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April 16, 2008

DOT Announces New Efforts To Improve Air Travel Experience

Increases Compensation For Bumped Passengers; Proposes LaGuardia Caps

US Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced Wednesday a series of new measures to strengthen airline passenger protections, improve consumer choice and reduce congestion -- including doubling the limits on compensation airlines must pay flyers bumped from oversold flights, and establishing operational improvements to cut delays this summer. "We are taking steps to improve the travel experience, cut delays and lower fares in one of America's busiest aviation markets," Peters said. The Department finalized changes Wednesday to Part 250, the so-called bumping rule, which doubles the limit on compensation airlines must pay passengers who are involuntarily bumped from their flight. Under the

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ACI-NA Cheers DOT Measures To Raise Compensation For Bumped Passengers

Airports Advocated Better Payoffs For Passengers On Large, Small Planes

Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) commended the Department of Transportation (DOT) for its announcement Wednesday to amend the Part 250 compensation available to passengers who are involuntarily denied boarding and for expanding the measures to passengers flying on smaller aircraft. In the final rule, the Department adopted all of the enhancements advocated by ACI-NA.

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Wayne County Airport Authority Expects Positive Results From Delta/NWA Merger

Says DTW Welcomes New Global Carrier; Airport Is Now A Northwest Hub

Earlier this week, Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Lester Robison made the following statement in response to an announcement by Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines regarding a proposed merger. DTW is now a major hub for Northwest Airlines.

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So... Who's Next? Airlines Weigh Merger Options

Analysts Say United, Continental May Join Forces Soon

The aviation world is still sizing up the merger of Delta and Northwest... and analyst predictions that pairing will set off a wave of airline merger-mania are about to be tested.

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Regional Carrier Latest To Cancel Flights For Inspections

Trans States Airlines Grounds ERJ-145s

A small regional operator appears to be the latest airline to have its operations negatively impacted by the FAA's renewed interest in monitoring safety records. Trans States Airlines, which flies 50-seat Embraer regional jets under the AmericanConnection, US Airways Express, and United Express banners, grounded 24 planes overnight Wednesday.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 04.16.08

CAPBOR's Kate Hanni Weighs In On FAA Reauthorization... And Fliers' Rights

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.16.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.16.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- FAA Reauthorization, And Fliers' Rights: 04.16.08 (ANN Special Report, with Kate Hanni, founder and Executive Director of the Coalition for an Air

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UAL Hikes Fuel Surcharge As Much As $20

Will Other Carriers To Follow Suit?

Sheesh... when is this gonna stop? Reacting to oil prices that topped $114 a barrel earlier this week, United Airlines increased its domestic fuel surcharge by $10-$20 roundtrip.

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Report: Delta/Northwest Merger Could Be Windfall For Boeing

But Don't Expect Big Orders Anytime Soon

When it comes to aircraft fleets, the proposed joining of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines represents a mixed bag... akin to inviting ALL your family, even the less-desirable members, to your wedding.

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American Airlines Pilots Protest Against Management

Union Encourages Flyers To Tell Their AA Horror Stories

Pilots at American Airlines Tuesday staged a "National Day of Action," a multi-city protest to focus blame for recent operational problems on management.

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AD: Saab

AD NUMBER: 2008-08-07 MANUFACTURER: SAAB SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-08-07 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2008-08-04 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-08-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 airplanes.

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AD: Fokker

AD NUMBER: 2008-08-05 MANUFACTURER: Fokker SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-08-05 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-08-12 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-08-12 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 757 airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2008-08-09 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-08-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 400) airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-08-10 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-08-10 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C,-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2008-08-06 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-08-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes and Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600), CL-600-2A12 (CL-601), and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A, CL-601-3R, and CL-604) series airplanes.

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NTSB Rules Failure To Execute Missed Approach Led To RJ Overrun

Shuttle America ERJ-170 Departed Runway On Landing At CLE

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of a February 2007 runway overrun incident involving an Embraer ERJ-170, operated by Shuttle America, Inc., was the failure of the flight crew to execute a missed approach when visual cues for the runway were not distinct and identifiable.

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