As part of NextGen, Automated Terminal Proximity Alert software alerts air-traffic controllers of errors in aircraft spacing to reduce the number of times planes circle airports. "If we can properly line up the aircraft as they approach the airport, it improves safety and the overall efficiency of the system," said Jeff Price, an associate professor in aviation and aerospace science at Metropolitan State University in Denver.
American Airlines has invested in customer relationship management software developed with Salesforce.com. "We have overhauled and invested like we've never invested before on the sales technology side," said Derek DeCross, the vice president of global sales.
The EU is considering levying fines against China and India for failing to report airline emissions data. The missing emissions data are for flights within Europe by eight Chinese carriers and two Indian carriers.
Airlines for America said the Department of Homeland Security should reconsider its plan for a customs preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. "DHS needs to focus its resources and U.S. taxpayer's dollars on fixing the long customs lines our passengers endure here in the U.S. first before considering opening preclearance facilities in other countries, particularly those that are not served by a single U.S. carrier," said A4A spokeswoman Katie Connell.