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For more company news, data and analysis, please go to: http://www.airguideonline.com/professional.htm Jun 26, 2006

Mineta quits as transportation chief. Norman Mineta, the only Democrat in the Bush administration cabinet, will leave next month as transportation secretary, having overseen the woes of the aviation industry after 9/11 and the bankruptcies of some of the biggest US airlines, United, Delta and Northwest. Mr Mineta, 74, a congressman for 20 years, was appointed by President Bill Clinton as secretary of commerce, becoming the first Asian-American cabinet member. He moved to transportation under Mr Clinton before becoming the first cabinet member to switch directly to a Republican administration. Jun 23, 2006

European Regions Airline Assn. said it opposes a new regulation that calls for special training and licensing of cabin crews. Dubbed EU OPS, it would require EU member states to impose standards of training and safety that currently are voluntary under the JAA system. ERA argues that such a licensing system will not ensure minimum safety standards and may even decrease existing safety levels. Currently, individual airlines train their own cabin crews, but if the EU decides to license cabin crews...

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