American Airlines CEO upbeat about return of Boeing Max jets

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines CEO Doug Parker says his airline is feeling more confident that its grounded Boeing 737 Max jets will soon be approved to fly again. Boeing expects the Federal Aviation Administration to approve the plane’s return to service by year-end, and Parker says that sounds like a reasonable estimate based on… Continue reading American Airlines CEO upbeat about return of Boeing Max jets

Workers celebrate deal with GM, show union power in industry

DETROIT (AP) — On the picket lines at a General Motors transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, passing cars honked and striking workers celebrated a tentative contract deal by munching on 10 pizzas dropped off by a supporter. They had carried signs for 31 days and demonstrated the muscle the United Auto Workers union still has… Continue reading Workers celebrate deal with GM, show union power in industry

Higginbotham merges with Plano-based RV insurance specialist

Higginbotham has merged with Plano-based Diversified Insurance Management, an independent insurance agency specializing in insurance for the recreational vehicle sector, the Fort Worth company announced Oct. 10. The consolidation adds to the list of insurance and financial services Higginbotham offers, the company said in a press release. Higginbotham has more than 20 industry practice groups… Continue reading Higginbotham merges with Plano-based RV insurance specialist

Amazon to open regional air hub at Alliance this month

Amazon’s regional air hub at Fort Worth Alliance Airport will open in October. The Regional Air Hub is the first build-to-suit airport project of its kind in the Amazon Air network and was designed to support Amazon Air’s larger-scale regional needs, including sortation capability and infrastructure to handle multiple flights daily. Amazon expects the facility… Continue reading Amazon to open regional air hub at Alliance this month

Southwest grounds 2 planes after finding cracks in key part

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines said Wednesday it grounded two Boeing jets after finding cracks in parts that connect the wings to the planes’ fuselage. The planes were among a group of older jets that had to be inspected within seven days, under an emergency order from the Federal Aviation Administration. Last week, the FAA… Continue reading Southwest grounds 2 planes after finding cracks in key part

Railroads to renew push for one-man crews in contract talks

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The biggest U.S. freight railroads appear ready to renew their push to reduce their crews to one person from the current two-man operation used at major railroads now. Eight U.S. railroads have filed a federal lawsuit against the union that represents rail conductors to force the union to negotiate about crew… Continue reading Railroads to renew push for one-man crews in contract talks

Southwest pilots’ union sues Boeing over grounding of plane

DALLAS (AP) — The union representing Southwest Airlines pilots is suing Boeing and calling the grounded 737 Max unsafe. The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association said in the lawsuit filed Tuesday that Boeing rushed the plane into service and misled pilots by saying it was little different than previous versions of the 737. The union says… Continue reading Southwest pilots’ union sues Boeing over grounding of plane

Commentary: O.K. Carter: Airbus celebrates 50 years

Airbus Helicopters 2701 N. Forum Dr., Grand Prairie www.airbus.com Back in 1969, newly-created Vought Helicopter barely made a flicker on the aviation scene when it was created, with good enough reason: That new North Texas company had a meager 17 aircraft and 43 employees and was considered a long shot to succeed in an industry… Continue reading Commentary: O.K. Carter: Airbus celebrates 50 years

Methane sensors put on planes, trucks in oil production zone

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Methane sensors will be put on planes, trucks and atop towers in the West Texas and southeastern New Mexico desert in a new effort to gauge the extent of greenhouse gas emissions from surging oil and natural gas production, advocates with the Environmental Defense Fund announced Wednesday. The yearlong project… Continue reading Methane sensors put on planes, trucks in oil production zone