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Nov 17, 2008

International Air Carrier Assn. urged the European Parliament to reject amendments adopted last month by its Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety relating to the inclusion of aviation in the continental emissions trading scheme, and said the gradual increase in the percentage of emissions certificates auctioned (to 100% in 2020) will cost affected airlines "an unaffordable" [euro]8 billion ($10.04 billion) per year. IACA's appeal comes ahead of the parliament's plenary vote on the climate change package scheduled early next month. Nov 14, 2008

The latest global airline safety analysis by the UK Civil Aviation Authority indicates that, despite advancing technology and improved aircraft reliability, crew judgment and actions remain the most consistent causal factor in global catastrophic accidents. That situation will remain true for the foreseeable future, according to Dr Hazel Courteney, head of research and strategic analysis. For that reason, she says, quality pilot training at all levels remains the critical factor in preventing really serious accidents. Nov 12, 2008

Imposing overly stringent climate legislation in Europe will simply drive away business, jobs and emissions to other countries, according to the findings of a new air transport industry-sponsored report. Inclusion of Aviation in the EU ETS: Cases for Carbon Leakage, by consultancy Ernst & Young, argues that aviation's inclusion within the European Union's emissions trading scheme will have a significant financial and economic impact on airlines, especially EU-based carriers - and carry the risk of international carriers completely bypassing the EU. Nov 10, 2008

Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus employees at Dublin, Cork and Shannon represented by SIPTU voted "overwhelmingly" to take industrial action before Dec. 1 in response to EI's proposal to cut 1,245 full-time-equivalent positions. Ireland Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey called on the two sides to restart talks, according to Irish media. Nov 11, 2008

Air France

Air France is offering passengers a flexible sale fare from seven of Air France[sup.1]s U.S. gateways to Paris in Business Class. With few restrictions and only seven days of advance purchase needed, there is no better time to fly to the French capital. Sample one-way fares based on roundtrip purchase are Boston, $3,666; Chicago, $3,897; and New York, $3,089. Fares are valid for departures from Nov. 11, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2008...

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