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May 13, 2008

Passenger Charged After Using Cell Phone On Southwest Flight

Tells FAs "Kiss My [Expletive]" When Told To Hang Up

Here's a friendly hint: when the flight attendant tells you NOT to take that call... you'd better follow their advice, regardless of circumstances. Alas, an Austin, TX businessman failed to heed repeated warnings to do just that on a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Austin to Dallas, and was charged with a crime as a result.

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Southwest Borrows $600 Million To Shore Up Finances

They Don't Need It Now, But May Need It Later

It's a financial conundrum: the best time to borrow money is when you don't particularly need to, and the worst time to do it is when you need the extra cash the most. Southwest Airlines -- arguably the healthiest of all US airlines right now, in terms of profitability -- took that advice to heart this week, and borrowed $600 million to bolster its already healthy financial reserves.

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Airbus Confirms Changes To A380 Production Plan

Scales Back 2009, 2010 Deliveries Due To Transition Problems

Airbus has completed the A380 program review, and is now informing customers about changes to its delivery schedule.

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NWA Flight Diverts After Wing Panel Hits Horizontal Stab

Second Missing Panel Problem Involving Boeing 757

A Northwest Airlines Boeing 757-200 bound for Detroit from Los Angeles made an unexpected stop in Las Vegas Monday, after a wing panel reportedly fell off in flight and struck the plane's horizontal stabilizer.

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AD: Dornier/328 Support Services GmbH

AD NUMBER: PL2008-10-51 MANUFACTURER: 328 Support Services GmbH SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2008-10-51 SUMMARY: The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, notified the FAA that an unsafe condition may exist on all Dornier Model 328-100 and -300 airplanes.

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ABX Pilots Take Out Ads To Ask 'Hard Questions'

Want Investors To Grill Management About Recent Decisions

When all else fails, take your fight to the court of public opinion. More than a few companies and groups have used this strategy recently... and now, pilots at cargo hauler ABX Air have followed suit.

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Report: ILFC May Split From AIG Due To Troubles

Parent Company Posted $7.8 Billion Loss

Sometimes, it's truly frightening how interconnected the global economy is today. Consider the following: International Lease Finance Corp. -- the world's largest lessor of commercial airliners -- may split from parent company American International Group, due to the insurance company's staggering financial slump.

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Great Lakes Takes Over Passenger Service To Jonesboro, AR

Carrier Replaces Mesa in Essential Air Service Program

A $1.6 million contract was approved by the US Department of Transportation last week, outlining plans for Great Lakes Aviation to provide passenger air service to Jonesboro, AR.

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Boeing, El Al Finalize Triple-7 Deal

Israel's Flag Carrier Signs For Four 777-200ERs

Boeing and El Al Israel Airlines announced Monday the two companies recently completed an order for four 777-200ERs (Extended Range).

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