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China to build airliner to rival Boeing, Airbus

In an effort to break into the commercial passenger jet business, China plans to produce the C919, a single-aisle jetliner designed to seat up to 190 passengers, USA Today reported. The plane is being produced to meet Chinese demand and also to compete with Boeing and Airbus, which currently dominate the aircraft manufacturing market. The model of the C919 was unveiled in August, but the plane isn’t scheduled to fly until 2014 and won’t be available commercially until 2016. To read the full story, visit Delta News Network.

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May 2009

Another Filipino died in an airplane crash. When Air France 447 crashed on June 1, 2009, a Filipino seaman, Arden Jugueta, was one of the passengers who perished during that crash. Yesterday, the Saudi Arabian Embassy confirmed that one of the flight attendants working the Yemen Airline that crashed was a Filipina. Camille Lou Castillo Libron, 26, single. Read more.....

April 2009

Delta introduced cross-fleeting with 3 transatlantic flights In another merger milestone this week, the first cross-fleeting flights departed the U.S. today for three transatlantic destinations – Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), London-Gatwick (LGW)and Rome (FCO). Cross fleeting uses pre-merger Delta aircraft and flight crews on pre-merger Northwest routes and vice versa. (Source: Delta Airlines).


ATLANTA, April 21, 2009 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today reported financial results for the March 2009 quarter. Key points include:

* Delta’s net loss for the March 2009 quarter was $693 million, excluding the special items described below1, or $0.84 per diluted share; * Excluding $684 million in realized fuel hedge losses and special items, Delta’s results were break even. * Delta’s reported net loss for the March 2009 quarter was $794 million, or $0.96 per diluted share. * In the March 2009 quarter, Delta realized approximately $100 million in synergy benefits from its merger with Northwest Airlines. * Delta generated approximately $600 million in operating cash flow and ended the quarter with $5 billion in unrestricted liquidity, which was unchanged from the balance at Dec. 31, 2008.

(Source: Delta Airlines)

FAA forecasts fewer passengers for U.S. airlines this year

The Federal Aviation Administration predicts that nearly 9% fewer passengers will board major U.S. airlines for domestic flights this year, and that traffic on international flights also will fall because of the economic slowdown, according to an article in Tuesday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (Source: Delta Airline).

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2008 NOT A GOOD YEAR FOR AIRLINES The airline industry lost up to $8 billion USD in 1008, IATA reported. Airline stock fell nearly 30 percent lower since the start of 2009, according to this airline body. IATA (International Air Transport Association) is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and represents about 230 airlines world-wide.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES TO PAY $7.5 MILLION FINE to settle U.S. allegations that it flew planes without the required safety inspections. The payment will be in 3 equal installments over the next three (3) years. It also agreed to improve FAA access to airline information about its maintenance and engineering activities, and review its procedures to ensure regulatory compliance, according to FAA in a press statement.


BOEING'S THREE ENGINEERS WERE KILLED IN TURKEY CRASH Read more.. (Seattle Times)

RYAN AIR MAY BEGIN CHARGING YOU TO USE THE BATHROOM..They already removed the check-in counters.

UNITED AIRLINES WILL NOT ACCEPT YOUR CASH FOR FOOD. So be ready with your credit or debit cards.

NORTHWEST'S MECHANIC UNION GAVE UP ON CLAIM. Northwest's mechanics now will have Delta Airlines benefits. Read more..

QATAR AIRWAYS RECEIVED DELIVERY, OF 777-200LR (Longer Range) Jetliners from Boeing. Boeing delivered the 2 of 8 777-200LR's yesterday. The 14 hour flights will finalize at Doha International Airport. Qatar has ordered the other version of 777's - the 777-300 ER's (Extended Range), five has already been delivered and the other 2 will be for future delivery. (Boeing.com).

BOEING WILL LAY OFF 1,100 EMPLOYEES: Boeing has issued the 2nd batch of lay-off notices last Friday, and for the first time cut the workers who actually build the planes. Boeing also said that it will not fill up the 1,000 or so positions that are open, and in addition, it will lay off 10,000 positions company-wide this year, through attrition and lay-offs.

