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January 16, 2008

Airbus Sales Set A Record -- But Not THE Record -- For 2007

Logs 1,341 Net Orders; Delivered More Planes Than Boeing

European planemaker Airbus may lay claim to the best sales year in its history for 2007... but the company did not set the all-time record for annual sales, ceding that accomplishment to its American rival

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It's Official... Boeing Delays 787 First Flight

First Delivery Now Expected In Early 2009, 'No Material Impact On 2008 Earnings Guidance'

As noted previously by ANN, Boeing has admitted that first flight of the 787 has been moved from the end of the first quarter of this year to around the end of the second quarter to provide additional time to complete assembly of the first airplane. Deliveries are now expected to begin in early 2009, rather than late 2008.

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WSJ: Delta Merger Could Be Announced By Mid-February

But Lawmakers May Be Concerned About Anti-Trust Violations

The Delta Air Lines merger story may get very exciting, very quickly. Less than a year ago, Delta was campaigning against a hostile takeover attempt by US Airways. Now, there are reports Delta could announce a merger with another airline within a few weeks.

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FAA Downgrades Philippine Air Carriers

Category 2 Rating Places Airlines Under Close Scrutiny

The US Federal Aviation Administration has lumped airline operations in the Philippines, with company they would probably rather avoid.

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FAA Encounters Strong Resistance To Palm Beach TRACON Consolidation

Officials Unable To Provide Details On Emergency Plans

In the words of one FAA official, "this is nothing new." That doesn't mean, however, those opposed to the FAA's planned consolidation of radar facilities throughout the country are giving up the fight to stop that from happening.

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JFK Baggage Handlers Accused Of Swiping $250,000 In Jewelry

Taken From Box Conspicuously Marked "High Value"

If this doesn't make you want to go out and get that titanium luggage lock, nothing will. Two baggage handlers at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York were arrested this weekend, charged with swiping over a quarter-million dollars' worth of diamonds and other jewelry.

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UAL 757, Skywest RJ Bump Tails On Pushback At SFO

Things That Go Bump On The Ramp...

And now, the latest evidence to show it's safer to be in the air, than on the ramp of a major airport. A United Airlines 757 and a Skywest CRJ-700 each suffered empennage damage Sunday night when the aircraft collided as both were being pushed back from Terminal 3 at San Francisco International Airport.

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