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Airlines Seek New Rules On Unruly Passengers
December 13, 2013
Fighting soccer fans, fashion models screaming obscenities and a French film star relieving himself in the gangway
are just a few examples of what airlines say is a growing trend of abusive passengers on planes.
EVA Air Says Would Look At 777X Order
December 13, 2013
EVA Air would be interested in placing an order for Boeing's new 777X, the president of
the Taiwanese airline said on Friday.
Machinists Reject Boeing Contract Of f er
December 13, 2013
Machinist union leaders on Thursday rejected a contract offer from Boeing that would
have located production of the new 777X in Washington state, according to a Boeing
American Airlines Orders 90 Regional Jets
December 13, 2013
American Airlines Group said on Thursday it ordered 90 regional jets from Embraer and
Bombardier in deals worth about USD$4 billion at list prices as it upgrades to a more
efficient fleet to lower operating costs.
AIG In Talks To Sell ILFC To AerCap
December 13, 2013
American International Group is in talks to sell its jet- leasing business to AerCap,
according to reports.
'India to become 3rd largest aviation market in world by 2020'
Bangalore: India is expected to become the third largest aviation market by in the world
by 2020 after the US and China, Civil Aviation Secretary K N Shrivastava said here today.
"India is among the fastest growing and currently the ninth largest civil aviation market in
the world," he said, speaking at an event here to rename Bengaluru International airport
as Kempegowda international airport.
Shrivastava said the country's aviation market is expected to see a major upsurge in traffic in the next 10 years, with
337 million domestic and 84 million international passengers.
At present, the Indian aviation market is witnessing 117 million domestic and 43 million international passengers, he
14/12/13 Financial Express
DGCA conf ident of avoiding downgrade by US regulator
New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is confident of avoiding a downgrade after the US
Federal Aviation Administration completed its audit and most of the 33 issues raised by it in September were found
to have been addressed by the Indian aviation regulator.
"There are around 5- 6 points which will take some time to get addressed and that has been informed to the FAA,"
said a senior DGCA official. "Overall, they were very satisfied with the work that has been done and there shouldn't
be a downgrade based on the progress since September, but the final decision will be taken in Washington."
The DGCA will find out whether it has done enough to avoid a downgrade after a month when the FAA compiles its
14/12/13 Economic Times
I-T dept stakes claim to Kingf isher assets
Bangalore: The Income Tax Department has said a consortium of banks cannot stake any claim to the assets of
Kingfisher Airlines until the department’s dues of over Rs 350 crore are settled.
Early this week, the Karnataka High Court had dismissed a plea by the promoters of the airline to restrain the
consortium from getting hold of its building in Mumbai.
“It is a settled proposition of law that the amount due to the Government under any statue and, in this case, under the
provisions of Income- Tax Act, 1961, will have priority over other debts and as such the dues of Income- tax
Department will have to be settled first before the lender consortium of banks can stake any claim to the property,”
the IT department said in a statement.
It further said the airline had deducted tax at source from employees’ salaries and other payments for many years
but had failed to remit them to the government account.
The company owes the Department over Rs.350 crore of tax dues, it added.
In this connection, the Department has attached all the assets of the company and is in the process of recovering its
dues by sale and attachment of assets and properties of the airline.
14/12/13 Business Line
GVK plans Bangalore airport city
Bangalore: GVK Group, promoter of Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL), is planning to develop real estate
around the airport.
The idea is to develop an ‘airport city’ with work places, homes and social infrastructure for travelling passengers.
Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, BIAL Managing Director G.V. Sanjay Reddy said: “We have not identified
the areas for realty development. First we need to develop a plan for BIAL and then go to the Government for
BIAL is also planning a second round of expansion to handle the full capacity of 55 million passengers.
“Today, Terminal 1 can handle up to 20 million passengers per year,” said Reddy.
14/12/13 Business Line
Bangalore Airport to handle 2 crore passengers, earn Rs 23,000 crore yearly
Bangalore: The new terminal - Terminal 1A - - at the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) is expected to handle upto
2 crore passengers a year from the present 1.14 crore.
Besides throwing open T1A on Saturday by chief minister Siddaramaiah, the BIA will be renamed as Nadaprabhu
Kempegowda International Airport (NKIA) after the founding father of Bangalore.
With the expansion, the airport will be able to earn huge revenues from the passengers. Infrastructure development
minister SR Patil told reporters on Friday that the survey conducted by the National Council of Applied Economic
Research has estimated that the average income to the state from every passenger is about Rs 11,500. "Taking this
as a base, the state is expected to earn Rs 23,000 crore a year from 2 crore passengers," he said.
With the commissioning of the additional terminal, BIA is poised to overtake Chennai International Airport as the third
largest Airport in the country, while Delhi and Mumbai international airports are ranked first and second respectively.
