Despite a dour world economy, organizers of the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show, which runs this Sunday through Tuesday in Dubai, expect to exceed last year’s $907 million record as global investors from 29 countries vie for a slice of the region’s growing charter market. Current forecasts predict 15-percent annual growth rates for business aviation in the Middle East over the next five years.
The prolific growth of the Middle East market for business aviation should be clearly apparent at the second Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show this month. The three-day event will be staged at Dubai’s Airport Expo Center from November 16 to 18 and is projected to be more than twice the size of the first full MEBA show, held in January last year.
Talks between Boeing and its striking machinists could resume this weekend under the terms of an agreement to return to the bargaining table more than a month after 27,000 members of the International Association of Machinists walked off the job September 6.
New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) and high-time general aviation pilot Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would ensure good-faith collective bargaining for FAA employees and provide for an impartial impasse resolution process. At the same time, it would restart contract talks between the agency and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca).
Flight Options and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, the union representing the pilot group, have announced “an unprecedented expression of mutual cooperation.” The two parties “have pledged to put their past differences aside and instead dedicate their efforts to achieving common goals.” In March 2006, the Flight Options pilots voted to be represented by the IBT and have been seeking their first contract ever since.
Boeing today presented what it called its best and final contract offer to its approximately 27,000 employees represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Washington, Oregon and Kansas. The offer includes an 11-percent pay increase, cost-of-living adjustments and pension increase of $80 per month per year of service.
NetJets pilots last month voted to switch union representation from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP), an in-house group. The final results, released July 1, show that of the 81.7 percent of eligible NetJets pilots who participated in the vote, 97.7 percent opted for the NJASAP while 2.3 percent chose the IBT.
A bill introduced in the House of Representatives in late June provides a mechanism for resolving the longstanding contract dispute between the FAA and the air traffic controllers union. It also provides airline passengers with rights to “fair treatment” when facing significant delays due to weather or other extraordinary circumstances.
NetJets pilots this week overwhelmingly voted to switch union representation from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP), an in-house group. The final results, released on Tuesday evening, show that of the 81.7 percent of eligible NetJets pilots who participated in the vote, 97.7 percent opted for the NJASAP while 2.3 percent chose the IBT.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) in mid-June endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president.