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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aircraft Supplier & MRO News North America) Mon, Sep 21, 2015

Southwest reaches tentative agreement with pilots union Southwest Airlines and its pilots union have reached a tentative agreement on a contract through 2019. Union members will vote on ratification of the contract on Nov. 4. "Everyone on both sides of the table worked hard to fashion a contract that recognizes and rewards the steadfast professionalism of our Pilots," said Craig Drew, vice president of flight operations for Southwest. Fri, Sep 18, 2015

Alaska Airlines names new safety-focused managing director Alaska Airlines has rehired John Ladner as managing director of fleet, standards and operational control. Ladner previously held the position in 2010. "At Alaska we strive for operational excellence, while never losing sight of our primary value: Safety," said Tom Kemp, vice president of flight operations for the carrier. "John's expertise in fleet standards is a great asset to our safety-first focus." Fri, Sep 18, 2015

Boeing, ViaSat ink technical agreement Boeing has inked a technical agreement with ViaSat that allows customers to order aircraft with built-in ViaSat connectivity. "This will give Boeing's commercial airline customers a new cost- and time-effective high-bandwidth connectivity choice for their airplanes," said John Craig, chief engineer of cabin and network systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Fri, Sep 18, 2015

Boeing starts first 737 Max assembly Boeing has begun the first assembly of the 737 Max at its factory in Renton, Wash. "We have a lot more work still ahead of us, but we're very pleased with our progress to date," said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager for the 737 Max program at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Wed, Sep 16, 2015

Boeing's first KC-46A aerial tanker is scheduled to have its first flight on September 25 Boeing's first fully equipped KC-46A aerial tanker is scheduled to have its first flight on September 25. Brigadier General Duke Richardson, executive officer for Air Force tankers, said the tanker programme was doing well overall, despite earlier schedule delays. "We are definitely struggling with schedule. We are not struggling with performance," he told the annual Air Force Association conference. Richardson said he was "cautiously confident" that Boeing would meet its commitment to deliver 18 tankers to the...

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