The number of full-time workers for U.S. airlines dipped in September when compared to a year ago, according to numbers from the Department of Transportation. The dip marks the first year-to-year decline since October 2010.
Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester, both D-Mont., welcomed the results of a Senate vote restoring the Department of Defense's ability to invest in biofuels. "Smart investments in homegrown energy sources grow our economy and increase our energy independence. Our military's leadership in alternative energy will strengthen our national security and create jobs here at home," Tester said.
Airbus has confirmed its plans to increase the maximum takeoff weight for the A330 and an option for higher fuel capacity on the A330-300. The increases mean the jets will be able to carry more weight and reach a longer range.
U.S. airlines canceled nearly 17,000 flights due to superstorm Sandy. Domestic available seats dropped 1.1% in October and per-passenger revenue declined 0.7%. "It is understandable that some U.S. carriers experienced a drop in the number of available seats and related revenue due to the Hurricane Sandy," an A4A spokeswoman said. Separately, European growth in air travel continued in October despite the global effect of Sandy.
United Continental Holdings has received its third 787 Dreamliner jet from Boeing. Crews began training in Denver in preparation for a domestic route beginning in early December and the jet's primary route between Denver International Airport and Japan's Narita International Airport. United expects two more Dreamliners by the end of the year.