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Monday, June 30, 2008

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Ottawa Lowers Airport Fees
Jazz Air LP (Jazz) commended the Ottawa International Airport Authority's decision to reduce terminal fees by five percent, effective July 1, 2008. “Excessive fees, surcharges and taxes continue to plague the aviation industry - the situation is now made worse by soaring fuel prices,” said Jazz. “Virtually all sectors of the economy are negatively affected by the excessive price of fuel and we applaud every effort made by our partners to lessen our cost burden, and strongly urge others to join this effort. Today's airline industry challenges are not limited to air carriers only. We firmly support the Ottawa airport authority's decision and are committed to a teamwork approach.”

Unidentified Customer Orders BBD Jets
Bombardier Aerospace received a firm order for four CRJ700 NextGen regional jets. The unnamed airline also took options on an additional four CRJ700 NextGen aircraft.
Based on the list price for the CRJ700 NextGen aircraft, the firm order contract is valued at approximately $146 million. If all four options are exercised, the value could rise to approximately $302 million.
“Orders for our CRJ Series NextGen aircraft since the NextGen program was introduced in the spring of 2007, are very encouraging,” said Gary R. Scott, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “This transaction increases those firm orders to 213 aircraft from 19 customers.”
Bombardier has now received orders for 1,667 CRJ Series aircraft, and as of April 30, 2008, 1,485 had been delivered to customers.

ANA Orders Q400
ANA ordered three Bombardier Q400s, converting options placed earlier, in a deal worth $80 million. "We are pleased to extend our relationship with Bombardier Aerospace with these aircraft acquisitions," said Tomohiro Hidema, executive vice president. "We are using the Q400 airliner on several routes resulting in a significant saving in operation costs."
ANA recently launched the Mitsubishi Regional Jet program with an order for 15 aircraft. Related Story

Midwest Grounds MD-80s
Following massive capacity cuts at other airlines, Midwest Airlines said it is restructuring by grounding its entire fleet of MD-80s used for flights to the West Coast from is Midwest hubs at Milwaukee and Kansas City. The move, according to spokesperson Michael Brophy will mean an unspecified amount of employee furloughs. Specific cuts have yet to be named and the airline may opt to eliminate some points and reduce capacity at others using its Boeing 717s.
Fuel burn on the MD-80 prompted Alaska Airlines to ground its fleet. According to Alaska, the aircraft consumes around 1,050 gallons per hour compared to 850 gallons per hour for the 737-800. The 143-seat MD-80 burns about 30 percent more fuel than the 88-seat Boeing 717, the renamed MD-95, for which production was ended in 2006 owing to slow sales, according to James Wallace’s Aerospace Notebook in the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

Women Hold Travel Power
Women are the prime movers in American travel, driving 70 percent of all leisure travel spending and 80 percent of corporate travel bookings, profoundly impacting where the entire country goes for both business and pleasure, according to ForbesLife Executive Woman. Women also account for 40 percent of U.S. business travelers. Forbes recently published its 25 Most Influential Women in Travel, detailing the top women who control the $740 billion U.S. industry that fuels more than five percent of America's GDP.
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