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PC Magazine - A giant paper airplane based on a much smaller model folded together by a young contest-winner improbably took flight above the Arizona desert earlier this week.  Read More>

Airlines Warn Of Olympic Chaos

Reuters - The heads of four leading airlines have warned the British government there could be chaos at London's airports during this summer's Olympic Games, which would cause major embarrassment to the country unless a deal can be reached over their concerns.  Read More>

FAA Reviewing Electronics Ban

Fox News - The Federal Aviation Administration may be looking to reverse its ban on electronic devices during airplane takeoffs and landings, according to a new report.  Read More>

First U.S. Carrier Receives 787 This Year

Aviation Week - United Airlines says it will take delivery of six Boeing 787-8s in the last four months of the year, reverting back to a total that recently had slipped to five deliveries.  Read More>

Travel To Europe Holds Steady

Travel Weekly - While retailers and operators have reported anywhere between flat bookings and 30% growth in Europe for this year compared with the same period last year, the one wild card for everyone has been and remains airfare.  Read More>

Jockeying For Slots At DCA

Bloomberg - Southwest Airlines Co., Alaska Air Group Inc. and JetBlue Airways Corp. applied to operate new nonstop flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, where the first long-haul routes are being added since 2004.  Read More>

EU Emissions Plan May Hurt EU Economy

Reuters - Airbus CEO Tom Enders said that China -- at the forefront of opposition to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) - had suspended orders for aircraft worth $12 billion (7 billion pounds), putting at least 2,000 positions at risk.  Read More>

War: Winglet vs Sharklet

WSJ - European jet maker Airbus is battling a longtime ally of Boeing Co. over the rights to market curved wingtip attachments that boost an aircraft's fuel efficiency, a cost-saving feature increasingly popular with airlines.  Read More>

Airlines Focus On Fuel Savings

Aviation Week - As mergers, consolidation and a stressed operational environment reshape commercial aviation, fuel efficiency has risen to the top of airline business concerns.  Read More>

New Versions of 777 Discussed

FlightGlobal.com - Boeing is targeting a year-end board launch for its conceptual 777X, in time for a late decade service entry, said the company's commercial unit CEO, Jim Albaugh.  Read More>

Used Aircraft Market Sags

Aviation Week - It is the aircraft industry’s equivalent of trickle-down economics: when Airbus and Boeing orderbooks swell, purveyors of used aircraft and lessors benefit by satisfying demand the aircraft builders cannot. But theory and practice have begun to diverge.  Read More>

FAA: F/O's Need More Experience

Bloomberg - The U.S. government proposed increasing the required amount of experience and training for airline pilots to address issues that arose in a fatal crash three years ago.  Read More>

Airlines Finding More Ancilliary Revenue

NYT - Those fees for checked bags or in-flight meals? They are just the start.  Read More>

EU May Pay Price For Carbon Tax

Forbes - The U.S., the big four emerging market countries, and 21 other nations all say they will use whatever trade means necessary to retaliate against the European Union for imposing a carbon tax on airlines flying into the region.  Read More>

The Rise Of Super Commuters

Bloomberg - Most Monday mornings, Karl Sparre is at Boston’s Logan Airport getting orange juice and a muffin before a 7:20 a.m.  Read More>

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