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American Airlines vs. The Pilots: What Really Going On

As this past week drew to a close, the labor dispute between the Allied Pilot Association, the union that represents 10,000 American Airline pilots, and American Airlines intensified. Going into the weekend, the airline saw high flight cancellations and a significant number of delayed flights. Almost half of the airline’s flights were canceled on Monday and Tuesday. Then on Thursday, 281 flights were canceled and only 53 percent arrived on time. Historically, the airline has an average of 80 percent of flight arrive on time. As of late Friday there was some improvement. Only 39 flights, just 2 percent of the schedule, were canceled. Still the airline announced that it planned to reduce its flight schedule by 1 to 2 percent going into October. At the heart of the matter is the dispute between the the union and the airline, which is looking to cut labor costs by 20 percent and at the same time emerge from bankruptcy. And at the real bottom line is a last stand battle between all the

A Fedex ATR42-300 dropped wheel on takeoff

A Fedex Avion de Transport Regional ATR-42-300 on behalf of Mountain Air Cargo, registration N914FX performing freight flight MTN-8553 from Minneapolis,MN to Duluth,MN (USA), dropped the left nose wheel on departure from Minneapolis. The crew continued the flight to Duluth, performed a low approach to runway 03 which confirmed the wheel was missing and entered a hold to burn off fuel. The aircraft landed safely on runway 09 about 80 minutes after the low approach.

The creation of the world’s largest aerospace company may be on the way, Major merger of BAE Systems and EADS

UK's BAE Systems and European aerospace firm EADS are on talks over a possible merger. In a potential tie-up, BAE would own 40% and EADS 60% of the new firm. The new company would be the largest manufacturing company in the UK, employing tens of thousands of people in critical defence manufacturing and at Airbus. BAE Systems plc , is a British  multinational defence ,  security   and  aerospace   company. It is among the world's largest  defence contractors .   The   European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V.  ( EADS) is a global pan-European aerospace and defence corporation and a leading defence and military contractor worldwide.  It  is a consortium of aerospace and defence manufacturers from France, Germany and Spain. The deal would create industry’s largest company, ' A world-class international aerospace, defence and security group'

Ethiopian 1st B787 Dreamliner touches down in Dar Es Salaam.

Ethiopian first B787 Dreamliner, dubbed "Africa First" touched down at Julius Nyerere International Airport on September 11, 2012. Ethiopian is the first airline in the world outside Japan  and ahead of any airline in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East to operate the Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft in the world. Ethiopian has placed a firm order of 10 Dreamliners and will be receiving 5 of them before December 2012.     The Dreamliner applies breakthrough technologies of the 21st century and takes passenger comfort and overall travel experience to a whole new level. Ethiopian Dreamliner interior is configured with 24 Cloud Nine business class seats and 245 economy class seats. The Cloud Nine is equipped with sleeper seats while the Economy Class has reclining seats with more legroom and spacious cabin. State of the art on-demand Audio and Video services with 15.4 inch IFE screens and 85 channels in Cl