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Mar 19, 2007

American CEO shoulders blame for lost China bid American Airlines CEO Gerard Arpey says he should not have assumed the carrier's pilots would agree to contract exceptions that would allow American to operate new flights to China. Last year, the pilots did not support American's bid to fly from Dallas to Beijing. The flight would have exceeded the maximum hours on duty permitted under the pilots' contract. Mar 14, 2007

American cuts costs by $5 billion since 2001 American Airlines continues to look for ways to lower its expenses, CEO Gerard Arpey says. The airline has shed $5 billion in costs since 2001, and it plans to cut $300 million in expenses this year. Mar 13, 2007

American Decision on MD-80 Successor Nears. American Airlines will make an announcement regarding fleet renewal "in short order," according to Chairman and CEO Gerard Arpey, who conceded that the carrier's more than 300 MD-80s burn too much fuel. He said 737NGs may be a viable replacement. Mar 22, 2007

Two European airlines at odds over open skies: The tentative U.S. EU open-skies agreement does not come close to the market liberalization necessary, writes British Airways CEO Willie Walsh in the Wall Street Journal. Walsh says the agreement will not allow European carriers to fly between U.S. cities but will allow American airlines access to all European airports and the right to fly travelers to other European cities. Meanwhile, Air France-KLM Group Chairman Jean-Cyril Spinetta supports the agreement and writes that the agreement will bring "considerable new opportunities for the traveling public, airlines and labor on both sides of the Atlantic. Mar 15, 2007

Storm prompts airlines to cancel East Coast flights A winter storm on the East Coast prompted JetBlue, Delta, American, and Northwest to cancel hundreds of flights on Friday. More than 200 of the canceled flights were to or from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. A JetBlue spokesman said the cancellations were made so crews would be available when needed and so departure gates would be available if weather forced planes to return. Mar 16, 2007

RegionsAir grounding means no air service for three W.Va. cities The FAA last week grounded RegionsAir, citing problems with the airline's training and certification program. RegionsAir operates as American Connection and Continental Connection in six states. The grounding will leave three West Virginia airports without air service until May 1. Mar 15, 2007

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