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April 15, 2008

Seventy-Nine Feared Dead In Congolese DC-9 Downing

Fifth Fatal Plane Crash In Nine Months

Officials say there are only six known survivors, out of 85 persons onboard a DC-9 that crashed on takeoff Tuesday in eastern Congo.

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Continental Weighs In On Delta/Northwest Merger

Tells Employees "Landscape Is Changing"

Continental Airlines -- believed by many to be in talks with United Airlines about a merger of their own -- released the following message Tuesday to its more than 45,000 employees from Larry Kellner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Jeff Smisek, President, in response to Monday night's announcement that Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines have agreed to merge.

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BTS: Airline Employment Rose For 13th Straight Month In February

But That Trend Might Not Last Much Longer

Given recent airline announcements of declining profits, bankruptcies, and mergers... this may be the last we see of such promising airline employment numbers for awhile.

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Denver Int'l Says It's Willing To Help Frontier, Other Carriers

Airline Already Benefitted From Fee Cuts During United's Bankruptcy

If Frontier Airlines asks Denver International Airport for help to reduce some of the bankrupt carrier's costs, the airport says they'll work with the airline... and any others down the line who may need similar considerations.

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Southwest Airlines Unveils 'Illinois One' To Honor State, Chicago

B737-700 Emblazoned With Artist's Rendering Of State Flag

This week, Southwest Airlines unveiled its newest special-liveried aircraft, Illinois One -- a Boeing 737 emblazoned with an artist's rendering of the state flag.

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IAM Says Passenger, Workers Will Suffer In Northwest-Delta Merger

Union Strongly Opposed To 'Ill-Advised Mega Venture'

They're not fans. Late Monday evening, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers' (IAM) General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr. issued the following statement in response to the proposed merger between Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

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DOT Proposes United Airlines For Los Angeles-Mexico Flights

Delta, Virgin America Also Applied For Route Frontier Is Giving Up

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed Monday to allow United Air Lines to begin new flights between Los Angeles and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.

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DOT Says Caps Won't Help Solve New York Airspace Mess

Schumer Sees Sound Bite Opportunity, Responds Predictably

The general aviation community has come to know US Senator Charles Schumer as an opponent of small aircraft operators. Perhaps it will help to know the New York Democrat is also a thorn in the side of the US Department of Transportation.

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FAA Scrutiny Of Airline Maintenance To Continue

AAL The Latest, But Probably Not Last, To Feel Agency's Wrath

American Airlines has returned to a normal schedule, after a regulatory crackdown by the Federal Aviation Administration which resulted in the cancellation of more than 3,300 flights scheduled on MD-80-series airliners in less than a week.

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Oberstar Thinks Airline Cancellations 'Will Go On For A While'

Congressman Led Crackdown On FAA Inspection Process

Minnesota Congressman James Oberstar has led the charge against the Federal Aviation Administration, calling on the agency to more strictly regulate its own procedures governing the oversight of US domestic carriers. His name also is synonymous with recent FAA action -- some would say overreaction -- concerning those airlines' compliance with safety procedures and inspections, which resulted in thousands of flight cancellations over the past month.

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