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A look at the airline industry
San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In November 2011, American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corporation filed for bankruptcy, despite a rather valiant attempt at recovery by its Chairman and CEO Gerard Arpey, after taking over from CEO Donald Carty in 2003. American Airlines could not stay competitive, as it was burdened expensive labor contracts, volatile fuel costs and the need for a new fleet. It, along with other major carriers, had been facing a general trend of lower customer demand post 9/11, which looks to deepen further by the persistent global financial crisis. CEO Arpey retired from AMR convinced that the new chairman and CEO Tom Horton would need to restructure American Airlines with a free hand. More

EU scheme to hit airline passengers
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Airline passengers going to Europe are likely to be hit in their pockets as carriers pass on the extra cost of complying with the EU emissions trading scheme. Industry Insights take to the skies with The National as it charts the aviation industry. The EU is requiring all airlines using its airports to purchase carbon credits to offset their contribution to air pollution. A global row is raging between carriers and the EU about the costs arising from the controversial carbon trading scheme. Etihad Airways estimates the scheme will cost it as much as €310 million over the next nine years. More

An incredibly safe year for air travel
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This is starting to sound like a broken record, but once again, 2011 was an incredibly safe year for commercial air travel. In fact, there were only 373 fatalities on 18 scheduled passenger flights worldwide. Considering that there are roughly 10 million flights per year in the U.S. alone, this is a remarkable feat. Looking at the Aviation Safety Network's database, we see that there were 106 "occurrences" of all kinds during the year worldwide. This number includes military and cargo aircraft accidents as well as airplanes on test flights. One of the accidents last year was actually with an illegal crop-dusting operation in Russia. So this is pretty detailed. More

US airline workforce up 3 percent in October
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U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that U.S. airlines employed 389,444 workers in October, up 3 percent from October 2010. BTS said this is the 11th consecutive increase in full-time equivalent employee levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year. More

Hong Kong Airlines to increase fleet, expand regional presence
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By adding more than 50 new aircraft over the next four years, Hong Kong Airlines is taking yet another step toward unseating Hong Kong flagship carrier Cathay Pacific from its position of dominance in the region. HKA corporate governance chief Kenneth Thong told Bloomberg television that HKA has paid the deposit on four Airbus A380 aircraft orders, with six more pending. Each A380 carrier is priced at $375 million. Reaction from at least one regional rival was blasé. More

PlaneClear sets higher bar for charter brokerage services
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In an era when the Internet is eliminating many forms of privacy, the charter industry remains somewhat opaque, leaving charter clients without essential information about their trips, in the opinions of James Chitty and Nicolos Bozzo, founders of PlaneClear, based in Long Island City, N.Y. Chitty, PlaneClear's President, worked for Liberty Jet and Vice President Bozzo for Gama Aviation before they founded PlaneClear in 2008, "to bring unprecedented transparency to the private charter market," according to a PlaneClear statement. More

US rejects delay request from global airlines on bag fee transparency
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The U.S. Department of Transportation rejected a request from U.S. and foreign airlines to delay new disclosure requirements about bag fees, but there will be few enforcement actions as they relate to interline itineraries or code-shares for six months. This means that starting Jan. 24, passengers should start receiving new information and links about bag fees in their e-ticket confirmation emails. More

USPS paid FedEx $1.4 billion for airfreight in 2010
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The U.S. Postal Service paid FedEx $1,4 billion to deliver mail via cargo jets in fiscal 2010. FedEx carries express, priority and first-class mail on its planes, making the company both a partner and rival to the Postal Service. Now that the agency is looking to slash its budget, airfreight is seen as a place to cut. Sending fewer packages by plane could reduce the payments to FedEx by about $400 million a year, according to SJ Consulting Group. More

US business aircraft safety record declines
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U.S. fixed-wing business aircraft operators posted a slightly worse safety record in 2011, with the increase in accidents appearing to exceed the slight increase in operations, according to the latest information released by safety expert Robert E. Breiling Associates. At the same time, however, accidents involving U.S. twin-turbine helicopter operations were less than half the number in 2010. More

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