After the expansion, BIA would be in the third place as far as passenger handling is concerned, he said.
13/12/13 Anil Kumar M/Times of India
US Airways Contributes A Record $10 Million To Philanthropy In 2013
Employees Raise More t han $1.55 Million f or Unit ed Way, Donat e More Than 28,000
Volunt eer Hours as Part of Airline's Corporat e Giving Init iat ives
TEMPE, Ariz ., Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - - US Airways, a unit of American Airlines Group (AAL), announced today
that its philanthropic contributions in 2013 reached a record $10 million. The airline supports nonprofit organiz ations
in its hub cities of Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. through three channels of giving: the
annual Corporate Giving program, the US Airways Education Foundation and the US Airways Community Foundation,
in addition to volunteerism. Additionally, US Airways employees support their local communities through its annual
"Hope Takes Flight" campaign benefitting United Way.
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"Giving back and supporting our local communities is incredibly important to us at US Airways and it's something
we'll continue to do as American Airlines. Our United Way campaign is just one example of how employees join
together in the true spirit of giving to help those in need in the communities we serve," said American Airlines CEO
The largest contribution on behalf of the airline and its employees is the annual "Hope Takes Flight" campaign
benefitting the United Way. The 39,000 employees of US Airways and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Piedmont and
PSA Airlines, surpassed last year's record by $100,000, raising $1.55 million. In addition to financial contributions, the
"Hope Takes Flight" campaign takes various forms. US Airways employees coordinated and participated in a
variety of fundraising events, including the airline's popular Jet Pulls in Charlotte, Phoenix and Philadelphia in which
teams of employees raise money and race to pull a parked aircraft 15 feet. A record 111 teams pulled this year
making these the most popular Jet Pulls to date. The winning team of employees in Charlotte pulled a 50- ton Airbus
A319 the required 15 feet in 3.708 seconds.
The US Airways Corporate Giving Program invests in IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organiz ations whose missions support
arts, human services and education organiz ations that enhance the quality of life in the airline's hub and focus cities.
Including the "Hope Takes Flight campaign," in 2013, US Airways' Corporate Giving totaled more than $8.6 million.
This was the second year of the US Airways BE PINK campaign, a partnership with American Cancer Society Making
Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC). Sales of BE PINK merchandise, uniform items that were worn during the
month of October, MSABC walks in the airline's hub cities and, for the first time, onboard donations from passengers
raised $95,000 for MSABC.
Through the US Airways Miles of Hope program, US Airways customers may donate their Dividend Miles to five
national nonprofit organiz ations: the American Red Cross, Fisher House Foundation, Keep America Beautiful, MakeA- Wish Foundation and Mercy Medical Airlift. In 2013, US Airways provided $1.75 million in in- kind contributions,
which includes an annual matching campaign by the airline.
US Airways Education Foundation
The US Airways Education Foundation awarded $725,000 in scholarships and grants in 2013. In total the Education
Foundation awarded 130 scholarships to children of US Airways employees and awarded $270,000 in grants to
nonprofit organiz ations with children's educational programs in its hub cities Funding sources include contributions
from US Airways employees, fundraising events and private donations.
US Airways Community Foundation
The US Airways Community Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organiz ations to support capital projects and
building campaigns. In 2013, the Community Foundation will award a total of $567,000 in grants to approximately 16
nonprofit organiz ations. Those grants will be distributed before the end of the year.
The airline facilitates several volunteer programs which include: Do Crew, Puppies in Flight, Flights for 50 and
Destination Do Crew. This year employees donated 28,000 hours of their time which is valued at $620,000.
The US Airways Do Crew is a dedicated corps of employee and retiree volunteers that participate in communitybased projects in the airline's hub cities. More than 175,000 hours have been volunteered through the Do Crew to the
communities US Airways serves since its inception in 1997. Puppies in Flight is a volunteer program in partnership
with Assistance Dogs International. Through this program employees use their flight benefits to transport service
dogs to be paired with their handler or to an individual who will raise the dog to be a service animal. Flights for 50
recogniz es employees who individually demonstrate their dedication by volunteering at least 50 hours per calendar
year for a nonprofit organiz ation, which is then eligible to receive a $500 US Airways gift card.
More information regarding the all of the airline's charitable programs can be found
About American Airlines Group
American Airlines Group (AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. Together with American
Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to 339 destinations in
54 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia,
Phoenix and Washington, D.C. American's AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs allow members to
earn and redeem miles for travel and everyday purchases as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car
rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. A founding member of the oneworld® alliance, American Airlines and its
members and members- elect, serve 981 destinations with 14,244 daily flights to 151 countries. Connect with
American on Twitter @AmericanAir or Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines and follow US Airways on Twitter
@USAirways and on Facebook.com/USAirways.