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Reps. DeFazio, Massie Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Remove PFC Cap
Mar 01, 2017 05:19 PM (ET)
Airport Executives Urge Congress to Eliminate PFC Cap
Mar 01, 2017 05:17 PM (ET)
SAN Earns LEED Gold Certification for Rental Car Facility
Mar 01, 2017 03:10 PM (ET)
ACRP Sets Deadline for Problem Statements
Mar 01, 2017 03:08 PM (ET)
Living in the Age of Airplanes Discount
Mar 01, 2017 09:35 AM (ET)
AAAE Delivers Service, Innovation, Results for Its Members
Mar 01, 2017 09:35 AM (ET)

What Will the New Trump Travel Ban Look Like?
AP - Mar 01, 2017 06:18 PM (ET)
Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump's new travel ban — mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way.

Airport to Improve Exit Terminal Security
Panama City (Fla.) News Herald - Mar 01, 2017 06:17 PM (ET)
The Northwest Florida International Beaches Airport Authority is set to begin exit terminal security improvements.

San Francisco Airport to Issue RFP for 14-Year Duty Free & Luxury Concession Next Week; Speciality R
Moodie Davitt Report (U.K.) - Mar 01, 2017 06:16 PM (ET)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will next week issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a much-expanded Duty Free and Luxury Stores concession. Further major retail and food & beverage opportunities will follow soon.

Outside, In: Airports Sprout Indoor Gardens to Help Ease Travel Stress
APEX - Mar 01, 2017 06:00 PM (ET)
Exposure to nature has been proven to decrease stress and increase general well-being. Heathrow, O’Hare, Changi and Frankfurt are among the airports turning to indoor greenery to help nip stressors in the bud at the start of the passenger journey.

Delta Unveils First and Business Class Wines
Business Traveller - Mar 01, 2017 05:50 PM (ET)
Delta Air Lines has unveiled its 2017 Premium Wine selections, available to Delta One customers flying between London Heathrow and the US.

Airline Pulls Out of Fukushima Over Radiation Worries
Travel Daily - Mar 01, 2017 05:50 PM (ET)
A South Korean airline has decided against launching flights to Japan’s Fukushima Airport due to concerns over nuclear radiation.

United Airlines CEO Explains How 'Raw and Visceral' Employee Feedback Helped Turn His Company Around
Business Insider - Mar 01, 2017 03:36 PM (ET)
When Oscar Munoz was tapped to lead United Airlines in 2015, he was not the obvious choice.

Air Wisconsin Pilots Applaud New Agreement with United Airlines
Aviation Tribune - Mar 01, 2017 03:35 PM (ET)
Air Wisconsin pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), are applauding a new agreement with an old partner, United Airlines, that will give their carrier new flying for five years or more.

Over 11 Million Passengers Welcomed for Record Year
Travel Week (Canada) - Mar 01, 2017 03:29 PM (ET)
With a 3.5% increase from 2015, Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. welcomed a record 11,050,911 passengers in 2016, recently released in the carrier’s system-wide traffic statistics for the month, quarter and full year ending in December.

More Airports Join San Diego in Good Traveler Offset Program
Travel Weekly - Mar 01, 2017 03:29 PM (ET)
A carbon offset program founded by San Diego International Airport in 2015 is spreading to airports nationwide.

WTO Will Miss Deadline On Boeing Subsidy Appeal Ruling
Law360 - Mar 01, 2017 03:22 PM (ET)
As has become the norm in the protracted battle over U.S. and European aircraft subsidies, the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body on Tuesday said that it will miss its deadline to deliver a ruling on a Washington state tax cut to The Boeing Co. that has already been deemed illegal.

United Says Pay Stub Class Suit Flies Out Of Bounds
Law360 - Mar 01, 2017 03:21 PM (ET)
United Airlines fought back on Monday at a class of flight attendants’ bid for a quick win in a suit alleging the airline violated state wage statement laws and asking the court to instruct the company to update its practices, telling a California federal judge the group can’t sue in the state when most of the flight attendants’ job is performed outside of California’s borders.

Second Pittsburgh Flight Added at Richmond International Airport; Air Traffic Up
Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch - Mar 01, 2017 03:20 PM (ET)
Before its new Richmond-to-Pittsburgh flight even takes off, which happens later this month, OneJet has decided to add a second flight to the Steel City starting in April.

