Aero-politics: August 2008 Archives
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They are not yielding an inch. Or a dollar. The FAA, caught with its pants down in March and April, is standing tough on the record fines it is proposing against two of the nation's largest airlines. The agency said it would fine American Airlines $7.1 million and a day later told Southwest Airlines that it was intent on collecting a $10.2 million penalty. The Southwest penalty stems from the March revelation that the airline let planes fly without doing the required inspections; at the same time it emerged that some FAA inspectors had winked and nodded at the violations - and that whistleblower warnings about this malfeasance were ignored or punished. House Transportation Committee hearings under chairman Oberstar put the frustrated whistleblowers on show.
For the biggest deal to come down the pike since the last big deal, the British Airways/ American Airlines/ Iberia* tie-up is grabbing less
You know it has to be bad day when your most militant union publicly asks you to resign and the nation's leading business weekly suggests it's time to shut your company down and sell off the pieces. But Glenn Tilton, chairman, chief executive, and president of United Airlines and its parent UAL Corp., seems unflustered. The call by the Air Line Pilots Association for him to step down - a call that the union has made with a new website seeking passenger horror stories - came after the airline sued the pilots union, alleging a conspiracy to abuse sick days and cancel flights and after the unions accused the airline of trying to force them to fly broken planes without enough fuel. United dismisses the noise as "just an attempt to intimidate." Bill Brandt, a turnaround specialist with Chicago's DSI, says, "So it's news that the pilots and Tilton don't like each other?"