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September 16, 2008

BTS Records First Drop In Airline Employment Since January 2007

As Airlines Fly Less, They're Employing Fewer People

The tide has finally turned. After reporting 17 consecutive months of increased employee ranks at the nation's airlines, the US Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics announced Tuesday scheduled passenger airlines employed 0.8 percent fewer workers in July 2008 than in July 2007.

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Media Says Flaps To Blame In Spanair Accident

Investigators Warn Final Cause Has Not Been Determined

A number of Spanish newspapers reported Tuesday the Spanair plane that crashed on takeoff last month in Madrid did not have its flaps properly deployed... though officials have not released any official statements to that effect, and the investigation is still ongoing.

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United Pilots: 'There They Go Again'

Protest Airline's Latest Effort To Bleed Customers Dry

Saying that United Airlines management is trying to treat its customers as ATMs, on Monday the carrier's pilots said they strongly oppose the airline's plan to double the fee it charges passengers for checking a second bag.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 09.16.08

Is There A Pilot Shortage? With AIR Inc.'s Kit Darby

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.16.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.16.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Is There A Pilot Shortage? 09.16.08 (ANN Special Report, with Kit Darby of Aviation Information Resources.)

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NASA Flies Zero-G For First Time

Some Flights Scrubbed Due To Ike

NASA for the first time last week used microgravity research flights aboard commercially-owned aircraft to test hardware and technologies. These flights, on an airplane operated by the Zero Gravity Corporation, simulated the weightless conditions of space.

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New North Terminal At DTW Set For Wednesday Opening

Flights To Shift To New Gates Beginning At 0400 Local

After more than three years of planning, design and construction, the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) is set to open its new North Terminal at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) on Wednesday, September 17.

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AAR To Help United Airlines Sell Its Unwanted 737s

Carrier Doesn't Want Inefficient Planes... But Someone Might

AAR announced this week it has been selected by United Airlines to remarket and provide technical advisory services for United's fleet of wholly-owned Boeing 737 aircraft, which the company has previously announced will be retired from service.

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Will Boeing Strike Help Or Harm Unionized Machinists?

IAM To Boeing: 'It's The Outsourcing, Stupid'

Given the ever-slackening US economy and mass layoffs at several airlines and manufacturers, one would think now wouldn't be the best time for labor unions to take a hard line in demanding better and compensation. For the most part, you'd be right... but workers on strike at Boeing say they have the power.

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Airbus Denies New A380 Delays

French Paper Reports Two Fewer Deliveries In '08

The Airbus A380 superjumbo has already faced two development delays totalling almost two years. Airbus recently made a slight downward revisions in production numbers in May, but insists there will be no more delays, despite new rumors.

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United Sacks Pax With Yet Another Baggage Fee

Will Now Charge $50 For Second Bag

How high will they go? We shudder to ponder the possibilities. Now that United Airlines passengers are getting accustomed to paying $25 to check a second bag on domestic flights, parent UAL Corp announced Monday it's doubling the fee to $50 one-way.

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