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November 11, 2011

China Urges EU To Drop Carbon Scheme

ETS Would Cost Chinese Airlines $123 Million In 2012

China and the US are competitors in many ways, but they're on the same side of the fight against the European Union's proposed Emission Trading System (ETS) for foreign airlines, set to go into effect January 1. China says its aviation watchdog Tuesday urged the European Union to drop the plan, while Chinese airlines plan to sue the EU over the scheme.

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Asia, Next-Generation Aircraft Drive Continued Airline Capacity Growth

Low-Cost Carriers Double Share In Less Than A Decade

The world's airlines have scheduled 4% more capacity on 2.5% more flights in November 2011, marking six consecutive months of growth compared to the same period last year, according to the latest statistics from OAG.

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Assembly Of 1,000th 777 Underway

Program Reaches Milestone Faster Than Any Other Twin-Aisle Airplane

Workers began assembling the 1,000th 777 on Wednesday. The airplane, a Boeing 777-300ER, will be delivered to Dubai-based Emirates Airline in March 2012.

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Air Canada Low-Cost Carrier Stalled By Labor Issues

Airline Still Believes The Market Is Critical To Its Success

Air Canada has been looking for some time to enter the low-cost leisure market, saying it is "critical" to the long-term sustainability of the airline. But Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu says the only way to proceed is to be certain that the venture is truly low-cost, and for that he would need concessions from the carrier's unions in wages and benefits ... concessions that unions are loathe to grant.

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A350 XWB Production Delayed

Airbus Ends A340 Program

It hasn't been the best news cycle for Airbus, which said Thursday that while pre-Final Assembly Line (FAL) activities for the A350 XWB composite airliner have started, production of the airplane will be delayed due to the late availability of some key composite and detailed parts. The start of the FAL is now scheduled for the first quarter of 2012. Entry into service is now rescheduled to first half of 2014 to "ensure smooth production ramp-up capability."

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NTSB Requests Additional Documents From Pinnacle

Hersman Asks For All Information Relating To Colgan 3407 Be Made Available

In a statement released to the media Thursday, NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman said the board was disappointed to learn two weeks ago about internal documents released by Pinnacle Airlines Corp., parent company of Colgan Air, that were not provided to the NTSB during the course of the investigation into the February 12, 2009, crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407.

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Alaska Airlines Inaugurates Biofuel-Powered Service To D.C., Portland

75 Flights Hailed As 'The Future Of Aviation' And Path To A New Industry

Alaska Airlines inaugurated biofuel-powered passenger service Wednesday afternoon with two flights from Seattle to Washington, D.C., and Portland, OR. Alaska and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, are operating 75 select flights between Seattle and the two cities over the next few weeks using a 20 percent blend of sustainable biofuel made from used cooking oil.

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