Saturday, February 7, 2009

Uplifting Airline News

Now - Don't You Feel Better? Since the use of jets commercially (1958) two consecutive years have passed without a single airline passenger death in a US carrier crash.

You Can't Be Too Rich or Too Thin -- Air India (run by the state) has fired 10 flight attendants for being "exceptionally overweight," adding that the airline gave them ample time to shape up. Some of the fired FAs took it to the New Delhi High Court for a legal challenge - which was thrown out.

Atta Boy! El Al's CEO agreed to give up 15% of his salary for 2009. El Al is the airline of Israel and its superior security practices have been borrowed by LAX among others.

Recession? Southwest, Jet Blue and Alaska Airlines reported an increase in their work forces in 2008.

February is Black History Month. This is from the Vanguard's newsletter (Vanguards is the retirees club of a Major American Airline.)

"Retired AA Capt. Dave Harris has received the 2008 Men of Honor and Distinction Award from American Legacy magazine, a publication geared towards the country's African-American population.

"He was recognized for being the first African-American to fly for a major passenger airline.

"I'm honored and humbled by this award, but the reality is that there were 500 pilots, Tuskegee Airmen, who were qualified for airline jobs when they left the service. None of them received an opportunity to sit in a cockpit, there is no way I should be the first -- it should've happened long before 1964," Harris said.

Harris, 73, joined American in 1964, retiring in 1994 as a captain. He was featured in a Smithsonian Museum exhibit called "Black Wings" and the CR Smith Museum in Ft. Worth, TX has a permanent exhibition honoring him.

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