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Baggage handlers at Denver International Airport voted on a tentative five-year labour contract on Monday evening (23 October), which could end a month-long strike. The automated baggage system is operated by Phelps Program Management under contract to United Airlines. The latest contract offer includes pay raises and job security measures and it expected to be ratified according to The Denver Post.

On 24 October the Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Company delivered its 100th vertical tail for the Boeing 737 aircraft to Boeing Co in the USA. The vertical tail is used on four Boeing 737 models and the first was delivered by the Chinese aircraft manufacturer in September 1998 according to Xinhua.

The US Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Gallium, a provider of user interface software, a follow-on contract based at the FAA Civil Aeromedical Institute in Oklahoma City. Gallium will provide engineering services and a flight strip editor to expand the capabilities of the FAA's Advanced ATC Research Simulator.

Hogskolen i Nord-Trondelag (HiNT) and Hogskolen i Sor-Trondelag (HiST), two Norwegian universities, hope to establish a course for air traffic controllers. Norwegian air traffic controllers are not currently trained at university level, but the heads of the two universities believe that it would be a good move to make it part of the training available in higher education.

Lan Chile took delivery of its first Airbus A320-200 aircraft on 21 October. The aircraft is the first of four new A320 aircraft scheduled for delivery before the end of 2000.

US Airways has launched a discount fare sale for flights to its seven European destinations. Fares start from USD314 round-trip and are available for travel commencing no later than 15 March 2001. All travel must be completed by 29 March 2001 and tickets must be purchased before midnight on 3 November 2000. Minimum and maximum requirements apply as do other restrictions and charges.

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