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Global Passenger Traffic Rises in September

Flight Global - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that passenger traffic was up 5.6 percent in September, compared to the same month a year ago, and also was stronger than the 4.6 percent year-over-year growth recorded in August.  Read More>

Boeing 747-8I Completes Certification Testing

Flight Global - Boeing has completed certification flight testing on its 747-8 Intercontinental test fleet, setting the jumbo on a path to US Federal Aviation Administration approval later this quarter.  Read More>

Business Travel Costs to Increase Next Year

Fox Business - Financial turmoil that has already started to weigh on corporate balance sheets may start to seep into the wallets of business travelers, according to an industry survey set to be released later on Wednesday by American Express.  Read More>

Star Likely to Suffer Loss in Brazil/S America

Aviation Week - Star Alliance’s ability to retain Brazil’s largest carrier Grupo TAM as a member has diminished following the most recent ruling of Chile’s Tribunal de Defence de la Libre Competencia on the carrier’s planned merger with LAN Airlines to form the new Latam Group.  Read More>

Alliance Shakeup in S America Coming

Aviation Week - Star Alliance’s ability to retain Brazil’s largest carrier Grupo TAM as a member has diminished following the most recent ruling of Chile’s Tribunal de Defence de la Libre Competencia on the carrier’s planned merger with LAN Airlines to form the new Latam Group.  Read More>

House Defies EU Airline Carbon Trading Plan

The Hill - The House defied the European Union Monday evening, quickly approving legislation that would ban European countries from imposing emission trading requirements on U.S. airlines.  Read More>

Skeptics Question Aviation Biofuels

Aviation Week - When it comes to operating airliners with a biofuel blend, it is becoming difficult to find a name-brand airline that has not conducted a demonstration flight. The problem is, it may all be for naught.  Read More>

Airlines Focusing Awards on Those Who Pay More

NYTimes - Airlines have been making changes in their frequent flier programs, increasingly giving their best rewards not just to passengers who fly the most but who also pay the highest fares.  Read More>

Second Airport Getting Behavioral Screening

The Hill - The Transportation Security Administration added a second airport to its behavior-detection interview program, dubbed "chat downs" by critics.  Read More>

TSA Delays Screening of All Cargo

The Hill - The Transportation Security Administration is postponing a deadline for scanning all cargo aboard airplanes that had been scheduled for December.  Read More>

FAA: More Frequent Inspections of B-767's For Cracks

Bloomberg - United Continental Holdings Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., American Airlines and other U.S. carriers may need to inspect their Boeing Co. 767s twice as often after one operator found “significant crack sizes” had developed sooner than expected.  Read More>

More Airports Getting Enhanced Scanners

The Hill - The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday that 29 airports across the country would get body scanners for their security checkpoints that include technology to avoid capturing specific images of passengers' bodies.  Read More>

ATA Fights Obama Tax Proposal

The Hill - The lobbying group for airlines announced this week that it was taking off with an online campaign to fight President Obama's proposal to decrease the federal deficit by increasing taxes on flights.  Read More>

EU Carbon Trading Plan Legal

Reuters - European rules forcing all airlines to pay for carbon emissions are within the law, an adviser to Europe's highest court said on Thursday, in the latest stage of a bitter battle between the European Union and the aviation industry.  Read More>

NextGen Hitting Turbulance

ABC/AP - The government's program to modernize the nation's air traffic control system has run into serious problems that threaten to increase its cost and delay its completion, a government watchdog said.  Read More>

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