March 2012 News in Brief

Calendar of Events: March 27-29 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition Shanghai, China http://www.abace.aero/2012/ April 3-6 55th Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show Washington, D.C...


Calendar of Events:

March 27-29

Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition

Shanghai, China

http://www.abace.aero/2012/

April 3-6

55th Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show

Washington, D.C.

www.aea.net/convention/DC2012

Business Buzz

Delta’s Temp Program At MSP: A Delta Airlines program called Ready Reserve that uses temporary workers for numerous positions at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is drawing fire from the carrier’s full-time staffers who say it jeopardizes their jobs and pay. The temporary jobs start at $10.82 and include baggage handling and deicing planes.

Half Penny In Profits: Airlines for America says the industry earned less than half a penny in profits for every $1 of revenue generated during 2011. The trade group laid out a five-point plan that would lower taxes; reduce regulations; remove limits on foreign investments; upgrade aviation infrastructure and reduce oil price speculation.

Middle East Traffic Up: International Air Transport Association said that in January, Middle East airline traffic recorded a growth of 14.5 percent compared to January 2011. IATA added that the region’s airline capacity rose 10.6 percent; however, freight traffic dropped 8 percent.

TMHU Launches Fuel ‘App’: Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. launched its Toyota Forklift Fuel Efficiency Calculator application to help customers estimate fuel efficiency savings and performance of their forklift fleets.

Airport, Airline Team Up: Russia’s Vnukovo Airport and Transaero Airlines have agreed to cooperate to improve ground handling of passengers, luggage, air mail and cargo quality in full compliance with ICAO and IATA requirements as well as rules and regulations of the Russian legislation.

US Airways Objects: US Airways Group Inc. said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that a multibillion-dollar runway and terminal expansion at Philadelphia International Airport could harm its finances and business operations and force it to shift flights elsewhere. The airline, which transports nearly 70 percent of the airport’s passengers, included the statement in its 2011 annual report to federal regulators.

Franchise Terminated: Million Air, a corporate chain of upscale refueling facilities for private jets, terminated its franchise agreement with SBD Properties, LLC, a firm managed by a controversial developer who began operating a franchise at San Bernardino International Airport in 2010.

Bankrupt AMR Posts Loss: The parent company of American Airlines reported a net loss of $1.98 billion for 2011. In other news, American reported that it could not afford to offer early-retirement incentives to unionized mechanics and flights attendants. The airline also reported a loss of $170 million in January.

IATA Reports January Traffic: The International Air Transport Association announced global traffic results for January showing a 5.7 percent rise in passenger demand but an 8 percent decline in air freight compared to the same month in 2011. The occurrence of Chinese New Year in January (rather than in February as in 2011) exaggerated the increase in passenger demand and the fall in air freight.

Delta Defends Record: More pets died on Delta Air Lines than on any other carrier last year, according to data released by the federal government. Out of 35 pets that died on airlines last year, 19 died on Delta flights. That’s up from 16 the previous year. Delta said it carries more pets than many other airlines, in part because of its broad route network.

Eaton Seals On Mars Rover: Eaton’s aerospace facility in Beltsville, MD, provided specially manufactured seals for the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft that launched in November 2011. Named “Curiosity,” the nuclear-powered rover is expected to reach the Red Planet in August.

Southwest Takes A Break: Southwest Airlines is pausing in its expansion plans, as the carrier grapples with the high price of fuel and its acquisition of AirTran Airways. CEO Gary Kelly told the Wall Street Journal that he sees opportunities to eventually add “hundreds of planes” to Southwest’s fleet, but plans to keep the fleet at 700 planes this year.

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