IFALPA Daily News – 10 December 2013
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Wintry weather has forced postponement of a National Transportation Safety Board hearing into the deadly crash-landing of an Asiana jet at San Francisco International Airport in July. The agency said it hopes to reschedule the hearing to later in the week.
Shares of the new American Airlines Group (AAL)begin trading today as US Airways and AMR Corp. formally close their merger and create the world’s largest airline. As part of that deal, labor groups from the old American will receive a 13.5 percent equity stake, valued at $1.04 billion, in the new airline.
The U.S. Supreme Court took up a legal dispute Monday between an airline pilot and his former employer whose suspicions caused him to be yanked off a flight home after failing a company test.
Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary’s hearts-and-minds mission to win back disenchanted travellers and deal with the budget airline’s image problem took a further step forward yesterday as it offered passengers an “early Christmas present” of reduced baggage charges.
Africa: Customer Service, Cost Containment and Continental Duty Drive Ethiopian Airlines – CEO Tewolde
Ethiopian Airlines began operations in 1946 as a joint operation managed by the American carrier TWA, using World War II aircraft acquired from the U.S. military to transport passengers and cargo to Cairo and other nearby destinations. During the 1960s and 1970s, the government-owned airline expanded service across Africa and to several European and Asian capitals. Regular service to the United States began in 1998. In 2011, the airline became the third African carrier to join the Star Alliance.
The Middle East is predicted to lead global aviation industry growth over the next four years, with the UAE alone adding 29.2 million passengers by 2017.