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Denver works to keep Frontier jobs; Menke relinquishes CEO title 

Denver and the state of Colorado are offering an incentive package aimed at preventing nearly 25% of Frontier Airlines' workforce from being relocated, while new parent Republic Airways Holdings apparently does not plan for the carrier to have a CEO.

Midwest pilots, flight attendants to lose jobs in fleet swap 

Midwest Airlines pilots and flight attendants likely will find themselves out of work when the carrier, acquired over the summer by Republic Airways Holdings, begins to return its nine remaining 717s to Boeing next month.

Economy is biggest challenge for US airports 

The worst economy in at least 40 years remains the biggest challenge for US airports and they are doing all they can to retain air service as airlines cut back on flights, says Airports Council International-North America President Greg Principato. "Airports are cutting their budgets to make it possible for airlines to serve their communities," he tells ATW's Airports Today, adding that they have been forced to furlough or lay off employees as carriers have reduced service.

Making the Connection 

US carriers were slow to jump on the inflight connectivity bandwagon but have made big strides recently.

Airports need to focus on service, revenue enhancement 
Airports have to focus on customer service along with revenue diversification and future growth if they hope to remain competitive at a time when airlines are reducing capacity, Airports Council International DG Angela Gittens told representatives at the Airport Business and Trinity Forum in Macau in late September.
BA's Walsh touts all-premium New York-London flight as 'bold step' 

British Airways CEO Willie Walsh described the carrier's new all-business-class A318 New York JFK-London City service, launched Tuesday, as a "vote of confidence in the future."

He told ATWOnline, "It's a bold step. We are putting down a marker that we are confident about the future." He said the service will be profitable if it achieves a 70% load factor.

BA links JFK to London City with all-business-class service 
British Airways launches its all-business-class service between London City and New York JFK today. The service, which will be offered twice-daily by mid-October, will be operated on specially configured A318s with 32 lie-flat business class seats. The launch flights bear numbers formerly used for Concorde services, BA001 to BA004. "For the first time, New York has a tailor-made premium service to the London Canary Wharf area on its doorstep," said BA Executive VP-Americas Simon Talling-Smith.
FAA forum promotes safety through sharing information, best practices 

A wealth of information is available on aviation safety, but improvement is needed in coordinating and sharing the best safety practices that could benefit the entire industry, ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin said yesterday at the annual FAA International Aviation Safety Forum in Washington.

MRJ final configuration shows roomier cabin; service entry pushed back 

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. yesterday announced the final configuration of its MRJ, showing a taller cabin, increased overhead bin space and a wing box made of aluminum rather than composite materials.

Bombardier Aerospace second-quarter EBIT falls 36.6% 

Bombardier Aerospace reported a 36.6% dip in fiscal second-quarter operating profit to $154 million from the $243 million posted in the year-ago period.

Revenue fell 4% to $2.4 billion in the three months ended July 31 as the company delivered 80 aircraft comprising 51 business jets, 28 commercial aircraft and one amphibian. It delivered 89 in the year-ago period. Its order book for the quarter declined by a net of 38 units as it secured commitments for 15 commercial and 27 business aircraft but suffered 80 business cancellations. It booked 175 orders last year.

Delta sues again to end Mesa contract 

The legal wrangling between Delta Air Lines and regional partner Mesa Air Group has heated up again now that Delta has filed suit to cancel its contract with Mesa subsidiary Freedom Airlines, which operates 22 ERJ-145s as Delta Connection.

MKE braced for traffic upsurge with arrival of Southwest 
Milwaukee's General Mitchell International, which has felt the pinch of a faltering economy and a failing local carrier, is looking forward to better times with the arrival of Southwest Airlines this fall.

Over the past year, the airport was affected adversely by the financial problems of Midwest Airlines and a subsequent 40% reduction in flying. In prior years, Midwest accounted for more than half of the flights out of MKE. In the first five months of 2009, traffic was down some 15% compared to 2008.

CSeries is a long time coming 

GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO wait. Bombardier Aerospace is betting on the truth of that adage as its CSeries development program kicks into high gear after what only can be described as a challenging beginning since the company first proposed the aircraft in early 2004.

ACI's Gittens fires back at airlines over fees, charges 

Airports are not the major cause of the economic woes of the airline industry, Airports Council International World Director Angela Gittens told ATW's Airports Today. In recent months, IATA and the Assn. of European Airlines, as well as individual carriers like Ryanair, have complained about airport fees and charges in vocal and sometimes harsh terms. IATA even erected a metaphorical "Wall of Shame" with the names of airports it believes are guilty of overcharging airlines.

Midwest employees face layoffs 

An estimated 100 Midwest Airlines employees will lose their jobs following its acquisition by Republic Airways Holdings, a Republic spokesperson confirmed yesterday to ATWOnline.

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