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April 11, 2012

Trends & Technology

Smaller tray is part of big changes in Virgin Atlantic meal service 
By shrinking its meal tray by about a third, Virgin Atlantic is giving its economy passengers more room to maneuver. The shrinkage doesn’t mean less food. In fact, this feature says Virgin is providing larger desserts that are served after the meal. Australian Business Traveller (1/31)

Huge terminal will be centerpiece of airport in Abu Dhabi, UAE 
A futuristic supersize terminal building will be the centerpiece of the airport in the United Arab Emirates city of Abu Dhabi. The sprawling $6.8 billion Midfield Terminal Complex — the future home of Etihad Airways — is expected to open in 2017. “The improved facilities will help Abu Dhabi achieve a strong position in the global air transportation network,” said aviation analysis firm Frost & Sullivan. Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) (2/2)

Airline News Spotlight

AMR seeks to cut 13,000 jobs 
American Airlines parent AMR Corp. has unveiled its plan of action to save $2 billion in annual costs by cutting 13,000 jobs, terminating pension plans and cutting health benefits for retirees and workers. The moves would reduce the airline’s workforce by 15% and save $1.25 billion in annual labor costs, the company says. The plan will need to pass approval with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the company’s three big labor unions, which have made clear their opposition. The Wall Street Journal (2/2) The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/1) San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (2/1) (2/2)

American Airlines moves entirely to self-service at LAX terminal 
American Airlines has redesigned its Terminal 4 check-in at Los Angeles International Airport to self-service kiosks. The carrier says it is the first airline to change an entire lobby to self-service. The carrier has two resolution centers to handle customer problems with the kiosks. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/31)

US Airways shelves joint venture plans, boosts Atlantic business 
US Airways has set aside its interest in entering a trans-Atlantic joint venture with United Airlines, Air Canada and Lufthansa in favor of developing its “own stand-alone prospects” in the Atlantic, said President Scott Kirby during last week’s earnings call. The carrier reports a nearly 50% revenue growth year-over-year from European points of sale in the fourth quarter after expanding its sales force in the region. (2/2)

Spirit Airlines signs order for 75 Airbus A320s 
Spirit Airlines has signed a purchase order for 75 Airbus A320 aircraft, the manufacturer said. Airbus is a subsidiary of EADS, a European conglomerate. The order for the narrow-body passenger jets is valued at $7 billion. Reuters (2/1) The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (2/1)

Policy & Regulatory

U.S. government approves flights between Orlando, Fla., and Cuba 
Orlando International Airport in Florida has received permission from the U.S. government to offer flights to and from Cuba. “Orlando International Airport can now provide more convenient access to Cuba for Cuban-born residents in Central Florida,” said Phil Brown, executive director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, which operates the airport. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (2/1

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