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Airbus Has Fix For A380 Wing Cracks

BBC - An Airbus boss says the company has found a long-term solution to small cracks in some of the A380 super jumbo wings, which are made in Flintshire.  Read More>

Air Fare Sticker Shock

Chicago Sun-Times - “People I think are going to be shocked by how much higher some fares are,” said President George Hobica.  Read More>

"Regional" Carriers Cracking Under The Stress

NYTimes - For anyone trying to fly between the smaller cities in the United States, it’s not easy to get from here to there anymore.  Read More>

DOT & GAO: FAA Must Use Safety Data Better

AIN Online - Two federal watchdogs told a congressional panel on April 25 that the FAA has improved its ability to collect aviation safety data, but lacks the analysis needed to enhance the safety of air traffic operations.  Read More>

Have Food Delivered To Gate?

Sacramento Bee - Airport restaurateur HMSHost has introduced a smartphone application that enables travelers at Sacramento International Airport to order food from airport restaurants and have it delivered to them at their gate.  Read More>

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Better Management Needed To Get NextGen On Track

ExecutiveGov - The Federal Aviation Administration’s efforts to upgrade its air traffic control system to feature satellite-based communication capabilities is over schedule, according to a Transportation Department Inspector General audit.  Read More>

Aviation Partners Examining New Winglet Designs

Flight Global - Seattle-based Aviation Partners is ready to flight test a slate of new technologies with the goal of allowing aircraft operators to boost fuel economy and correspondingly produce less carbon without the need to buy new aircraft.  Read More>

Wireless IFE Expanding Soon - For business and leisure travelers alike, a frustrating part of flying is the lack of access to wireless services for work or entertainment. But that will change soon, as increasing numbers of airlines install equipment that will allow passengers to connect to the Internet, according to a new report released Thursday.  Read More>

TSA's PreCheck Coming To SEA

Seattle Times - Thousands of Alaska Airlines frequent fliers and others labeled "low-risk" travelers by the U.S. government will get a fast pass through security lines at Sea-Tac Airport starting April 24.  Read More>

EU May Be Bending On Carbon Fee

IHT - The European Union, heading for a trade war over a new toll on the greenhouse gas emissions of international airlines using European airspace, has been warned that the measure could wreck the prospects for global action on climate change.  Read More>

Boeing Announces Improvements For 737MAX

Reuters - Boeing Co on Wednesday put some finishing touches on a make-over of its popular 737 aircraft as the U.S. planemaker battles with European arch-rival Airbus to deliver fuel savings to airlines hammered by near-record oil prices.  Read More>

France Urges EU To Solve Carbon Tax Fight

Reuters - France has urged the European Commission to resolve a row over plans to make airlines using EU airports pay for their carbon emissions - a move that has angered the United States, India and China and stirred threats of a trade war.  Read More>

Congress Urges Action Over EU Carbon Scheme

Politico - The airline industry and some Republican allies say enough with the talk: It is time to take action against the European Union’s new emissions trading scheme.  Read More>

How Mobile Travel Sites Stack Up

USA Today - You can log onto JetBlue Airway's through your smartphone in an average of 4.237 seconds. Log onto United Airlines, and it'll take you 18.284 seconds to load the page.  Read More>

U.S. Sanctions Over Airbus Subsidies

Reuters - The United States said on Friday that European governments had failed to end illegal subsidies for aircraft manufacturer Airbus and so will be taking the first step at the World Trade Organization toward seeking sanctions on potentially billions of dollars of European goods.  Read More>

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