Monthly Archive: November 2011

Continental no more, Callsign changing to United on Wednesday – CanadianBusiness.com

Like the sun setting over Continental's former home town, the sun also sets on the Continental name and its callsign tomorrow, November 30, 2011.  A single certificate will be issued at 1200 zulu time, (7:00AM eastern time) , at which point Continental will effectively cease to exist.  Photo:  Brian McQueen - OPShots Contributor

United and Continental airlines will get clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday to operate as a single airline, the union for Continental pilots said. The so-called single operating certificate means that, as far as the FAA is concerned, United and Continental are one airline. For passengers, it’s a different story. The company will …

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AMR / American Airlines seek Chapter 11 protection – Yahoo! Finance

An pair of American Airlines aircraft are viewed at Miami in this 2008 file photo.  Photo:  Mark Plumley - OPShots.net

DALLAS AP — American Airlines and its parent company are filing for bankruptcy protection as they try to cut costs and unload massive debt built up by years of high fuel prices and labor struggles. There will no impact on travelers for now.The nation’s third-largest airline also said Tuesday that CEO Gerard Arpey stepped down …

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Drug-laden plane left at Texas airstrip was sold  – Atlanta Journal Constitution.com

A Beechcraft Duke similar to this one is at the center of a smuggling operation.  Photo:  Andrew Jones - OPShots Contributor

HOUSTON — A small plane abandoned with about 100 pounds of marijuana onboard after skidding off the runway at a small private airstrip was recently sold at auction or in an estate sale following the death of its registered owner, authorities said Tuesday. John Kremmer, chief sheriff’s deputy in Waller County, said federal investigators determined …

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NetJets Sues IRS over $642.7 Million Ticket Tax Bill – Flying Magazine

A NetJets Citation Excel lands at Akron-Canton in 2010.  The fractional jet company operates a wide variety of biz-jets.  Photo:  Gary Starcher - OPShots Contributor

NetJets is suing the IRS over a tax bill totaling $642.7 million, money the fractional jet provider says it never should have been required to pay in the first place.The Internal Revenue Service improperly assessed passenger ticket taxes, NetJets said in its complaint in federal court in Columbus, Ohio. Four NetJets subsidiaries involved in the …

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