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December 28, 2011

Muslim Firefighter Called Hero On AirTran Flight

Led Effort To Subdue Passenger Trying to Break Into Cockpit

A man who frightened passengers by attempting to break into the cockpit of an AirTran flight on its way from Atlanta to Kansas City was subdued by a fellow passenger, who is now being hailed widely as a hero. Jabir Hazziez, Jr. is an unlikely candidate to be viewed as a hero, especially on an airliner in 2011 - he's Muslim.

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India Weighs Response To EU Carbon Tax

Warns Carbon Scheme Will Bring Retaliatory Action

India, one of almost two dozen nations gearing up for a fight with Europe over the imminent launch of a unilateral carbon licensing system, warns that the unilateral action by Europe could lead to international retaliation. Official sources now say India will decide on a formal policy sometime in February, according to a report in The Economic Times of India.

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More Flak For FAA Rest Rule -- US Airways Pilots 'Express Concern'

New Rules 'Allow For Increased Flight Time And Fail To Address Fatigue'

It wasn't hard to predict that the release of the FAA's long awaited regs on crew rest and duty times would see some flak... but the chorus of opposition keeps growing. This time, the US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA), representing the pilots of US Airways, have expressed concerns over the new FAA Flight and Duty Time rule addressing pilot crew rest. The new rule is the result of efforts to address pilot fatigue, brought to light primarily as a result of the fatal accident of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in Buffalo, NY that occurred in May 2009.

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Iran Expects To Buy Aircraft From Russia

Government Says It Will Add 25 Passenger Planes To Civil Fleet

The US and some other western nations are working to isolate the government of Iran over alleged nuclear weapons development, but some nations are exploiting the trade restrictions as an opportunity to gain new market share. Embraer has come under fire for its willingness to discuss supplying Iran with fighters. Now, Iran's minister of transportation says his government is considering buying new civil aircraft from Russia.

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China Will Sue EU, Despite US Loss

Says Its Carbon Tax Case Will Go Forward

As the countdown continues to the January 1 start of the European Union's new unilateral carbon tax on airlines, including portions of flights outside its jurisdiction, China has announced it will go forward with a suit against the plan, notwithstanding a recent defeat in European courts of a similar challenge brought by the US.

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AirTran and Southwest Flight Attendants Reach Agreement

Tentative Transition Agreement To Be Voted Upon Within The Coming Week

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), representing 2,400 Flight Attendants at AirTran Airways, announced a Seniority Integration and Transition Agreement, this week, with Southwest Airlines, AirTran Airways and Transport Workers Union Local 556, which represents Southwest Flight Attendants. The agreement outlines the full integration of AirTran Flight Attendants into Southwest as the two airlines merge. The agreement will be sent to Flight Attendants at both carriers for ratification.

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