty Percent
Yahoo! Finance US - 08/20/2012
Annual FedEx Global Citizenship Report Highlights Company’s Milestones in Areas of Energy Conservation, Community Development, Disaster Relief and More
United Airlines' First 787 Takes Flight
Travel and Tour World - 08/21/2012
United Airlines' first 787 Dreamliner has completed its first production flight as Boeing makes final preparations for delivering it to United at the end of September.
FedEx to Donate Boeing 727-200F Aircraft to Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology - 08/20/2012
TULSA, OK - August 21, 2012 - A Boeing 727-200F aircraft from FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) will be donated today at the Tulsa International Airport.
Industry & Legislative News
Mainline airline pilot hiring to increase
Flightglobal - 08/20/2012
Mainline carriers in the USA are expected to increase their pilot hiring during the second half, even as some plan capacity cuts. Delta Air Lines, which plans to cut capacity by about 1% this year compared to 2011, is understood to need additional crews to replace retirees and to fly 88 Boeing 717-
Regional airlines face closings, bankruptcy
USA Today - 08/20/2012
Passengers hopscotching across the U.S. may book their trip on one of the major airlines such as United, but it's often smaller, regional carriers with such names as Colgan Air that do the flying
ICAO Releases Phraseology Study Results
Aviation International News - 08/20/2012
The International Civil Aviation Organization has concluded that ambiguous or confusing ATC phraseology “is a frequent contributor to aircraft accidents and incidents.
ANALYSIS: Second quarter financial round-up
Flightglobal - 08/20/2012
While financial fortunes differed across the regions in the second quarter of the calendar year, the pain of fuel volatility was a constant for all. Even though oil prices in the second quarter relented from the prolonged highs of the previous 18 months, increased fuel costs - or hedging-related los
Airline stocks rise on fare hikes to offset fuel
Bloomberg Businessweek - 08/20/2012
Posted on August 20, 2012 NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of U.S. airlines gained Monday following a successful attempt to raise fares to cover the rising cost of fuel.
AEA: FAA Extends Comment Period for Part 145 Rewrite
Aero-News Network - 08/20/2012
Troubling NPRM Gets More Time To Develop Consensus--At The Last Minute
British Airways Engineering Signals Return to US Aircraft Interiors Market - 08/20/2012
Blackwood; Wales – British Airways Engineering, a leading Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) provider, has today announced that its Interiors and Safety Services subsidiary has received Part 145 Repair Station Authority certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Ottawa in running for $25M aerospace facility
Ottawa Business Journal - 08/20/2012
ANALYSIS: Fleet Watch - July 2012
Flightglobal - 08/21/2012
Commercial aircraft net orders came in at 389 new orders for July 2012. The high figures for the month are directly associated to the Farnborough International Airshow where strong transaction activities traditionally occur.
MAG leads early Stansted airport bid battle
International Business Times - 08/20/2012
British airports operator BAA opened the way for a $2 billion (1 billion pounds) sale of London's Stansted on Monday with Manchester Airports Group (MAG) an early frontrunner in a bid battle expected to draw U.
Salt Lake City International Airport Contracts for PASSUR Surface Management and Tarmac Delay Management Solutions
PR Newswire - 08/21/2012
STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PASSUR® Aerospace, Inc. (OTC: PSSR.PK), a business intelligence software and solutions company, today announced that Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) has contracted for the PASSUR Surface Management and Tarmac Delay Monitor solutions – creatin
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