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August 26, 2008

Meltdown: Communications Failure Leads To Ground Delays Nationwide

FAA Facility In Atlanta Unable To Receive Flight Plans

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 08.26.08 1600 EDT: Computer problems at a flight control center near Atlanta, GA have snagged flights nationwide, leading to widespread delays throughout the air traffic control network.

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FAA To Review Legality Of Proposed Ban On Slot-Auctioned Flights

Showdown Approaching Between Agency, Port Authority of New York And New Jersey

Things are coming to a head between the FAA and the Port Authority of New York And New Jersey, over a controversial plan by the Department of Transportation to auction slots at John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International Airports.

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Hijacked Sudanese Airliner Lands In Libya

Captors' Motives Unknown At This Time

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 08.26.08 1330 EDT: Very little hard information is known at this moment... but CNN reports a Sudanese airliner was hijacked shortly after taking off from Nyala in the country's war-torn Darfur region Tuesday.

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Investigators Look At Flap Settings In Spanair Accident

Findings Dispute Initial Reports Of Engine Fire

In the aftermath of last week's devastating takeoff crash in Madrid, investigators immediately focused on witness reports of a fire coming from the left engine nacelle of the Spanair MD-82... but it now appears those reports may have been inaccurate.

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Airlines More Likely Than Ever To Bump Passengers

But Travelers In Better Bargaining Position, Too

If you fly on commercial airlines, the chances you'll be bumped from your next flight are about to go up... as airlines effectively say "we already have your money, so there."

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United Renews Contract With US Olympic Committee

Will Continue Flying Team USA Through 2012

Will America's Best be forced to Buy-On-Board? United Airlines announced this week its plan to renew its sponsorship agreement with the US Olympic Committee through 2012, extending its 30-year partnership. As a result, United will remain the official airline sponsor of the US Olympic and Paralympic Teams, flying the athletes to Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012.

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Akron-Canton Airport Celebrates Its Best Month Ever

Sets All-Time Record With 15 Percent More July Traffic

Despite the generally gloomy current economic outlook for airlines, at least one commercial airport is flying high. The Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) tells ANN it is celebrating a new monthly record -- with 149,757 passengers traveling to/from CAK in the month of July, crushing the old record by 5,541 passengers (set in July 2005).

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Southwest Airlines Names New VP Of Strategy & Change Leadership

Kathleen Wayton's Job Is To Keep LCC On Top

Southwest Airlines recently appointed Kathleen Wayton as Vice President Strategy and Change Leadership. In her new position, Wayton will be responsible for providing executive leadership and direction for the Dallas-based low-cost carrier's Strategy, Change Leadership, and Portfolio Management Teams.

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ERAU Keeps Top Spot In Magazine's 'Best College' Rankings

New Doctoral Programs In Aviation And Engineering Physics Planned

For the ninth year in a row, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has earned the top ranking in the annual "America's Best Colleges" guide published by US News & World Report magazine.

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Another Manufacturer Eyes 150-Seat Airliner Segment

Kawasaki Considers Entering Fray

What was once the exclusive domain of airliner manufacturers Airbus and Boeing is fast becoming the most competitive segment in the market. Japanese manufacturing conglomerate Kawasaki Heavy Industries is reportedly considering entering the 150-seat segment, with a concept called the YPX.

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American Express Sees Record Increases To Domestic, International Airfares

Q2 Saw Highest Fares For Business Travelers In Seven Years

American Express Business Travel published data Monday for North American-based domestic and international airfares from its Business Travel Monitor. For the second quarter of 2008, the Monitor confirmed that high fuel prices, which led many airlines to make capacity reductions and tighten ticketing restrictions, increased the average airfare paid, motivating companies to strengthen policy compliance strategies when managing travel and entertainment spending.

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First Qantas A380 Flies In Full Livery, Cabin

Airliner Now In Final Shakedown Testing

Time inches closer for Qantas, as the Australian flag carrier looks forward to receipt of its first Airbus A380. Another milestone towards that goal was reached in Hamburg, Germany, recently when the airline's first aircraft flew for the first time in its new Qantas livery.

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Are Pilots' Fuel Claims Hurting Opinion Of US Airlines?

Now's Not A Good Time To Raise Specter Of Safety Concerns...

US airlines are already seeing passenger traffic decline as fares and fees rise, and many will effect capacity cuts next week. The last thing the airlines need right now, especially in a week filled with accident reports, is for pilots to suggest airline policy is creating a risk that airliners will run out of fuel in the air.

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It Ain't Easy Being A Flight Attendant

Cabin Crews Are Public Face For Ridiculous Airline Policies

Forty years ago, openings for airline flight attendants drew mostly attractive young women interested in travel and glamour. Today, given the need to face passengers angry over rising fees and declining customer service standards, you just might want a psychology degree and a black belt.

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