or the second time in two years, Arlington (VA) based US Airways
sought protection from its creditors Sunday, filing for Chapter 11
bankruptcy. The move came after the airline couldn't get $800
million in annual concessions from its unions.
Bombardier Aerospace tells ANN that the US Airways' filing for
bankruptcy protection will not affect total aircraft deliveries for
this fiscal year. As of September 10, 2004, there were 45
Bombardier CRJ aircraft (comprised of two CRJ200 and 43 CRJ700) yet
to be delivered to US Airways from the original order of 85
aircraft signed in May 2003.
Air Jamaica returned to the air Sunday, resuming air passenger
service to and from Jamaica following the passing of Hurricane
Ivan. All Air Jamaica service to and from Jamaica had been
suspended for two days on Friday and Saturday.
Despite $12 Billion In Security Upgrades, Few Passengers, Bags
Think about it for a minute. Since September 11th, 2001,
Washington has spent more than $12 billion to improve security at
airports and in the sky. Privately contracted security screeners
have been replaced by federal screeners. The Bush administration
created the Department of Homeland Security, which in turn spawned
Commits To Millions At Sea-Tac, Minneapolis-St. Paul
The TSA is spending a lot of money these days. The agency says
it's signed an agreement with the Port of Seattle for $6.5 million.
The funds will help offset the cost of installing additional
Explosives Detection Systems (EDS) machines, associated baggage
handling system equipment, and Explosives Trace Detection (ETD)
equipment. This explosive detection equipment will support an
interim baggage screening solution at Seattle-Tacoma International
Airport for Alaska Airlines.
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) called
today's decision by Alaska Airlines' to substantially reduce the
number of its mechanics and related employees "a blatant contract
violation" and said this flies in the face of the National
Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) admonition for the airline to
bolster in-house maintenance following the 2001 crash of flight
Operators at the Staten Island (NY) Advance were minding their
own business Friday, when all of a sudden, the phones started
ringing off the wall. Why, demanded the callers, are all these
commercial aircraft flying so low over North Shore?
Go for it. That's the word from FAA Administrator Marion Blakey
to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. She went on record last week as
backing his administration's plan to expand O'Hare International