SOUTHWEST NO LONGER A SMALL TOWN AIRLINE? If you are noticing, Southwest Airlines, an airline who is trying to portray an image of a small airline, is now servicing flights to major metropolitan areas. This year, Southwest is scheduled to fly out of Boston, New York, and Minneapolis.

UNITED AIRLINES CUT OFF CUSTOMER SERVICE PHONE FOR PASSENGERS' Sake. It was reported that the people who email or book through the online reservations are happier than those who call by phone.

BRITISH MIDLAND -BMI cuts route due to losses. BMI British Midland, the second largest airline operating at London Heathrow Airport has suffered losses. As a result, it is cutting its domestic network. Report from news media.


March 2009


JAPAN AIRLINES POSTS LOSS FOR FISCAL 3RD QUARTER Japan Airlines reached a $423 million loss as demand for business and cargo travel plummeted Read more....

MEMORIAL HELD FOR 2 BUFFALO PLANE CRASH VICTIMS. (Yahoo News) Hundreds of mourners gathered today to remember two of the victims Read more here

February 2009

Children died in airplane crash in Butte...Read more..

2/12/2009

  • A Commercial Plane Crashes in Buffalo A commercial plane which was traveling from Newark, New Jersey, to Buffalo, New York, crashed into a house in Buffalo New York tonight, according to Reuters. The plane, which can seat up to 60 people, burst into flames. As of 11:57p.m., there were no immediate reports of any survivors. Read the whole story...
  • Flight Path of U.S. Airways captured by PASSUR(R) made available to investigators minutes after plane lands on Hudson River. More news here...
  • Partner Jet has a new President. Mr. Lee Heitman was announced today as new President of Partner Jet (PJT). More news here...
  • Alaska Airlines and Association of Flight Attendants Reached Tentative Agreement on Contract Negotiation <More news here...

    FEDEX CARGO PLANE CRASHED ON LANDING IN TOKYO

    2/12/2009 A Commercial Plane Crashes in Buffalo New York...Fatalities Reported..A Continental Airlink, Colgan Air, with 44 passengers and 4 crew members on board from Newark, New Jersey to Buffalo New York, crashed into a house in a Buffalo suburb of Clarence Center, amidst rain and sleet. One resident in the house was also killed. Read the whole story here...

    2/20/2009 NORTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT FROM MANILA TO TOKYO LEFT MORE THAN 40 PEOPLE INJURED. Northwest Airlines Flt No. 2 from Manila to Tokyo Japan's Narita Airport landed on February 20, 2009 with several people injured. According to reports, more than 40 people were taken to area hospitals after the flight, which was circling the Chiba area near Narita airport when it was jolted by turbulence. Those people who were injured were not wearing seat belts even when the seat belt sign was on.




    TWO KILLED IN A DELTA CONNECTION PLANE CRASH

    An instructor and a student were found dead in inside a single-engine Cirrus belonging to a Delta Connection Academy, a flight school located about 40 miles of Orlando, FL. The flight school is a subsidiary of Delta Airlines located at Sanford International Airport. Read the story..

    JET BLUE TO ISSUE REFUND TO PASSENGERS WHO LOSE THEIR JOBS AFTER
    BUYING A TICKET

    JETBLUE Airlines (Nasdaq: JBLU) announced today that it will issue refunds to passengers who decide not to fly after they lost their jobs due to lay-off. These are for customers who purchased the tickets between February 1, 2009 and June 1, 2009 and lost their jobs on or after February 17, 2009. Read more about Jet Blue's "Promise Program" (Jet Blue Press Release)
    NATION'S FIRST BIRD RADAR INSTALLED AT SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SEATAC's airport officials reported yesterday the installation of 3 bird radars atop airport buildings. The radars will be able to detect the presence of birds in the area to avoid possible potentially fatal accidents.

    GEESE DID IT! Geese was found to have caused the landing of the U.S. Airway Aircraft at the Hudson River. This was announced today by NTSB...Also, the investigation is being hampered due to ice as they searched for bodies and clues as to why Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed More.....

