Doug Parker, the CEO of American Airlines Group, is preparing to navigate the second year of the merger between American Airlines and US Airways. The two carriers merged on Dec. 9, 2013. For 2015, American is planning to fly under a single operating certificate, as well as combine reservation systems and frequent-flyer programs
As the International Brotherhood of Teamsters filed an application for election to represent mechanics at American Airlines, the carrier says the decision over union representation should be left to the mechanics. "Our people have the right to union representation and to choose which union represents them," said AA spokesman Paul Flaningan. He also said he hopes the mechanics "will examine the options and take the time to vote on the path they believe is best for them, their families, and the company."
Hawaiian Airlines has finalized an order with Airbus for 16 A321neos. "With its slightly smaller size, we'll be able to open new markets that are not viable for wide-body service, while also being able to augment service on existing routes to the West Coast of North America," said Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley.
Around 80,000 federal workers at airports will receive reduced schedules once budget cuts from sequestration begin in April. The workers affected by sequestration include customs agents, airport security screeners and air-traffic controllers.
Representatives from the U.S. and 16 other countries are meeting this week in Montreal to discuss reducing aviation emissions. The International Civil Aviation Organization has tasked the group with drafting a plan to curb global emissions. "ICAO's states remain strongly engaged as they continue to review the feasibility of several market-based measure options for international aviation, on the basis of a wide range of environmental and economic criteria," said Raymond Benjamin, secretary general for ICAO.