Aviation News

December 15, 2011

Final Call: American Airlines Begins Layoffs, FAA Approves iPads for Pilots

Shanghai Cargo Airlines MD-11 at LAX
Photo: Shanghai Cargo Airlines MD-11 at LAX. (Photo by Ediney Ribeiro)
Shanghai Cargo Airlines MD-11 at LAX

Photo: Shanghai Cargo Airlines MD-11 at LAX. (Photo by Ediney Ribeiro)

• AMR CEO Tom Horton in an email today told employees that American Airlines will ground planes, resize its network, “And, regrettably, we will most certainly end the process with fewer people than we have today.” [Bloomberg]

• Sure enough, it looks like over 220 American Eagle pilots and flight attendants will soon be laid off. [AirNation]

• Ethiopian Airlines has officially joined Star Alliance. [Star Alliance]

• The first parts of Boeing’s 1,000th 777 arrived from Japan at the Port of Everett today. [Daily Herald]

• From the Farmers Airship to the Zero G Boeing 727, a few of the best airborne experiences available. [WSJ]

• The FAA has approved iPads for pilots, though passengers still can’t use them during takeoff and landing. [NY Times]