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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
Now's Not A Good Time To Raise Specter Of Safety
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
Cabin Crews Are Public Face For Ridiculous Airline
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.