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Alaska Airlines < announces a $271-million renovation of Terminal 6 at Los Angeles Int’l Airport that will include spacious boarding areas, a new passenger lounge, and more efficient baggage check-in. The project is part of a court settlement in a lawsuit brought by Alaska Airlines, which had disputed terminal-related fees imposed by Los Angeles World Airports, the operator of LAX. Alaska Airlines also agreed to a new 10-year lease for the terminal, and will provide $18.6 million of the renovation cost.

Tucson Airport Authority < Board of Directors approves a Terminal Optimization Study to identify opportunities to most effectively meet current and future space needs in the Tucson Int’l Airport (TIA) terminal complex.Study is an amendment to the East Concourse Gate Expansion Design Project, approved as part of the 2009 Capital Improvement Program, and is a result of the economic downturn.

Springfield (IL) Capital City Airport  < reports American Eagle will begin service to DFW Int’l Airport. 

AirTran Airways < begins daily nonstop jet service from Tampa Int’l Airport to Key West,as well as twice daily nonstop service between Tampa and San Juan Luis Munoz Marin Int’l Airport

American Airlines Cargo < begins direct service between Shanghai and Los Angeles as well as between Budapest and New York; and is resuming seasonal service between Dublin and Chicago.

Cessna Aircraft Co. < secures orders for 30 aircraft at the Sun ‘n Fun Int’l Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, FL, including 16 orders for the new Corvalis TTX; 13 orders for high-wing single-engine pistons; and, an order for a Grand Caravan.Five new 172 Skyhawks are targeted for the University of North Dakota.

FLIGHTSTATS < reports North American airlines operations returned to normal after the worst winter in recent history. After nearly 38,000 canceled flights in February, a tally of 12,600 canceled flights were recorded in March.

Aeromexico < announces increased flight frequencies between Miami and Mexico City, adding two new seasonal flights to its current schedule.

Oklahoma < Governor Mary Fallin signs into law a measure reestablishing tax credits for engineers going to work for Oklahoma companies as well as the companies that hire them. The bill restores a tax incentive that was put on moratorium last year by the Oklahoma state legislature. Oklahoma is home to more than 300 aerospace companies.

Signature Flight Support < launches its new maintenance brand, Signature TECHNICAir™, which consolidates all Signature-owned maintenance facilities under one unified brand, including the former Executive Beechcraft locations and Signature locations at Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA; St. Paul Downtown Airport; and the newly acquired Yellowstone Jetcenter in Bozeman, MT (BZN).

DENVER, CO < April 4, 2011 — Denver International Airport is happy to report that all three credit rating agencies – Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch – have reaffirmed their ratings of DIA’s outstanding senior lien General Airport Revenue Bonds (GARBs). 

NATA/NBAA < National Air Transportation Assn. and National Business Aviation Assn. submit comments to FAA on its proposal to change drastically the ability for aircraft owners to have their tail-numbers blocked from public view. The Block Aircraft Registration Request — or BARR — is a system that permits aircraft owners/operators to have their aircraft data blocked when conducting IFR flights in the U.S.

Vancouver Int’l Airport < selects Simio for Building Expansion Performance Analytics in an effort to save tens of millions of dollars in unnecessary investments in building expansion projects to handle U.S. Customs and Border Protection challenges; www.simio.com.

NETJETS < names Jordan Hansell its chairman after the resignation of David Sokol, who abruptly resigned from parent Berkshire Hathaway March 30.

Bombardier < reports it recorded 74  business jet orders in the fourth quarter ending Jan. 31. Company had a total of 107 orders for the fiscal year.

Cutter Piper Sales < relocates its offices to Jet Source in Carlsbad, CA.  Cutter was recently appointed to sell Pipers in Southern California and Hawaii.

Agricultural Bank of China < reports its leasing division will finance Embraer aircraft under a memorandum of understanding that could make available some $1.5 billion in financing to operators over the next five years.

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