It's taken eight months, but the Dreamliner appears to have
finally found a home: Everett (WA).
The Seattle Times quotes an anonymous source close to the
team who says the recommendation will be finalized at the December
15th meeting of Boeing's board of directors.
Officially, the Boeing line is, "No decision has been made and no
decision will be made until the results of our site evaluation are
fully vetted with our board of directors." That word from Thomas
Downey, Boeing Commercial Aircraft VP of communications.
The leaders of the Atlantic Coast Airlines pilot group have
informed the Mesa Airlines Board of Directors that its 1,600 ACA
pilots oppose any takeover of their airline.
In a letter to the Mesa board, Captain Stephen Hunt, chairman of
the ACA unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, International,
said his members strongly support ACA's plan to create a new
low-cost carrier called Independence Air rather than be swallowed
up by Mesa and remain a feeder carrier for United Airlines.
"Let me be crystal clear: the pilots of Atlantic Coast Airlines
have absolutely no interest in being acquired by Mesa or deviating
in any other way from our management's independent vision," Capt.
Concorde frenzy seems to know no end. A London auction of
Concorde memorabilia pulled in some heavy dollars... well ahead of
the most flighty expectations. The crown jewel of the show, though,
was the very nose of the Concorde, itself.
Retired in October, the nose cone was auctioned off to a
Hungarian-born bidder by the name of Ferenc Gaspar, who claims he
got the bargain of the event... for only $551,600!
Three days of mediated talks between the Air Line Pilots
Association, International (ALPA) and Mesaba Airlines yielded
little progress this week, prompting mediators to offer binding
arbitration to settle the protracted contract dispute.
The parties received a letter from the National Mediation Board
early Friday morning citing an impasse in the bargaining process.
The letter urges an agreement as soon as possible and offers
binding arbitration to resolve the outstanding issues. If both
parties accept the offer, a neutral arbitrator will decide the
outcome of roughly two dozen issues that remain open. These
remaining issues include job security, compensation, retirement and