ACI-NA — Airports Council Int’l - North America names Katherine B. Preston as its director of environmental affairs. Preston recently worked as policy analyst in Boeing’s Arlington, VA office.
• ACI-NA raises concerns in comments submitted to FAA on the proposed rule to enhance the safety of Part 139 airports. Of particular concern to ACI-NA were provisions related to training and the surface movement plan.
AMERICAN AIRLINES — launches service from Chicago O’Hare to Helsinki, from May 1 through Oct. 29, using Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
ARSA — Aeronautical Repair Station Association applauds a new bilateral aviation safety agreement (BASA) between the U.S. and the European Union (EU) on May 1, and expected to enhance efficiencies, reduce regulatory duplication, and lower compliance costs, all while ensuring safety.
ASHEVILLE (NC) REGIONAL AIRPORT — is awarded the GA Project of the Year by the SE Chapter of AAAE for its creative use of a regional partnership to conduct a major fill project that created 15 usable acres of aeronautical use land on the airport campus.
ASIG — of Orlando reports that its Denver Int’l Airport jet fuel facility operation is the recipient of the 2011 Sustainability Champion Award, given by the CO Department of Public Health and other groups. ASIG operates the facility on behalf of a 17-member airline consortium.
• ASIG also renews ground handling agreements with Virgin Atlantic Airways atJFK and Newark/EWR.
CA Senate Bill 619 — moves to the California Senate floor and would provide relief to some flight training facilities from rules issued by the CA Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education. The bill would exempt any flight school that does not require upfront payment of “tuition” or fees and that does not require students to enter into a contract of indebtedness as a condition for training. It is supported by AOPA, NATA.
CESSNA AIRCRAFT CO. — positions its newest Mobile Service Unit at Preferred Jet Center LLC near Atlanta at Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field.
• Cessna names former General Electric executive Scott Ernest president/CEO, replacing the retiring Jack Pelton.
CONNECTLAX — a joint venture of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) and STV, is awarded a contract by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide environmental and preliminary design services for an extension of the Metro Green Line light rail to Los Angeles Int’l Airport (LAX).
CONWAY (AR) — breaks ground on a $25 million airport, to replace the city’s existing airport in the center of town.
CROWNAIR AVIATION — and Coast Flight Training and Management Inc.of San Diego announce an alliance as Cirrus Platinum Partners for Authorized Service and Training, respectively.
• Crownair also celebrates 60 years as a Southern California aviation service provider.
DELOITTE — releases a study, “Transforming the Air Transportation System – A Business Case for Program Acceleration”, which estimates the net present value of deploying the air traffic upgrade globally as scheduled by 2025 for the FAA’s NextGen, the EU’s SESAR, and other global programs is $897 billion through 2035.
DELTA AIR LINES — seeks federal approval to expand at New York’s LaGuardia Airport with slots from US Airways, revising a 2009 plan rejected by regulators. If approved, Delta would take over 132 pairs of LaGuardia flight slots held by US Airways, which would get 42 pairs at Washington’s Reagan airport.
DENVER INT’L AIRPORT — reports it will not move forward with building a signature bridge over Peña Boulevard for a FasTracks commuter train, intended to serve as a visual and symbolic gateway for travelers. Airport estimated the cost for the signature bridge at $22 million.
DFW INT’L AIRPORT — welcomes Spirit Airlines twice-daily flights from Fort Lauderdale on Airbus A319 aircraft.
DES MOINES INT’L AIRPORT — announces United Airlines will fly non-stop from DSM to Newark, using 50-seat EJR-145s.
Neither Southwest nor US Airways can add flights as they would like until the disagreement ends.
Delta's announcement stirred speculation in the industry as to whether the carrier is making the move to increase its competitive position against Forest Hills-based JetBlue.
The airport appears to be on track to serve more than 27 million passengers by year's end for the first time in five years.