United Airlines appoints Douglas McKeen Senior Vice President Labor Relations

United Airlines appointed P. Douglas McKeen as senior vice president – Labor Relations. McKeen, an employment lawyer and highly regarded labor negotiator, joins United with more than 20 years of airline labor relations and human resources experience, including most recently at ASTAR Air Cargo, where he led negotiations on a pilot contract with the Air Line Pilots Association that was recently approved.

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Boeing protests U.S. Air Force tanker contract award

Citing irregularities with the process of the competition and the evaluation of the competitors’ bids, The Boeing Company has filed a formal protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), asking the agency to review the decision by the U.S. Air Force to award a contract to a team of Northrop Grumman and European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) to replace aerial refueling tankers. “Our analysis of the data presented by the Air Force shows that this competition was seriously flawed and resulted in the selection of the wrong airplane for the warfighter,” said Mark McGraw, vice president and program Read more

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European Commission searches offices of Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Lufthansa released that the European Commission conducted an investigation in the offices of Deutsche Lufthansa AG in Frankfurt on March 11th. According to information from the investigation decision, the Commission has information that passenger aviation companies including Lufthansa in Europe and in Japan may have taken part in anti-competitive price-fixing and collusive behaviour in traffic between the EU and Japan. Lufthansa is cooperating with the European Commission in full and willingly providing all the requested information.

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Midcoast Aviation appoints Jim Zarvos to head MRO at Savannah Air Center

Jim Zarvos, currently leading Midcoast’s satellite operations, was recently promoted by Midcoast Aviation to senior vice president and added MRO and refurbishment activities at SAC in Savannah, GA to his responsibilities In his new position, Zarvos will soon relocate to Savannah to lead the MRO and refurbishment programs at Savannah Air Center which was acquired by the Jet Aviation Group at the end of January 2008.

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SAS to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 20% by 2020

The SAS Group is launching a new environmental strategy that includes an ambitious strategic environmental target. The new environmental target is to reduce total carbon-dioxide emissions by 20% by 2020 compared with 2007. The new environmental target assumes passenger growth of 4% per year and for each producing unit the target entails halving carbon-dioxide emissions by 2020. Two of the methods of achieving this reduction are by implementing energy enhancements and mixing jet fuel with renewable sources. The environmental target indicates an important pragmatic shift whereby the trend in curves for passenger growth and emissions growth move in opposite directions. Read more

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Delta receives DOT approval to begin flights between New York-JFK and Bogota

Delta Air Lines has received preliminary approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to begin daily nonstop flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Bogota, Colombia. The daily frequencies between JFK and Bogota would complement Delta’s existing daily service to Colombia from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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Chairman of Rolls-Royce Deutschland takes on additional role

Dr. Michael Haidinger, Chairman of Rolls-Royce Deutschland since October 2006, has taken up an additional role within the Group with effect from 1 March 2008. Dr. Haidinger will take on the role of Chief Operating Officer of Corporate & Regional Engines for Rolls-Royce, and will be accountable for civil engine programmes below 25,000 lbs thrust, including the company’s portfolio of engines for business jets. Rolls-Royce is the world

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