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Your FF News editor, Jim Garner

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>

Obama Budget Would Increase Ticket Prices

Reuters - Airlines and their passengers would pay up to $32 billion in new air traffic and security fees over 10 years, and grants to big airports would fall sharply under White House budget proposals on Monday aimed at deficit reduction.  Read More>

Biofuel May Be Competitive By 2020

Biofuels International - Analysis company Bloomberg New Energy Finance have published forecasts suggesting that, if production efficiency continues to improve, the cost of some biofuels could be similar to that of conventional jet fuel by 2018.  Read More>

Oneworld: JAL-IAG Want JV

Aviation Week - Japan Airlines is taking major steps toward tightening its relationships with its Oneworld partners, applying for a joint business agreement with the International Airlines Group (IAG) and announcing a code-share with Air Berlin.  Read More>

Airlines Face $670 Million Carbon Bill For 2012

Reuters - Airlines face a carbon pollution bill of 505 million euros ($670 million) for this year under a controversial EU emissions trading scheme, an analysis by Thomson Reuters Point Carbon on Thursday shows.  Read More>

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