Passage of long-delayed FAA reauthorization legislation appeared imminent after U.S. House and Senate negotiators compromised January 31 on a four-year, $63 billion bill to fund the agency through Fiscal Year 2015.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » February 6, 2012
Transport Workers Union president James Little expressed “shock” last week at the depth of concessions AMR Corporation has asked from its employees as part of its plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
Low-fare carrier Spirit Airlines continued its public criticism of new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) passenger-protection rules, drawing a rebuke from a U.S. senator. The airline also faced a new fine from the DOT over its handling of complaints lodged by passengers with disabilities.
International Air Transport Association director general and CEO Tony Tyler dubbed 2011 “a year of contrasts,” in the group’s annual traffic report issued last week, as worldwide airline passenger demand last year rose 5.9 percent and cargo markets contracted by 0.7 percent for the year.
Airbus has confirmed it has begun studies aimed at raising the A330-300’s maximum takeoff weight (mtow) by five metric tons, from 235 tons (518,081 pounds) to 240 tons (529,104 pounds), in a bid to increase the twinjet’s range and better compete with the Boeing 787 and 777.
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