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Airline Division News, Week Ending January 31, 2015

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Governmental and Regulatory

Senators are calling on the Obama administration to nominate a new Transportation Security Administration administrator, citing that it has been more than three months since the announcement that Administrator John Pistole was retiring.  

The FAA has issued new rules on Sleep Apnea for pilots. 

Airports are lobbying Congress to raise the cap on the Passenger Facility Charge, a tax that is added to travelers' plane tickets to help fund improvements at U.S. airports.

Airlines, Industry and Labor

American Airlines Group plans to boost its regional fleet by 4.9%, or 28 aircraft, in 2015. The carrier plans to purchase Bombardier CRJ900s and Embraer E175s.  

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker says the carrier's improved financial performance is benefiting customers, employees and investors alike.  

Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines are largely maintaining their long-term plans for fleet development and capacity, according to earnings releases by the carriers.  

American Airlines pilots have ratified a new five year contract.

U.S. airlines hired 2,212 full-time-equivalent workers in November, bring the total number employed industrywide to 386,912, up 1.5% over November 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics.