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Union: Chronic Shortage of Air Traffic Controllers a Crisis

A chronic shortage of controllers has reached a crisis that will lead to widespread flight delays if left unchecked, officials for the union that represents air traffic controllers said Tuesday. The Federal Aviation Administration has failed to meet its hiring goals for controllers for five consecutive years, leaving the number of air traffic controllers at its lowest level in 27 years at a tim...

Frontier Flight Attendants Protest Cuts to Sick-Leave Policy

The union representing Frontier Airlines flight attendants is crying foul over attendance policy changes that it says penalizes employees -- and threatens their jobs -- for calling in sick. "Changes to the dependability program should be addressed at the negotiating table, not simply imposed upon the workers it impacts," Association of Flight Attendants-CWA national spo...

Argus: North American Bizav Flying Surges in September

Business aviation flight activity last month in North America climbed by 3 percent versus a year ago, according to data released today by aviation services group Argus International. This more than quadrupled the company’s forecast for 0.7-percent growth, prompting its data researchers to dub it the “September surge.” Argus is predicting a 2.7-percent increase in flying this mont...

New route into China for United Airlines

United Airlines has launched a new bellyhold route into China, which take-off next year as long as it gets the go ahead from regulators. The carrier will fly to Xi’an International Airport and the service will be the first trans-Pacific flights to the destination operated by any airline. United will be the first US airline to serve the city. United says it will...

Boeing Optimizes Maintenance Record Keeping for Airlines

New digital airline maintenance records tool increases operational efficiency Boeing introduced today a digital records management capability to its Maintenance Performance Toolbox suite of products that will optimize maintenance operations and reduce costs for airlines. The Maintenance Performance Toolbox Records module provides an industry standard platform to manage scanned and digit...

Boeing to Support United Airlines 787 Dreamliners with Component Services

Boeing announced yesterday a new services contract with United Airlines that is expected to reduce costs and increase efficiency for the airline by providing high-value, mission-critical rotable parts. Boeing will support United Airlines’ entire fleet of 787 Dreamliners through its Component Services program under the 10-year agreement, enabling the airline to greatly reduce its inventory...

US airlines said to hit Justice Department hurdle in Gulf airline dispute

The US Justice Department has raised concern about demands by US airlines that the government limit flights of three Middle Eastern rivals to the United States, three sources familiar with the matter have said. Justice Department antitrust officials warned of higher fares and fewer choices for consumers if the Obama administration blocks new flights by Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways...

Bell and Lockheed modify V-280 contract ahead of Sikorsky takeover

Lockheed Martin’s pending acquisition of Sikorsky has caused some contractual changes between Lockheed and Bell Helicopter for V-280 Valor development to ensure there is no cross pollination with its competitor, the Boeing-Sikorsky SB-1 Defiant. Bell president and chief executive John Garrison says Lockheed continues to be a good partner on the programme and already follows many of the fi...

United Airlines Flight Bound for Hong Kong Makes U-Turn over "Fuel Shortage"

A United Airlines flight bound for Hong Kong was delayed for over a day after making an emergency U-turn back to San Francisco on Sunday, allegedly due to a fuel shortage. A flight tracking site showed UA flight 869 departed from San Francisco airport at 8:37 p.m. local time on Saturday (11:37 a.m. on Sunday in Hong Kong) but turned back when it reached the Gulf of Alaska. It landed a...

Delta Evacuates Plane in Jamaica After Faulty Report of Fire

A Delta Air Lines plane aborted takeoff Monday in Jamaica after a fire was reported in its cargo area, forcing 160 people and six crew members to evacuate the commercial jetliner which was scheduled to fly from Montego Bay to Atlanta. Nobody was injured in the afternoon incident at Sangster International Airport in the northern tourist city of Montego Bay. A Delta spokeswoman said the...

United Airlines Offers the Most International Flights from NYC and D.C. In May

United Airlines, the airline offering the most nonstop flights from New York/Newark and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, is adding daily trans-Atlantic summer-season service between: New York/Newark and Athens, Greece, from May 25 through Oct. 5, 2016 Washington/Dulles and Barcelona, Spain, from May 25 through Sept. 6, 2016 Washington/Dulles and Lisbon, Portugal, May 25 through Sept....

Special Report: Aircraft Acquisition Planning and Financing

One of the ultimate attractions of business aviation is the ability to take to the skies on a schedule that fits your company’s needs – be it through charter, fractional ownership, aircraft leasing or an outright business aircraft purchase. If outright ownership isn’t right for your company’s needs, charter, fractional ownership and, to a lesser degree, aircraft leasing...