Can Pond Scum Save The Airlines?

Fox - If nothing else, maybe pond scum can save the airline industry.  Read More>

When A Flight Number Isn't Just A Number

CNN - Most airlines assign flight numbers randomly, but every so often, a bit of whimsy makes its way into the schedule.  Read More>

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E-190 Subject to Premature Cracks

Bloomberg - Embraer SA's E-190 jets, flown by carriers including US Airways Group Inc. (LCC), need more frequent inspections after tests turned up cracks that may indicate a structural flaw, Brazil’s aviation authority said.  Read More>

U.S. - Columbia Sign Open-Skies Agreement

Bloomberg - The U.S. and Colombia signed a new Open Skies air transport agreement that will increase the number of passenger and cargo flights between the two countries and boost competition in the aviation market.  Read More>

Business Travel Growth vs Fuel Price Increases

Reuters - The recovery in business travel and exposure to fast-growing emerging markets are becoming the driving factors in the airline industry and those without it have no buffer against higher fuel costs.  Read More>

Sorta Sky Team News

DOT Release - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today proposed to approve an application for antitrust immunity made by Delta Air Lines and affiliates of the Virgin Blue Group to operate joint services between the United States and Australia.  Read More>

Ready for On-Board Cell Phones?

Forbes -

How ready is the world for on-board cell phones?  On the one hand, connectivity means getting things done, which business travelers ought to love.  On the other hand, the inside of an airplane in flight is about the only place in the world where travelers can legitimately still be off the phone and - just as importantly – not have to listen to others.  Read More>

Rolls-Royce Engine for 787 gets FAA certification

Seattle Post Intelligencer - The engines for the first Boeing 787s to be delivered are now certified for extended flights far from airports, engine maker Rolls-Royce announced Monday.  Read More>

New Biofuel Sources Spur Debate

Des Moines Register - Imagine filling up the car on a fuel that isn't made from oil but doesn't have the drawbacks of corn ethanol, including its lower energy content and ability to damage older cars or gas pumps.  Read More>

Controllers Fatique Issues Being Addressed

Miami Herald - You don’t see us in the airports or on your flight, but if you fly into or out of the airports here in South Florida, or in the vast airspace over the northern Caribbean and western Gulf of Mexico, you rely on the work we do. We are air traffic controllers and our profession has been criticized in the news media over isolated reports of controllers falling asleep on the job.  Read More>

U.S. Carrier May Use AirCell's Suite of Products

FlightGlobal - At least one US airline is considering "going all the way" with Aircell by offering the firm's suite of commercial products, including its new wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) solution plus Ka-band satellite-based high-speed Internet in addition to its air-to-ground (ATG)-supported Wi-Fi in the domestic United States.  Read More>

Business Class Becoming the Premium Choice

NYTimes - While these airlines continue to provide over-the-top treatment for international first-class customers, the first-class section itself is getting smaller as airlines make way for larger and more popular business-class sections.  Read More>

FF Programs Losing Luster

Ashbury Park Press - Rich Spear belongs to 13 airline frequent-flier programs, but he's not as big a fan of them as he once was.  Read More>

Data Recorders From AF447 Found

The Independent - The cockpit voice recorder from an Air France airliner that crashed into the Atlantic two years ago was found yesterday. The jet's flight data recorder was recovered on Sunday.  Read More>

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