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December 5, 2011

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AIRLINES

Time To Regroup

AMR’s Bespoke New Leader

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For the complete current issue, archives and more, go to: AviationWeek.com/awst Free to subscribers. GET A GRIP Switzerland chose the Saab Gripen NG in its fighter competition (see p. 36) and our editors took to Ares to report the news Nov. 30 and analyze and comment on some of the history, details and ramifications of the deal.
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AIRLINES

Time To Regroup

AMR’s Chapter 11 may foreshadow both the best and worst of times ahead

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AMR’s Bespoke New Leader

Thomas Horton’s background is almost tailor-made for the role he now serves as AMR Corp.’s chairman, president and CEO. His nearly life-long career at the company was punctuated only by four years at AT&T where, as chief financial officer and vice chairman, he restructured the struggling telecommunication company’s debt and then organized a merger with local provider SBC.
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LABOR

Omnibus Deal

Boeing’s surprise IAM contract offer

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LABOR

Long Recovery

SAN FRANCISCO Just how many new employees Boeing Commercial Airplanes will need when it begins production of the 737 MAX is unclear, but efficiencies gained in its regular 737 Next Generation series production suggest the number will be relatively low.

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LABOR

Less is More

Process changes cutting emissions in Boeing’s delivery prep process

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SPACE

Precision Landing

Future exploration engineers likely to learn from Mars Science Laboratory targeting techniques

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SPACE

Problem Resolved

He told controllers “Houston, we have a problem” only 2 hr. before banking on it to save his crew’s lives on the aborted Moon landing flight, but decades later, James Lovell has cashed in literally with an Apollo 13 checklist. The checklist, with handwritten calculations by the mission commander, sold at Heritage Auctions in Dallas last week for $388,375—a record for memorabilia from the U.S. manned lunar program and the second most expensive space item ever.
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DEFENSE

Display of Discipline

Switzerland’s Gripen NG decision assures fighter’s long-term development

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DEFENSE

Refining Tactics

Pentagon says contractors can earn healthy profits despite cost reductions in defense

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