    NTSB REPORTS THAT PLANE THAT CRASHED WAS ON AUTO PILOT.. What does that mean? Usually, an airplane is on auto pilot when it Read more here...

    Flight 811, heading to Fiji Islands returned to LAX Airport because of "fuel transfer problems", according to the authorities....Read more here.....


    Reported by Digg on February 23, 2009 UNITED AIRLINES CUT OFF CUSTOMER SERVICE PHONE FOR PASSENGERS' Sake It was reported that the people who email or book through the online reservations are happier than those who call by phone.

    US Airways Announced Intention for First South American Flight U.S. Airways announced this air travel news today about its first South American route. It announced that they applied for permission from regulators to begin year-round service from Charlotte to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The proposed service will be operating using a Boeing 767 Aircraft.

    "Brazil is an attractive market for US Airways and fits well into our commitment to expand our international service," US Airways CEO Doug Parker says in the release. Parker also lauded U.S. and Brazilian officials for helping make the service possible by liberalizing flight rules between the nations. "We applaud the Department of Transportation in securing new frequencies between the U.S. and Brazil and the Brazilian government in eliminating restrictions on the number of U.S. carriers permitted to fly to the country," Parker says. (Source: USA Today).


    CHICKEN PARTS OR POND SCUM FUTURE JET FUEL? IT IS POSSIBLE Here is some travel news that is interesting. The fatty parts of chicken or algae - scum from ponds, may be fueling aircraft around the world. It could also be liquid fuel converted from coal or natural gas using technology pioneered by Adolph Hitler's Nazi war machine. The airlines, engine makers, and others in the airline industry are looking at ways how to harness the power of chicken parts, algae and others to produce jet fuel. The goal is towards making the earth green. U.S. carriers burn 19 billion of gallons every year and the futuristic news which is backed by the U.S. government, will be very good for the environment and the country's wallet.DELTA AIRLINES PLANNING TO REVAMP FARES AT USA'S MOST EXPENSIVE CITIESDelta's CEO Richard Anderson disclosed that the airline will revamp its fare structure at one of their hubs, Cincinatti (CVG), Northern Kentucky Airport. Anderson would not elaborate on details and specifics but quoted as saying that the new fare structure will "see nice improvement in Cincinatti".

    DELTA AIRLINES ADDS NEW MISSISSIPPI ROUTE Beginning May 4, Delta will add nonstop service from its Memphis hub to the Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTRA) near Columbus, Miss. The Associated Press writes "Delta officials said Tuesday that the airline will fly 32-passenger turboprop planes to Memphis twice a day, with one morning and one afternoon flight coming to GTRA from Memphis and vice versa." The carrier will use Saab 340 aircraft, according to The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss.

    "Delta says its recent acquisition of Northwest Airlines led it to add the flights," AP adds. The Memphis Business Journal writes "a Delta official confirmed Tuesday the airline was currently working to add the flight into its system, but the flight is not immediately available for purchase." Delta already flies between GTRA and its biggest hub in Atlanta. Airline officials say the Memphis route will make it easy for Mississippi passengers to catch connecting flights to the West.(from USA TODAY)

    AIR TRAN POSTS FIRST ANNUAL LOSS SINCE 1999This just in from The Associated Press: "AirTran Holdings, parent of discount carrier Air Tran Airways, said Wednesday its fourth-quarter loss widened to $118.4 million, as it took a hit from bad bets on fuel hedges. It also posted a loss for 2008, its first annual loss since 1999. Orlando-based AirTran, which has its hub in Atlanta, said its net loss for the October-December period was equivalent to $1 a share, compared to a loss of $2.2 million, or 2 cents a share, in the same period a year earlier."

    "The fourth-quarter loss included non-operating losses of $147.7 million related to fuel hedge contracts. After locking in prices that looked reasonable earlier in 2008, some airlines finished the year paying substantially more than market price for a portion of their fuel. Without the fuel hedge losses, AirTran would have posted a profit for the quarter. According to USA Today Travel News, analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, on average, expected AirTran to post a fourth-quarter loss of 3 cents per share. Analysts' projections generally exclude one-time items." (from the USA Today).

