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FAA plans to file complaint against union. Talks between the Federal Aviation Administration and the Professional Airways Systems Specialists broke down Thursday, the Washington Post's Stephen Barr writes. The FAA plans to file an unfair labor practice complaint against the union, which represents more than 11,000 workers. The union leaders had agreed to the FAA's contract terms but said the rank-and-file would reject the deal. Mar 31, 2006

Venezuela, following this week's negotiations with US aviation officials, announced late Wednesday it had agreed to postpone placing restrictions on incoming US flights until April 25, when FAA officials release the results of a safety audit that Venezuela hopes will return it to Category 1 status. The original deadline was yesterday. Instituto Nacional de Aeronautica Civil said in a release on its website that FAA officials visited two airlines operating domestic and international services as well and inspected operational and legal security measures amid a "cordial atmosphere." Venezuela had said it would ban all flights operated by Continental Airlines and Delta Air Lines and restrict flights by American Airlines. Mar 31, 2006

Open Skies agreement remains controversial. The EU could approve Open Skies in June, allowing any U.S. carrier to fly to any of the EU's 25 nations. European carriers could fly from Europe to anywhere in the U.S. Continental Airlines opposes the agreement, saying it would not create true benefits, and some labor groups fear the U.S. could lose jobs. The White House believes Open Skies could lower fares for consumers, and other airlines support it. Mar 30, 2006

Airlines sell merchandise through their web sites. Some airline Web sites now feature online shopping pages. Travelers can purchase model airplanes, jewelry, clothing and office supplies. Consultant Michael Boyd said the merchandise brings in "incremental revenue." Mar 28, 2006

Venezuela late last week apparently agreed to rescind a proposed ban on most US airline operations into the country that was set to take effect March 30, although it was unclear at press time whether the decision was in fact final. Currently, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines and FedEx operate services between the countries. Wire services initially quoted US Ambassador to Venezuela William Brownfield as saying that the ban would not take effect and in return FAA would send a technical team to the South American nation to help it achieve a Category 1 safety rating. "I think our two governments have resolved, at least for the moment, the civil aviation problem," Brownfield said on Venezuelan television, the Associated Press reported. However, late Friday officials of Venezuela's National Aviation Institute said they had not finalized their decision, AP stated. The country has had a Category 2 rating since 1995. The rating means that Venezuelan carriers must wet-lease US-registered aircraft or aircraft from airlines operating out of Category 1 countries to serve US destinations. Mar 27, 2006
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