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