American Air’s Ticket, Gate Agents Vote For Union

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Published: September 17, 2014

Passenger service agents at American Airlines have backed union representation for the first time, with about 86 percent of members voting for collective bargaining, the union said. The vote affects about 14,500 agents who work at both American and US Airways. The workers will be represented jointly by the Communications Workers of America and the […]

Air France Pilots To Strike From Monday

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Published: September 15, 2014

Air France will operate only 40 percent of its flights from Monday as pilots begin a one-week strike over company plans to cut costs to recapture market share from budget airlines. “Air France forecasts it can guarantee 40 percent of its flights for September 15 given the number of pilots on strike on that day […]

FAA To Fine Five Companies For Cargo Violations

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Published: September 13, 2014

The US FAA has proposed a combined total of more than USD$ 430,000 in penalties for five companies, including FedEx, British Airways and American Eagle Airlines, for alleged violations of safety and hazardous material regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration proposed that British Airways pay a USD$ 195,000 penalty for allegedly asking its partner American Airlines […]

FAA Challenged By Overhaul Of ATC

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Published: September 13, 2014

The US aviation industry has only minimal confidence in the ability of the FAA to overhaul the nation’s air-traffic control system, a survey released by a government watchdog agency said on Friday. The US Government Accountability Office said a survey of 76 industry stakeholders found they considered the FAA “only marginally to moderately capable” of […]

No Decision Yet On Etihad’s Stake In Air Berlin

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Published: September 12, 2014

There have been no decisions in the investigation into Etihad’s stake in Air Berlin and whether it complies with EU rules, a spokesman for the German transport ministry said. “The probe will be carried out very carefully. The probe is still ongoing – that means there have not yet been any decisions. I can’t tell […]

Investigators Studying MH17 Metal Shards

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Published: September 12, 2014

Investigators trying to find out who shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine have recovered 25 pieces of metal from baggage and bodies, which could lead them to the missile believed to have brought down the airliner. Dutch prosecution service chief Fred Westerbeke, who is leading the international inquiry into the July 17 […]

Alcoa Signs USD$1 Billion Deal With Boeing

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Published: September 12, 2014

Alcoa has signed a long-term supply contract with Boeing that is worth more than USD$ 1 billion. The contract is the largest ever between the two companies, said Alcoa, a longtime Boeing supplier. It did not disclose a precise value or time frame for the deal. Alcoa has been expanding its aerospace business and announced […]

Boeing, Airbus Studying Production Increases

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Published: September 12, 2014

Boeing and Airbus are seriously considering whether to increase production rates on the 737 and A320. Airbus is studying whether to increase production of the A320-family aircraft beyond the 46 a month already targeted for 2016, with a decision possible by year-end, Airbus Americas President Barry Eccleston told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit in […]

Airbus To Deliver Qatar A380s, Possible Delay To A320neo Testing

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Published: September 12, 2014

Airbus will deliver the first of ten A380s to Qatar Airways but may delay the first flight of the A320neo due to possible engine issues. After a three-month dispute that had blocked delivery of the A380s, Qatar has agreed to take the new jet, people familiar with the matter said. Airbus declined to comment. Qatar […]

Vietnam Airlines’ IPO Plan Wins Govt Approval

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Published: September 11, 2014

The Vietnamese government has approved final plans to sell 25 percent of state-owned carrier Vietnam Airlines in an initial public offering of shares, an online newspaper reported on Thursday. The Hanoi-based airline will sell 20 percent to a strategic partner or partners, Vietnamese news website NDH quoted a senior government official as saying. A further […]

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