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Airline Division News, Week Ending December 30, 2012

Airline Industry News

Governmental and Regulatory

If Congress and the White House are unable to make a deal  to avert automatic spending cuts, set to go into effect Wednesday, there will not be an immediate effect on the Department of Transportation and its agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a DOT official.

Airlines and Labor

Boeing will sell and deliver more planes than Airbus in 2012, beating its European rival on both measures for the first time in 10 years.

The likelihood of AMR's potential merger with US Airways Group occurring before AMR exits bankruptcy is threatened by discord among pilot unions for both companies, a union leader says.

Production delays and then a couple of incidents with Boeing's Dreamliner 787 jets have generated criticism of the new jet, but the company says nothing out of the ordinary has occurred.

Smaller airlines are anticipating a shortage in qualified pilots once new Federal Aviation Administration rules go into effect next summer.

Certification tests on the improved GEnx-1B engine for Boeing 787s have been pushed back to "early next year," General Electric says.


The offices of the Airline Division will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 in observance of New Years. We will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2012.

On behalf of the Division and staff, we wish our members and families a very Happy, prosperous and safe New Year.

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