    "Brazil is an attractive market for US Airways and fits well into our commitment to expand our international service," US Airways CEO Doug Parker says in the release. Parker also lauded U.S. and Brazilian officials for helping make the service possible by liberalizing flight rules between the nations. "We applaud the Department of Transportation in securing new frequencies between the U.S. and Brazil and the Brazilian government in eliminating restrictions on the number of U.S. carriers permitted to fly to the country," Parker says. (Source: USA Today).

    CHICKEN PARTS OR POND SCUM FUTURE JET FUEL? IT IS POSSIBLE Here is some travel news that is interesting. The fatty parts of chicken or algae - scum from ponds, may be fueling aircraft around the world. It could also be liquid fuel converted from coal or natural gas using technology pioneered by Adolph Hitler's Nazi war machine. The airlines, engine makers, and others in the airline industry are looking at ways how to harness the power of chicken parts, algae and others to produce jet fuel. The goal is towards making the earth green. U.S. carriers burn 19 billion of gallons every year and the futuristic news which is backed by the U.S. government, will be very good for the environment and the country's wallet.

    DELTA AIRLINES PLANNING TO REVAMP FARES AT USA'S MOST EXPENSIVE CITIESDelta's CEO Richard Anderson disclosed that the airline will revamp its fare structure at one of their hubs, Cincinatti (CVG), Northern Kentucky Airport. Anderson would not elaborate on details and specifics but quoted as saying that the new fare structure will "see nice improvement in Cincinatti".

    DELTA AIRLINES ADDS NEW MISSISSIPPI ROUTE Beginning May 4, Delta will add nonstop service from its Memphis hub to the Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTRA) near Columbus, Miss. The Associated Press writes "Delta officials said Tuesday that the airline will fly 32-passenger turboprop planes to Memphis twice a day, with one morning and one afternoon flight coming to GTRA from Memphis and vice versa." The carrier will use Saab 340 aircraft, according to The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss.

    "Delta says its recent acquisition of Northwest Airlines led it to add the flights," AP adds. The Memphis Business Journal writes "a Delta official confirmed Tuesday the airline was currently working to add the flight into its system, but the flight is not immediately available for purchase." Delta already flies between GTRA and its biggest hub in Atlanta. Airline officials say the Memphis route will make it easy for Mississippi passengers to catch connecting flights to the West.(from USA TODAY)

    AIR TRAN POSTS FIRST ANNUAL LOSS SINCE 1999This just in from The Associated Press: "AirTran Holdings, parent of discount carrier AirTran Airways, said Wednesday its fourth-quarter loss widened to $118.4 million, as it took a hit from bad bets on fuel hedges. It also posted a loss for 2008, its first annual loss since 1999. Orlando-based AirTran, which has its hub in Atlanta, said its net loss for the October-December period was equivalent to $1 a share, compared to a loss of $2.2 million, or 2 cents a share, in the same period a year earlier."

    "The fourth-quarter loss included non-operating losses of $147.7 million related to fuel hedge contracts. After locking in prices that looked reasonable earlier in 2008, some airlines finished the year paying substantially more than market price for a portion of their fuel. Without the fuel hedge losses, AirTran would have posted a profit for the quarter. According to USA Today Travel News, analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, on average, expected AirTran to post a fourth-quarter loss of 3 cents per share. Analysts' projections generally exclude one-time items." (from the USA Today).

    SEATAC's airport officials reported yesterday the installation of 3 bird radars atop airport buildings. The radars will be able to detect the presence of birds in the area to avoid possible potentially fatal accidents.



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    Favorite Poems

    SUCCESS

    by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

    Emily Dickinson published this poem in the book "A Masque of Poets" at the request of "H.H." who is not identified except as the authori's fellow- townswoman and friend.

    Success is counted sweetest
    By those who ne'er succeed.
    To comprehend a nectar
    Requires sorest need.


    Not one of all the purple host
    Whose took the flag today
    Can tell the definiton
    So clear, of victory.


    As he, defeated, dying,
    On whose forbidden ear
    The distant strains of triumph
    Break, agonized and clear!


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