Why Some Airlines Are Investing Big in Food for Their Best Passengers
Skift - Mar 01, 2017 03:15 PM (ET)
During a recent focus group, Delta Air Lines shared several meals with prospective customers, asking which they thought might taste best. All were the same, but the presentation was different — from trays, to plate styles, to silverware.

Surprise! U.S. Airlines Say Passengers Love Flying Them
Skift - Mar 01, 2017 03:14 PM (ET)
If you believe a study commissioned by a trade group representing six of the nation’s largest airlines — all of the nation’s non-ultra low-cost carriers except Delta Air Lines — most U.S. consumers are at least content with their travel experiences.

New Beijing Airport Opening To Help Bizav, Dassault Says
The Weekly of Business Aviation - Mar 01, 2017 03:14 PM (ET)
The opening of Beijing’s new airport in 2019 should offer some relief for Chinese business aviation as operators struggle for runway access amid healthy growth of commercial traffic, Dassault Aviation says.

JetBlue Returns to Cape Cod for Summer Season
CapeCod.com (Mass.) - Mar 01, 2017 03:01 PM (ET)
JetBlue is returning to Cape Cod this summer to provide daily flights between Hyannis and JFK Airport in New York.

Arkansas Governor Opposes Bill to Rename Clinton Airport
AP - Mar 01, 2017 02:59 PM (ET)
Arkansas’ governor says he opposes an effort to remove Bill and Hillary Clinton’s name from Little Rock’s airport, saying the Legislature shouldn’t interfere with what the facility’s name is.

Airport Authority Readying 300 Acres for Development
Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) - Mar 01, 2017 02:15 PM (ET)
Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority officials are poised to develop nearly 300 acres of airport land into a business or industrial park, but aren't quite sure how to do it.

Orange County Replaces Longtime Private Terminals Operator at John Wayne Airport
Orange County (Calif.) Register - Mar 01, 2017 02:10 PM (ET)
Despite extensive public comment from supporters of a longstanding private-plane terminals operator at John Wayne Airport, the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday selected a smaller operator, settling a contentious matter drawn out for months.

French Caribbean Airline Air Caraïbes Takes First A350 XWB
Air Transport World - Mar 01, 2017 09:33 AM (ET)
French Caribbean carrier Air Caraïbes has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, making it the first French airline to operate the type.

China's Hainan Airlines Alters Frequent Flyer Program
Air Transport World - Mar 01, 2017 09:33 AM (ET)
HNA Group subsidiary Hainan Airlines is expected to become the first Chinese carrier to adjust its frequent flyer program to reward miles based on ticket price and membership level instead of distance flown and class.

Lion Air Group to Boost Digital Growth Strategy
Air Transport World - Mar 01, 2017 09:32 AM (ET)
Indonesia’s Lion Air Group will implement an electronic flight bag (EFB) strategy on its incoming fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8s, which will be used for its subsidiary Batik Air Malaysia.

SWISS Expands IFE, Business-Class Service Options
Air Transport World - Mar 01, 2017 09:32 AM (ET)
Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) will expand its inflight entertainment (IFE) options for all passengers and will offer extra business-class inflight service options in March.

Vietnam Airlines Expands Australian Network
Air Transport World - Mar 01, 2017 09:31 AM (ET)
Vietnam Airlines will launch service from its Hanoi hub to Sydney, Australia March 28 for the summer schedule. The SkyTeam member will operate the 3X-weekly service with a Boeing 787-9. Vietnam Airlines already operates a daily Ho-Chi-Minh-City-Melbourne route using the same aircraft type.

A4A: US Air Travelers Support Separating ATC Operations from FAA
Air Transport World - Mar 01, 2017 09:30 AM (ET)
Most US air travelers support separating US air traffic control (ATC) operations and safety as long as the US federal government continues to oversee and/or regulate safety, according to a new study released Feb. 28 by US industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A).

Airbus Appoints New Commercial Aircraft Head of Engineering
Air Transport World - Mar 01, 2017 09:29 AM (ET)
Airbus has appointed Jean-Brice Dumont as Commercial Aircraft head of engineering, succeeding Charles Champion, who plans to retire by the end of the year.

Russia's Passenger Traffic Up 20.2% in January
Air Transport World - Mar 01, 2017 09:29 AM (ET)
Russian airlines carried 6.6 million passengers in January, up 20.2% year-over-year (YOY). International traffic grew 28.8% to 2.6 million passengers; domestic traffic was up 15.3% to 4 million, according to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia.

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