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April 30, 2008

United Pilots Not Wild About US Airways Merger Speculation

"Share The Market's View Merger Would Be Extremely Negative"

Even while many industry analysts believe a merger between United Airlines and US Airways is an inevitable certainty, the United chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association says they view such a merger as a truly lousy idea.

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Embraer 190 Earns 120-Minute ETOPS Certification

First To Be Certified To New FAA Requirements

Embraer announced Wednesday its E-190 regional jet recently earned 120 minute ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards) approval from the FAA. The 114-seat aircraft obtained the same certification from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency in February.

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S.1300 Makes Its Way Through Senate

Provision Addresses FAA Inspector Concerns

We're getting details now on the final form of the Senate's FAA reauthorization bill, which is expected to come to a full Senate vote by week's end. Like many federal bills, several additions have been tacked on as it proceeds through the sausage factory.

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Vought Successfully Delivers Fifth 787 Aft Fuselage

First To Include Structures, Systems Components

Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. delivered its fifth composite aft fuselage section for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner earlier this month. The fuselage, designated for Airplane #3, is the first airplane shipset delivered by Vought that includes structures and the start of systems components, which will reduce the time needed to integrate the component during final assembly in Everett, WA.

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Durango Airport Says Mesa Was Behind On Its Bills

Regional Carrier Was Two Months Late On Rent, Fees

Given the current state of the domestic airline industry, it may not be much longer before smaller airports start insisting on upfront payment from the airlines serving them. Just ask officials at Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO) in southwestern Colorado.

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Boeing, Lion Air Mark 10th 737-900ER Delivery

Jakarta-Based LCC Has 178 Planes On Order

Earlier this week, Boeing and Jakarta-based Lion Air celebrated the delivery of the airline's 10th737-900ER (Extended Range) airplane.

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