As if higher fares, check baggage fees, packed airplanes, and
ever-eroding service weren't doing enough to curb airline demand on
their own, the chairman of the British Government's Committee on
Climate Change has floated an idea that frequent flyers in the UK
should be charged higher taxes than those who fly occasionally.
Open Skies Accord Paves Way For Joint Ventures That American
Says Could Result In Stronger Airlines
American Airlines applauded efforts by Japanese and U.S.
negotiators Wednesday for their progress in developing an Open
Skies accord that will govern aviation in years to come. American,
a founding member of the oneworld Alliance, pressed both countries
to reach a final accord in Washington, D.C., this week.
A Boeing official says the number of order deferrals has slowed,
which could be an indication that the industry's slide may be
coming to an end. Boeing President and Chief Financial Officer
James Bell told industry analysts that only a few new requests for
deferrals have come in since the third quarter ended October
FAA Is Considering New Commercial Pilot Certificate Standards
FAA Administrator Babbitt testified Thursday at a hearing before
the Senate Commerce Committee Aviation Subcommittee on oversight of
FAA safety initiatives. In his prepared remarks, he reiterated that
"we cannot regulate professionalism."
Secret Airport Screening Parameters Inadvertently Made
TSA has inadvertently posted some of its most secret airport
screening procedures online in a way that makes them available to
the public, including special rules for diplomats, CIA personnel,
and law enforcement officers.
$600 Million To Be Doled Out By DOE For Biofuel Projects
The FAA said Wednesday it welcomes the announcement by Secretary
of Energy Steven Chu and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack of
more than $600 million in awards to advanced biofuel projects. At
least four grant recipients are working on technologies to produce
fuels including renewable jet fuels.