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April 14, 2006

Delta, Pilots Reach Tentative Agreement

Panel Delays Ruling On Contract

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 04.14.06 1215 ES: Talk about down to the wire. Aero-News has learned a tentative agreement has been reached on a new contract between Delta Air Lines, and its pilots union -- less than 24 hours before a federal arbitration panel was expected to rule if the bankrupt carrier could toss out its existing contract with pilots, a move that almost certainly would have resulted in a debilitating pilots strike.

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Airbus Celebrates A340-600 HGW Certification

...But Program Has Fewer Customers Now Than Before

Airbus announced Friday the company has achieved EASA certification for the latest version of the long range A340-600. Qatar Airways is the first customer to take delivery of the plane, followed by Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic and Etihad Airways... but there's a name missing from that list: Emirates.

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Urgent CASA AD: Rolls-Royce

Applicability: Rolls Royce Model RB211-524 series engines, all marks, installed on Boeing 747 and 767 and Lockheed L1011 aeroplanes fitted with High Pressure (HP) Turbine discs only listed in Table 1 of this AD.

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AD: Seats

AD NUMBER: 2006-08-03 MANUFACTURER: Seats SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-08-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Sicma Aero Seat (formerly Farner) cabin attendant seats series 150 type FN and series 151 type WN.

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Big Brother Is Watching WHO??

TSA "Terrorist" Turns Out To Be A Homeward-Bound Marine

The Transportation Security Administration bagged a terrorist in Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday, or so they thought. Daniel Brown's name came up on their no-fly watchlist, so they dragged him into interrogation and grilled him, despite the protestations of Brown and his fellow travelers -- like Brown, members of the USMC Reserves returning home from Iraq -- who swore they could vouch for him.

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Claiming Collusion, 9/11 Families Sue TSA Lawyer Martin

Says Transcripts Were Provided By "Friends" At The Airlines

Last month, Aero-News reported on the possible connection between the two airlines being sued for negligence and wrongful death related to the 9/11 hijackings, and TSA attorney Carla Martin. Now, attorneys of the families now suing United and American for the loss of their friends and loved ones on 9/11 have served papers against Martin, too, alleging she "colluded and/or conspired" with representatives from the airlines.

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All Clear After Ryanair Bomb Threat

Scottish Police Criticized For Handling Of Situation

Scottish police have confirmed there was no threat to a Ryanair flight from Paris to Dublin, that was diverted to a Glasgow airport Wednesday afternoon after a note claiming there was a bomb onboard was passed to the cabin crew.

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Emirates CEO Says Airline May Switch A340 Order To A380s

Had Deferred On Orders To Wait For More Efficient Plane

It wasn't their first choice... but it's better than nothing. That's the latest word from the chairman of Emirates, who told reporters earlier this week the Dubai-based airline may convert its orders for the slow-selling Airbus A340-600 model to the upcoming A380 superjumbo.

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