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April 14, 2008

United Postpones New China Service By At Least A Year

Blame It On Oil Prices, Carrier Says

United Airlines said Monday it will postpone the launch of nonstop service between San Francisco and Guangzhou by one year, blaming surging fuel prices.

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AAR: Boeing Signs Off On Painted Landing Gear Surfaces Over FAA Protests

Says Manufacturer's MOM Allows Enamel Paint, So There

Hoping to put a swift end to an FAA investigation into its servicing methods, on Monday AAR Corp. announced Boeing has issued a Multi Operator Message ("MOM") to its 707, 747, 757 and 767 customers, dated April 8, 2008, referencing a FAA South Florida FSDO notice (UPN No. 2008-S2008 0110024) issued last month regarding enamel paint applied by AAR to the inside surfaces of the respective aircraft main landing gear ("MGL") truck beams.

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Aer Lingus Orders Airbus A350-900s

Also Takes More A330-300s To Tide Them Over

Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus became the latest airline to place a firm order for the upcoming Airbus A350 XWB last week. In its biggest ever acquisition for long-haul aircraft, the Irish airline received shareholder approval Friday to purchase six A350-900s, along with six additional A330-300s, confirming its earlier placed contract.

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Machinists Urge Airlines To Focus On Customer Service, Not Mergers

Say Executives Losing Sight Of Bigger Picture

As the oft-rumored joining of Delta Air Lines with Northwest Airlines in the holy terms of merger mania appear to be coming ever-closer to fruition, this weekend International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr. issued the following statement on current airline industry maintenance and customer service concerns.

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Report: Delta, Northwest Agree To Terms Of Takeover

The Associated Press reports Delta Air Lines has reached an agreement with executives at Eagan, MN-based Northwest Airlines, which will see the Northwest brand dissolve in the name of creating the world's largest airline.

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Lost Heathrow Baggage Could Face Fiery Fate

Company Says Unclaimed Luggage May Also Be Auctioned

If you can't beat 'em... or, find their rightful owners... burn 'em. That seems to be the likely fate for thousands of as-yet unclaimed bags, lost in the recent operations meltdown at the new Terminal 5 at London Heathrow.

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Qantas Worker Dies In 20-Foot Fall From 747

Believed To Be Member Of Catering Staff

There's no doubt flying can sometimes be a risky business... and alas, the risks aren't limited to taking flight. A woman assisting in restocking a Qantas airliner at Brisbane International Airport was killed when she reportedly fell to the tarmac this weekend.

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