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Briefings ... aaae — American Association of Airport Executives is awarded a five-year contract to provide on-site classroom and customized video training to airport employees at The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. The courses will be...

continental airlines — files an application with the Department of Transportation to operate daily, year-round service between Rio de Janiero and its Houston hub at Bush Intercontinental Airport. Service would begin in June 2009 and feature the Boeing 767-200 aircraft.

crownair companies — an aviation maintenance and avionics firm based in San Diego and with operations in the Southwest United States, displays its first upgraded Crownair “Centurion Edition” T210 during the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association show in San Jose;

delta air lines and northwest airlines — officially merge, following an announcement that the Justice Department antitrust division had approved the merger of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines into the world’s largest air carrier under the Delta brand. Federal officials said the merger “is likely to produce substantial and credible efficiencies that will benefit U.S. consumers and is not likely to substantially lessen competition.” Delta CEO Richard Anderson says no change was expected in either airline’s hub structure, including Memphis.

emirates — launches non-stop service from Dubai to Los Angeles Int’l Airport.

flexjet — the fractional jet ownership program of Bombardier Aerospace, introduces a holiday promotion. Starting at $107,900, gift givers who purchase a Flexjet 25 Expert Guide Edition jet card from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, 2008 can choose one of six Expert Guide packages.

flight safety foundation — anounces its support for statutory protection against the release or use of information gathered by voluntary self-disclosure reporting programs in the wake of recent judicial decisions forcing disclosure of voluntarily supplied aviation safety information, and the use of aviation accident investigation reports in civil litigation and criminal prosecutions. FSF endorses the creation of a “qualified exception” from discovery of voluntary self-disclosure reporting programs, similar to the protection already provided in U.S. law against use of cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and surface vehicle recordings and transcripts. Examples of such voluntary self-disclosure reporting programs include the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), the Flight Operational Quality Assurance program (FOQA), and the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) system.

gama — General Aviation Manu-facturers Assn. elects Mark Van Tine of Jeppesen as chairman of its board of directors for 2009.

general dynamics — headquartered in Falls Church, VA, completes its acquisition of Zurich, Switzerland-based Jet Aviation for approximately $2.18 billion from Dreamliner Lux S.a.r.l., a company controlled by the Permira Funds. Jet Aviation has some 25 airport facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North and South America. Jet Aviation becomes a new business unit within the General Dynamics Aerospace group, operating under the Jet Aviation and Midcoast Aviation brands. Current management will remain in place.

haith & company — of Overland Park, KS is expanding its KCI Intermodal Facility at Kansas City Int’l Airport to provide additional cross-dock warehouse space for its tenant, Greenville, TN-based Forward Air Solutions, Inc. The expansion will increase the facility’s size from 50,000 to 80,000 square feet.

hawker beechcraft acquisition company, llc — based in Wichita reports lower sales and operating income during the three months ending Sept. 28, 2008, as compared to the same period in 2007, primarily due to a four-week strike in August by the International Association of Machinists (IAM). Net sales for the three months were $783.3 million, a decrease of $87.7 million compared to 2007.

jet repair anywhere — of Scottsdale, AZ announces the addition of Dallas Airmotive to its website, expanding Jet Repair Anywhere’s international footprint by providing clients with additional repair stations and maintenance facilities. Dallas Airmotive expands JRA’s database that links aircraft owners and operators with qualified maintenance facilities around the world.

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