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.
Among the AMR Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection documents filed last fall were FAA proofs of claim against the company for 89 alleged safety violations that occurred between January 2007 and November 2011.
The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) and Business Travel Coalition (BTC) last week publicly released a jointly produced white paper sent to the U.S. Department of Justice that explains their opposition to the merger between US Airways and American Airlines. The 28-page report concludes that such a merger could substantially reduce competition on a number of routes, create regional strongholds at key airports across the country and starve smaller communities of air service vital to their business interests.
Conditional labor contracts offered to employees of bankrupt American Airlines by its would-be merger partner, US Airways, provide for only marginal improvements over offers they have received through the bankruptcy process, according to US Airways chairman and CEO Doug Parker.
Lukewarm market reception and performance deficiencies that continue to fall short of the new 747-8’s original design specifications might have elicited a fair share of skepticism from various industry quarters, but they haven’t deterred Boeing from declaring that “prospects look quite good” for the stretched, re-engined and re-winged jumbo jet, now in passenger operation with Lufthansa Airlines and five cargo customers.
After asking for a show of hands from air charter operators who are experiencing difficulties filling pilot vacancies, FAA deputy director of flight standards John Duncan told attendees at this week’s NATA Air Charter Summit that he gets involved in discussions about pilot shortages in a lot of different venues. “From an academic standpoint, it’s going to be interesting,” he said. “But from a community standpoint, it’s probably going to be a little painful. This is an interesting dilemma for the aviation community.”
An EVA Air Cargo Boeing 747’s right wing clipped the vertical stabilizer of an American Eagle EMB135 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on May 30.
A plan by American Airlines to increase annual revenues by $1 billion by 2017 centers largely on the ability to add large regional jets to fill a capacity gap between 50 and 140 seats more completely, according to an internal letter outlining the company’s post-bankruptcy business plan sent to all AA managers on May 7.
The FAA wants to penalize Alaska Airlines $210,000 for allegedly failing to properly document and tag deactivated systems and equipment before making repairs.
The agency alleges that on 10 occasions between June 19, 2010, and January 13, 2011, Alaska performed maintenance on six of its Boeing 737 airplanes, but it failed to document the alternative actions it took and to install the appropriate danger tags.
Jonathan Ornstein began his career in 1987, working at Los Angeles-based Air LA, a small commuter carrier where he did everything from finance to aircraft cleaning. He moved over to Mesa Air in 1989, where he served as assistant to founder, president and CEO Larry Risley. He worked his way up to executive vice president, and then became president and CEO of Continental Express and senior vice president of airport operations for Continental. He then moved to Brussels, Belgium, to work with Sir Richard Branson to create Virgin Express.