US To Back Warning System For Airlines In Conflict Zones

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Published: January 23, 2015

The United States will throw its support behind a proposal by ICAO, the UN’s aviation agency, to share information about risks to commercial aircraft over conflict zones after the downing of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine last year. The UN agency’s plan falls short of what airlines sought in the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines […]

Brazil Could Auction Airports To Current Holders

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Published: January 23, 2015

Brazil may auction licenses to improve and operate 11 airports to private investors as part of a broader revamp in the industry, Civil Aviation Minister Eliseu Padilha said. In the process, the government could scrap a rule preventing investors who currently own a license from participating in new airport auctions, Padilha said. Officials are trying […]

More Bodies Recovered From AirAsia QZ8501

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Published: January 23, 2015

Indonesian divers on Thursday found six bodies near the fuselage of AirAsia QZ8501, but were unable to enter the wreckage where most of the victims are believed to be trapped, a navy official said. Days of rough weather and poor underwater visibility have hampered navy divers’ efforts to recover bodies and lift the main part […]

Southwest Airlines Fourth Quarter Profit Falls

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Published: January 23, 2015

Southwest Airlines reported a fourth quarter profit of USD$ 190 million, falling short of its quarterly income of USD$ 212 million in the same period in 2013. “We have been very pleased with the overall performance of our markets under development, most notably Dallas Love Field, New York LaGuardia, and Reagan National,” chief executive Gary […]

United Airlines Q4 Profit Falls Short

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Published: January 23, 2015

United Continental’s net income dropped to USD$ 28 million in the fourth quarter, down from USD$ 140 million a year ago after USD$ 433 million in special costs largely from settling losing fuel hedges and a voluntary buyout for flight attendants. The carrier reported that its revenue was USD$ 9.3 billion last quarter, a 0.2 […]

Pilot Strike Hits Air Traffic In Brazil

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Published: January 22, 2015

Pilots and flight crews in Brazil stopped airline operations for an hour on Thursday morning to demand higher wages, triggering flight delays and cancellations while underscoring tensions in a stagnant economy. State airport operator Infraero said 19 percent of domestic flights had been delayed and 8 percent had been cancelled by 9 am local time. […]

Australia Calls For Tenders For Potential MH370 Recovery

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Published: January 22, 2015

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has called for expressions of interest in the recovery of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 from the bottom of the Indian Ocean – should the aircraft be found. Months of searching have failed to turn up any trace of the Boeing 777 which disappeared on March 8, carrying 239 […]

Air France Reveals Job Cut Plans To Staff

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Published: January 22, 2015

Air France on Thursday met worker representatives to reveal a plan to cut about 800 jobs over three years, according to Reuters. Frederic Gagey, chief executive of Air France, also presented a “salary moderation” plan, the sources said. The job cuts will involve 500 ground staff and 300 air stewards and stewardesses, the sources said. […]

Boeing Unions Seek Conditions On Tax Credits

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Published: January 22, 2015

Boeing’s two largest unions are working on a pair of legislative bills that would put conditions on USD$ 8.7 billion in tax credits that Washington state gave to Boeing and the state aerospace industry in 2013. The tax credits were a condition of Boeing’s decision to locate production of its 777X jet in Washington state, […]

Boeing Exec Sees Strong Demand For 737 MAX

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Published: January 22, 2015

Demand for fuel-efficient narrow-body airliners like the Boeing 737 MAX remains “very strong” despite the recent oil price slump, sales chief John Wojick said. Although lower oil prices might make some airlines hesitate about upgrading their fleets, the overall boost to the economy from cheaper energy is sustaining new jet demand, he said. Wojick, Boeing’s […]

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