ATA goes Chapter 11; Transport Workers go into denial

ATA Airlines has gone into Chapter 11 overnight – the US charter specialist is citing the unexpected loss of a large military contract and general trading conditions including the “tremendous spike” in the price of fuel. Its 29 aircraft are on the ground; 2,300 staff are out of work; and 10,000 passengers a day are seeking alternatives.

That’s the third US carrier to fall over in 12 days – following Hawaiian stalwart Aloha and niche charter operator Champion Air.

Meanwhile the Transport Workers Union has removed from his post its air transport division director for, err, suggesting that fuel price pressures on airlines will make it tougher to negotiate labour issues with them. John Conley didn’t say anything about the sun rising in the east – probably too controversial for his union bosses.

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