The pilots of American Eagle voted on Monday to ratify a tentative agreement reached last month between their Air Line Pilots Association bargaining committee and airline management. Seventy percent of participating pilots voted in favor of the agreement. Of the airline’s some 3,000 pilots, 85 percent cast ballots.
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American Airlines officially grounded 47 of its fleet of 102 Boeing 757s last Thursday for faulty cabin seats. Earlier in the week, American said the carrier believed it had identified faulty clamps as the cause of seats breaking loose on as many as six of its 757s, some in flight.
Jumpjet, a start-up “luxury travel club” launched on Tuesday, aims to provide per-seat private jet travel at first-class airline prices. Under its program, customers pay a fixed monthly fee over a 12-month period that allows them to book a seat on 10 round-trip flights per year, without any extra per-flight-hour charges, on third-party charter aircraft flown by Wyvern- or Argus-audited operators.
Hawaii’s Island Air signed a letter of intent with Chicago’s Aerway Leasing last month to lease five ATR 42s, the first two of which the airline expects to arrive in Honolulu by the end of this year and the final three next summer.
Arinc Direct is stepping up the development of its iPad flight-planning application in support of business aircraft operators eager to eliminate paper in the cockpit. One recent enhancement that has eased approval for the app as an alternative to more costly electronic flight bags has been allowing synchronization of data between two or more iPads in the cockpit using a Bluetooth connection. Coming soon is a feature that will allow pilots to rework flight plans in the cockpit on their iPads, for instance by making last-minute changes to weight-and-balance calculations.
Pinnacle Airlines has resumed talks with its employee groups over contract concessions, following a recalculation of the cost savings it says it needs to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. According to Pinnacle, it now needs to shed $76 million to return to viability due in large part to Delta Air Lines’ plans to shed more than 200 fifty-seat regional jets from the Delta Connection system. It originally asked for $43 million in concessions.
Boeing and United Airlines on Monday celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner and acceptance of the first of the composite-bodied airliners by a North American customer.
Harris has won a three-way contest to provide the FAA’s next generation ATC data communications network between pilots and controllers, beating competing bids by ITT Exelis and Lockheed Martin.
Bankrupt American Airlines and regional subsidiary American Eagle plan to cancel a total of 300 flights this week as management prepares to unilaterally impose contract concessions on its mainline pilots. Represented by the Allied Pilots Association, the pilots have submitted far more maintenance “write ups” and have called out sick at a much higher rate than usual in an apparent work action to disrupt the airline’s operations.
AMR, American Airlines’ parent company, succeeded in its second effort to void its contract with the Allied Pilots Association Tuesday afternoon, when, in a ruling in U.S. bankruptcy court in New York, Judge Sean Lane rejected the union’s contention that American Airlines’ financial condition had improved enough since its Chapter 11 filing last November to avoid the measure.