IFALPA Daily News – 30 January 2013


Dear Colleagues,
The IFALPA Daily News is now available online.
 Here are today’s top headlines. To read more, click on the title:
 Dallas man arrested for shooting laser beam at police helicopter
A 22-year old Dallas man was in custody after police say he shined a laser beam at a police helicopter
several times as the officers searched for a burglary suspect.
Aviation authorities find no big problems at Dreamliner’s battery maker
After eight days inspecting the Japanese company that makes the lithium ion batteries linked to
problems that have led to the grounding of Boeing 787 Dreamliners around the world, aviation
authorities have found no serious problems with the devices.
Abnormal cabin pressure diverts Qantas flight
Passengers en-route to Townsville via Brisbane on Qantas flight 974 have been diverted to
Rockhampton after the flight crew detected a problem with the aircraft.
 British Airways plans expansion in Saudi Arabia, Mideast in 2013
British Airways revealed its growth plans for Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, and British Airways globally
in 2013 at a media briefing held in Riyadh Monday.
 Is American-US Airways merger ready for takeoff?
Will they or won’t they? 
After months of courting, the time is drawing near for Fort Worth-based American Airlines to decide
whether to pursue a merger with US Airways, a deal that would have vast consequences for employees
and travellers. 
No plans to exit Jordan Airport – AIG
A consortium of investors in charge of expansion work at Jordan’s main Queen Alia airport near Amman
is not looking to exit its investment in the project, the company running the consortium said on Tuesday.
Fastjet in debt dispute
Five Forty Aviation is demanding $6.8 million in unpaid debts from Lonrho Aviation, which is now operating
as African-low-cost carrier Fastjet.