EADS opens negotiations with the group DAHER

EADS and DAHER announce the opening of exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of a majority interest by DAHER in EADS Socata. Bringing together DAHER and EADS Socata would allow the creation of a major actor in the area of aerostructures and business aviation and develop joint projects in these two areas, in particular with regards to the A350 for which EADS Socata DAHER would be a tier one partner.

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Spirit Airlines Attacks Record Fuel Prices

Spirit Airlines attacks record high fuel prices by revising 2008 growth, cutting 15% of non-fuel costs, continuing to increase non-ticket revenue and continuing to Spirit is targeting a 15% reduction in non-fuel expenses ensuring Spirit’s costs remain the lowest in the Americas. Spirit is carefully evaluating every expense and is working with all stakeholders to ensure necessary objectives are met. Spirit remains focused on growing revenue through non-ticket revenue products and services that add value rather than substantially raising fares, which stalls customer demand.

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Unite delivers pension security for airport workers

Unite announced that British Airport Authority workers have voted to accept the pensions package secured by their union from their employer. Seven out of ten Unite members voted to accept the deal which includes a 12-year protection and guarantees for existing members in the company’s Final Salary Pension Scheme while introducing a world class defined contribution scheme for future employees. Steve Turner, Unite’s national secretary for aviation said: “Our members faced a tough choice. The company is clearly in some difficulty following its sale to Spanish group Ferrovial, which, coupled with the continuous, unwarranted attacks on its operation of seven Read more

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CSC sings new contract with Hawker Beechcraft

CSC has signed a new information technology (IT) outsourcing contract with aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft Corp. The nine-year agreement is an extension of services that began in 2002. Under the new contract, CSC will continue to manage Hawker Beechcraft’s IT infrastructure, including midrange computers and desktops, help desk operations, IT security, engineering computing, voice and video telecommunications, servers, and local- and wide-area networks. CSC will provide these services for Hawker Beechcraft’s operations globally. “This new contract continues our long and rich legacy of providing comprehensive, high-value IT services to the general aviation industry,” said Richard Ricks, president of CSC’s Global Read more

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New TSA canine teams used to enhance air cargo security at Dulles Airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the certification of three new TSA canine teams to enhance explosives detection capabilities at Virginia’s Dulles International Airport air cargo facilities. The Dulles teams began training in January and graduated after a 10-week training course at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. The teams have certified in their local environment and are now fully operational. The agency will train and certify more than 400 explosives detection canine teams, composed of one dog and one handler, during the next two years. Eighty-five of these teams will be TSA employee-led and will primarily search cargo bound Read more

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Frontier and Teamsters Union reach final agreement on wage concessions

Frontier Airlines announced that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union voted in support of temporary wage and benefit concessions requested by the Company. The Teamsters represent about 430 people at Frontier including mechanics and related workers, tool room employees, aircraft appearance agents and material specialists. Frontier asked all of its employees, both represented and non-represented, to take temporary wage and benefit concessions to help the airline as it attempts to, among other things, secure debtor in possession financing. Frontier’s other two unions: the Frontier Airlines Pilots Association (FAPA) and the Transportation Workers Union (TWU), ratified agreements for those concessions two Read more

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Jim Moravecek to succeed Bruce Hughes as Engine Alliance President

Jim Moravecek has been named President of the Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric and Pratt & Whitney. Moravecek will succeed Bruce Hughes who will return to GE Aviation in a leadership position. Moravecek has been with Engine Alliance-partner Pratt & Whitney for 35 years. He assumes the Engine Alliance

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GOL announces management changes

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes announces that, effective June 16, 2008, Richard Lark will assume a new role as a member of the Company’s board of directors and as an advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, Constantino de Oliveira Junior. As part of the board, Lark will continue to coordinate several of the Company’s policy and operating committees and continue to work closely with senior management. In his new role, Lark will remain heavily involved in the Company’s strategic, financial and operational activities, but will transition his responsibilities as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer to three senior members of Read more

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United streamlines operations to compete in unprecedented fuel environment

United Airlines announced significant fleet, capacity and personnel changes, enabling the company to build a stronger, more competitive business better able to withstand record oil prices and a softening economy. United will remove a total of 100 aircraft from its mainline fleet, including the 30 previously announced Boeing 737s, and reduce its mainline domestic capacity in the fourth quarter 2008 by 14% year over year. The company expects to retire all of its 94 B737s, provided it can work out terms with certain lessors, and six Boeing 747s. Over the 2008 and 2009 period, cumulative mainline domestic capacity will be Read more

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