AB Industry News Oct12

Extended Briefs: Airline Profit Outlook Recovering The outlook for the airline industry is improving, with profits expected to reach $4.1 billion this year and $7.5 billion in 2013, says the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The...

JETBLUE AIRWAYS — breaks ground on the extension to John F. Kennedy's Terminal 5. Set to open in early 2015, the space includes six international arrivals gates and an International Arrivals Hall with full U.S. Custom and Federal Inspection Services (FIS).

JUMPJET — launches a membership-based service that affords flyers 'private jet travel for the price of first class'. The service will take flight on November 1, departing from 40 U.S. cities to more than 500 U.S. destinations.

PARADIES SHOPS — announces the addition of several planning and buying positions in its Atlanta Support Center to complement growth initiatives in the U.S. and Canada. Futurestep will lead the recruitment drive, identifying candidates that possess key attributes and exhibit styles that match the company's mission statement and core values.

PARAGON AVIATION GROUP — will launch Paragon Preferred, a new program that will allow flight departments to receive customized fuel pricing from each participating Paragon Network FBO location.

SPIRIT AIRLINES — will launch service between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Spirit is also introducing daily nonstop service from Houston to Chicago O'Hare and Las Vegas.

TUCSON INT'L AIRPORT — will receive a $5.7 million federal grant that will help pay for a large solar project covering part of the parking area. The Tucson Airport Authority plans to eventually cover the entire parking area with solar panels that also will provide shade while producing energy to help power the airport.

UNITED AIRLINES — announces plans to launch daily nonstop service from its Cleveland hub at Hopkins Int'l Airport to Nashville and Oklahoma City. The United Express flights will be operated by ExpressJet using 50-seat regional jet aircraft.

UVAIR FBO NETWORK — adds two new member FBOs bringing the total number of FBOs in the network to 16. The new members are Jet Source in Carlsbad, CA, and Jet Center Los Angeles in Hawthorne, CA.

YEAGER AIRPORT — has completed the remodel of its general aviation terminal. The airport authority board approved the $700,000 project earlier this year with the goal of improving the first impression many travelers get when they visit the state.

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